Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the


UN watchdog confirms another Iranian breach of nuclear deal

The United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency confirmed Thursday that Iran has informed it that the country has begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal, which would be another violation of the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.Iran maintains its plans to conduct res


Iran seeks Interpol arrest warrants following assassination of Fakhrizadeh

Iranian police asked Interpol to issue a red notice against four suspects it believes are involved in the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Earlier, head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly, Mojtaba Zonnour, annou


Iran bans foreign companies from testing COVID-19 vaccines on Iranians

Foreign companies will not be allowed to test COVID-19 vaccines on the Iranian people, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, a day after Iran’s Supreme Leader banned vaccine imports from the United States and Britain.“Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be t


Iran will expel UN nuclear inspectors unless sanctions are lifted, lawmaker says

Iran will expel United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors unless sanctions are lifted by a Feb. 21 deadline set by the hard-line-dominated parliament, a lawmaker said on Saturday.Parliament passed a law in November that obliges the government to halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the Intern


Iran in no rush to see US return to nuclear deal: Khamenei

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Friday that his country is not in a hurry for the United States to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, but he insisted that the sanctions must be lifted immediately.“We are not insisting nor in a hurry for the US to return to the deal,” Khamen


Iran’s Rouhani says Western democracy ‘fragile, vulnerable’

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the chaos unleashed on the US Capitol by US counterpart Donald Trump’s supporters exposed the fragility of Western democracy.“What we saw in the United States yesterday (Wednesday) evening and today shows above all how fragile


Iran finds first case of new coronavirus variant in traveler from UK

Iran has registered its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in Britain, in an Iranian who arrived from the UK, Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on Tuesday.“Unfortunately, we found the first case of the mutated British COVID-19 from a dear compatriot who had re


Iran's foreign minister urges Trump to avoid Israel 'trap' to provoke war

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged US President Donald Trump on Saturday not to be "trapped" by an alleged Israeli plan to provoke a war through attacks on US forces in Iraq, reports Reuters. He issued the warning on the anniversary of the US killing of top Ir


Three executed in Iran for ‘terrorist’ acts and murder

TEHRAN: Iran hanged two men on Sunday for “terrorist acts” and another for murder and armed robbery, the judiciary’s official Mizan Online news agency said.The three were executed early Sunday morning in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province.Two were named as Hassan Dehvar


Iran threatens to avenge Soleimani's death

Esmail Ghaani, commander of the Quds Force in Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), has threatened to avenge Qasem Soleimani's death "in the US' own home." This came in a speech that Ghaani gave during a ceremony organised at the University of Tehran on Friday, to commemorate th


Iran marks first anniversary of Soleimani's killing

The week-long commemoration of Iranian top military commander Qassem Soleimani after his assassination last year kicked off with a massive gathering in Tehran Friday, Anadolu Agency reports. Speakers at the event in Tehran University marking Soleimani's death anniversary accor


Iran warns of severe revenge as it marks Qassem Suleimani assassination

Iran stepped up warnings of retaliation against the United States on Friday as it held a commemoration for Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani in the run-up to the first anniversary of his death in a US drone strike. "They will witness a severe revenge. What has come so far has only been glimps


Iran accuses British company of helping to assassinate Soleimani

Iranian Prosecutor Ali Al-Qasi Mehr has accused the British company G4S of providing the US armed forces in Iraq with the arrival details of the aircraft in which General Qasem Soleimani was travelling prior to his assassination by an American drone. G4S is responsible for aviation security at Bag


The Iranian army awards Soleimani his highest honor

The Iranian Army awarded the Honorary Sacrifice Medal to the late General Qassem Soleimani, after the approval of the Supreme Council of Islamic Republic Army Medals. The Order of Sacrifice is the Iranian army's highest honor, approved by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Imam Ali Khame


Iran begins first human trial of locally made virus vaccine

TEHRAN: The first study of the safety and effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine in Iran began Tuesday, state TV reported, with dozens due to receive the domestically developed shot in the hardest-hit country in the Middle East.The vaccine, produced by Shifa Pharmed, part of a state-owned pharmace


Iran official warns Israel not to cross its 'red lines' in the Gulf

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, yesterday warned Israel not to cross its "red lines" in the Gulf, stressing that his country would defend itself against any "adventure" taken by the US administration in its last days. "Everyone knows what the Persian Gulf means fo


US philanthropists to send Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Iran

A group of anonymous US-based philanthropists plans to send 150,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to Iran in the coming weeks, Iranian media reported on Monday. Details in the report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency were scarce. It quoted the chief of the country’s




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