The Iranian File

October 22, 2013

Tehran took over the Bushehr nuclear facility last month. The power plant produces 1,000 megawatts of electricity from its nuclear reactor (Courtesy of Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA)
15:42 GMT

Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced Tuesday that Tehran will open its fuel production line for its nuclear power plant within three months and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi called on the UN to reform sanction policies on developing countries globally.

October 20, 2013

Israeli PM Netanyahu called for maintaining pressure on Iran en route to Washington Sunday for a scheduled briefing with US representatives on the recent nuclear talks in Geneva (Amos Ben Gershom/Getty Images)
12:39 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers to maintain pressure on Iran Sunday en route to Washington to participate in a briefing on Iran's nuclear program.

October 18, 2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) gives a press conference with his Danish counterpart.  Davutoglu denies Turkey shared intelligence with Israel to expose an Israeli spy ring. (Image credit: AFP)
08:47 GMT

Turkey denied a report by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius that claimed it exposed an Israeli spy ring by working closely with Iran.

October 17, 2013

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan reportedly disclosed the identities of ten Iranians who went to Turkey to meet Israeli spies, according to the Washington Post article (Courtesy of Naharnet)
12:16 GMT

A Washington Post article released Thursday reported that Turkey intentionally revealed an Israeli spy ring working inside Iran in early 2012.

October 16, 2013

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) talks to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva. [arneruhnau]
06:10 GMT

Discussions on Iran's nuclear weapons efforts continue in Geneva.

October 15, 2013

Iran's Deputy Foreign minister Abbas Araqhchi (L) leaves the media center after the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks on October 15, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva. (AFP)
13:09 GMT

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said it had a “good” response to its proposals regarding the standoff over its nuclear program and that the details would be discussed in the afternoon.

The Israeli security cabinet issued a statement on Tuesday warning against easing Iranian sanctions, ahead of a closed door meet in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 powers on Iran's nuclear programme. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

Ahead of P5+1 talks with Iran over its nuclear weapons programme in Geneva, Israel's security council has warned the international community not to ease up on Iran's sanctions or

October 14, 2013

Israel believes that Iran is close to completing its nuclear programme and has warned against the West easing its sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Netanyahu has been known to dramatise Iran's nuclear capabilities before. (AFP/File)
16:08 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that easing sanctions on Iran would be a "historic mistake", while another Israeli minister called for tough Western pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Iran will be looking to have ministerial meetings with the P5+1 powers following Tuesday's talks on nuclear weapons in Geneva. (AFP/File)
09:08 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday it will be “necessary” to have a new ministerial meeting with the P5+1 world powers after the Geneva talks on Tuesday.

October 13, 2013

Iran will put forward a three-stage proposal in the upcoming Geneva nuclear talks with the world powers. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT

Iran will put forward a three-stage proposal in the upcoming Geneva nuclear talks with the world powers.

Netanyahu has been a constant voice of warning against removing Iran's sanctions in any form. [guardian]
07:29 GMT

In an outreach regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program, Netanyahu asks the UK and France not to support lifting sanctions on Iran.

October 12, 2013

Iran has been taking a variety of steps to better relations with the international community. (Image credit: AFP)
08:43 GMT

As part of its diplomatic outreach to the West, the administration of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani has cancelled an anti-Israeli conference.

October 10, 2013

This handout image supplied by the IIPA (Iran International Photo Agency) shows a view of the reactor building at an Iranian nuclear power plant as the first fuel is loaded. (Image credit: Getty)
18:05 GMT

An Iranian lawmaker denied reports Iran agreed to shut down the Fordow uranium enrichment facility if sanctions are lifted.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have trained more than 30,000 Hezbollah fighters since the 1980s, according to a recent report. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT

A recent report has revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have trained more than 30,000 Hezbollah fighters in Iran and Lebanon since the 1980s.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told reporters Wednesday that Iran had more uranium than it needed, but other Iranian MPs have denied his claim (Reuters)
07:35 GMT

Iran's parliament announced Thursday that reports indicating that the country has a surplus of uranium that it plans to use as a "bargaining tool at nuclear talks" are false.