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United States | Commemorating the 12th Anniversary of the Capture of Robert A. Levinson

United States – Tomorrow marks the twelfth anniversary of Robert A. “Bob” Levinson’s capture on Kish Island, Iran. The Department of State renews its call on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to return Mr. Levinson to his family. Representatives of Iran and the United States previously agreed to cooperate on locating and … Continue reading United States | Commemorating the 12th Anniversary of the Capture of Robert A. Levinson

Iran lawyer convicted after defending women protesters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran who defended protesters against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarves for women has been convicted and faces years in prison, an activist group said Wednesday. The conviction of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who previously served three years in prison for her work, underlines the limits … Continue reading Iran lawyer convicted after defending women protesters

Iran condemns Britain’s move to ban Lebanon’s Hezbollah

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry has strongly condemned the British government’s move to ban Lebanon’s Hezbollah calling it “irresponsible.” A Saturday report by the official IRNA news agency quoted Bahram Ghasemi, the ministry’s spokesman, as saying the “wrong move” will not serve stability and security in Lebanon and ignores the will of a … Continue reading Iran condemns Britain’s move to ban Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Iran’s president rejects resignation of his foreign minister

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president rejected the resignation of his foreign minister on Wednesday, throwing his full support behind the diplomat who negotiated the country’s nuclear deal with world powers as both men face growing pressure from hard-liners as the accord unravels under American pressure. President Hassan Rouhani earlier gave a speech praising Mohammad … Continue reading Iran’s president rejects resignation of his foreign minister

Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has told colleagues he hopes his sudden resignation will reinforce the position of his country’s diplomats. Mohammad Javad Zarif‘s comments Tuesday come after his surprise resignation the night before. The state-run IRNA news agency said he told colleagues his resignation would aid in “restoring the ministry to its … Continue reading Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

(AP) — The British government will make inciting support for Hezbollah a criminal offense as senior officials accused the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East. A draft order laid in the U.K. Parliament on Monday will ban membership of Hezbollah, alongside two other groups. Subject to Parliament’s approval, the order will go into effect … Continue reading UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran launches cruise missile from submarine during drill

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran launched a cruise missile from a submarine for the first time during an ongoing annual military drill in the Strait of Hormuz, local media reported Sunday. The semi-official Fars news agency reported on the Sunday launch and released an image of a green submarine on the surface of the water … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran launches cruise missile from submarine during drill

United States | Statement on ICJ Preliminary Judgment in the Certain Iranian Assets Case

United States – Today the International Court of Justice has made a preliminary ruling in Certain Iranian Assets, rejecting many of Iran’s baseless claims and significantly narrowing what remains. This is a significant victory for the United States. Certain Iranian Assets is yet another case in which the Iranian regime seeks to misuse legal process … Continue reading United States | Statement on ICJ Preliminary Judgment in the Certain Iranian Assets Case

Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday began celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite clerics to power. The climactic events that year — from revolutionaries in the streets of Tehran to blindfolded American hostages in … Continue reading Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, 1st arrest of Trump era

TEHRAN, Iran—Jan 09, 2019— Iran confirmed Wednesday it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump’s administration. White’s detention adds new pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the U.S., which under Trump has pursued … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, 1st arrest of Trump era

United States | Briefing on Iran

United States – MS NAUERT: Brian, go right ahead. MR HOOK: Great. The Iranian Government claims that its missile testing is purely defensive in nature. How exactly is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism entitled to a claim of defense? In fact, Iran’s security concerns are entirely self-generated. Was a plot to bomb Paris defensive? … Continue reading United States | Briefing on Iran

United States | Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook To Deliver Remarks on the Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development

United States – As part of the Administration’s efforts to confront the totality of the Iranian regime’s malign activities, Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, will deliver remarks and answer questions at the Iranian Materiel Display (IMD) located at Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling on Thursday, November 29 at 10 a.m. This display contains clear … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook To Deliver Remarks on the Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development

New Jersey News: Two Iranian Men Indicted For Deploying Ransomware To Extort Hospitals, Municipalities, And Public Institutions, Causing More Than $30 Million In Losses

NEWARK, N.J. – An indictment returned by a federal grand jury was unsealed today in Newark, charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey, … Continue reading New Jersey News: Two Iranian Men Indicted For Deploying Ransomware To Extort Hospitals, Municipalities, And Public Institutions, Causing More Than $30 Million In Losses

Massachusetts New: Dual/Iranian Canadian National, Omid Mashinchi Sentenced for International Money Laundering

BOSTON, Ms. – A dual citizen of Iran and Canada was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for international money laundering. Omid Mashinchi, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to two years in prison, one year of supervised release, ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, and a personal money … Continue reading Massachusetts New: Dual/Iranian Canadian National, Omid Mashinchi Sentenced for International Money Laundering

United States | Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates

United States – Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook will travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates November 12-20. In both countries, Special Representative Hook will meet with officials to discuss cooperation on countering Iranian threats. In Abu Dhabi, he will participate in the Sir Bani Yas Forum. Special Representative Hook’s trip aims to … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook Travel to Israel and the United Arab Emirates

United States | Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program

United States – Iran cannot be trusted to have vital constraints on its nuclear program lifted. The United States is committed to ensuring that Iran never comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon. Starting today, all nuclear cooperation with Iran, except for the limited activities for which waivers are being granted, will be sanctionable. This … Continue reading United States | Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program

United States | Briefing on Iran Sanctions

United States – MS NAUERT: Thank you, sir. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to today’s on-the-record call on the Iran snapback sanctions. We’re pleased to have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin. They will each have brief remarks at the top and then take several of your … Continue reading United States | Briefing on Iran Sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran airs video said to show March encounter with US carrier

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV has broadcast footage purporting to show a close encounter between the Revolutionary Guard’s navy and the USS Theodore Roosevelt early this year. PressTV’s website says the encounter occurred March 21 in the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran airs video said to show March encounter with US carrier

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: UN chief: ‘Pivotal moment’ for fighting warming

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 9:50 a.m. Germany’s foreign minister is warning that too much pressure on Iran might lead Tehran to resume its military nuclear program and destabilize the entire Middle East. Heiko Maas told reporters in New York on Tuesday that three European Union … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: UN chief: ‘Pivotal moment’ for fighting warming

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran summons Western diplomats over parade attack killing 25

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands over allegedly harboring “members of the terrorist group” that launched an attack on a military parade in the country’s southwest. A statement early Sunday from Iran’s Foreign Ministry also quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying Danish and Dutch diplomats were told … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran summons Western diplomats over parade attack killing 25

WARSAW, Poland | Poland wants EU to have ’empathy’ for US sanctions on Iran

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s foreign minister says Warsaw sees itself as a bridge in trans-Atlantic rifts between the European Union and the Trump administration and wants the EU to show “greater empathy” for U.S. sanctions on Iran. Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that Washington was “right” to announce … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland wants EU to have ’empathy’ for US sanctions on Iran

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents meet in a high stakes summit

TEHRAN, Iran  — The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in a high stakes summit in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in the last rebel-held area of the war-ravaged nation, each laying out terms and issues on the battlefield most critical to their own … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents meet in a high stakes summit