"So Mr. Chairman, just so you know, we agreed that I would come here today to talk about Iran, and the first question today is not about Iran," Pompeo replied before telling lawmakers that the US has offered to help Iran deal with the increasing number of coronavirus cases there. … [Read more...] about Pompeo clashes with lawmakers over coronavirus and Iran in tense hearing
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A day earlier, Iran reported seven new deaths from the coronavirus infection in the country over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 26 as the country struggles to contain the spread of the virus both at home and beyond its borders. … [Read more...] about Will let Pakistani pilgrims return ‘gradually’ from Iran after health screening: Dr Mirza
It shows "the insecurity the regime has to any peaceful challenge," said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, which reported Sotoudeh's conviction. "It knows a large segment of the country are fed up with the hijab laws." … [Read more...] about Prominent human rights lawyer faces imprisonment in Iran
The US has been working to further isolate Iran in the hopes that it will return to the bargaining table to renegotiate a 2015 international agreement aimed at limiting its nuclear program, a key piece of Obama's legacy. Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and instead has since looked to impose increasing economic pressure with sanctions on Iranian oil -- leaving him with relatively little left to penalize now. … [Read more...] about US imposes new sanctions on Iran
Official information from Iranian authorities shows that the virus appears to be spreading quickly in a short amount of time. The fatality rate of COVID-19 infections in Iran is an alarming 15%, which is the highest anywhere in the world. Iran currently has the highest number of coronavirus deaths outside of China. … [Read more...] about Could Iran become a new coronavirus epicenter?
“This regime has the money that it needs to manage its coronavirus crisis,” Hook said. “Imagine if this regime had spent 10 percent on healthcare services for the people that it spent supporting [President Bashar] Assad in Syria. The regime would probably be in a much different place now. But they don’t.” On Thursday, the US Treasury Department lifted some sanctions on Iran’s central bank for shipments of humanitarian supplies as a Swiss channel for relief goods became fully operational. … [Read more...] about US Exploring Ways to Aid Iran Fight Coronavirus – Special Representative