The Iranian File

December 31, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, deputy Iranian negotiators Majid Ravanchi and Abbas Araghchi seated between them against the wall at a meeting in New York in September. [AFP]
23:26 GMT

Iranian nuclear negotiations continued in Geneva on December 30 and December 31 with progress described as "good" by Iran's senior nuclear negotiator and concurrence on a January implementation date for the interim nuclear agreement signed in November.

December 28, 2013

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi [Getty Images]
13:24 GMT

Iran is in the process of improving its capability to speed up uranium enrichment, it announced Thursday, in a move that could delay nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers.

December 26, 2013

According to experts, nuclear weapons can be produced with 20 percent purity of uranium. The new Iranian bill goes well beyond this. (Getty/File)
10:32 GMT

A recent bill put forward by Iranian lawmakers would see the government to enrich uranium to 60 percent purity.

December 23, 2013

Iran's Rouhani expected to search for new relationship with US diplomats. [us-iran]
17:05 GMT

In what has been an avoided issue since Rouhani took office, The Iranian President has now stated explicitly to a German newspaper that his focus is to improve relations with the US.

Discussions on how to implement the nuclear accord have been suspended until after the Christmas holiday (Courtesy of CNN)
06:18 GMT

Iran and world powers will suspend negotiations on how to implement the historical, landmark nuclear agreement reached in November until after the Christmas holiday.

December 22, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  gestures towards his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino as they give a joint press conference in Tehran on December 22, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:53 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the nuclear negotiations with six world powers are moving forward slowly.

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.