Iran slams new US sanctions, says they mean end of diplomacy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday slammed the Trump administration over new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and other top officials, with the Foreign Ministry saying the measures spell "permanent closure" of diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.

President Donald Trump enacted the new sanctions on Monday against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his associates.Read more on

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Oil retreats as Trump sends conflicting signals on Iran clash

Alex Nussbaum and Grant SmithBloombergOil retreated as President Donald Trump questioned America's interest in securing a key Persian Gulf waterway, adding to the uncertainty over the simmering confrontation with Iran.
Benchmark Brent crude futures slid as much as 1.5% while U.S. crude extinguished an early rally and lost almost 1%.Read more on

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The Latest: Pompeo talks to UAE leader about countering Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local):

10:40 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Abu Dhabi's influential crown prince to sell the Trump administration's idea for maritime security in the Persian Gulf, amid heightened tensions with Iran.

Pompeo was heard telling Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on Monday that the plan would involve the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and another 20 countries.

Pompeo, in the presence of reporters traveling with him, told the prince the plan would rely on regional allies "to participate" with their "military folks.Read more on

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