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Pompeo announces new Iran-related sanctions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had "a productive week" of discussion with allies on Iran and suggested the US remained open to negotiations with the nation, despite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hours earlier squashing any prospects of a meeting with his US counterpart.

Iran test fires medium-range ballistic missile

Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile late Wednesday that traveled 1,000 kilometers from its southern launch point into northern Iran, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the event.

Trump accuses Iran of lying

President Donald Trump said Monday he is less inclined to make a deal with Iran as Tehran claimed to have arrested CIA operatives and US allies announced their own effort to secure shipping in the Persian Gulf, in a possible sign of division with Washington.

Tensions soar over Iran tanker seizures

President Donald Trump said Friday he had authorized Sen. Rand Paul to speak with Iranian officials -- a day after denying he had done so -- but downplayed the significance of the outreach to Iran as tensions skyrocketed in the Persian Gulf.

Iran accuses US of escalating tensions

The US narrative of a deepening threat from Iran was questioned and contradicted as senior Iranian officials warned the US against conflict and Russia's foreign minister spoke of a "downward spiral."

Iran moving ballistic missiles by boat, US officials say

Intelligence showing that Iran is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf was one of the critical reasons the US decided to move an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region, according to several US officials with direct knowledge of the situation.