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  • Israel says clock ticking after Iran talks fail

    June 21, 2012 | 8:56 am

    Israel has responded to the failure of the latest nuclear talks between world powers and Iran with a familiar refrain: sanctions must be ramped up while the clock ticks down toward possible military action.

    With diplomacy at an impasse, there is satisfaction among Israeli leaders at...

  • U.S.: Israel ‘supportive’ on future Iran sanctions

    June 4, 2012 | 10:17 am

    The United States is conferring with Israel about new sanctions planned against Iran should international negotiations this month fail to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    The comment offered a strong hint that Washington is continuing to...

  • Higher grade Iranian enriched uranium uncovered

    May 25, 2012 | 8:17 am

    Evidence found in an underground bunker in Iran could signal the country’s having moved one step closer toward the uranium threshold needed to make nuclear arms, International Atomic Energy Agency diplomats said today.

    IAEA inspectors found traces of uranium enriched up to 27...

  • Israel wary of expected Iran nuclear deal

    May 22, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Israel expressed deep suspicion on Tuesday about an expected deal between the U.N. nuclear agency and Iran, suggesting Tehran’s aim was to wriggle out of sanctions rather than make real concessions ahead of wider atomic talks with world powers.

    “Iran has proven over the years its...

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  • U.N. nuclear chief holds talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

    May 21, 2012 | 8:57 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief held rare talks in Tehran on Monday after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research - a gesture Iran might make to try to get international sanctions relaxed and deflect threats of war.

    International Atomic Energy Agency...

  • Hamas says it will not go to war for Iran

    May 10, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    The Islamist movement Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel if it attacks the nuclear facilities of Hamas ally Iran, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday.

    “Hamas is a Palestinian movement that acts within the Palestinian arena and it carries out its...

  • Iran cleaning building of nuclear traces, U.S. institute alleges

    May 9, 2012 | 9:53 am

    New satellite imagery analyzed by a U.S. security think tank shows that Iran may be clearing nuclear evidence from a building at a military site.

    The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security believes the Iranians are cleaning the inside of the the Parchin...

  • Biden: Israel still has time to strike Iran [VIDEO]

    May 8, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Israel still has time to strike Iran and the right to decide for itself whether to do so, Vice President Joe Biden said.

    Biden, appearing Tuesday in Atlanta at the annual convention of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, said “the window has not closed in terms of the...

  • Barak: Iran could seek short build time for bomb

    May 4, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Iran’s nuclear strategy could eventually allow it to build an atomic bomb with just 60 days’ notice, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Friday.

    His remarks elaborate on long-held Israeli concerns that Iran is playing for time even as it engages world powers in...

  • Israel’s top general says Iran unlikely to make bomb

    April 25, 2012 | 9:04 am

    Israel’s military chief said he does not believe Iran will decide to build an atomic bomb and called its leaders “very rational” — comments that clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment.

    Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz’s remarks, in an interview published on Wednesday in the...

  • Barak: Israel did not promise not to attack Iran

    April 17, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Israel did not promise the United States that it would abstain from attacking Iran while negotiations are going on, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    “We are not committing to anything,” Barak told Israel’s Army Radio during an interview from Bogota, Colombia. He added...

  • Iran says it’s ready to resolve nuclear issues

    April 16, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Iran is ready to resolve all nuclear issues in the next round of talks with world powers if the West starts lifting sanctions, its foreign minister said on Monday.

    In an interview with the Iranian student news agency ISNA, Ali Akbar Salehi also hinted that Iran could make...

  • Iran, world powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks

    April 13, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Iran and the six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war.

    Officials from Iran and the six major powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of...

  • Iran says it has arrested ‘Zionist regime-backed terrorist team’

    April 10, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Iran said on Tuesday it had identified a “major terrorist group” it said was affiliated to its arch-foe Israel and had arrested some of its members, the official IRNA news agency reported, citing an Intelligence Ministry report.

    Tensions are running high between Iran and Israel,...

  • Report: Iran to allow inspection of suspected nuclear site

    March 6, 2012 | 8:01 am

    Iran will allow inspectors from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog group to visit a suspected nuclear site on a military base near Tehran.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency will be granted access to the Parchin military complex at a time to be announced, the semi-official...

  • Iran parliament vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader

    March 2, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout to ease an acute crisis of legitimacy caused by...

  • Iran election highlights deepening power struggle

    February 28, 2012 | 9:37 am

    Iran’s parliamentary election this Friday is a potentially decisive battle in the struggle between political and religious hardliners, but it is unlikely to alter Tehran’s stand on its deadlock with the West over its nuclear program.

    It will be the first poll since the country’s...

  • Iran defiant as U.N. nuclear talks fail

    February 22, 2012 | 7:06 pm

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog ended its latest mission to Iran after talks on Tehran’s suspected secret atomic weapons research failed, a setback likely to increase the risk of confrontation with the West.

    The United States criticized Iran on Wednesday over the failure of the...

  • Russia to Israel: Attacking Iran would be ‘catastrophic’

    February 22, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Russia warned Israel on Wednesday that attacking Iran would be a disastrous and played down the failure of a U.N. nuclear agency mission to Tehran, saying there is still a chance for new talks over the Iranian atomic program.

    “Of course any possible military scenario against Iran...

  • Iran’s nuclear ambitions

    February 15, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for attacks on Israeli embassy staff in Georgia and India on Monday Feb. 13 that wounded at least two people. “Iran is behind these attacks. It is the biggest exporter of terror in the world,” Netanyahu told members of his Likud...

  • Iran boasts nuclear advances, deepening standoff

    February 15, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Iran proclaimed advances in nuclear know-how on Wednesday, including new centrifuges able to enrich uranium much faster, a move that may hasten a drift towards confrontation with the West over suspicions it is seeking the means to make atomic bombs.

    Tehran’s resolve to pursue a...

  • Sarkozy: Iran solution should be non-military

    February 10, 2012 | 10:26 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the solution to the Iran crisis is “never military.”

    In a speech Wednesday to France’s main Jewish umbrella organization, the CRIF, Sarkozy reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security but maintained that the way to deal with Iran’s...

  • Iran shrugs off latest U.S. sanctions, trade suffers

    February 7, 2012 | 8:49 am

    Iran castigated its U.S. adversary on Tuesday over new financial measures to disrupt Iranian commerce, and a default on payment for rice purchases highlighted the encroachment of sanctions on the staples of everyday life.

    Lawmakers in Tehran vowed to ban crude exports to European...

  • Iran threatens retaliation over oil embargo

    February 3, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Iran’s supreme leader threatened on Friday to retaliate against the West for sanctions, a day after a U.S. newspaper said defense secretary Leon Panetta believed Israel was likely to bomb Iran within months to stop it building a nuclear bomb.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s defiant...

  • Former IDF chief Ya’alon: West can hit all of Iran’s nukes

    February 2, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The West could carry out a military strike on any of Iran’s nuclear facilities, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon said.

    Ya’alon, the country’s deputy prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, told the 2012 Herzliya Conference Thursday that all of...

  • Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs

    February 2, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Israel estimated on Thursday that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it has already stockpiled, and could produce its first within a year of deciding to build one.

    But in his rare public remarks, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of military intelligence,...

  • Bipartisan group presses U.S. to pressure Iran

    February 1, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    A bipartisan group of foreign policy hawks called on the Obama administration to intensify pressure on Iran by increasing the U.S. military profile in the Persian Gulf and providing arms to Israel that could facilitate a strike on the Islamic Republic.

    The Bipartisan Policy Center,...

  • Obama: ‘All options’ - including diplomacy - still on with Iran

    January 24, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    All options are on the table for Iran, but a diplomatic solution to the impasse over its nuclear weapons program is still a possibility, President Obama said in his State of the Union speech.

    Obama said Iran was more isolated than ever because of the intensified sanctions he has...

  • EU bans Iranian oil, Tehran responds with threats

    January 23, 2012 | 8:42 am

    The European Union banned imports of oil from Iran on Monday and imposed a number of other economic sanctions, joining the United States in a new round of measures aimed at deflecting Tehran’s nuclear development program.

    In Iran, one politician responded by renewing a threat to...

  • Nicolas Sarkozy: Time running out for Iran diplomacy

    January 20, 2012 | 8:53 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that time was running out to avoid a military intervention in Iran and he appealed to China and Russia to support new sanctions to force Tehran to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program.

    France has led international efforts for...

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