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Iran slams 'hypocrisy' of US-Saudi nuclear plans

Feb. 20, 2019 6:39 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has seized on a congressional report that the U.S. sought to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, accusing Washington of ignoring the kingdom's human rights violations. Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Wednesday: "First a dismembered journalist; now illicit...

Iran says suicide bomber was a Pakistani national

Feb. 19, 2019 8:30 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander says the suicide bomber who carried out last week's deadly attack on the elite military force was a Pakistani national. In remarks carried by state TV, Gen. Mohammad Pakpour on Tuesday identified the bomber as Hafiz Mohammad Ali and said a second...

Brother of Iran's president goes on trial for corruption

Feb. 19, 2019 8:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The trial has begun for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother and close confidante, who faces corruption allegations brought by hard-liners who dominate the country's judiciary. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Hossein Fereidoun, who was on the team that negotiated...

China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal

Feb. 19, 2019 7:31 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of his country's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Foreign Minister...

Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

Feb. 18, 2019 8:37 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard. Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, called Iran a "chief sponsor of terrorism," saying its...

Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

Feb. 18, 2019 6:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war." Hassan Rouhani spoke as he inaugurated the third and final phase of the sprawling Persian Gulf Star...

Militants kill 6 Pakistani troops in southwest near Iran

Feb. 17, 2019 11:32 PM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say militants in two attacks on security forces killed six paramilitary troops in the southwestern Baluchistan bordering Iran. Local police officer Hidayat Ullah said Monday that four troops were killed Sunday when gunmen opened fire on security forces in the town...

Iran unveils first semi-heavy missile-equipped submarine

Feb. 17, 2019 10:39 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled the first Iranian made semi-heavy submarine. The Sunday report said the Fateh, "Conqueror" in Persian, is capable of being fitted with cruise missiles. Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown...

Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on Guard

Feb. 17, 2019 9:23 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that an attack that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard was "planned and carried out from inside Pakistan," which he said should answer for it. Ali Larijani's remarks, carried by the state-run IRNA news agency, came after Iranian...

The Latest: Qatari minister warns of remaining IS threat

Feb. 17, 2019 9:13 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Qatar's foreign minister is cautioning that the Islamic State group will continue to be a threat even after its last pocket of resistance in Syria is shut down. IS once controlled territory in large parts of Syria and...