Time to embrace a new approach to Iran

Promoting a new nuclear deal would not lead to normalisation of diplomatic ties with Iran, but it would dramatically reduce the chance of war, writes Richard N Haass.

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Trump blames Iran for oil tanker attacks in Strait of Hormuz

The US administration is hoping for talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon seeks to bolster forces in the Persian Gulf.

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Iran removed unexploded mine from oil tanker, says US

Iran has denied being involved in the attack, calling it an ‘unfounded claim’.

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US blames Iran for attacks on two tankers near Persian Gulf

He said the United States will defend its forces and interests in the region but gave no specifics about any plans and he took no questions.

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How tensions between US and Iran have raised the stakes in Persian Gulf

Relations have deteriorated since President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord.

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Two oil tankers targeted in Gulf of Oman

Two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, have reportedly been attacked, the US navy said, with one adrift and on fire amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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Iran’s foreign minister warns US of consequences of ‘economic war’

Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking amid tensions since the US withdrew from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal.

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Trump threatens to destroy Iran if it seeks fight with US

Iranian officials have said the country is not looking for war.

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US warns airlines flying over Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions

It came as Lloyd’s of London warned of increased risks to shipping in the Gulf.

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Trump playing down threat of war with Iran

The president’s softer tone is in contrast to moves by national security adviser John Bolton and secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

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US moving air defence missile system to Middle East to counter Iran

The Patriot system is a long-range, all-weather air defence system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

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US deploys aircraft carrier to send message to Iran

National security advisor John Bolton said the US will use ‘unrelenting force’ if threatened.

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Peugeot hit by Iran exit

Peugeot maker PSA Group reported a 1.1% decline in first-quarter revenue, as a sales decline outside Europe and currency challenges outweighed pricing improvements.

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Donald Trump announces US has designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as 'foreign terrorist organisation'

President Donald Trump has announced that the US is designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a "foreign terrorist organisation", in an effort to increase pressure on the country.

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Rising floodwaters force more evacuations in Iran

Around 400,000 people are at risk in Khuzestan province.

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Iran claims UK ‘diplomatic protection’ for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is illegal

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the issue of the British-Iranian mother held on spying charges would now be treated as a state-to-state matter.

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Iran's foreign minister resigns in bid to empower diplomats

Iran's foreign minister has told colleagues he hopes his sudden resignation will reinforce the position of his country's diplomats.

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Pence accuses European nations of trying to ‘break’ US sanctions against Iran

Vice President Mike Pence criticised Britain, France and Germany during the speech in Poland.

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20 revolutionary guard personnel killed in Iran suicide bombing

A suicide bombing in Iran's south east has killed at least 20 elite Revolutionary Guard personnel and wounded 20, according to a state-run news agency.

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Iranians chanting ‘death to America’ mark anniversary of 1979 revolution

Chants of ‘death to Israel’ and ‘death to Britain’ followed, and demonstrators burned US and Israeli flags.

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Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran on Friday began celebrating the 40th anniversary of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the US-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hardline Shiite clerics to power.

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Iranians pressured Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to spy on Britain, husband says

The Iranian ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office to discuss the ‘deeply concerning deterioration’ in her health.

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Charity worker to embark on Iran prison hunger strike over health care concerns

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year jail sentence after being accused of spying, a charge she strongly denies.

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Iran gives green light to Opec oil output cut plan

Iran has given the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) the green light to reduce oil output by around 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 2019, after finding a compromise with rival Saudi Arabia over a possible exemption from the cuts.

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At least two dead in Iran suicide car bomb attack

A provincial official said a suicide attacker driving a vehicle loaded with explosives drove up to police headquarters in Chabahar.

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Iranian president warns of ‘war situation’ as US reimposes sanctions

Iran ran televised air defence drills showing soldiers cheering the downing of a drone.

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Iran president puts country on war footing as US sanctions take effect

Hassan Rouhani was speaking as the Trump administration reimposed measures eased under the nuclear deal.

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US terminates treaty with Iran after UN court ruling

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said termination of the treaty was decades overdue.

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US terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said termination of the treaty was decades overdue.

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UN court orders US to lift some Iran sanctions

President Donald Trump moved to restore tough US sanctions in May after withdrawing from Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers.

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Theresa May calls on Iran to release charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

At a gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, the British PM told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani she had ‘serious concerns’ about the jailing.

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If you cross us, there will be hell to pay: US lashes out at Iran

The leaders warned Tehran that it faced severe consequences if it defied the United States.

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Iran’s president blames US after attack on military parade

Saturday’s attack was the deadliest in the country in nearly a decade.

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Iran gunmen attack military parade

Reports described the assailants as ‘Takifiri gunmen’, a term previously used to describe the Islamic State group.

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Iran nuclear chief warns over atomic deal

Iran's nuclear chief has said he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the programme will be in a stronger position than ever if not.

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Iran goes to UN’s highest court over re-imposed US sanctions

Donald Trump said in May that he would pull the US out of a 2015 agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme and would re-impose sanctions on Tehran.

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Former hard-line Iranian president urges Rouhani to resign

Former hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked current leader Hassan Rouhani to resign.

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EU says encouraging trade with Iran crucial to nuclear deal

Federica Mogherini told reporters during her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, that it is up to Europeans to decide who they want to trade with.

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US reimposes sanctions on Iran

The move comes three months after Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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Teenager who posted dance videos on social media detained in Iran

Maedeh Hojabri has appeared in videos without the obligatory headscarf.

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Gunfire erupts as Iranian security forces confront water scarcity protesters

The protests came after three days of demonstrations last week in Tehran.

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Protesters swarm Iran’s Grand Bazaar in Tehran – reports

Shopkeepers closed their stalls amid protests over the country’s troubled economy.

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27 suspected terrorists held and weapons seized by Iranian authorities

The group reportedly planned terrorist activities in Tehran and other cities.

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UK, France and Germany seek exemption from US sanctions over Iran

Boris Johnson was one of three ministers expressing ‘strong regret’ over Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal.

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Iran to increase nuclear enrichment capacity

Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world powers.

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US Secretary of State threatens Iran with worst sanctions yet

Mike Pompeo called for a new nuclear agreement with Iran following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

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France’s Total seeks to expand Cypriot gas plan as it eyes Iran exit

The French energy giant said it could leave Iran over renewed US sanctions.

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Jailed British mother told to ‘expect conviction’ by Iran judge on new spy claim

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe appeared in court on Saturday, accused of spreading propaganda against Tehran’s hardline Islamist regime.

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Germany committed to Iran nuclear deal – Angela Merkel

Donald Trump announced last week that the US is withdrawing from the accord.

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Boris Johnson in ‘positive’ talks with allies over Iran nuclear deal

The Foreign Secretary held discussions with his French and German counterparts.

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Top European diplomats plan to salvage Iran nuclear deal

The foreign ministers of the UK, France, Germany and Iran have agreed to further talks to save the accord following the US withdrawal.

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Britain believes Iran nuclear deal ‘has value’ despite US exit, says Johnson

The UK Foreign Secretary is meeting his French and German counterparts to secure measures to protect European countries working in Iran against the danger of US sanctions.

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US hits head of Iran’s central bank with terror sanctions

The Treasury Department accuses Valiollah Seif of helping transfer millions of dollars to Hezbollah.

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EU and Iran seek to save nuclear deal after US pullout

Foreign ministers from Britain, France and Germany held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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Iran hails ‘constructive meeting’ with EU on nuclear deal

The EU hopes to convince Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear pact.

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UK PM and Donald Trump discuss impact of US sanctions on Iran

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump have discussed the impact of America pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, Downing Street has said.

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Mass protests over Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

The US president pulled America out of the 2015 accord on Tuesday.

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Defy Donald Trump and keep trading with Iran, France says

Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Europe should not act as vassals to the US.

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