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Imran Khan hints at ‘massive changes’ in Pakistan cricket

Divided opposition: PPP's solo flight and PML-N's isolation

Pompeo's visit: Can Imran Khan defy US pressure?

PM Imran Khan addresses nation for first time as chief executive

Pakistan did not need to pick a side in the Canada-Saudi Arabia conflict

How IK will effect change in first 100 days

US Secy of State Pompeo to visit Islamabad for talks with new Pakistani leaders

China’s top diplomat says cooperation with Iran to continue

Shia Muslims to wear black armbands on Eidul Azha to protest against killing

Will PTI govt continue Musharraf’s treason trial?

Sidhu draws criticism in India for visiting Pakistan and embracing Gen Bajwa

Bomb that killed Yemeni kids supplied by US: CNN

President Rouhani calls for better Iran-Pakistan ties under Imran Khan

‘No one will be allowed to turn Kashmir into another Palestine’

Iranian Parliament speaker congratulates new Pakistani counterpart

Nasir Jamshed handed 10-year ban in PSL2 spot-fixing case

Prosecutor in Chilean sex abuse scandal targets bishops

Why Shehbaz may not serve as the opposition leader?

Prime Minister Imran Khan: PTI chairman sworn in as 22nd premier of Pakistan

Allah his witness: ‘Ruthless accountability on the way’

How China is backing Turkey against US bullying ?

Usman Buzdar: The new CM of Punjab

UAE hits out at Qatar’s pledge to invest in Turkey

PTI wins its first round

Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for Zardari in money laundering case

People of Baltistan, Ismailis dismayed by retired general’s malicious allegations

Imran Khan elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

FO rejects charges Pakistanis aided Taliban in Ghazni

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

Frenemies for life: The downward trajectory of US–Pakistan relations

21st prime minister of Pakistan to be elected today

India flood toll jumps to 106, nearly 150,000 homeless: officials

UN experts call for release of top Bahraini campaigner Nabeel Rajab

Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Saudi neighbours accuse Riyadh of politicising Hajj pilgrimage

Pak-origin Mehreen Faruqi becomes Australia's first female Muslim senator

Pervaiz Elahi elected Punjab Assembly speaker

PTI plans to implement MTI Act across country

Imran Khan: Pakistan’s Jack Kennedy

Not allowed to offer prayer in mosque: Nawaz

Khan's chrisma: Modi softens rhetoric, calls for embracing Kashmiris

Radioactive sheep said to prove Israel illegally tested nuclear weapons

Saudi authorities arrest Sheikh Nasser Al-Omar in Mecca

48 killed in bomb explosion in Shia neighborhood of Afghan capital

Challenges in revamping the education system

Pakistan thrashed 3-0 by Vietnam on international return

Lira crisis and ‘collateral currency damage’ to other countries

PTI's Asad Qaiser sworn in as NA speaker amid opposition ruckus

In partnership of Russia, China and Pakistan, India can be the biggest loser: Global Times

Third Saudi contact with Imran in a week : Is Saudia afraid of Pakistan's tilt towards Iran?

Tightening the noose: Would Zardari meet the same fate of Nawaz Sharif?

Anti-terror financing compliance review of Pakistan to conclude tomorrow

Saudi dissident preacher dies ‘after torture’ in regime prison: Report

Russian foreign minister says dollar's days numbered as global currency

US and Taliban again bypass Pakistan for their talks in Doha

Pakistan's Imran Khan voices support for Erdogan, people of Turkey

Imran borrows waistcoat from NA employee for card picture

Pakistan-Iran relations may be strengthened thru film industry cooperation

What does the future hold for Muslim Uighurs of China?

Suspense over the name of CM Punjab continues

Iran to celebrate Pakistan's independence day for 10 days : Supreme Leader

Pakistan celebrates 71st Independence Day

Coordinated’ Pakistan ready for Asian Games challenge

Cajoling Khan: 'Will always be at forefront to help Pakistan', king Salman tells Imran

'No war, no negotiations with the US,' says Iran's supreme leader

Pieces of US-made bomb found at site of Saudi raid on Yemeni school bus: Report

German minister: US cannot tell us with whom we can do business

US further sidelines Pakistan in Afghanistan peace efforts

Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority

The inside story of Imran's meeting with Atif Khan, KP CM-designate

How will the PML-N cope with life on the opposition benches?

329 MNAs take oath as 15th National Assembly is born

Announcement of federal cabinet delayed again as talks between Bushra Maneka, matka remain inconclusive

Zilhaj moon sighted, Eidul Azha on August 22

EU calls on Saudis to clarify women rights activists' detentions

Pakistanis shocked over Foreign Office uncalled for support to Saudi Kingdom against Canada

Why Takht-e-Lahore fell

Would PTI frame a Russia focused foreign policy?

An overt message to US : Pakistan's Military officers to get training in Russia

What should be new govt’s priorities in Middle East?

PTI 'Chaiwala' MNA-elect turns out to be millionaire

US senators 'concerned' over possible IMF loan to Pakistan

Iran slams US for 'bullying' Turkey

Israeli minister urges assassination of Hamas leaders

Turkey’s lira crisis: How bad can it get?

‘Sharif in no mood to mend fences’

Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

Sit-in by Muslims against Chinese govt’s plan to demolish mosque

In comes Imran: can a bowler bat?

US cuts military training programmes with Pakistan as Trump cracks down

Shahzaib Hasan’s ban extended to four years

HEC Suspends 400+ MPhil and PhD Programs in Pakistan

Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s address causes outrage in Pakistan

Who controlled RTS, how it collapsed and who benefitted?

FM: Iran wants to restore relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain

Pakistan to pursue economic ties with Iran despite US sanctions

Afghan-trained high profile terrorist commander involved in school attacks

UAE aircraft took part in Israeli air raids on Gaza, journalist claims

Is Mehmood Khan’s nomination as CM a first sign of Imran’s compromise?

Cosying up Imran Khan: Saudi-backed IsDB ready to help Imran-led govt with $4 billion loan

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China’s top diplomat says cooperation with Iran to continue

1397/5/28 | 05:39
China will continue its cooperation and relations with Iran, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday, citing a statement from Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 deal in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions, is in line with the international community’s “common interest”, the Chinese diplomat said in a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to Xinhua. “We have openly indicated ...

President Rouhani calls for better Iran-Pakistan ties under Imran Khan

1397/5/28 | 05:39
  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended his sincere congratulations to Imran Khan on his election as Pakistan's new prime minister, expressing hope that the two countries would further improve relations during his tenure. "The Islamic Republic of Iran, as always and particularly during the new era, expresses its readiness to expand relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," Rouhani said in a congratulatory message to Khan on Saturday. Former cricket star Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime ...

Iranian Parliament speaker congratulates new Pakistani counterpart

1397/5/27 | 05:39
Iranian Parliament’s Speaker Ali Larijani in a telephone conversation congratulated Asad Qaiser over his election as Speaker of National Assembly, lower house of Pakistan’s bicameral parliament.   Dr Larijani expressed satisfaction over developing ties between the Pakistan and Iran, the two Muslim countries, in various sectors and called for further expansion of parliamentary cooperation during his tenure. Referring to regional developments, Iranian Parliament’s speaker said Iran and Pakistan are now regarded as two important ...

Third Saudi contact with Imran in a week : Is Saudia afraid of Pakistan's tilt towards Iran?

1397/5/24 | 05:39
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman telephoned Tuesday Prime Minister-in-waiting and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and congratulated him on his nomination as prime minister of Pakistan. In a tweet, Imran’s top aide Naeemul Haq said that the prime minister-designate spoke of the warm relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Besides inviting Saudi investors to Pakistan, Imran appreciated the Saudi crown prince for his anti-corruption crackdown. Naeem tweeted, “Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia called IK this ...

Pakistan-Iran relations may be strengthened thru film industry cooperation

1397/5/23 | 05:39
  Post-revolutionary Iranian cinema has been celebrated in many international forums and festivals for its distinct style, themes, authors, idea of nationhood, and cultural references and Pakistan-Iran ties can be strengthen further by film industry cooperation as well.   Iran and Pakistan enjoy close, cordial and fraternal relations in many areas, however, their cooperation in film industry is almost negligible which can play a very important role in bringing people of the two countries closer to each other. Iranian cinema has ...

'No war, no negotiations with the US,' says Iran's supreme leader

1397/5/22 | 05:39
Iran's supreme leader said on Monday there would be neither war nor negotiations with the United States, and that the country's problems were the result of government mismanagement more than renewed sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments add to the pressure on President Hassan Rouhani following a collapse in the currency and widespread protests over high prices and corruption. They also appeared to rule out any hope of fresh talks with Washington, which US President Donald Trump had proposed after walking out of the landmark 2015 nuclear ...

What should be new govt’s priorities in Middle East?

1397/5/21 | 05:39
  We want to improve ties with Iran. Saudi Arabia is a friend who has always stood by us in difficult times. Our aim will be that whatever we can do for conciliation in the Middle East , we want to play that role.   Those tensions, that fight, between neighbors, we will try to bring them together. Then there is Afghanistan, a country that has suffered the most in the war on terror. Afghanistan's people need peace.   We want peace there. If there is peace in Afghanistan, there will be peace in Pakistan. We will make every effort ...

Iran slams US for 'bullying' Turkey

1397/5/20 | 05:39
Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waded into the mounting row between Turkey and the United States on Saturday, accusing Washington of an "addiction to sanctions and bullying". US President Donald Trump´s "jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful," Zarif wrote on Twitter. "The US has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions (and) bullying or entire world will unite -- beyond verbal condemnations -- to force it to," he warned. "We´ve stood with neighbours before, and will again now." Trump ...

Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

1397/5/20 | 05:39
  An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister.   The offer was most immediately related to a statement by Asad Umar, Pakistan’s new finance minister-in-waiting, that Pakistan would decide on whether to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or friendly nations such as China and Saudi Arabia by ...

Pakistan to pursue economic ties with Iran despite US sanctions

1397/5/19 | 05:39
Pakistan on Thursday said it reserves the right to ‘pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests’ with Iran in the wake of re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran by US President Donald Trump, who warned that the countries doing business with the Islamic states might also face the music. “We are examining the implications of the US’ re-imposed sanctions on Iran,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at his weekly news briefing. “However, Pakistan, being a sovereign state, reserves the right to pursue ...

FM: Iran wants to restore relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain

1397/5/19 | 05:39
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said his country wants to restore relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, calling for dialogue to confront “extremism” in the region. “As the President of the Republic had said, we are planning on restoring relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, and we have always welcomed dialogue,” Zarif said in an interview published by Iran Daily. The minister stressed his country’s desire to support security and stability in the region, adding “the Americans have made ...

Israeli minister says Iran should 'disappear' from world

1397/5/18 | 05:39
Iran should entirely "disappear" from the world, that's what Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan had to say when asked about US President Donald Trump's decision on Monday to re-impose anti-Iran sanctions that were lifted under a historic nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers. Speaking to Israel Radio on Tuesday, Erdan welcomed Trump's decision in May to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and his push to persuade the remaining signatories of the 2015 deal -- the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany ...

No objection to Iran-Pakistan gas project: EU

1397/5/16 | 05:39
The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Pakistan, Jean-François Cautain, said on Monday that the European Union was ready to work with the new government of Pakistan in security, economy, GSP-Plus, education, and rural development sectors. He said this during a meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan here at Banigala. He visited Imran to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the recent elections. The EU ambassador maintained that the European Union had no objection to the proposed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and ...

Can Imran Khan bring Saudia and Iran close?

1397/5/13 | 05:39
  Pakistan is ready to play a constructive and positive role between Iran and Saudi Arabia, prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan told Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost Today. Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shia power, have a long history of rivalry. They today stand on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East, from Syria to Yemen. The Iranian envoy had called on the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman at his Banigala residence to congratulate him on his party's victory in the 2018 general elections, ...

In blow to Trump, China rejects US request to cut Iran oil imports

1397/5/13 | 05:39
China has rejected a US demand to cut Iranian oil imports despite Washington’s attempts to bring down the Islamic Republic's oil sales to zero, Bloomberg reports. The financial news provider quoted informed officials on Friday as saying that the US had been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports and that Beijing's purchases from Tehran last month remained unchanged. This is a blow to US President Donald Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran after his withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with the country, officially known as the Joint ...

US oil sanctions are no longer working on Iran

1397/5/12 | 05:39
Iran’s gasoline production was below 50 million liters per day (ml/d) before the administration of former US president Barack Obama implemented sanctions against the country at the heart of which was a universal ban on sales of the crucial fuel to the country. In 2010 when the sanctions were put into force, Iran’s consumption stood at about 60 m//d and the country had to purchase around 10 ml/d from international vendors to satisfy its domestic demand. While Obama’s sanctions appeared to have hit Iran where it hurt, recent indications ...

Trump claims talks with Iran to be held ‘pretty soon’

1397/5/10 | 05:39
  US President Donald Trump has claimed that talks with Iran are imminent and could happen “pretty soon,” a day after he expressed willingness to meet with the Islamic Republic's leaders without "preconditions." "I have a feeling they'll be talking to us pretty soon," Trump said at a rally in Florida on Tuesday. "And maybe not, and that's OK, too." The US president also used the occasion to once again denounce as "horrible, one-sided" the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – from which ...

Pakistan conducts proactive engagement with Iran after Raheel Sharif leaves to head Islamic NATO

1397/5/2 | 05:39
  Despite political distractions domestically, Pakistan government is pro-actively pursuing its foreign policy goals in the region as it works hard to positioning itself as an intermediary between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Currently, the Speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, is leading an official parliamentary delegation to Tehran to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations. The visit is part of a larger diplomatic initiative taken by Pakistan to stress the importance of close relations with Iran; despite Pakistan joining the Saudi-led ...

Trump warns Iran to 'never, ever threaten the United States again'

1397/5/1 | 05:39
President Donald Trump on Sunday warned Iran of consequences “the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered,” if it threatens the United States (US). “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” he said on Twitter, writing the entire message in capital letters. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” Trump said, in a direct message to Iranian President ...

Mossad admits cooperating with MKO over anti-Iran plot

1397/4/30 | 05:39
Israel's main spy agency Mossad has openly acknowledged that it cooperated with the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MKO) terror group over a plot to implicate the Islamic Republic in what it said would be a bomb attack in Paris. Mossad said it had worked with its Belgian, French and German counterparts to uncover an alleged cell that was planning to bomb a June 30 conference in the French capital organized by the MKO, Israeli website Headshot reported on Thursday. According to the report, the cell was led by an Iranian diplomat based in the Austrian ...

Saudi Arabia hires UK-based The Independent to launch Persian news site

1397/4/30 | 05:39
  Saudi Arabia has hired the UK-based Independent media corporation to launch a slew of news websites in Persian and other languages. Under the deal, the British outfit would create up to four websites for the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), which is tied to the Saudi royal family and often promotes the regime's agenda. Despite ownership by the SRMG, the news outlets -- Independent Arabia, Independent Urdu, Independent Turkish, and Independent Persian -- would be owned and operated by SRMG and would follow the editorial standards ...

Can Russia, Iran Solve Syria? Deal Frees Thousands

1397/4/29 | 05:39
President Vladimir Putin's top Syria adviser met Wednesday with senior Iranian officials to relay the results of discussions between the Russian leader and President Donald Trump on Syria, where a recent deal has allowed the evacuation of two pro-government villages behind enemy lines.   Russia's special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev traveled to Tehran to discuss Monday's U.S.-Russia summit in Helsinki with Supreme National Security Council of Iran Deputy Secretary Ameer Saeed Iravani and convey Moscow's ongoing support ...

Pakistani boxers to get training in Iran for Asian Games

1397/4/29 | 05:39
Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) is likely to send boxers for two-weeks training to Iran this month in order to prepare them for Asian Games to take place in Jakarta from August 18 to September 2. Talking to media persons Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Secretary, Lt. Col. (R) Muhammad Nasir Ijaz Tung said currently the boxers training camp for Asian Games is underway here at Pakistan Sports Complex. “A total of 18 male and 6 female boxers are being trained by coaches Arshad Hussain, Ali Bux and Ramzan in the camp,” he said. ...

Pak-Iran ties: Positive direction

1397/4/29 | 05:39
In recent times, high level exchanges between Pakistan and Iran appear to be taking bilateral relations to a positive direction and indeed it is the way forward to ensure a better future for this conflict ridden region and meet common challenges including those related to security.   Historically speaking, relations between two countries have remained friendly but still marked by mistrust and misunderstanding on different issues including that of border management but it is good to see that two countries are now engaged deeply to address ...

Iran rejects Israeli claim of stealing nuclear data as 'laughably absurd'

1397/4/29 | 05:39
Iran has dismissed as “laughably absurd” an Israel-fabricated scenario, in which the agents with the regime's Mossad spy agency are claimed to have spirited away loads of "secret documents" on the country's nuclear work from a site in southern Tehran. Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran's diplomatic mission to the United Nations, was responding to recent reports by The New York Times and other news outlets about the details of Mossad's purported operation near the Iranian capital in the rather Hollywood-style scenario. The scenario ...

American officials believe China is likely to buy even more Iranian crude

1397/4/28 | 05:39
China is Iran’s top crude oil buyer, which imported around 655,000 barrels a day on average from the country in the first quarter of this year, according to official Chinese customs data. The US government is expecting Iran’s oil clients to sharply cut imports from the country under the threat of sanctions but senior American officials believe China is likely to buy even more Iranian crude. The world’s No. 2 economy is gearing up to take more and “vacuum up much of the Iranian oil that other nations won’t buy because of the threat ...

Iran, Pakistan to jointly produce defense equipment: Top general

1397/4/27 | 05:39
Iran’s top military commander has emphasized the importance of enhancing defense relations with Pakistan, saying the two neighbors are seeking to jointly manufacture defense equipment. Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri made the remarks following a meeting with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday. During the talks, the two sides touched on the commonalities between Iran and Pakistan as well as the almost 1000-kilometer border between the neighbors, stressing that ...

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman: negotiations with Israel ‘a joke’

1397/4/26 | 05:39
Claims of this nature can never be true,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in a press briefing on Monday. “News like this sound more like a joke to those who are familiar with Iran’s foreign policy,” he added. Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida claimed Friday that Moscow had arranged indirect talks between Tehran and Tel Aviv over a number of issues, including Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and its military presence in Syria. The paper claimed that the recent trips to Moscow of senior Iranian official Ali Akbar ...

Pak-Iran improving military ties: A message to US and Israel

1397/4/26 | 05:39
  Pakistan and Iran  pledged to further deepen their military cooperation.This was the upshot of Iranian Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri’s visit to Pakistan. The top Iranian commander’s three-day trip is being attached great importance because bilateral military exchanges between Pakistan and Iran have been very rare due to their mutual mistrust that kept them divided till recently. Gen Bagheri visited caretaker Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon at the foreign ministry and then went to the General Headquarters ...

Pakistan, Iran army chiefs discuss peace, security issues

1397/4/25 | 05:39
Iranian army chief Major General Dr Mohammad Bagheri led a delegation at the GHQ, where he met COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday. This is the first time in 20 years that an Iranian defence delegation visited Pakistan. The army chiefs of the two countries discussed issues of mutual concern, security situation, border management and defence matters. According to General Bajwa, they discussed ways to improve bilateral ties. The Iranian army chief condemned the recent terrorist attack in Balochistan that has claimed 149 lives so far. ...

Iranian military chief to visit Pakistan soon on counterpart’s invitation

1397/4/25 | 05:39
  Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri is to make the trip at the head of a ranking military delegation upon the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart General Qamar Javed Bajwa “soon.” Iran’s military chief is to visit Pakistan after the countries agreed, alongside Russia and China, to join efforts in fighting Daesh in Afghanistan. asnim News Agency reported on Saturday that the two sides will be discussing development of bilateral defensive cooperation and relations, border security, and fighting ...

China’s Sinopec will continue to buy Iranian oil

1397/4/24 | 05:39
China’s oil giant will continue to buy Iranian oil on fears that China will impose tariffs on US oil imports as part of a trade war between Washington and Beijing, a Sinopec executive said. The company is taking into account the United States tariffs on China and believes that the embargo can not prevent the supply of oil from Iran, the Asia Times quoted an official at Sinopec as saying. The official said that borrowing the tariff war, Sinopec and China’s oil companies limit the import of US oil, pushing these companies into the Iranian ...

Diverting Iranian flights to Najaf to Baghdad

1397/4/24 | 05:39
The Iranian air force decided on Sunday to divert flights to Najaf to the Iraqi capital Baghdad on the backdrop of popular protests in southern Iraq. “The suspension of Iranian flights to Najaf airport does not mean the suspension of flights to Iraq, but the flights will go to Baghdad airport because of the limitations,” the agency’s spokesman Rasha Jafarzadeh said. Jafarzadeh said that the Iranian airlines monitor the events of Najaf airport moment by moment since the beginning of the protests and stop flights by the Iraqi Civil Aviation ...

Russia rejects Israeli call to keep Iranian advisors away from Golan

1397/4/24 | 05:39
  Russia has reportedly rejected an Israeli demand to keep Iranian military advisors away from the occupied Golan Heights. Israel's Ynetnews website reported on Friday that Moscow had so far turned down the Israeli request to remove Iranian advisors to within 80 kilometers from Golan. Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The Israeli premier said Tel Aviv "won’t take action against" the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and urged ...

US, Iran Clash in Hormuz Strait: Not an Improbable Scenario

1397/4/23 | 05:39
  The US remains adamant in its desire to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero, even if it hurts importing countries. America’s secondary sanctions on firms dealing with Iran would “snap back” on August 6 for trade in cars and metals and on November 4 for oil and banking transactions.   The “wind down” period varied between 90 and 180 days is intended to allow entities to end businesses in Iran. There will be no waivers. India, China and Turkey are the oil importers expected not to succumb to US pressure. Brian Hook, the ...

Pakistan hosts spy chiefs from Russia, China, Iran

1397/4/22 | 05:39
  Pakistan hosted on Wednesday an unprecedented meeting of heads of intelligence agencies from Russia, China and Iran to discuss counter terrorism cooperation, with particular focus on the buildup of Islamic State in turmoil-hit Afghanistan. Official sources in Islamabad confirmed that the participants held detailed discussions on joint measures to stop Afghan-based loyalists of the Middle Eastern terrorist group from threatening the territorial boundaries of the four nations. The unusual huddle brought together spymasters from the countries ...

US softens stance on Iran sanctions amid warnings

1397/4/21 | 05:39
  The United States has softened its stance on new Iran sanctions after warnings that a possible face-off between the two countries would push oil prices back into the triple digits. With the sanctions on Iran’s oil exports and its central bank about to take effect on November 4, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that his country may grant oil sanctions waivers to countries seeking relief from the measures. The remarks were a sharp climbdown from Washington’s hardline position, including President Donald Trump’s ...

Is Pakistan serious to pursue Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project?

1397/4/20 | 05:39
  Acting Chairman of the Senate Saleem Mandviwalla said on Tuesday that Pakistan was keen to see rapid progress on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and the government would pursue the project as it was in the interest of the country. He expressed the hope that the project would soon see the light of day. Talking to Ambassador of Iran Mehdi Hunardost at the Parliament House, Mr Mandviwalla underscored the need for increasing volume of trade and investment between the two countries. He also stressed the need for reactivating the Pakistan-Iran ...

Doubts if Saudis can replace lost Iranian barrels

1397/4/19 | 05:39
  Indications are growing that show the US cannot rely on Saudi Arabia for too long to make up for the missing Iranian oil supplies once American sanctions are re-imposed against the country. Reuters in a report quoted estimates by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as showing that Saudi Arabia would have to pump an extra volume of at least 1 million barrels per day (bpd). The report added that the kingdom had sufficient spare capacity to fill the gap created as a lack of supplies from Iran. However, it warned that this would leave ...

Top Israeli security expert warns against war with Iran

1397/4/19 | 05:39
Former Israeli deputy national security adviser Eran Etzion has warned Tel Aviv “not to become entangled with Iran directly” as he expressed alarm over frictions between the two sides in Syria.    “Something dramatic is happening in Syria: For the first time, there is direct military friction between Israel and Iran,” Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoted Etzion as saying. "There is now a higher probability than ever before of deterioration into an open war, which could take all kinds of different forms," he added.  An Israeli ...

Netherlands expulsion of Iran diplomats 'unconstructive'

1397/4/17 | 05:39
Iran has slammed an "unconstructive" move by the Netherlands to deport two Iranian embassy staffers, saying the Islamic Republic reserves the right to take a reciprocal measure. "The Islamic Republic of Iran regards this decision as an unconstructive measure in relations between the two countries," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday. A spokesperson for the Dutch intelligence service AIVD on Friday said that the country had expelled two "persons accredited to the Iranian embassy" but refused to provide any further ...

Tehran vehemently rejected a report about training members of Afghanistan’s Taliban

1397/4/15 | 05:39
On Monday, The Times quoted unnamed Taliban and Afghan officials as saying that hundreds of Taliban militants are receiving advanced training from special forces at military academies in Iran. However, the Iranian embassy in Kabul said in a statement on Wednesday that the goal of such “fake and undocumented” allegations is to wage “a psychological war” and damage friendly relations between the Iranian and Afghan governments. Instead of leveling “baseless” accusations against Afghanistan’s neighbors, media outlet should work ...

Iran launches secondary currency market

1397/4/14 | 05:39
  Iran’s top banker says a secondary currency market meant to ease tensions around the prices of the US dollar has started to work. Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), said the second currency market would enable “minor importers” to buy their required dollars from exporters of certain non-oil products. Seif emphasized that the price of the dollar would be set according to the supply and demand balance in the market. He added that the CBI would allow 20 percent of dollars provided from exports of certain ...

War forces Yemen high school students to flee to capital to take exams

1397/4/13 | 05:39
Fighting in a port city in Yemen has forced around 2,000 high school students to flee to the capital to sit exams, braving a six-hour journey along a mountain road scarred by landmines and aerial bombardment. The boys and girls started arriving on 21 June for the university entrance exams having left Hodeidah because of a battle that began on 12 June between Houthi forces aligned to Iran and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. “We were comfortable in our city in Hodeidah, relaxed, not thinking of war and then we were surprised with this war ...

Iran General Says Israel Steals Clouds, Causing Drought

1397/4/12 | 05:39
  An Iranian general has accused Israel of causing climate change in the revolutionary Shiite Muslim republic by stealing the water out of clouds passing over the Mediterranean. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization, revealed the charges during an agricultural conference in the capital city of Tehran. He claimed Iranian scientific centers have proven that Israel and an unnamed neighboring country were secretly cooperating to extract the moisture out of clouds bound to pass over Iran, thus robbing ...

Human trafficking, the most recent American reports against Iran

1397/4/11 | 05:39
We reject this spiteful, biased, and political report that, using unreliable sources and information, has made groundless and unrealistic accusations of human trafficking against some countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Monday. “Through such measures, the US government is trying to distract the world’s public opinion from its meddlesome and destabilizing policies which have seriously prepared the ground for the creation and expansion of organized criminal networks of human ...

Pakistani, Iranian surgeons share week of liver transplant success at SIUT

1397/4/11 | 05:39
  Iranian and Pakistani surgeons have performed seven successful liver transplants at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in a week, which the SIUT officials on Monday described as a week of great success and good omen for the organisation. “Successful living donor liver transplant of seven patients was performed at the SIUT in the past week,” said a senior official at the institute. He said the transplant surgeries were jointly performed by two surgeons from Iran and their colleagues affiliated with the Pakistani institution. They ...

Not a Single Asian State Will Rush to Join US Sanctions on Iran - Scholar

1397/4/11 | 05:39
The US is pushing Tehran’s economic partners to curb their imports of Iranian oil as it prepares to re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Sputnik has discussed the issue with two Moscow-based experts.   Irina Fyodorova, an expert with the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow, told Sputnik that China, just like India and South Korea, have past experience of responding to US bans on Iranian oil exports. “During the previous round of sanctions, payments for oil supplies were not made in US dollars. This was either a barter ...

Iran, Pakistan stress fight against common border threats

1397/4/10 | 05:39
  Senior Iranian and Pakistani military officials have stressed the importance of strengthening defense and security cooperation to fight common threats in border areas and deal with regional challenges. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Chief of General Staff of Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar held talks in Tehran on Saturday. Salami said Iran and Pakistan could act in a unified and coordinated front to counter regional woes by boosting bilateral ...