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  • U.S. should heed call for a clear Iranian red line

    October 2, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a persuasive case at the United Nations General Assembly Thursday for a clear red line to ward off Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Time is running out and the United States should listen to the Israeli leader and draw a clear line for...
  • Israelis see no Iran war this year after Netanyahu’s speech

    September 28, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's U.N. speech about Iranian nuclear advances has dampened speculation in Israel that he could order a war this year.

    Analyzing Thursday's address in which Netanyahu literally drew a "red line" on a cartoon bomb to show how close Iran was to...

  • Romney: Same ‘red line’ as Obama on Iran, but a different strategy

    September 14, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that he had the same “red line” as President Obama on Iran but a different strategy to prevent the Islamic Republic from crossing it.

    Romney told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that his “red line” on Iran was the...

  • U.S., Israel still at odds over Iran ‘red line’

    September 10, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel and the United States were in talks on setting a "clear red line" for Iran's nuclear program, but the two allies remained at odds on Monday over whether to spell out a clear threshold for military action against Tehran.

    The Israeli...

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  • Iran doubles underground nuclear capacity, United Nations says

    August 30, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines it has in an underground bunker, a U.N. report said on Thursday, showing Tehran continued to defy Western pressure to stop its atomic work and the threat of Israeli attack.

    In the weeks and months when Israeli politicians...

  • Iran reportedly installs hundreds of new uranium enrichment machines

    August 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Iran may have installed as many as “hundreds of new” uranium enrichment machines in its underground nuclear facility at Fordow.

    “Our basic understanding is that they were continuing to install,” Reuters quotes an unnamed diplomat based in Vienna as saying.

    The new centrifuges...

  • Israel minister: Possible war with Iran could be month-long affair

    August 15, 2012 | 9:11 am

    War with Iran would probably turn into a month-long conflict on various fronts with missile strikes on Israeli cities and some 500 dead, Israel’s civil defense minister said in an interview published on Wednesday.

    “There is no room for hysteria. Israel’s home front is prepared as...

  • U.S.: Iran still not on ‘verge’ of weapon

    August 10, 2012 | 11:07 am

    The U.S. assessment remains that Iran is not on the verge of achieving a nuclear weapon, a U.S. official said, apparently pushing back against claims to the contrary by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

    “We believe that there is time and space to continue to pursue a diplomatic...

  • Panetta: Iran sanctions have not yet stopped nuclear program

    July 31, 2012 | 8:58 am

    Two days before his visit to Israel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that though tough international sanctions have not yet caused Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions, they would eventually persuade the regime to “do what’s right.”

    Speaking in Tunisia on Monday, Panetta...

  • Khamenei dismisses sanctions, says Iran stronger than ever

    July 11, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed harsher sanctions imposed on Iran this month over its disputed nuclear activity, saying the country was “100 times stronger” than before.

    A European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil took full effect on July 1 - a...

  • Iran says test-fires missiles over threats of attack

    July 3, 2012 | 8:52 am

    Iran said on Tuesday it had successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel as a response to threats of attack, the latest move in a war of nerves with the West.

    Israel says it could attack Iran if diplomacy fails to secure a halt to its disputed nuclear energy...

  • Israel says clock ticking after Iran talks fail

    June 21, 2012 | 8:56 am

    Israel has responded to the failure of the latest nuclear talks between world powers and Iran with a familiar refrain: sanctions must be ramped up while the clock ticks down toward possible military action.

    With diplomacy at an impasse, there is satisfaction among Israeli leaders at...

  • U.S.: Israel ‘supportive’ on future Iran sanctions

    June 4, 2012 | 10:17 am

    The United States is conferring with Israel about new sanctions planned against Iran should international negotiations this month fail to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

    The comment offered a strong hint that Washington is continuing to...

  • Satellite images show crews hiding evidence at Iran nuclear site

    May 31, 2012 | 8:25 am

    New satellite images show possible recent nuclear activity at the Parchin facility in Iran as well as attempts to hide evidence of past activity.

    A May 25 image of the facility east of Tehran revealed “ground-scraping activity” and the presence of bulldozers, according to...

  • Higher grade Iranian enriched uranium uncovered

    May 25, 2012 | 8:17 am

    Evidence found in an underground bunker in Iran could signal the country’s having moved one step closer toward the uranium threshold needed to make nuclear arms, International Atomic Energy Agency diplomats said today.

    IAEA inspectors found traces of uranium enriched up to 27...

  • US set against recognizing Iranian right to enrich

    May 24, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Iran’s insistence that world powers acknowledge what it sees as its right to enrich uranium emerged as a significant difference in international talks on its nuclear energy programme this week, a senior U.S. administration official said.

    Speaking after two days of discussions...

  • Amid new Iran nuke rumors, Barak and Panetta to meet

    May 17, 2012 | 2:54 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet with his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, in Washington amid reports that Iran may have achieved the capability to build a nuclear bomb.

    Israel has said that such a capability is a “red line” that could trigger military action.

    The...

  • Iran nuclear concession would test big power unity

    May 16, 2012 | 8:25 am

    Facing an imminent toughening of sanctions, Iran is hinting at a readiness to give some ground in its long nuclear stand-off with world powers, but any flexibility could split their ranks and lead to protracted uncertainty about how to respond.

    The stakes are high, for the longer...

  • Biden: Israel still has time to strike Iran [VIDEO]

    May 8, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Israel still has time to strike Iran and the right to decide for itself whether to do so, Vice President Joe Biden said.

    Biden, appearing Tuesday in Atlanta at the annual convention of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, said “the window has not closed in terms of the...

  • Barak: Israel did not promise not to attack Iran

    April 17, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Israel did not promise the United States that it would abstain from attacking Iran while negotiations are going on, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    “We are not committing to anything,” Barak told Israel’s Army Radio during an interview from Bogota, Colombia. He added...

  • Iran, world powers set for high-stakes nuclear talks

    April 13, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Iran and the six world powers prepared on Friday for rare talks aimed at easing fears that a deepening dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program could plunge the Middle East into a new war.

    Officials from Iran and the six major powers arrived in Istanbul ahead of...

  • U.S.: Time for reaching diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear standoff limited

    April 9, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    Time is not infinite for nuclear talks between Iran and the West, a White House said on Monday, five days before a planned round of talks was set to begin, adding that the window of opportunity in which a diplomatic solution can be reached is closing.

    In a briefing by White House...

  • Israel takes concerns about Iran to key partner China

    March 16, 2012 | 8:46 am

    Israel on Friday took its concern about Iran’s nuclear programme to one of Iran’s main partners, China, and hinted it could launch a preemptive attack on the Islamic Republic despite repeated calls by China to allow diplomacy to take its course.

    China, which has close energy and...

  • Obama: Diplomacy window shrinking

    March 14, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    The window for Iran to resolve its differences with the West through diplomacy is shrinking, President Obama said.

    “They should understand that because the international community has applied so many sanctions, because we have employed so many of the options that are available to us...

  • Iran’s France envoy says no talks on uranium enrichment

    March 8, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Iran’s envoy to France said Tehran was optimistic about new talks with world powers on its nuclear program but Iran would not negotiate on its right to enrich uranium.

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who would lead future talks with Iran on behalf of six powers, said on...

  • Report: Iran to allow inspection of suspected nuclear site

    March 6, 2012 | 8:01 am

    Iran will allow inspectors from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog group to visit a suspected nuclear site on a military base near Tehran.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency will be granted access to the Parchin military complex at a time to be announced, the semi-official...

  • Obama: Diplomacy still the way to stop Iran nukes, but military option on table

    March 4, 2012 | 10:22 am

    President Obama said it was still possible to resolve Iran’s suspected bid for a nuclear weapon through diplomacy, but added that a military option was still on the table and that containment was not an option.

    “I firmly believe that an opportunity remains for diplomacy, backed by...

  • Iran election highlights deepening power struggle

    February 28, 2012 | 9:37 am

    Iran’s parliamentary election this Friday is a potentially decisive battle in the struggle between political and religious hardliners, but it is unlikely to alter Tehran’s stand on its deadlock with the West over its nuclear program.

    It will be the first poll since the country’s...

  • IAEA: Iran uranium “discrepancy” still unresolved

    February 25, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Iran has yet to give an explanation over a small quantity of uranium metal missing from a research site, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report that voiced concern over possible military links to Tehran’s nuclear program.

    The discrepancy found at the research site in the Iranian...

  • Divided by common foe, Israel and U.S. tangle over Iran

    February 23, 2012 | 7:54 am

    Ever since their first awkward encounter - a hastily arranged meeting in a custodian’s office at a Washington airport in 2007 - Iran has been one of the few issues on which Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have been able to find some common ground.

    Nearly five years ago, neither...

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