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  • 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...

  • Iran seeks end to sanctions at talks, hits out at France

    May 2, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Iran said on Wednesday it would seek an end to sanctions over its nuclear activities at talks with big powers later this month and it sought to turn the tables on its Western foes by accusing France of helping Israel develop “inhumane nuclear weapons.”

    An adviser to Iranian Supreme...

  • Barak: Iran unlikely to give in to pressure

    April 26, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said chances that Iran will give in to pressure to stop its suspected nuclear program are low, and that the dangers of a nuclear Iran outweigh the dangers of action to stop it.

    Barak told an audience at Air Force House in Herzliya on Thursday,...

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  • 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...

  • Iran says it’s ready to resolve nuclear issues

    April 16, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Iran is ready to resolve all nuclear issues in the next round of talks with world powers if the West starts lifting sanctions, its foreign minister said on Monday.

    In an interview with the Iranian student news agency ISNA, Ali Akbar Salehi also hinted that Iran could make...

  • Obama responds to Netanyahu’s Iran ‘freebie’ comment

    April 16, 2012 | 7:54 am

    President Obama responded to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that world powers gave Iran a “freebie” by agreeing to hold more talks.

    “We’re going to keep on seeing if we make progress. Now, the clocking is ticking and I’ve been very clear to Iran and to our...

  • U.S. not backing off as Iran sanctions bite

    April 5, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    The Obama administration’s man in charge of squeezing Tehran over its nuclear program is unapologetic for the strain Western penalties on Iran have exerted on global oil markets.

    The price of oil has shot up nearly 15 percent since January, companies that trade with Iran are...

  • Netanyahu says sanctions hurting Iran but not enough

    April 3, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that international sanctions were hurting Iran’s economy but not enough to persuade it to curb its nuclear ambitions even slightly.

    “The Iranian government ... is having economic troubles but it has yet to move backward, even...

  • Obama says enough world oil to crack down on Iran sales

    March 30, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to forge ahead with tough sanctions on Iran, saying there was enough oil in the world market - including emergency stockpiles - to allow countries to cut Iranian imports.

    In his decision, required by a sanctions law he signed in December, Obama...

  • U.S. Treasury levels new sanctions against Iran

    March 28, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    The U.S. Treasury Department imposed additional sanctions against Iranian engineering firms linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and individuals and companies linked to the Iranian state shipping line.

    “Treasury is sending a clear signal to the international community...

  • EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s family; mortars hit Homs

    March 23, 2012 | 8:31 am

    The European Union slapped sanctions on the mother, sister and influential wife of President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, increasing pressure on Syria to halt its bloody crackdown against a year-long uprising.

    The trio were among 12 Syrians added to a list of figures already hit with...

  • 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...

  • In L.A., Shimon Peres advocates patience for Iran sanctions

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 8, 2012 | 9:55 pm

    In an evening characterized by optimism and not political disagreements, Israeli President Shimon Peres told an audience in Beverly Hills on March 8 that he saw broad agreement between the United States and Israel about what the immediate next steps should be regarding Iran.

    “I...

  • Israel cautiously welcomes big-power talks with Iran

    March 7, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Israel on Wednesday cautiously welcomed the planned resumption of big-power nuclear talks with Iran, insisting that Tehran be denied the means to turn uranium into bomb fuel.

    With Israel speaking increasingly loudly of resorting to military action to prevent Iran from gaining...

  • Syria storms out of U.N. rights meeting

    February 28, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva stormed out of the U.N. Human Rights Council Tuesday after demanding angrily that countries stop “inciting sectarianism and providing arms” to opposition forces in his country.

    Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui said sanctions were preventing...

  • Iran’s nuclear ambitions

    February 15, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for attacks on Israeli embassy staff in Georgia and India on Monday Feb. 13 that wounded at least two people. “Iran is behind these attacks. It is the biggest exporter of terror in the world,” Netanyahu told members of his Likud...

  • Russia urges ‘serious’ search for compromise with Iran

    February 15, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    Russia said global powers must work harder to win concessions from Iran over its nuclear program, warning that Tehran’s desire for compromise is decreasing as it moves closer to being able to build atomic weapons.

    Making a case for a renewed dialogue with Iran, Deputy Foreign...

  • 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...

  • Iran shrugs off latest U.S. sanctions, trade suffers

    February 7, 2012 | 8:49 am

    Iran castigated its U.S. adversary on Tuesday over new financial measures to disrupt Iranian commerce, and a default on payment for rice purchases highlighted the encroachment of sanctions on the staples of everyday life.

    Lawmakers in Tehran vowed to ban crude exports to European...

  • Obama extends sanctions to Central Bank of Iran

    February 6, 2012 | 11:41 am

    President Obama sanctioned parties dealing with Iran’s Central Bank.

    The executive order issued by the White House Sunday and made public Monday cuts off Iran’s economy from the United States entirely by expanding existing sanctions to include those who deal with Iran’s Central...

  • Iran threatens retaliation over oil embargo

    February 3, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Iran’s supreme leader threatened on Friday to retaliate against the West for sanctions, a day after a U.S. newspaper said defense secretary Leon Panetta believed Israel was likely to bomb Iran within months to stop it building a nuclear bomb.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s defiant...

  • Israel says Iran seeking U.S.-range missile

    February 2, 2012 | 11:39 am

    Israel said on Thursday Iran had been working on developing a missile capable of striking the United States at a military base rocked by a deadly explosion three months ago.

    The blast on Nov. 12 killed 17 Iranian troops, including an officer regarded as the architect of Iran’s...

  • Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs

    February 2, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Israel estimated on Thursday that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it has already stockpiled, and could produce its first within a year of deciding to build one.

    But in his rare public remarks, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of military intelligence,...

  • New book: Iran sanctions only If coupled with diplomacy

    January 31, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    News on the Iran front is getting more and more complicated. I am not referring to the situation at Iran’s nuclear facilities but to the one here in Washington, where Congress, deep into election-year fundraising and thinking about the March AIPAC policy conference, is crafting yet...

  • House GOPers urge Obama to enforce Iran sanctions

    January 26, 2012 | 6:32 pm

    A mostly Republican slate of 89 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama urging him to fully enforce sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank.

    The letter sent Thursday, first reported by the Weekly Standard, was signed by 85 Republicans and four...

  • Iran says sanctions to fail, repeats Hormuz threat

    January 24, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Iranian politicians said on Tuesday they expected the European Union to backtrack on its oil embargo and repeated a threat to close the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping lane if the West succeeds in preventing Tehran from exporting crude.

    A day after the EU slapped a ban on Iranian...

  • 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...

  • U.S. expects Iran sanctions to bear results within two months

    January 18, 2012 | 10:59 am

    The Obama administration expects a significant drop in foreign dealings with the Central Bank of Iran in the next two months.

    U.S. officials launched a campaign to have countries that deal with Iran to comply with new sanctions as soon as President Obama signed them into law on Dec....

  • Ehud Barak: Attack on Iran ‘very far off’

    January 18, 2012 | 8:40 am

    An Israeli attack on Iran is “very far off,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    “We haven’t made any decision to do this. The entire thing is very far off,” Barak said during an interview Wednesday with Israel’s Army Radio after being asked whether the United States was...

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