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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.

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

Iran, world powers resume nuclear talks amid enrichment, Natanz attack

"We will have to see how in the coming days we address these violations with the will to press ahead in the talks."

By REUTERS
15/04/2021

Iran has 'almost completed preparations' to enrich uranium to 60% -IAEA

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.

By REUTERS
14/04/2021
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How will the Natanz incident affect Iran's Vienna negotiations? - analysis

The incident could give the US leverage - if they want it.

Iran censors soccer match over 100 times due to woman referee

Exclusive: Reaction from prisoners in Tehran to execution of wrestler Navid Afkari

Iran has begun 60% uranium enrichment - chief nuclear negotiator

Araqchi also announced that Iran will introduce 1,000 more centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility.

Exhibition of nuclear achievements of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, April 10, 2021

Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility

The attack was reportedly carried out through a remotely detonated device smuggled into the facility.

Iran: Grandson of first supreme leader drops presidential bid

This was reportedly at the request of current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

13/04/2021

What is Iran’s game plan after Natanz?

The incident has been too well reported to enable Tehran to pretend it didn’t happen – and it was Iran that revealed it in the first place.

Day 3 after Natanz: Iran reiterates 'right' to retaliate

This “reserves the right” story about retaliation appears to be a dialing back of Iran’s claims it would retaliate.

VIEW OF a damaged building after a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility, in Isfahan on J

‘Mossad behind attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility’

Security cabinet set to meet next week amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran.

Pentagon chief Austin wraps up Israel trip without mentioning Iran

Austin’s visit took place less than 100 days into the Biden administration, and was the first for a Biden cabinet member.

Mossad Director Yossi Cohen

Mossad’s Cohen doctrine on Iran: Never stop - analysis

Underground, above, doesn’t matter, we will get you

Natanz: Setting Iran back one step at a time - analysis

Iran has been on an inexorable march toward nuclear capabilities since the end of the Iraqi war in the 1980s.

12/04/2021

Iran vows to replace damaged Natanz centrifuges

Iran says it is hosting Russians this week.

Striking Natanz facility planned long before Vienna talks - sources

At the time the operation was planned, it was still unclear exactly when and if the US and Iran would return to serious negotiations regarding a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Exhibition of nuclear achievements of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, April 10, 2021

Israeli explosion sets back Natanz enrichment facility by 9 months - NYT

While Israeli media initially reported the incident was caused by a cyberattack, more recent reports say an explosive device was used.

12/04/2021
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, befor

US, Iran clash on sanctions; US sees possible 'impasse' on nuclear deal

The expert groups will continue to work "in the course of next week."

By REUTERS
10/04/2021
FILE PHOTO: Members of the media and officials tour the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December

UN atomic watchdog reports new Iranian breach of nuclear deal

While the amount of enriched uranium extracted is small, it amounts to a fresh breach at a delicate stage, as the US and Iran hold indirect talks in Vienna regarding a renegotiation of the deal.

By REUTERS
10/04/2021

Iran blames Israel, US for Saviz cargo ship attack

The spokesman warned that Iran would "without any doubt" respond to the alleged attack, but added that Iran would not take any action until an investigation into the incident is completed.

09/04/2021

Iran talks, mines in the Red Sea, and a message from Jerusalem -analysis

Israel’s biggest problem with the JCPOA is that it does not actually stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

If Iran ‘can kill Navid Afkari who's so beloved, they would kill anybody’

While discussing international wrestling on his podcast, Rogan said about Afkari and the regime in Tehran: “It seems like what they were/are doing was just making sure that people were scared."

Reviving Iran nuclear deal not a question of who goes first - US official

"The issue is do we agree on what steps are going to be taken mutually," he told Reuters.

By REUTERS
27/03/2021

Iran says it made five major military improvements last year

Iran has improved several key military capabilities, from expanding its drone fleet to a christening a new naval vessel.

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Would Iran be prepared to attack a US military base in America?

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps discussed attacking a US military base using an explosive-laden boat.

Ex-Netanyahu adviser: We have to stop Iran’s race to the bomb

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': Lahav Harkov with former acting national security adviser Jacob Nagel - Episode 10

Rep. Gottheimer to 'Post': 'We shouldn't allow Iran to threaten the US'

The New Jersey Democrat addressed the prospects of a new deal with Iran after leading a bipartisan letter to Secretary Blinken, calling him to take a hardline on the Islamic Republic.

WOMEN HOLD pictures of Iranian Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a funeral procession and burial at h

Inside Iranian Gen. Soleimani’s imminent threats that led to US airstrike

Soleimani was killed by the US alongside Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on January 3, 2020.

Military personnel place a flag on a submarine during the Velayat-90 war games by the Iranian navy i

Iran responds to attack on Israeli ship: We monitor Israel's behavior in region

The MV 'Helios Ray,' a cargo vessel bound for Singapore, was hit with an explosion in the Gulf of Oman over the weekend.

Iran’s strategy is 'threaten, rinse, repeat' to get concessions - expert

Iran’s goal is to up the pressure on the US by showing it dictates the tempo.

Iran and Turkey appear to be on collision course in Iraq - analysis

It appears that Iran, having helped the Iraqi government grab Sinjar from the Kurdistan region, doesn’t want Turkey entering Sinjar now.

IRANIAN PRESIDENT Hassan Rouhani (right) and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Who wanted to pay the pri

Iran rejects EU, US offer to hold direct talks on nuclear deal

The US was "disappointed" with the Iranian response, a White House official reportedly to Walla News.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021

Iran: US airstrikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region

“America’s recent action strengthens and expands the activities of the terrorist Daesh (Islamic State) in the region.”

By REUTERS
27/02/2021
Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami visits underground missile site of Iran's Revolutionary Guards

How a US intelligence analyst thinks Biden should handle Iran

...And how a civilian intel researcher learned Jason Bourne-style driving tricks

Why is Iran so good at nuclear diplomacy?

Because US policy is always compartmentalized and because the end goal is a “deal,” Iran knows that it can exert pressure through various means.

Iran will scale back nuclear commitments if 2015 obligations not revived

US President Joe Biden's administration is weighing a wide array of ideas on how to revive the Iranian nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

By REUTERS
15/02/2021
Reza Pahlavi, the last heir apparent to the defunct throne of the Imperial State of Iran and the cur

Fmr. Iranian crown prince: Nuclear deal a mistake, Ayatollahs won't change

"Unlike countries that define themselves with what they support, that is, prosperity and progress for their people, the ayatollahs' regime defines itself through what it opposes."

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006.

Iran's use of ‘electric shocks’ on gay children is torture, says UN report

“These abuses echo anti-LGBT+ medical treatments by the Nazis”

US said weeks, IDF said years - How long will it really take Iran to get a bomb?

On Wednesday reports emerged that Iran is making small amounts of uranium metal, which could be used in a core of a nuclear weapon.

A nurse prepares Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for inocula

Vaccine debate rages in Iran as region pushes forward with inoculation

The planned import and use of the Russian vaccine has proved controversial in the Islamic Republic.

By DANIEL SONNENFELD/MEDIA LINE
05/02/2021
An Iranian policeman takes out his gun ahead of a hanging.

Iran cleric: People who are vaccinated for COVID have ‘become homosexuals’

Iran’s regime has executed 4,000-6,000 gays and lesbians since its 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran-based dissidents urge Biden to keep sanctions on Islamic Republic

"Maintaining maximum political, diplomatic, and financial pressure on the regime"

Iran is totally confused on how to approach Biden - analysis

The Islamic Republic relies on a keen understanding of the West to make policy.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge

"The intention of the tweet seems to be keeping alive the spectre of revenge, which perhaps by itself is a kind of revenge," a Tehran-based analyst said.

By REUTERS
23/01/2021

Iran's Rouhani says 'ball in US court' over nuclear deal return

"If Washington returns to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, we will also fully respect our commitments under the pact," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

By REUTERS
20/01/2021

Top incoming Biden aides say no quick Iran deal - analysis

But US, Israel conflict over Iran still likely at later date

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For

Iran's Zarif: avoid 'absurd nonsense' about Tehran's nuclear work

"Reality check: YOU are destabilizing OUR region. Stop protecting criminals who chainsaw their critics and use YOUR arms to slaughter children in Yemen," Zarif tweeted,

By REUTERS
17/01/2021

Massive Iran missile drill is message to US, Gulf and Israel - analysis

Footage from Iran shows the missiles and precision strikes.

Pompeo to 'Post': Biden appeasing Iran would be bad for US security

As a result of the “maximum pressure,” Pompeo said “it’s very clear that Iran is more isolated than it has ever been.”

VIEW OF a damaged building after a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz Nuclear Facility, in Isfahan on J

Ex-intel, atomic chiefs: Why are there so many Iran nuke estimates?

Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and former Israel Atomic Energy Official Ephraim Asculai explain why there are so many estimates for the Iran nuke breakout timeline.

Vigil held for Navid Afkari, a wrestler killed by the Iranian regime, in Toronto, Canada

Iran's regime to execute another champion wrestler

“The Olympic Committee has as yet refused to take any serious actions against the regime in Tehran for its bloody assault against athletes.”

Twitter removes COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy tweet by Iran's Khamenei

The Twitter removal of the tweet was a rare instance of Western social media giants actually confronting Iran’s far-right authoritarian regime.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, May 14, 2019

Leading Iranian dissident urges Twitter to suspend Khamenei’s accounts

“A close review of these accounts in multiple languages which include Persian, English, Spanish, and Arabic, shows that Khamenei has repeatedly violated Twitter rules.

IRGC siezes ship near Bu Musa Island, Iran

Iran’s naval drill marks humiliation anniversary in message to US admin

Iran says its navy and IRGC naval units are at the peak of their abilities.

A view shows railway packages for containers with uranium hexafluoride salt, raw material for nuclea

Iran will expel UN nuclear watchdog inspectors unless sanctions are lifted

Parliament passed a law to halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA and to step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal if sanctions aren't eased.

By REUTERS
09/01/2021
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a virtual speech, on the occasion of the Proph

Iran leader Khamenei bans imports of US, British COVID-19 vaccines

"If the Americans were able to produce a vaccine, they would not have such a coronavirus fiasco in their own country."

By REUTERS
08/01/2021
US Capitol building

FBI probing Soleimani-related ‘threat’ to fly plane into US Capitol

Officials: Transmission picked up by air traffic control a hoax

Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz

Iran says South Korea holding $7 bln Iran funds 'hostage'

The seizure of the MT Hankuk Chemi and its 20-member crew near the strategic Strait of Hormuz has been seen as an attempt by Tehran to assert its demands.

By REUTERS
05/01/2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during a meeting with Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša in Je

Netanyahu: Increased enrichment shows Iran seeks nuclear weapons

"A few minutes ago, the process of producing 20% enriched uranium has started in Fordow enrichment complex," Iran said Monday.

The 'USS Nimitz' turns around: US 100,000-ton message to Iran

Ninety-six hours after being told to come home the 'Nimitz' got another order to “halt its routine redeployment” and remain on station.

Oil tankers pass through the Strait of Hormuz

Iran’s IRGC seizes South Korean tanker in naval piracy

The IRGC also behaves more like a pirate navy than an actual navy, harassing ships, threatening others and sometimes outright stealing and hijacking vessels.

Memo to Biden: Saudi Arabia is a bad actor, but Iran is worse - analysis

This should not be an additional cause for US president-elect Joe Biden to realign America’s Mideast policy, and move its orientation away from countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and toward Iran.

28/12/2020

Iran says US approved its funds transfer to buy COVID vaccines

Iran has won US approval to transfer funds for coronavirus vaccines from overseas, the central bank chief said on Thursday, as its daily death toll fell to a three-month low.

By REUTERS
25/12/2020
Israel Iran

US General Milley's visit to Israel sends strong signal to Iran - analysis

Why would the most senior American military officer visit Israel for the third time in just over a year?

20/12/2020
Khamenei and Bolton

In first, Iran media appears to praise John Bolton for comments

The former US National Security Advisor, who Iran media generally considers an extreme hawk, received rare praised on Fars News on Sunday when he headlined a story about his opposition to Trump.

Top UN inspector: Biden’s plan to rejoin the Iran deal will not be easy

Iran is now enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels well beyond the deal’s parameters, but nowhere near the levels it was at before the 2015 deal.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
19/12/2020

Brian Hook: No more Arab-Israeli peace deals if Biden mollifies Iran

Hook spoke less than a week after Israel announced a normalization deal with Morocco. This was its fourth such agreement under the US brokered Abraham Accords.

Iran execution spree continues; first wrestler, now journalist - analysis

Iran has become increasingly brazen and open in its killing of random innocent people for everyday acts.

Iran media says Lebanon outplayed US in Israel maritime talks

The calculation by the Lebanese side may be that a US administration seeking to re-enter the Iran deal will be more favorable to Lebanon in discussions.

Dermer: What keeps me awake is not proposed F35 sale to UAE, but Iran

Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to Washington said "What keeps me up at night is the idea that somebody would return to the nuclear deal with Iran."

A generation of fighters who died by the sword

In some ways it is a tragedy that these men turned their fire and anger against Israel and the US.

INSS DIRECTOR-GENERAL and former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin: ‘The assessment that the Ir

Yadlin: Iran may wait until end of Trump era to retaliate

However, he said it might just as likely “react in accelerating the nuclear program. The overt one.

Iran feeding uranium gas into advanced centrifuges underground - IAEA

The move is the latest nuclear standoff escalation by Iran with the US, Israel and their allies.

US imposes Iran-related sanctions on individuals, companies

The action freezes any US assets of those blacklisted and generally bars Americans from dealing with proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters.

By REUTERS
10/11/2020
burning flag

Iran official to students: Burn Israeli flags at home this year due to COVID

The website also features competitions ‘Why Down with the USA?’ and ‘Message to American Soldiers,’ for which students can enter drawings, essays, voice recordings and video clips.

Beware of Iran's underground nuclear facility - analysis

Tehran may soon regain the ability to sneak out a weapon.

US issues fresh Iran-related sanctions targeting state oil sector

"The regime in Iran uses the petroleum sector to fund the destabilizing activities of the IRGC-QF."

By REUTERS
26/10/2020

Is the IRGC pushing Ghalibaf to run for president of Iran?

It is not entirely clear what the agenda is, but in a country where media is linked to the state but where there are competing agendas, the decision by media to highlight one person and not another has a message.

Why is Iran suddenly interested in Palestinian Islamic Jihad again?

Interest does not appear to be a coincidence because the group claimed it was “mobilizing” in Gaza over the weekend.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentary elections

Iran confronts growing criticism of gov't at home

It appears that Rouhani is facing criticism due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in addition to poverty in regions around Iran.

Iran says it tested radar and Bavar-373 air defense

The air defense drill is a message against adversaries and a potential sales pitch as it wants to sell its systems.

A missile is launched during the annual military drill, dubbed “Zolphaghar 99”, in the Gulf of Oman

Iran's massive air defense drill to cover 'half the country'

Iran's Tasnim News reported that the operation will take place as if it were a "real battle."

How the end of the arms embargo disastrously splits Iranian terror, nukes

There is no debate that after the nuclear deal, Iran promoted terrorism as much or more in the Middle East and globally as before.

UN arms embargo on Iran ends

US instituted sanctions as other JCPOA signatories rejected extending embargo.

Iran, North Korea had an abysmal 2020 - analysis

Pyongyang and Tehran have both lost ground in their respective standoffs with the US – and Israeli security is marginally better for the time being because of this.

Iranian diplomat turned US professor accused of crimes against humanity

Mahallati’s aim at the UN was to "obfuscate and lie to the international community about mass crimes perpetrated by the Iranian regime.”

Iran showcases anti-ship ballistic missile to threaten US carriers

The missile has a range up to 700 km. and Iran’s Fars News says it is a “new long arm” for the Islamic Republic.

Giant Olympic Rings are installed at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, ahea

Olympics slammed for not caring about murder of Iranian wrestler

"And the IOC turned away, claiming that Navid is not their problem."

US expected to impose new sanctions on Iran's financial sector - source

President Hassan Rouhani in June said his country was experiencing the toughest year because of US economic pressure and the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the Islamic Republic hard.

By REUTERS
08/10/2020

Olympics refuses to discuss Iranian regime’s murder of wrestler

Iron Sheik and former Iranian Olympian wrestler urges Olympics to take action against the regime.

Iran grants furlough to jailed French-Iranian academic - lawyer

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual nationals in recent years, mostly on espionage charges.

By REUTERS
03/10/2020

Iran’s regime secluded witness to brutal torture of champion wrestler

Naseri said “Navid was spread out on the floor with his hands on his head begging them to stop beating him."

Fire bomb hits Iranian court where wrestler was sentenced to death

Entrance set ablaze to protest murder of wrestler Navid Afkari.

Iran and Iraq commit to boosting border cooperation and trade

Hussein called for implementing bilateral accords in areas including border cooperation, transportation and trade between the two countries.

By REUTERS
26/09/2020

Iran refurbishes Boeing 747 as it prepares for end of arms embargo

According to the report, the plane will fly to the UAE and then back to Iran but it is not clear what will be the plane’s overall future.

What are Iran’s calculations against the US today?

Recent statements paint a picture of a solidifying worldview in Iran that harkens back not only to the era of the Iran-Iraq War, but also its view of a 'final victory' against the West.

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