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  • Iran on agenda for White House aide talks in Israel

    May 6, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    National Security Adviser Susan Rice will travel to Israel on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with Israeli officials in which nuclear talks with Iran will be on the agenda, the White House said on Tuesday.

    Rice's visit, the first in her role as national security adviser,...

  • Iran’s foreign minister: Iran will not be demonized by Holocaust denial accusations

    May 6, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a parliament session broadcast live nationally reiterated his condemnations of the Holocaust and said he will not allow Iran to be demonized by accusations of Holocaust denial.

    “Iran is an independent, mighty and stable country, but...

  • Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work

    April 21, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program.

    The move could meet Western demands...

  • Rouhani: Iran seeks dialogue, not war

    April 18, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Striking a moderate tone toward the West, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a military parade that his country seeks dialogue instead of war.

    Rouhani, speaking Friday in Tehran during a parade celebrating Iran’s National Army Day, said talks between Iran and world powers...

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  • Iran’s Zarif not worried about pushback from hardliners on nuclear deal

    April 16, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he does not fear opposition from hardliners as he leads negotiations to reach a comprehensive agreement about Iran's nuclear program with world powers by the end of July.

    "I am optimistic" that a deal will be reached in three months, he...

  • Iran, six powers face ‘significant gaps’ in nuclear talks

    April 9, 2014 | 9:45 am

    Iran will never slow down its nuclear research program, the Islamic Republic's clerical supreme leader said on Wednesday as negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggled to narrow "significant gaps" blocking the way to a long-term deal.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said...

  • U.S. warns on Iran ‘breakout’ capability as nuclear talks start

    April 8, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The United States said on Tuesday Iran has the ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months, if it so decided, as Tehran and six world powers swung into a new round of talks in Vienna on resolving their atomic dispute.

    Secretary of State John Kerry's...

  • Iran says does not seek indefinite power for Assad

    April 2, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Iran, Syria's main regional ally, does not see President Bashar Assad staying in power indefinitely but neither does it want "extremist forces" to replace him, a senior Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday.

    Amir Abdollahian, deputy foreign minister for Arab and African Affairs,...

  • Many doubt report on Iranian-Jewish captives

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 2, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    Los Angeles-area Iranian-Jewish activists are expressing doubt about a recent report from the Israeli intelligence agency that a group of Jews fleeing Iran during the 1990s were, in fact, kidnapped and then murdered.

    On March 20, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office...

  • A year on, Israeli team of rivals rules Netanyahu’s coalition

    March 26, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    In the lead-up to last year’s Knesset elections, the pro-settlement Jewish Home party released a controversial ad showing party chairman Naftali Bennett smiling alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The message was clear: Netanyahu will be prime minister, but a...

  • Israel says 8 Iranian Jews missing since 1990s were murdered

    March 20, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    Israel declared dead on Thursday eight Iranian Jews who disappeared while trying to leave Iran in the 1990s, saying its Mossad intelligence service had proof that they had been murdered.

    The men were among 12 members of the Islamic republic's Jewish minority whose disappearances...

  • Peres strikes conciliatory tone in Iranian New Year message

    March 20, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres wished Jews and Iranians a “year of silence and peace” on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.

    Peres in a video message posted by his office on Thursday struck a more conciliatory tone than in past greetings for the ancient holiday, when he...

  • Both sides see latest Iran nuclear talks as substantive

    March 20, 2014 | 9:46 am

    The latest talks on Iran’s nuclear capacity were substantive, both sides said, although gaps remain on some issues, notably uranium enrichment.

    The world powers and Iran “dove more deeply and at more detailed level into the substance of key issues more than we have ever...

  • Josh Fattal: Iranian captors knew I was Jewish

    March 17, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    Josh Fattal, an American hiker freed by Iran in September 2011 after two years in captivity, said the Iranians knew he was Jewish even though it was never explicitly stated.

    “I was so scared in those first months about being a Jew with an Israeli father, but at a certain point I...

  • Creditors left with little in Namvar bankruptcy case

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 12, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    In late January, as the bankruptcy case of convicted Iranian-Jewish businessman Ezri Namvar was coming to a close, a federal court judge granted approximately $65 million in fees to the trustees handling the case. According to reports filed by those trustees with the court, the...

  • Netanyahu, showing seized rockets, says Iran fooling the world

    March 10, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, displaying on Monday what Israel said were seized, Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza, urged the West not to be fooled by Tehran's diplomacy on its nuclear program.

    Last week the Israeli navy captured a ship in the Red Sea...

  • Kerry calls for return of American missing in Iran for 7 years

    March 10, 2014 | 11:54 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marked the seventh year since the disappearance of an American Jewish man in Iran with a plea for his safe return.

    Robert Levinson, 66, of Coral Springs, Fla., disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island.

    Kerry in a statement on Sunday called...

  • Iran accuses Israel of faking ship raid

    March 7, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Iran accused Israel of faking a raid on a ship laden with arms bound for the Gaza Strip.

    “An Iranian ship carrying arms for Gaza. Captured just in time for annual [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] anti-Iran campaign,” Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, said...

  • U.S. to continue Iran talks despite ship seizure

    March 6, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The United States will continue taking part in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, despite the Israeli seizure of an Iranian ship carrying weapons to the Gaza Strip.

    White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged Wednesday that Iran’s state sponsorship of terror has...

  • IDF intercepts Iranian weapons ship bound for Gaza

    March 5, 2014 | 10:07 am

    The Israel Defense Forces intercepted an Iranian ship laden with weaponry and bound for terrorist organizations in Gaza.

    The interception took place Wednesday morning off the Somali coast in the Red Sea. IDF intelligence showed that the weapons originated in Damascus months ago...

  • In Washington, Netanyahu brings sunny peace vision, dark Iran warning

    March 4, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

    The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, in insisting that any nuclear deal must...

  • After bruising Iran sanctions battle, AIPAC conference is all about comity

    March 4, 2014 | 11:40 am

    You’ve got your rousing church choir, your multi-denominational trio of rabbis quoting Torah, your montages of Israelis and Palestinians coming together and, above all, your pleas to please, please, please be nice to one another.

    Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, Jew,...

  • Flight carrying 20 Israelis makes emergency landing in Tehran

    March 4, 2014 | 9:37 am

    A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 20 Israeli passengers made an emergency landing in Tehran.

    The flight Tuesday from Istanbul to Mumbai landed in the Iranian capital so a passenger could receive emergency medical treatment. After sitting on the runway for two hours, the plane...

  • Kerry on Iran: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’

    March 3, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the United States would not make a deal with Iran that allows it to develop nuclear weapons.

    “No deal is better than a bad deal,” Kerry said Monday evening, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Israel cannot allow nuclear Iran

    March 3, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Obama that Israel cannot let Iran get a nuclear bomb and said an end to uranium enrichment is an Israeli demand of any agreement with Iran.

    “If Iran is prevented from enriching uranium and dismantles fully its military nuclear...

  • 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 a threat not just to Israel, says Germany’s Merkel

    February 25, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give...

  • U.S.: Agreement in areas in Iran talks

    February 21, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Areas of agreement have emerged between Iran and the major powers in nuclear talks, a top administration official said, and the United States will keep Israel in the loop.

    The official, speaking Thursday to reporters in Vienna after the latest round of talks, said the...

  • World powers and Iran make ‘good start’ towards nuclear deal

    February 20, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old stand-off over Tehran's nuclear program, but conceded their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.

    By late July, Western governments hope to...

  • Top U.S. official: Iran talks might not produce final deal

    February 18, 2014 | 11:13 am

    It is not yet clear whether interim talks between Iran and the major powers will achieve a deal to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. official said.

    “We don’t know if, at the end of these six months, we will be able to achieve a comprehensive agreement,...

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