US ‘ready’ for nuclear talks with Iran… with precondition of addressing ‘regional issues’

The Joe Biden administration said it’s willing to sit down with Iran to discuss renewing the 2015 nuclear pact, though a senior US official noted the talks must cover other “regional issues” – a potential deal-breaker for Tehran. “The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting […]

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Iran executes wrestler, evoking shock and condemnation – Times of India

TEHRAN: Iran said it executed a wrestler Saturday for murdering a man during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018, drawing widespread condemnation and eliciting shock from the International Olympic Committee. Navid Afkari, 27, was executed at a prison in the southern city of Shiraz, provincial prosecutor general Kazem Mousavi was quoted as saying on […]

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Iran cries victory after US bid to extend arms embargo flops at UN – Times of India

TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday hailed a UN Security Council vote rejecting a US bid to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic republic, saying its foe has “never been so isolated”. President Hassan Rouhani said the US had failed to kill off what he called the “half alive” 2015 deal with major powers that gave […]

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On North Korea and Iran, Bolton Blames ‘the Split Between Trump and Trump’

And Mr. Trump, distracted by the fact that his former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was testifying back in Washington about the president’s private financial and personal dealings, is desperate to announce something, anything, that will seem big enough to drive Mr. Cohen off the front pages. “Trump asked me how we could be ‘sanctioning the […]

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Iran Is Accused of Hiding Suspected Nuclear Activity

WASHINGTON — International nuclear inspectors and the United States accused Iran on Friday of hiding suspected nuclear activity, the first time in more than eight years that Tehran has been accused of obstructing inspections, paving the way for a new confrontation with Western powers. The accusation came in a resolution passed by the board of […]

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Russia Vows to Stand Firm by Iran on Nuclear Deal – The Moscow Times

Russia on Tuesday vowed to stand by its ally Iran and resist any attempts to promote an anti-Iranian agenda amid tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments during a visit to Moscow by his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif amid a fresh row over access to Iranian sites where past nuclear […]

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UN nuclear watchdog meets as Iran row brews – Times of India

VIENNA: The UN nuclear watchdog‘s governing body will meet on Monday as a row brews over Iran’s refusal to allow access to two sites where historic nuclear activity may have occurred. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expressed “serious concern” in a report earlier this month that Iran has been blocking inspections at the […]

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Imran Khan’s relationship with Army on the rocks amid Covid-19 outbreak – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic fallout has placed it in a confrontation path with the Army whose top brass is unhappy at the failure of the Government to deal with the Pandemic. Wajid Shamsul Hasan, a former Pakistan diplomat, and journalist said that the total failure of Imran Khan […]

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First India-Pak meet on locusts likely on June 18 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan are likely to hold their first of six bilateral meetings on the desert locust incursion issue on June 18 under an existing institutional mechanism. Government sources told TOI on Tuesday that though both the countries are in principle agreed on the date and final modalities to hold such parleys in […]

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Iran to execute man who allegedly spied on US-slain general – Times of India

Representative image TEHRAN: Iran announced on Tuesday that it will execute a man convicted of allegedly providing information to the US and Israel about prominent Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad in January. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili offered little information about the convicted man, beyond giving […]

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