Iran

July 15, 2014

Kerry held talks with Zarif for two consecutive days. (AFP/File)
10:15 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to save the flailing nuclear talks.

July 14, 2014

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, for a second day to discuss Iran's nuclear program (AFP/ File).
19:00 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have held a second meeting to discuss Tehran's nuclear program on the sidelines of nuclear talks between Israel and six world powers.

The European Union has annulled sanctions against 14 Iranian entities since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013.
14:43 GMT

“The bowl of sanctions has broken… and [nobody] can return this broken bowl to its previous state,” Rouhani stated.

The Statistical Center of Iran put the inflation rate of the country's rural areas in the 12-month period to the third Iranian calendar month (ended on June 21) at 28.3 percent.
04:55 GMT

"Containing inflation is the main economic priority of the government," he said.

July 13, 2014

Foreign Ministers from France, Britain, Germany and the U.S. joined the negotiations this weekend to see if a deal will be possible before the July 20 deadline (Jim Bourg/Pool/AFP)
17:55 GMT

Iran nuclear talks are still ongoing as Tehran and world powers try to finalize a permanent deal ahead of a self-imposed July 20 deadline. With talks bumpy in past days, some leaders have discussed the possibility of an extension, but some FMs say a chance still remains to finalize a deal.

Iran’s Targeted Subsidy Reform remains one of the most ambitious attempts to reform subsidies in an energy-exporting country.
14:11 GMT

A new IMF paper shows how subsidy reform has recently gained momentum in the Middle East and North Africa and outlines the elements of successful subsidy reform.

Iranian officials hope Kerry's presence will help solve remaining differences. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna to join the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.

Historically, Iran’s economy has been heavily dependent on oil, and the fluctuations of oil prices and exports over the years have directly influenced the government’s budgets and actions.
04:55 GMT

Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says Iran will no longer promote an oil-based economy even if the economic sanctions which have been imposed against the country are totally lifted.

July 10, 2014

British Foreign Secretary William Hague still believes that the "current negotiations are the best opportunity we have had in years to resolve this issue" on Iran's nuclear program (AFP/File).
13:06 GMT

British Foreign Secretary William Hague states that significant differences remain in the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear program.

July 9, 2014

Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT

Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.

Iran imported $153 million worth of products from the U.S. in January-May 2013 and exported $1.6 million worth of products to the U.S. in the mentioned time span
04:55 GMT

Iran transacted non-oil goods with 177 countries in the past Iranian calendar year.

July 6, 2014



Maliki last week vowed to "never give up" on serving an unprecedented third term as the country's premier, despite growing criticism from both opposition and allies of his leadership (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT

Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
17:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.

July 4, 2014

The project has envisaged that about 250 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be generated per day from burning 1,500 tons of solid waste.
13:56 GMT

The project will create 650 direct jobs and 2,000 indirect jobs, and will be implemented in four phases over the course of 24 to 36 months.

July 3, 2014

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands with member of the UN Security Council in Geneva, November 24, 2013 (File/AFP)
09:54 GMT

Russia remained optimistic about meeting the July 20 deadline with Iran over a nuclear deal with other UN Security Council members.