Shortly before a workshop in Bahrain, where he is to present the economic portion of Washington's long-awaited Arab-Israeli peace plan, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner suggested that reaching a deal along the lines of the Saudi-led Arab peace initiative will not be possible.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Iran will not engage in a dialogue with the United States as long as it threatens the Islamic Republic with sanctions pressure, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said at a press stakeout.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States and its allies are the worst offenders of human rights in the Middle East, as demonstrated by their actions in Palestine and Yemen, Iranian Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said on Monday, as reported by local media.
Tit-for-tat cyberattacks between Iran and the US are likely to continue unless the US pursues diplomacy and ends “draconian” economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country, Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Monday.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Security Council member states have condemned the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman as a serious threat to international maritime navigation and international security, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mansour Al-Otaibi who presides over the council in June told reporters.
Washington has been pressuring Ankara into abandoning the S-400 deal with Russia by threatening to stop deliveries of F-35 jets, despite Turkey’s contribution to the project’s funding and development. The US claims that the Russian air defence system can render the jet's stealth capabilities useless by passing data on it to Moscow.
Israel’s military has stepped up its alert status amid rising tensions between the US and Iran, according to a Sunday report by Israeli TV station Channel 12.
The White House published the economic section of its peace plan for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dubbed the "deal of the century". The teased plan suggests investing $50 billion over 10 years to boost the Palestinian Authority's economy, but gives no hints about political solutions to the conflict.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated after Iran downed an American military drone, stressing the UAV had violated its airspace and hadn't responded to demands to alter course.
The attacks were reportedly conducted following the most recent escalation between the two states after Iranian air defences downed a US drone near the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran stated that the drone had violated Iranian airspace and was warned about it on multiple occasions, but Washington claims it was flying above neutral waters.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US intelligence and military are developing covert plans aimed at deterring Iran's alleged aggression in the Persian Gulf without plunging the region into a full-scale war, The New York Times newspaper reported, citing former and current officials.
Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir and US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook have commented on the increasing tensions between Iran and the United States.
Although the UK officials, including Conservative party leadership contender Jeremy Hunt, have proclaimed de-escalation in the region, he admitted that London would consider Washington’s request for military support amid the growing tension between Iran and the US.
On 20 June, Iran downed a US spy drone, stating that it had violated the Iranian border. The US military confirmed that the aircraft had been shot down, claiming, however, that it was flying in international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, said a possible war between Iran and the United States would be dangerous for everyone, but accused Tehran of escalating the situation in the Gulf region.
In May, Ekrem Imamoglu won mayoral elections in Istanbul, but rival Binali Yildirim contested the results, and a new round was scheduled for 23 June. Following the second vote, Imamoglu won by an even larger margin.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Five offshore oil pipelines near the western Syrian city of Baniyas were damaged in an apparent attack, the country’s oil ministry said Sunday. Work is underway to repair the pipelines. Oil supply will be restored in the coming hours, the ministry stressed.
The White House’s ‘deal of the century’, aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has yet to be unveiled in full but Palestinian representatives have nonetheless rejected it in advance, calling for a political solution.
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The White House rolled out an economic-incentives package dubbed "Peace to Prosperity" that it hopes will attract $50 billion in new investment in the West Bank, Gaza and neighboring countries. The project is part of US President Donald Trump’s "deal of the century" to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
On 8 May, a year after the US exited the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran partially suspended its obligations under the JCPOA. On the same day, Iran gave the other treaty signatories - China, the EU, France, Germany, Russia and the UK - an ultimatum, that it would reduce other obligations in 60 days if they did not shield Tehran from the US sanctions.