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  • IAEA says needs more money to monitor extended Iran nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    The U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states to help pay for its monitoring of an extended interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, it said on Wednesday.

    Iran and the United States, FranceGermany, Britain, China, and Russia failed to meet a Nov....

  • Explosion viewed in vicinity of Tehran site linked to nukes

    October 6, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    An explosion at or near an Iranian military complex believed to be a site for nuclear testing created a large orange flash over Tehran.

    The New York Times reported that the explosion on Sunday night came from the direction of the Parchin complex, where Iran has been accused of...

  • Fire at Iranian defense industry plant kills two people: IRNA

    October 6, 2014 | 11:47 am

    An Iranian defense industry body said two workers were killed in a fire at an explosives factory in an eastern district of Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

    An Iranian opposition website, Saham, described the incident as a strong explosion and said it took...

  • Deadline passed, no sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe

    August 27, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

    The sources, who follow the nuclear issue but declined to be...

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  • Don’t lose sight of the Iranian threat

    July 15, 2014 | 11:31 am

    The bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight.

    Yet we must not allow our justified...

  • Israel says Iran giving ‘false explanations’ to U.N. nuclear inquiry

    June 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Israel has condemned as unacceptably slow Iran's cooperation with a U.N. watchdog inquiry into suspected nuclear bomb research and accused Tehran of providing "false" explanations for its disputed activities.

    Iran, which says its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is...

  • Iran cuts nuclear stockpile, engages with bomb probe, IAEA says

    May 23, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Iran has sharply cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile under an interim pact with world powers and has begun engaging with a long-stalled IAEA investigation into suspected weapons research, the U.N. nuclear agency said on Friday.

    The findings, in a quarterly report by the...

  • U.S. issues warning at nuclear talks, Iran sees ‘excessive demands’

    May 16, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Iran and six world powers are making little progress in arduous talks on ending their dispute over Tehran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, fanning doubt about the prospects for a breakthrough by a self-imposed July deadline.

    Tehran also said the latest...

  • Iran and IAEA end talks, unclear if progress made

    May 12, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran ended a three-hour meeting on Monday without announcing any new action to allay concerns about Tehran's atomic activities, leaving it unclear whether headway was achieved.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated after the talks...

  • Israel blasts IAEA’s reported shelving of Iran nuke report

    February 28, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency’s reported decision to shelve for now a report on Iran.

    Steinitz’s criticism Friday was in response to a Reuters report that the agency decided not to publish a report it had prepared...

  • Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

    December 9, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty-gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.

    The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards...

  • Delay in launch of nukes deal gives Iran an edge, some say

    December 3, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    There’s the six-month interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program that trades some sanctions relief for a freeze on Iran’s nuclear program. And then there’s the interim before the interim begins.

    Little noticed in the wake of the historic pact reached last month by Iran and the major...

  • What's next for Iran?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 2013 | 10:11 am

    By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?”

    And that reaction makes a lot more sense.

    The interim agreement signed by Iran and the group of negotiating nations known as P5+1 on Saturday night, Nov. 23, ...

  • Iran halts nuclear capacity expansion under Rouhani, IAEA report shows

    November 14, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Iran has virtually halted a previously rapid expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity in the past three months, the U.N. nuclear agency said in a report roughly covering the period since moderate Hassan Rouhani became president.

    The quarterly report by the International...

  • Israel accuses Iran of deception to buy time for atom work

    September 18, 2013 | 9:05 am

    Israel accused Iran on Wednesday of using "deception and concealment" to buy time for its nuclear program, signaling skepticism that the Islamic state's new government would agree to curb its atomic activities.

    The election of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as new Iranian...

  • West lobbies U.N. nuclear meeting to reject Arab push on Israel

    September 17, 2013 | 5:16 pm

    The United States said on Tuesday an Arab push to single out Israel for criticism over its assumed nuclear arsenal would hurt diplomatic efforts to ban weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

    Frustrated over the postponement of an international conference on ridding the...

  • Rohani or no Rohani, we must increase the pressure on Iran

    August 1, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    Before the election of President Hassan Rouhani , Iran’s centrifuges were spinning at an unprecedented pace.  After his election, they continue to not only spin, but multiply.  In response, the United States must once again deliver a firm message to Tehran: Halt your illicit...

  • What took the Egyptian Army so long?

    July 3, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    When Mohamed Morsi won the election to become Egypt’s president a year ago, perhaps the biggest surprise was that the Egyptian Army allowed him to take the reins of power.

    After all, it was the army that had shepherded the coup that had deposed Hosni Mubarak a year and a half...

  • Russia’s Putin says Iran nuclear push is peaceful

    June 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he has no doubt that Iran is adhering to international commitments on nuclear non-proliferation but regional and international concerns about Tehran's nuclear program could not be ignored.

    Putin, whose country is among six world...

  • Iran moves to speed up nuclear program despite sanctions

    April 17, 2013 | 11:22 am

    Iran is increasing the number of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges installed at its Natanz underground plant, despite tightening international sanctions aimed at stopping Tehran's nuclear progress, diplomats said on Wednesday.

    Iran has for years been trying to develop...

  • Kerry sees ‘finite’ time for Iran nuclear talks

    March 4, 2013 | 3:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was "finite" time for talks between Iran and world powers on its disputed nuclear program to bear fruit, but gave no hint how long Washington may be willing to negotiate.

    Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly...

  • U.N. watchdog: New centrifuges at Natanz advance Iran toward nuclear weapon

    February 21, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    Iran has installed centrifuges at its largest nuclear enrichment plant that could be used to produce radioactive material for a nuclear weapon, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency released a report Thursday claiming the Islamic Republic had...

  • UN inspectors see new centrifuges at Iran nuclear site, diplomat says

    February 14, 2013 | 6:35 am

    U.N. nuclear inspectors have seen a small number of advanced centrifuges at an uranium enrichment plant where Iran has said it will install and operate them, a diplomatic source said on Thursday.

    On Wednesday, Iran's atomic energy chief said it had started installing a new...

  • Report: Iran converting enriched uranium to reactor fuel

    February 12, 2013 | 6:04 am

    Iran announced that is converting some of its enriched uranium to reactor fuel.

    An Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that some uranium enriched to 20 percent purity was being converted into fuel for a research nuclear reactor in Tehran, the New York Times...

  • Iran reportedly to upgrade nuclear enrichment centrifuges

    January 31, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Iran will upgrade the nuclear enrichment equipment at its Natanz nuclear plant.

    Iran informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that it will use a new model of centrifuge in a unit at its underground facility located southeast of Tehran,...

  • Syria may hold uranium stash, Western and Israeli experts say

    January 11, 2013 | 8:32 am

    Western and Israeli security experts suspect Syria may have tonnes of unenriched uranium in storage and that any such stockpile could potentially be of interest to its ally Iran for use in Tehran's own disputed nuclear program.

    They say natural uranium could have been acquired by...

  • Remove Israeli threat to inspect Parchin nuclear site, Iran says

    December 27, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    Iran said it would open the Parchin military complex to United Nations nuclear inspectors if threats of an Israeli attack are neutralized.

    "If external threats were defused, then they -- the IAEA -- could be enabled to inspect Parchin," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan...

  • Iran nukes chief says enrichment to continue, leaked diagram shows mega-bomb

    November 28, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said his country would continue to enrich uranium "with intensity."

    Wednesday's remarks by Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani came a day after the release of a diagram showing Iran was working on a mega-nuclear weapon.

    The diagram, which was...

  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker, IAEA says

    November 16, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. nuclear report showed on Friday, a move that could increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course.

    The latest quarterly International...

  • Iran, U.N. nuclear agency to resume talks in December

    November 9, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Iran will return to talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency next month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, the latest push to seek a peaceful end to a dispute that has raised fears of a new Middle East war.

    The IAEA announcement came days after U.S. President...

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