Latest Persian Gulf News

US Navy carrier transits Strait of Hormuz after deployment

Nov. 20, 2019 1:40 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran has transited the Strait of Hormuz for the first time since its deployment. The U.S. Navy says the USS Abraham Lincoln transited the strait on Tuesday,...

Iran will seek new fighter jets, tanks as 2020 embargo lifts

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran will likely buy new advanced fighter jets and tanks next year when a U.N. Security Council arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday as the Defense Intelligence Agency released a new assessment of Iran’s military capabilities. The...

New US envoy to UAE stresses deescalation in Persian Gulf

Nov. 11, 2019 11:06 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Washington's new ambassador to the United Arab Emirates says the U.S. is working closely with its regional allies to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf after a spate of attacks on energy targets blamed on Iran. Ambassador John Rakolta told The Associated Press:...

Iran underground lab boosts low-enriched uranium production

Nov. 11, 2019 6:44 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is producing even more low-enriched uranium daily than previously thought, after resuming enrichment at an underground laboratory built in a mountain, the head of the country's nuclear program told The Associated Press on Monday. Ali Akbar Salehi of the Atomic Energy Organization...

The Latest: Official: Iran producing more enriched uranium

Nov. 11, 2019 4:09 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iran and the tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The head of Iran's nuclear program has told The Associated Press that the country now is producing more low-enriched uranium daily, after restarting an underground lab. Tehran had been...

Iran begins pouring concrete for 2nd nuclear power reactor

Nov. 10, 2019 8:39 AM EST

BUSHEHR, Iran (AP) — Iran began pouring concrete Sunday for a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant, a facility Tehran points to as its reason to break the enrichment limit set by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. While celebrating the start of construction, the politics of...

Reports: Iran downs 'unknown' drone over Persian Gulf port

Nov. 8, 2019 10:55 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's air defense force has shot down an "unknown" drone in the country's southwest, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday. The agency said that Iranian air defense forces hit the drone in the early morning at the port city of Mahshahr, which is in the oil-rich Khuzestan...

The Latest: Netanyahu says UN watchdog 'confirms Iran lied'

Nov. 7, 2019 4:06 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on Iran's nuclear program and the tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Israel's prime minister alleges that a meeting earlier in the day of the U.N. nuclear watchdog "confirms that Iran lied" about its nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in a...

Iran alleges UN inspector tested positive for explosives

Nov. 7, 2019 1:12 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Iran alleged Thursday that the U.N. inspector it blocked from a nuclear site last week tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates. The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, disputed Iran's claim. The allegation made by Iranian representative Kazem...

Official: Iran to start fueling centrifuges at midnight

Nov. 6, 2019 5:49 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it'll start injecting uranium gas at midnight into 1,044 centrifuges at the underground Fordo facility. That's according to Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, who spoke to Iran's state television on Wednesday. Kamalvandi says the...