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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Opinion: Why we should not bomb Iran

    January 18, 2012 | 10:48 am

    [Counter-point: Why we should attack Iran]

    In endorsing bombing Iran as a neat way to address Iran’s nuclear program, Matthew Kroenig makes the case that the theoretical nightmare of a nuclear Iran could be more or less eliminated, and that even if that can’t be fully...

  • Opinion: Why we should attack Iran

    January 18, 2012 | 10:21 am

    [Counter-point: Why we should not bomb Iran]

    This article has been adapted from an essay in the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.

    The United States and Iran are on a path toward direct armed conflict. In early October, U.S. officials accused Iranian...

  • [UPDATE] Sound of blast reported in Iran’s Isfahan City, home to key nuclear facility

    November 28, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    The sound of an apparent explosion was heard from Iran’s Isfahan city on Monday afternoon, the head of the judiciary in the province said, but the province’s deputy governor denied that there had been a big blast.

    “In the afternoon, there was a noise like an explosion, but we don’t...

  • Nuclear watchdog scolds Iran, but fails to impose sanctions

    November 18, 2011 | 10:41 am

    The board of governors of the United Nations’ nuclear agency has agreed on a draft resolution that harshly criticizes Iran, but refrains from calling for new sanctions.

    Western diplomats familiar with the resolution told the Washington Post on Thursday that the draft, formulated...

  • U.N. nuclear watchdog board set to rebuke defiant Iran

    November 18, 2011 | 7:17 am

    The 35-nation board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog looked set on Friday to censure Iran over mounting suspicions it is seeking to develop atom bombs, after the six big powers overcame divisions on how to best deal with a defiant Tehran.

    But a draft resolution expected to win support...

  • Arabs, Israel to attend nuclear talks, Iran uncertain

    November 16, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    Arab states and Israel plan to attend a rare round of talks next week on efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons but Iran has yet to say whether it will take part, diplomats said on Wednesday.

    The November 21-22 forum, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna,...

  • Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei warns U.S., Israel on atom site attacks

    November 10, 2011 | 8:22 am

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States and Israel on Thursday not to launch military action against its nuclear sites, saying it would be met with “iron fists,” state television reported.

    Tension over Iran’s nuclear program has increased since Tuesday...

  • Experts: IAEA report makes case for tightened Iran sanctions

    November 8, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The international nuclear watchdog has spoken on Iran, and although its report does not have the smoking gun some had anticipated, it makes a cumulative case damning enough for the Obama administration to ask for increased sanctions.

    JTA canvassed Washington Iran-watchers on Tuesday...

  • UN: Iran worked on nuclear bomb design

    November 8, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting relevant research, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a hard-hitting report on Tehran’s nuclear program likely to raise tensions in the Middle East.

    Citing what it called “credible” information from...

  • Russia urges Iran to cooperate with UN on nuclear program

    June 15, 2011 | 9:19 am

    Russia urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday to be “more constructive” when dealing with global powers on nuclear issues, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the leaders of the two countries met.

    Russia believes Iran could do more to cooperate with the...

  • IAEA makes it official: Israel hit Syrian nuclear reactor in ‘07

    April 28, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Israel struck a nuclear reactor when it allegedly bombed a Syrian site in 2007, the head of the international nuclear watchdog said.

    Yukiya Amano, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the structure in the Syrian desert destroyed by Israeli warplanes was definitely...

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