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Site Meant for Research Has Been Enriching Uranium: UN Watchdog

It looks like Fordo underground facility is in violation of 2015 nuclear deal

(Newser) - The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran is now enriching uranium at its underground Fordo facility, a move prohibited by the 2015 nuclear deal. That's according to a confidential quarterly report that was distributed to member states and seen by the AP on Monday. Iran invited inspectors... More »

'Potentially Huge News' in Case of Vanished Ex-FBI Agent

Iran acknowledged it has an open case against Robert Levinson

(Newser) - The last time former FBI agent Robert Levinson was heard from was in a 2011 hostage video . The last time he was seen was four years before that, on an island off Iran—where he vanished "under still-mysterious circumstances while on an unauthorized CIA mission," per the AP... More »

Iran Begins Uranium Gas Injections Into Centrifuges

Move is major step away from nuclear deal

(Newser) - Iran injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear complex early Thursday, taking its most-significant step away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers . Tehran also acknowledged blocking an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency from visiting its nuclear site at Natanz last week, the first... More »

Iran Thumbs Nose at Nuclear Deal—Again

Tehran, wanting to ease sanctions, says uranium enrichment is 'reversible'

(Newser) - Iran is continuing to back away from its nuclear deal with world powers following US withdrawal over a year ago. On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani announced that uranium gas would be injected into centrifuges at the underground Fordo facility beginning Wednesday. A rep for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran... More »

Leader of US Embassy Attack: Sorry About That

Ebrahim Asgharzadeh regrets attack in Iran in 1979

(Newser) - His revolutionary fervor diminished by the years that have also turned his dark brown hair white, one of the Iranian student leaders of the 1979 US Embassy takeover says he now regrets the seizure of the diplomatic compound and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed. Speaking to the AP ahead... More »

Pentagon: We're Sending Jets, Other Air Defense to Saudis

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announces move after Iran claims 2 missiles struck its tanker

(Newser) - The US will send fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia to defend the kingdom against Iran amid heightened tensions between the two Middle Eastern adversaries, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper announced the deployment of several dozen fighter jets, along with other aircraft and additional air... More »

Iran Claims Attack of 'Dangerous Adventurism'

Saudi Arabia hasn't yet commented on reported missile strike off its coast against tanker

(Newser) - Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the US. Saudi officials didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, per the AP... More »

Iranian Women Attend Soccer Match for First Time Since '81

Females have been banned for decades

(Newser) - They had to sit well apart from the men, and the place was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered inside a Tehran stadium Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they have been allowed to freely attend in... More »

Microsoft: Iranian Hackers Went After 2020 Candidate

But company isn't naming names

(Newser) - Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets, and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts—four successfully—though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past... More »

Johnson: UK Has Determined Iran Was Behind Saudi Attack

He says Britain might join military effort

(Newser) - Britain has concluded that Iran was responsible for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday. He said the UK would consider taking part in a US-led military effort to bolster the Gulf kingdom's defenses. But the Conservative prime minister also said the UK... More »

US Sending Troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE

No military strike against Iran yet, though

(Newser) - The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. Defense... More »

Iran Envoy Warns of 'All-Out War'

Zarif asks if Saudi Arabia wants to 'fight Iran until the last American soldier'

(Newser) - Any attack on Iran by the US or Saudi Arabia will spark an "all-out war," Tehran's top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets. The comments... More »

Pompeo: Saudi Oil Attack an 'Act of War' by Iran

As Trump hits Iran with new sanctions

(Newser) - President Trump may have hedged on officially naming Iran as the party responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities, but he lowered the financial kibosh on Tehran on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg reports. "I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the... More »

Saudis Edging Closer to Accusing Iran

Meanwhile, repairs may be made much faster than expected

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is closer than ever to officially blaming Iran for the attack on its oil infrastructure, reports the Wall Street Journal . “Everything points to them,” an anonymous Saudi official tells the newspaper. “The debris, the intel, and the points of impact.” The investigation suggests Iran... More »

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

He rules out meeting of presidents at UN

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader announced on Tuesday that "there will be no talks with the US at any level"—remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible US-Iran meeting between the two countries' presidents at the United Nations later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah... More »

Saudis Skeptical About Rebels' Claim on Bombing

Did the strikes come from inside Yemen or maybe inside Iran?

(Newser) - So who bombed Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure over the weekend? The US is blaming Iran, while Iran denies any involvement, and some new developments Monday morning have only added more confusion to the situation. Coverage:
  • The Saudis: A Saudi military spokesman said Monday that Iranian weapons were used in
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Trump: US 'Locked and Loaded' After Hit on Saudi Oil Facility

Oil prices surge after Saudi facilities hit

(Newser) - President Trump didn't mention Iran in a tweet Sunday about Saturday's attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia—but he strongly suggested possible military action against the perpetrators. "There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are... More »

Iran: It Wasn't Us

Calls US stance toward Tehran 'maximum lies'

(Newser) - Iran denied on Sunday it was involved in Yemen rebel drone attacks the previous day that hit the world's biggest oil processing facility and an oil field in Saudi Arabia, just hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged that Tehran was behind the "unprecedented attack on the... More »

Iran Has Message for US After Bolton Firing

Rouhani urges Washington to 'put warmongers aside'

(Newser) - Iran's president urged the US on Wednesday to "put warmongers aside" amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Hassan Rouhani's remarks signaled approval of President Trump's abrupt dismissal of John Bolton as national security... More »

Trump: I Fired John Bolton. Bolton: No, I Resigned

Either way, the national security adviser is out of a job

(Newser) - John Bolton is out—whether he resigned or got fired is another question. President Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that he gave the hawkish national security adviser his walking papers. "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump... More »

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