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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Obama victory opens window for negotiation with Iran

    November 7, 2012 | 9:34 am

    The re-election of Barack Obama may open an opportunity for new negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program as sanctions pile economic pressure on its theocratic leaders.

    Having so far resisted those in the United States, and Israel, who have pushed for military action against...

  • Barak: Iran has delayed building a nuclear bomb

    October 31, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Iran has pulled back from the brink of achieving a nuclear weapon, opting to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a British newspaper.

    Iran's decision to convert that uranium into fuel rods for a civilian...

  • Netanyahu says strike on Iran would be good for Arabs

    October 30, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East.

    Netanyahu has made a number of veiled threats to attack Iran's...

  • Obama faces tough call on Iran oil sanctions

    October 22, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Just weeks after the election, President Barack Obama will be faced with a pivotal decision on oil sanctions on Iran, in which he will have to balance the need to stay tough on Tehran without pushing oil prices too high.

    In considering whether to extend a new series of six-month...

  • Iran further expanding enrichment capacity, Western diplomats say

    October 17, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    Iran is believed to be further increasing its uranium enrichment capacity at its Fordow plant buried deep underground, Western diplomats say, in another sign of Tehran defying international demands to curb its disputed nuclear program.

    But they said the Islamic Republic did not...

  • Under the Tehran sky

    October 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Yom Kippur 2010. The part of the synagogue where I sit is full of women talking with one another, and small kids giggling and playing around. It is extremely hot, and the extra layers of manteau (long outerwear) and the scarf covering my hair add to the intolerable heat.

    I try to...

  • Indigo: Remembering Iran

    By Gina Nahai

    October 10, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    You’re in school six days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or later, and afterward, you have hours of homework every night. The only time you’re on your own and without a task to perform is on the walk to school and back, and sometimes in the middle of the night, when you wake up and...

  • Iranian police clash with protesters over currency plunge

    October 3, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Riot police clashed with demonstrators and arrested money changers in Tehran on Wednesday in disturbances over the collapse of the Iranian currency, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week, witnesses said.

    Police fired tear gas to disperse the...

  • Iran to enrich uranium to 60 percent if nuclear talks fail

    October 2, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Iran would enrich uranium up to 60 percent purity if negotiations with major powers over its nuclear program fail, an Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday, in comments that may add to Western alarm about Iranian intentions.

    Mansour Haqiqatpour, deputy head of parliament's Foreign...

  • Dinner with Ahmadinejad

    September 28, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    We could have been in Tehran.

    Men in dark suits and earpieces stood outside the doors of the hotel, keeping watch for protesters and anybody else who didn’t belong. Inside, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared to meet a group of university students.

    Except this was...

  • U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit

    August 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    As Iran gets set to host the Non-Aligned Movement triennial summit, Israel, the United States and a number of Jewish groups are worried that what happens in Tehran won’t stay there.

    The decision Wednesday by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, to attend the 16th triennial...

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