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  • Report: Iran nearly done installing centrifuges at nuclear plant

    October 25, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Iran appears to be nearly finished installing centrifuges at one of its underground plants, drawing it still closer to making weapons-grade uranium.

    Reuters quoted Western diplomats who said they have heard indications that Iran finished putting in place the remaining uranium...

  • Iran further expanding enrichment capacity, Western diplomats say

    October 17, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    Iran is believed to be further increasing its uranium enrichment capacity at its Fordow plant buried deep underground, Western diplomats say, in another sign of Tehran defying international demands to curb its disputed nuclear program.

    But they said the Islamic Republic did not...

  • Netanyahu praises EU for new Iran sanctions

    October 16, 2012 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the European Union for adopting new sanctions against Iran.

    Netanyahu, speaking Tuesday at the start of a meeting in Jerusalem with European Union member state ambassadors, called the sanctions "tough" and said Iran was "the...

  • U.S. should heed call for a clear Iranian red line

    October 2, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a persuasive case at the United Nations General Assembly Thursday for a clear red line to ward off Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Time is running out and the United States should listen to the Israeli leader and draw a clear line for...
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  • Israelis see no Iran war this year after Netanyahu’s speech

    September 28, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's U.N. speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year.

    Analyzing Thursday's address in which Netanyahu literally drew a "red line" on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to...

  • Arab nuclear ‘goodwill gesture’ fails to impress Israel, U.S.

    September 20, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Arab states said on Thursday they had decided as a "goodwill gesture" to refrain from targeting Israel with a resolution over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the U.N. atomic agency's annual assembly this week.

    Arab envoys said the move was in support of wider efforts to rid the...

  • Israel’s nuke head invites IAEA inspection

    September 20, 2012 | 9:58 am

    The head of Israel's nuclear agency invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect its Soreq nuclear research center.

    Dr. Shaul Chorev, head of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, during a speech Wednesday to the IAEA's General Conference in Vienna said that Israel...

  • August 31, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 31, 2012 | 3:41 am

    In-depth

    Five Reasons Why the Assad Regime Survives

    The Syrian president has created a situation which could mean the survival of his regime - in one form or another - for quite some time, writes Tony Karon in TIME

    [T]here may be more than empty braggadocio to Assad’s...

  • Iran reportedly installs hundreds of new uranium enrichment machines

    August 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Iran may have installed as many as “hundreds of new” uranium enrichment machines in its underground nuclear facility at Fordow.

    “Our basic understanding is that they were continuing to install,” Reuters quotes an unnamed diplomat based in Vienna as saying.

    The new centrifuges...

  • Khamenei dismisses sanctions, says Iran stronger than ever

    July 11, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed harsher sanctions imposed on Iran this month over its disputed nuclear activity, saying the country was “100 times stronger” than before.

    A European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil took full effect on July 1 - a...

  • 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...

  • Iran accuses IAEA of demanding Parchin visit to spy

    June 11, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Iran will not allow the United Nations nuclear watchdog to visit Iran’s Parchin military complex, accusing inspectors of being “Western spies.”

    Iranian lawmaker Evaz Heidarpour told the national media that the United States and Western countries were trying to gain access to Iran’s...

  • IAEA says no progress in nuclear probe talks with Iran

    June 8, 2012 | 11:03 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it had made no progress in talks with Iran on Friday to finalize a deal on resuming a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear weapons research by Tehran and it called the outcome “disappointing.”

    Herman Nackaerts, global head of inspections...

  • China urges Iran ‘flexibility’ as IAEA talks begin

    June 8, 2012 | 10:23 am

    China urged Iran to show flexibility on the day the U.N. nuclear watchdog launched talks with the Islamic Republic over greater access to its nuclear sites.

    “China hopes the Iranian side can weigh up the situation, take a flexible and pragmatic approach, have serious talks with all...

  • Satellite images show crews hiding evidence at Iran nuclear site

    May 31, 2012 | 8:25 am

    New satellite images show possible recent nuclear activity at the Parchin facility in Iran as well as attempts to hide evidence of past activity.

    A May 25 image of the facility east of Tehran revealed “ground-scraping activity” and the presence of bulldozers, according 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...

  • White House reassures Jews as it readies Baghdad offer to Iran

    May 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.

    Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal...

  • IAEA chief says Iran ready to sign nuclear inspection deal

    May 22, 2012 | 10:56 am

    The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said his agency expects to sign a deal with Iran to allow an investigation into the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

    Tuesday’s announcement in Tehran by Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, came a day after...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Israel: Iran in ‘chess game’ to guard nuclear gains

    May 18, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Iran is likely to use talks planned with world powers next week to buy more time for advancing its disputed nuclear program and it is “very good at playing this kind of chess game,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.

    Israel feels menaced by the chance of...

  • Amid new Iran nuke rumors, Barak and Panetta to meet

    May 17, 2012 | 2:54 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, in Washington amid reports that Iran may have achieved the capability to build a nuclear bomb.

    Israel has said that such a capability is a “red line” that could trigger military action.

    The...

  • Iran nuclear concession would test big power unity

    May 16, 2012 | 8:25 am

    Facing an imminent toughening of sanctions, Iran is hinting at a readiness to give some ground in its long nuclear stand-off with world powers, but any flexibility could split their ranks and lead to protracted uncertainty about how to respond.

    The stakes are high, for the longer...

  • 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 to offer ‘new initiatives’ in nuclear talks

    April 11, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said his country was prepared to offer “new initiatives” at upcoming nuclear talks in Istanbul.

    “Iran’s representatives will participate in the negotiations with new initiatives,” Saeed Jalili was quoted as saying Wednesday by the official Iranian...

  • Israel takes concerns about Iran to key partner China

    March 16, 2012 | 8:46 am

    Israel on Friday took its concern about Iran’s nuclear programme to one of Iran’s main partners, China, and hinted it could launch a preemptive attack on the Islamic Republic despite repeated calls by China to allow diplomacy to take its course.

    China, which has close energy and...

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