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Why are Russia and Iran avoiding a war with Israel?

Dismayed Fazal-ur-Rehman: NA passes bill approving FATA's merger with K-P

‘More than 3,000 Hazaras killed since Sept 11, 2011’

Alaska jail sued for feeding Muslims pork, starving them in Ramadan

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Ex-ISI Chief's revelations: How Musharraf played double game on Kargil

Pakistan's threat to annihilate Israel and secrete plan to destroy Pakistan's nukes: An Inside Story

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Empty Chairs: The dark days for PML-N

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Venezuela kicks out top ranking US officials

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Desperate Nawaz Sharif on suicide mission

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Iran denies accusations of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

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The spineless Arab world

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Iran rejects report about proposal for new agreement with major powers

UK royal wedding just another public deception: Academic

Turkish intelligence receives information about an attempt to assassinate Erdogan

The New ‘Axis of Evil’ Forms Up Against Iran

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Trump’s sanctions on Iran threaten plans for Chabahar port

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Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

EU Blocks US Sanctions Against Iran

EU too weak to challenge US hegemony: Prof. Entessar

Who are the People of Ali?

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Afghan cricket stadium attack leaves 8 dead, 45 wounded

Sabika Sheikh profile: Pakistani student who got killed in Texas school shooting

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Nawaz Sharif's self centered approach: Is PML-S in the offing?

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China tries to brainwash Muslims in internment camps

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Why are Russia and Iran avoiding a war with Israel?

1397/3/3 | 08:21
Israel can do anything to Syria that it considers necessary to protect its own security and interests without fear of reactions beyond the predictable, or reactions that it can deal with and bear the consequences of. This is because Israel knows the ceiling for the responses of the active parties in Syria, both Russia and Iran. Moscow’s response to the Israeli air strike which killed some Iranians in Syria was simply to inform the Israeli ambassador of Russia’s alarm at the matter. Iran, meanwhile, did no more than fire a few missiles that ...

US seeking regime change with 12 demands on Iran, experts say

1397/3/1 | 08:21
The US has threatened Iran with “the strongest sanctions in history” if it does not comply with a set of US demands, which critics have said is nothing short of a call for regime change in Tehran. The demands were made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his first major foreign policy speech since entering office last month. It was also the first time the US laid out details of its plan for a new nuclear deal with Iran since pulling out unilaterally from the previous one against the advice of its European allies and the two non-Western ...

Iran denies accusations of aiding Taliban in Afghanistan

1397/2/31 | 08:21
[caption id="attachment_61839" align="alignnone" width="840"] Image processed by CodeCarvings Piczard ### FREE Community Edition ### on 2018-01-08 12:58:46Z | |[/caption] Tehran has dismissed accusations that it has been helping a Taliban push in an Afghan province bordering Iran, saying the claim is instigated by US commanders who try to divert public opinion from the real cause of the flare-up in violence. Fighting has continued in Farah Province on the border with Iran where the insurgents came close to overrunning the provincial capital, ...

How did Imam Khamenei predict the failure of JCPOA?

1397/2/31 | 08:21
  Last week, the US rejected and withdrew from the nuclear deal (JCPOA) in a self-prompted decision, on its own. JCPOA was held less than three years ago among Iran and the P5+1, and its final resolution is not evident. Now it is a good time to review the statements made by the Leader of the Revolution, study the process of how negotiations started, and the opinion of the Leader about this deal until today. Why was Iran reluctant to negotiate with the US? Years after the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran is still ...

Iran rejects report about proposal for new agreement with major powers

1397/2/30 | 08:21
[caption id="attachment_61793" align="alignnone" width="650"] Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif[/caption]   Iran has rejected a report about a proposal for conclusion of a new agreement between Iran and major world powers, saying such baseless claims are fabricated by Zionist media and other international anarchists. A German newspaper reported on Sunday that diplomats from all signatories to the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), except for the United States ...

The New ‘Axis of Evil’ Forms Up Against Iran

1397/2/30 | 08:21
  A quadripartite “axis of evil” that includes Israel, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates is moving its military assets, conducting softening-up military action, invading and occupying foreign territory, and waging economic warfare in preparation for a military campaign against Iran and its allies. Weeks before Donald Trump scrapped U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran, false propaganda about Iran was being promulgated by Israeli intelligence. Trump ...

Trump’s sanctions on Iran threaten plans for Chabahar port

1397/2/30 | 08:21
US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan’s economy, endangering a key goal of the US strategy to end America’s longest war. The Indian-backed Chabahar port complex in Iran is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan that could potentially open the way for millions of dollars in trade and cut its dependence on Pakistan, its sometimes-hostile neighbor. Building Afghanistan’s ...

EU Blocks US Sanctions Against Iran

1397/2/29 | 08:21
As had been previously reported, the European Commission on Friday enacted their “blocking statute,” which would forbid EU-based companies from complying with US sanctions against Iran. The statute also means EU courts will not recognize international claims related to those sanctions. The commission aims to set the statute back into effect, but it won’t be formally done until at least 60 days from now. The US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has a 90-day wind-down period, so theoretically there should be nothing to block until early ...

'One Belt-One Road' may be Iran, China gateway to becoming soft-power giants

1397/2/27 | 08:21
  One Belt- One Road’ is generally known as a mega infrastructure project aimed at promoting trade among countries along the new Silk Road routes; but the project also includes initiatives for boosting cultural exchanges – a chance that Iran and China could use to exercise their soft power. China is well on its path to dominate global trade, but when it comes to soft power, the country is sadly lagging behind its other rivals in the East Asian cultural sphere in exporting its commercial pop culture to other countries. Ask any Iranian ...

'Monday massacre a day of shame for Muslims'

1397/2/27 | 08:21
  Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo says Israel's Monday massacre of innocent Palestinians is a "day of shame" for the Muslim world. Israeli forces killed at least 62 Palestinians during protests near the Gaza fence on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds. "As these crimes and murders were being carried out, (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and ...

US closely monitoring Iranian forces in Persian Gulf: Navy chief

1397/2/26 | 08:21
  The United States Navy is closely monitoring Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf and expects a “period of uncertainty” and increased level of alertness, the US Navy chief has said. “It is a period of uncertainty that we are entering into right, how the whole world will respond to this latest development,” Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson told a small group of reporters on Monday, referring US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from an international nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported. “(We ...

Afghanistan wants Iran to rid it of terrorism scourge

1397/2/24 | 08:21
  Afghanistan's Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami has discussed stepped-up military and defense cooperation with Iran which is wary of Daesh's presence near its borders. Bahrami is currently on an official visit to Tehran where he met Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri on Sunday after holding talks with his counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami. Bahrami said his trip is aimed at expanding cordial relations between the two nations and their armed forces and securing Iran's help to rid Afghanistan ...

US war hawks threaten EU over Iran deal

1397/2/24 | 08:21
  US President Donald Trump's national security advisor refuses to say whether the United States would take on European companies t “It’s possible,” John Bolton said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another anti-Iran figure in the Trump administration, are trying to promote the reasons for the recent withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Declaring that he would re-impose sanctions on Tehran, Trump warned Tuesday that he ...

Trump links US exit from nuclear deal to Iran military budget

1397/2/23 | 08:21
  US President Donald Trump is erroneously linking the US exit from the Iran nuclear deal to the country’s military budget to justify the move in the wake of pressure from US allies and his opponents inside the country. Trump who withdrew from the international deal recently said in a tweet on Saturday that it was just a “big lie.” The president tacitly censured “the Obama,” former US President Barrack Obama, who was in office during the negotiations involving Tehran, the UK, Russia, Germany, China and France. “Iran’s Military ...

Israel: Saudi Should 'Come Out of Closet' to Fight Iran

1397/2/21 | 08:21
  Israel has called on Saudi Arabia and other U.S.-aligned Gulf Arab states to help take on their mutual foe, Iran, as heightened tensions erupted into violence in the Middle East. After Syrian and suspected Iranian forces in Syria exchanged fire with Israeli troops deployed in the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that Israeli jet strikes destroyed "almost the entire Iranian infrastructure" in neighboring Syria. He warned of Iranian, majority-Shiite proxies operating next door and ...

Zangeneh: Trump exit not to impact Iran's oil industry

1397/2/21 | 08:21
  Iran says its oil industry is in a far better shape than before and can withstand the sanctions that the US plans to impose on it. Iran’s Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh said threatening Iran with sanctions against its oil industry was an issue of the past, stressing that the country had already been able to safeguard itself against such threats over the past few years. Zangeneh was referring to an earlier announcement by US President Donald Trump that he would take America out of a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and move toward ...

Saudi Arabia threatens to build own nukes if Iran does

1397/2/20 | 08:21
  US ally Saudi Arabia has reiterated that it will build a nuclear bomb if its regional enemy Iran ramps up development of a weapons program. The country welcomed Washington ditching the nuclear deal with Tehran. “We have made it very clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. “I believe that if Iran restarts its nuclear weapons program, beyond what it has right now, that should trigger the snapback provisions and cause ...

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria After Golan Heights Attack

1397/2/20 | 08:21
  The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked “dozens” of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. Israel said the targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire. It said none of its warplanes was hit. The blistering ...

How Quickly Can Iran Get a Nuclear Weapon?

1397/2/19 | 08:21
  President Donald Trump decided to reimpose sanctions on Iran on Tuesday, a move that ultimately ended U.S. participation in what is known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal. "I am announcing today that the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said Tuesday, adding that the U.S. may also sanction countries that do business with Iran. "We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction, any country that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be ...

Pakistan backs Iran: US withdrawal would complicate the situation

1397/2/19 | 08:21
  The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday expressed concern on the United States' (US) withdrawal from the so-called Iran deal, saying that the decision will affect the world community's efforts to solve the "conflict" with Iran. In a media statement, the FO said that the US's withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would weaken the dialogue process that was meant to find a solution to the conflict. Still, Pakistan hopes that the remaining five signatories — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — will ...

Neocons, Netanyahu wants military confrontation with Iran: Ron Paul

1397/2/19 | 08:21
  The American neoconservative and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu don’t want to see another nuclear sanctions waiver for Iran, because they want military confrontation with the Islamic Republic, former US congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul says. In a tweet on Monday, US President Donald Trump said he will announce whether Washington will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday afternoon. Trump has threatened to withdraw from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). ...

Trump announces 'withdrawal' from Iran nuclear deal

1397/2/19 | 08:21
  President Donald Trump has announced his decision to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic. "I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said Tuesday in a televised address from the White House. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.” "In a few moments, I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. ...

Tel Aviv will assassinate Syria’s Assad if Iran attacks Israel: Israeli minister

1397/2/18 | 08:21
  An Israeli minister says Tel Aviv could topple the government of Syrian President of Bashar al-Assad in response to any attack by Iran against the occupying regime, hinting that the Syrian leader himself might be targeted for assassination. “If Assad allows Iran to turn Syria into a military vanguard against us, to attack us from Syrian territory, he should know that would be the end of him, the end of his regime,” said Yuval Steinitz, the minister of national infrastructure, energy and water resources, in an interview with the Hebrew ...

Height of enmity: US judge says Iran trained 9/11 attackers

1397/2/17 | 08:21
  Iran has been ordered to pay more than $6 billion to victims of the September 11 2001 attacks that killed some 3,000 people, Al Jazeera reported. In a default judgement, the court held that “the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran” are liable for more than 1,000 individuals deaths, Judge George B Daniels of the southern district court of New York said. Iran in total has been ordered to pay some “$12,500,000 per spouse, $8,500,000 per parent, $8,500,000 ...

The Israeli Nuclear Elephant in the Room

1397/2/17 | 08:21
  Iran and Israel are polar opposites on the nuclear issue – what’s rarely acknowledged in Western capitals or publicly discussed. The Islamic Republic has no program to develop them, and wants them entirely eliminated to prevent their use. The power of today’s thermonukes can turn metropolitan areas like New York to irradiated rubble. Nuclear wars can’t be won. They risk nuclear winter if nukes are used in enough numbers. “(N)uclear technology threatens life on our planet with extinction,” Helen Caldicott explained, adding: “If ...

US will regret quitting nuclear deal: Iran

1397/2/17 | 08:21
  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that if the United States quit the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers then Washington would regret it “like never before”. US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, demanding his country’s European allies “fix the terrible flaws” or he will re-impose sanctions. “If the United States leaves the nuclear agreement, you will soon see that they will regret it like never before in history,” Rouhani ...

Trump administration hired Israeli intel firm to discredit ex-officials Iran nuclear deal: Report

1397/2/16 | 08:21
  Aides to US President Donald Trump have reportedly hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to devise a “dirty ops” campaign against key Obama administration officials who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal in a scheme to discredit the agreement. Trump administration officials contacted private investigators in May of last year, directing them to “get dirt” on former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, the deputy assistant to former President Barack Obama, as part of an elaborate scheme to undermine ...

US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal could lead to war: Macron

1397/2/15 | 08:21
  French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that a possible US withdrawal from Iran's nuclear deal could lead to a war. In an interview with Der Spiegel, Macron pointed to US President Donald Trump's threats to abandon the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said, "That would mean opening Pandora's box, it could mean war," The Hill reported on Friday. "I do not believe that Donald Trump wants war," Macron added. “My view — I do not know what your president will decide — is that he will ...

Currency swap agreement of Iran and Pakistan

1397/2/15 | 08:21
  Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoust announced that a currency swap agreement and resumption of banking channels between Tehran and Islamabad is under process. “Bilateral trade would be promoted and the Iranian banks would open branches in the country once the currency swap agreement is reached,” Honardoust said. The Iranian ambassador said that Iran and Pakistan have multi-functional and multi-aspect relations, adding that both countries should adopt a new approach and move forward; though trade between the two countries ...

The Syrian airbase at the heart of a potential Israel-Iran war

1397/2/12 | 08:21
  Isolated in the barren sands of central Syria and measuring five miles across in some areas is the country’s largest airbase. A fortress surrounded by hundreds of miles of desert, T-4 consists of dozens of hardened aircraft shelters, hiding Russian fighter jets and supersonic Sukhoi bombers. Over seven years of conflict its runway has been blackened by the rubber tyres of jets returning from sorties in the devastating war between the forces of Bashar al-Assad and the rebels who have failed to overthrow him. T-4’s remote location ...

Israel prepares for possible attack by Iran

1397/2/12 | 08:21
  Israel has put its forces on alert mainly on the northern front with Syria and Lebanon fearing a possible Iranian attack in revenge for the Israeli bombing of the Iranian drone base in Syria where several senior commanders were killed, reported on Sunday. Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said that the Israeli army commissioned a large number of monitoring units in the occupied Golan Heights to maintain surveillance on the cameras and radar systems and to remain in contact with soldiers on the ground in order to remain ...

Israel's Netanyahu Can Declare Iran War with One Vote

1397/2/11 | 08:21
  The Israeli parliament voted in favor Monday of granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the ability to declare war with the sole approval of his defense chief under certain conditions. Following a 20-minute presentation in which Netanyahu accused Iran of covertly pursuing nuclear weapons, reports emerged that the Israeli Knesset approved 62 to 41 the amendment to Israeli law regarding the authorization for the declaration of war. The new regime included a clause suggested by Netanyahu himself, one that requires only Netanyahu and ...

Netanyahu accuses Iran of secret program to produce nuclear weapons

1397/2/11 | 08:21
  Israeli regime's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday revealed a cache of files he claims were obtained from Iran and prove Tehran ran a secret program to build nuclear weapons. In a televised primetime speeech, the Israeli regime's prime minister claimed his regime had obtained 55,000 pages of Iranian documents relating to something called Protect Amad. He said the documents had been kept in “massive safes” and that it has all five elements of a nuclear weapons programme. Netanyahu, a hawk, said the information had been ...

Israel not capable of successful Iran attack: Ex-PM Olmert

1397/2/11 | 08:21
  Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has played down Tel Aviv’s ability to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, saying the danger of such a move is much greater than any possible achievement. Olmert, who ordered an airstrike back in 2007 on a Syrian position which Israel claims was a nuclear reactor, said at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on Sunday that the Tel Aviv regime is not capable of successfully attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. As Israel's prime minister, Olmert said, he decided not to hit Iranian nuclear ...

Israeli War With Iran Increasingly Likely, Mattis Warns

1397/2/8 | 08:21
  Having met with his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warns he sees an Israeli war with Iran as “very likely.” He cited Iran’s presence in Syria as the likely cause of such a fight.   Lieberman has long advocated war with Iran, and talked up confrontation in visits with Mattis and John Bolton. He said Israel would attack any Iranian foothold in Syria “regardless of the price.” Israeli officials have long overstated Iran’s presence in Syria. Ambassador Danon ...

Russia rejects mediating between Shamkhani, Ben-David

1397/2/8 | 08:21
  Rumors about Moscow's efforts to mediate between Iran's SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani and Israeli national security advisor in Sochi are total lies, said an informed source in Russian National Security Council on Wednesday. An informed source in Russian National Security Council announced on Wednesday that the rumors about Moscow's efforts for mediating between Iran's SNSC Secretary Ali Shamkhani and Israeli National Security Advisor Eytan Ben-David were part of a media hype. The source reiterated that neither such a meeting was held ...

China vows to step up effort to safeguard, implement Iran nuclear deal

1397/2/8 | 08:21
  China says it will continue to uphold and implement a multilateral nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries as a May 12 deadline is looming for US President Donald Trump to decide on staying in the deal. Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, a spokeswoman for Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, expressed Beijing's support for the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iran nuclear program is a multilateral ...

Saga of Nuclear deal: How did Iran push Trump on the back foot?

1397/2/7 | 08:21
  Iran’s’ rejection of any expectations of revising a nuclear deal under duress by a fickle United States and a obsequious France is a creditable approach. While Trump continues to project the façade of the benevolent disciplinarian in the global arena, his role in this instance is further encouraged by Europe and the other signatories to the treaty. Trumps hyperbolic rhetoric has justifiably drawn Iran’s ire and put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord; Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European ...

Beijing warns Washington against US probe in Huawei trade with Iran

1397/2/7 | 08:21
  China warned the United States on Thursday against harming trade after a report that US authorities had opened an investigation into suspected violations of Iran sanctions by China's Huawei Technologies. A US Justice Department probe would come on the back of subpoenas issued to the company by the US Commerce and Treasury Departments over sanctions-related issues, according to the Wall Street Journal. Huawei -- one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment and services providers -- has been under tough scrutiny in the United ...

Lebanon and the Iran-Israel confrontation

1397/2/5 | 08:21
  The Lebanese people breathed a sigh of relief when Hezbollah officials announced that Lebanon was not a part of the confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria. The announcement was made in the wake of escalating threats exchanged after Israel attacked the T-4 military base, killing at least two Iranian soldiers. Hezbollah’s decision to stay out of the conflict is based upon domestic political considerations, especially the fact that Lebanon is on the verge of parliamentary elections and the party does not want to drag the country ...

Qatar replacing UAE as hawala trade hub for Iran

1397/2/4 | 08:21
Iran will use Qatar to facilitate payment orders in foreign currencies, phasing out such operations in Dubai where restrictions imposed by the UAE government are making financial transactions difficult. “Several Iranian banks have opened accounts with Qatar National Bank, through which the transactions of payment orders in foreign currencies will be carried out,” Fars news agency reported Tuesday, citing what it described as a senior official at the Central Bank of Iran. “Due to the difficulties that have arisen with Dubai for foreign ...

Chemical attacks on Iran: When the US sided with the attackers instead of the victims

1397/2/3 | 08:21
  Iran denounces ‘hypocrisy’ of US air strikes as experts urge Tehran to press Syria to stop future chemical attacks. US President Donald Trump announced on Friday the operation against Syria, framing his decision as a fight against “evil” while saying days earlier that preventing chemical attacks is “about humanity”. He lashed out at Iran and Russia for supporting the Assad regime, saying “What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?” At least 85 people, including ...

Israel hints it could hit Iran’s ‘air force’ in Syria

1397/2/3 | 08:21
  Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian “air force” deployed in neighbouring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate. Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Iranian officials have promised unspecified reprisals. Israeli media ran satellite images ...

‘Trump unaware of economic ties China can have with Iran, Russia’

1397/2/1 | 08:21
  US President Donald Trump is oblivious to the fact that China can have “alternative economic” ties with Iran and Russia, says a political analyst. Scott Bennett made the remarks in an interview with Press TV when asked about a trade war with China initiated by the Trump administration and the repercussions it might have. “China, of course, will increasingly set up economic relationships with Russia and Iran, similar to the Iranian-Chinese nuclear discussions that are going on,” Bennett said. “So there are alternative economic ...

Iran switches from dollar to euro

1397/2/1 | 08:21
  Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington. Central bank governor Valiollah Seif said last week that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today”. Iran does ...

Pakistan offers counterterrorism training to Islamic countries armed forces

1397/2/1 | 08:21
  Pakistan has expressed its willingness to provide modern training, technical assistance and necessary resources to the army troops of military alliance of Islamic countries to deal with terrorists.   Pakistan will cooperate in the matter keeping in view its national security policy. The prime minister will approve the measure after consulting with the military leadership. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have had detailed discussions on the reorganisation and coordination in the so-called Islamic military alliance. Saudi Arabia has recently ...

Iran vows to buy all the weapons it needs, irrespective what the world thinks about it

1397/1/29 | 08:21
  Iran will acquire whatever weapons it needs to keep out “invading powers” that seek to surround it the country’s President Hassan Rouhani said at a military showcase in Tehran. Speaking at a rally for National Army Day, Rouhani appeared to take a swipe at the recent strikes against its ally Syria by the United States, United Kingdom and France, all of which are convinced the Syrian regime has once again used chemical weapons against its own people. Iran and Russia remain the Syrian government’s main allies, and often argue that ...

The Indo-Iran Syndrome & Pakistan

1397/1/28 | 08:21
  India’s strategic posturing in the IOR continues unabated. Its acquisition of bases/port facilities at Duqm, Oman and Chahbahar, Iran in particular pose real threats to Pakistan and its interests in the region. These positions straddle the Hormuz Straits and place Pakistan’s SLOCs and Mekran Coast within Indian strategic reach. The Indo-Iran Defense Pact of 2003 accentuates these threats manifold. The strategic environment thus continues to unravel ominously. Pakistan must get into serious contingency planning at all appropriate ...

Increasing economic ties: Iran to be part of CPEC

1397/1/25 | 08:21
  Iran’s Minister for Roads and Urbanisation Abbas Akhoundi expressed keen interest in exploring avenues available under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The minister is leading a high level Iranian delegation which visited Karachi Port Trust (KPT) on Friday. Akhoundi also showed interest in transshipment cargo handling. He said that Iran is keen to work with Pakistan for interconnection linkage between Karachi Port and Bandar Abbas as well as the development of tourism and facilitation of ‘zaireen’ (religious pilgrims). He ...

Pak-Iran Ferry service from Karachi to Chabahar to be started to benefit pilgrims

1397/1/24 | 08:21
  Pakistan and Iran have decided to launch a ferry service from Karachi to Iran’s Chabahar as Minister for Ports and Shipping Hasil Bizenjo and Iran’s Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi in Karachi met in Karachi on Thursday.   Although the ferry service will benefit people of the two countries, it will particularly benefit Zaireen (pilgrims) who go to Iran on pilgrimage of the sacred shrine of infallible Imam Reza (AS) and other Imam Zadegan, the great saints. The statement to begin ferry service came during their joint press ...