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Kerry Refuses To Deny Outreach To Iran Over ISIS

Kerry SpeechUS Secretary of State John Kerry refused to be drawn into a “back and forth” with Iran on Monday following Tehran’s Supreme leader boasting he had rebuffed a US request to coordinate in fight against ISIS.

Speaking to reporters at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris after an international conference on Iraq attended by 26 countries, Kerry said,  “I’m not going to get into a back and forth (with Iran). I don’t want to do that. I don’t think that is constructive, frankly.” Read more »

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Iran: UN Should Condemn Israel For ‘Aggression’ With Drone Launch

Iran has urged the United Nations atomic agency to condemn an “act of aggression” by Israel for allegedly sending out a drone last month to conduct a spying mission on a site that is situated at the center of the Islamic regime’s decade-old nuclear standoff with the West.

The Iranian move takes place just ahead of a meeting next week of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, at which Tehran will likely be hit with criticism from Israel and the West for failing to address IAEA concerns about its suspected research into atomic bomb production. 
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Syria, Iran Slam US Strategy In Fighting ISIS

Obama ISIS speech(AP). Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group while a state-run Syrian daily warned that unauthorized U.S. airstrikes on Syrian territory may trigger the “first sparks of fire” in the region.

Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group, meanwhile, welcomed President Barack Obama’s authorization of U.S. airstrikes targeting — for the first time — the extremists inside Syria, saying it stands “ready and willing” to partner with the international community to defeat the militants.
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US Reassures Israel Through Opposition Leader: ‘We’ll Act Against Iran’s Nuclear Program As Well’

herzogSenior White House officials informed Israeli Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog on Tuesday that “there will be no compromise on the Iranian nuclear matter.” Herzog responded by telling White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken that he appreciated “the American position, which understands that one threat does not cancel out the other.”

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Iran’s Supreme Leader: ‘Our New World Order Will Replace US Leadership’

Grand Ayatollah Khamenei IranIran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that the “new world order is emerging” and that “Iran will have a strong role in creating” it, according to a Farsi language transcript of his comments last week to the country’s Assembly of Experts.

Iran will lead this “new world order” that will supplant American influence as capitalism and Western influence collapses, the Iranian leader maintained.

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Kissinger: Iran Is A Bigger Threat Than ISIS

Henry KissingerFormer U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called Iran a much “bigger problem” than the Islamic State group, known as ISIS, since a confrontation with Iran is less manageable.

In an interview on Saturday with National Public Radio (NPR), Kissinger said that “ISIS is a group of adventurers with a very aggressive ideology. But they have to conquer more and more territory before they can become a strategic, permanent reality.” Read more »

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US Commercial Plane Lands In Iran Amid Mix-Up

(AP). U.S. officials say a commercial aircraft chartered by the U.S.-led military in Afghanistan was re-routed to Iran, apparently because of a mix-up over its flight plan.

The plane was flying from Bagram airfield north of Kabul to Dubai on Friday. The normal flight path goes through Iranian airspace. Read more »

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Intelligence Minister Steinitz: ‘Iran Closer Than Ever To Nuclear Capability’

shteinitzIntelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud), who is in charge of the strategic dialogue between Israel and the US with regards to the Iranian issue on behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday that Iran is in a position to reach nuclear capabilities if they are not stopped.

”We are summarizing today 11 years of negotiations between Iran and world powers. And as of today, I am sorry to say that Iran is closer than ever to achieving nuclear capabilities,” Shteinitz said. Read more »

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Iran Threatens to Take Israel to International Courts Over Alleged Drone Invasion

Iran droneIran claimed on Sunday that it downed an Israeli drone that was approaching an Iranian Nuclear site in Natanz, and now it’s threatening to sue Israel in international legal courts.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham condemned Israel for sending a spy drone, on Monday. “This hostile action is a violation of Iranˈs territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Afkham said. Read more »

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Fars News Head: US Serious Threat to Russia & Iran

In a meeting that was held with the Russian ambassador to Iran and a delegation of Russian journalists, the director of Fars News Agency, Seyed Nezamoldin Mousavi, declared that the United States is a serious threat to both Russia and Iran. He also stressed the need to foster media cooperation between the two countries to serve as a counterbalance to Western influence.

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UN Rights Chief Wakes Up To Decry Crimes Against Humanity in Iraq

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(AP). U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity.

The U.N.’s top human rights official says the grave human rights violations carried out by the Islamic State group and other fighters allied with it include ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious purges in areas under its control in an aggressive push to gain a firm grip on the northern and eastern provinces. Read more »

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Iran TV Shows Off Allegedly Downed Israeli Drone

20140825-072602.jpg(AP). Iran’s state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country’s Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site.

The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what the channel says are parts of the drone, scattered in an unidentified desert area.

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Iran Claims It Downed Israeli Spy Drone Over Nuclear Site In Natanz

Natanz_nuclear(AP). Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site.

The Guards issued a statement on its website saying its forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, more than 300 kilometers (185 miles) south of the capital, Tehran. Read more »

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Rouhani: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons But Will Not Ignore Threats

(AP). Iran unveiled a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones on Sunday, as President Hassan Rouhani said its military doctrine was based on deterring and countering threats from unnamed foreign powers.

The official IRNA news agency said the Ghadir missile, with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), is designed to destroy marine targets. It did not give a range for the Nasr-e Basir cruise missile, but said it could “operate in silence,” without elaborating.

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UN Agency: Iran Abiding With Terms of Nuke Deal

(AP) - The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons.

The finding is contained in a restricted International Atomic Energy Agency report released Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press. Read more »

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Rouhani: Iran To Continue Aid To Hamas, Palestinians

rouhaniIran’s President Hassan Rouhani renewed Tehran’s support for Iraqis, Palestinians and Syrians, strongly criticizing Israel for the Gaza operation, FARS News agency reports.

“Today the people of Iraq, Palestine, Syria and many other Muslim nations are waiting help from the Iranians and we should aid our brothers,” Rouhani told a crowd in the Northwestern city of Ardebil on Wednesday.

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Iran’s Parliament Votes Out Moderate Minister

Rouhani(AP). Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country’s science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

The no-confidence vote against Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana is a sharp rebuke of Rouhani, who was elected last year on promises of greater openness and diplomatic engagement with the West. Read more »

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Iran: We Want Nuclear Deal, But Not “At Any Price”

As reported by AFP, negotiators for Iran stated Monday that their country is committed to securing a nuclear agreement with world powers but will not sign such a deal “at any price,” as an important deadline for Tehran nears. Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as Germany — known as P5+1 — signed an interim deal last November and are engaged in conversations to secure a more permanent accord. The target date for a final deal has been rescheduled for November 24.

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Report: UN Nuclear Watchdog Chief Arrives in Iran

(AP) - Iranian state television is reporting that the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog organization has arrived in Iran for talks with President Hassan Rouhani.

The state TV report Sunday said Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, landed in Tehran late Saturday. It said Amano also will visit with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of its own nuclear agency. Read more »

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Switzerland to Continue Suspension of Some Iranian Sanctions

According to a report by Reuters, Switzerland announced on Wednesday that it would maintain a suspension of sanctions against Iran in the realms of trade in precious metals and petrochemical products until Dec. 12, in the wake of an agreement between world powers and Tehran to extend negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities. Switzerland’s cabinet stated that it was following the lead of the European Union, which agreed on July 21 to maintain a suspension of sanctions until Nov. 24.

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Iran’s Khamenei: Not Interested in Closer Relations with US

A news item published by the tower.org quotes Al Monitor as reporting that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has publicly rejected the idea that engagement with the West in negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear development might lead to closer relations with the United States. Addressing foreign diplomats and officials form Iran’s foreign ministry, Khamenei remarked that engagement with the United States outside of the nuclear issue could cause “harm.”

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Oy! Iran Voices Support For New Iraqi PM al-Abadi

al-abadi(AP). A senior Iranian official offered his congratulations Tuesday to the Iraqi politician nominated to replace incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, suggesting key Iranian support for a new leader in Baghdad.

As the Iraqi premier fights to keep his job, Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the powerful Supreme National Security Council, was quoted as congratulating the Iraqi people and their leaders for choosing Haider al-Abadi to be the new premier in a report on the official IRNA news agency. Read more »

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Iran Prez Rouhani to Critics: We Will Work Toward Nuke Deal With West

Rouhan iranAs reported by Agence France-Presse, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani launched a verbal volley Monday at critics of his efforts to engage with the West and arrive at a deal over his country’s nuclear program, accusing them of political cowardice and mischief. In a speech that was broadcast live, Rouhani attacked the hard-line factions within Iran’s parliament which have consistently opposed him since he took office a year ago after an unexpected electoral victory.  Read more »

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US Nuclear Negotiator To Resume Talks with Iran

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(AP). The Obama administration’s chief nuclear negotiator is meeting Thursday with Iranian officials in Geneva as negotiations resume on a deal to prevent the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons.

The State Department says Undersecretary Wendy Sherman will be part of a U.S. delegation that also includes Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Read more »

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Iran Says It Gave Missile Technology To Hamas

Rouhan iran(AP). Hamas is able to fire missiles into Israel because Tehran provided weapons technology to the militant group to defend itself against Israeli attacks, a senior Iranian official said Monday.

The Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezaei, was quoted by Al-Alam, the Arabic channel of Iran’s state TV, as also saying Hamas should also dig tunnels to be used as shelter to protect Gaza’s population from Israeli assaults. Read more »

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