Iran

February 10, 2014

Iran's Petroleum Minister says it plans to introduce by June a new generation of oil contracts that are more attractive to investors.
00:41 GMT

He said the new contracts are designed for the "post-sanction era," but did not provide details.

February 9, 2014

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thinks the U.S. wants to shake up Tehran. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in Tehran.

Iran has been planning to send military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, according to the head of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. [IRNA]
05:46 GMT

Iran has deployed two ships to the Atlantic Ocean.

February 8, 2014

Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 8, 2014  speaking during a meeting with Iranian air force commanders in Tehran. [AFP]
16:24 GMT

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended the moderate President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, demanding tolerance from opponents who have criticized him over talks with world powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, Agence France-Presse reported.

February 7, 2014

Unlike his hardline predecessor, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani wants to create more of a moderate image for his country. [AFP]
11:22 GMT

A Jewish hospital in the Iranian capital has received about $400,000 from the government of President Hassan Rowhani, in an attempt to further unite “all ethnic groups and religions” in the Islamic republic, the New York Times reported Thursday.

February 6, 2014

Ali Akbar Salehi used to be Iran's Foreign Minister. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

A senior Iranian official has reiterated Tehran’s desire to improve ties with its neighbor Saudi Arabia, calling for serious efforts by both sides to that end.

February 5, 2014

Iran and France have the potential to notably increase their bilateral annual trade to $5 billion and more
17:50 GMT

A delegation of more than 100 French companies arrived in Tehran on Monday in the biggest demonstration of western business interest in Iran for more than a decade

A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

After a recent meeting with Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran's President Rouhani claims to be ready for final nuclear talks with world powers.

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that Tehran is "committed" to implementing an interim nuclear deal (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister reaffirmed this week that Tehran is committed to implementing the Geneva nuclear deal ahead of the next round of nuclear talks with world powers.

February 4, 2014

“So if we’re going to stop that nuclear programme and that quest for nuclear weapons, we have to either do it diplomatically or do it militarily,” he said.
21:44 GMT

US officials declared on Tuesday that Iran is “not open for business” and vowed to scrutinise companies heading to the Islamic republic since it entered a temporary nuclear agreement.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with Swiss and Syrian officials Tuesday to discuss increasing aid access for Syrian civilians trapped inside the war-torn country (Courtesy of Press TV)
19:39 GMT

Syrian, Iranian and Swiss officials met in Tehran to discuss improving aid access to the victims of Syria's civil war.

February 3, 2014

Annual trade between Iran and China may reach $38 billion by the end of the current Iranian calendar year
18:34 GMT

Iran and China will soon sign a agreement setting a “roadmap” to boost cooperation in a wide range of economic sectors

View of barbed wire at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Holocaust Day, January 27, 2014. [AFP]
16:27 GMT

Iran makes a public statement regarding its views on the Holocaust at an international security conference in Munich.

Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal being struck by July 2014. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

Whilst stating that Iran is "not a military aggressor", Iran's foreign minister Javad Mohammad Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers being struck by July 2014.

Following November's nuclear deal, the EU Council suspended part of its sanctions against Iran (File Archive/AFP)
11:00 GMT

EU nations are preparing (and competing!) for Tehran investments following the easing of sanctions against the country.