The Islamic Republic of Iran today is a Shiite Islamic republic with a Sunni minority under a theocratic regime which is ruled by President Hassan Rouhani since 2013. Historically, it is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations including the Persian empire. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has become more and more conservative.
Investigative journalist Rachel Binhas reported the French government authorized the extradition of the Lebanese national Mazen al-Atat, who is alleged by the US to be an agent for Hezbollah.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all matters of state, has repeatedly ruled out negotiations with the United States.
Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spent Sunday touring rocket-tattered southern Israel and Monday in meetings with top Israeli officials.
The front-runner in a carefully vetted field is Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge seen by analysts and insiders as representing the security establishment at its most fearsome.
A mark of his campaign has been Iranian self-resilience and the “resistance economy” having the ability to overcome American sanctions.
Iran will hold a presidential election on June 18, seen as a referendum on the Islamic Republic's handling of an array of political and economic crises.
Navid’s brother, Saeed, tweeted “Two female officers beat my mother so that her head was hit on the asphalt. 20 people beat Navid, 5 people [beat] Elham."
The sixth round of talks kicked off with a meeting of remaining parties to the deal - Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - in the basement of a luxury hotel.
Iranian officials started to leak that they would like a deal by August, around when the country’s new president, who will be elected on June 18, actually takes office.
The combination of modern totalitarianism and Iran’s Islamic theocracy, with a supreme leader, cannot allow for more than a voting spectacle.
Rejects Netanyahu's framing of the severe threat posed by Iran as having the constant ability to destroy the Jewish state.
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"Even in the event of a return to compliance with the JCPOA, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place,” Blinken told lawmakers
"Will we be pushovers to Iran? Will we let it support and carry out terror? Destroy embassies?”
The 74-year-old was considered a descendent of the Prophet Mohammed and helped found Hezbollah and the IRGC, and lost his hand in an attempted assassination by Israel.
Whether it is Sheikh Jarrah or a planned march in Jerusalem, now called off, or other “threats,” there is always an excuse to stoke war plans.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that Iran has not given indications that it’s willing to return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.
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Iran is taking an interest in seeing its ally Hezbollah receive more power.
A local official told Iranian media that no injuries were caused in the incident and that the fire was under control.
"Some candidates were wronged. They were accused of untrue things that were unfortunately spread throughout the internet too," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said all operations had been suspended at the facility, known as the Tondguyan refinery, as firefighters tried to contain the blaze.
It is not clear if the fire was accidental, but tensions have loomed over the region for the last year amid reports of various attacks on vessels of Iran and Israel.
Gantz, who heads to the Pentagon this week, urged the prime minister to keep disagreements behind closed doors.
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Although Hejazi reportedly died of a heart condition, IRGC Quds Force head praises him as “martyr” who helped develop missile tech against Israel.
Jakarta said that its coast guard had seized the MT Horse vessel over the suspected illegal transfer of oil in the country's waters.
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There are no plans to talk to the United States beyond the JCPOA
Tehran has returned to its earliest position that the US must make all concessions in lifting sanctions first, with it only ceasing nuclear violations afterward.
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"Today we will start the negotiations again and we hope that during the few days of talks, God willing, we will be able to reach the final solutions."
The refinery was inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani just a few months ago, with an expectation of generating about $1 billion in revenue for Iran.
The US, Iran and the world powers have had five rounds of negotiations in Vienna in recent months to try to resolve the nuclear standoff.
The former president is remembered fondly by some Iranians for his populism and for offering loan programs. He was often portrayed as a modest 'Mr. Clean' but this is disputed by others.
The way that the different statements were made public in an uncoordinated fashion seemed to indicate some real substantive differences between the various Iranian officials.
This new drone can achieve new heights with 35 hours of flight time and a range of 2,000 km., and can also carry bombs and hundreds of kilos of payloads.
Downing happened on sidelines of Gaza fighting. “I think that says everything about the real patron of terror in the Middle East and the world – Iran.”
The new covert groups were trained last year in drone warfare, surveillance and online propaganda and answer directly to officers in Iran's IRGC Quds Force.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi stressed that some key issues still have not been resolved.
Deal could be reached as soon as next week, or at least before Iran's June 18 presidential elections.
Why do drone threats matter? Because drones can carry warheads and also move slowly and may be able to maneuver.
“Iranian cyber actors are also trying to gain access to protected information in Germany"
Hardliner Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi may be frontrunner in the race to elect the next president of Iran.
Iran’s IRGC head Hossein Salami warned last week that Israel was vulnerable to one large tactical operation because the country is so small.
To date there is no clear candidate from the reformist camp, and anyone too popular might be disqualified by Iran’s Guardian Council.
A video shows the man lifting a burning Israeli flag and attempting to wave it, before a sudden burst of wind causes the fire to quickly spread down the pole and to his clothes.
"The Israelis, who had access to Soleimani’s numbers, passed them off to the Americans, who traced Soleimani and his current phone to Baghdad."
The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to Iranian media reports.
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The report said Iran’s regime can use “Detour deliveries over ‘third states’ in order not to identify the final buyer” and “the use and misuse of inexperienced freight deliverers and transporters."
Khamenei was speaking on Iran's annual Quds Day, which uses the Arabic name for Jerusalem, held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The JCPOA was a bad deal that worked pretty well. Canceling it, in contrast, led Iran to multiply its efforts to obtain nuclear weapons or force concessions from the US.
When high profile people or those involved in sensitive work fall out a window, it is naturally considered suspicious.
The findings from the three European intelligence agencies in 2021 contradict Khamenei’s claims and are likely to fuel a new debate about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.
It would appear rumors about a rapid return to a deal and US appeasement of Iran’s regime may not be on the cards as quickly as some have predicted.
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According to the Israeli official, the Israeli delegation told the US delegation that there is no point negotiating specific details at this moment of the “longer and stronger” deal
Reiterating Israel's position that it does not consider itself bound by the diplomacy, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said: "A bad deal will send the region spiraling into war."
The recording, shedding a rare light on ties between the government and the elite Guards, has angered hardliners in Iran, who called the leak "an espionage act."
The decision to try to counter UAVs or drones has been in the works for years. Back in 2018 Congress first authorized a cooperative US-Israeli Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Program
'Additional focus of Iran’s intelligence is the observation of and fight against opposition groups domestically and abroad.'
It seems ridiculous that Zarif was unaware of the widely reported alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, begging the question why he's claiming he didn't know.
Joe Biden appears to be unfazed by the Natanz incident, Iran's 60% uranium enrichment and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's claim that John Kerry leaked info to him.
There are real reasons to criticize Kerry, such as failing to predict the Abraham Accords and backing the Iran deal, but he probably doesn’t deserve the wrath he’s attracting over this Zarif quote.
Erdan's words came as talks to revive the 2015 Iranian deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program advance.
Negotiations between Tehran and Washington are still far from a conclusion after the latest round of nuclear talks in Vienna, according to a senior American official.
Iran was elected to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, an organization that works to be the global champion for gender equality.
The report is the latest evidence that Iran is pressing ahead with the installation of advanced machines.
A high-level delegation of Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat will arrive with senior IDF officers in Washington.
Pardo suggested Israel support the two-phase approach of the Biden administration – especially the second phase of lengthening and strengthening the JCPOA.
“If Americans act within the framework of honesty, we will achieve results in a short time.”
All the messaging from Iran, US, Russian and China indicate that an interim deal for the new Iran nuclear deal is near completion.
Its missile arsenal was designed to be an asymmetric kind of threat because Iran has a weak conventional army and weak air force.
Tehran must compromise in Vienna negotiations or face economic danger.
Before looking for whom the message was intended, it is worth looking first at who was not likely the targeted audience: US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The Islamic Republic has improved the range and guidance on its drones.
In December, Turkish forces at Bashiqa were wounded in an ISIS attack.
A day before the attack, a shadowy group told Sabereen news that it had targeted “Mossad” in northern Iraq.
Electricity and landline telephone and internet in Gonaveh city had been cut off "and people are taking to the streets for fear of earthquakes", semi-official news agency Tasnim reported.
Iraq's prime minister visited Saudi Arabia late last month.
"Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage... has been identified" • suspect fled the country before the attack
"We do not support and do not think it's at all helpful that Iran is saying it's going to move to enrich to 60 percent," Biden told reporters in Washington.
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"You [US] are essentially in the driver's seat to get to a point to where we can address what I believe were shortcomings in JCPOA."
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Iran needs to revamp its security, says the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council who reports directly to the supreme leader.
"We will have to see how in the coming days we address these violations with the will to press ahead in the talks."
Iran's nuclear deal with major powers only lets Tehran enrich uranium to up to 3.67% purity, one of many limits that it breached more than a year ago.
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Araqchi also announced that Iran will introduce 1,000 more centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility.
This was reportedly at the request of current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
This “reserves the right” story about retaliation appears to be a dialing back of Iran’s claims it would retaliate.