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Iran growth forecasts cut but Gulf trade could rally

Growth forecasts for Iran’s economy have been cut as analysts see US sanctions remaining in place “for the foreseeable future”, but expanding trade with the UAE and improved relations with Saudi Arabia may help to cushion the blow. Fitch sees growth slowing to 2.3 percent in 2023-24 from a previous forecast of 5.8 percent because […]

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Iran sanctions 61 more Americans as nuclear talks hit impasse

Iran has imposed sanctions on 61 more Americans, including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for backing an Iranian dissident group. Months of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal remained at an impasse despite president Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which ended yesterday. Others blacklisted by Iran’s Foreign Ministry for voicing support […]

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US and Israel sign pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons

US president Joe Biden and Israel’s prime minister Yair Lapid today signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons, closing ranks on Tehran. A senior Biden administration official said the agreement will expand on the long-standing security relationship between the United States and Israel. “This declaration is pretty significant, and it includes a commitment […]

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Iran says it and Saudi Arabia interested in more talks

Iran and Saudi Arabia are interested in holding more talks, Tehran’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, three months after a fifth round of contacts aimed at restoring relations between the Middle East’s two main rival powers. Tehran gave an update on the status of the talks as US President Joe Biden landed in Israel in […]

Iran calls ‘for more consultation’ after UAE raises nuclear concerns

Iran responds to UAE concerns over Tehran’s nuclear planIran on Saturday told the United Arab Emirates that Tehran gave a high priority to improving ties with its neighbours, Iranian state media reported, a day after the UAE voiced concern over Tehran’s nuclear programme. The UAE’s envoy at the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog on Friday said […]

Iran expanding nuclear work, switches off UN watchdog’s cameras

Iran has begun further expanding its underground uranium enrichment and said on Wednesday it would switch off two of the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras, as the watchdog’s 35-nation board overwhelmingly passed a resolution criticising Tehran. Only Russia and China opposed the resolution submitted by the United States, Germany, France and Britain saying the Board of […]

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UN nuclear watchdog urged to rebuke Iran, draft resolution shows

IAEA reported scant progress with Iran on uranium traces Report came after three-month process to revive dialogue West previously held off of sending resolution to Board Iran bristles at such moves, could hurt talks on 2015 deal The United States, France, Britain and Germany are pushing for the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s Board of Governors to […]

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Oil top of the agenda on White House visit to Saudi this week

Two senior US officials visited Saudi Arabia this week for talks that included global energy supplies, Iran and other regional issues, the White House said on Thursday. Meeting senior Saudi officials in Riyadh were Brett McGurk, Biden’s top White House adviser on the Middle East, and Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s energy envoy. “I will […]

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US seizes Russian ship with Iranian oil cargo

The United States has confiscated an Iranian oil cargo held on a Russian-operated ship near Greece and will send the cargo to the United States aboard another vessel, three sources familiar with the matter said. Greek authorities last month impounded the Iranian-flagged Pegas, with 19 Russian crew members on board, near the coast of the […]

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US lawmakers voice doubts about Biden reaching a deal with Iran

The United States said on Wednesday it was ready to tighten sanctions and act with Israel and others to counter the Iranian threat if shaky efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal fail, but lawmakers voiced doubts about both options. “We do not have a deal … and prospects for reaching one are, at […]

Riyadh hopes a nuclear pact can still be made with Iran

Saudi minister: ‘Not enough’ progress made in talks with Iran

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said yesterday that there had been some progress in talks with Iran but “not enough” and that the kingdom’s hands remain outstretched to Tehran. Sunni power Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran, which are locked in proxy conflicts across the Middle East, have held five rounds of talks hosted by Baghdad. “We […]

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Iran nuclear deal remains in the balance

There is little doubt a solution would bring rapid economic gains for Tehran while some other Gulf countries would also benefit from an easing of trade restrictions, but political calculations could yet scupper a deal The diplomatic traffic through Tehran has continued at a steady pace in recent weeks, as intermediaries doggedly try to revive […]

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‘No development’ in Tehran-Riyadh talks, says minister

Iran’s foreign ministry said yesterday there has been “no new development” since April in talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, shortly after a lawmaker said top diplomats of the rival countries will meet soon. Earlier, an Iranian lawmaker told the semi-official Fars news agency that Iran’s Hossein Amirabdollahian will soon meet his Saudi counterpart Faisal […]

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani last visited Iran in January 2020 to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington

Qatar’s emir to visit Iran and Europe to aid Iran nuclear pact

Qatar’s emir will visit Iran, Germany, Britain and other European states starting this week on a trip expected to discuss efforts to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and energy security in Europe, a source briefed on the visit said on Sunday. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, ruler of one of the world’s top natural […]