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Top Iran Diplomat Warns US it Cannot 'Expect to Stay Safe'

Top Iran Diplomat Warns US it Cannot 'Expect to Stay Safe'

Iran's foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it "cannot expect to stay safe'' after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance amid a visit by
US Carrier in Persian Gulf Region Seen as Clear Signal to Iran

US Carrier in Persian Gulf Region Seen as Clear Signal to Iran

Under a starry sky, U.S. Navy fighter jets catapulted off the aircraft carrier's deck and flew north over the darkened waters of the northern Arabian Sea, a unmistaken signal to Iran that the foremost
Explainer: Iranian Supreme Leader's Hidden Administration

Explainer: Iranian Supreme Leader's Hidden Administration

Pictures released from Iranian cabinet ministers' meetings with the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, often show little-known men in the back rows who appear to be watching the
New US Sanctions Target Iran's Petrochemical Industry

New US Sanctions Target Iran's Petrochemical Industry

The United States on Friday imposed new sanctions on Iran targeting the country's petrochemical industry, including its largest petrochemical holding group, over its financial support for the Islamic
Trump Calls for Iran Talks as Allies Announce Rare Tehran Visits

Trump Calls for Iran Talks as Allies Announce Rare Tehran Visits

This article originated in VOA's Persian service. Katherine Ahn contributed from Washington.U.S. President Donald Trump has called for U.S.-Iran talks for a second day to resolve mutual tensions — a
US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran 'Step Back'

US Commander Says Mideast Buildup Prompted Iran 'Step Back'

Iran has chosen to "step back and recalculate" after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude the threat is gone, the
State News Reports Iran's Education Minister Has Resigned

State News Reports Iran's Education Minister Has Resigned

The state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that Iran's minister of education has resigned to run for a seat in parliament in February 2020. IRNA said Thursday that President Hassan Rouhani approved
Russia, China Voice Support for Iran After Xi Visit to Kremlin

Russia, China Voice Support for Iran After Xi Visit to Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Chinese leader Xi Jinping for Kremlin talks that reflected increasingly close ties between the two countries that were communist rivals during the
Japan PM to Visit Iran in Effort to Mediate Tension With US

Japan PM to Visit Iran in Effort to Mediate Tension With US

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran in an effort to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington, Japan's government spokesman said Thursday.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said
World Bank: Iran Likely to Suffer Worse Recession Than Previously Thought

World Bank: Iran Likely to Suffer Worse Recession Than Previously Thought

This article originated in VOA’s Persian Service. WASHINGTON —The World Bank says Iran is likely to experience an even worse recession this year than previously thought, as U.S. sanctions largely
Trump Prepared to Talk to Iran But Says Always Chance of Military Action

Trump Prepared to Talk to Iran But Says Always Chance of Military Action

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to talk to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani but that there was always a chance of U.S. military action against the Islamic Republic."So Iran is a place
Iran Recommits to Khomeini’s 'Resistance' on Death Anniversary, But at What Cost?

Iran Recommits to Khomeini’s 'Resistance' on Death Anniversary, But at What Cost?

This article originated in VOA’s Persian Service. Katherine Ahn contributed from Washington.Iran has marked the 30th anniversary of the death of the leader of its Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah
Government Confirms Iran to Free imprisoned Lebanese Man

Government Confirms Iran to Free imprisoned Lebanese Man

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry says Iran has agreed to release a Lebanese man who has been imprisoned there since 2015. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry says it has been contacted by the Iranian
Iran Honors Iraqi Shiite Paramilitary Group That US Labels Terrorists

Iran Honors Iraqi Shiite Paramilitary Group That US Labels Terrorists

In an apparent effort to sway Iran’s public opinion in favor of the regime’s involvement in Middle East conflicts, the Iranian government’s television channels are airing a video that glorifies a key
Iran Vows to Keep Missile Program, Rejects US Offer to Negotiate

Iran Vows to Keep Missile Program, Rejects US Offer to Negotiate

Iran's Supreme Leader says his country will not give up its missile program after the United States said last week it is willing to negotiate with Iran.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech on state
Iran Sends Journalist to Notorious Prison, Jails Another for 2 Years

Iran Sends Journalist to Notorious Prison, Jails Another for 2 Years

This article originated in VOA’s Persian Service.Iran has taken new steps against two detained journalists who covered domestic labor unrest and government corruption, sending one to a notorious
Syrian Government Bombs Market, Ignoring Trump Warning

Syrian Government Bombs Market, Ignoring Trump Warning

Government forces in Syria have bombed a market in the country's northwest, killing at least four civilians, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Syria, Russia and Iran stop "bombing the
Attorney, Rights Defender Sentenced to 30 Years, Flogging in Iran

Attorney, Rights Defender Sentenced to 30 Years, Flogging in Iran

An Iranian lawyer has been jailed for 30 years after setting up a channel on the popular social media platform Telegram, highlighting human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic.Amir Salar Davoudi was
Pompeo Voices Skepticism About US Mideast Peace Prospects

Pompeo Voices Skepticism About US Mideast Peace Prospects

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is voicing skepticism about the prospects for the Trump administration's long-delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan even before it is disclosed.The top U.S.
Pompeo: US Willing to Talk to Iran With 'No Preconditions'

Pompeo: US Willing to Talk to Iran With 'No Preconditions'

The United States is willing to hold unconditional talks with Iran to ease tensions between the two countries, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, but Tehran held out little hope for new