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US president Donald Trump’s announcement will heap further pressure on a country which has been struggling economically. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The United States is to impose new economic sanctions on Iran, significantly increasing economic pressure on the country. “I have just instructed the (...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo leaving the US to travel to Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Getty Images

Oil prices retreated about 2 per cent on Wednesday, extending the previous day’s declines after Saudi Arabia said it would quickly restore full produc(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo departed Washington on Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia in the wake of weekend attacks on oil facilities that have esc(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani: “If [Mr Trump] just wants to take photo with Hassan Rouhani that would not be possible.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has ruled out holding talks with Donald Trump until the US has agreed to lift all its sanctions on the Islamic republi(...)

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam meets   Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  in Tehran.

Iran’s supreme leader has held a surprise meeting with a senior Yemeni Houthi rebel official, marking a major change at the highest level in Iran’s st(...)

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photograph: Manaure Quintero/Reuters

The US government has imposed financial sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure again(...)

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif:  says the Royal Marine’s seizure of Grace 1 is “piracy”.  Photograph: Manaure Quintero/Reuters

Dramatic images of armed and masked Iranian Revolutionary Guard commandos rappelling from a helicopter on to the deck of a British-flagged oil tanker (...)

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian judiciary officials in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. Photograph: Iran government handout/EPA

The latest round of US sanctions on senior Iranian figures could finish off the remote possibility of talks between Tehran and Washington. Experts a(...)

US president Donald Trump signs with vice-president Mike Pence (right) and secretary of treasury Steven Mnuchin at the White House on June 24th, ‘hard-hitting sanctions’ on Iran’s supreme leader. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have deepened as US president Donald Trump warned that any attack by Iran on the United States could lead in pa(...)

An Iranian navy boat tackles a fire on an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13th. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump has warned Iran that the shooting-down of a US surveillance drone in the Persian Gulf region was a “big mistake” but said th(...)

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