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September 11, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Three Australians, Two of Them Dual British Citizens, Held in Iran

Three Australian citizens – two of whom also hold British passports – have been arrested and detained in Iran. Iran has targeted Iranian dual-national citizens in recent years, but the detention of foreign citizens who do not hold Iranian nationality is unusual. The Australian government is leading negotiations with Tehran over the conditions and potential release of all three arrested.

August 28, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Iran’s Rouhani Tells US: No Talks Until Sanctions Lifted

Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani has said, a day after US President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff. Rouhani’s comments indicated a change of heart, a day after he had expressed readiness to negotiate a way out of the crisis.

August 26, 2019 | Via Sky News

Oil on Tanker Released by Gibraltar has been Sold, Says Iran

Iran has sold the oil on the tanker which was detained by Royal Marines off Gibraltar, an Iranian government spokesperson has said. Iran did not say who it had been sold to but requested that the tanker be sent to the recipient. America has a warrant out for the ship and has warned nations not to accept it. After setting out from Gibraltar, the Adrian Darya first navigated to Greece, which refused to let it refuel.

August 19, 2019 | Via Reuters

Iranian Tanker at Center of Standoff with West Leaves Gibraltar

The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further. The tanker’s detention ended last week, but a federal court in Washington on Friday issued a warrant for the seizure of the tanker, the oil it carries and nearly $1 million. Gibraltar said on Sunday it could not comply with that request because it was bound by EU law.

August 16, 2019 | Via Fox News

Iranian Supertanker Released by Gibraltar

An Iranian supertanker has been released by Gibraltar on Thursday after being held for more than a month on suspicions it was trying to provide crude oil to Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime in violation of European Union sanctions. The Iranian vessel had been held in Gibraltar since July 4 and officials from the Islamic Republic have been demanding its release.

August 14, 2019 | Via BBC

British-Iranian Academic ‘Arrested in Iran’

A British-Iranian dual national has been arrested in western Iran, according to his family. The wife of Kameel Ahmady, a social anthropologist, said he was taken into custody on Sunday from their home without a reason being given. Mr Ahmady has researched female genital mutilation and child marriage in Iran, among other subjects. The new alleged arrest comes as high tensions, caused by oil tankers seizures, continue between the two countries.

August 5, 2019 | Via NY Post

Iran Seizes Another Oil Tanker, Third as Feud with US Continues

Iran seized a vessel it accused of smuggling fuel in the Persian Gulf, the third time the Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a ship in the waterway in recent weeks as the stalemate between the Islamic Republic and the US continues. “The IRGC’s naval forces have seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel for some Arab countries,” the paramilitary’s forces commander Ramezan Zirahi said, according to state-run media.

August 1, 2019 | Via The Guardian

US Imposes Sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, striking at the main diplomatic channel between Iran and the west. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said Zarif had been targeted because he acted on behalf of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. Zarif responded quickly on Twitter, shrugging off the significance of the US move.

July 25, 2019 | Via Sky News

Royal Navy to Protect British Ships from Iran Attack in Strait of Hormuz

The Royal Navy has been tasked with accompanying British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz to protect them from Iranian attack. The move comes after the security threat for British-flagged vessels was raised to its highest level following the seizure last Friday of the Stena Impero tanker by Iranian forces as it was passing through Omani waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

July 23, 2019 | Via Bloomberg

Iran Says It will Execute Group of Alleged CIA-Trained Spies

Iran, locked in a worsening political standoff with Western powers, has handed down death sentences to several nationals accused of being part of a CIA-trained spy network uncovered earlier this year, an official said on Monday. In Tehran, a senior intelligence official told foreign media that 17 people had been arrested. None of the suspects are dual nationals. U.S. President Donald Trump denounced the Iranian report as “totally false” on Twitter Monday.

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