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Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Jul. 17, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes — comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that seemed to suggest the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker three days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region. Iranian state media quoted...

The Latest: Iran says it helped a tanker with tow to harbor

Jul. 16, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Iran's state-run media is quoting the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying the Islamic Republic helped an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz...

Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

Jul. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code...

Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Jul. 12, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a "dangerous game" and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. The comments from Iran's Foreign...

AP Interview: Rising Iran politician has intelligence ties

Jul. 10, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's first government minister born after its 1979 Islamic Revolution is a carefully manicured, charming internet engineer who posts Instagram pictures of his weekends with his family and spends 30 minutes a day reading letters from his constituents. He also used to work for the...

Iran breaches key uranium enrichment limit in nuclear deal

Jul. 8, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass U.S. sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of...

US won't waver from Iran pressure as nuclear deal unravels

Jul. 8, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will not waver from its course of maximum pressure against Iran, Vice President Mike Pence said Monday, as tensions rise and the U.S.-brokered nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers appears to be unraveling with the Trump administration's pullout....

The Latest: Japan concerned over Iran's uranium enrichment

Jul. 8, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions (all times local): 8 a.m. Japan is expressing serious concern over Iran's decision to increase uranium enrichment above the limit set by the 2015 nuclear agreement, urging Tehran to return to its earlier commitment. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary...

Iran steps further from nuke deal, adding pressure on Europe

Jul. 7, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran increased its uranium enrichment Sunday beyond the limit allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, inching its program closer toward weapons-grade levels while calling for a diplomatic solution to a crisis heightening tensions with the U.S. Iran's move, coupled with...