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  • Report: Russia to sell Iran advanced anti-aircraft missile batteries

    September 11, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Russia will supply Iran with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries and a new nuclear reactor, a Russian newspaper is reporting.

    The Kommersant daily reported Wednesday that “a source close to the Kremlin” said the agreement would be discussed Friday, when Russian...

  • Rohani Twitter account wishes Jews a Shanah Tovah

    September 6, 2013 | 11:54 am

    A Twitter account believed to operate with the authorization of Iranian President Hassan Rohani wished Jews worldwide a Shanah Tovah.

    “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” the tweet posted Wednesday said.

    ...
  • 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...

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  • Rohani or no Rohani, we must increase the pressure on Iran

    August 1, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    Before the election of President Hassan Rouhani , Iran’s centrifuges were spinning at an unprecedented pace.  After his election, they continue to not only spin, but multiply.  In response, the United States must once again deliver a firm message to Tehran: Halt your illicit...

  • House overwhelmingly votes to add new Iran sanctions

    August 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to add new sanctions on Tehran that would drastically reduce Iran’s trade.

    The bill, which passed Wednesday evening by a vote of 400-20, would expand sanctions to shut down U.S. trade with any entity that trades substantively...

  • Iran looks to the north

    July 24, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In the United States, our focus is on Iran’s activities to its west and east. Tehran supports Bashar Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, menaces oil exports in the Gulf and threatens Israel with annihilation. On its other flank, it seeks influence in Afghanistan as U.S....

  • Netanyahu says Iran closer to nuclear ‘red line’

    July 14, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Iran was getting closer to the "red line" he set for its nuclear program and warned the international community not to be distracted by the crises in Syria and Egypt.

    Tehran was continuing enrichment activities and...

  • Tehran says U.S., not Iran, sponsors terrorism

    May 31, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Iran on Friday rejected a U.S. State Department report that accused Tehran of increasing its support for terrorism overseas to levels not seen for two decades, saying it is the United States that backs terrorists in the Middle East.

    "Iran itself has been the victim of...

  • Iran moves to speed up nuclear program despite sanctions

    April 17, 2013 | 11:22 am

    Iran is increasing the number of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges installed at its Natanz underground plant, despite tightening international sanctions aimed at stopping Tehran's nuclear progress, diplomats said on Wednesday.

    Iran has for years been trying to develop...

  • Iran announces ‘comprehensive’ offer in resumed nuke talks

    April 5, 2013 | 8:01 am

    Iran said it has made a “comprehensive proposal” to “establish a new bedrock for cooperation” in resumed talks about the Iranian nuclear program between Tehran and six world powers.

    The announcement by Ali Baqeri, deputy head of the Iranian delegation, came after the opening...

  • Kerry: Obama would prefer to ‘avoid considering’ Iran strike

    March 5, 2013 | 4:42 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said President Obama would prefer to avoid considering military action against Iran, but Iran's failure to seriously negotiate makes "confrontation more possible."

    Kerry, interviewed by ABC News in Doha, Qatar, during his first overseas trip in his...

  • Kerry sees ‘finite’ time for Iran nuclear talks

    March 4, 2013 | 3:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was "finite" time for talks between Iran and world powers on its disputed nuclear program to bear fruit, but gave no hint how long Washington may be willing to negotiate.

    Israel, Iran's arch-enemy and convinced Tehran is secretly...

  • Netanyahu urges ‘military sanctions’ threat against Iran

    February 27, 2013 | 6:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the international community on Wednesday to threaten Iran with "military sanctions," saying economic measures are failing to curb Tehran's nuclear drive.

    "I believe it is incumbent upon the international community to intensify the...

  • Powers to offer Iran sanctions relief at nuclear talks

    February 25, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    Major powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    But the Islamic Republic could face more economic pain if it fails to address international concerns...

  • Iran nuke unlikely to start Mideast arms race, report says

    February 20, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Fears that an Iranian nuclear weapon might trigger an atomic arms race across the Middle East are overplayed, a U.S. security thinktank said on Tuesday, arguing that countries like Saudi Arabia face big disincentives against getting the bomb.

    Western powers believe Iran is trying...

  • Iranian Guards commander killed in Syria

    February 14, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander has been killed inside Syria by rebels battling Iran's close ally President Bashar Assad, Iranian officials and a rebel leader said on Thursday.

    Syrian rebels have repeatedly accused Tehran of sending fighters to help Assad crush the...

  • UN inspectors see new centrifuges at Iran nuclear site, diplomat says

    February 14, 2013 | 6:35 am

    U.N. nuclear inspectors have seen a small number of advanced centrifuges at an uranium enrichment plant where Iran has said it will install and operate them, a diplomatic source said on Thursday.

    On Wednesday, Iran's atomic energy chief said it had started installing a new...

  • U.S. envoy reassures Israel on Iran ahead of Obama visit

    February 12, 2013 | 3:28 am

    A U.S. official sought to reassure Israel this week on President Barack Obama's determination to curb Iran's disputed nuclear program, as the clock ticks on a threatened Israeli pre-emptive strike.

    The visit by Rose Gottemoeller, acting U.S. undersecretary of state for arms...

  • Iran reportedly to upgrade nuclear enrichment centrifuges

    January 31, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Iran will upgrade the nuclear enrichment equipment at its Natanz nuclear plant.

    Iran informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that it will use a new model of centrifuge in a unit at its underground facility located southeast of Tehran,...

  • Lack of deal with Iran on nuclear talks alarms Russia

    January 11, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Russia expressed alarm on Friday that no date or venue had been agreed for a new round of talks between global powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

    Iran, which denies Western accusations it is seeking to develop a capability to make nuclear weapons, said last week it...

  • Iranian Jewish man murdered in Tehran

    January 3, 2013 | 9:44 am

    A Jewish man dating the daughter of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was murdered, an Israeli television station reported.

    Daniel Magrufta, 24, the son of a well-known Iranian businessman and a member of one of the wealthiest Jewish families in Iran, was killed last...

  • Remove Israeli threat to inspect Parchin nuclear site, Iran says

    December 27, 2012 | 1:37 pm

    Iran said it would open the Parchin military complex to United Nations nuclear inspectors if threats of an Israeli attack are neutralized.

    "If external threats were defused, then they -- the IAEA -- could be enabled to inspect Parchin," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan...

  • U.N. nuclear inspection team to visit Tehran

    December 13, 2012 | 11:14 am

    A nuclear inspection team from the United Nation's nuclear watchdog agency will make a one-day visit to Tehran to try to jumpstart talks on Iran's nuclear program.

    The seven-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency was scheduled to meet with Iranian nuclear...

  • A Jew murdered in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 11, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    In the wake of the gruesome murder of a 57-year-old Jewish woman living in the Iranian city of Isfahan nearly three weeks ago, a group of Iranian-Jewish activists in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., have banded together in an informal group hoping to raise public...

  • U.S. to honor Israel’s Barak, outgoing architect of Iran policy

    November 28, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    Outgoing Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will receive the highest award he could be given by a U.S. secretary of defense when he visits the Pentagon on Thursday, three days after announcing his exit from political life next year.

    The 70-year-old Barak, a leading strategist in...

  • Iran says Palestinians should be equipped to defend themselves

    November 20, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Palestinians should be "equipped" to defend themselves against Israel as it carries out air strikes on Gaza, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, adding that Tehran's alliances with Palestinian Islamist groups remained strong.

    Israel began air strikes on Gaza on...

  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker, IAEA says

    November 16, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. nuclear report showed on Friday, a move that could increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course.

    The latest quarterly International...

  • Iran, U.N. nuclear agency to resume talks in December

    November 9, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Iran will return to talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency next month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, the latest push to seek a peaceful end to a dispute that has raised fears of a new Middle East war.

    The IAEA announcement came days after U.S. President...

  • Iranian warplanes fired on U.S. drone over Gulf, Pentagon says

    November 8, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Iranian warplanes fired at an unarmed U.S. drone in international airspace last week but did not hit the aircraft, the Pentagon said on Thursday, disclosing details of an unprecedented incident that triggered a formal warning to Tehran through diplomatic channels.

    The November 1...

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