Iranian foreign minister call Trump threat to international peace

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif labelled US President Donald Trump and his administration a threat to the Middle East and global peace in a statement on Twitter. “It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: that threat is the Trump administration’s sense of entitlement…

US military preparing options for response if Assad uses chemical weapons

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford said he and the White House maintain a “routine dialogue” about military options for a response to Syria using chemical weapons in an expected assault on Idlib. Mr Dunford said no final decision has been made about whether use of chemical weapons would trigger a US…

US official criticises EU aid for Iran as “sending the wrong message”

The European Union’s decision to give $US20.7 million in aid to Iran has been met with criticism from the top US envoy on Iran, who said it sends “the wrong message at the wrong time”. “Foreign aid from European taxpayers perpetuates the regime’s ability to neglect the needs of its people and stifles meaningful policy…

China defends Iranian ties as Trump, Macron discuss Iran

China has defended economic ties with Iran, saying their business and energy ties do not affect the interests of any other countries. This comes after US President Donald Trump announced that companies will doing business with Iran will be blocked from doing business with the US. China has criticised the US for unilateral sanctions against…

Trump seeks ‘Arab Nato’ to counter Iran

The Trump administration is attempting to facilitate a security and political alliance between six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan as a counter to the influence of Iran in the region. The White House wants to help establish greater coordination on missile defence, military training, counter-terrorism, as well as strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties…

New Nuclear Deal on the Cards After Trump, Macron Talks

A new agreement on Iran’s nuclear program could be on the table, following talks between Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron. The US President claimed a deal possible after talks with Mr Macron in Washington, after Mr Trump’s scepticism over a 2015 accord. “I think we will have a great shot at doing a…

Trump extends Iran deal, issues allies ultimatum to ‘fix’ it

US President Donald Trump has signed sanction waivers, upholding Washington’s commitments to former president Barack Obama’s deal with Iran. He did, however, issue a warning that he still wants to see the deal “fixed”. “Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,” Mr Trump said in…

Protests break out in Tehran over alleged corruption

The Iranian cities of Tehran, Kermanshah and Mashhad have had protests breaking out over the past few days, with demonstrators angry about alleged corruption and rising prices. The rallies seek to address economic issues, with unemployment at a three-year high of 12.7% last year and the price of some foods such as eggs rising by…

Thousands Homeless After Iran Earthquake

More than 70,000 people have been left homeless after an earthquake struck the western region of Iran. The 7.3 magnitude quake left survivors to camp out for a second straight night in close to freezing temperatures, which could drop to as low as 12 degrees in Sarpol-e Zahab, the worst-hit city. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani…

Trump refuses to certify Iran deal

US President Donald Trump has refused to certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran deal in a move that has been expected for weeks. He announced the new strategy in a speech saying the US will take a stronger stance to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weaponry. “Our policy is based on a…