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    • More missiles sent by the US to the Middle East

      More missiles sent by the US to the Middle East

      The Pentagon approved the deployment of a Patriot missile defence battery and a Navy ship to the Middle East amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran. The USS Arlington and a Patriot battery on Saturday joined the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a US Air Force bomber task force, which were deployed earlier in the week to the region in response to "heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations."

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    • Iran's foreign minister abruptly resigns

      Iran's foreign minister abruptly resigns

      Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has unexpectedly announced that he is stepping down. As a result, his sudden offer to step down has shocked Iran's political establishment and people, with many expressing worry the move could derail efforts to save a landmark nuclear pact, since Zarif played a prominent role in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major international powers.

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    • UN: Iran is still abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal

      UN: Iran is still abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal

      The UN’s nuclear watchdog says Iran is still abiding by the terms of a 2015 deal that aims to keep Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives, despite growing pressure from newly-reimposed US sanctions. In a confidential quarterly report distributed to Member States on Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) estimated that the Islamic Republic had kept to the caps placed on its uranium enrichment levels and enriched uranium stocks as part of the 2015 accord, signed in Austria's capital, Vienna.

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    • EU sanctions Iran over assassination plots

      EU sanctions Iran over assassination plots

      Iran is behind four terrorist attacks in Europe in recent times, the European Union announced, freezing the assets of an Iranian intelligence agency's unit and two individuals over the alleged assassination plots. One of the individuals being designated as a terrorist and added to EU's terror list is Saeid Hashemi Moghadam - the head of the Directorate for Internal Security in Iran's Intelligence ministry - whose assets had already been targeted by France.

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    • Russia to target Europe if its hosts US nuclear missiles

      Russia to target Europe if its hosts US nuclear missiles

      Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Moscow would be forced to target any European country in case it agrees on hosting US nuclear missiles after Washington’s withdrawal from the decades-old arms control treaty. Speaking at a news conference after holding talks with Italian PM Giuseppe Conte in Moscow, Putin also stressed he wanted to discuss US plans to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with US President Donald Trump, when the two leaders meet in Paris on 11 November.

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    • US to withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

      US to withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

      US President Trump announced he will withdraw his country from a decades-old treaty with Russia that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons after he accused Russia of violating the treaty. Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton is reportedly expected to inform Russian President Vladimir Putin of the withdrawal during his trip to Moscow this week.

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