Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that "talks are on the agenda, but not talks for the sake of talks, or negotiations for the sake of negotiations".
The year 1979 is a turning point in the history of the region, as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Islamic revolution in Iran and ‘Seige of Mecca’ laid the groundwork for the rise and victory of the Taliban over forty years later.
But the militant group's opponents have warned that the move can invite US sanctions on a country that's already reeling under an economic crisis.
The cleric and former chief justice’s inauguration comes as the country struggles to revive a sanctions-hit economy and restart stalled nuclear talks.
The US military says early indications "clearly point" to a drone strike on the Mercer Street, a ship managed by an Israeli billionaire.
Iran has accused Israel of several attacks on facilities linked to its nuclear programme and killing its nuclear scientists over the past years. Israel has neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.
UN nuclear watchdog says it had received no reply from Tehran over the possible extension of a temporary agreement, covering inspections at Iranian nuclear facilities, which expired on Thursday as nuclear talks crisis looms.
Authorities say they thwarted attempted sabotage that targeted a sprawling nuclear centre located in Karaj city, just some 40 kilometres northwest of Tehran.
Iran's president-elect Ebrahim Raisi says he has no plans to meet with US President Joe Biden, while calling on regional rival Saudi Arabia to halt its intervention in Yemen immediately.
Firefighters believe the fire started at a pipeline for liquefied petroleum gas at the facility in Tehran, a senior official of the crisis management team says.
Largest ship in Iranian navy catches fire and sinks under unclear circumstances near the port of Jask, local media report.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he seeks to be president once again, considering “the situation of the country, and the necessity for a revolution in the management of the country.”
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