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Iran could consider talks with U.S. only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: minister

Iran could consider talks with U.S. only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: ministerIran’s intelligence minister has said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the United States ended its sanctions and Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. “Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If (U.S. President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leader gives permission to hold such talks,” Mahmoud Alavi said late on Wednesday.



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Iran unbowed by US 'insults', says supreme leader Khamenei

Iran unbowed by US 'insults', says supreme leader KhameneiIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his country remains unbowed by pressure exerted by the United States and its “insults” against the Islamic republic. Tehran and Washington have engaged in an escalating war of words following Iran’s shooting down of a US drone last week. Pressure mounted this week with US President Donald Trump announcing sanctions on Khamenei and other top Iranian officials.



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UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy – Tweet

UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy - TweetIran said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week. Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.



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Iran's Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go 'without response'

Iran's Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go 'without response'Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a “hostile measure” that “won’t be left without a response”. “US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran’s oil won’t get them anywhere. The United States announced on Monday it would halt the practice of exempting countries including India, China and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil.



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Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary GuardsThe TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami to the position and his promotion to the rank of Major General. “The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari,” it said. Major General Jafari had held the post since September 2007.



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Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary GuardsIran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization. The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami. “The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari,” it said.



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Iran's Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against U.S. sanctions

Iran's Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against U.S. sanctionsA closed-door speech last year by Iran’s Supreme Leader voicing doubt about the Iranian government’s diplomatic overtures to Europe was released on Monday in a sign of feuding over foreign policy that led to a short-lived resignation by the foreign minister. The address by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in mid-2018 appeared to forecast difficulties European countries would have in honoring pledges to protect trade with Iran from new U.S. sanctions after Washington abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.



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Iran's Khamenei blames Gulf Arab states for military parade attack

Iran's Khamenei blames Gulf Arab states for military parade attackKhamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, which along with the United States have been working to isolate the Islamic Republic. “This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his website.



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Iran's Khamenei quits Telegram

Iran's Khamenei quits TelegramIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Wednesday that he would no longer use the hugely popular messaging app Telegram, shifting instead to domestic services. The announcement came as rumours continued that Iran would soon block Telegram, built by Russian tech guru Pavel Durov and the most popular social media service in the country with some 40 million users — roughly half the population. “In line with safeguarding national interests and removing the monopoly of the Telegram messaging network, the website for the preservation and publication of the works of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei will stop its activities in this network from this moment,” said the last message on Khamenei’s Telegram channel.



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Iran's Khamenei hails 'resistance' of Syria's Assad

Iran's Khamenei hails 'resistance' of Syria's AssadTehran (AFP) – Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters, on Thursday praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his "resistance" after seven years of war.



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