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

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    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...

  • U.S. hopes Ukraine crisis won’t harm work with Russia on Iran

    March 14, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    The United States hopes the escalating crisis in Ukraine will not undermine cooperation with Russia to curb Iran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

    Senior officials from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are due to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Iran nuclear deal ‘not perfect’ but buys time, top U.S. official

    February 4, 2014 | 10:11 am

    An initial agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program was "not perfect" but it bought time to try to secure a comprehensive deal, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday in response to sharp criticism from Congress.

    Major world powers struck an agreement with Iran on Nov. 24 to offer...

  • 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...

  • Iran sees nuclear deal implementation starting by early January

    November 29, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    The implementation of a landmark deal between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for some sanctions relief is expected to start by early January, its envoy to the U.N. atomic agency said on Friday.

    The November 24 interim accord between the Islamic...

  • Polls: Most Americans support interim Iran deal

    November 22, 2013 | 10:02 am

    Two new polls released this week show most Americans surveyed support easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for a partial rollback of its nuclear program.

    A CNN poll released Thursday and conducted by ORC international showed 56 percent of respondents favored “an interim deal that...

  • White House: Israel’s all-or-nothing proposal on Iran would lead to war

    November 21, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Israel’s proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief would likely lead to war, a top White House official said.

    The official, in a conference call Wednesday with think tanks and advocacy groups sympathetic to the Obama...

  • U.S. says ‘very hard’ to clinch deal as Iran nuclear talks resume

    November 20, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Major powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program with the United States warning it would be "very hard" to clinch a breakthrough deal this week and Tehran flagging "red lines."

    Each side appeared to tempering anticipation of an...

  • World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal

    November 20, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Big powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran's nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out "red lines" but saying it wanted friendly ties with all nations.

    Keen to end a long standoff and...

  • Iranian Jews hold pro-nuclear rally in Tehran

    November 20, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Iranian Jews holding Torah scrolls demonstrated in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear program.

    Demonstrators, who also held signs in English, Hebrew and Farsi, rallied Tuesday in front of the United Nations office in Tehran, according to The Jerusalem Post. They denounced...

  • Suicide bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut

    November 19, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Two suicide bombings rocked Iran's embassy compound in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people including an Iranian cultural attaché and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street.

    A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades,...

  • Israel’s Peres warns against feud with U.S. over Iran

    November 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Friday to show respect for the United States, seeking to soothe relations with the country's most powerful ally that have been strained over Iran.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned a proposal, endorsed by Washington, to...

  • Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver, Obama says

    November 14, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that any easing of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily be reversed and "ramped back up" if Tehran fails to curb its nuclear program.

    In his most direct appeal yet for more...

  • A call for Iran sanctions at Port

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Amid the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, some national groups, as well as Los Angeles-based Jewish community organizations and other Iran human rights activists, have launched a new campaign calling for Los Angeles city officials to bar from the Port of Los...

  • Netanyahu says ‘bad deal’ with Iran could lead to war

    November 13, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a "bad deal" between global powers and Iran over its nuclear program could lead to war.

    His government said an offer on the table for what Washington calls a "modest" easing of sanctions would in fact negate up to...

  • U.S., Israel differ over how to resolve Iran nuclear issue

    October 23, 2013 | 9:28 am

    U.S. and Israeli officials differed over Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday as Israel called for its effective dismantlement and the United States suggested safeguards could show that it is peaceful rather than military.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime...

  • Report: Iran will offer to reduce, but not end, uranium enrichment

    October 9, 2013 | 11:08 am

    Iran reportedly will offer to reduce but not eliminate its uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

    The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday quoted diplomatic officials as saying Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at talks in Geneva next week will present the...

  • Netanyahu in D.C. salutes lawmakers for Iran efforts

    October 1, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their support in working to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

    At a meeting Monday night, Netanyahu offered his gratitude to the senators for approving sanctions against Iran,...

  • Obama speaks by phone to Iran’s Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    September 27, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the estranged nations in more than three decades.

    Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said both men had directed their...

  • Netanyahu at U.N. will liken Iran to North Korea

    September 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will liken Iran to North Korea in his U.N. General Assembly speech.

    The speech is Netanyahu’s bid to emphasize Israeli reservations about any rapprochement with Iran by the United Nations.

    “Iran must not be allowed to repeat...

  • Rouhani says will present ‘true face of Iran’ at U.N.

    September 23, 2013 | 9:49 am

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday he would use his visit to the United Nations this week to present the "true face of Iran" and to pursue talks and cooperation with the West to end Iran's nuclear dispute.

    A moderate conservative elected in June, Rouhani was speaking shortly...

  • Iran, U.S. waiting for other side to make nuclear compromise

    August 7, 2013 | 9:51 am

    The presidency of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani has opened a window of opportunity in Iran's delicate nuclear diplomacy with the West but Tehran-watchers say that window could close as each side waits for the other to make the first move.

    Cautious optimism about talks between...

  • Iran leader reaches out to U.S., raises hopes for resolution of nuclear dispute

    August 6, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate.

    Rouhani, seen in the West as a...

  • Iran’s president-elect Rohani: More of the same or a bridge to the West?

    June 18, 2013 | 9:40 am

    Former national security adviser, former nuclear negotiator, a decades-old friendship with the supreme leader — Hassan Rohani is as Iranian establishment as it gets.

    Which is why, some Iran watchers say, he may be an invaluable asset in the quest to reduce tensions between the...

  • Iran election offers choice, but little change

    June 11, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Friday's presidential election in Iran is unlikely to bring significant change to the Islamic republic, whose supreme leader has ensured hardline candidates dominate the field. But the sole moderate could yet upset the race.

    World powers embroiled in talks with Iran over its...

  • Netanyahu says Iran hasn’t crossed nuclear ‘red line’

    April 29, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday Iran had not crossed the "red line" he set for its nuclear program, despite an assessment to the contrary by a former Israeli intelligence chief.

    At the United Nations in September, Netanyahu drew a red line across a cartoon bomb...

  • Researchers say Stuxnet was deployed against Iran in 2007

    February 26, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Researchers at Symantec Corp. have uncovered a version of the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to attack Iran's nuclear program in November 2007, two years earlier than previously thought.

    Planning for the cyber weapon, the first publicly known example of a virus being used...

  • Iran, world powers meet in Kazakhstan on Islamic Republic’s nuclear program

    February 26, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Iran and six world powers are meeting for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

    The talks began Tuesday in Kazakhstan. It is the first negotiations to be held in nearly eight months. The world powers are made up of Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security...

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