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Iran says oil exports to South Korea up fourfold since January

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said the plan is to triple bilateral trade to $18 billion a year.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has increased oil exports to South Korea fourfold since January and now hopes to triple its yearly trade with Seoul, Iranian leaders have said. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said […]

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South Korean leader in Iran for first bilateral summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on May 2. / Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has arrived in Iran for the first bilateral summit since Seoul and Teheran established diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago. Park’s office said the three-day […]

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Iranian citizen journalist has fun challenging regime

Amir's blog lampoons Iranian life: "The morality police van came to the beach and arrested a number of people. After getting stuck in the sand, everyone had to come out to push it out. It's the story of Iran."

Special to WorldTribune.com By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty By day, Amir pores over data on nuclear safety at a European research institute in pursuit of his doctorate in neutron imaging. But by night, he becomes a […]

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The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Donald Trump at the National Press Club on April 27.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a […]

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Iran said pitching Israeli invasion in bid to recruit teens for war in Syria

Propaganda poster in Teheran.

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid heavy casualty figures in Syria, Iran is telling teenage recruits they have the opportunity to defend sacred Shi’ite shrines in Syria and eventually invade Israel. It is the first time Teheran has turned to children volunteers […]

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U.S. arrest awakens ghosts of Turkey’s Iran-gold scandal that implicated Erdogan

Reza Zarrab, a dual citizen of Turkey and his native Iran, arrives at a police station in Istanbul in December 2013.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Night-time police raids in Istanbul. Reports of shoe boxes stuffed with $4.5 million in cash hidden in the home of a Turkish state bank head, plus a money-counting […]

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Report: Iran may have secretly tested ICBM with ‘space launch’

Simorgh rocket.

Special to WorldTribune.com What Iran claimed was a “space launch” was likely the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, sources said. Two Russian radar stations detected the Iranian rocket launch on April 19, Russian media reported. U.S. sources confirmed the […]

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Iran threatens to appeal U.S. Supreme Court ruling at The Hague

Rescuers search through the rubble of the U.S. Marine barracks Oct. 23, 1983, in Beirut after a suicide truck bombing. / Jim Bourdier / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran has denounced as theft a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that awarded nearly $2 billion to the victims of terror attacks blamed on Teheran. On April 26, Iran summoned the Swiss ambassador who handles U.S. interests in […]

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Ignoring petition, Iran sentences 4 journalists for threatening national security

The editor of the Iranian daily Farhikhtegan, Ehsan Mazandarani, right, was sentenced to seven years. Issa Saharkhiz's sentence has not been specified.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Four Iranian journalists have been given prison sentences of between five and 10 years on charges of acting against Iran’s national security. Lawyers for the journalists announced the sentences to Iranian […]

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Iran denounces U.S. Supreme Court ruling as ‘theft’

Rescuers search through the rubble of the U.S. Marine barracks Oct. 23, 1983, in Beirut after a suicide truck bombing. / Jim Bourdier / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has denounced as “theft” a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Tehran must pay nearly $2 billion in frozen assets to victims and families of those killed in Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks. […]

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