Iranian FM summons Pakistan’s ambassador over bombing attack

Mohammad Javad Zarif, above, summoned Pakistan's ambassador in Iran Riffat Masood. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2019

Iranian FM summons Pakistan’s ambassador over bombing attack

Iranian foreign ministry summons Pakistan's ambassador over deadly suicide bombing attack, reported by Tasnim news agency

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US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

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US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.

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"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.