Iran

IAEA: Iran's enriched uranium stock far below allowed limit

Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is currently less than half of what is allowed under the Islamic Republic's nuclear agreement with major powers, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Friday.

Iran carries out more missile tests despite US pressure

Despite US sanctions, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out more missile tests on Monday, part of three days of military manoeuvres.

Former Ahmadinejad VP to run against Rowhani for Iranian presidency

A deputy to former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be a candidate in the presidential election set for May, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

Germany, France dampen expectations for Syrian peace talks in Geneva

German and French foreign ministers on Friday played down expectations of a breakthrough at peace talks in Geneva next week aimed at ending the bloody Syrian war.

Iran rejects Trump and Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear deal

Iran on Thursday rejected criticisms voiced by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a deal designed by major world powers to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

Rowhani says Iran will not tolerate threats on revolution anniversary

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani dubbed US President Donald Trump a "newcomer" and criticized US policy on Iran, saying his nation would not tolerate threats.

Syria ceasefire enforcers Russia, Turkey map out terrorist-held areas

Russia, Turkey and Iran - the enforcers of a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria - have mapped out the areas they believe are controlled by the moderate opposition forces included in the truce and the terrorist groups that aren't, a Russian general said Monday.

Iran lifts entry ban for American wrestlers

Iran has lifted a ban on American wrestlers from entering the country for a World Cup competition in the wake of a court ruling in the US which suspended a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump.

Iran holds military exercise after new US sanctions

Iran held a military exercise and tested rockets on Saturday, a day after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test last weekend.

US hits Iran with sanctions over missile test

The US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran Friday in response to a ballistic missile test over the weekend as President Donald Trump signalled that his administration will take a tougher tone with Tehran.

Iran: no visas for American wrestlers for World Cup event

Iran has banned American wrestlers from competing in a World Cup competition by denying them visas in response to President Donald Trump's executive order from last week on immigration, the IRNA news agency reported Friday.

"Nothing's off the table" toward Iran, Trump says

US President Donald Trump made clear Thursday that military action was not "off the table" after the White House warned Tehran over its weekend missile launch.

Iran calls US missile warning 'baseless and provocative'

The US warning over a recent Iranian ballistic missile test is "baseless and provocative," the Foreign Ministry in Tehran said Thursday.

White House puts Iran "on notice" over ballistic missile test

The White House had tough words for Iran on Wednesday over a recent ballistic missile test, calling the move a provocation and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Italian police bust arms traffickers to Iran, Libya

Italian police said Tuesday they have arrested a four-member ring that trafficked arms and dual-use materials to the embargoed countries of Iran and Libya.

Iran: Missile test did not violate UN resolution in nuclear deal

Iranian missile tests are legitimate and do not breach a UN resolution implemented as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

White House aware of Iran ballistic missile test

The White House is aware that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test over the weekend, but had no response to the launch, spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday.

Iranian director Farhadi will not attend Oscars over US travel ban

Iranian filmmaker Ashgar Farhadi said Sunday he would not attend next month's Oscars ceremony due to US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Iranian reaction to US travel ban not retroactive, unlike US policy

Iran's reaction to the US ban on Iranian nationals entering the country will not be retroactive, unlike the corresponding US policy, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Iran in tit-for-tat ban on US citizens after Trump migration order

Tehran reacted fiercely Saturday to a ban on its nationals entering the United States by announcing its own ban on US citizens coming to Iran.

Austria cancels Iranian visas following Trump migration order

Austria is cancelling visas for Iranians destined for the US, including members of non-Muslim minorities, due to changes in US migration policy brought in by new President Donald Trump.

Iranian director considers Oscars boycott after Trump travel ban

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is a candidate for an Oscar this year, is considering boycotting the award ceremony in protest at US President Donald Trump's changes to the country's migration policy.

Iran's Rowhani to Trump: The time for walls is over

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday criticized the isolationist policies of US President Donald Trump, claiming that his planned construction of a Mexican border wall runs contrary to modern values of cooperation between countries.

Iran hands down 5-year prison sentence to British woman for spying

A court in Tehran has sentenced a British woman, who has already been held in custody in Iran for 10 months, to five years in prison for spying, Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

Netanyahu wants to discuss Iranian threat with Trump

Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu wants to coordinate future Iran policy with US President Donald Trump, he wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

Burning building in Tehran collapses, killing over 20 firefighters

At least 20 firefighters were buried alive on Thursday when a 17-storey shopping centre in the Iranian capital Tehran collapsed after a major fire, the city's mayor said.

Amnesty: Iran must abolish 'prolific' torture punishments

Young people in Iran are being flogged for eating in public during Ramadan and attending mixed-gender parties in a regime of "legalised brutality," Amnesty International said in a statement on Wednesday.

Rowhani says Trump's criticism of Iran nuclear deal is 'just talk'

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday dismissed remarks by the US president-elect criticizing the nuclear deal with Iran as "just talk."

Iranian nuclear deal turns one, but it's too early to celebrate

Donald Trump's impending presidency raises questions about the future of the Iranian nuclear deal as it turns one-year-old.

Major powers review Iran nuclear pact amid uncertainty over US stance

Representatives from Iran and six major powers met in Vienna on Tuesday to review their agreement on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme

US ship fires warning shots at Iranian Guard boats in the Gulf

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at several patrol boats belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the Gulf, the US Defence Department said Monday.

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies aged 82

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82 from a heart attack.

Parole given to hunger-striking couple in Iran amid health concerns

Parole was granted on Saturday to a prominent Iranian married couple on hunger strike following warnings about their deteriorating health.

Iranian hunger strikers posing political threat, lawmaker warns

A prominent Iranian married couple on hunger strike could cause a political catastrophe if they die, an Iranian lawmaker warned on Saturday.

Report: Turkey, Russia agree on ceasefire plan for all of Syria

Turkey and Russia have agreed to a proposal for a ceasefire covering all of Syria, Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu reported on Wednesday.

Iran to sign 10-billion-dollar deal with Airbus for 100 planes

Iran is to sign a 10-billion-dollar deal with Airbus next week to acquire 100 aircraft, Iran's transportation minister said on Sunday according to news agency ILNA.

We will abide by deal if others do, Rowhani tells UN nuclear watchdog

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday assured the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog that Iran would continue to fulfil its obligations under a nuclear deal with six major powers.

Iran calls on EU to examine breach in nuclear deal by the US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday demanded the European Union examine a potential breach by the United States of the nuclear deal between Tehran and the international community.

Iran's supreme leader criticizes Britain's May

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has harshly criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May in comments carried by ISNA news agency on Saturday.

Iran: Deal closed for 7 Airbus planes

The Iranian private airline Iran Aseman has agreed a deal to purchase seven passenger jets from Airbus, news agency ISNA reported Iranian Employment Minister Ali Rabei as saying on Wednesday.

Rowhani calls for retaliation against US renewal of sanction power

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday demanded that his foreign minister as well as the country's nuclear chief retaliate against the renewal of the power to impose sanctions on Iran by the United States Senate.

Iran and US firm Boeing sign massive deal

Iran's state airline Iran Air and US aeroplane producer Boeing on Sunday signed a deal for the purchase of 80 aircraft valued at 16.6 billion dollars.

Iran summons British ambassador over prime minister's remarks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador concerning remarks made earlier this week by Prime Minister Theresa May at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi stated Saturday.

Iran: Saudi accusations of spying "politically motivated"

Iran on Wednesday rejected as "politically motivated" Saudi accusations that Tehran was behind a ring of spies a day after a Saudi court sentenced 15 people to death for espionage.

Saudi Arabia sentences 15 to death for spying for Iran

Fifteen people were sentenced to death on Tuesday by a Saudi court for spying for Iran.

Iran accuses US of reneging on nuclear deal with sanctions bill

Tehran on Friday accused the United States of breaching the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran by proposing legislation to reimpose sanctions on the country.

Russia can use Iranian air base for Syria attacks, minister says

Russia aeroplanes carrying out strikes in Syria can use an Iranian facility as a base to launch the attacks, the Iranian government said on Saturday.

At least 44 killed in Iran train collision, state TV says

The death toll in a train collision in north-central Iran has risen to at least 44, state TV reported on Friday, adding that 82 of people were injured.

Nuclear deal can't be renegotiated, says Iranian minister

There will be no renegotiation of Iran's nuclear deal, said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi Tuesday, despite concerns that incoming US president-elect Donald Trump might scrap the deal.

Five Iranians caught illegally entering Croatia in Konavle

Five Iranians were caught by Dubrovnik police in an attempt to illegally entered Croatia on Monday, and the men aged between 25 and 31 years, are to be readmitted  to Montenegro from where they arrived in Croatia.

Iran to follow nuclear agreement despite Trump

Iran will continue to follow the terms of its nuclear accord with the international community even during the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Wednesday.

High-ranking cleric warns Trump not to play games with Iran

A high-ranking Iranian cleric has warned Donald Trump not to play games with Iran, following the US president-elect's threats to tear up the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

IAEA: Iran edges above a limit set by nuclear deal

Iran has been slightly exceeding one of the limits agreed to under its deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme, international nuclear inspectors said Wednesday.

Iranian rapper sentenced to 74 lashes and five years jail

An Iranian rapper was sentenced to five years in prison and 74 lashes in court Saturday after being found guilty of spreading Western immorality in the Islamic nation, reported the ISNA news agency, citing prosecutors.

Iranian president champions press freedom, wants fewer court cases

Journalists should not be subjected to arbitrary censorship, argued Iranian President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, as he highlighted proposed legislation that would make it less likely for reporters to end up before the courts.

Iran sentences protesters who stormed Saudi embassy to prison, lashes

An Iranian court sentenced three assailants who raided the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran in January to six months in prison and 70 lashes on Wednesday, Tasnim news agency reported.

Rowhani warns of "terrorist regimes" during talks with EU's Mogherini

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani warned about the need to stop the spread of "terrorist regimes," during talks on Saturday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the Syrian conflict.

Russia joins OPEC nations in talks over freeze on oil production

Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met Saturday with Russia and six other non-OPEC states to discuss a possible freeze on production, after talks continuing late into the previous evening yielded no results.

EU's Mogherini in Tehran for Syria talks before heading to Riyadh

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was in Tehran for talks on the Syrian crisis on Saturday and was due to head to Saudi Arabia later in the day.

Syria vows to take control of Aleppo at Moscow talks with allies

The Syrian military will take full control of the war-torn city of Aleppo, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Friday at talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Moscow.

OPEC meets in Vienna to discuss possible freeze on production

Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met Friday in Vienna for talks about a possible freeze on production.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveil new "suicide" drones: report

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled a new drone, which can also be used for kamikaze-style attacks, the Tasnim news agency reported Wednesday.

Bosnia and Iran to strengthen economic ties

Bosnia and Herzegovina will strengthen economic ties with Iran and measures will follow to change the current strict visa regime and facilitate travel between the two countries, the Bosniak member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in Tehran on Tuesday.

Choice of White House candidates between "bad and worse," Iran says

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday revealed his low opinion of the two candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, hoping to become the next US president.

Report: US-Iran dual nationals jailed for spying in Iran

A court in Iran has sentenced two US-Iranians to 10 years in prison each on spying charges, news agency Mizan reported Tuesday.

Iran eyes bigger stake in European oil market with boosted production

Iran is planning to increase its oil production from the current 600 million to 1 billion cubic metres per day, the vice minister for petroleum said on Saturday.

Iran's Ahmadinejad says he won't run again for president

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday he has decided not to run again for president, saying he will instead remain a "little foot soldier of the revolution."

Iran releases jailed Canadian professor

Iran has released a Canadian professor accused of espionage on humanitarian grounds because of her ill health, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Iranian Supreme Leader opposes Ahmadinejad's bid for president

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has spoken out against a potential return to the presidency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, media reports said Monday.

Iran calls on US to rectify failures to implement nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani called on the United States on Thursday to fully comply with its obligations under the nuclear deal, warning that failing to do so will "further erode the credibility" of Washington.

Airbus receives US license to sell aircraft to Iran

Airbus has received a license from the US government to sell its first 17 aircraft to Iran, part of a larger deal inked earlier this year, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

In leaked emails, Colin Powell says Israel has 200 nukes

Israel has 200 nuclear weapons, former US secretary of state Colin Powell said in a leaked email, part of a trove that has been released online.

Iran plans to export 2.4 million barrels of oil per day

Iran is planning to export 2.4 million barrels of oil per day by March, according to the Ministry of Petroleum.

Iran and Russia begin work on second nuclear plant in Bushehr

Iran and Russia officially started work Saturday on a new atomic power plant in the port city of Bushehr, more than a year after an international nuclear accord was concluded between Tehran and world powers.

Saudi minister slams Iran in escalating spat over Hajj

Iran does not want the Hajj to pass safely for the millions who take part, a Saudi minister said, in an escalating spat between the two regional rivals over the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

Iran's Rowhani calls on Muslims to "punish" Saudis over Hajj deaths

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia should be punished for its role in a deadly stampede at last year's Hajj pilgrimage.

Pentagon: US patrol ship harassed by Iranian fast boats in Gulf

The US Navy said Tuesday one of its ships had again been harassed by Iranian vessels in international waters in the Persian Gulf.

Iran's ayatollah calls Saudis "infidels" ahead of Hajj pilgrimage

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the Saudis as unbelievers and questioned the country's role in administering the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

British Airways resumes flights to Tehran after four-year break

British Airways is to resume direct flights to Tehran later Thursday after an interruption of nearly four years, in another sign of Iran's closer ties to Western countries.

Iran stations anti-aircraft missiles at nuclear facility

Iran has placed Russian-supplied anti-aircraft missiles at one of its nuclear facilities, the Iranian news agency Fars reported Sunday.

Iranian nuclear negotiator arrested, released on bail

A member of the negotiating team which agreed the Iranian nuclear deal was arrested and released on bail, ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

Iranian inquiry finds executions do not deter drug smuggling

An inquiry board from Iran's judiciary has concluded that executions do not deter drug smugglers, with the board head saying Saturday that the amount of such contraband has even increased.

Iran employs preventative measures to keep youth from Islamic State

Iran said Friday it is using preventative measures to keep young people from developing sympathy for the Islamic State extremist militia.

Iran denies delivering weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied on Friday that his country delivered weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen, responding to accusations made by US Secretary of State John Kerry the day before.

Iran warns US to stay out of its territorial waters in the Gulf

The United States must keep its warships out of Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf or risk confrontation, the defence minister warned Thursday.

Arrests in Iran over "immoral" use of internet

Hundreds of people in Iran have been arrested or questioned for their "immoral use" of the internet, a news report said Tuesday.

Iran: Russia may continue to use Iranian airbase for Syria strikes

Russian bombers may continue to use an airbase in Iran's western Hamadan province to conduct strikes in nearby Syria, the speaker of Iran's parliament said Tuesday, following a temporary halt on Russian use of the base.

Iran's Rowhani says will not "bow to pressure" from hardliners

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Monday that neither he nor his government will bend under pressure from political hardliners.

Iran hints Russia's publicity on airbase use for Syria war led to ban

Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan on Monday criticized Russia for "not having kept its promise" when Russia made public that it was using an Iranian airbase for bombing raids in Syria.

Iran plays down brief detention of Japanese ambassador

The Iranian government on Monday was down playing the brief detention of Japanese ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi during a private party in April.

Iranian teenager Alizadeh wins first women's Olympic medal for Iran

Kimia Alizadeh made Iranian history on Thursday after she won an Olympic bronze medal during the women’s taekwondo competition.

Iran confirms Russian warplanes using its airbase for Syria strikes

A top Iranian lawmaker confirmed Wednesday that Russian warplanes are using an airbase on its territory, as Moscow announced it conducted another airstrike in Syria with jets that took off from Iran.

Russia denies US claim that using Iran base violates UN resolution

Russia has said that its use of an Iranian airbase to conduct bombing missions in Syria does not violate a UN resolution that forbids supplying warplanes to Tehran.

Russia jets take off from Iran for Syria strikes, Tehran denies claim

Russian Su-34 warplanes took off from an airbase in Iran on Wednesday and conducted an airstrike against Islamic State in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said.

Iran arrests suspected British spy

Iran has arrested a dual-national it suspects of working for the British secret services, Public Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Tuesday.

Russia launches Syrian airstrikes from Iran for first time

Russian warplanes took off from an airbase Tuesday in western Iran's Hamadan province and conducted an airstrike targeting militants in Syria's Aleppo, Deir al-Zour and Idlib regions, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

Three Takfiri terrorists killed in western Iran

Three armed members of a Takfiri terrorist cell were shot to death on Tuesday in clashes with Iranian security forces in the western province of Kermanshah, the Tasnim news agency reported.

Kuwait arrests 10 Iranians for alleged infiltration bid

Kuwait said on Sunday it had arrested 10 Iranians while they were trying to illegally enter the country, an incident that could further strain the Gulf nation's ties with Tehran.

More than 270 civilians killed in four months in Yemen conflict: UN

The United Nations' human rights office says 272 civilians have been killed in Yemen's conflict in four months alone this year.

Iranian dissident criticizes Italy over his "shameful" arrest

The exiled Iranian opposition activist whom Italy arrested and released after protests from human rights groups said in a Friday interview that Rome authorities had behaved shamefully towards him.