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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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