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US sanctions Hezbollah officials, among them Iraq ambassador to Iran

The United States sanctioned two officials on Thursday of the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hezbollah. Nabil Qaouk and Hassan Al-Baghdadi “are members of Hezbollah’s Central Council, a group of senior Hezbollah officials that elects the terrorist group’s Shura...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

With Iranian arms embargo set to expire, will Tehran be able to purchase weapons...

Despite ongoing fears of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and aggression in the Middle East, the U.N. arms embargo on Tehran is scheduled to expire on Oct. 18, which would allow the Islamic Republic...
U.S. Department of Treasury headquarters in Washington, D.C. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US blacklists Iran’s financial sector, sanctions 18 banks

The United States has issued new sanctions targeting Iranian banks and blacklisted Iran’s financial sector. The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it has sanctioned 18 Iranian banks, sixteen of them for operating in Iran’s...
U.S. Department of Justice headquarters. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

US seizes 92 domain names used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The FBI has seized 92 domain names unlawfully used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to engage in a global disinformation campaign, announced the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday. Four of the domains purported...
Iranian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Report: US considers new sanctions on Iran’s financial sector

The Trump administration is considering additional sanctions on Iran’s economy that would include targeting around 14 banks and designating its entire financial sector, reported Bloomberg earlier this week, citing three people familiar with the matter. A designation of...
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US reimposes UN sanctions, adds new measures on Iran

The United States has reimposed United Nations sanctions on Iran, in addition to imposing “new sanctions and export control measures on 27 entities and individuals connected to Iran’s proliferation networks,” according to a statement...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Rouhani puts talks back on table if US returns to 2015 nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that his country will enter discussions with the United States if it returns to the 2015 nuclear deal. “Washington’s maximum pressure policy on Iran has failed 100 percent....
A view north of Tehran, home to nearly 50 percent of Iran's industries. Credit: Flickr/Wikimedia Commons.

Reactions to America requesting UN snapback sanctions on Iran

Jewish and Israel-related groups immediately reacted to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Thursday that the United States has requested the United Nations enact its snapback sanctions on Iran. The snapback mechanism is included under...
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian L. Ricardo via Wikimedia Commons.

Can the world wait for Biden to deal with Iran?

In an election year, everything a president does is fair game for political potshots. So the sniping at the Trump administration’s policy towards Iran from Democrats is to be expected. But do they have...
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Kremlin.

US rejects Russia’s offer for virtual summit on Iran

The United States has rejected Russia’s offer for a virtual summit outside of the United Nations regarding Iran. “The United States believes strongly that the Security Council is the best place to have discussions related...