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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • March 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2012 | 7:25 am

    U.N. Won’t Back Down on Iran Nuclear Inspections

    IAEA chief Yukiya Amano speaks to The Daily Beast about the UN agency’s policy on Iran.

    In his first report, in February 2010, Amano clearly spoke about “concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current...

  • Iran’s France envoy says no talks on uranium enrichment

    March 8, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Iran’s envoy to France said Tehran was optimistic about new talks with world powers on its nuclear program but Iran would not negotiate on its right to enrich uranium.

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who would lead future talks with Iran on behalf of six powers, said on...

  • 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...

  • Obama: Diplomacy still the way to stop Iran nukes, but military option on table

    March 4, 2012 | 10:22 am

    President Obama said it was still possible to resolve Iran’s suspected bid for a nuclear weapon through diplomacy, but added that a military option was still on the table and that containment was not an option.

    “I firmly believe that an opportunity remains for diplomacy, backed by...

  • 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...

  • West seeks to pressure Iran at U.N. nuclear meet

    March 2, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Western powers hope to win Russian and Chinese backing for rebuking Iran at the U.N. nuclear agency next week over Tehran’s failure to address mounting fears that it is secretly bent on acquiring nuclear weapons capability, diplomats say.

    Seeking to ward off any such diplomatic...

  • U.S.: North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

    February 29, 2012 | 9:02 am

    The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea had agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests and long-range missile launches and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify a halt to all nuclear activities including uranium enrichment.

    The U.S....

  • IAEA: Iran uranium “discrepancy” still unresolved

    February 25, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Iran has yet to give an explanation over a small quantity of uranium metal missing from a research site, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report that voiced concern over possible military links to Tehran’s nuclear program.

    The discrepancy found at the research site in the Iranian...

  • IAEA: Iran rapidly ramping up nuclear work

    February 24, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    A confidential report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran has rapidly ramped up its nuclear activities in recent months.

    In a report Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has upgraded production of enriched uranium over the last four months and has...

  • Divided by common foe, Israel and U.S. tangle over Iran

    February 23, 2012 | 7:54 am

    Ever since their first awkward encounter - a hastily arranged meeting in a custodian’s office at a Washington airport in 2007 - Iran has been one of the few issues on which Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have been able to find some common ground.

    Nearly five years ago, neither...

  • 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...

  • IAEA talks in Tehran to test Iran’s nuclear defiance

    January 26, 2012 | 11:03 am

    A rare visit by senior U.N. nuclear inspectors next week raises pressure on Iran to address suspicions it is trying to develop atomic weapons, though Western powers that are piling on sanctions expect no significant breakthrough.

    How Tehran deals with the International Atomic Energy...

  • 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...

  • IAEA: Iran tour aimed at seeking nukes evidence

    January 20, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Renewed contacts with Iran will be aimed at substantiating suspicions that it is developing a nuclear weapons, the top nuclear watchdog said.

    “What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons,” Yukia Amano, the director of the U.N.‘s International Atomic Energy Agency, said...

  • Iran warns region against ‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz

    January 19, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

    Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a...

  • IAEA to press Iran over nuclear concerns

    January 19, 2012 | 8:35 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said it was his duty to warn the world about suspected Iranian activities that point to plans to develop atomic bombs, maintaining pressure on Tehran ahead of rare talks between Iran and his agency expected this month.

    Yukiya Amano, director general...

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