US intel report says North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year

North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year as a way to force President Joe Biden’s administration to enter into dialogue, US intelligence experts said in a report released Tuesday. “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may take a number of aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions to reshape the regional security environment and drive wedges […]

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Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of sanctions

(Reuters) – Iran’s government wants the United States to lift all sanctions on its country and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of the restrictions, Iranian state broadcaster Press TV reported on Saturday. The two countries said on Friday they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from next week as part of broader negotiations to revive the […]

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U.S., Israel discuss Iran in first meeting of strategic group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Israel officials focused on concerns about Iran during the first virtual meeting of a bilateral strategic group on Thursday, the White House said, an issue on which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has differences with the new Biden administration. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his […]

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Biden is already carving out a different Middle East policy from Trump — and even Obama

The Biden administration hasn’t wasted time in making a significant shift in US policy toward the Middle East. Over the past week, the US has launched reprisal strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and released damning intelligence overtly linking the crown prince of Saudi Arabia to the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both decisions represent […]

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Biden’s Syria strike could complicate ‘dicey’ restarted talks with Iran: CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

On Thursday, following a military strike on an Iranian military target in Syria, CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins broke down the implications of the action — and its possible implications on diplomacy with Iran. “We’re told this came from the top down, the decision to target these sites specifically. That means it came from President Biden […]

‘America is back,’ Biden tells security summit, vows ‘unshakeable’ NATO commitment

In his first big appearance on the global stage, US President Joe Biden on Friday called on fellow world leaders to come together to prove that “democracies can still deliver” as he underscored his administration’s determination to quickly turn the page on Donald Trump’s “America First” approach. In an online speech to the Munich Security […]

‘We just want to play’: Iran gamers battle reality of US sanctions

Iran’s millions-strong legion of gamers revel in online worlds, but they have to fight daily real-life obstacles imposed by US sanctions in their quest to level up and keep playing. “It’s a problem between governments and a pain for the consumer,” said 24-year-old gamer and game journalist Amir Golkhani. “We have no political demands. We […]

Iran’s Khamenei: US must lift sanctions for Tehran to return to nuclear commitments

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the United States should lift all sanctions if Washington wants Tehran to reverse its nuclear steps. “Iran has fulfilled all its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, not the United States and the three European countries … If they want Iran to […]

Brazil’s Covid-19 response worst, New Zealand’s best: study

Brazil’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been ranked the world’s worst, while New Zealand topped the class, according to research published by a leading Australian think tank on Thursday. Sydney’s Lowy Institute assessed almost 100 countries on six criteria, including confirmed cases, deaths and testing metrics. “Collectively, these indicators point to how well or […]

Pompeo alleges Iran new ‘home base’ of Al-Qaeda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged Tuesday that arch-enemy Iran has become a new “home base” for Al-Qaeda worse than Afghanistan, an assertion questioned by experts. In a speech a week before leaving office, Pompeo confirmed a New York Times report that Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed last year in Tehran, although he did not […]

Trump may seize Iranian money being spent on coronavirus vaccines: report

President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that Washington was demanding Iranian transactions for novel coronavirus vaccines pass through US banks, and expressed fear the money could be seized. US President Donald Trump has imposed wave after wave of sanctions on the Islamic republic since 2018, when he unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Iran has […]