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America preferred belligerency to diplomacy
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America preferred belligerency to diplomacy

Trita Parsi writes in NBC News that after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and threatening Iran with "consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before," President Trump announced on Monday that he wants to meet with President Rouhani without preconditions to craft a new deal.

Trump for cheap regime change in Iran
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Trump for cheap regime change in Iran

Jonah Shepp writes in the New York Magazine that a week ago, President Donald Trump tweeted in all caps at the Iranian government, warning of “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE” if Tehran ever dared threaten the United States. Predictably, this tweet set off a frenzy of speculation that the Trump administration was planning to declare war on Iran imminently — or even worse, that Trump was about do so impulsively.

Iran's Supreme Leader sets new foreign policy
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Iran's Supreme Leader sets new foreign policy

The address by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at the annual gathering in Tehran of top foreign ministry officials and envoys in foreign capitals is always a keenly watched event when vital clues to the trajectory of the country’s foreign policy and diplomacy could be gleaned. Things said openly are no doubt important, but things unsaid could at times be even more important. Besides, the entire Persian way of saying things obliquely adds to the mystique. All in all, therefore, Khamenei’s speech in Tehran on Saturday will be read and reread in chancelleries abroad as far apart as Moscow and Washington or Beijing and Brussels. (IRNA)

Trump's policy towards Iran evokes past failures
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Trump's policy towards Iran evokes past failures

Sina Toossi writes in the National Inerest that on May Day 1946, the British consul in the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr noted a troubling development. An Iranian woman had taken to a local podium and proclaimed that the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) was exploiting the "jewel of Iran" and spending more on dog food than salaries for its Iranian workers. She demanded equal pay for equal work and the nationalization of Iran's oil industry.

“I alone can fix it” rhetoric on the world stage
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“I alone can fix it” rhetoric on the world stage

James Kitfield writes in Yahoo News that as a candidate, Donald Trump advocated an “America First” foreign policy to rebalance what he saw as an unfair international order, promising that “I alone can fix it.” In a recent, extraordinary burst of diplomacy, President Trump has put that premise to the test on the world stage, tearing up the Iran nuclear accord, launching multiple trade wars, publicly admonishing NATO and Western allies, and holding chummy one-on-one summits with the autocratic leaders of North Korea and Russia. The upshot has been a string of gaffes and retractions that put his top aides on continuous cleanup duty, prompting congressional Republicans this week to stage an intervention. After meeting at the White House with the Republican leaders of the House and Senate, Trump even walked back his proposed fall summit with Vladimir Putin, and suspended his trade war with the European Union.

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Two oil tankers attacked in the Oman Sea

2019/06/13

Local sources in Oman have reported hearing two consecutive explosions in the Sea of Oman.

MPs criticize the British Embassy in Tehran

2019/06/10

Iran’s Parliament Speaker has missioned the Chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to investigate a nighttime gathering with the presence of a British diplomat in Tehran.

Zarif meets head of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi

2019/06/11

A report by the official website of the Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer forces) said that the Head of Hashd al-Shaabi, Faleh al-Fayyaz, who also serves as the country’s national security advisor, has met with the Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Monday.

Parliament ratifies free-trade agreement with EAEU

2019/06/10

Iranian lawmakers on Mon. ratified a joint free-trade agreement between Iran and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states.

Heiko Maas claims have no legal logic

2019/06/11

A former Iranian diplomat, analyst, and journalist believes that the German Foreign Minister has no legal logic for refusing to accept Iran’s reduction of its nuclear commitments. It is only out of concern for Israel’s safety.

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Islamic world hand arts exhibition opens in Tabriz

2019/06/16

An exhibition of hands arts from Iran and thirty Islamic countries was inaugurated by the Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, at the Tabriz Islamic Art University on Saturday night.

Japan: US accusations against Iran not 'convincing'

2019/06/16

The United States has accused Iran of orchestrating attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June, having released video “evidence” which is considered by some of its allies insufficient to prove that Tehran is to blame. The Islamic Republic, for its part, has strongly denied the allegations as groundless.

Polish Volleyball Federation apologizes to Iran

2019/06/16

In the wake of slanderous remarks made by Michal Kubiak, Captain of the Polish National Volleyball Team where he insulted the Iranians, the Volleyball Federation of Poland in a letter extended apologizes to the Iranian people.

Iran defeats Poland in Volleyball

2019/06/16

The Iranian national volleyball team in its 8th match overpowered its Polish rivals at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League.