The Iranian File

March 19, 2014

The latest round of nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers resumed Tuesday this week in Vienna (Dieter Nagl/AFP)
08:00 GMT

Iran officials told reporters this week that Tehran is trying to first reach common ground with the so-called P5+1 group of wolrd powers during the latest round of nuclear talks rather than sealing the deal prematurely.

March 18, 2014

President Rouhani has stressed that he wants progressive reforms for Iran but some argue that his policies do not go far enough. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT

Mohsen Naziri Asl, Iran's Ambassador to the UNHRC, rejected a U.N. report on human rights in Iran Tuesday.

Moshe Yaalon is known for his hawkish statements. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

In recent comments, Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon hints that Israel could take action against Iran with or without U.S. approval.

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, recently met with Helga Schmid, a deputy to Catherine Ashton, to form the agenda for upcoming talks. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

A new round of nuclear talks begins today in Vienna. The P5+1 and Iran will meet at U.N. headquarters in Vienna.

Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with Javad Zarif on Monday to discuss the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
08:39 GMT

Javad Zarif said Iran is willing to help with any "logical attempts" to end the conflict in Syria.

March 17, 2014

Pro-government forces stand on a street in the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014 after they seized full control of the rebel bastion in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border. (AFP)
10:03 GMT

Iran has come up with a four-point plan for UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi that aims to secure peace in war-torn Syria.

March 16, 2014

Iran FM Zarif shared Tehran's skepticism that this round of talks would lead to a final deal during a press conference Sunday (Atta Kenare/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told reporters Sunday that Tehran does not expect to reach a permanent deal with world powers over its nuclear program during the upcoming round of nuclear talks.

March 14, 2014

Iran and the major powers hope to agree upon a deal over the country's nuclear activities by July. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry explained on Thursday that sanctions against Iran are still in place and are being enforced

March 13, 2014

Rouhani expressed his "extension of friendship" during his meetings in Muscat this week (File Archive/AFP)
13:57 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran "extends a hand of friendship and brotherhood to all regional countries...particularly to the Gulf" during his meeting in Oman this week.

President Obama says the Iranian government continues to pose serious threats to U.S. national security. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama renewed sanctions against Iran this week via the National Emergency Act.

March 12, 2014

Tehran and Moscow's preliminary nuclear construction deal announced Wednesday is part of 1992 agreement between the two countries (File Archive/Shutterstock)
11:33 GMT

Iran and Russia agreed to a preliminary deal Wednesday for the construction of two more nuclear power plants in Iran's port city of Bushehr.

March 10, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu is fiercely critical of Iran's new government, despite Iranian attempt at reform. (AFP/File)
18:49 GMT

Israel recently intercepted a ship flying a Panamanian flag because officials believed it was carrying weapons from Iran to the Gaza Strip. Weapons were found aboard.

March 9, 2014

IEU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton (L), who coordinates nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif give a joint press conference following a meeting on March 9, 2014 (AFP)
18:00 GMT

European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton says there is no guarantee for the achievement of a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers, as she called the ongoing negotiations "difficult".

March 8, 2014

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran soured after Iran's revolution in 1979. This will be Rouhani's first trip to the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
06:34 GMT

Rouhani has accepted an official invitation to visit Saudi Arabia.

March 6, 2014

The Revolutionary Guard has upgraded their ballistic missiles program. (AFP/File)
10:08 GMT

Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan announced Wednesday that Iran has obtained missiles equipped with multiple warheads.