Russian foreign minister says at least six American F-35 aircraft flying in Iranian border area at time Tehran was expecting response to missile strikes on Iraq bases.
German defence minister acknowledges US threatened it would impose 25% car tariff if EU’s big three did not formally accuse Tehran of breaching nuclear deal. But Europeans claim they were going to do so anyway.
Islamic Republic’s president also warns European troops in Middle East “could be in danger”. Meanwhile, IIF says in face of US sanctions Iranian foreign reserves have taken $40bn hit.
Diplomat was arrested after attending vigil for victims of downed aircraft. Iranian officials seen as angered by PM Boris Johnson’s call for a “Trump deal” to replace accord.
As the US tramples on international law and lapdog UK’s PM says nuclear deal can be replaced with something from “the great dealmaker”, respecters of democracy everywhere should side with the lesser of two evils: Iran.
Pro-regime protesters, meanwhile, set alight union jack after UK ambassador detained after leaving vigil for victims at which chanting started.
Just six months ago forecast was for contraction of only 4.5% in face of US “economic war”.
Adds that Iranians were prepared to fire even thousands of missiles if US had militarily responded to Iraq airbase strikes. Up to 500 Americans could have died in ‘first phase’ he claims.
Iranian civil aviation chief insists: “Scientifically, it is impossible that a missile hit the Ukrainian plane, and such rumours are illogical.”
As rockets exploded near the US embassy in Baghdad late on January 8, observers were asking if Tehran’s casualty-free attacks on Iraq bases were just a pre-cursor to the long game.
Aircraft crashed hours after Iranian missile attack on Iraq airbases began. Ukrainian president cautions against "speculation or unchecked theories" but little has yet been ruled out.
Tehran informed Iraqi PM of attack while it was imminent or in progress. Troops got out of harm’s way. True revenge for Soleimani death might take form of “deniable attacks” say analysts.
A Ukrainian commercial airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport in the early hours of January 8 killing everyone on board.
“All is well!” tweets Trump, adding: “Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!” Iranian foreign minister says “We do not seek escalation or war”.
The Caucasus states are now looking on nervously after the assassination of iconic Iranian general and Commander-in-Chief of the elite Quds Forces Qassem Soleimani as a regional war would be devastating
US president left casting around for strong backing from allies. Iranian commander, meanwhile, says only appropriate response to killing would be “complete destruction of America in the region”.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have taken relatively pro-Tehran lines in the new crisis, while Georgia is sticking close by Washington.
Hundreds of thousands of mourners take to streets in Iranian cities. Chants of “Iran’s wearing black, revenge, revenge”. Suggestions Tehran may seek a strategic vengeance in putting an end to US presence in region.
“We tell everyone, be patient and see the dead bodies of Americans all over the Middle East,” says Esmail Ghaani. Donald Trump claims he “does not seek war”.
Tehran vows vengeance after Trump-authorised drone assassination of commander often seen as second most powerful figure in Islamic Republic.