The Iranian File
December 21, 2013
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 aimed at devising mechanisms to implement a landmark interim nuclear deal the two sides reached last month.
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.
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
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.
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 said Thursday that Iran faced two options prior to this month’s nuclear agreement with world powers, either to surrender or go to war.
Six world powers met in Geneva on Thursday to discuss more details about curbing Tehran's nuclear program as well as lifting economic sanctions from the US.
December 18, 2013
Three Iranian guards were killed after the car they were traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb.
December 15, 2013
Iran's Foreign Minister told reporters Sunday that Iran is still committed to continuing negotiations with world powers despite the United States' recent "unsuitable actions."
After denying they knew the whereabouts of missing FBI agent Robert Levinson, Iran has also asked the U.S. for more information on the mission Levinson was completing on Iranian territory when he went missing.
December 12, 2013
US senators are planning to introduce legislation that imposes new sanction on Iran as soon as this week.
December 11, 2013
Kerry expressed doubts on the nuclear deal with Iran in front of US lawmakers Tuesday, while an EU delegation finalized preparations for its historic trip to Tehran Friday.
December 10, 2013
Israeli President Shimon Peres offered to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The offer was declined by Rouhani.
The Iranian parliament has been pushing to improve Tehran's diplomatic ties with US and European states by forging direct relationships with lawmakers in each country.