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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk


SULAIMANIA/BAGHDAD A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said.


U.S. House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week 20 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile programme and on Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, senior House Republicans said on Friday, seeking to take a tough line against Iran without immediately moving to undermine the international nuclear deal.


French defence minister - scrapping nuclear deal would be gift to Iran hardliners 20 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON France wants to take action to tackle Iran's missile programme and "destabilising" behaviour but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France's defence minister said on Friday.


Iran's Guards flex muscle in Middle East despite Trump warning 20 Oct 2017

BEIRUT A week after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a blistering speech about Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic has shown it has no intention of curbing its activities in the Middle East.


U.S. will not interfere in EU trade with Iran - Tillerson 20 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON The United States does not aim to impede European trade and business transactions with Iran despite President Donald Trump's decision last week to decertify the 2015 nuclear agreement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Wall Street Journal.


Iranian military chief visits frontline near Aleppo 20 Oct 2017

BEIRUT Iran's military chief of staff visited a frontline position near the Syrian city of Aleppo, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported on Friday, during a visit that has underlined Tehran's deep military role in Syria.


Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation - Kerry 20 Oct 2017

GENEVA U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran towards nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Tehran, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said late on Thursday.


EU leaders talk up Iran nuclear deal hoping to save it from Trump 20 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS European Union leaders on Thursday reaffirmed their full commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, hoping that the U.S. Congress would not let it collapse despite relentless criticism by President Donald Trump.


No problems with Iran despite Trump action - U.N. nuclear watchdog chief 19 Oct 2017

PARIS The U.N. atomic watchdog chief said on Thursday his inspectors had yet to encounter problems with Iran a week after U.S. President Donald Trump refused to certify that Tehran was complying with a 2015 nuclear deal.

In oil-producing Iran, renewables are booming 19 Oct 2017

OSLO Renewable energy is booming in Iran, where installed capacity is expected to grow at least sevenfold over the next five years, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's more confrontational attitude towards Tehran.