Rouhani calls for unity to counter US pressure
President Hassan Rouhani called for unity among Iran’s political factions to overcome conditions which he said may be harder than those during the 1980s war with Iraq.
Trump to China: Trade deal now or it will be ‘far worse’ after 2020
US President Donald Trump warned China that it should strike a trade deal with the United States now, otherwise an agreement would be “far worse for them if it has to be negotiated in my second term.
Saudi scholar’s arrest in Sri Lanka sparks concerns of Wahhabi influence
Authorities in Sri Lanka arrested a Saudi-educated preacher over links with the suspected mastermind of bombings last month, throwing a spotlight on the role of Salafi-Wahhabi terrorism in South Asia.
UN: Houthis’ pullout from Yemen ports on track
The United Nations said Sunday that the Houthis’ withdrawal from Yemen’s key Red Sea ports was proceeding as planned, after the government accused the fighters of faking the pullout.
Zarif: Giving phone number continuation of US empty offers
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the US president’s passing phone number as an empty offer for talks similar to previous ones proposed by his national security advisor.
French FM: US noncompliance prompted Iran to suspend parts of JCPOA
“It is a pity that the United States is not honoring its commitments,” to Iran nuclear deal French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said admitting the move prompted Iran to retaliate by suspending parts of its commitments.
Parliament gives citizenship right to children born to Iranian mothers
Iran’s Parliament overwhelmingly passed a bill on Sunday to grant citizenship right to children born to an Iranian mother and foreign father.
Zarif to meet Turkmen leaders in Ashgabad
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to meet Turkmenistan officials for consultations on bilateral ties and regional issues in Ashgabad.
Rival political activists meet Rouhani
Late on Saturday a num-ber of political activists from reform and conservative camps met with President Hassan Rouhani.
ECFR: EU needs to set up mechanism for oil trade with Iran
Europe should establish another mechanism similar to INSTEX to expand the “scope of trade to include oil imports from Iran,” the European Council on Foreign Relations sug-gested in a commentary on its website, ecfr.eu, on May 9. The ECFR also said Europe should involve other countries for trade with Iran through such a financial mechanism.
Massive explosions rock Fujairah port
Several heavy explosions occurred early on Sunday in the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, a number of media reports say. The reports, citing eyewitnesses, further suggested that American and French warplanes have been seen flying over the port at the time of the incident.
‘Counterintelligence failure by CIA and NSA in Venezuela’
Robert David Steele, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and CIA spy as well as an activist for Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE), regularly answers questions for Tehran Times.
Netanyahu fails to form government, asks for more time
Benjamin Netanyahu will ask Israel’s president for more time to form a new government, a spokesman said.
Iran will go ahead with the JCPOA deadline, MP says
Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Sunday that Iran will go ahead with its 60-day deadline that the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, (officially called JCPOA) to offset U.S. sanctions or Tehran will take next steps.
IRGC chief: U.S. carriers are vulnerable
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said on Sunday that vulnerability of U.S. aircraft carriers would prevent Wash-ington from starting a war against Iran.
It is a pity U.S. not honoring JCPOA commitments, French FM says
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said that it is a pity that the U.S. is not honoring its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister
An Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday of possible direct or proxy Iranian attacks on Israel should the stand-off between Tehran and Washington escalate, Reuters reported.