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Iranian FM: Iran-US reached agreement on prisoner swap, to happen soon

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says Iran and the US have reached an agreement to exchange prisoners.

Dozens of NGOs call on Biden to reject US diplomat’s anti-Iran remarks

Forty-five NGOs have urged US President Joe Biden to reject the comments made by Washington's ambassador to Israel Tom Nides who had said his country would back Israel in “whatever action” they take against Iran.

US blacklists dozens of entities for helping Iran evade banking sanctions

The US Treasury Department has announced the imposition of sanctions on dozens of entities for helping Tehran evade Washington’s bans on Iran’s access to the global financial system.

Iran says liquidation of INSTEX shows Europe lack of will, independence from US

The spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry says a decision by the European countries to liquidate the financial mechanism known as INSTEX proves lack of determination on the part of the Europeans to act independently from the US.

Iranian MP: US lies about its messages to Iran 

An Iranian lawmaker says the US is lying about the messages it has sent to Iran.

US Congress calls on Biden to sanction Iran’s parliament over unrest

A bipartisan coalition in the US Congress is pressuring the Biden administration to sanction nearly all of Iran’s parliament amid "the government’s crackdown on anti-government protesters."

US military developed high classified contingency plan for war with Iran: Report

The US military has allocated funds for secret contingency operations related to a plan for war against Iran, according to a new report citing classified Pentagon documents.

Russia blames Trump, Biden for acceleration of Iran nuclear program

Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov has criticized current and former US presidents for their policies with regards to Tehran. He said that Washington's approach only caused speedy expansion of the Iranian nuclear program.

Commander: US-backed Israeli moves against Iran endangering American soldiers in region

A senior Iranian military commander has warned that any US support  for Israeli actions against Tehran would imperil the lives of American forces in the Middle East.

US says did not send message to Iran over JCPOA talks

US State Department spokesman Ned Price says the administration of President Joe Biden did not send any message to Tehran over the resumption of the talks aimed at reviving the Iran 2015 nuclear deal.

Brazil allows Iranian warships to dock in Rio despite US pressure

The government of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has allowed a flotilla comprised of two Iranian warships to dock in Rio de Janeiro, defying US pressure to bar them.

IRGC Chief: US presence in region inflicts insecurity and instability

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami says the Americans bring about insecurity and instability wherever they are.

US says return to JCPOA not on agenda

The United States has announced that reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not its focus right now. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has earlier said that Tehran is ready to consider plan B in case Washington continues to create obstacles in the course of the nuclear negotiations.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman calls anti-Iran channel’s relocation to US “puppetry”

The spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed the relocation of Saudi-funded anti-Iran television channel Iran International to the US as “puppetry”, a “new show” and “division of work” among intelligence services of several countries.

Iran seizes vessel smuggling US-made arms in southern waters

The Iranian border police commander says a vessel carrying over 5,000 US-made arms has been seized in the waters off the country’s southern port city of Bushehr.

Sources say US and Iran in indirect talks on prisoner swap

The United States and Iran are in indirect negotiations to secure a possible prisoner exchange, with Qatar and the United Kingdom acting as intermediaries, NBC News has reported, citing four unidentified sources.

Iranian drone stuns US troops in Syria

An Iranian military advisor in Syria has said the Iranian drone that was shot down by US forces over Syria on Tuesday achieved all its goals.

US plans to send ‘Iranian’ weapons to Ukraine: Report

The US government says it is trying to find a legal way to send to Ukraine the weapons sent to the Houthis that, Washington says, were provided by Iran and confiscated off the coast of Yemen, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Tehran denies provision of military equipment to Yemen.

CENTCOM says US military downed “Iran-made” drone in Syria

The US military has shot down an "Iranian-manufactured" drone in Syria that attempted to conduct reconnaissance of a US military base in northeast of the country, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) has claimed.

UN experts say US sanctions on Iran illegal

Washington’s sanctions against Tehran and their enforcement in third countries clash with international law, the UN Human Rights Council stated, citing the findings of two special rapporteurs concerning Iranians suffering from thalassemia.

Iran nuclear program poses challenge to US, China: Washington

Iran’s nuclear program poses a challenge to the United States as well as China, the US State Department spokesperson claimed Tuesday. The remarks came in reaction to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's ongoing visit to Beijing.

Iran, US talking via intermediary over nuclear deal: Iranian negotiator

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator says Iran and the US have been exchanging messages through an intermediary and that nuclear talks have not snagged.

US lawmakers call on Biden to target Iran’s drone program

A bipartisan group of 60 US lawmakers have urged the administration of President Joe Biden to target Iran's drone program, claiming it has “far-reaching implications” for American interests in the region and beyond.

US renews sanctions waivers for Iran’s nuclear program

The United States has renewed a series of sanctions waivers that will allow Iran and Russia to cooperate on civilian nuclear work at Iranian uranium enrichment sites. It comes amid stalled talks to bring Washington back into full compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA.

Iran warns US against triggering war

Iran's Permanent Mission to the UN has warned that American military action against Tehran would risk starting an open-ended war. There has been speculation surrounding Washington’s possible involvement in a recent failed drone strike on an Iranian military workshop in Isfahan.

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