Ahmadinejad abstains from Iran election, slams process

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he will not vote in Friday’s election, and warned that the heavily restricted process will produce a government without domestic or international legitimacy. Ahmadinejad, who served as president from 2005 to 2013, said he will exercise his &


Iran nuclear deal hangs in balance as Islamic Republic votes

Iran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers hangs in the balance as the country prepares to vote on Friday for a new president and diplomats press on with efforts to get both the US and Tehran to reenter the accord.The deal represents the signature accomplishment of the relatively moderat


Reformist drops out of Iran election on last day of campaign

The only reformist candidate in Iran’s upcoming presidential election dropped out of the race Wednesday on the last day of campaigning, state media reported, likely trying to boost the chances of a moderate candidate.Mohsen Mehralizadeh, 64, resigned in a letter to Iran’s Interior Mini


Iran says it produced 6.5 kg of uranium enriched to 60%

Iran has made 6.5 kg (14 lb) of uranium enriched to up to 60%, the government said on Tuesday, detailing a move that rattled the country's nuclear talks with world powers by taking the fissile material a step towards nuclear weapons-grade of 90%.Government spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted by state


Caution on Iran nuclear deal as G7 leaders vow to stop bomb

Diplomats from outside the European Union cautioned Sunday that negotiations with Iran to salvage a landmark nuclear deal still need more time.Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations also reaffirmed a commitment to stop the Islamic republic from building nuclear weapons.Iranian envoys held a


Iran: COVID-19 prevalence on a downward trend

The spread of coronavirus is slowing down in Iran, as the daily toll has fallen to 115, the lowest figure since April. Alireza Raeisi, the spokesman for the National Headquarters for Coronavirus Control, said that currently, 13 cities in the country are at high-risk red zones, 12 of which are in


Iran judiciary chief stages first campaign rally despite coronavirus pandemic

Iran’s leading presidential candidate staged a mass rally in the country’s southeast that drew thousands of supporters, sparking controversy on Thursday as the first such gathering amid the raging coronavirus pandemic that has largely halted traditional election campaigning.Iran’


Iran candidate: If I win, I would like to meet Biden

An Iranian presidential candidate said on Wednesday he would be willing to meet US President Joe Biden if he wins his country’s election next week, though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to the Islamic Republic. Speaking to The Associated Press, former Irania


Iran expert: Election candidates offer no roadmap to solve country’s crises

An Iran expert on Wednesday warned that none of the candidates in the country’s presidential election on June 18 offer a route out of its many crises. Nazila Fathi, an independent journalist and non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute, was speaking at an event hosted by Chatham Ho


Iran election will not derail nuclear talks, Tehran says

Iran’s policy towards the 2015 nuclear deal and negotiations with world powers over how to restore it will continue regardless of the result in this month's presidential elections, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Tuesday. Mr Rabiei said the policy of engaging with other partici


Iran presidential candidates trade barbs in TV debate

Candidates in Iran's presidential election this month traded strong barbs in a debate on Saturday, accusing each other of treason or of lacking the education to run an economy devastated by three years of US sanctions, reports Reuters. While the five hardline candidates attacked the eight-ye


Iran wants action, not promises, to revive nuclear deal, Khamenei says

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Tehran wanted action and not promises from six world powers for the revival of their 2015 nuclear deal.“I have told our negotiators that actions, not promises (by the six powers), are needed for the restoration of the nuc


Iran report: Huge fire at refinery near Tehran extinguished

A massive fire that broke out at an oil refinery near Iran’s capital and sent a huge plume of black smoke into the sky over Tehran was extinguished on Thursday, after more than 20 hours, a news agency reported.The semi-official ISNA agency quoted the country’s deputy oil minister, Alir


Iran says talks not at impasse, but difficult issues remain

Iran believes that barriers to the revival of its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers are complicated but not insurmountable, a spokesman said on Tuesday, denying that negotiations had stalled.Iran and six powers have been negotiating in Vienna since April to work out steps for Tehran and Washin


Iran Enriched Uranium Stockpile 16 Times Over Deal Limit, Says IAEA

The UN nuclear watchdog Monday voiced concern Iran had not clarified queries over sites where undeclared nuclear activity may have occurred and reported Tehran’s enriched uranium stockpile was around 16 times the limit laid out in a 2015 deal. A report by the International Atomic Energy Age


COVID-19 inoculation to rollout by homegrown vaccine this week

Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced that immunization against coronavirus by the domestic vaccine (COVIRAN BAREKAT) will start by the next week, ISNA reported on Monday. COVIRAN, the first coronavirus vaccine made by researchers at the Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam, was unve


Iran’s cabinet dismisses central bank chief Hemmati

Iran’s Cabinet dismissed the governor of the central bank on Sunday after he decided to run for the June 18 presidential election, state TV reported.The report said the decision was taken after Abdonasser Hemmati decided to run in presidential elections and “it prevents him from having


Khamenei urges Iranians to ignore calls to boycott election

 Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday urged Iranians to ignore calls to boycott next month’s presidential election, after several hopefuls were barred from running against ultraconservative candidates.Iranians are set to elect a successor to President Hassan Rouhani on June




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