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Iran minister: Trump's aim is talks, Bolton wants conflict

Apr. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat said Wednesday President Donald Trump's aim "is to bring us to our knees to talk" — but national security adviser John Bolton and key U.S. allies in the Mideast want "regime change at the very least" and the "disintegration of Iran." Foreign Minister Mohammad...

Iranian minister makes public prisoner swap offer to US

Apr. 24, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's top diplomat on Wednesday made public an offer to the U.S. government for a prisoner swap that he said he made six months ago. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Asia Society that Iran has not yet received a response from the Trump administration. "If they tell you...

US eases effects of sanctions on Iran's elite guard force

Apr. 24, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard, watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated U.S. foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that...

Iranian leaders defiant in face of Trump's move on sanctions

Apr. 24, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders are defiant in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on countries that import Iranian oil, vowing to respond to America's move. The U.S. announced the sanctions in November but some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import...

Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Apr. 23, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all U.S. military forces as terrorist, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if it continues to buy...

The Latest: Iran brushes off US decision on sanction waivers

Apr. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Iran has brushed off the Trump administration's decision to stop exempting countries from U.S. sanctions on its oil exports. In a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency on Monday, the...

Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan

Apr. 22, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that a new joint security force with Pakistan will be formed to combat militants based along the two countries' shared border. Both Pakistan and Iran have said militant groups operate from the other country's soil, occasionally carrying out...

Iran's top leader picks new Revolutionary Guard chief

Apr. 21, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday appointed a new chief of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, picking a general with a history of threatening the U.S. just days after America designated the paramilitary force a terrorist organization. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's decision replaces...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Iraq summit brings together rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran

Apr. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A summit organized by Iraq brought together regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as part of a broader effort by Iraqi leaders to fashion the country's image as a friend among neighbors. Scarred by more than three decades of war, Iraq is recasting itself as a mediator among...