Tehran: Counterattack of any US aggression would extend from Mediterranean Sea to Indian Ocean

21 Sep 2019; MEMO: Supreme Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, Yahya Rahim Safavi, announced that their people would counterattack the Americans if they conspired against their country, and that the counterattack would extend from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.

This came in a speech given by Safavi, just before the Khutbah (sermon) of Jumu’ah prayer, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

Iran rejects talks with U.S. under sanction pressures

TEHRAN, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday rejected talks with the United states over the mutual issues, while Washington maintains its "maximum pressure campaign" against Tehran.

Rouhani, who was talking in Iran's cabinet meeting, said that "negotiations under maximum pressure are impossible," official IRNA news agency reported.

"If the Americans want talks, they should stop all pressures" against Iran, Rouhani was quoted as saying.

Iran's Zarif rejects as 'distraction' U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks: ISNA

(Reuters) - Iran dismissed U.S. accusations over weekend attacks of Saudi Arabia’s oil sites as a distraction from the realities in the Middle East, Iran’s Students News Agency ISNA quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Wednesday.

“The United States should seek to look at the realities in the region, rather than simply using distractions. We feel that the U.S. government is trying to somehow forget the realities in the region,” Zarif said.

Iran’s IRGC seize oil tanker with UAE flag in Strait of Hormuz

17 Sep 2019; MEMO: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized on Monday an oil tanker with 11 people on board flying the UAE flag.

Fars News Agency reported that the ship, which was carrying 250.000 litters of “smuggled diesel”, was detained alongside its crew who were handed over to the authorities in Hormozgan province, south of Iran.

Iran to release seized British oil tanker

TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry announced Monday that Iran will release the seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the coming days.

"Legal and judicial procedures are underway ... and the ship will be released," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said at his weekly press conference on Monday.

He noted that "no mediation is involved in the release of the ship."

Iran detained the Stena Impero on July 19, alleging that it had violated the maritime regulations while passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran Ready To Transit Natural Gas To Europe

TEHRAN, Sept 15 (NNN-IRNA) – Iran is in talks with the European Union, to supply natural gas to the European countries, Financial Tribune daily reported on Saturday.

Iranian natural gas will be sent to Europe through a pipeline from Turkey, Hassan Montazer-Torbati, CEO of National Iranian Gas Company, was quoted as saying.

“The infrastructure is in place and talks are underway with the EU private companies,” Montazer-Torbati said, adding that, as soon as the talks produce results, Greece will be among the first gas export destinations.

Iran says U.S. "maximum pressure" campaign aims at gov't collapse

TEHRAN, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Saturday that "the United States seeks the collapse of Iranian government through maximum pressure campaign," official IRNA news agency reported.

"Their ultimate goal is the collapse of the Iranian government and their short term goal is to disintegrate the economy of the country," Jahangiri was quoted as saying.

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