Category Archives: Iran

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone

In a climate of mounting tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, Donald Trump Announced on Friday that a US warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. But Iran denies that any of its drones were shot down – and even suggests that the US downed its own drone, as Sam Bradpiece reports.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says seized oil tanker was smuggling oil

Iran said on Thursday it had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf. The Guards said the impounded ship was smuggling one million litres of fuel in the area of Larak Island in the Gulf and had 12 foreign crew. Iran, which has some of the world’s cheapest fuel prices due to heavy state subsidies and the fall of its currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighbouring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states.

Iran set to exceed uranium enrichment cap in latest breach of nuclear deal

Iran announced on Sunday that it will raise its enrichment of uranium, breaking another limit of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions between Tehran and the US.

US applauds Britain’s seizure of Iranian oil tanker at Gibraltar

The Grace 1 tanker was impounded in the British territory on the southern tip of Spain after sailing around Africa, the long route from the Middle East to the mouth of the Mediterranean.


White House National Security Advisor John Bolton applauded the interception by Britain’s Gibraltar Thursday of a super tanker believed to be carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria, saying the ship was breaking international sanctions.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shoot down US drone

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a US drone on Thursday, officials of both countries said, with Tehran claiming the drone violated Iranian airspace while Washington said it was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

US deploys 1000 more troops to Middle East, citing ‘hostile behaviour’ from Iran

The United States said Monday it has approved the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, against the backdrop of soaring tensions with Iran.

Iran rejects France’s call for wider talks beyond nuclear deal

Iran has rejected French calls for wider international talks over its nuclear and military ambitions, saying it would only discuss its existing 2015 pact with world powers. The US, meanwhile, imposed new sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry.

Iran ‘almost certainly’ behind ship attacks off UAE, says Bolton

US National Security Advisor John Bolton accused Iran Wednesday of “almost certainly” being behind sabotage attacks on oil tankers off the UAE coast this month, as he visited Abu Dhabi amid soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Video: Iranians fear country on brink of war

Relations between Washington and Tehran continue to deteriorate as President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy aircraft carriers and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf have led to growing fears of a potential new war in the region.

Iran calls US reimposition of sanctions ‘unacceptable’ as tensions escalate

Iran is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark agreement, its foreign minister said on Thursday, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington “unacceptable”.

Trump further tightens Iran sanctions as France warns against ‘escalation’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting its industrial metals sector, hours after Tehran said it would no longer fully comply with a landmark nuclear deal already ditched by Washington.