The Iranian File

December 22, 2013

Iran MP Kazem Jalali called the EU delegation's meetings with Sotoudeh and Panahi as "interferance in Iran's internal affairs" (European Union/AFP)
08:41 GMT

Iran issued a statement officially criticizing European parliamentarians for meeting with dissident leaders while visiting the Islamic republic earlier this month.

Former Iranian Intelligence Officer Heydar Moslehi believes that the nuclear deal has given the U.S. the "upper hand to control [Iran's] ideas in the direction it wants" (Atta Kenare/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi described the country's recent nuclear deal with Western powers as "shocking"and a "big blow" for Iran.

December 21, 2013

President Barack Obama urged Congress Friday not to enact new sanctions on Iran in the near future. [Getty Images]
13:30 GMT

Despite a veto threat from US President Barack Obama, hawkish senators in Congress say they will press forward with additional sanctions against Iran by overriding the president’s veto.

Fresh expert-level talks between Iran and six major world powers have entered an unscheduled third day in Geneva. []
12:23 GMT

Fresh expert-level talks between Iran and six major world powers have entered an unscheduled third day in Geneva aimed at devising mechanisms to implement a landmark interim nuclear deal the two sides reached last month.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  listens to International Peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi during a joint press conference in Tehran on October 26, 2013. [AFP]
11:02 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed the Syria crisis after negotiators failed to agree on Tehran’s role in upcoming talks, the ministry said Saturday.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on September 16, 2013. [Getty Images]
10:13 GMT

Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that Tehran has agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its military facilities, in statements reported on Friday.

December 20, 2013

Arab League-United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi addresses a news conference after a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva Dec. 20, 2013. [AFP]
17:54 GMT

Negotiators have failed to reach an agreement on whether Iran should be invited to Syria peace talks in Geneva next month, U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney warned that if the new legislation to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran is enacted, “the president would veto it.” [Getty Images]
14:51 GMT

The White House warned on Thursday that it would veto new congressional legislation that would toughen sanctions against Iran, because it could sink a final deal to stop Tehran getting a nuclear bomb.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
14:43 GMT

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday that Iran faced two options prior to this month’s nuclear agreement with world powers, either to surrender or go to war.

Representatives of Iran and the six world powers attend first round of talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 2013. [presstv]
05:00 GMT

Six world powers met in Geneva on Thursday to discuss more details about curbing Tehran's nuclear program as well as lifting economic sanctions from the US.

December 18, 2013

Whether it is Iran’s nuclear program, conflict in Syria, international terrorism, or domestic security, the IRGC is a key decision maker. [standupamericaus]
14:39 GMT

Three Iranian guards were killed after the car they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb.

December 15, 2013

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters Sunday that Iran is still committed to Geneva talks despite the US blacklist decision this week that "is against the spirit of the deal" (File Archive/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told reporters Sunday that Iran is still committed to continuing negotiations with world powers despite the United States' recent "unsuitable actions."

These images were e-mailed anonymously to Levinson’s family in 2011. (Photo courtesy: FBI)
06:26 GMT

After denying they knew the whereabouts of missing FBI agent Robert Levinson, Iran has also asked the U.S. for more information on the mission Levinson was completing on Iranian territory when he went missing.

December 12, 2013

US Secretary of State has tried to convince US lawmakers to refrain from enacting legislation that would place more sanctions on Iran (File Archive/AFP)
09:01 GMT

US senators are planning to introduce legislation that imposes new sanction on Iran as soon as this week.

December 11, 2013

Kerry expressed doubts about Iran's willingness to uphold the nuclear deal Tuesday in front of US lawmakers, but continued to urge Congress to lift sanctions nonetheless (File Archive/AFP)
05:53 GMT

Kerry expressed doubts on the nuclear deal with Iran in front of US lawmakers Tuesday, while an EU delegation finalized preparations for its historic trip to Tehran Friday.