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U.S. allies and partners in the Middle East and elsewhere share deep concerns about the Iranian government’s destabilizing actions, including its support for terrorism, its dangerous proxies and its nuclear program, Defense Secretary Lloyd J said Austin III. The secretary gave a major political speech on the Middle East and North Africa today at the …

Ardeshir Zahedi, the flamboyant Ambassador of Iran to the United States during the Shah’s reign who charmed Hollywood stars and politicians with his lavish parties until the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Thursday at the age of 93, reported the Iranian state media. Whether seen with Henry Kissinger or entertaining Barbra Streisand, Zahedi made such a …

An oil pipeline in the Iranian village of Ramis in Khuzestan province exploded on Wednesday morning, Iranian media Tasnim reported. The southern Iranian pipeline exploded due to age of infrastructure and wear and tear, according to the report. The explosion would have created small tremors that could be felt in the surrounding areas; Residents of …

Ankara [Turkey], Nov. 15 (ANI / Sputnik): Turkey urged the United States to lift the unilateral sanctions it has imposed on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, calling the measures punitive against the eastern neighbor of his country of “inappropriate”. “Unilateral sanctions against Iran are inappropriate, they must be lifted,” Cavusoglu said …

Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval discussed the situation in Afghanistan and bilateral security cooperation with his Iranian, Kazakh and Russian counterparts on the sidelines of a regional security meeting on Wednesday. Doval met Supreme Secretary of Iranian National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Chairman of Kazakhstan National Security Committee Karim Massimov and …

AFTER PAKISTAN’s refusal last week, China cited “timing issues” to signal that it will not participate in the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10, sources told The Indian Express. While the two neighbors have chosen to stay away, the other key countries in the region – Russia, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan …

Amputation of Lebanon from Arab world gives victory to Iran The ridiculous Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib’s dismissive response to the GCC’s proposals to deal with the latest crisis was: “If they just want Hezbollah’s head on a plate, we can’t give them that.” He also ridiculously accused Saudi Arabia of flooding the Gulf …

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam was seeking more information on Thursday about a Vietnamese tanker that was seized at gunpoint last month by Iranian soldiers in the Gulf of Oman, while promising to ensure the safety and humane treatment of the ship’s crew. On October 24, powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard paramilitary troops seized control of …

Tehran’s continued nuclear weapons development jeopardizes relaunch of 2015 Iran deal, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says Jerusalem post ahead of his meeting with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid on the issue on Wednesday. “There is a real-time consideration here,” he told the newspaper a day earlier of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive …

BEIRUT: Pressure is mounting on Lebanese leaders to sack a minister whose comments on the war in Yemen have sparked a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, even as the minister at the center of the crisis said the government’s resignation was was not an option. The Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain recalled …