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Iran will boost defense capabilities despite U.S. pressure: Khamenei

"We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran ... America's sanctions will make Iran self-sufficient," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States last May from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers, saying it gave too much away to Iran, and reimposed far-reaching U.S. sanctions.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Donald Trump, Khamenei, Iran America


U.S. envoy blames Houthis for Yemen peace deal delays

The U.S. ambassador to Yemen blamed the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on Thursday for the stalling of a U.N.-led peace deal in the main port of Hodeidah and said the group's weapons pose a threat to other countries in the region. The Saudi-backed Yemeni government and the Houthis reached a ceasefire and troop withdrawal deal for Hodeidah, which is under Houthi control, at talks in Sweden in December. "We are greatly frustrated by what we see as delays and stalling on the part of the Houthis in ...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Iran, Un, Yemen, Aden, Houthis, Matthew Tueller


Iran will boost defence capabilities despite U.S. pressure - Khamenei

Iran is determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. "We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran ... America's sanctions will make Iran self-sufficient," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khamenei, Iran America


Khamenei says Iran has successfully resisted U.S. sanctions

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday in a new year speech broadcast on state TV that the Islamic Republic successfully resisted "unprecedented, strong" U.S. sanctions. Iran has faced economic hardship since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions. Khamenei also said that economic hardship and the fall of the currency remain top problems and that the government should confront these iss...
Tags: Science, Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Geneva, Donald Trump, Islamic Republic, Reuters Iran, Khamenei, Babak Dehghanpisheh


Study links drinking hot tea with elevated esophageal cancer risk

The research hails from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and is published in The International Journal of Cancer. Scientists followed 50,045 individuals between the ages of 40 and 75 from 2004 to 2017. During this period, 317 new cases of esophageal cancer were identified. Drinking 700ml of tea per day at a temperature greater than or equal to 60°C was associated with a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer.
Tags: Science, Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences


Syria's Assad struggles to reap spoils after military gains

"The siege is a battle in itself," he told a packed conference room in the capital, Damascus. "It is intensifying compared to previous years." The comments reflect an uncomfortable winter in Damascus, the eighth since the conflict began after protests on March 15, 2011. It is nearly a year since any mortar bomb hit the city but Syrians in government-held areas have been complaining of severe fuel shortages blamed by Damascus on Western sanctions.   Queues for state-subsidized bottles of cook...
Tags: Science, Russia, Iran, Syria, Assad, Damascus


Exclusive: U.S. aims to cut Iran oil exports to under 1 million bpd from May - sources

The United States aims to cut Iran's crude exports by about 20 percent to below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from May by requiring importing countries to reduce purchases to avoid U.S. sanctions, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump eventually aims to halt Iranian oil exports and thereby choke off Tehran's main source of revenue. Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Tehran, Reuters U S President Donald Trump


U.S. says Iran has lost $10 billion in oil revenue due to sanctions

Iran has lost $10 billion in revenue since U.S. sanctions in November have removed about 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude from global markets, a U.S. State Department official said on Wednesday. Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative on Iran, said in remarks at the CERAWeek energy conference that due to a global oil surplus - in part due to record U.S. production - the United States is accelerating its plan of bringing Iranian crude exports to zero. U.S. sa...
Tags: Science, Russia, Opec, Iran, United States, Venezuela, U S State Department, Petroleum Exporting Countries, The State Department, Brian Hook


Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric tells Rouhani ties must respect sovereignty

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday that Iraqi sovereignty must be respected and weapons kept in state hands, a veiled reference to increasingly influential Iran-backed militias. It was the first meeting between an Iranian president and the 88-year-old Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who rarely weighs in on politics but exerts wide influence over Iraqi public opinion. Sistani welcomed "any steps to strengthen Iraq's relatio...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Baghdad, Rouhani, Reuters Iraq, Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, Sistani


Iran's oil tanker fleet being squeezed as sanctions bite

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is running short of options to replace its aging fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran, Western and Iranian sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled and Panama has also removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry forci...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran, Tehran Western


Iran hunts for more ships to keep its oil flowing

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is discreetly scouring the globe for second-hand oil tankers to replace its ageing fleet and keep crucial crude exports flowing as U.S. sanctions start to bite, Iranian and Western sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled, Panama has removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry and Tehran is now looking for extra vessels in places such as V...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Vietnam, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran


Exclusive: Pompeo to meet oil executives, push U.S. crude exports, Iran policy - sources

U.S. Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo will meet with top oil executives before he addresses a conference on Tuesday, in an effort to get them to help the administration's effort to boost crude exports to Asia and to support its policy of isolating Iran, according to three people at two companies briefed on the agenda. The outreach represents a significant new effort to sway industry executives to the Trump Administration’s “energy dominance” agenda that seeks to advance diplomatic and policy obje...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Iran, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Trump Administration, China Poland Japan


Iran's Rouhani signs trade pacts in Iraq to help offset US sanctions

The deals, among them a plan to build a railway linking the neighbors, emerged soon after the start of Rouhani's visit, meant to underline that Tehran still plays a dominant role in Iraq despite U.S. efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic. Iran and Iraq fought a devastating 1980-88 war but the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that ousted Saddam Hussein prompted a long Sunni Islamist insurgency during which Iran's regional sway rose at the expense of the United States. Rouhani and Iraqi Prime Mi...
Tags: Science, Iraq, US, Iran, Tehran, Saddam Hussein, Rouhani, Islamic Republic Iran, Abdul Mahdi, United States Rouhani, Adel Mahdi


Trade ties in focus as Iran's Rouhani begins first Iraq visit

Prior to his departure, Rouhani said Shi'ite Muslim Iran was determined to strengthen ties with its Shi'ite-led Arab neighbor, Iranian state television reported on Monday. "One cannot forget the bombs that Americans dropped on Iraq, Syria and other regional countries." During Rouhani's three-day visit a series of agreements will be signed in energy, transport, agriculture, industry and health, the Iranian state news agency IRNA said. "Iraq is an important state in the region and it can play a...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, Rouhani, Iraq Syria, IRNA, Shi


Trade ties in focus as Iran's Rouhani begins Iraq visit

It is Rouhani's first visit to Baghdad. Prior to his departure he said Shi'ite Iran was determined to strengthen brotherly ties with its neighbour, Iranian state television reported on Monday. The visit will send a strong message to the United States and its regional allies that, in the face of U.S. sanctions, Iran still plays a dominant role in Iraqi politics.
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, United States, Baghdad, Rouhani, Shi


Iran's Rouhani begins official visit to Iraq, hopes for better trade ties

Shi'ite Iran is determined to strengthen its brotherly ties with neighboring Iraq, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday before his "historic" first visit to the country, state television said on Monday. The visit is a strong message to the United States and its regional allies that Iran still dominates Baghdad, a key arena for rising tension between Washington and Tehran. "We are very much interested to expand our ties with Iraq, particularly our transport cooperation," Rouhani said...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iraq, Iran, United States, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Baghdad, Rouhani, Mehrabad


Rouhani seeks to shore up Iran's influence on Baghdad trip

The first Iranian presidential visit to Iraq since 2013 is also meant to signal to President Donald Trump's administration that Tehran retains its influence in much of the region despite U.S. sanctions. "Iran and Iraq are neighbors and no country can interfere in their relations," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said after arriving in Baghdad to prepare for the visit. Rouhani's three-day trip starting on Monday includes meetings with Iraq's president and prime minister, tours of Shi'ite ...
Tags: Science, Iraq, Iran, Tehran, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Rouhani, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Shi, Grand Ayatollah Ali


Oil majors strut into Houston for annual energy conference

After a year that saw international crude oil prices surge to more than $87 a barrel in the fall then tumble, the market has been calmer of late, even with production limitations imposed by a combination of OPEC's output cuts and large-scale sanctions placed on Iran and Venezuela by the United States. U.S. crude output has rocketed to more than 12 million barrels a day, surpassing former leaders Russia and Saudi Arabia, but that success comes as independent U.S. shale companies are reducing dri...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Iran, United States, Venezuela, Houston


Iran's leader names hardline cleric Raisi as judiciary chief: IRNA

Iran's Supreme Leader appointed hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi as the new head of the judiciary on Thursday, the state news agency IRNA said. The appointment of Raisi, 58, a protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, positions him to undermine the influence of moderates under President Hassan Rouhani in Iran's complicated multi-tiered power structure. "I am appointing you as the head of the judiciary..., as a person who is familiar with the judiciary after years of serving inside the sys...
Tags: Science, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Khamenei, IRNA, Ebrahim Raisi, Raisi


Before Saudi Arabia Goes Nuclear, It May Have to Follow Iran’s Lead

Focus on Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program has risen in the last month after the U.S. Congress opened an investigation into the potentially illegal transfer of sensitive technologies to the kingdom. This week the International Atomic Energy Agency, responsible for verifying that countries don’t divert material for weapons, weighed in on what its inspectors need before the kingdom can start generating nuclear power. Riyadh’s nuclear program is developing “based on an old text” of safeguard rules, ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vienna, IAEA, Riyadh, Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency


Iran hopes trade channel skirting U.S. sanctions will work within weeks

France, Britain and Germany have set up the new mechanism for non-dollar trade with Iran in response to Washington's withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that lifted international sanctions against the Islamic republic in exchange for restrictions on its atomic activities. U.S. sanctions aimed at crippling Iran's economy and oil industry have resumed, placing the deal in jeopardy, though Iran has continued to comply with the accord so far. "We hope that in the coming weeks Instex wou...
Tags: Science, Washington, Germany, Iran, France Britain, Abbas Araqchi


Iran's Rouhani accuses U.S. of trying to change clerical establishment

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Wednesday of plotting to use economic pressure to overthrow the Islamic republic's clerical establishment, and ruled out the possibility of talks with Washington. "Iran is in economic and psychological war with America and its allies ... their aim is to change the regime ... But we will not allow it as our nation and the leadership are united against our enemies," Rouhani said in a speech in the northern province of Gilan. Tensions ...
Tags: Science, America, Iran, United States, Hassan Rouhani, Donald Trump, Trump, Rouhani, Washington Iran, Syria Yemen Lebanon, Gilan Tensions


Iran's Torpedo/Missile Combination That's Fired From a Sub Appears To Be Real

The system uses a torpedo to launch an anti-ship missile.
Tags: Science, Iran


Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif, architect of nuclear deal, resigns

Zarif played the lead role in striking the deal under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international financial sanctions. A spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, Alireza Miryousefi, confirmed the announcement of the resignation. Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said "some sources have confirmed Zarif's resignation".
Tags: Science, Iran, United Nations, Zarif, Alireza Miryousefi


Iran frees French businesswoman held since October

Iran has released a French citizen arrested for entering the country illegally after other charges were dropped, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, days after France's foreign minister discussed her case in parliament. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers France was in touch with Iran to improve the conditions of the woman arrested in October on Iran's Gulf island of Kish for allegedly signing an illegal mining contract. "A French national who had been d...
Tags: Science, France, Iran, Gulf, Foreign Ministry, Jean Yves Le Drian, IRNA, KISH, Bahram Qasemi


Iran says it made successful submarine missile launch in Gulf war games

Iran successfully tested a cruise missile on Sunday during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, state media reported, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States. Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf, in retaliation for any hostile U.S. action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions. In August Washington said Iran had test-fired a short-range anti-ship missile in the stra...
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, Donald Trump, Gulf, Strait Of Hormuz, United States Tehran


Iran says it has various options to neutralize 'illegal' U.S. sanctions: Tasnim

Iran said on Saturday it had many options to neutralize the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on its oil exports, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, adding that Tehran's clerical rulers had no plans to hold talks with Washington. "Apart from closing Strait of Hormuz, we have other options to stop oil flow if threatened... The U.S. administration lacks 'goodwill', no need to hold talks with America," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told Tasnim. "Iran...
Tags: Science, Washington, America, Iran, Tehran, Strait Of Hormuz, Tasnim, Ali Shamkhani, Iran s Supreme National Security Council, Tasnim Iran, Shamkhani


Iran says it has many options to neutralize 'illegal' U.S. sanctions: Tasnim

"Apart from closing Strait of Hormuz, we have other options to stop oil flow if threatened," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told Tasnim. "Iran has plans in place that will neutralize the illegal U.S. sanctions against Iran's oil exports," Shamkhani said. "We have many ways to sell our oil." Tensions between Iran and the United States increased after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers last May, an...
Tags: Science, Iran, United States, Donald Trump, Strait Of Hormuz, Tasnim, Ali Shamkhani, Tasnim Iran, Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council


Oil settles 1 percent higher on hopes of market rebalance, trade deal

Crude prices rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday to their highest level this year on hopes that oil markets will balance later this year, helped by output cuts from top producers as well as U.S. sanctions on OPEC members Iran and Venezuela. Market fears over trade talks between the United States and China had helped push oil prices lower in early trade, but the market reversed after signs of progress emerged on Wednesday and strengthened equity markets. U.S. President Donald Trump said negot...
Tags: Science, China, Opec, Iran, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump


Oil rises 2 percent on hopes of market rebalance, trade deal

Crude prices rose nearly 2 percent on Wednesday, with Brent hitting its highest this year, on hopes that oil markets will balance later this year, helped by output cuts from top producers as well as U.S. sanctions on OPEC members Iran and Venezuela. U.S. President Donald Trump said negotiations with China were going well and suggested he was open to extending the deadline to complete them beyond March 1, when tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to rise to 25 percent f...
Tags: Science, China, Opec, Iran, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Lipow Oil Associates, Andy Lipow



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