Posts tagged as Iran

US military to present several options to Trump on Iran

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. In a White House meeting, the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses, and he also will be warned that military action against…

Iran may skip UN summit where Trump meeting suggested

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Iran’s president and foreign minister may skip next week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations as the U.S. has yet to issue them visas, the Islamic Republic’s state-run news agency reported Wednesday, as tensions remain high in the Mideast over an attack on a crucial Saudi oil installation. The U.N. meeting had been considered as an opportunity for direct talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and President Donald Trump amid…

Iran poised for faster centrifuges as nuclear deal collapses

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Iran was poised Thursday to begin work on advanced centrifuges that will enrich uranium faster as the 2015 nuclear deal unravels further and a last-minute French proposal offering a $15-billion line of credit to compensate Iran for not being able to sell its crude oil abroad because of U.S. sanctions looked increasingly unlikely. Meanwhile, Iran released seven crew members from a detained British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in a goodwill…

British Gibraltar releases seized Iran oil tanker

Monday, August 19, 2019

An Iranian oil tanker detained by Gibraltar, part of the United Kingdom, has sailed away from port after being allowed to do so despite Washington’s call to detain it again. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Gibraltar rejected on Sunday, August 18, a request by the U.S. to again seize the ship, which has changed its name from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya-1. On Thursday, August 15, Gibraltar lifted its…

Report: Iran seizes tanker carrying ‘smuggled fuel’

Monday, August 5, 2019

Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, state media reported Sunday, marking the Revolutionary Guard’s third seizure of a vessel in recent weeks and the latest show of strength by the paramilitary force amid a spike in regional tensions. State TV and the semi-official Fars news agency reported that seven crewmembers were detained when the ship was seized late Wednesday while carrying 185,000…

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister ‘childish’

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it had imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. The highly unusual action of penalizing another nation’s top diplomat…

Iran: European fleet in the Gulf ‘hostile’ and ‘provocative’

Monday, July 29, 2019

UK said it is planning a European-led naval force to escort tankers through the world’s busiest oil shipping lane. Iran denounced as “provocative” and “hostile” a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. The condemnation on Sunday came as a Royal Navy warship arrived in the Gulf to accompany British-flagged vessels passing through the vital Strait of Hormuz. The HMS…

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Iran said Friday it can provide images that disprove President Donald Trump’s statement that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries, less than a month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike. The Iranian military said all…

Trump’s war powers on Iran limited by U.S. Congress

Monday, July 15, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s powers to potentially take his country to war with Iran have been blocked by American legislators setting forth congressional authorization to such a move. In the U.S. Congress on Friday, July 12, members of the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defence Authorization Act that would bar funding to use military force against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Representative Ro Khanna…

US says Iran’s moves are ‘nuclear extortion’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The United States is urging world powers party to the nuclear deal with Iran not to give in to Iran’s demands by providing new economic incentives to get it to backstep its recent escalation of its atomic program. Jackie Wolcott, the U.S. ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, told a gathering of the International Atomic…