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Will Iran close the Strait of Hormuz?

Will Iran close the Strait of Hormuz?

Iran has reportedly renewed its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s busiest transit lane for seaborne oil shipments, prompting fears about the potential ramifications for oil prices and broader financial markets.

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What's Trump's endgame for Iran?

What's Trump's endgame for Iran?

Maximum pressure, meet minimum patience. The Trump administration took another dramatic step toward disrupting the status quo in and on Iran with the abrupt halt of all waivers for U.S. sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports. The decision places Washington on a collision course with China, India, and Turkey—whose continuing crude imports from Iran would be subject to U.S. penalties after May 2—and appears designed to push Iran’s leadership to the brink.

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Iranian response to US cancellation of oil waivers

Iranian response to US cancellation of oil waivers

In reaction to the US announcement that it will not reissue sanction waivers on Iranian oil in May, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said that Iran considers the whole US illegal sanctions and their waivers as 'worthless.'

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US Navy sends double aircraft carrier to Iran

US Navy sends double aircraft carrier to Iran

In a rare double-up deployment close to Iran, the U.S. Navy currently has two carrier strike groups in the Mediterranean Sea. Just a few days sail from the Arabian Sea, the Stennis and Lincoln carrier strike groups conducted joint exercises last week.

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Mounting possibility of waging an encouraged war between Iran and US

Mounting possibility of waging an encouraged war between Iran and US

An Iranian university professor in Tehran has said: “The US decision to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization will only prepare the grounds for the start of a military conflict between the two countries and add to the “possibility” of such an incident. Diplomatic moves and calming world public opinion would influence [Donald] Trump’s policies but would not necessarily have the power to change them.”

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Iran silent on US-Oman military deal

Iran silent on US-Oman military deal

A recent military agreement between Washington and Muscat allowing US forces to use the strategic Omani ports of Duqm and Salalah has been widely interpreted in the context of American pressure on its archenemy Iran. Yet many are wondering why Iran has not reacted to the deal.

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Ramifications of adding the IRGC to terrorist list for Iran, US

Ramifications of adding the IRGC to terrorist list for Iran, US

An expert on international affairs in Tehran believes: “The objective of Trump’s administration in placing the IRGC on the list of terrorist groups is to sanction it. Although this decision targets the IRGC forces, but the US is not at this stage yet and will not do this.”

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Modi snubs Iran with ME deals

Modi snubs Iran with ME deals

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is finally doing something about his country’s sluggish approach to the Middle East. Over the past five years, he has pushed an aggressive strategy of partnering with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel in a bid to attract investments and forge deeper security partnerships. In doing so, he has largely ignored Iran and broken with India’s Cold War-era legacy in the region.

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US clinches strategic deal with Oman with an eye on Iran

US clinches strategic deal with Oman with an eye on Iran

The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access to the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.

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