Amir Vahdat

  • China Nov 10, 2019

    Iran Discovers New Oil Field With Over 50 Billion Barrels

    Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions. The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces crushing American sanctions after the U.S. pulled...

  • Associated Press Nov 8, 2019

    Iran 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills at Least 5, Injures 300

    A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., Iran’s seismological center said. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran’s capital, Tehran. Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in...

  • Associated Press Sep 26, 2019

    Iran's President Warns of a Region on the ‘Edge of Collapse'

    Iran’s president used the world’s stage on Wednesday to warn that security in the Persian Gulf could unravel with a “single blunder” and its fragile peace be guaranteed only by the region’s countries, not through U.S. intervention or Washington’s “merciless economic terrorism.” President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States of engaging in “international piracy” against his country by re-imposing economic...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2019

    Iran's Seizure of UK Tanker in Gulf Seen as Escalation

    Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant escalation since tensions between Iran and the West began rising in May. At that time,...

  • Reporter Jul 2, 2019

    Iran Breaches Uranium Stockpile Limit Set By Nuclear Deal

    Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran said Monday, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord. The announcement by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and later confirmation by the U.N....

  • Associated Press Jun 16, 2019

    Crew Members of Targeted Norwegian-Owned Tanker Now in Dubai

    Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran. Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of the MT Front Altair after their Iran Air flight from Bandar Abbas, Iran, landed in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Front Altair caught fire after the...

  • Associated Press Jun 16, 2019

    Crew Members of Targeted Norwegian-Owned Tanker Now in Dubai

    Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran. Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of the MT Front Altair after their Iran Air flight from Bandar Abbas, Iran, landed in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Front Altair caught fire after the...

  • Associated Press Jun 15, 2019

    Trump Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks But Calls for Talks

    President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers...

  • Associated Press Jun 15, 2019

    Trump Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks But Calls for Talks

    President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers...

  • Associated Press Jun 14, 2019

    US: Video Shows Iran Removing Mine From Stricken Tanker

    The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its alleged involvement. Iran denied any role in Thursday’s apparent attacks, which have again roiled the Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions between...

  • Donald Trump Jun 14, 2019

    US Military: Video Shows Iran Removing Unexploded Mine From Tanker

    The U.S. Central Command released video it said shows Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from a tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

  • Associated Press Jun 14, 2019

    US Blames Iran for Suspected Attacks on 2 Tankers Near Persian Gulf

    The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including one that was set ablaze....

  • Donald Trump Jun 11, 2019

    Detained US Resident Freed by Iran, on His Way to Lebanon

    A U.S. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and was on his way back to his native Lebanon on Tuesday, a development that comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since...

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2019

    Trump's Iran Policy Put to Test as End to Nuclear Deal Looms

    President Donald Trump’s Iran policy has been rooted in the idea that being tougher on Tehran would yield better results and perhaps even a new nuclear deal to replace the Obama administration pact that he pulled the U.S. out of a year ago Wednesday. That strategy is now being put to the test as tension escalates between Washington and Tehran,...

  • Donald Trump Jul 24, 2018

    Trump Fires Off Explosive Threat to Iran's Leader: ‘Never Ever Threaten the United States Again'

    President Donald Trump’s explosive Twitter threat to Iran’s leader comes as his administration is ratcheting up a pressure campaign on the Islamic republic that many suspect is aimed at regime change.

  • Associated Press May 8, 2018

    Trump: ‘US Will Withdraw From the Iran Nuclear Deal'

    President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement, promising to impose sanctions on Iran and calling the deal “one-sided” despite entreaties from U.S. allies to stay.

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2018

    Worry, Fear in Iran Ahead of Trump's Decision on Atomic Deal

    On the streets of Tehran, every day seems to bring more worry and fear ahead of President Donald Trump’s decision this week on whether to pull America out of the nuclear deal with Iran. Exchange shop windows that once showed rates for Iranian rial to U.S. dollar transactions have gone blank, as black-market rates have skyrocketed to 70,000 rials to...

  • Donald Trump May 1, 2018

    Israel Says Documents Prove Iran Lied About Nuclear Program

    Israel’s prime minister on Monday unveiled what he said was a “half ton” of Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence, claiming it proved that Iranian leaders covered up a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with world powers in 2015. In a speech delivered in English and relying on his trademark use of visual aids, Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Donald Trump May 1, 2018

    Iran Has Few Options to Avenge Syria Strikes: AP Analysis

    After a second suspected Israeli strike killing Iranian forces in Syria, the Islamic Republic has few ways to retaliate as its leaders wrestle with both unrest at home and the prospect of its nuclear deal collapsing abroad. Though it has long made threats about Israel’s existence, Iran doesn’t have a modern air force to take on Israel. Launching ballistic missiles...

  • Donald Trump Apr 24, 2018

    Macron Visit Puts Spotlight on Iran Nuclear Deal

    President Emmanuel Macron of France arrived in Washington to a warm welcome, marking the first official state visit of the Trump administration and setting the table for a range of discussions. Macron is expect to urge President Trump not to withdraw from the Iran nuclear, something Mr. Trump has been repeatedly critical of.

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