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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Rouhani Aide Says Iran’s 60-Day Deadline Non-Negotiable

Radiofarda – While Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged Iran to stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, the Chief of Staff of the Islamic Republic President Hassan Rouhani says the deadline set for withdrawing from the agreement is non-negotiable. Mahmoud Vaezi, who is considered as the strongman of President Rouhani’s …

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Al-Jubeir: Houthi attack proves they are indivisible part of IRGC

Al-Arabia – Yemen’s Houthis are an indivisible part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and are subject to the IRGC’s orders, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said on Thursday. He added that this is confirmed by the Houthi targeting of facilities in the Kingdom. In a series of tweets on his official account, al-Jubeir said that the Houthis …

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Saudis Blast Iran’s ‘Expansionist Agenda’ After Attacks On Oil Installations

RFL/RE – Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of ordering recent drone attacks on the country’s oil facilities that were claimed by Yemen’s Shi’ite Huthi rebels. Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman tweeted on May 16 that the attacks were “ordered by the regime in Tehran,” which he accused of using the Huthis as “a tool…to implement its expansionist agenda …

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Trump Says He Is Sure Iran Will Seek Talks ‘Soon’

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump says he is sure Tehran will “soon” seek to negotiate with Washington, and he dismissed media reports suggesting there was disagreement within the administration of his policy toward Iran.“I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon,” Trump wrote on Twitter on May 15 without elaborating. Trump’s remarks follow comments he made on May 9 when …

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Britain’s May Says Iran’s Jailing Of British Council Employee ‘Utterly Shocking’

RFL/RE – Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is “deeply concerned” about the jailing in Iran of a British Council employee on espionage charges.“It’s utterly shocking,” May told parliament on May 15, saying the woman was working for a legitimate organization that was trying to promote better relations between countries.Iran’s judiciary announced on May 13 that an unnamed …

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Alarm And Grief: Mindful Of 1980s, Iranians Warn Of War’s Devastation

RFL/RE – As verbal sparring, economic pressure, and military jockeying intensify between Tehran and Washington, Iranians are closely following the standoff and appear increasingly alarmed at the prospect of a conflict with the United States.Even conservative authorities and frequently combative media in the Shi’a-majority country of around 81 million people look to be treading cautiously.The reformist Seda magazine was reportedly …

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Trump Denies Iran Policy ‘Infighting’; Lawmakers Want Briefing on Threats

VOA — U.S. President Donald Trump says there is “no infighting whatsoever” about his Middle East policies and that as tensions with Iran continue, he is “sure that Iran will want to talk soon.” Trump responded to reports in the Washington Post and New York Times about clashing opinions between those in his administration who see Iran taking clear steps in preparation to attack …

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Official: Iran Showing Restraint, US Sanctions ‘Unacceptable’

VOA — Iran is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington “unacceptable.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments in a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo as tensions rise in the Middle East, fuelling concerns …

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Iran’s Oil Output Falls to Lowest Level in 5 Years, Study Shows

VOA – Iran’s production of oil, its top revenue source, declined to its lowest level in more than five years as the U.S. prepared to unilaterally impose a total ban on Iranian crude exports, a new study shows. In a monthly report released Wednesday, the International Energy Agency said Iranian oil output was 2.6 million barrels a day in April, …

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