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  • World powers and Iran make ‘good start’ towards nuclear deal

    February 20, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old stand-off over Tehran's nuclear program, but conceded their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.

    By late July, Western governments hope to...

  • What's next for Iran?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 2013 | 10:11 am

    By Monday morning, the Israeli reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran had changed from “What happened?” to “Now what?”

    And that reaction makes a lot more sense.

    The interim agreement signed by Iran and the group of negotiating nations known as P5+1 on Saturday night, Nov. 23, ...

  • Iran halts nuclear capacity expansion under Rouhani, IAEA report shows

    November 14, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Iran has virtually halted a previously rapid expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity in the past three months, the U.N. nuclear agency said in a report roughly covering the period since moderate Hassan Rouhani became president.

    The quarterly report by the International...

  • Netanyahu urges Kerry to reject rumored deal with Iran

    November 8, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States to reject a deal that reportedly would ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for limiting uranium enrichment to 3.5 percent purity.

    Netanyahu said Israel “utterly rejects” the deal, details of which were reported...

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  • Steinitz to U.S.: Israel’s ‘minimum’ is no enrichment

    October 25, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told his American counterparts in the Israel-U.S. strategic dialogue that Israel’s “minimum” in any deal with Iran was no uranium enrichment.

    Steinitz described his meeting Wednesday with a U.S. team led by William Burns, the...

  • Report: Iran weeks away from nuke

    October 25, 2013 | 9:19 am

    Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month, according to a new estimate by a top American think tank.

    “Today, Iran could break out most quickly using a three-step process with its installed centrifuges and its low-enriched...

  • Researchers say Stuxnet was deployed against Iran in 2007

    February 26, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Researchers at Symantec Corp. have uncovered a version of the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to attack Iran's nuclear program in November 2007, two years earlier than previously thought.

    Planning for the cyber weapon, the first publicly known example of a virus being used...

  • Iran claims new uranium deposits

    February 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Iran claimed to have uncovered new deposits of uranium ahead of talks with world powers on its nuclear capacity.

    Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, made the announcement at an annual conference on the nuclear industry, Reuters reported...

  • U.N. report may show slower growth in Iran nuclear stockpile

    February 20, 2013 | 10:58 am

    A U.N. nuclear watchdog report due this week is expected to reveal a slowdown in the growth of Iran's stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium as it is using some of the material to make reactor fuel, diplomats said on Wednesday.

    If confirmed in the quarterly report, 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...

  • Report: Iran converting enriched uranium to reactor fuel

    February 12, 2013 | 6:04 am

    Iran announced that is converting some of its enriched uranium to reactor fuel.

    An Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that some uranium enriched to 20 percent purity was being converted into fuel for a research nuclear reactor in Tehran, the New York Times...

  • 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,...

  • Syria may hold uranium stash, Western and Israeli experts say

    January 11, 2013 | 8:32 am

    Western and Israeli security experts suspect Syria may have tonnes of unenriched uranium in storage and that any such stockpile could potentially be of interest to its ally Iran for use in Tehran's own disputed nuclear program.

    They say natural uranium could have been acquired by...

  • Officials worry over uranium stockpile in Syria

    January 9, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Officials are concerned that a stockpile of unenriched uranium in Syria, enough to make five nuclear bombs, could fall into the hands of Iran.

    The 50 metric tons of unenriched uranium are believed to be left over from the Syrian nuclear program, according to the Financial Times. ...

  • Iran talks to resume soon, reports say

    December 17, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Iran and the six major world powers it deals with on nuclear issues are preparing for talks, according to multiple reports.

    Meetings between Iran and representatives of the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany could come as soon as the week before the New...

  • Iranian nuclear challenge must be tackled in 2013, Netanyahu says

    December 10, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Iran is getting ever closer to being able to build a nuclear bomb and the problem will have to be confronted in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

    Israeli officials would like the United States to take the lead in a military assault on Iran's nuclear...

  • 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 nukes chief says enrichment to continue, leaked diagram shows mega-bomb

    November 28, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said his country would continue to enrich uranium "with intensity."

    Wednesday's remarks by Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani came a day after the release of a diagram showing Iran was working on a mega-nuclear weapon.

    The diagram, which was...

  • As Iran achieves nuclear weapons capability, a red line is passed

    November 21, 2012 | 11:23 am

    The debate about red lines on Iran appears to be over.

    With its massive increase of operative centrifuges at a secured uranium enrichment site, Iran appears to have moved beyond the question of whether capability to build a nuclear weapon or actual acquisition of a nuclear weapon...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • For Obama campaign, trying to put to rest persistent questions about ‘kishkes’

    October 26, 2012 | 10:07 am

    The moment in the final presidential debate when President Obama described his visit to Israel’s national Holocaust museum and to the rocket-battered town of Sderot seemed to be aimed right for the kishkes.

    The “kishkes question" -- the persistent query about how Obama really...

  • Report: Iran nearly done installing centrifuges at nuclear plant

    October 25, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    Iran appears to be nearly finished installing centrifuges at one of its underground plants, drawing it still closer to making weapons-grade uranium.

    Reuters quoted Western diplomats who said they have heard indications that Iran finished putting in place the remaining uranium...

  • U.S. says it’s willing to meet with Iran on nukes but no talks set

    October 20, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    [UPDATE: 6:31 pm]

    The New York Times reported on Saturday that the United States and Iran have agreed in principle to hold one-on-one negotiations on Iran's nuclear program but the White House quickly denied that any talks had been set.

    The Times, quoting unnamed Obama...

  • 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...

  • Romney says he and Netanyahu have same ‘test’ for Iran

    October 10, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Mitt Romney has said that he and Benjamin Netanyahu would employ the same "test" for Iran's nuclear program, but that a strike was “a long way” off.

    Speaking to CNN on Oct. 9, the US Republican presidential candidate said: "My own test is that Iran should not have the capability...

  • Report: U.S. rejected Iranian plan on nukes

    October 5, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Iranian officials reportedly offered a nine-step plan to defuse the nuclear crisis with the West that was rejected by U.S. officials.

    The Iranian offer was to gradually suspend the production of uranium that can quickly be converted to military use. But American officials...

  • Netanyahu’s other bomb

    By Rob Eshman

    October 3, 2012 | 11:37 am

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out a cartoon drawing of a bomb during his speech to the 67th United Nations General Assembly Debate on Sept. 27, the world laughed. But I didn’t.

    I thought he was one bomb cartoon short.

    Netanyahu’s Wile E. Coyote-worthy...

  • 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...

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