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Jailed American in Iran says he’s being held for a prisoner swap

A US citizen jailed in Iran said in a letter released Wednesday that his captors were keeping him in harsh conditions in hopes of obtaining a prisoner swap. Amir Mirzai Hekmati, a former Marine who holds dual citizenship, said he was kept in “miserable prison conditions” with “prolonged periods of…

Iran’s new U.N. nuclear envoy gets harsh reception

Western envoys gave Iran’s new ambassador to the UN atomic agency a frosty welcome Wednesday, saying Tehran’s new government should waste no time proving to the world it does not want the bomb. Speaking at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors, US envoy Joseph Macmanus…

Iran plans to ‘remove any ambiguity regarding our country’s nuclear program’

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday Iran wants to allay concerns over its nuclear programme, suspected of hiding efforts to build an atomic bomb, and resolve the impasse with world powers. Perhaps most significantly, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, said separately Tehran could conceivably…

Iran’s foreign minister condemns Holocaust: ‘We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists’

Iran’s foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists,” Mohammad Javad…

Iran: U.S. interests will be threatened if they attack Syria

A senior Iranian official warned in Damascus on Sunday that US interests in the region would be at risk if Washington launched a military strike against his country’s ally Syria. Iranian officials have issued stern warnings against US-led military action targeting Syria and the latest came from the chairman of…

CIA documents show U.S. helped Iraq fight Iran despite chemical weapons use

The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs…

Man arrested at New York’s JFK airport ‘with uranium for Iran in shoes’

A man was arrested in New York City’s international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to…

Possessing atomic bomb would threaten Iran: minister

The possession of a nuclear bomb would threaten Iran’s security, the country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said in comments reported on Friday. “We consider the possession of nuclear arms doesn’t conform with the interests of the country and threatens the security of Iran,” Zarif said, adding however that Iranians…

Vatican: Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years for distributing Bibles

An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported on Wednesday. Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was arrested in Iran in December and reportedly said he wanted to “evangelise by handing out 12,000 pocket bibles”. He…

Iran’s president-elect calls Israel ‘wound’ on Muslim world

DUBAI (Reuters) – Two days ahead of his inauguration as Iran’s next president, moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani called Israel a “wound” on the Muslim world that must be removed, and urged Iranians to support the rights of Palestinians, Iranian media reported on Friday. The remarks echoed the strong anti-Israel sentiment…

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