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Ladane Nasseri

Iran Guards Defy Trump With Vow to Boost Missile Program

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps pledged to enhance the nation’s missile program in defiance of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose hardened stance against the country last week included new sanctions on the security force.

How Far Will Iran Go in Repudiating Trump?

President Donald Trump declared a hardened stance toward Iran Friday as he refused to certify that the Islamic Republic is in compliance with the multinational accord to curb its nuclear program, though he stopped short of repudiating the pact.

Four Flashpoints That Define the Trump-Iran Dispute

In his Iran policy speech on Friday, President Donald Trump used his strongest language yet in lashing out at the Islamic Republic, calling it a “fanatical regime” that’s determined to spread terrorism and aggression around the world.

Iranian President Blasts U.S. Effort to Change Nuclear Deal

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any U.S.-led effort to alter the 2015 nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump has labeled “the worst deal ever” and signaled he may walk away from, a move the Islamic Republic’s leader said would only damage U.S. credibility.

Trump Says He’s Made His Iran Deal Decision

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out the U.S. case to European allies about flaws in the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, hours after President Donald Trump said he’s made his decision about whether to walk away from the pact -- but wouldn’t reveal what it was.

These Billions in Deals Can Help Iran Counter Trump

It hasn’t been the investment bonanza Iran hoped for, but the billions of dollars unlocked by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers might help cushion the impact of any future U.S. assault on the accord.

Rouhani Criticized for All-Male List of Cabinet Ministers

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani presented an all-male line-up of cabinet ministers to parliament, drawing criticism from female supporters and fueling speculation he backtracked on a campaign pledge to avoid irking conservatives at a critical juncture in his presidency.

Rouhani Keeps Allies in Key Posts as Tensions With U.S. Grow

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani kept top allies in key posts as he presented his proposed cabinet to parliament, unveiling the team he’ll depend on to pursue an agenda being buffeted by escalating tensions with the U.S. and opposition at home.

Will the U.S. Blow Up the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The Iran nuclear deal, struck in 2015 after countless late nights and serial missed deadlines, has been imperiled since Donald Trump became the U.S. president in January. As a candidate, he promised to scrap or renegotiate the agreement, in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions related to it. In Trump’s first speech before the United Nations on Tuesday, he called Iran’s government a "murderous regime" and said the world hadn’t "heard the last" wor

Saudi Bloc Says Qatar Action on Terrorism Not Enough to End Spat

Qatar is falling short in its efforts to counter terrorism, a Saudi-led alliance that’s boycotting the Gulf nation said, an apparent setback to U.S. mediation efforts after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the bloc to ease its seven-week embargo.

U.A.E. Was Reportedly Behind Qatar Hacking in May

The U.A.E. was behind the hacking of Qatari websites in May to post incendiary false quotes, an incident that ultimately led to the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, the Washington Post reported, citing U.S. intelligence officials it didn’t name.

Iran Detains Rouhani's Brother Amid Spat With Hardliners

The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been detained over unspecified “financial issues,” the judiciary said, reflecting growing tensions between the president and his hardline political opponents. He was later reportedly released on bail.

Iran's Rouhani Is on Course for Landslide Election Win

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was on course for a landslide victory giving him a second term in office, a result that would deal a blow to hardliners seeking to derail his policies of a greater engagement with the world.

What's at Stake in Iran's Presidential Election: QuickTake Q&A

Iran’s May 19 election is seen as a referendum on the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, the moderate cleric who accepted limits on his nation’s nuclear work in exchange for relief from international sanctions. In seeking re-election, Rouhani, 68, has faced criticism from conservatives and from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that he’s failed to deliver on promises that the nuclear deal would bring prosperity. He got a break when his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was ruled ineligibl

Rouhani Fires Away at Leading Rival a Week Before Iran Election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched a stinging attack on his main conservative rival in next week’s election, accusing him of unethical management of the nation’s holiest religious site and failing to grasp what’s needed to rebuild the economy.

What's at Stake in Iran's Presidential Election: QuickTake Q&A

Iran’s May 19 election is seen as a referendum on the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, the moderate cleric who accepted limits on his nation’s nuclear work in exchange for relief from international sanctions. In seeking re-election, Rouhani, 68, faces conservative challengers who complain that he’s failed to deliver on promises that the nuclear deal would bring prosperity. But he got a break when his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was ruled ineligible to join the race. At stake in the el

What We Learned From Iran's Presidential Debate: QuickTake Q&A

Iran’s May 19 election is seen as a referendum on the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, the moderate cleric who championed integrating Iran with the global economy and accepted limits on his nation’s nuclear work in exchange for relief from sanctions. He entered his re-election campaign facing criticism from conservatives and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over his economic policies. The economy was a main theme of the first of three televised debates among Rouhani and his five challe

Rouhani Attacked Over Economy During Rancorous Election Debate

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani clashed over the economy with a leading conservative rival during the first of three televised election debates on Friday, the most heated public exchanges yet of a campaign that will deliver a verdict on four years of engagement with the West.

Khamenei Deepens Economy Divide With Rouhani as Election Nears

Iran’s supreme leader said candidates in next month’s presidential election should pledge not to rely on foreign investment to strengthen the economy, reinforcing his apparent differences with incumbent Hassan Rouhani, who has sought to woo international investors.

Why Trump Might Target Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: QuickTake Q&A

President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing whether to list Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, a decision that would have economic, political and geopolitical implications because of the enormous might it wields. A move against the Guards -- the official protector of the Islamic revolution -- would fit with Trump’s push to get tough on Iran, whose 2015 nuclear agreement with six world powers, he argues, will "give" the country nuclear weapons. Trump’s administr