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Iran's supreme leader criticizes US as nuclear talks stalled

Jul. 28, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. "stubborn" in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling more trouble ahead for the negotiations. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

Iran bypasses Hormuz Strait to export crude oil

Jul. 22, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran Thursday began exporting crude oil for the first time in the Gulf of Oman, bypassing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. During a ceremony marking the inauguration of the project, President Hassan Rouhani called the plan “strategic.” ...

Iran's president warns weapons-grade enrichment possible

Jul. 14, 2021 04:54 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's outgoing president on Wednesday warned his country could enrich uranium at weapons-grade levels of 90% if it chose, though it still wanted to save its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani's comments, carried by...

Major blackouts in Iran prompt rare apology from president

Jul. 06, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s outgoing president offered a rare apology Tuesday for the country’s most severe summer power outages in recent memory, as blackouts cripple businesses and darken homes for hours a day. In a government meeting broadcast live on state TV,...

Iran reimposes virus restrictions as delta variant spreads

Jul. 04, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced Sunday it was reimposing coronavirus restrictions on major cities, as the spread of the highly contagious delta variant spurs fears of another devastating surge in the nation. After over a year battling the worst virus outbreak in the...

Iran president warns of possible new wave of COVID cases

Jul. 03, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that Iran may face another wave of coronavirus infections, as health officials warned of the spread of the more infectious delta variant of the virus. Rouhani, speaking at a national coronavirus task force...

Iran’s supreme leader appoints new hard-line judiciary chief

Jul. 01, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday appointed a hard-line cleric sanctioned by the West as the country's new judiciary chief, state media reported, replacing the president-elect who previously held the powerful post. The new chief,...

Iran oil workers strike for better wages as economy suffers

Jun. 30, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Thousands of workers in Iran’s vast energy industry have gone on strike over the past week to press demands for better wages and conditions at oil facilities, Iranian media reported Wednesday. The widespread demonstrations underscore the mounting...

Iran likely had failed rocket launch, preparing for another

Jun. 23, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran likely conducted a failed launch of a satellite-carrying rocket in recent days and now appears to be preparing to try again, the country's latest effort to advance its space program amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear deal. ...

Iran president-elect takes hard line, refuses to meet Biden

Jun. 21, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s president-elect staked out a hard-line position Monday in his first remarks since his landslide election victory, rejecting the possibility of meeting with President Joe Biden or negotiating Tehran’s ballistic missile program and support of...