It’s the latest in a series of cases against foreigners at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West.
The mysterious explosion struck the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged roll-on, roll-off vehicle cargo ship, as it was sailing out of the Middle East on its way to Singapore on Friday.
The airstrikes targeted facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups, the Pentagon said.
State TV reported the country had officially begun restrictions on nuclear inspections, in what is seen as a bid to pressure the west into lifting sanctions and restore the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran’s parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of UN inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by Tuesday, February 23.
The explosion at the Islam Qala crossing in Afghanistan's western Herat province caused a massive fire that consumed more than 500 trucks carrying natural gas and fuel.
An Iranian diplomat was sentenced to the maximum 20-year prison term by a Belgian court for planning an attack against opponents of the Tehran regime in France in 2018.
The European countries said in a joint statement they were “deeply concerned” by Iran’s announcement it would produce uranium metal, a violation of the 2015 nuclear treaty.
The latest maritime seizure by Iran came ahead of negotiations over Iranian assets frozen in South Korean banks and amid increased tensions with the West over its nuclear program.
Iran executed a once-exiled journalist over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017.
Sanctions against Belarusian strongman, Alexander Lukashenko, failed to materialise this week, as the EU launched its much anticipated and revamped migration pact.
Tehran now wields considerable political and economic influence in neighbouring Iraq with some Iraqis deploring that their country was "handed over to Iran".
The British-Iranian national, who has served four a half years of her a five-year sentence, faces new charges.