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  • West seeks to pressure Iran at U.N. nuclear meet

    March 2, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Western powers hope to win Russian and Chinese backing for rebuking Iran at the U.N. nuclear agency next week over Tehran’s failure to address mounting fears that it is secretly bent on acquiring nuclear weapons capability, diplomats say.

    Seeking to ward off any such diplomatic...

  • Iran says making nuclear bombs a ‘great sin’

    February 28, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Iran, facing growing international pressure over its nuclear program, called for more talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday and condemned production of atomic weapons as a “great sin.”

    Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful but negotiations with the International Atomic...

  • IAEA talks in Tehran to test Iran’s nuclear defiance

    January 26, 2012 | 11:03 am

    A rare visit by senior U.N. nuclear inspectors next week raises pressure on Iran to address suspicions it is trying to develop atomic weapons, though Western powers that are piling on sanctions expect no significant breakthrough.

    How Tehran deals with the International Atomic Energy...

  • Iran warns region against ‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz

    January 19, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

    Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a...

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  • Obama administration condemns Iran car bomb

    January 12, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    The Obama administration condemned an attack in Tehran that killed a nuclear scientist, and Iran threatened Israel with revenge.

    Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was killed Wednesday when a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist exploded. Roshan reportedly was a supervisor at the Natanz...

  • 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...

  • Iran to fire long-range missiles in drill

    December 30, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Iran will fire long-range missiles during a naval drill in the Gulf on Saturday, a semi-official news agency reported, a show of force at a time when Iran has threatened to close shipping lanes if the West imposes sanctions on its oil exports.

    Iran threatened on Tuesday to stop the...

  • UN nuclear chief says he “must alert world” about Iran

    November 17, 2011 | 7:47 am

    The U.N. nuclear chief said on Thursday it was his duty to “alert the world” about suspected work in Iran to develop atomic bombs, and major powers prepared to intensify the pressure on the Islamic state.

    International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano stressed the need for...

  • UN: Iran worked on nuclear bomb design

    November 8, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting relevant research, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a hard-hitting report on Tehran’s nuclear program likely to raise tensions in the Middle East.

    Citing what it called “credible” information from...

  • Ehud Barak plays down talk of war with Iran

    November 8, 2011 | 8:09 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak played down Tuesday speculation that Israel intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, saying no decision had been made on embarking on a military operation.

    “War is not a picnic. We want a picnic. We don’t want a war,” Barak told Israel Radio before...

  • German companies slammed for planned participation in Tehran oil show

    April 14, 2011 | 11:10 am

    German companies are drawing criticism for their plans to take part in an oil industry trade show in Tehran.

    Some 60 German companies will attend this weekend’s event in Tehran, which is dedicated to Iran’s energy sector, according to the Stop the Bomb nongovernmental organization...

  • With Egypt in turmoil, Israel rethinks readiness for multi-front war

    February 15, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    Although it’s still far from clear how the uprising in Egypt is going to play out, the volatility there is already raising questions in Israel about the Jewish state’s readiness for a war on several fronts.

    The optimistic view in Israel is that a wave of democracy will sweep the...

  • Tehran to Cairo

    By Gina Nahai

    February 2, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    It all looks dauntingly familiar — the spectacle on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt. People in the streets, buildings on fire, a wavering army, a vanishing police force. We saw this 32 years ago, in 1978 and early ’79. That time, it was the Shah who was being forced...

  • This time, I remember

    By Gina Nahai

    November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    We're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.

    My cousin, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...

  • Candidate Profile: Shaul Mofaz, the hawkish centrist

    By Roy Eitan

    September 8, 2008 | 5:01 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- If Shaul Mofaz succeeds Ehud Olmert as the head of the Kadima Party and, eventually, as Israeli prime minister, he may have Iran to thank.

    Fifty years after Mofaz left his native Tehran for the fledgling Jewish state, the retired general-turned-politician has made...

  • Sion Ebrahami: I was taken hostage by the moujahadeen

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:09 am

    If you ask retired Iranian Jewish accountant and author Simon "Sion" Ebrahimi about being held hostage for many months in his office in Tehran during the Iranian revolution, he will tell you the circumstances were a sort of a tragic comedy. Ebrahimi's office was located across the...
  • Briefs: CIA lifts lid on Israeli raid on Syrian reactor; Iranians raze Tehran shuls

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    CIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes

    Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.

    Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...

  • Let us travel to Iran

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This fall, I am asking you to travel to Iran.

    Not the present-day, front-page, headline-grabbing, nuclear-developing, Holocaust-denying, Israel-hating Iran, but the Iran of just 20 or 30 years ago, as described in two newly published novels, Gina Nahai's "Caspian Rain" (MacAdam...

  • Tehran cemetery Web site links local Persians to Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly four years ago, Shahram Farzan, an Iranian Jew living in Los Angeles, traveled to Tehran to have a hand-carved marble tombstone placed on his father's grave at the Jewish cemetery, which has been called "beheshtieh" by the city's Jewry for more than half a century. (The word...
  • Persian Jewish Artist Finds New Freedom

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Krista Nassi's art

    She has won international art competitions, sold her works around the globe, and even had her pieces displayed in renowned galleries around the world. Yet nothing might be more gratifying for Iranian Jewish artist Krista Nassi than displaying her work for the first time in the United...

  • What about Iran?

    By Janine Zacharia

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week in Baghdad, 30 Iranians were captured fighting for the militant Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. A few days earlier, two trucks transporting weapons for Sadr's fighters were caught trying to drive into Iraq from Iran.

    NBC reported recently that "thousands" of Iranian-funded...

  • Local Iranians Counsel Congress

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Iran's fundamentalist regime has increased its persecution of Jews and become a major sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East, local Iranian Jewish leaders have stepped up efforts to inform U.S. officials of the increasing danger posed by the Islamic nation.

    "We're at the...

  • Future Uncertain for Five Iranian Jews

    By Michael J. Jordan

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The release from prison of five Iranian Jews last week was due not to a change of heart by the regime in Tehran, but to a political calculation that Iran's international image needs burnishing, observers say. And clouding the relief of the Jews' relatives and advocates is concern...

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