US: only minor gaps on Iran nuclear deal

Just a small number of outstanding issues remain in the nuclear talks with Iran, said the US State Department, while calling on the Islamic Republic to make necessary decisions to…

Lavrov: nuclear deal with Iran in final phase

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian that agreement on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in the finishing straight. By…

UN Envoy stresses urgency of JCPOA deal

The world body’s facilitator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action joins Western leaders in warning that time is running out to revive the deal. By Erin Viner "This really needs…

Khamenei slams US over Ukraine crisis

While Tehran has been a foe of Washington’s for decades, it has deepened trade ties and been allies with Moscow in the Syrian Civil War. By Erin Viner "The mafia-like…

Iran, Russia, China begin joint naval drill

The "2022 Marine Security Belt" exercise will take place in the northern Indian Ocean, announced an Iranian armed forces official. By Jonathan Hessen and Erin Viner Speaking to the semi-official…

UN: Iran smuggling weapons to Yemen

A confidential United Nations report has provided “detailed evidence” that Iran is exporting arms to Yemen and elsewhere, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). By Erin Viner A team of…

Assad’s top diplomat dies in Syria

Syria announced that it’s long-time Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem passed away at dawn today, although declined to disclose the cause of death. The veteran diplomat, 79, had health-related issues for…

Russia holds military drills with Iran, China, Belarus

The Russian Defense Ministry kicked off its large-scale week-long Caucasus 2020 military exercise today, which is expected to focus on combating cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. The drills, led…

Syria denounces EU & renewed US sanctions

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem accused the European Union and the United States of imposing sanctions against his country as a blatant attempt to oust President Bashar al-Assad. While the…