Latest Persian Gulf News

Iran's top diplomat walks back from remark on missile talks

Jul. 17, 2019 8:46 AM 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 reflect more backtracking after a remark by the top diplomat suggesting the missiles could be up for negotiations. Mohammad Javad Zarif said in...

The Latest: Iran's Zarif walks back more from missile remark

Jul. 17, 2019 7:01 AM 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): 2:55 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defensive purposes — comments that reflect more...

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...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

EU works to save unraveling nuclear agreement with Iran

Jul. 15, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure. The 28 EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the 2015...

UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released

Jul. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said, as European nations called for new talks to ease tensions in the Persian...

Dutch leader to visit Trump for talks on trade, defense

Jul. 12, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is visiting U.S. President Donald Trump next week, but said Friday he can't yet give the president a response to American requests for assistance in Syria and the Strait of Hormuz. Rutte will meet Trump at the White House next Thursday to...

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...