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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 »

10 Years for American Student Charged With Spying in Iran

Princeton student Xiyue Wang was in the country for his doctoral dissertation

(Newser) - Iran's judiciary said Sunday that the brother of President Hassan Rouhani has been detained, and a Chinese-American citizen sentenced to 10 years behind bars for "infiltrating" the country, reports the AP . The Chinese-American national was identified as Xiyue Wang, 37, who entered Iran as a student, according to... More »

Iranian Cancer Researcher Detained in Boston, Sent Back

Boston Children's Hospital says he had a valid visa

(Newser) - An Iranian cancer researcher arriving in the US to start work at a prominent Boston hospital was detained at Logan International Airport before being sent back to Iran. Boston Children's Hospital said in a statement Tuesday that Dr. Mohsen Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife... More »

Iran City May Have Tied Record for Hottest Temperature

It was a brutal 129 in Ahvaz

(Newser) - Temperature records melted away in the city of Ahvaz, Iran Thursday—French agency MeteoFrance estimates the afternoon temperature at a sweltering 128.7 Fahrenheit, which is the hottest temperature ever recorded in Iran. But Weather Underground data suggested it went even higher, to 129.2 Fahrenheit or 54 Celsius, reports... More »

Trump May Have Pushed to Publish Papers on Iran Coup

Experts think US administration may have accelerated release regarding '53 incident

(Newser) - Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the US-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation that ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution and hostility with the West. The CIA's role in the coup,... More »

Iran Slams Travel Ban as 'Racist,' 'Unfair'

Minister calls for US to join 'real fight' against terror

(Newser) - Iran says the US Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is "racist" and "unfair." Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is "regrettable" that Washington "closes its eyes... More »

Syria, Iran, Russia Push Back Against US Warning

Syria says it isn't planning to use chemical weapons, which it says it doesn't have

(Newser) - Late Monday, the White House took the unusual step of issuing a preemptive warning against Syria, which it claims is preparing to launch a chemical weapons attack. The Wall Street Journal reports the Trump administration is basing that assertion on evidence from the same air base that the US hit... More »

ISIS Makes Powerful Statement With Iran Attack

It's the first time the group has struck against its coveted target of Iran

(Newser) - The Islamic State may have claimed responsibility for Wednesday's twin terror attacks in Tehran that killed 12, but Iran has a different culprit in mind: regional rival Saudi Arabia. "This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president and the (Saudi) backward leaders... More »

Twin Attacks Hit Iran Parliament, Khomeini Shrine

ISIS claims responsibility after attacks stun Tehran, kill at least 12

(Newser) - Terror in Tehran: Several attackers stormed into Iran's parliament and a second group of attackers including a suicide bomber targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday. At least 12 people were killed and 42 people were wounded in the twin attacks, reports the AP . ISIS claimed responsibility,... More »

Iran Re-Elects Moderate by Wide Margin

Rouhani will serve another 4 years

(Newser) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani won re-election by a wide margin Saturday, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. The 68-year-old incumbent secured a commanding lead of 57% in a race that drew more... More »

Iran's Friday Vote Seen as Referendum on Ties to West

Hard-line cleric Raisi is strongest challenger to more moderate Rouhani

(Newser) - Iranians voted Friday in the country's first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani faced a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the 68-year-old cleric's more moderate... More »

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