The Iranian File

January 13, 2014

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to journalists at Rafic Hariri International airport in Beirut on January 12, 2014 upon his arrival for a one day visit to Lebanon to meet Lebanese officials. Iran and Lebanon are looking to boost their bilateral ties. (AFP)
08:58 GMT

Iran's former ambassador to Beirut said that the Islamic Republic plays a crucial part in securing Lebanon's unity, and that it "contribute substantially" to Beirut's security.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently met with world powers in Geneva to finalize the timeline of implementing last November's historic nuclear deal (Ozan Kose/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Iran will receive $550 million in sanction relief around Feb. 1 as the first installment of nearly $4.2 billion that is set to be unblocked under its historic nuclear deal with Western powers.

This combination of two recent pictures made on January 9, 2014 shows (at L) Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in a picture released by the Iranian Presidency and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. [AFP]
05:47 GMT

The Geneva II conference is approaching and discussions are still on the table about whether Iran should be part of the resolution process at the January 22nd meeting.

January 12, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hugs French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Nov. 24, 2013.
18:24 GMT

The White House confirmed on Sunday that the landmark agreement Iran clinched with world powers on its disputed nuclear program will take effect from Jan. 20, Agence France-Presse reported.

January 11, 2014

Iranian Navy fires a Mehrab (Altar) missile during the Velayat-90 naval drills in the general area of Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. [Press TV]
13:38 GMT

The Lebanese militant Shiite movement Hezbollah has dramatically improved its missile capabilities and can now pinpoint targets anywhere in Israel, a senior commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards said Saturday.

January 9, 2014

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the negotiations reveal U.S. “enmity.” [AFP]
20:21 GMT

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei admitted on Thursday pursuing the religious deception tactic known as a “taqiyya” in talks with the United States over his country’s nuclear program.

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, pictured here with EU representative Catherine Ashton in November 2013, will meet with major world powers in Geneva Thursday to discuss how to implement the historic nuclear deal from late last year (File Archive/AFP)
06:53 GMT

Nuclear talks between major Western powers and Iran resume Thursday in Geneva. The talks will focus on how to implement the landmark November deal, but previous disagreement on technical issues like centrifuges may undermine the accord if compromises are not made on both sides of the table.

January 8, 2014

Kerry will meet again with Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov on Jan. 13 (File Archive/AFP)
08:46 GMT

The United States told reporters Tuesday that Iran's involvement in Syrian peace talks scheduled to take place in Switzerland later this month should be scrutinized since Tehran is helping to "brutalize" Syria.

January 7, 2014

Jack Straw, the former British Foreign Secretary, has spearheaded the UK's recent revival of diplomatic relations with Iran. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

Jack Straw, former British Foreign Secretary, will hold a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday during his visit to Iran, where he is heading a parliamentary delegation.

January 2, 2014

Two bombs struck the Lebanese capital between November and December 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
09:49 GMT

Tehran has called on Lebanon to participate in an ongoing investigation on a Saudi man who is suspect of leading the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the Iranian embassy bombings in November 2013.

Iranians often experience earthquakes due to the country's fault line location (File Archive/AFP)
09:26 GMT

Earthquakes shook Iran Thursday, killing at least one and injuring 30.

January 1, 2014

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.