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Iran wants peace but not ‘afraid’ of war – Revolutionary Guards chief

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Iran does not want war with the United States, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards has claimed, adding that Washington lacks the “will” to fight Tehran. “The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami said, according to the Read More

China’s top diplomat calls for U.S. restraint on trade, Iran

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Pool SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that recent U.S. words and actions had harmed the interests of China and Read More

‘There will be no war in Gulf region,’ despite wishes of Trump’s ‘B Team’ – Iran’s Zarif

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Armed conflict will not break out because nobody has any “illusions” about seriously going against Iran, the nation’s foreign minister said amid the recent escalation with Washington and its regional allies. “There will be no war because neither we want a war, nor has anyone the idea or illusion that it can confront Iran in Read More

Iran’s short-range missile can reach US fleet in Gulf – Revolutionary Guards deputy commander

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Published time: 17 May, 2019 10:14 Edited time: 17 May, 2019 10:22 The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has said that the US fleet in the Gulf is already within striking distance of his country’s short range missiles, adding that the US could not sustain a new war in the region. It marks the Read More

NATO-led airstrike reportedly kills 17 Afghan police officers ‘by mistake’

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An airstrike by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission reportedly killed 17 police officers in Afghanistan on Thursday, injuring a dozen others in a ‘mistake’ during fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban. The strike was conducted as Afghan police were fighting the Taliban outside Lashkar Gah in southern Helmand province, with Afghan officials describing the Read More

Saudi pipeline attack highlights risk to Middle East oil exports, as tensions rise

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By Salma El Wardany on 5/16/2019 Pipeline attacks, stock photo. CAIRO (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering this week’s attack on key oil facilities, stoking concerns that the world’s largest oil-producing region is edging toward another war. Crude prices rose. Prince Khalid Bin Salman, the vice minister for defense and brother of Saudi Read More

OPEC+ grapples with Iran crisis as ministers meet in Jeddah

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By Grant Smith on 5/16/2019 LONDON (Bloomberg) — When OPEC and its allies gather in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah this weekend, their conversation will be dominated by a member of the group that isn’t there: Iran. As President Trump squeezes oil exports from the Islamic Republic with sanctions, the discussions among other producers Read More

Oil edges up for third session on Mideast tensions

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Oil prices pushed higher on Thursday for a third day in a row, as fears of supply disruptions amid heightened tensions in the Middle East overshadowed an unexpected rise in U.S. inventories. FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate at sunset in an oilfield in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford/File Photo Read More

Canada’s Freeland: U.S. tariffs would make USMCA ratification problematic

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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks to reporters after her meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday that ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement would be very problematic as long as U.S. tariffs on steel Read More

FM Zarif arrives in India as US-Iran tensions flare up in Gulf

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has visited India as both powers seek to cope with the impact of sweeping US sanctions aimed at cutting Iranian oil exports to zero. Zarif arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday to meet with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. “India is one of our most important partners, economic, political Read More