Parisa Hafezi

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23 Jun 2019 | 11:37 PM

U.S. prods Iran for talks to ease Gulf tensions; Tehran dismisses sanctions threat

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not seeking war with Tehran after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in the Gulf region could spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of U.S. troops.

22 Jun 2019 | 10:54 PM

Trump says new sanctions on Iran to start Monday, dials back rhetoric

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would impose fresh sanctions on Iran but that he wanted to make a deal to bolster its flagging economy, an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by the Islamic Republic.

20 Jun 2019 | 11:57 PM

Trump says hard to believe Iranian shooting down of U.S. drone was intentional

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump played down Iran's downing of a U.S. military surveillance drone on Thursday, saying he suspected it was shot by mistake and "it would have made a big difference" to him had the remotely controlled aircraft been piloted.

17 Jun 2019 | 11:23 PM

U.S. says to send more troops to the Middle East, cites Iran threats

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat from Iran.

14 Jun 2019 | 11:41 PM

Trump says 'Iran did do it,' as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.

14 Jun 2019 | 5:58 PM

Iran chafes at U.S. blame for tanker attacks

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran rebuffed blame on Friday for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and affirmed its responsibility for security in the Strait of Hormuz where almost a fifth of the world's oil passes, state radio reported.

12 Jun 2019 | 5:52 PM

Japan's Abe warns of armed conflict amid soaring U.S.-Iran tension

DUBAI (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of unintended clashes in the crisis-hit Middle East after meeting the Iranian president in Tehran on Wednesday, amid a brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States.

9 Apr 2019 | 9:17 PM

Iran's Khamenei calls U.S. blacklisting of Guards a 'vicious move'

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the United States had made "a vicious move" in designating the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organisation, and Tehran vowed to take action against U.S. forces in the region.

8 Apr 2019 | 10:56 PM

In unprecedented move, U.S. names Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday he would name Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organisation, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S. forces.

21 Mar 2019 | 10:55 PM

Iran will boost defence capabilities despite U.S. pressure - Khamenei

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday.