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Iran removes Arak reactor core vessel
Iran has removed the core vessel of the Arak heavy water reactor in compliance with its obligations under the country’s nuclear agreement with six world powers, a senior nuclear official says.
EU extends Iran sanctions relief in technical measure ahead of deal
The European Union extended on Thursday its suspension of economic sanctions against Iran for two weeks, a technical measure to give time for the implementation of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that officials say is imminent.
US sailors drifting into Iran waters not hostile: Spokesman
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the drifting of the US vessels into Iran’s territorial waters was no “hostile” act.
US aircraft made dangerous moves in Persian Gulf: Iran’s EC secretary
Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said the US military aircraft that supported the two US Navy boats captured by Iran after trespassing the country’s territorial waters on Tuesday made provocative moves, which should be legally pursued in international bodies.
Persian Gulf security in Iran’s hands: Senior MP
Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the IRGC’s recent capture of US sailors who had trespassed Iran’s southern territorial waters showed that the Persian Gulf’s security is in Iran’s control.
Anxious phone calls, tense moments before Iran’s Supreme Leader okayed U.S. sailors’ release
Iran’s detention of 10 U.S. sailors on Tuesday set off a furious round of meetings in both Washington and Tehran. Anxious officials in both capitals had the same goal: to ensure the incident did not torpedo a historic nuclear accord between two countries with a long history of hostility.
Iran raps Jakarta terrorist attacks
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Thursday condemned the deadly blasts that earlier in the day hit the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta, leaving at least seventeen people dead.
Baeedinejad: Sanctions lifting train in last station
The train of lifting anti-Iran sanctions has arrived at its last station after recent talks in Geneva about latest issues related to the removing of sanctions against Iran, senior Foreign Minsitry official said.
Iran envoy foresees new chapter in region after sanctions removal
Iranian ambassador to Lebanon said he is hopeful that following lifting of sanctions a new chapter will open in the Middle East region.
Iranian tankers escape 70 pirate attacks, ready for post-sanctions era
Managing Director of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said on Wednesday that its vessels were attacked 70 times by pirates in 2015 specially in the Gulf of Aden basin which were aborted by the Iranian Navy.