Iran has warned Saudi Arabia that their troops will be wiped out in Syria if they “dare” to invade the country, after Riyadh expressed eagerness to deploy their army to the war-zone earlier this week if the US-led coalition decides that such an operation is necessary.
Tehran will buy more Russian-made military hardware, an advisor to Iran’s supreme leader has said during a three-day visit to Moscow. Defense ties, among other issues, were at the heart of discussions during the trip.
Talks are underway about resuming direct commercial flights between Iran and the US. The plan is being backed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as Tehran aims to end the three-and-a-half decade long impasse.
International sanctions against Iran are due to be lifted Saturday, according to Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The move will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued its final report concerning Iran’s nuclear program.
US Secretary of State John Kerry pointed to “significant results” towards implementing the Iran nuclear deal. At the same time, however, GOP lawmakers are moving towards a showdown with the White House over the international agreement.
Tehran will export 9,000 tons of enriched uranium stockpile to Russia within days, according to the head of Iran’s nuclear agency. The move is part of what Iran agreed to in the nuclear deal struck in July.