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Russia defends Iran satellite launch against US opposition

Jun. 4, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is defending Iran’s right to launch a satellite, dismissing U.S. claims that Tehran was defying the U.N. resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space. Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said that...

Europeans criticize US move to revoke Iran sanction waivers

May. 30, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The western European parties to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. decision to end nearly all of the last vestiges of sanctions relief provided under the 2015 pact. The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the deal with Iran in 2018, leaving the others involved...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010, file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran said Friday, May 29, 2020, its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

Iran says it will continue nuclear work despite US sanctions

May. 29, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Friday its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States. State TV cited a statement from the country’s nuclear department saying the U.S. decision to impose sanctions...

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, center, is surrounded by a group of lawmakers after being elected as speaker of the parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Iran's parliament voted Thursday to elect Qalibaf, a hard-line former mayor of Tehran as the legislative body's new speaker. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Hard-line former Tehran mayor named Iran parliament speaker

May. 28, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's parliament elected a former mayor of Tehran tied to the Revolutionary Guard as its next speaker Thursday, solidifying hard-line control of the body as tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic remain high over its collapsed nuclear deal. Mohammad Bagher...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the State Department on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool Photo via AP)

US clamps down on waivers tied to Iran's nuclear cooperation

May. 27, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Wednesday it is ending nearly all of the last vestiges of U.S. sanctions relief provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would revoke all but one of sanctions waivers covering civil nuclear cooperation. The...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. If Trump doesn't extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, only remaining U.S.-Russia arms control pact, or succeed in negotiating a replacement treaty,  it will expire on Feb. 5, 2021.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Time running out on the last US-Russia nuclear arms treaty

May. 23, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time is running out on an arms control treaty that, if it's allowed to expire, will leave the world with no legal restrictions on U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons for the first time in nearly half a century. If President Donald Trump doesn't extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty...

US accuses Iran of defying UN resolution endorsing nuke deal

May. 13, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused Tehran on Wednesday of defying the U.N. resolution endorsing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with a satellite launch last month and also argued it is continuing to violate a U.N. arms embargo. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations made the allegations at an...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks as President Donald Trump listens during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House in Washington. The government’s $3 trillion effort to rescue the economy from the coronavirus crisis is stirring worry at the Pentagon. Bulging federal deficits may force a reversal of years of big defense spending gains and threaten prized projects like the rebuilding of the nation’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. Esper says the sudden burst of emergency spending to prop up a stalled economy is bringing the Pentagon closer to a point where it will have to shed older weapons faster and tighten its belt. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Bulging deficits may threaten prized Pentagon arms projects

May. 12, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's $3 trillion effort to rescue the economy from the coronavirus crisis is stirring worry at the Pentagon. Bulging federal deficits may force a reversal of years of big defense spending gains and threaten prized projects like the rebuilding of the nation's arsenal of nuclear...

Russia slams US arguments for low-yield nukes

Apr. 29, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected U.S. arguments for fielding low-yield nuclear warheads, warning that an attempt to use such weapons against Russia would trigger an all-out nuclear retaliation. The U.S. State Department argued in a paper released last week that fitting the...