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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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Obama Weighs Historic Decision on Whether to Lift Vietnam Arms Ban

By David Brunnstrom, Lesley Wroughton and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, May 9 – U.S. President Barack Obama is considering whether to lift a three-decade-old arms embargo on Vietnam, U.S. officials say, as he weighs calls to forge closer military ties with Hanoi against concerns over its poor human rights record. The debate within the U.S. administration

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Says U.S. Lifted Sanctions Only On Paper

DUBAI, April 27 – Iran‘s Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told hundreds of workers that a global deal, signed between Iran and world powers, had lifted financial sanctions, but U.S. obstruction was stopping Iran getting

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Australia Softens Sanctions Against Iran

SYDNEY, March 2 – Australia followed major world powers by lifting sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, after confirmation from the United Nations that Tehran had taken steps required to curb its disputed nuclear program. Under changes announced by the Australian government, businesses will no longer need to seek approval for transactions of more than A$20,000

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Iranians Vote in Contest Likely To Shape Post-Sanctions Era

By Samia Nakhoul TEHRAN, Feb 26 – Iranians voted in two crucial elections on Friday, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urging a big turnout in order to frustrate Tehran’s foes, a remark reflecting the Islamic Republic’s traditionally anti-Western policies. The vote, Iran‘s first since last year’s nuclear deal with world powers, could determine whether the Islamic

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Turkish Businesses See Opportunity, and Competition, As Iran Opens Up

By Can Sezer and Ceyda Caglayan ISTANBUL, Feb 3 – The lifting of sanctions against Iran may be a mixed blessing for Turkey, opening up access to a fast-growing, lucrative market, but one that could someday rival Ankara as both an investment destination and exporter. NATO-member Turkey remains the region’s economic powerhouse, with output of

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Iran Says New U.S. Sanctions Illegitimate

DUBAI, Jan 18 – Iran on Monday said new U.S. curbs on the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program were illegitimate, vowing to continue developing its conventional military deterrent. The United States imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals on Sunday for supplying Iran’s ballistic missile program in a move delayed by over two weeks so

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Israel Licks Wounds as Iran Sanctions End, Looks to Future U.S. Aid

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 18 – Israel bristled on Sunday at the lifting of international sanctions on Iran and vowed to flag up any violations of its arch-foe’s nuclear restrictions while drawing on U.S. defense aid to prepare for a possible military face-off in the future. The International Atomic Energy Agency on Saturday ruled

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Iran Sanctions Lifted over Nuclear Deal

By Lesley Wroughton and Yeganeh Torbati VIENNA/WASHINGTON, Jan 17  – Iran emerged from years of economic isolation on Saturday when world powers lifted crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. In a dramatic move scheduled to coincide with the scrapping of the sanctions, Tehran also announced the release

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