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  • Congressmen tell Obama to increase pressure on Iran over nukes

    July 2, 2013 | 7:43 am

    In the wake of Iran’s recent election, a bipartisan group of congressmen are calling on President Obama to increase pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

    The new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, was perceived to be the most moderate of the candidates and...

  • Iran, world powers ‘far apart’ after new nuke talks

    April 8, 2013 | 9:11 am

    The world powers will pursue further talks with Iran over its nuclear program, but will not continue them indefinitely, John Kerry said a day after another round of talks failed to produce any new proposals.

    The talks between Iran and six world powers - the United States,...

  • Obama, Netanyahu trade banter as they tread a new ‘red line’

    March 20, 2013 | 8:27 am

    Differences between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over setting a "red line" for Iran's nuclear project were never a joking matter.

    Until now, when both leaders uncorked some rapid fire one-liners during Obama's tour of a partially...

  • Israel minister: Possible war with Iran could be month-long affair

    August 15, 2012 | 9:11 am

    War with Iran would probably turn into a month-long conflict on various fronts with missile strikes on Israeli cities and some 500 dead, Israel’s civil defense minister said in an interview published on Wednesday.

    “There is no room for hysteria. Israel’s home front is prepared as...

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Iran boasts nuclear advances, deepening standoff

    February 15, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Iran proclaimed advances in nuclear know-how on Wednesday, including new centrifuges able to enrich uranium much faster, a move that may hasten a drift towards confrontation with the West over suspicions it is seeking the means to make atomic bombs.

    Tehran’s resolve to pursue a...

  • Former IDF chief Ya’alon: West can hit all of Iran’s nukes

    February 2, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The West could carry out a military strike on any of Iran’s nuclear facilities, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon said.

    Ya’alon, the country’s deputy prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, told the 2012 Herzliya Conference Thursday that all of...

  • A mindless week

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2012 | 12:19 am

    Last week was one of those times when it appeared that the human race is losing its collective marbles.

    The Republican primary debates were weird enough, followed by the tragicomedy of Captain Francesco Schettino of the jolly cruise ship Costa Concordia, who reportedly and...

  • 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...

  • Ross: Iran nukes pose danger of nuclear war

    December 13, 2011 | 4:55 pm

    The greatest danger posed by a nuclear Iran would be the increased likelihood of a Middle East nuclear war, Dennis Ross said.

    “If Iran has nuclear weapons, the potential for nuclear war in the Middle East goes up dramatically,” Ross, whojust retired as the White House’s top Iran...

  • U.S. official says no sign Iran shot down drone

    December 4, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Iranian media reported on Sunday that their country’s military had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran, but a U.S. official said there was no indication the aircraft had been shot down.

    NATO’s U.S.-led mission in neighboring Afghanistan said the Iranian report...

  • American Enterprise Institute admits the problem with Iran is not that it would use nukes

    December 2, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Suddenly the struggle to stop Iran is not about saving Israel from nuclear annihilation. After a decade of scare-mongering about the second coming of Nazi Germany, the Iran hawks are admitting that they have other reasons for wanting to take out Iran, and saving Israeli lives may not...

  • Iran: Explosion occurred during research on weapons that could strike Israel

    November 16, 2011 | 9:06 am

    A massive explosion that killed 17 troops including an officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s missile defenses last week took place during research on weapons that could strike Israel, the Islamic Republic’s military chief said on Wednesday.

    Iran has insisted the blast at a...

  • Peres: Military option to deal with Iran is nearer

    November 4, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres added to a debate raging in Israel over whether to attack Iran, when he said on Friday that a military option to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons was nearer.

    Asked by Channel Two News if “something was bringing us closer to a...

  • Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran

    November 3, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the cabinet for the opponents of...

  • 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...

  • Nukes agency head says Iran ‘steadily’ enriching uranium

    February 14, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Iran continues to produce a steady supply of enriched uranium, despite a cyber attack believed to have originated in Israel, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog group said.

    In an interview with The Washington Post published Monday, Yukia Amano, director general of the...

  • Russia ratifies START nukes pact

    January 27, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Both houses of Russia’s parliament ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty.

    The upper house Federation Council ratified the treaty on Wednesday, a day after the Duma, the lower house.

    The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty in December, overcoming resistance from a faction within the Republican Party that said its terms were too loosely defined.

    The Obama administration solicited backing from Jewish groups for passage, saying it was critical to getting Russia’s cooperation in isolating Iran.

    The pact will reduce arsenals by about 30 percent.

  • WikiLeaks: U.S. advised to fight Iranian nukes with ‘covert sabotage’

    January 19, 2011 | 9:21 am

    The United States was advised by a German think tank to use “covert sabotage” to disrupt Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons, a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable reveals.

    The cable from the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Philip Murphy, sent in January 2010, said that Volker Perthes,...

  • Senators to Obama: Pressure Iran

    December 7, 2010 | 4:41 pm

    A bipartisan slate of senators urged President Obama to increase pressure on Iran in nuclear talks.

    The major powers, including the United States, concluded talks Tuesday in Geneva aimed at getting Iran to make transparent its nuclear program. The parties agreed to reconvene in...

  • Report: S. African records show Israel has nukes

    May 24, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    Secret apartheid-era documents show that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to South Africa in the mid-1970s, a British newspaper reported.

    The papers provide the first documentary evidence that Israel has nuclear weapons, the U.K. Guardian reported Monday.

    The documents were...

  • Obama: Israel, others should join nukes treaty

    April 14, 2010 | 1:20 pm

    President Obama expects Israel and other nations to join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

    “As far as Israel goes, I’m not going to comment on their program,” Obama said at a news conference Tuesday concluding his summit on nuclear security.  “What I’m going to point to is...

  • Mousavi would shun nuclear weapons, says Iran scholar

    June 29, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    Even if the Iranian authorities succeed in suppressing the large demonstrations, the opposition might adopt other forms of protest - such as manifestos, strikes and mass resignations by university professors. That is the assessment of Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of history at the...

  • Israelis catch U.S. election fever

    By Dina Kraft

    October 28, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Just beyond the beer taps at a Tel Aviv bar with an American flag hanging out front, a makeshift polling station draws dozens of Americans in Israel casting their vote for the U.S. election, 6,000 miles away.

    "This is more fun than voting in the Bronx," said one...

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