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Apr 12 2014 Iran Refuses To Replace Envoy Despite US Visa Denial

TEHRAN - Iran says it is not considering a replacement nominee for its prospective new envoy to the United Nations, despite his being denied a U.S. visa.
A senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official said Saturday there is no replacement choice for Hamid Abutalebi, and Iran will pursue the visa denial issue “through legal mechanisms at the […]


Apr 7 2014 Iran Suffers Water Crisis In Capital

WASHINGTON - A looming water crisis in Iran has officials warning of water rationing for the capital Tehran.   The Mehr news agency quotes Khosro Erteghaei, the head of Tehran’s regional water company as saying water levels at the four reservoirs that serve Tehran are at a critical level.  He warns that if residents of Tehran […]


Feb 4 2014 Iran Receives $550 Million In Sanction Relief Plan

WASHINGTON - Iran was set to receive the first $550 million installment in previously blocked overseas funds early this week as part of an interim nuclear deal, the United States confirmed on Monday.
Iran’s official IRNA news agency earlier on Monday reported the money went into an Iranian Central Bank account in Switzerland. A U.S. Treasury […]


Jan 23 2014 Iran Disputes Obama Version Of Nuclear Deal

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran did not agree to dismantle anything in the recent nuclear deal with the United States and five other countries.
Zarif told CNN television Wednesday that the White House version of the agreement “overplays Iranian commitments.”
Zarif said Iran is not dismantling any centrifuges or equipment.  He says […]


Dec 21 2013 Iran Seeks Deeper Ties With Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Amid a dispute with the United States over a long-term security deal, Afghanistan is pursuing closer ties with neighboring Iran. The diplomacy could signal an increasing regional role for Tehran in Afghan affairs after most international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.
When Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently visited Tehran, he received support for his […]


Dec 15 2013 Iran Halts Nuclear Talks

BRUSSELS - Iran’s anger over a new U.S. sanctions measure may have been behind its move to interrupt talks with world powers over how to implement last month’s breakthrough nuclear agreement, two diplomats said on Friday.
Several envoys stressed, however, that the inconclusive outcome of the Dec. 9-12 expert-level discussions in Vienna should not be seen as […]


Dec 11 2013 Iran To Build More Nuclear Plants In Wake Of Deal

KUWAIT - Gulf Arab states expressed concern at a summit on Wednesday over Iran’s plans to build more atomic power plants, while welcoming a nuclear deal it struck with six world powers last month.
Iranian media have said Tehran is in serious talks with Russia to construct new nuclear power stations, based on a 1992 agreement […]


Dec 8 2013 Obama Defends Weak Iran Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and his top diplomat are seeking support for a recent temporary agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear programs and U.S. efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.
The president and Secretary of State John Kerry sought Saturday to convince critics and the Israeli government that recent diplomatic moves will not […]


Dec 2 2013 US Lawmakers Seek Additional Sanctions Against Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers of both major political parties are expressing skepticism over last month’s interim accord on Iran’s nuclear program.  Congress’ appetite for boosting sanctions against Tehran has not waned, despite Obama administration warnings that heightened measures could torpedo delicate diplomacy.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Robert Menendez, says he would […]


Nov 27 2013 Iran Threatens Israel Following Nuclear Deal

DUBAI - President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s economic problems went beyond sanctions, blaming “unparalleled stagflation” on the profligacy and mismanagement of his predecessor, hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In office from 2005 until August, Ahmadinejad presided over a period of unprecedented revenue growth due to high oil prices but, analysts say, squandered much of it on subsidies that […]


Nov 27 2013 Tehran Vows To Never Stop Uranium Enrichment

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that his country will not stop its nuclear enrichment activity, while pledging to have “constructive interaction” with the international community.
Rouhani made the statement during an interview on IRIB television, where he maintained that Iran has a right to enrichment and will never stop doing so.
“I want […]


Nov 26 2013 Obama Boasts Iran Deal Despite Opposition

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has defended the nuclear deal world powers struck with Iran, calling it the “right thing” for security.
Israeli officials and some members of Congress have criticized the agreement, saying it allows Iran to keep too much of its nuclear program intact while offering too much in sanctions relief.
Obama said late Monday […]


Nov 25 2013 Iran Praises Deal As Recognition Of Nuclear Rights

TEHRAN - Iran’s leaders have welcomed a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, calling it a recognition of Iranian nuclear rights and the beginning of an end to international sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised address Sunday that the interim deal reached in Geneva earlier in the day recognizes what Iran says is […]


Nov 24 2013 Obama Boasts Nuclear Deal With Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama says the agreement reached Sunday between Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, will substantially curb Iran’s nuclear program and cut off Iran’s most likely paths to an atomic bomb, in exchange for modest but reversible relief from international sanctions.
Obama said the agreement halts […]


Nov 24 2013 Iran Declares Deal Recognizes Enrichment Program

GENEVA - Iranian and international negotiators have reached agreement on first steps to curtail Iran’s nuclear program and ease economic sanctions, after four days of marathon high-level negotiations in Geneva that ended after 2 o’clock Sunday morning.
The foreign ministers of six of the world’s most powerful countries stood side-by-side with their Iranian counterpart and the […]


Nov 19 2013 US Lawmakers Oppose Easing Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - Talks between world powers and Iran are scheduled to resume this week over the country’s controversial nuclear program.  As details of a preliminary agreement begin to emerge, political leaders in the United States sharply disagree on the best way to move forward.
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, U.S. television viewers have watched massive crowds […]


Nov 18 2013 France Vows To Maintain Sanctions Against Iran

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande says his government will maintain sanctions and pressure against Iran until he is certain that it has renounced a suspected nuclear weapons program.
Hollande made the pledge to Israeli leaders after arriving in Israel Sunday at the start of a three-day visit. In a welcome ceremony at the airport, the […]


Nov 4 2013 Iran Celebrates Takeover Of US Embassy in 1979

TEHRAN - Tens of thousands of people, many shouting “Death to America,” gathered in Tehran to mark the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy following the Islamic Revolution.
Observers say Monday’s rally is the largest crowd in years at the annual event, which is held on the site of the former U.S. compound. Hardline conservatives had […]


Oct 16 2013 Iran Nuclear Talks Continue

GENEVA - Diplomats from Iran and six world powers are continuing talks Wednesday about proposals to address a decade-long standoff over the country’s nuclear program.
 Both sides praised the first day of negotiations Tuesday in Geneva, where Iran’s foreign minister outlined technical aspects of a new plan aimed at assuring the international community its nuclear program […]


Oct 15 2013 Iran Nuclear Talks Begin

GENEVA - Negotiators from Iran and six world powers are holding fresh talks in the long-running standoff over the country’s nuclear program.
 The meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva come amid what European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called “cautious optimism”. These talks are the first since Iran elected a new president.
 The United States, […]


Oct 1 2013 Rouhani Suffers Backlash Following Obama Telephone Diplomacy

ISTANBUL - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may have made a favorable impression on many in the West during his visit to the United Nations last week, but some of his country’s hardline military leaders were not at all pleased with the trip.
 The way they see it, Rouhani should have refused to talk by telephone with […]


Sep 27 2013 Kerry Holds Direct Talks With Iran Foreign Minister

WASHINGTON - The United States and Iran have held the highest level direct talks in over 30 years on the sidelines of a meeting in New York aimed at resolving the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program.
 Following a meeting with leaders from five other world powers on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pulled aside […]


Sep 26 2013 Diplomats To Discuss Iran Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are scheduled to meet Thursday to start high-level negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The talks at the United Nations are fueling cautious hope for progress after a decade of failed diplomacy.
 On Twitter this week, Iran’s new foreign minister, Zarif, said […]


Sep 19 2013 Iran Vows To Never Develop Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons, his strongest signal yet that he may be seeking a diplomatic thaw with the West after decades of acrimony.
 In an interview with NBC News days before he travels to New York for a U.N. appearance, the new Iranian president […]


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