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Iran Has Built Third Underground Ballistic Missile Factory

ANKARA, May 25 – Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile programme, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday, in a development likely to fuel tension with Arab neighbours and Washington. “Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years …

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Iran Accuses U.S. of “Iranophobia”, Arming “Dangerous Terrorists”

DUBAI, May 22 – Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading “Iranophobia” aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president … tried to encourage the countries

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Iran to Work on Nuclear-Powered Boats After U.S. “Violation” of Deal

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Dec 13 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani ordered scientists on Tuesday to start developing systems for nuclear-powered boats, in reaction to what he called the United States’ violation of a global atomic deal. The announcement marked Iran’s first concrete response to a U.S. Congress decision last month to extend legislation making

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Rouhani says Iran Will Not Let Trump Rip Up Nuclear Deal

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Dec 6  – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not let U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rip up a global nuclear deal, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement. Trump had said during campaigns for the White House that he would scrap Iran’s pact with world

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Iran Vows ‘Firm Response’ Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

DUBAI, Dec 4 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise “firmly respond”. In a speech to parliament, Rouhani denounced legislation passed by the U.S. Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years as a

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Rouhani Urges Iran-Turkey Joint Efforts in Iraq, Syria

DUBAI, Nov 26  – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between regional rivals Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq. “Today when the region is in a critical condition, cooperation and consultation by Tehran and Ankara in resolving issues can make a difference,” Rouhani told visiting Turkish

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Iran’s President Says US Election Offers Only Bad Or Worse Choice

DUBAI, Oct 23 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the choice offered to voters in the U.S. presidential election was between “bad and worse” and that harsh exchanges in the debates pointed to a lack of morality in America, Tehran’s arch adversary. “America claims it has more than 200 years of democracy, and

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Iranian President tells Venezuela Essential to Raise Oil Prices

DUBAI, Oct 4 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolás Maduro in a phone call that it was essential for oil producing countries to take a decision to raise the price of oil and stabilise the market, Iranian state news agency IRNA said. Iran and Venezuela are both members of the Organization

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Iran’s Global Banking Problems Deepen With Rise of Trump, Brexit

By Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi LONDON/ANKARA, July 31 – Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the rise of U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump have paralyzed efforts by Western governments to encourage already highly reluctant international banks to do business with Iran. Uncertainty is frustrating Tehran’s push for foreign investment to revive its

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Arrests of Several Dual-National Iranians Could Be Politically Motivated

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, July 18 – Montreal academic Homa Hoodfar was preparing to return to Canada from Iran in March when agents from Iran’s powerful paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps raided her Tehran home and took her laptop, phone, books and passport, her family said. Over the course of the next three months, Hoodfar, an Iranian, Canadian

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