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Newsline: Iran Says Ambassador to Remain in Kuwait Despite Row

Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialogue with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran’s alleged links to a “spy and terror” cell. Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday that Kuwait had ordered the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and 14 other diplomats, worsening an unusual public dispute between the two countries. “The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to be present in Kuwait and the embassy will be active at the ambassadorial level, and there is no problem in this regard,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Kuwait also told Iran’s cultural and military missions to shut down, following a court case that increased tensions between the Gulf Arab state and Tehran. Iran responded to the expulsions by filing a complaint with the Kuwaiti charge d’affaires. The expulsions were a rare move for Kuwait, which avoids conflict and has worked at keeping good relations with nearby countries and whose ruling emir is a regional diplomatic broker. Saudi Arabia, which severed ties with Tehran last year over attacks by Iranian demonstrators on its missions in the Islamic Republic, welcomed the move.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-24/iran-says-ambassador-to-remain-in-kuwait-despite-row

Newsline: Kuwait tells Iranian embassy to cut staff after spy case

Kuwait has ordered Iran to reduce its embassy staff and close down its technical offices in the Gulf Arab state following a court case which implicated “Iranian parties” of involvement in a spy cell, state news agency KUNA said on Thursday. Last year Kuwait convicted 23 men – one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti – of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah after a cache of guns and explosives were discovered in a raid of the so-called “Abdali cell” in 2015. In a case which stoked unusually severe tensions between the two OPEC members, Kuwait’s highest court changed some of the sentences last month. Iranian state television said Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry summoned Tehran’s ambassador and ordered the number of diplomats to be cut from 19 to four and the closure of the cultural and military missions.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kuwait-iran-idUSKBN1A510U?il=0

Newsline: Iran’s top diplomat accuses Trump of violating nuclear deal

Iran’s top diplomat Sunday accused President Trump of violating the international nuclear deal. “The United States has failed to implement its part of the bargain,” Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” He pointed to Trump’s recent meetings in Germany with world leaders as evidence of the US violating the two-year-old deal. “President Trump used his presence in Hamburg during the G-20 meeting, in order to dissuade leaders from other countries to engage in business with Iran. That is violation of not the spirit but of the letter of the JCPOA, of the nuclear deal,” Zarif said. “I believe the United States needs to bring itself into compliance with its party of the obligation under the deal.” Trump campaigned on ripping up the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated by President Obama’s administration. But Trump’s team is expected to certify as soon as Monday that Iran is in compliance with the deal, according to the Washington Post. It’s part of the routine certification required every 90 days. Zarif said Iran has held up its part of the deal as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

http://nypost.com/2017/07/16/irans-top-diplomat-accuses-trump-of-violating-nuclear-deal/

Newsline: US top diplomat hints at possible talks with Iran

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted that he was open to direct talks with Iran in the future. “In terms of whether I would ever pick the phone up, I’ve never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation,” Xinhua quoted Tillerson as saying. “At this point, I have no plans to call my counterpart in Iran, although in all likelihood we will talk at the right time,” said Tillerson. Iran’s incumbent moderate President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday won the presidential election by garnering 57 per cent of the votes, according to the Iranian Interior Ministry. Tillerson said he wanted Rouhani to “begin a process of dismantling” what he called “destabilizing forces that exist in this region.” Tillerson’s remarks were made during US President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Iran’s main regional rivals in the Middle East.

https://www.canindia.com/us-diplomat-hints-at-possible-talks-with-iranian-counterpart/

Newsline: Iranian self-immolates outside embassy in Bangkok

Thai police said an Iranian man set himself on fire Friday in front of the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok to protest his country’s presidential election. The unidentified man doused himself with gasoline before lighting himself on fire outside the gate of the embassy around noon, police said. The man suffered burns all over his body and was taken to a hospital. Pol Lt Col Noppadol Samart said the man was protesting Friday’s presidential vote in Iran, though he did not know exactly what about the election the man was opposed to.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/iranian-self-immolates-outside-embassy-in-election-protest/

Newsline: Pakistan summons Iran’s ambassador over commander comments

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Tehran’s ambassador to Islamabad over remarks made by the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri. Mehdi Honardoost was summoned to convey Pakistan’s concerns after Bagheri said Iran itself would deal with the terrorists if Pakistan fails to do so, the Dawn newspaper reported. “We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases … If the terrorist attacks continue, we will deal crushing blows to their safe havens and cells, wherever they are,” Bagheri said on Monday. Bagheri further said that the border has turned into a training ground for “Saudi-hired terrorists” who are funded by the United States. Pakistan urged Iran to refrain from making statements which could harm relations between the two countries. The remarks were made a month after 10 Iranian border guards were killed in a terrorist attack launched from inside the Pakistani soil. One of the border guards, injured, is held captive by the terrorists.

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/413342/Pakistan-summons-Iran-s-ambassador-over-commander-comments

Newsline: Iran summons Pakistan ambassador for terror attack on border guards

Iran summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over terrorist attack on Iranian border guards which claimed the lives of nine soldiers and injured two others. Iran’s protest on the terrorist attack was conveyed to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday. ‘We strongly expect Pakistan government to adopt serious measures for arrest and punishment of terrorists,’ the ambassador was told. Meanwhile, the ambassador expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and insured that he would convey Iran’s message to the Pakistani government. On Wednesday evening, nine Iranian border guards died during an ambush attack by terrorists. They were reportedly killed while patrolling in the city of Mirjaveh in Iran’s southeastern province of sistan-Baluchestan.

http://nation.com.pk/national/28-Apr-2017/iran-summoned-pakistan-ambassador-terror-attack-on-border-guards