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  • Iran defiant as U.N. nuclear talks fail

    February 22, 2012 | 7:06 pm

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog ended its latest mission to Iran after talks on Tehran’s suspected secret atomic weapons research failed, a setback likely to increase the risk of confrontation with the West.

    The United States criticized Iran on Wednesday over the failure of the...

  • Russia to Israel: Attacking Iran would be ‘catastrophic’

    February 22, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Russia warned Israel on Wednesday that attacking Iran would be a disastrous and played down the failure of a U.N. nuclear agency mission to Tehran, saying there is still a chance for new talks over the Iranian atomic program.

    “Of course any possible military scenario against Iran...

  • Iran boasts nuclear advances, deepening standoff

    February 15, 2012 | 8:40 am

    Iran proclaimed advances in nuclear know-how on Wednesday, including new centrifuges able to enrich uranium much faster, a move that may hasten a drift towards confrontation with the West over suspicions it is seeking the means to make atomic bombs.

    Tehran’s resolve to pursue a...

  • Napolitano to Jewish leaders: No imminent threat of attack

    February 9, 2012 | 8:45 am

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and top U.S. security officials told Jewish community leaders there is no imminent threat of an attack on Jewish targets in the United States.

    “Officials on the call said government and security agencies are closely monitoring...

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  • Iran shrugs off latest U.S. sanctions, trade suffers

    February 7, 2012 | 8:49 am

    Iran castigated its U.S. adversary on Tuesday over new financial measures to disrupt Iranian commerce, and a default on payment for rice purchases highlighted the encroachment of sanctions on the staples of everyday life.

    Lawmakers in Tehran vowed to ban crude exports to European...

  • Iran threatens retaliation over oil embargo

    February 3, 2012 | 9:11 am

    Iran’s supreme leader threatened on Friday to retaliate against the West for sanctions, a day after a U.S. newspaper said defense secretary Leon Panetta believed Israel was likely to bomb Iran within months to stop it building a nuclear bomb.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s defiant...

  • Former IDF chief Ya’alon: West can hit all of Iran’s nukes

    February 2, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The West could carry out a military strike on any of Iran’s nuclear facilities, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya’alon said.

    Ya’alon, the country’s deputy prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, told the 2012 Herzliya Conference Thursday that all of...

  • Israel says Iran has material for four A-bombs

    February 2, 2012 | 8:21 am

    Israel estimated on Thursday that Iran could make four atomic bombs by further enriching uranium it has already stockpiled, and could produce its first within a year of deciding to build one.

    But in his rare public remarks, Major-General Aviv Kochavi, chief of military intelligence,...

  • Bipartisan group presses U.S. to pressure Iran

    February 1, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    A bipartisan group of foreign policy hawks called on the Obama administration to intensify pressure on Iran by increasing the U.S. military profile in the Persian Gulf and providing arms to Israel that could facilitate a strike on the Islamic Republic.

    The Bipartisan Policy Center,...

  • EU bans Iranian oil, Tehran responds with threats

    January 23, 2012 | 8:42 am

    The European Union banned imports of oil from Iran on Monday and imposed a number of other economic sanctions, joining the United States in a new round of measures aimed at deflecting Tehran’s nuclear development program.

    In Iran, one politician responded by renewing a threat to...

  • Nicolas Sarkozy: Time running out for Iran diplomacy

    January 20, 2012 | 8:53 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that time was running out to avoid a military intervention in Iran and he appealed to China and Russia to support new sanctions to force Tehran to negotiate over its uranium enrichment program.

    France has led international efforts for...

  • Obama administration: No ‘direct talks’ letter to Iran

    January 19, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The Obama administration said an Iranian lawmaker had mischaracterized its message warning against blocking the Strait of Hormuz and reiterating its commitment to dialogue.

    Ali Mothari was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that “In the letter, Obama called for...

  • IAEA to press Iran over nuclear concerns

    January 19, 2012 | 8:35 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said it was his duty to warn the world about suspected Iranian activities that point to plans to develop atomic bombs, maintaining pressure on Tehran ahead of rare talks between Iran and his agency expected this month.

    Yukiya Amano, director general...

  • U.S. expects Iran sanctions to bear results within two months

    January 18, 2012 | 10:59 am

    The Obama administration expects a significant drop in foreign dealings with the Central Bank of Iran in the next two months.

    U.S. officials launched a campaign to have countries that deal with Iran to comply with new sanctions as soon as President Obama signed them into law on Dec....

  • Ehud Barak: Attack on Iran ‘very far off’

    January 18, 2012 | 8:40 am

    An Israeli attack on Iran is “very far off,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    “We haven’t made any decision to do this. The entire thing is very far off,” Barak said during an interview Wednesday with Israel’s Army Radio after being asked whether the United States was...

  • U.S. reportedly tells Iran: Strait closing is ‘red line’

    January 13, 2012 | 9:15 am

    The United States relayed a message to Iran that blocking the Strait of Hormuz would be a “red line,” the New York Times reported.

    The newspaper reported Friday that there is considerable skepticism in the Obama administration and among the military that Iran would go through with...

  • EU, U.S. slam Iran nuclear work at U.N. council meeting

    January 11, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    France, Britain, Germany and the United States on Wednesday took advantage of a closed-door meeting of the U.N. Security Council to condemn Iran’s decision to begin enriching uranium at an underground bunker.

    The volley of criticism of Tehran will likely add to the pressure on Iran...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s Iran strategy: Bombs? Bluff? Both?

    December 7, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    If Washington is perplexed by Israeli “opacity” on whether it might attack Iran, that is no accident, since Israel’s leaders are themselves torn - but also content to let fears of bluff and double-bluff play to their advantage.

    Aware of daunting military difficulties and potential...

  • Barak: No strike on Iran anytime soon

    December 1, 2011 | 8:23 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday an Israeli attack on Iran is not imminent but all options remain open to stop what Israel sees as an Iranian bid to develop nuclear weapons.

    “We have no intention, at the moment, of taking action, but the State of Israel is far from being...

  • More explosions, but nothing much changed with Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 30, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    As conflicting reports on the most recent explosion in Iran make it hard to assess the seriousness and severity of this event, CNN published an enlightening photo of the damage created by the explosion earlier this month. The Institute for Science and International Security published...

  • James Traub on Iran: Israel knows defying its friend and protector, the US, has a price

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Mr. James Traub, 57, is a contributing editor to the New York Times since 1998. Before that, he was a staff writer for The New Yorker. Traub has also written for The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review and Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Council on...

  • Opinion: America should not repair Iran's "civilian" planes

    November 18, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    The Jewish Journal recently ran an article by anti-AIPAC blogger MJ Rosenberg criticizing me for pushing a provision in Iran sanctions legislation that would prohibit the sale of aircraft replacement parts and repair services for Iran’s ageing airliners.  Rosenberg is correct that...

  • U.N. nuclear watchdog board set to rebuke defiant Iran

    November 18, 2011 | 7:17 am

    The 35-nation board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog looked set on Friday to censure Iran over mounting suspicions it is seeking to develop atom bombs, after the six big powers overcame divisions on how to best deal with a defiant Tehran.

    But a draft resolution expected to win support...

  • Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran

    November 3, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a “small advantage” in the cabinet for the opponents of...

  • How close is Iran to the bomb? Depends who you ask

    September 28, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Either Iran could build a nuclear bomb in a matter of months or it is unlikely to get such a weapon any time soon—depending on which Western expert you talk to.

    The differing estimates show the difficulty in trying to assess how long it could take Iran to convert its growing uranium...

  • Iran installing new uranium-enrichment centrifuges

    July 19, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Iran said it is installing new and improved uranium-enrichment centrifuges, and that they are being supervised by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog.

    The new machines have “better quality and speed,” Ramin Mehmanparast, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign minister, said Tuesday,...

  • Iran to triple uranium enrichment

    June 9, 2011 | 8:13 am

    Iran will triple its uranium enrichment capacity and expand its production of higher-level enriched uranium, its nuclear chief announced.

    The Iranian official said he informed the International Atomic Energy Agency Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would transfer its enrichment...

  • Nukes agency head says Iran ‘steadily’ enriching uranium

    February 14, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Iran continues to produce a steady supply of enriched uranium, despite a cyber attack believed to have originated in Israel, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog group said.

    In an interview with The Washington Post published Monday, Yukia Amano, director general of the...

  • Iran to build uranium-enriching plant in ‘11

    August 16, 2010 | 10:54 am

    Iran will begin building its third plant for enriching uranium in 2011, the head of its atomic energy organization said.

    Ali Akbar Salehi made the announcement Monday, the French news agency AFP reported.

    Also Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed a law compelling Tehran to...

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