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 South Korea’s deputy foreign minister Choi Jong-kun (L) meeting with his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araghchi, in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday.  Handout photograph: Iranian Foreign Ministry/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s capture of a South Korean-flagged tanker at sea last week has been described by the United States as extortion. But Tehran says it is Seoul tha(...)

Arab governments have remained diplomatically silent as their citizens have poured scorn on Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol by supporters of pr(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani attending the 41st Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Bandar Alajaloud/Saudi royal court/EPA

Qatar’s return to the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) after 3½ years of blockade by Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt is a major diplomati(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: he said Iranian authorities should not wait “an hour” if there was a chance to have US sanctions lifted. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

European powers are backing president-elect Joe Biden’s suggestion that the US returns to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in its existing form, and (...)

A protest in Tehran on November 28th, 2020, against the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Photograph: The New York Times

The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist last month was carried out remotely with artificial intelligence and a machine gun equipped with a “(...)

The damaged car of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh after it was attacked near the capital Tehran. The scientist died at the hospital from his injuries following an attack by “armed terrorists”, Iran’s defence ministry said in a statement. Photograph: Irib News Agency/ AFP via Getty Images

It appears Israel, not for the first time, is playing with fire. The usual policy of non-denial notwithstanding, the sophisticated military-style kill(...)

Iranian mourners attend the burial ceremony of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in northern Tehran on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Jordan and the Emirates have condemned the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Iran blames on Israel, although both A(...)

Soldiers carrying the coffin of assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during funeral procession in Tehran on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Defence ministry office handout

A senior Iranian security official has accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to carry out a remote assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientis(...)

 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: Trump did not ‘allow $5 billion in international aid to reach Iran to fight the coronavirus’.  Photograph:  EPA

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said on Wednesday it would be easy to solve the country’s problems with the US so long as Joe Biden stuck to the com(...)

 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani: Iran ‘considers constructive engagement with the world as a strategy’. Photograph:  EPA

The Trump administration has dispatched an envoy to Israel and the Gulf to prepare for the imposition of weekly rounds of sanctions on Iran ahead of U(...)

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