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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband hopeful of her release

Iran’s prisoner swap offer raises prospect that British-Iranian dual national could be freed The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national held in Tehran on spying charges, says he has been given hope by Iran’s offer of a prisoner swap to secure her release.Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday he had the power to authorise Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release in return for the release of Iranian woman held in Australia. Continue reading...
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Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes a Prisoner Swap With the U.S.

"Let's have an exchange. I'm ready to do it," he said.
Tags: Uncategorized, Iran, Onetime, Overnight


Oil prices expected to spike in summer as US toughens stance on Iran sanctions

News of US ending exemptions to Iran’s oil sanctions triggered surge in oil prices, as Americans prepare for summer road tripsThe summer driving season may just have gotten more expensive.US and global crude oil prices are near six-month highs as the White House said Monday it would not extend exemptions to Iran’s oil sanctions that were set to end in May. The news triggered an immediate spike in oil prices and comes as gasoline demand seasonally rises as Americans prepare for summer road trips...
Tags: Oil, Business, Commodities, Trump administration, Iran, Saudi Arabia, US news, US politics, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Iran offers prisoner swap

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British Iranian mother jailed in Iran three years ago on espionage charges, could be released as part of a prisoner exchange, Iran's Foreign Minister said Wednesday.


Iran offers prisoner swap which could see jailed charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British Iranian mother jailed in Iran three years ago on espionage charges, could be released as part of a prisoner exchange, Iran's Foreign Minister said Wednesday.


Iranian woman in Australian jail drawn into Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic dispute

Negar Ghodskani has been separated from her son since being arrested on US extradition request An Australian resident has been drawn into an international row over Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Iran on espionage charges, after the Iranian foreign minister suggested a prisoner swap.Negar Ghodskani, an Iranian woman who moved to Australia with her husband in 2012, has been in a South Australian prison since June 2017 when she was arrested on a US extradition requ...
Tags: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Australia news, Iran, US news, Extradition, South Australia


Iran Foreign Minister: President Trump Wants to Talk, While Bolton Wants Conflict

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he doubts Trump wants conflict
Tags: Uncategorized, Iran, Onetime, White House


Top Iranian Diplomat To Trump: ‘Try The Language Of Respect … It Won’t Kill You’

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran’s top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump’s aim “is to bring us to our knees to talk” — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want “regime change at the very least” and the “disintegration of Iran.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he doubts Trump wants conflict because the president ran on a campaign promise “not to waste another $7 trillion in our region in order to make the situation only worse.” But Zarif sa...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Matt Shuham


Exclusive: Iran's Zarif believes Trump does not want war, but could be lured into conflict

"I don't think he wants war," Zarif said in an interview at the Iranian mission to the United Nations in New York. "But that doesn't exclude him being basically lured into one." The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Zarif's remarks. Zarif said a so-called "B-team," including Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran.


Iran foreign minister offers prisoner swap deal for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Iran’s foreign minister has offered a prisoner exchange of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and an Iranian woman held in Australia on “phony charges”. Mohammed Javad Zarif, speaking at an event held by the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, said the proposal was made to the US six months ago but he was now making it public. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, a British-Iranian who has been held in prison in Tehran on spying charges since 2016, was last month granted diplomatic protection by the UK governmen...


Iran will continue to defy US oil sanctions, says Tehran

Foreign minister says US should ‘prepare for consequences’ if it tries to stop Iranian oil salesThe Iranian foreign minister, Javed Zarif, said Tehran would continue to defy US sanctions by finding buyers for its oil and warned that Washington should “be prepared for the consequences” if it tried to stop it.The US announced the sanctions in November but some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import Iranian oil. Washington now says those waivers – which mainly affect China, Ind...
Tags: Iran, US news, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Oil, Business, Trump administration


Opinion: Here's Why The Trump Administration's Iran Sanctions Strategy Won't Work

The Trump administration can cause Iran severe pain, but it cannot trigger the collapse of the regime, argue Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center and Richard Sokolsky of the Carnegie Endowment.(Image credit: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Iran, Trump, Wilson Center, Aaron David Miller, Trump Administration, Richard Sokolsky, Atta Kenare, Carnegie Endowment Image


Today in History for April 24th

Highlights of this day in history: An aborted mission to free American hostages in Iran ends in disaster; Ireland's 'Easter Rising' begins; Armenians face mass deportation during World War I; Singer Barbra Streisand born. (April 24)            [Author: AP]
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Iran's Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go 'without response'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a "hostile measure" that "won't be left without a response". "US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran's oil won't get them anywhere. The United States announced on Monday it would halt the practice of exempting countries including India, China and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil.
Tags: News, US, Turkey, Iran, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, India China, Khamenei


Iran oil waivers: Is it about to become more expensive to fill my car?

What US sanctions on Iran's oil industry might mean for you - and why they matter.
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China tells US to avoid ‘wrong moves’ over Iran oil controls

BEIJING (AP) — China has told Washington to avoid “wrong moves” that hurt Chinese interests following a U.S. threat to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Wednesday that Beijing opposes the Trump administration’s “unilateral sanctions and so-called long-arm jurisdiction” over Iran. Geng said China, one of the […]
Tags: Business, News, Washington, China, US, Iran, Ap, Beijing, Nation, Trump, Nation & World, Geng Shuang, Iran Geng


Iranians brace for harder times as US oil sanctions close in

Iranians, already hard hit by punishing US economic sanctions, are bracing for more pain after Washington abolished waivers for some countries which had allowed them to buy oil from Iran. "In the end the pressure (America) is putting out is on the people," said a 28-year-old technical instructor in Iran. In 2015 when Iran struck a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, hopes were high that it would end the country's years of crippling economic isolation.
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White House economist sees no impact on oil prices from Iran sanctions

Washington (AFP) - The decision to tighten sanctions on Iran will have "no material impact" on oil prices given the large US supply of petroleum, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Tuesday.
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Big winner from Trump's Iran oil boycott: Putin

The biggest winner from Donald Trump's clampdown on Iranian oil exports is Vladimir Putin and Russia. That much became clear even before Secretary State Mike Pompeo made the official announcement early Monday. Crude oil prices, already up 44% this year, jumped nearly 3% more.
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Iran, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pompeo


The big winner from Trump's Iran oil boycott: Vladimir Putin

After Mike Pompeo's anouncement that the United States would allow no country to import oil from Iran, oil prices began to spike—a boon for Russia, one of the world's largest oil suppliers. But not so good for a whole lot of other countries—including American motorists who'll be paying a lot more for gasoline this summer, writes David Andelman
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Iran, Cnn, United States, Trump, Mike Pompeo


Trump’s Iran Sanctions Are a Risk Worth Taking

After months of debate inside his administration, President Trump has finally decided to further tighten sanctions on Iran. Iran hawks have for months been urging the president to end the waivers that granted eight nations to continue importing Iranian oil, the Islamist regime’s main source of foreign cash. In doing so, Trump is taking a substantial risk. But it is one worth taking.The fallout from the move could lead to a substantial hike in oil prices this summer. It could also greatly complic...
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Relationship Between U.S. And Iran Continues To Deteriorate

Iranian media say the parliament has approved a bill that labels all U.S. military forces as terrorist.
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Saudi Arabia executes 37 citizens over alleged terrorism offences

Kingdom reports largest mass execution in single day since January 2016 after attacksSaudi Arabia has executed 37 citizens across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes, publicly pinning one of their headless bodies to a pole as a warning.The mass execution on Tuesday was the biggest in a single day in Saudi Arabia since January 2016, when 47 people were killed, including a prominent Shia cleric whose death prompted protests in Iran and the ransacking of the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Co...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran


Trump administration mulls controversial next step targeting Iran

President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering revoking sanctions waivers that have allowed several countries to collaborate with Iran on civil nuclear projects, including those intended to restrict Iran's nuclear production capabilities, two sources familiar with the matter said.
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Trump admin mulls more sanctions that could threaten safeguards on Iran's nuclear program

President Donald Trump and his advisers are considering revoking sanctions waivers that have allowed several countries to collaborate with Iran on civil nuclear projects, including those intended to restrict Iran's nuclear production capabilities, two sources familiar with the matter said.
Tags: Iran, Cnn, Donald Trump


Asia will feel the pain if US sanctions shut down Iran's oil exports

Asia's biggest economies are scrambling to find new sources of oil after the United States said it would no longer grant exemptions to sanctions on Iranian crude exports.
Tags: Asia, US, Iran, Cnn, United States


"Why did Obama go soft on Russia? My opinion is that it was because he was singularly focused on the nuclear deal with Iran."

"Obama wanted Putin in the deal, and to stand up to him on election interference would have, in Obama's estimation, upset that negotiation. This turned out to be a disastrous policy decision."From "Mueller's report looks bad for Obama" by Scott Jennings.That's at CNN, which tells us, "Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor, is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell... The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own" and direct...
Tags: Law, Putin, Obama, Russia, Iran, Cnn, George W Bush, Mueller, Sen Mitch McConnell, Ann Althouse, Obama and foreign policy, Obama and iran, Scott Jennings


US move to end Iran exemptions sending oil prices higher

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Global oil prices are climbing in the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil. And analysts said Tuesday that prices could keep heading higher. The U.S. announced the sanctions last year to push Iranian leaders to renegotiate an agreement aimed at keeping them from […]
Tags: Business, News, US, Iran, Nation, FRANKFURT Germany


UPDATE 1-Iran lawmakers authorize firm action against US "terrorist" acts

Iran's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday requiring the government take firm steps to respond to "terrorist actions" by U.S. forces, state TV reported, retaliating against Washington's blacklisting of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards. President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist group, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S. forces. Tehran reacted to ...
Tags: News, Washington, US, Iran, Tehran, Donald Trump, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps IRGC, U S Central Command CENTCOM


US sanctions over Iran oil will 'intensify Mideast turmoil': China

China warned Tuesday that the US decision to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil will "intensify turmoil" in the Middle East and in the international energy market. The White House announced Monday it was calling an end to six-month waivers that had exempted several countries -- including major importer China -- from unilateral US sanctions on Iranian oil exports. "China firmly opposes the US implementation of unilateral sanctions and its so-called long-armed jurisdiction," foreign minis...
Tags: News, White House, China, US, Iran, Middle East, Mideast, Geng Shuang



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