The Iranian File

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.

November 27, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  gives a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on November 27, 2013. [Atta Kenare/AFP]
15:14 GMT

he foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in Syria before proposed peace talks in Geneva scheduled for Jan. 22.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech during a press conference at the CICG (Centre International de Conferences Geneve) after talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 24, 2013. [AFP/Alexander Klein]
14:22 GMT

US secretary of state delivers video message on interim Iran agreement to American legislators.

Members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria. []
11:53 GMT

Hundreds of Turks have crossed the border into Syria to fight with Al-Qaeda linked jihadists against the Damascus regime, according to a Turkish interior ministry report.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the parliament in Tehran on November 27, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:21 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister says the country’s enrichment activities at Natanz and Fordow facilities would continue, but at a range of 3.5 to 5 percent purity level, and that their capacities would not be expanded.

November 26, 2013

US president: America can't commit itself to endless cycle of violence; senators weigh sanctions legislation that would respect 6-month deadline. [Getty Images]
15:59 GMT

On a tour of the West Coast, US President Barack Obama directly addressed critics of the deal as "blusterous" players all too comfortable living under a perpetual threat of confrontation.

Israel is so small; no small fish can eat big fish": Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told The Financial Times that Israel does not pose a threat to Iran (AFP/File)
09:35 GMT

Former Iranian president and powerful politician Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said he believes Tehran can sign a comprehensive nuclear agreement with world powers within a year, adding that Israel does not pose a threat to the Islamic Republic.

November 25, 2013

Saudi newspapers headlining the deal made with major powers over Iran's disputed nuclear deal are seen on November 25, 2013 in the capital Riyadh. [AFP]
17:36 GMT

Saudi Arabia cautiously welcome a nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers, saying "good intentions" could lead to a comprehensive solution".

The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran (Mehr News/AFP/File, Majid Asgaripour)
12:58 GMT

A poll conducted by daily Israel Hayom revealed that over three quarters of Jewish Israelis believe that Iran will still work towards its nuclear capabilities, whilst nearly 50% thought that Israel should take preemptive military action against the Islamic state.

IRAN, Tehran : A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani speaking during a press conference on November 24, 2013 in Tehran a day after world powers forged a deal with Iran in Geneva. (AFP)
10:42 GMT

Qatar has praised Sunday's deal between Iran and the world powers, calling it a positive step towards greater stability in the region as France said some of the sanctions on Iran would be lifted in December.

November 24, 2013

During a press conference Sunday regarding the historic deal between Iran and world powers on the latter's nuclear program, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani reiterated to reporters that his country would "never" seek atomic weapons (File Archive/AFP)
10:54 GMT

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hailed Sunday's nuclear deal with world powers, saying that the agreement "seals Tehran's nuclear rights" and reiterating that Iran will "never" seek atomic weapons.