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Mark Esper, an army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, was sworn in as the US secretary of defense after receiving Senate confirmation on Tuesday. Esper’s confirmation, by a vote of 90-8, comes after a seven-month vacancy in the post. He was sworn in hours later at the White House...

Iran seized two oil tankers – one registered in the UK, the other in Liberia – in the strait of Hormuz on Friday, marking a dramatic escalation in the worsening standoff in the Gulf. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed to have taken the British-flagged Stena Impero into port with its 23-strong crew,...

Donald Trump has said that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The US president said the USS Boxer took defensive action after the drone came within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down. Trump...

Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he told his Iranian counterpart on Saturday that Britain would facilitate the release of the detained Grace 1 oil tanker if there were guarantees it would not go to Syria. Hunt said Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had told him that Iran wanted to resolve...

Iran has told Europe it will not reverse its decision to increase uranium enrichment beyond the limits set by the 2015 nuclear accord until it achieves its “full rights” under the deal. Ali Shamkhani, a senior security official and representative of Iran’s supreme leader, made his remarks as he met a...

The United States hopes to enlist allies in the coming weeks for a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters in the Persian Gulf where Washington blames Iran and Iran-aligned fighters for attacks, the Penatgon’s most senior general has said. Under the plan, which has only been finalised in recent days, the...

Iran has broken the terms of its nuclear deal for a second time by announcing plans to enrich uranium beyond the levels allowed under the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal. In an escalation of the dispute over US sanctions, the Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi announced on Sunday that...