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Iran says 'idiotic' new US sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

Jun. 25, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as President Hassan Rouhani derided the White House as being "afflicted by mental...

The Latest: France's Macron warns against rising tensions

Jun. 25, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9:55 p.m. France's President Emmanuel Macron has spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart in what his office says is an effort to avoid a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in...

US secretary of state arrives in India amid trade tensions

Jun. 25, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The U.S. secretary of state arrived in India's capital late Tuesday after visiting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan on a trip aimed at building a global coalition to counter Iran. The visit of Mike Pompeo is the first high-level engagement between the two countries...

Acting Pentagon chief Esper on global stage amid Iran crisis

Jun. 25, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With barely one day on the job, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is heading to Europe to try to persuade reluctant and increasingly wary NATO allies to work with the Trump administration on Iran sanctions and security in the Middle East, amid worries that the U.S. and the Islamic...

China criticizes possible US penalties against banks

Jun. 25, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday criticized Washington's efforts to enforce U.S. law abroad following a news report three Chinese banks might be penalized over dealings with North Korea. The banks named by The Washington Post as facing possible loss of access to the U.S. financial system denied they were...

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says latest US sanctions on country's leaders mean 'permanent closure' of diplomacy

Jun. 25, 2019 1:04 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says latest US sanctions on country's leaders mean 'permanent closure' of diplomacy.

Iran says talks with US impossible; US says it wants talks

Jun. 24, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation in the Persian Gulf is "very dangerous" and called talks with the U.S. impossible in the face of escalating sanctions and intimidation, while the U.S. envoy said the Trump administration's aim is to get Tehran back to...

AP Analysis: Trump moves show him to be unreliable partner

Jun. 24, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's abrupt decision against military strikes may have prevented open military conflict with Iran, but it also showed him anew to be an unpredictable, unreliable, partner at home and abroad. Trump won his job partly on his claims to be a great dealmaker. But the...

Pompeo in Mideast talks on building a coalition against Iran

Jun. 24, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks Monday with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about countering the military threat from Iran by building a broad, global coalition that includes Asian and European countries. While Pompeo has seemingly...

The Latest: UN members cite dangers of tensions in Gulf

Jun. 24, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 6:30 p.m. France, Germany and the United Kingdom are warning that increased tensions in the Gulf that were heightened by Iran's downing of a U.S. drone "risk miscalculation and conflict." The three...