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Can Macron's pitch to Trump save the Iran deal?

Washington - European countries and the United States are talking about a new Iran deal to assuage President Donald Trump's loathing for the existing nuclear pact.

France's Macron pessimistic about future of Iran nuclear pact

Washington - Donald Trump may well pull out of the Iran nuclear deal for domestic political reasons, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, after he and his American counterpart held talks addressing the agreement's future.

Iran's Rouhani questions 'right' to seek new nuclear deal

Tabriz - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of demands for a fresh nuclear agreement with Tehran, after the leaders of the US and France called for a "new" deal.

'Gap in perceptions' threatens wider Middle East war

Tehran - Analysts fear a wider Middle Eastern war is brewing between Iran and its rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, warning that their failure to understand each other's intentions threatens to tear the region apart.

What a 'new deal' over Iran might look like

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday proposed a "new deal" to address President Donald Trump's many concerns about the existing nuclear pact with Iran.Here is a look at what may be in the works, and the challenges a new deal could entail.

At UN, Iran offers dialogue to end 'hegemonic illusions'

New York - Iran invited Gulf countries Tuesday to open talks on regional security, telling the United Nations it was time to move away from "hegemonic illusions" that have fueled devastating wars.

Trump, Macron call for new nuclear deal with Iran

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart Donald Trump called jointly Tuesday for a new nuclear deal with Iran, after the US leader denounced the three-year-old accord as "insane.

Iran rejects new deal as France vows it will never get atomic weapons

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers Wednesday, while his French counterpart vowed to US lawmakers that everything would be done to stop Iran ever acquiring atomic weapons.

Hosting Macron, Trump rips into 'disaster' Iran deal

Washington - US President Donald Trump pilloried the Iran nuclear deal as "insane" Tuesday and threatened "problems" if Tehran restarts controversial programs, exposing a deep rift with European allies.

Russia, China call on UN nuclear forum to save Iran deal

Geneva - Russia on Tuesday urged a United Nations nuclear disarmament forum to show its support for the "fragile" Iran nuclear accord by signing onto a statement, co-written by China, backing the deal.

Iran says Europe must not pay Trump 'ransom' over nuclear deal

Tehran - A top Iranian official on Tuesday welcomed European powers' efforts to salvage a historic nuclear deal, but warned they should not simply hand over "a ransom" to US President Donald Trump.

Trumps host Macrons for a glitzy Mount Vernon evening

Mount Vernon - The French and American presidents walked in step as they approached George Washington's historic Mount Vernon mansion overlooking the Potomac River, their stiletto-clad wives following as a harpist serenaded the glamorous double date.

Russia, China to stop bid to 'sabotage' Iran deal: Lavrov

Bejing - China and Russia will block any attempts to "sabotage" the Iran nuclear agreement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday, as US President Donald Trump mulls whether to scrap the deal.

Iran bans banks from using cryptocurrencies

Tehran - Iran banned the use of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by banks and financial institutions on Monday amid ongoing debate over how best to regulate the technology.

Macron on Iran nuclear deal: There is no 'Plan B'

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron, who is heading to Washington to urge his US counterpart to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that there is no "Plan B" if the accord is scrapped.

Iran ex-prosecutor jailed months after sentence: media

Tehran - A former Iranian prosecutor has finally been taken to prison months after being sentenced over the death in custody of a protestor, the judiciary's news agency said Sunday.

Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if US quits deal

New York - Iran warned Saturday it is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit.

Can Macron's White House visit save the Iran deal?

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron seems, as much as any world leader, to have developed a rapport with his American counterpart Donald Trump.

Iran would talk prisoners if US shows respect: Zarif

Washington - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is open to prisoner swap negotiations with the US if the Trump administration shows a "change of attitude.

Iran president criticises violence by morality police

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday appeared to criticise the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country's strict dress code.

European MPs urge US not to scrap Iran nuclear deal

Berlin - About 500 lawmakers from Germany, France and Britain on Thursday urged the US Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal which President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

Iran president: we don't intend any aggression in region

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran "does not intend any aggression" against its neighbours but will continue to produce all the weapons it needs for its defence.

Iran lawmakers slam crackdown on environmentalists

Tehran - An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday criticised a recent crackdown on environmental activists and officials, saying it risked "bad consequences for the country", the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

China's ZTE halts share trading following US export ban

Bejing - Chinese telecom giant ZTE halted trading of its shares in Hong Kong and Shenzhen Tuesday following a US ban on its purchase of sensitive technology, which drew a pledge by China to "safeguard" its companies if necessary.

Arab ire at US Jerusalem move looks unlikely to spark action

Dubai - Arab leaders at a summit in Saudi Arabia have slammed Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there, but analysts say their words are unlikely to lead to action.

No new EU sanctions on Iran — for now

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers on Monday discussed how they could persuade the US not to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, but stopped short of imposing new sanctions on Tehran.

Iran environmentalist, symbol of expat return, quits

Tehran - A top Iranian environment official, who symbolised government efforts to encourage expat Iranians to return home, has quit just seven months into his job, sources said Monday.

US suspends export privileges to China's ZTE

Washington - US authorities issued an order Monday barring US exports of sensitive technology to Chinese telecom giant ZTE because of false statements made during an investigation into its illegal sale of goods to Iran and North Korea.

Iran says EU has 'differing values' but dialogue should continue

Tehran - Iran said Monday that EU sanctions over its human rights record were due to "differing values" but that they should not derail dialogue with Europe.

New Western Syria strikes would spark 'chaos': Putin tells Rouhani

Moscow - New Western air strikes in Syria would provoke "chaos" in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.
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