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Iran and IAEA reach agreement over servicing of equipment that monitors its nuclear program

The two sides met just days before a meeting of the IAEA’s board of governors. As per the agreement, IAEA’s inspectors are permitted to service the identified equipment and replace their storage media

COVID-19-related deaths surge in Iran amid lack of vaccines 

Iran is currently facing the fifth wave of COVID-19 pandemic, with many cases of the highly contagious Delta variant being reported. The country is facing problems importing the vaccines due to sanctions imposed by the US

Israel accuses Iran Iran rubbishes allegations of involvement in attack on Israeli oil tanker off Oman coast 

Israel, the US, and the UK have accused Iran of carrying out a drone attack on an Israeli-owned oil tanker off the Omani coast last week which killed two crew members

Iran claims Israel attacked its nuclear site last month in attempt to derail Vienna talks

Pressure from Israel was pivotal in US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. Successive Israeli governments have opposed calls for its revival

US seizure of Iranian sites complicates nuclear deal talks

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha analyses the recent decision by the US to ‘seize’ 33 sites, including those of the Iranian Press TV

US seizes websites US ‘seizes’ Iranian and other regional news sites, cites ‘disinformation’ and ‘national security threats’

The move has been criticized by activists as an attempt by the US government to censor unfavorable content, an attack on the freedom of the press, and a deliberate act of hostility 

Conservative Ebrahim Raisi is the next president of Iran

Ebrahim Raisi won 61.95% of the votes cast in the elections held on Friday. The voter turnout was around 49%

Iran elections Iran announces final list of candidates for June 18 presidential election

The Guardian Council headed by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei approved a list of seven candidates out of a total of 592 applicants. Most of the approved candidates belong to conservative groups

Iran-IAEA agreement Iran, IAEA agree to extend monitoring deal, give ongoing Vienna talks a chance   

The extension follows the expiry of a three-month agreement signed in February between the Iranian government and the IAEA providing the UN body access to Iranian nuclear sites through photos despite an Iranian law restricting physical inspection

US navy admits it fired on Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf  

Discussions are on regarding the US re-joining the nuclear deal but its aggression against Iran in its own neighborhood continues

Iran COVID wave, US sanctions Rights groups demand end of sanctions against Iran amid fresh COVID-19 wave

Iran, one of the worst COVID-19 affected countries in the world, has been facing difficulties in getting supplies of vaccines and other medical requirements due to US sanctions

Iran nuclear deal revival Hopes for revival of nuclear deal rise despite provocations against Iran

Despite provocations such as the attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, the discussions to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the nuclear deal continue through the mechanism of the joint commission

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