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  • Iran starts underground nuclear work, condemns American to die

    January 9, 2012 | 8:50 am

    Iranian and Western sources said on Monday Iran had switched on a uranium enrichment plant deep inside a mountain, a momentous step that aggravates Tehran’s nuclear dispute with the West.

    In a separate development that will infuriate Washington, Iran also announced that it had...

  • Obama faces ‘risk’ in ignoring sanctions, Kirk warns

    January 4, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    An author of the new Iran sanctions law warned that President Obama would face “overwhelming opposition” if he ignored some parts of the measure.

    Obama, who signed the Defense Authorization Act on Saturday, listed in his signing statement a number of amendments he said he would...

  • Persian Gulf tensions mount as U.S. engages Israel on Iran

    January 2, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    The Obama administration is engaged in a full-court press to persuade Israel that Iran’s nuclear threat can be contained short of war.

    The U.S. lobbying has received a mixed reception from Israel, where the Netanyahu government has not ruled out a unilateral strike on Iran.

    ...
  • Iran test-fires long-range missiles in Gulf drill

    January 2, 2012 | 4:37 am

    Iran said on Monday it had successfully test-fired two long-range missiles during a naval exercise in the Gulf, flexing its military muscle to show it could hit Israel and U.S. bases in the region if attacked.

    In response to mounting Western pressure over its nuclear ambitions, Iran...

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  • Iran officials: Country taking a hit from Western sanctions

    December 20, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    An Iranian government minister acknowledged that Western sanctions are affecting the Islamic Republic’s economy.

    Iran’s deputy oil minister, Ahmad Qalebani, told the official Iranian Students’ News Agency that Iran’s crude oil production in 2011 had declined from the previous...

  • Obama administration gets some of the leeway it sought in new Iran sanctions

    December 19, 2011 | 10:19 am

    New sanctions targeting Iran’s financial sector and its sale of crude oil give President Obama leeway to moderate their possible impact on oil markets and to use carrots as well as sticks to sway third parties into isolating the Islamic Republic.

    The sanctions target any foreign...

  • Iran sanctions compromise includes opt-outs sought by White House

    December 13, 2011 | 11:30 am

    A compromise congressional bill targeting Iran’s central bank includes opt-outs sought by the White House.

    The bill agreed upon by Senate and U.S. House of Representatives negotiators on Monday evening creates more leeway for the administration to opt out of cutting off entities...

  • Australia expands sanctions against Iran

    December 7, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Australia imposed expanded sanctions on Iran as concerns escalated over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

    Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday that the new measures restrict business with the petroleum and financial sectors in Iran.

    “Iran must take steps required by the...

  • Bibi calls for tougher sanctions on Iran

    November 23, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for stronger sanctions on Iran than those imposed this week by the United States, Britain and Canada to try to curb its nuclear ambitions.

    “Iran is developing nuclear weapons. If anyone had any doubts, the IAEA...

  • U.S. tightens sanctions on Iranian economy

    November 22, 2011 | 10:09 am

    With new measures tightening sanctions on Iran, the United States moved one step further toward effectively cutting off the Islamic Republic’s economy from the West.

    President Obama issued the measures Monday in the form of an executive order.

    At a news conference the same day,...

  • Western states up sanctions on Iran

    November 21, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The United States, Britain and Canada announced fresh plans on Monday to sanction Iran’s financial and energy sectors, steps analysts said would raise pressure on Tehran but were unlikely to halt its atomic program.

    The United States named Iran as an area of “primary money...

  • U.S. plans to slap new sanctions on Iran

    November 21, 2011 | 10:19 am

    The United States is planning to slap tougher new sanctions against Iran’s oil industry, according to reports.

    Sanctions that affect investment in Iran’s oil industry are expected to be announced Monday, The New York Times reported, less than two weeks after the United Nations’...

  • 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...

  • House leadership to Obama: Sanction Iran’s Central Bank

    November 18, 2011 | 10:11 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives leadership urged President Obama to take the next steps toward sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank.

    “If a review of the facts confirms that CBI is involved in illicit activities linked to Iran’s nuclear program and terrorist activities, we urge you to...

  • Israel calls for international action on Iran

    November 9, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Israel on Wednesday called on the world to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, after the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Tehran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting secret research.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an International...

  • 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...

  • 30 Years After Applauds California’s Enforcement of Iran Divestment Legislation

    By Sam Yebri

    October 13, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    30 Years After, an Iranian-American Jewish civic organization, applauds the State of California’s vigorous enforcement of the Iran Contracting Act of 2010, authored by Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Bob Blumenfield.  Pursuant to the new law, California recently published a list of...

  • Koch Industries bypassed Iran sanctions

    October 4, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Koch Industries went to great lengths to bypass U.S. laws banning dealings with Iran until 2007, according to a report.

    Koch’s practice, revealed this week in a Bloomberg News report, was to use overseas subsidiaries. Other U.S. companies, notably General Electric, used the same...

  • How close is Iran to the bomb? Depends who you ask

    September 28, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Either Iran could build a nuclear bomb in a matter of months or it is unlikely to get such a weapon any time soon—depending on which Western expert you talk to.

    The differing estimates show the difficulty in trying to assess how long it could take Iran to convert its growing uranium...

  • Turkey issues apology ultimatum to Israel

    September 1, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Turkey’s foreign minister gave Israel one day to apologize for its 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla ship or the country would “resort to Plan B.”

    Ahmet Davutoglu said he would not agree to any more delays in the release of the United Nations-authored Palmer Report...

  • Bipartisan congressional initiatives target Syria

    August 8, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Both parties and both houses in Congress launched bids to tighten Syria sanctions.

    A letter sent Aug. 5 and spearheaded by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), its top...

  • Israeli bill sanctioning boycotters expected to pass

    July 11, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The Knesset is expected to adopt a bill that would sanction individuals or organizations calling for a boycott of Israel or its settlements.

    Lawmakers, who are addressing the Knesset plenum on the bill, are scheduled to vote later Monday evening. The measure has passed its first...

  • Israel approves new Iran sanctions

    June 27, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Israel’s government approved expanded economic sanctions against Iran.

    The sanctions, which reportedly bring Israel in line with sanctions being imposed by other governments, were approved unanimously by the Cabinet at its regularly scheduled meeting Sunday.

    The sanctions include...

  • Senators introduce enhanced Iran sanctions bill

    May 27, 2011 | 10:34 am

    U.S. Senators introduced an enhanced Iran sanctions bill matching one recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The crux of both bills is a ban on business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran’s energy sector, or $5 million over one year....

  • EU expands Syria, Iran sanctions

    May 23, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    The European Union expanded its sanctions against Syria and Iran.

    The new sanctions imposed Monday target Syrian leader Bashar Assad and other top Syrian officials, and designate an additional 100 Iranian individuals and entities believed to be fronting for Iran’s nuclear weapons...

  • Obama signs executive order sanctioning Syrians involved in government crackdowns

    April 29, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday imposing new sanctions against two relatives of President Bashar Assad, Syria’s intelligence agency and its director, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force in response to their part in crackdowns on...

  • U.S. plans sanctions on Syria in wake of brutal crackdowns

    April 25, 2011 | 8:19 am

    The Obama administration may level sanctions against Syria as punishment for President Bashar Assad’s government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

    The U.S. is currently drafting an executive order that will empower President Obama to...

  • EU approves Libya sanctions

    February 28, 2011 | 11:52 am

    The European Union approved wide-ranging sanctions against Libya as world leaders urged Moammar Ghadafi to step down.

    Sanctions levied Monday following a meeting in Geneva include an arms embargo, a visa ban and a freeze on Libyan assets.

    Hundreds and perhaps thousands of...

  • Obama talks Iran with Security Council envoys

    December 14, 2010 | 9:51 am

    President Obama emphasized containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions in a meeting with envoys to the United Nations Security Council.

    Obama “underscored the importance of continued Security Council support for non-proliferation, building on the strong work that has been done to hold North...

  • China agrees to look into sanctions busting

    October 20, 2010 | 10:25 am

    China agreed to investigate U.S. findings that some of its companies were assisting Iran in its efforts to develop nuclear weaponry.

    “We did provide some information to China on specific concerns about individual Chinese companies, and the Chinese assured us that they will...

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