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Two of five Iranian tankers are already in Venezuelan waters

The Trump administration has been reacting angrily at Iran's shipment of five tanker loads of gasoline to Venezuela, threatening sanctions or other actions against them.

Op-Ed: Iran warns US about interfering with tankers bound for Venezuela

Iran's news agency Nour has issued an announcement cautioning the US from making any moves against fuel shipments that are en route from Iran to Venezuela.

Op-Ed: Iran official critical of US obstruction of IMF loan application

Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkrani criticized US obstruction of a loan from the International Monetary Fund(IMF) that Iran was seeking to fight the COVID-19 pandemic that has had a serious impact on the country.

Op-Ed: US refuses Iran's request to reduce sanctions due to corona virus

US hostility toward Iran is so deeply ingrained in US policy, that the US refuses to even consider reducing sanctions on the country to help alleviate effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Op-Ed: Was Soleimani killed for saying 'bad things' about the US?

President Trump has changed his narrative as to what justified the US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. He first stressed that Soleimani was assassinated because of an imminent threat of his attacking US interests.

Op-Ed: Tensions between Iran and US lessen after Iran's weak retaliation

US officials confirmed that they had advance notice Tuesday night before Iran launched missile strikes against two bases hosting US troops. This gave US troops time to take measures to limit or avoid casualties.

Op-Ed: Some US allies want nothing to do with assassination of Soleimani

Some US allies who one might expect to applaud the US killing of Qassem Soleimani a top Iranian commander have been quite cautious in their response and have instead distanced themselves and called for restraint.

Op-Ed: Trump considering sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East

Washington - For the past six months, the US has been stressing what it calls increasing threats from Iran as it announced more deployments of troops and equipment into the Middle East, mostly to Saudi Arabia and surrounding areas and clearly aimed at Iran.

Op-Ed: Iran's President Rouhani and President Trump both open to talks

At the G7 meeting President Trump said that he was willing to meet Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for talks under the right circumstance. Trump has made similar statements before but it is not clear what the right circumstances might be.

Op-Ed: Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar in spite of US seizure warrant

Gibraltar - The Iranian oil tanker formerly the Grace 1 was seized back on July 4 off Gibraltar by UK marines allegedly on the request of the United State. Gibraltar announced it was free to leave as of Thursday but it left only on Sunday.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: 'It's Time to Bomb Iran'

Louie Gohmert, one of the most conservative and hawkish members of the US House of Representatives, wants to bomb Iran, and he wants to do it now.

United States says it will deny a visa to Iran ambassador to UN

Washington - The United States says that it will not grant a visa to Hamid Abutalebi the proposed Iranian ambassador to the UN on the grounds that he had links to the 1979-81 hostage crisis.

Iran leaves negotiations after US blacklists more firms

Vienna - Iran has quit nuclear talks with major powers for now, claiming that Washington went against the spirit of the deal reached last month by expanding the number of firms blacklisted.

Op-Ed: Saudis angered by some recent US policies

The Saudis are more and more irked by US policies in the Middle East. There are a number of different reasons for this including the US failure to launch missiles against the Assad regime in Syria.

US, Iran in high-level talks about nuclear talks

New York - US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart are sitting down Thursday for the highest level talks between the two nations in 34 years.

Op-Ed: Iran and US cooperate when it comes to wrestling

Tehran - The US and Iranian authorities have bonded together in a rare joint effort to have wrestling remain as a sport in the Olympics in 2020.

Op-Ed: U.S. accuses Iraq of helping Iran avoid sanctions

Baghdad - The U.S. complains that Iraq is helping Iran avoid sanctions by obtaining U.S. dollars at Iraqi central bank auctions and even shipping Iranian oil through Iraq.

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