The Iranian File

February 9, 2014

Iran has been planning to send military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, according to the head of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. [IRNA]
05:46 GMT

Iran has deployed two ships to the Atlantic Ocean.

February 8, 2014

Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 8, 2014  speaking during a meeting with Iranian air force commanders in Tehran. [AFP]
16:24 GMT

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended the moderate President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, demanding tolerance from opponents who have criticized him over talks with world powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, Agence France-Presse reported.

February 7, 2014

Unlike his hardline predecessor, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani wants to create more of a moderate image for his country. [AFP]
11:22 GMT

A Jewish hospital in the Iranian capital has received about $400,000 from the government of President Hassan Rowhani, in an attempt to further unite “all ethnic groups and religions” in the Islamic republic, the New York Times reported Thursday.

February 6, 2014

Ali Akbar Salehi used to be Iran's Foreign Minister. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

A senior Iranian official has reiterated Tehran’s desire to improve ties with its neighbor Saudi Arabia, calling for serious efforts by both sides to that end.

February 5, 2014

A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

After a recent meeting with Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran's President Rouhani claims to be ready for final nuclear talks with world powers.

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that Tehran is "committed" to implementing an interim nuclear deal (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister reaffirmed this week that Tehran is committed to implementing the Geneva nuclear deal ahead of the next round of nuclear talks with world powers.

February 3, 2014

View of barbed wire at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Holocaust Day, January 27, 2014. [AFP]
16:27 GMT

Iran makes a public statement regarding its views on the Holocaust at an international security conference in Munich.

Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal being struck by July 2014. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT

Whilst stating that Iran is "not a military aggressor", Iran's foreign minister Javad Mohammad Zarif expressed his confidence in a full nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers being struck by July 2014.

February 2, 2014

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani listens after his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. [AFP]
10:37 GMT

As the beginning phases of Iran's nuclear deal take shape, previously frozen funds are being released for use in the process.

Zarif said that the Syrian opposition "which hardly controls any ground inside Syria and may not even be welcomed into territories that are even controlled by the armed groups inside Syria". (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the "illusions of power" surrounding the Syrian opposition -who he says has little control inside Syria - is not helping to achieve a peaceful resolution to the country's crisis.

January 31, 2014

According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,”
13:21 GMT

Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the U.S. or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria.

“The need for the process to pick up the pace is obvious,” Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. [AFP]
12:57 GMT

The world’s chemical watchdog called Friday for Syria to “pick up the pace” in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed, Agence France-Presse reported.

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan during a visit to Tehran aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iran has a chance to play a constructive role in bringing stability to Syria and the broader region, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.

January 27, 2014

Police Departments have shown "a pattern of abusive and unaccountable protest policing". [presstv]
20:30 GMT

A report recently released by the Iranian military criticizes the US for being a violator of human rights.

Zarif and Catherine Ashton will meet again in New York at the end of February to continue nuclear negotiations (File Archive/AFP)
14:13 GMT

Iran nuclear talks with world powers will resume in late February in New York, according to reports Monday.