Ali Khamenei

  • Donald Trump Nov 17, 2019

    Iran’s Top Leader Warns ‘Thugs’ as Protests Reach 100 Cities

    Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations “thugs” and signaling that a potential crackdown loomed. The government shut down internet access across the nation of 80 million people to staunch demonstrations that took place in a reported 100...

  • Donald Trump Nov 1, 2019

    Frozen in Time, US Embassy a Monument to Iran Hostage Crisis

    The U.S. Embassy in Tehran remains frozen in 1979 as the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis approaches, a time capsule of revolutionary graffiti, Underwood typewriters and rotary telephones. The diplomatic compound was overrun by students angered when Washington allowed ousted Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi into the U.S. for medical treatment. What initially began as a sit-in devolved into...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Iran’s Supreme Leader: No Talks With the US at Any Level

    Iran’s supreme leader announced on Tuesday that “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level” — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries’ presidents at the U.N. later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of...

  • Donald Trump Sep 7, 2019

    Iran Uses Advanced Centrifuges, Threatens Higher Enrichment

    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 doesn’t seek a nuclear weapon, the comments by Behrouz...

  • Donald Trump Sep 3, 2019

    Iran Oil Tanker Pursued by US Turns Off Tracker Near Syria

    An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. turned off its tracking beacon, leading to renewed speculation on Tuesday that it will head to Syria. The disappearance of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, follows a pattern of Iranian oil tankers turning off their Automatic Identification System to try and mask where they deliver their cargo...

  • Donald Trump Jul 31, 2019

    Iran President: US Sanctions on Foreign Minister ‘Childish’

    Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it had imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic....

  • Donald Trump Jul 8, 2019

    Iran Breaches Key Uranium Enrichment Limit in Nuclear Deal

    Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to The Associated Press shows that...

  • Donald Trump Jul 6, 2019

    Top Official Says Iran Ready for Higher Uranium Enrichment

    A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader says the Islamic Republic is ready to enrich uranium beyond the level set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal, just ahead of a deadline it set Sunday for Europe to offer new terms to the accord. A video message by Ali Akbar Velayati included him saying that “Americans directly and Europeans indirectly violated the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 4, 2019

    Gibraltar Detains Syria-Bound Super Tanker With Iranian Oil

    Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday an Iranian supertanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran’s crude oil to war-ravaged Syria. A senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency described the incident as “an illegal seizure of an Iranian oil tanker.” Gibraltar port...

  • Associated Press Jun 24, 2019

    Trump Signs ‘Hard-Hiting’ Sanctions on Iran

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday imposing “hard-hitting” financial sanctions on Iran and the country’s supreme leader.

  • Associated Press Jun 15, 2019

    Crew Members of Targeted Norwegian-Owned Tanker Now in Dubai

    Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran. Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of the MT Front Altair after their Iran Air flight from Bandar Abbas, Iran, landed in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Front Altair caught fire after the...

  • Donald Trump Jun 15, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump’s Misfires on Iran, Trade and That Wall

    In President Donald Trump’s reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries “death to America,” the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted off the backs of farmers, the remains of U.S. soldiers from North Korea are coming home and China is opening its wallet to the U.S. treasury for the first time...

  • Donald Trump Jun 15, 2019


    In President Donald Trump’s reckoning, an Iran tamed by him no longer cries “death to America,” the border wall with Mexico is proceeding apace, the estate tax has been lifted off the backs of farmers, the remains of U.S. soldiers from North Korea are coming home and China is opening its wallet to the U.S. treasury for the first time...

  • Associated Press Jun 14, 2019

    Trump Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks But Calls for Talks

    President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers...

  • Associated Press Jun 14, 2019

    US: Video Shows Iran Removing Mine From Stricken Tanker

    The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its alleged involvement. Iran denied any role in Thursday’s apparent attacks, which have again roiled the Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions between...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2019

    US Military: Video Shows Iran Removing Unexploded Mine From Tanker

    The U.S. Central Command released video it said shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from a tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

  • Associated Press Jun 13, 2019

    US Blames Iran for Suspected Attacks on 2 Tankers Near Persian Gulf

    The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including one that was set ablaze....

  • Donald Trump May 26, 2019

    Iraq Offers to Mediate in Crisis Between Its Allies Iran, US

    Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers steadily unravels. Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed al-Hakim, made the offer Sunday during a joint news conference in Baghdad with visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. “We are trying to help...

  • Donald Trump May 15, 2019

    US Partially Evacuating Embassy in Iraq Amid Escalating Tensions With Iran

    Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the U.S., state media reported Wednesday. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, meanwhile, ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff on Wednesday...

  • Donald Trump May 12, 2019

    AP Explains: Why Send a US Aircraft Carrier to the Gulf?

    The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group is being deployed to the Persian Gulf to counter an alleged but still-unspecified threat from Iran, the latest in a long line of such deployments to the strategic region. It comes as Iran has started backing away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s...

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