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Saudi Crown Prince Blasts 'the New Hitler'

Mohammed bin Salman says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's influence must be curtailed

(Newser) - Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are creeping ever higher, with the Saudi crown prince referring to Iran's supreme leader as "the new Hitler" in an interview with the New York Times . Mohammed bin Salman also suggested Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's influence in the Middle East needed to... More »

Lebanon President: Saudis Are Holding Our PM Hostage

It's Michel Aoun's strongest statement since Saad al-Hariri resigned

(Newser) - Lebanon President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his family hostage. It's the first time since al-Hariri's sudden resignation earlier this month that Aoun has explicitly accused Saudi Arabia of holding him, Reuters reports. Al-Hariri resigned during a trip... More »

Deadly Quake on Iraq-Iran Border Felt All the Way to Mediterranean

More than 330 are dead

(Newser) - A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region Sunday night killed more than 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night, and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities say. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader: US Is Nation's 'Number One Enemy'

Khamenei speaks out against Trump's decertification of nuclear deal

(Newser) - After President Trump refused to recertify Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it was a "waste [of] time to respond to the rants and whoppers of the foul-throated president of the United States." But the country's supreme leader had more to... More »

Ayatollah: No Use Responding to 'Whoppers' of Trump

Iran's leader threatens to 'shred' nuclear pact if US withdraws

(Newser) - If President Trump thinks the Iran nuclear deal should be scrapped, the ayatollah seems happy to oblige. "If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday in a speech to students, per Reuters . He was referring to President Trump'... More »

Trump Won't Recertify Nukes Deal With 'Fanatical' Iran Regime

It's all back in the hands of Congress—for now

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, accusing it of a long list of malign behavior, hitting its main military wing with terrorism sanctions, and refusing to recertify that Iran is adhering to the deal. But breaking with a campaign... More »

Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Deal on Friday

But he also will give Tehran a chance to 'fix' things

(Newser) - President Trump said last month he'd made up his mind about the Iran nuclear deal, and he is expected to reveal that decision on Friday. Officials tell USA Today Trump is set to announce that he will decertify what he's called "the worst deal ever," though... More »

Iran: Trump Decision Could Bring 'Crushing' Response

Trump considers declaring Revolutionary Guards terrorist organization

(Newser) - If the US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization—as reports state President Trump is likely to do—it would be a "strategic mistake," according to Iran's foreign ministry. "Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive, and crushing, and the US should bear... More »

Sources: Trump Will 'Decertify' Iran Nuclear Deal

That will put its future in the hands of Congress

(Newser) - Word is President Trump will "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal next week, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to stay in the agreement or void it by imposing new sanctions on Iran. Citing "people briefed" on the matter, the Washington Post reports Trump is expected to deliver... More »

Mattis Contradicts Trump on Iran in Senate Hearing

Says sticking with deal is in America's interest

(Newser) - The deal with Iran that President Trump calls a "disaster" serves the interests of American national security and is "something that the president should consider staying with," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says. Mattis contradicted Trump's position on the deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program after... More »

Iran Fires New Long-Range Missile

Tehran defies US with new test

(Newser) - Iran says it has successfully test-fired a new long-range ballistic missile, a "Khorramshahr" with a range of around 1,240 miles. State-run media released video of the missile being fired around midnight Friday, hours after it was unveiled at a military parade, though it's not clear when the... More »

Trump Says He's Decided on Iran Nuclear Deal

But he isn't saying what that decision is

(Newser) - A day after calling the Iran nuclear deal an "embarrassment" and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" in US history, President Trump says he's made a decision on the future of the deal. But he wouldn't say what that decision is, ABC News reports.... More »

Trump Has New Message at UN for N. Korea's 'Rocket Man'

'We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea' if it attacks

(Newser) - President Trump delivered his first-ever speech to the full UN General Assembly Tuesday, and he didn't mince words about North Korea. The North's nuclear arsenal threatens the "entire world," he said, and if the US must defend itself or an ally, "we will have no... More »

Iranian President Threatens to Restart Nuclear Program

'In an hour and a day, Iran could return to a more advanced (nuclear) level'

(Newser) - Iran's president issued a direct threat to the West on Tuesday, claiming his country is capable of restarting its nuclear program within hours—and quickly bringing it to even more advanced levels than when it signed the nuclear deal. The AP reports Hassan Rouhani's remarks to lawmakers follow... More »

Trump OKs Russian Sanctions, Calls Some 'Unconstitutional'

Congress passed them as retaliation for meddling in the 2016 election

(Newser) - As expected, President Trump signed new Russian sanctions into law on Wednesday—"quietly," reports the Hill . And, it turns out, with loud reservations. Both the House and Senate passed the sanctions by overwhelming, veto-proof margins—517 in favor, just 5 against across both houses—as retaliation for Russian... More »

US, Others Condemn Iranian Space Launch

Experts say satellite-carrying rocket is close to nuke-carrying ICBM

(Newser) - On Thursday, Iran launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space in what was likely a notable advance for its space program, the AP reports. On Friday, the US and three other countries condemned that launch, and the US levied sanctions on six Iranian entities as punishment. According to Reuters , a member... More »

US Ship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Vessel

Each nation blames the other for latest tense encounter in the Gulf

(Newser) - A US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that came close to it during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, an American defense official said. The AP reports Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the incident. The encounter... More »

This Week's Scorecard: Obama 2, Trump 0

ObamaCare, Iran show Obama's legacy is proving stronger than Trump thought

(Newser) - This has been a rough week for the White House for reasons that have nothing to do with Russia. Two big promises of President Trump fell by the wayside, at least temporarily. In addition to the GOP failure to scrap ObamaCare, Trump reluctantly preserved President Obama's nuclear deal with... More »

US: Iran 'in Default of the Spirit' of Nuclear Deal

But Trump administration still gives wary recertification of Iran's compliance

(Newser) - The US, five other countries, and the EU reached a deal with Iran two years ago this month to make sure the latter's "nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful," and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recertified on Monday that Iran was complying with the agreement, as is... More »

Cave Clues Point to Parched Mideast for 10K Years

Iranian stalagmites indicate rain isn't coming anytime soon

(Newser) - For anyone holding hope that the dry conditions in the Middle East are but a temporary drought, two cave stalagmites taken from Iran tell a long history of the region's precipitation and give a grim prognosis: not much rain for the next 10,000 years. Thanks to their chemical... More »

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