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US president Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House on Tuesday: he said the US were in a very, very strong position in the escalating trade war with China. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump dismissed the deepening trade war with China as a “little squabble”, as he reiterated threats to place tariffs on an extra $(...)

A helicopter hovers with an oil tanker in the background as the USS John C Stennis makes its way to the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21st, 2018. File photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and described it as an att(...)

An Iranian protester pretends to punch a mask mocking President Donald Trump during a rally after Friday prayers in Tehran. Photograph:  Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iranian officials rebuffed US president Donald Trump’s suggestion that they call him to try to defuse frictions as the US ratcheted up its actions aga(...)

A handout photo  showing the  US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln passing through the Suez Canal on May 9th.  Photograph: EPA

The United States’ military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now it is an opportunity, a senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary (...)

 In this file photo taken on February 2013, US soldiers work on a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

The US will move a Patriot air defence missile system into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon has said, reflecting ongoing con(...)

Iranians on  Valiasr Street in northern Tehran earlier this week. Inflation in Iran is at about 40 per cent and the rial is down 60 per cent on the year. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Nasrin, an Iranian mother of two teenagers, starts to cry when she thinks of what the future could hold for her children. “I have been thinking of the(...)

Iranian demonstrators burn a US flag during a rally in Tehran to show their support of Iran’s decision to pull out from some part of nuclear deal. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday that Tehran would not negotiate with the United States and a senior cleric warned that a US navy fleet coul(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and the head of Iran’s nuclear technology organisation Ali Akbar Salehi inspecting nuclear technology on the occasion of Iran National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran last month. Photograph: EPA/Iranian Presidency Office

When the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, the other signatories to that landmark accord – France, Germany, Britai(...)

Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in conversation with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Baghdad. Photograph: AFP/Getty

The unexpected visit to Baghdad on Tuesday by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo unsettled the Iraqi government and stoked rather than reduced anxietie(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Iran’s landmark nuclear deal was at risk of collapse after Tehran said it would cease to implement some of its commitments under the 2015 accord, its (...)

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