The Latest: French president sends adviser to Iran for talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8:40 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is sending his chief diplomatic adviser to Iran following its decision enrich uranium beyond the threshold of the 2015 nuclear accord. The Elysee Palace said Monday that Emmanuel Bonne was returning on Tuesday to Tehran. He had […]

The Latest: Iran says US sanctions are ‘warfare’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Iran says it’s prepared to return to “full implementation” of its landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but only when matched by the full compliance of “all participants.” Iran has recently breached the deal’s limits […]

Iran acknowledges rocket explosion, says test malfunctioned

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time on Monday that a rocket at its Imam Khomeini Space Center exploded after satellite photos showed the blast last week, with an official saying a technical malfunction during a test caused the explosion. The comments by government spokesman Ali Rabiei were the first explanation offered […]

How Europe hopes to keep trade flowing with Iran

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European countries want to convince Iran to stick to its nuclear deal with world powers and have created a payment system that would facilitate some forms of trade with Iran in the face of financial sanctions and pressure from the U.S. President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the […]

France urges Iran to reverse breach of nuclear deal

PARIS (AP) — France’s president is urging Iran to immediately reduce its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and stick to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Emmanuel Macron said in a statement Tuesday that he “took note with concern” of Iran’s announcement that it has surpassed the limit of 300 kilograms (661 […]

Iran sees some progress on nuclear deal, but not enough

VIENNA (AP) — A meeting of the remaining partners in the Iranian nuclear deal produced some progress but not enough to satisfy Tehran’s demands, a senior Iranian official said Friday, offering little prospect for now of the country backing away from a move to surpass a uranium stockpile threshold that could doom the agreement. Abbas […]

EU works to save unraveling nuclear agreement with Iran

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the 2015 deal did not necessarily condemn the whole agreement. “We […]

Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium “much more beyond” current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms. While insisting Iran […]

Iran poised for faster centrifuges as nuclear deal collapses

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran was poised Thursday to begin work on advanced centrifuges that will enrich uranium faster as the 2015 nuclear deal unravels further and a last-minute French proposal offering a $15-billion line of credit to compensate Iran for not being able to sell its crude oil abroad because of U.S. sanctions looked […]

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with NBC News that […]

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