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Raisi: Trump must face retribution over gen. Soleimani assassination

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says former U.S. president Donald Trump must be brought to justice and face retribution for ordering the assassination of anti-terrorism icon General Qassem Soleimani.

Biden says US will ‘respond decisively’ If Russia invades Ukraine

US President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the US and its allies "will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine", according to a readout of a call between the two leaders provided by the White House.

Iran calls for UNGA condemnation of Gen. Soleimani assassination

The office of Iran’s vice president for legal affairs has written a letter to the president of the UN General Assembly, calling on the body to issue a resolution in condemnation of the assassination of top Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

Putin tells Biden sanctions could cause complete severance of ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a call with his US counterpart Joe Biden that relations between the two countries could be severed completely in the event the threatened "unprecedented sanctions" become a reality, Kremlin Aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on Friday.

US voices concern over Iran rocket launch

A US State Department spokesperson expressed Washington’s concern about Tehran’s development of space launch vehicles, citing quote military aspects in Iran’s nuclear program. Iran stresses it acts within international laws and regulations and that the country is not after atomic weapons

“Russia, China do not meddle with Iran’s stance in Vienna talks”

The top Russian negotiator in the Vienna talks has denied reports that Russia and China persuaded Iran to drop some of its demands in the talks.

Russia: Iran not stalling nuclear talks

Moscow sees no reason to accuse Tehran of stalling the Vienna negotiations on the return to the full-fledged implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

Blinken discusses Iran, Russia with E3 top diplomats

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with French, German and British foreign ministers over Iran's nuclear program and Russia-Ukraine tensions, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

Iran negotiator: Vienna talks going on well; US must first lift bans

Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani says if the parties to the Vienna talks reach an agreement, the US must first lift anti-Iran sanctions and then Tehran, after verifying the sanctions removal, will conduct its nuclear activities in accordance with the nuclear deal, JCPOA.

Iran FM: Vienna talks ‘on good path’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has once again voiced optimism about the ongoing talks with the P4+1 group in Vienna, saying the negotiations are “on a good path”.

Russia rules out joining NATO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says there is no way that Moscow joins NATO, since the West does not want to have rivals comparable in influence at the global stage.

Source: Iran rejects “fake deadlines” for Vienna talks

The Iranian negotiating team in Vienna has rejected any “fake deadline” for the talks, a source says, stressing that the outcome hinges on how other parties approach the discussions.

Marine rapping US chaotic Afghanistan exit discharged

An American Marine battalion commander who achieved renown for blasting the United States messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, was discharged days before Christmas.

Putin warns of options if US, NATO fail to guarantee security

Moscow may choose various responses based on advice from military experts if the US and NATO decline to provide security guarantees, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned.

Iran slams US for voting against human rights-related UN resolutions

A senior official with Iran’s Judiciary has slammed the United States for voting against two resolutions related to human rights at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Russia to US: No alternative to Iran nuclear deal

Moscow believes that the Iran nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is still topical and has no other alternatives, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. She was commenting on statements by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan over alternatives to the landmark agreement.

China: US should overhaul erroneous policy of maximum pressure on Iran

China says the US, as the culprit of the Iranian nuclear crisis, should overhaul its erroneous policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran, and “lift all illegal sanctions” on Tehran.

Putin: US not trustworthy in honoring promises

Hopes for a deal with the United States to limit NATO expansion in Eastern Europe are slim, Russian President says. Vladimir Putin argues that even a signed agreement could be torn up by the American side at a moment’s notice.

Iran: Vienna talks adjourned following consensus

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has denied the European troika’s claim that Tehran called for adjourning the Vienna talks.

Vienna talks: Iran govt. daily says no full trust in E3

An Iranian newspaper says Tehran can never have complete trust in the three European countries in the Vienna talks.

Bagheri: Talks with P4+1 will resume in near future

Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister and chief nuclear negotiator in Vienna talks, says the P4+1 group of countries has agreed to continue negotiations based on Tehran’s proposals.

China supports Iran’s positions during Vienna talks

China has supported Iran’s positions during the Vienna talks aimed at removing sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

IAEA’s cameras to be installed at Iran sites after precise examinations

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says monitoring cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be installed at Iran’s nuclear facilities after precise technical, security and judicial examinations.

US security chief to visit Israel to discuss Iran

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is expected to travel to Israel next week for discussions on Iran as negotiations continue in Vienna on a US possible return to the 2015 nuclear deal, three senior Israeli officials told Axios.

Russia says Iran proposals at Vienna talks to be ‘properly considered’

The Iranian proposals at new round of nuclear negotiations will be properly considered and either incorporated or rejected or modified, Russia’s Permanent Envoy to International Organizations in Vienna said. Iran has put forth two draft proposals to European powers concerning the removal of sanctions and Tehran’s nuclear commitments.

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