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U.S. adviser Bolton to urge tougher UK stance on Iran and China

LONDON (Reuters) – John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, arrived in London on Sunday for talks at which he is expected to urge Britain to toughen its stance on Iran and Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Oct. …

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Rohani Says War With Iran ‘The Mother Of All Wars’

President Hassan Rohani said on August 6 that Tehran favors talks with the United States if it lifts sanctions against Iran. Tensions have risen between Iran and the West after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 landmark nuclear agreement which curbed Tehran’s atomic program in return for …

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Iran’s Zarif Says US Can’t Build Gulf Coalition as Allies ‘Ashamed’

The United States is unable to build a naval coalition to escort tankers in the Gulf because its allies are too “ashamed” to join it, Iran’s foreign minister said Monday. “Today the United States in alone in the world and cannot create a coalition. Countries that are its friends are …

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Iran’s invisible children

There are more than one million people undocumented people in Iran, and a significant number of them are children. One of the main reasons for this inhumane state of affairs is a decades-old law which deprived Iranian women in mixed marriages of the right to pass on their nationality on to their …

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Trump’s Three Missteps on Pakistan

By Daniel Markey Pakistan is where good policy options go to die. U.S. administrations have struggled to develop a coherent and effective policy toward Islamabad, trying to coerce and co-opt it, with limited success at best. Daniel Markey of SAIS offers a readout of Prime Minister Khan’s visit to Washington. He …

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Iran Announces Plans To Restart Activities At Arak Nuclear Reactor

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, says Iran is planning to restart activities at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor — a move that is not permitted under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran’s ISNA news agency quoted Salehi as making the remarks in …

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Britain Says It Won’t ‘Barter’ With Iran Over Seized Tankers

Britain has rejected the idea that it could release an Iranian tanker in exchange for a British-flagged vessel seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf.“There is no quid pro quo,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC on July 29. “This is not about some kind of barter. This is …

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European naval mission in Gulf would be ‘provocative’ – Iran

Iran has described as “provocative” a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf, amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. “We heard that they intend to send a European fleet to the Persian Gulf which naturally carries a hostile message, is provocative and …

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Iran’s IRGC Reports Deadly Clashes Near Western Border

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says one of its soldiers was killed in clashes on July 26 with a number of “anti-revolutionaries” near the western border with Iraq.A guards border patrol “encountered and fought with an anti-revolutionary group in Sarvabad,” in Kurdistan Province, Iranian semiofficial news agencies reported quoting …

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U.S. Official Says Iran Test Fires Shahab-3 Ballistic Missile

An unnamed U.S. official has told Fox News that Iran has test fired a Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missile, which if confirmed would likely add to already high tensions between Washington and Tehran.Fox late on July 25 quoted another senior U.S. administration official as saying that “we are aware of reports …

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