The Iranian File

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.

March 5, 2014

An Israeli official said that if the weapons had made it to Gaza, "millions of Israelis" would have been under threat. (AFP/File)
12:51 GMT

The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea that was allegedly carrying dozens of Iranian-supplied rockets intended for Palestinian fighters in the besieged Gaza Strip, the IDF said on Wednesday.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the West "cannot wish Iran's nuclear program away" (File Archive/AFP)
10:06 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told the media Wednesday that Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes.

March 4, 2014

The U.S. has stated that all options are on the table when dealing with Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Mohammad Reza Bahonar, First Vice Speaker of Iran's Majlis, reiterated that Iran is fully capable of countering a U.S. military option.

John Kerry has assured Israel that the U.S. has its security at the top of its priorities during the nuclear talks with Iran. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

The United States will stand by Israel’s side when it comes to the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Iran has repeatedly said that it is not seeking nuclear weapons for anything but peaceful means. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

A senior Russian diplomat has said that a “favorable” groundwork has been laid for a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

March 3, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama said that Washington will not stop enforcing sanctions against Iran during the course of the nuclear negotiations. (AFP
11:48 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama says the partial removal of anti-Iran sanctions in light of the Geneva deal is not leading businesses to rush back to Iran.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday that negotiations between Tehran and world powers over nuclear activities is "going well" thus far (Atta Kenare/AFP)
07:00 GMT

The U.N. chemical watchdog will commence meetings in Vienna Monday, with Iran's compliance with the six-month nuclear freeze agreed upon under the historic November deal on the table for discussion.

March 2, 2014

Rouhani "vowed" to rebuild relationships with Western powers when he assumed office in August 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
13:58 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told reporters Sunday that U.N. inspectors have not found any evidence of "military objectives" in Iran's nuclear programming.