Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Iran News Headlines

“More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement (by the government) is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians… I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management,” state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

“With better management and more efficient planning we can resist the sanctions and overcome them,” Khamenei said, in an apparent effort to deflect public anger over the deteriorating economy towards Rouhani’s government.Read More →

Mohammad Javad Zarif - Iran News Headline

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there was no meeting planned with U.S. officials including his counterpart Mike Pompeo at the United Nations General Assembly, the semi-official news agency Tasnim reported on Saturday. “About the recent offer by Trump, our official position has been announced both by the president (Rouhani) and myself. The Americans lack honesty,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim.Read More →

Hassan Rouhani - Iran News

“The U.S. administration performance in these years has led the country to be considered untrustworthy and unreliable around the world which does not meet any of its obligations,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) as telling Ri on Wednesday.

“In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) international community,” he said, adding Iran and North Korea have “always had close views” on many issues.Read More →

Donald Trump

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters the global reaction to Trump’s move showed that the US was diplomatically “isolated,” but acknowledged the sanctions “may cause some disruption.” Rouhani’s government has taken emergency measures to stem the collapse of the rial ahead of the return of sanctions. The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc, as well as Britain, France and Germany, deeply regretted Washington’s move.

“We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran,” she said in a statement.Read More →

Sanctions News - Sanctioned

“We’re hopeful that we can find a way to move forward but it’s going to require enormous change on the part of the Iranian regime,” Pompeo told reporters aboard his plane on his way home from a three-nation trip to South East Asia. “They’ve got to behave like a normal country. That’s the ask. It’s pretty simple.”

Pompeo called the Iranian leadership “bad actors” and said Trump is intent on getting them to “behave like a normal country.”Read More →

Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump - Iran News - US Headline Story

A wave of US sanctions kicks in against Iran on Tuesday, cementing Washington’s hard line against Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear pact. Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in US relations will play out — and what, exactly, America’s long-term strategy is toward their country.Read More →

Sanctions - Sanction Headline News

Iranians were bracing on Monday for the return of US sanctions against the backdrop of angry protests and a corruption crackdown that are roiling the embattled government of President Hassan Rouhani. The country has seen days of sporadic protests and strikes in multiple towns and cities driven by concerns over water shortages, the economy and wider anger at the political system.Read More →

Syria War

The Russian plan, which has not been previously reported, has received an icy reception in Washington. The memo said the U.S. policy was only to support such efforts if there were a political solution to end Syria’s seven-year-old civil war, including steps like U.N.-supervised elections.

“The proposal argues that the Syrian regime lacks the equipment, fuel, other material, and funding needed to rebuild the country in order to accept refugee returns,” according to the memo, which specified that the proposal related to Syrian government-held areas of the country.Read More →

Hassan Rouhani - Iran News

Iranian lawmakers have given President Hassan Rouhani one month to appear before parliament to answer questions on his government’s handling of Iran’s economic struggles, state media reported on Wednesday. Lawmakers want to question Rouhani on topics including the rial’s decline, which has lost more than half its value since April, weak economic growth and rising unemployment, according to semi-official ISNA news agency. Read More →

Russia - Syria - News Headline

Iran is “playing a very, very important role in our common and joint efforts to eliminate terrorists in Syria,” Anatoly Viktorov said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 on Monday.

“The Iranian presence in Syria… is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter,” Viktorov said. “Therefore, at this stage we think that demands to remove the foreign fighters from Syrian territory are not realistic.”Read More →