The Iranian File

November 22, 2013

 Intercontinental Hotel during talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 21, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:30 GMT

Iran and world powers are struggling to reach an agreement over Tehran's nuclear program with Tehran saying a deal was not yet in sight in the third round of nuclear talks

November 21, 2013

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah gives a speech during a massive Shiite Muslim commemoration in southern Beirut on November 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:04 GMT

Nasrallah discussed Thursday the recent deadly attack against the Islamic republic's embassy in Beirut with Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Netanyahu's meeting with Putin left no lasting impression on the Kremlin, even before the meeting started (Reuters)
12:25 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Moscow Wednesday to urge Russia to take "a harder line" on nuclear negotiations with Iran has "fallen flat," and Israeli media is not going to let the PM forget it.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meet with other officials at the start of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva on November 20, 2013.
11:16 GMT

Catherine Ashton and Mohammad Javad Zarif are meeting in Geneva following what were described as "positive" discussions on Wednesday.

November 20, 2013

The talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 ended after less than 10 minutes on Wednesday, emphasising the uphill battle that lies ahead for world leaders as they strive to resolve international issues over Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
19:15 GMT

A senior US official said Wednesday that arriving at a nuclear deal with Iran in the renewed round of talks in Geneva would be "very hard", shortly after talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 ended after 10 minutes.

Students form a human chain around the Fordo nuclear plant in Qom, to show their support for Iran's nuclear programme. [CHAVOSH HOMAVANDI/Getty Images]
10:08 GMT

Ayatollah Khamenei says he will not intervene in diplomatic discussions but there are red lines that the Iranian negotiators will have to observe.

US Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, talks with reporters at the White House after a meeting on Iran with President Obama in Washington, DC, November 19, 2013. [JIM WATSON/Getty Images]
08:18 GMT

US President Barack Obama Tuesday appealed to senators to delay voting for tougher sanctions on Iran while international negotiations aimed at curbing the country's nuclear program continue.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron telephoned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday, representing the first call between the two countries in over a decade (Courtesy of Press TV)
06:49 GMT

British Prime Minister David Cameron telephoned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday, representing the first official communication between UK and Iranian leadership in over ten years.

Netanyahu will meet with the Kremlin to discuss Iran, but Russian President Putin has already expressed hope that a deal between Tehran and world powers can be reached in this renewed round of talks in Geneva (Courtesy of Haaretz)
06:00 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian leadership in Moscow today to discuss and advocate against the emerging nuclear agreement between Iran, the US and other world powers.The PM's visit coincides with the commencement of nuclear talks in Geneva.

November 19, 2013

Ban condemns Iran embassy attack in Beirut. [fotostory /]
17:03 GMT

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned on Tuesday the terrorist bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood.

Kerry told reporters late Monday that he will not be visiting Israel this weekend (File Archive/AFP)
06:27 GMT

Ahead of this week's commencement of nuclear talks in Geneva aimed to finalize an agreement between Iran and six world powers, US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iran to reach consensus with the international community and also canceled his trip to Israel.

November 18, 2013

Saudi Arabia denied on Monday any contact or cooperation with Israel against Iran’s nuclear program.
18:58 GMT

Saudi Arabia on Monday denied that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran.

Russian president Vladimir Putin telephoned Iran's president Hassan Rouhani Monday two days ahead of talks in Geneva on Tehran's nuclear program (AFP/Getty Images)
12:43 GMT

In a day full of diplomatic dealings, Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned Iran's president Hassan Rouhani and met with Syrian government representatives in Moscow.

November 17, 2013

French president Francois Hollande (L) and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) deliver joint statements to the media at the Israeli president's residence on November 17, 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel. [Abir Sultan/Getty Images]
16:30 GMT

French President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France will never tolerate nuclear proliferation

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on November 7, 2013. [Fabrice Cofrrini/AFP]
15:10 GMT

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said on Sunday that Iran has the right to enrich uranium, but does not insist others recognize that right.