Iran

February 13, 2014

Iran will not allow the U.S. to discuss its defense capabilities in the talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear arsenal. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected U.S. claims that Iran’s defense capabilities would be part of the nuclear negotiations, saying the nation’s missile program is not a threat to the region.

The IMF predicts that the Iran economy will grow 1-2 percent in 2014-2015 (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
13:00 GMT

The International Monetary Fund said this week that the future of Tehran's economy is positive and that the county will return to growth over the coming year.

February 12, 2014

Iran's General Hassan Firouzabadi warned neighboring countries to not let anyone attack Iran from their soil (Courtesy of Persian Umpire)
11:48 GMT

Iran's armed forces chief of staff told reporters Wednesday that Iran is "prepared for a decisive battle" against Israel and the U.S. if attacked.

US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande toast during a State Dinner at the White House. [AFP]
05:33 GMT

President Obama warns that business rushing to get in first with Iran are doing so at their own risk.

February 11, 2014

There is a discrepancy between the reliefs implemented by the US and by the EU regarding insurance of crude oil transportation.
22:09 GMT

The overall message is that the US will continue vigorously to enforce its sanctions legislation and stands equally ready to progress towards the further relaxation of sanctions against Iran or to pass more restrictive measures.

Obama told reporters at a press conference with French President Francois Hollande that it is Moscow's responsibility to ensure that Syria complies with removing its chemical stockpile as agreed upon under the U.S-Russia deal (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
18:16 GMT

Russian officials said that the U.S. is "hindering progress" on settling the Iran nuclear issue while Obama called on Russia to urge Damascus to dispose its chemical weapons on time, calling it Moscow's "responsibility.

File photo shows the launch of a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface Fateh (Victor) missile in Semnan, central Iran. (Photo courtesy of PressTV)
12:02 GMT

Iranian military officials announced the unveiling of two domestically made missiles, something U.S. defense officials said they're monitoring Tuesday.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, prays at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AFP/Getty Images)
07:26 GMT

Millions of Iranians attended nationwide demonstrations marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

A picture obtained from Iran's ISNA news agency shows IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, Tero Varjoranta and Iran's new ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi shaking hands after reaching an agreement, in Tehran on February 9, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iran stands firm on its right to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity even after recent Atomic Energy meetings over the weekend.

In early March, 12 major experts in oil and energy sector from US, Britain, and Japan will address in a conference on the Iran’s oil.
03:55 GMT

It's time for the US to get right on board.

February 10, 2014

The value of exported handmade carpets across the world reached $1.35 billion last year, out of which the value of Iranian carpets amounted to $427 million.
22:43 GMT

Sanctions against exports of Iranian carpet may be lifted in the second half of 2014, the director of the National Carpet Center director of announced on Sunday.

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that discussion of curbing Iran's defensive capabilities was "a red line". (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, a member of Iran's team of nuclear negotiators, said the republic's defensive capabilities are non-negotiable during talks with six major world powers.

There is work still to be done in the talks, but progress has been good so far, an International Atomic Energy Agency official said Monday. (AFP/Getty/File)
11:53 GMT

A senior official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has hailed “good” progress in talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Iranian official Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Washington of coming up with excuses over Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Iranian official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the United States of resorting to "excuses" over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

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.