TEHRAN (NYTIMES) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Monday (July 8) that Iran had resumed enriching uranium to higher levels than permitted under a 2015 accord with the United States and other world powers. The step inches Tehran closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. US President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to prevent Iran from developing such weapons. The escalating tensions have rattled the region and the oil market, and last month brought the US to the brink of a military strike on Iran before a last-minute reversal by Mr Trump. Following is a look at how Iran and the US reached this point of confrontation - and what's likely to happen next. HOW DID THIS ALL START? Like Mr Trump, President Barack Obama doubted the assertions of Iranian officials that they would never seek a nuclear bomb. Both administrations made it a priority to stop Iran from getting one. And both sought to do it through a combination of diplomacy, economic … [Read more...] about The Iran crisis: How we got there and what’s next
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LONDON: British singer Joss Stone said she was "gutted" after being deported from Iran ahead of the latest leg of a world tour that has already taken her to Syria and North Korea.She was held shortly after arriving at Kish airport, according to a post on her Instagram account, as authorities suspected she was planning to play a public gig.Women have been banned from singing solo in public in Iran since the Islamic revolution of 1979."We were aware there couldn't be a public concert as I am a woman and that is illegal in this country," she wrote, without specifying where or how she had hoped to play."So close yet so far, this moment broke a little piece of my heart," she wrote it the post, below a picture of herself wearing a headscarf.The gig in Kish would have been the 200th of the "Total World Tour" she embarked on five years ago, she wrote in another post before departing for Kish.That tour is an ambitious project to perform in every country on Earth and has seen her play in … [Read more...] about Joss Stone deported from Iran ahead of 200th world tour gig
PARIS: A surge of tensions in the Gulf has shown the risk of a military confrontation between arch-foes Iran and the United States, even if any conflict would likely be marked by guerrilla warfare rather than full-scale battles, analysts say.A series of mysterious attacks on ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, the key ally of Tehran's Gulf rival Saudi Arabia, prompted President Donald Trump to warn Iran would "suffer greatly" if it harmed US interests.The United States and Iran have had no diplomatic relations since the seizure by Iranian radicals of American embassy staff in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution.The two sides have at times been close to conflict - in particular during a tense period under former US president George W Bush - but analysts see a series of factors as making the current moment particularly combustible.Trump dismayed European allies by pulling out of the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear programme unilaterally and is now ratcheting up the … [Read more...] about Could Gulf tensions lead to Iran-US war?
SIBIU, Romania: European powers on Thursday (May 9) denounced Tehran's threat to resume nuclear work, drawing a sharp response from the Iranian foreign minister who accused them of caving in to US bullying.The three European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urged the Islamic republic to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement.They rejected an ultimatum from President Hassan Rouhani, who threatened to go further if they fail to deliver sanctions relief within 60 days to counterbalance US President Donald Trump's assault on the Iranian economy.EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and France, Germany and Britain - the three European nations in the deal - voiced "great concern" over Rouhani's intervention, which came on the anniversary of Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the agreement negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama."We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments … [Read more...] about Europe rejects Iran ‘ultimatum’ but stands by nuke deal
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday tightened the screws further on Iran with sanctions on its mining industry after a frustrated Tehran said it would suspend some promises it made under a nuclear deal rejected by Washington. On the anniversary of Trump’s withdrawal from the accord he denounced as “horrible,“ tensions were soaring as the United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to the region and accused Iran of “imminent” attacks. In an announcement previewed for days, Iran said it would immediately stop implementing some restrictions under the 2015 deal – a move aimed largely at pressing Washington’s European allies to step up to preserve the agreement. Tehran said it would abandon even more if the remaining parties to the agreement – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – failed to start delivering on their commitments to sanctions relief within 60 days. President … [Read more...] about Trump moves to strangle Iran economy as nuclear deal withers