US-Iran relations - updates

Rappler's latest stories on US-Iran relations


Iran scientist freed by U.S. back home after prisoner swap

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Majid Taheri returns to Iran after being detained in the US for 16 months following a prisoner swap with US Navy veteran Michael White

PRISONER SWAP. This handout photo released by the US State Department on June 4, 2020 shows US Navy veteran Michael White (L) holding a folded US flag as he poses with US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook at Zurich Airport in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 4, 2020, after White was released from Iran. Photo by US State Department/AFP

Iran Guards chief vows 'decisive response' after Trump threat

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:32 PM

'We have also ordered our naval units to target [US boats and forces] if they try to endanger the safety of our ships or boats of war,' says Major General Hossein Salami

TENSION. In this file photo, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran's central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Trump says U.S. will destroy Iranian gunboats harassing U.S. ships

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:12 PM

'I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,' US President Donald Trump says on Twitter

TRUMP ORDER. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable at the White House on December 9, 2019, in Washington,DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[PODCAST] Tensiyon sa pagitan ng U.S. at Iran: Ano ang epekto sa Pilipinas at buong mundo?

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Paano nagsimula ang tensiyon sa pagitan ng Iran at US? Paano kaya ito matatapos?

FALSE: Video of night sky flare shows ‘start of Iran vs U.S. World War 3’

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The airstrike shown in the video has nothing to do with the conflict between the US and Iran. It shows the rocket attacks that involved Palestinians and Israel in November 2018.

Fury, tears as crowds mourn Iran commander killed by U.S.

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht calls the assassination of powerful general Qasem Soleimani as an 'act of war' by the United States

MOURNING. Mourners carry the coffins of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and 8 others towards the Imam Ali Shrine in the shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq during a funeral procession on January 4, 2020. Photo by Haidar Hamdani/AFP

Trump says US targeting 52 sites in Iran, as tension mounts

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:27 AM

'The USA wants no more threats,' US President Donald Trump tells Iran after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani

WARNING. President Donald Trump warns Iran the US "wants no more threats" after he ordered the assassination of powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. File hoto by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump does not expect war with Iran

Jan 01, 2020 - 12:08 PM

'I like peace,' says US President Donald Trump amid heightened tensions with Iran

NO WAR WITH IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the grand ballroom as he arrives for a New Year's celebration at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pompeo accuses Iran of suppressing protest memorials

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly accuses Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of stopping the public from mourning the killed protesters

US-IRAN RELATIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slams Iran for attempting to stop the memorials for the killed protesters. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/POOL/AFP

LOOK: Iran unveils new anti-U.S. murals at former embassy

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:57 PM

Tehran is preparing to mark on Monday the 40th anniversary of the hostage crisis, an act that continues to poison Iran-US relations

ANTI-US. Iranians take part in an inaugural ceremony unveiling the new murals painted on the walls of the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on November 2, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

UAE calls for talks to defuse US-Iran tensions

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The crisis in the Gulf region, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said, 'requires collective attention, primarily to de-escalate and to find political solutions through dialogue and negotiations'

AFP file photo of Donald Trump

Trump vows new Iran sanctions, Tehran warns U.S. against attack

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday, (June 24). I look forward to the day that sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again,' tweets US President Donald Trump

WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAN DEAL. US President Donald Trump announces his decision on the Iran nuclear deal in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington DC, on May 8, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says will be Iran's 'best friend' if it renounces nuclear arms

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'We're not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon. When they agree to that, they're going to have a wealthy country," says US President Donald Trump

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran executes 'defense ministry contractor' over spying for CIA

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Iran news agency ISNA reports that Jalal Haji Zavar was convicted by the military court and was executed at an unspecified time

EXECUTED. Iran executes Jalal Haji Zavar. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Iran warns U.S. attack would imperil interests across Middle East

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'If the enemy – especially America and its allies in the region – make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America's interests lie, the region will be set on fire,' says Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, Iran military spokesman

PROTEST. The Organization of Iranian American Communities march to urge "recognition of the Iranian people's right for regime change," in front of the White House in Washington DC, on June 21, 2019. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

U.S. lawmakers clash on Iran intelligence before briefing

May 21, 2019 - 8:11 AM

US lawmakers clash over intelligence on Iran, with a Trump ally accusing Tehran of provocations that could draw a military response

LINDSEY GRAHAM. US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks as US Attorney General William Barr prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran

May 11, 2019 - 6:03 PM

'The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region,' the Pentagon says

CARRIER. The Pentagon announced on May 10, 2019 that it is deploying the amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran. Photo by MC3 Chris Roys/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Iran suspends nuclear deal curbs in push for relief from U.S. sanctions

May 08, 2019 - 3:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran says it is responding to the sweeping unilateral sanctions that Washington has reimposed since it quit the agreement one year ago, which have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy

IRAN SANCTIONS DIPLOMACY. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP