The Iranian File

December 7, 2013

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 7, 2013. [AFP]
08:38 GMT

Hagel promises US will maintain 35000-strong force in Gulf region despite recent deal with Tehran.

December 6, 2013

Free Syrian Army members at their base on April 21, 2013, in Darkoush, Syria. [Getty Images]
15:34 GMT

The military wing of Syria’s foreign-sponsored opposition says it will not take part in the upcoming Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria, Press TV reports.

 Rep. Duncan Hunter said stopping Iran from gaining nuclear capability was “inevitable.” [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

California Republican Duncan Hunter says that if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, it should use "tactical" nukes.

December 5, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a joint press conference with US Secretary Of State John Kerry on December 5, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Gali Tibbon/Getty Images]
15:20 GMT

Israel’s security is a top priority in talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said during his Jerusalem visit Thursday.

December 4, 2013

The envoy exchanges between Iran and the UK marked the beginning of thaw in relations. [Aribiya]
04:23 GMT

A newly appointed envoy from the UK made a historic visit to Tehran on Tuesday breaking the two year lapse in connection.

December 3, 2013

Former Iranian president Mahmood Ahmadinejad's debate invitation was reportedly "welcomed" by Rouhani under the condition that the former president respects the truth during the debate (File Archive)
15:01 GMT

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on current president Hassan Rouhani Tuesday to debate "baseless and unfair" allegations that he is responsible for Iran's dire economic situation.

Jimmy Carter was the last U.S. president to visit Iran, back before the Islamic revolution in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis. [Reuters]
05:31 GMT

Amid rumors that US President Obama is planning a visit to Iran, the White House issued a statement denying that Obama has any plans to drop into the region in 2014.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Britain’s new envoy to Tehran will visit Iran Tuesday for the first time since a thaw in relations between the two countries who severed ties two years ago, reported Agence France-Presse.

December 2, 2013

Iran's FM Zarif is meeting with top GCC officials as part of a regional tour to assure Gulf States that Tehran's nuclear deal is in the interest of the region (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
08:28 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Saudi Arabia Monday to cooperate with Tehran on "[achieving regional] stability."

December 1, 2013

Iran's Deputy FM Abbas Araqchi told reporters that "we are in no way optimistic about [the West world powers]-we are pessimistic- and we have told them that we cannot trust you" (Courtesy of Press TV)
11:24 GMT

Iran and six world powers will meet next week to develop steps to implement the historic deal reached in late November on Tehran's nuclear program.

November 30, 2013

Rouhani insists that Iran's nuclear program will only be used for peaceful energy production. [presstv]
19:35 GMT

Iran's President Rouhani calls the dismantling of his countries nuclear program a "red line" for Iran and shows no plan to move in that direction.

November 29, 2013

Iranians gathering amid rubble in the Iranian western city of Borazjan, on November 28, 2013, after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the country. [Mohammad Salehinia/AFP]
04:20 GMT

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran's sole nuclear power plant has killed seven people and injured 30, authorities said.

November 28, 2013

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi waits ahead of the Board of Governors meeting at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on November 28, 2013. [Alexander Klien/AFP]
11:58 GMT

The IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Thursday that Iran has invited the atomic energy agency to visit the Arak heavy-water plant on December 8.

Traditional Persian ships, in Bushehr province. Iran seized two Saudi boats that entered its territory. (Photo courtesy of ALAMY/The Telegraph)
09:23 GMT

The Iranian coast guard seized two Saudi fishing vessels that entered Iran's territorial waters, a provincial official said late Wednesday.

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt [AFP]
08:52 GMT

In meeting with Majid Takhat Ravanchi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Europe and US Affairs, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed nuclear agreement between Iran and Group 5+1 in Geneva.