Iran

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With 82 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Its territory spans 1,648,195 km, making it the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world.
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  • The Washingtion Times

    British-Iranian woman held in Iran moved to psychiatric ward

    A British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental health facility, her husband said Wednesday. Richard Ratcliffe said in Britain that his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been moved to the mental health ward of Iman Khomeini hospital under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. “Hopefully her transfer to hospital means that she is getting treatment and care, despite my distrust of just what pressures can happen behind closed doors.

  • Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf
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    Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is denying a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the strategic Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted on Friday: "We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else." Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in New York for U.N. meetings, said there's "no information about losing a drone." President Donald Trump on Thursday said the USS Boxer took defensive action after an Iranian drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries, less than one month after Iran downed an American

  • Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil shipping lanes
    Reuters

    Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil shipping lanes

    DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) - The United States is struggling to win its allies' support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said. Washington proposed on July 9 stepping up efforts to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen where it blames Iran and its proxies for tanker attacks. Iran denies the charges.

  • Gold surges above $1,450 as rate cut hopes, Iran tensions fuel demand
    Reuters

    Gold surges above $1,450 as rate cut hopes, Iran tensions fuel demand

    Spot gold hit $1,452.60 an ounce in early trade, its highest since May 10, 2013, before easing 0.3% to $1,442.35, as of 0543 GMT. U.S. gold futures jumped 1.2% to $1,444.70 an ounce. At a central banking conference on Thursday, New York Fed President John Williams said policymakers need to add stimulus early to deal with lower inflation when interest rates are near zero and cannot wait for an economic disaster to unfold.

  • WTHR Indianapolis

    Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is denying a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the strategic Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted on Friday: "We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else." Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in New York for U.N. meetings, said there's "no information about losing a drone." President Donald Trump on Thursday said the USS Boxer took defensive action after an Iranian drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries, less than one month after Iran downed an American

  • the Guardian

    Trump defense secretary nominee says US not seeking war with Iran

    Confirmation of Mark Esper appeared almost certain at Senate hearing where he received significant Democratic support Tue 16 Jul 2019 16.38 EDT Last modified on Tue 16 Jul 2019 17.01 EDT Donald Trump's nominee to become the first permanent US defence secretary in more than six months, has said that the US is not seeking war with Iran and needed to “get back on the diplomatic channel”. Mark Esper, who is currently the army secretary, also told the Senate armed services committee that the Trump administration does not have congressional authority to wage war on Iran on the basis of the mandate issued by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Other senior Trump officials have refused

  • Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: We Can't "Discount" Possibility of War
    The National Interest

    Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: We Can't "Discount" Possibility of War

    On Thursday, National Interest Editor Jacob Heilbrunn interviewed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in New York at the Ambassador’s residence on the current state of U.S.-Iran relations. The transcript has been lightly edited for readability.Jacob Heilbrunn: With the American shooting down of an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz today, are we on a path of escalation?Mohammed Javad Zarif: I checked with Tehran, and we do not have any information about having lost a drone today. So, we don’t know, as of now what has happened. We have the president saying that they shot a drone. We don’t know whose drone it is, but we don’t have that information. But we are certainly moving in the wrong direction. The fact that the United States has an increased presence in the Persian Gulf doesn’t help security or stability in the area—it’s a tiny body of water and you cannot have such congested traffic there without something happening.Heilbrunn: A lot of the tension is also focused on the tanker that went missing. Is Iran responsible for that?Zarif: All the information we have is that we confiscated a small tanker that was only carrying a million liters of smuggled oil products—not oil—and that happens quite often in the Persian Gulf because of heavily subsidized prices in Iran of oil products. There is a lot of smuggling from both sea and land borders and we interdict them on a regular basis. So if that is the tanker they’re talking about, that is a smuggling tanker, not a shipping tanker.Heilbrunn: Another move that the Trump administration has announced is sending about five hundred more soldiers to Saudi Arabia. What is your response to that?

  • Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf
    Houston Chronicle

    Iran denies US destroyed an Iranian drone near Persian Gulf

    Caption Close TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is denying a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the strategic Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted on Friday: "We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else." Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in New York for U.N. meetings, said there's "no information about losing a drone." President Donald Trump on Thursday said the USS Boxer took defensive action after an Iranian drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries, less than one month after Iran

  • Iran grain ships stuck in Brazil without fuel due to U.S. sanctions
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    Iran grain ships stuck in Brazil without fuel due to U.S. sanctions

    SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Two Iranian vessels have been stranded for weeks at Brazilian ports, unable to head back to Iran due to lack of fuel, which state-run oil firm Petrobras refuses to sell them due to sanctions imposed by the United States. The vessels Bavand and Termeh came to Brazil a couple months ago carrying urea, a petrochemical product used as fertilizer. They were expected to load corn and return to Iran, but lacked enough fuel for the trip, the port operator in Paranaguá told Reuters. Food is not covered by U.S. sanctions, and Iran is one of the largest buyers of Brazil's agricultural commodities, importing more than 2.5 million tonnes of Brazilian corn so far this year

  • Oil rises after U.S. Navy downs Iranian drone; set for weekly fall
    Reuters

    Oil rises after U.S. Navy downs Iranian drone; set for weekly fall

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Friday as tensions brewed again in the Middle East after a U.S. Navy ship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, a major chokepoint for global crude flows. Benchmark crude prices were still on track for their biggest weekly decline in seven weeks, having fallen sharply earlier in the week on hopes for easing Middle East tensions as well as demand concerns and a dwindling U.S. storm impact. Indications that the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut rates aggressively to support the economy were also behind Friday's gains, said Stephen Innes, managing partner at Vanguard Markets.

  • U.S. Navy Ship Destroys Iranian Drone Over Strait Of Hormuz
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    U.S. Navy Ship Destroys Iranian Drone Over Strait Of Hormuz

    A U.S. Navy warship called the USS Boxer shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, President Trump said, adding, "The drone was immediately destroyed." "The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone," Trump said, giving details about the encounter at the start of a flag presentation ceremony at the White House. He said the drone had closed to about 1,000 yards from the U.S. ship, "ignoring multiple calls to stand down." The drone was threatening the safety of the U.S. ship and its crew, Trump said. In a statement about the incident, chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said that a drone approached the USS Boxer at around 10 a.m. local time and that the

  • U.S. destroys Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz
    CBS News

    U.S. destroys Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz

    The U.S. destroyed an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, President Trump announced in the East Room of the White House. The president claimed the action was a defensive one after an Iranian drone came within 1,000 yards of the U.S.S. Boxer. Mr. Trump has threatened overwhelming force if Iran touches any American assets. The action also comes after Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker.  "Before I begin I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the strait of Hormuz today involving U.S.S. Boxer, a Navy amphibious assault ship," Mr. Trump announced on Thursday. "The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into

  • Donald Trump says US warship destroyed Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz
    Daily Mirror

    Donald Trump says US warship destroyed Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz

    Donald Trump has said a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. Trump said the USS Boxer destroyed the drone on Thursday after the aircraft threatened the ship by flying to within 1,000 yards of it. Trump said it was the latest "hostile" action by Iran and called on other countries to condemn Iran and protect their own ships. Earlier today it was revealed Iran had seized a foreign tanker it claims was smuggling fuel in the Gulf. The country's state TV is reporting that Revolutionary Guard forces intercepted the ship with 12 crew on board on Sunday.   "A foreign vessel smuggling one million litres of fuel in the Larak Island of the Persian Gulf has been seized," the station