The Iranian File

January 20, 2014

Unblocking billions of dollars in funds to Iran under a landmark six-month nuclear deal with the West, that will take effect on January 20, 2014 will have a significant economic impact on the Islamic republic. [AFP]
07:18 GMT

Iran is looking forward to the beginning of agreements made in Geneva to include the lifting of some US sanctions.

January 18, 2014

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani says Iran is making sacrifices for Hezbollah [Press TV]
15:27 GMT

Iran is making sacrifices for Hezbollah and will support the Lebanese group in the event it is attacked, Tehran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Friday.

January 17, 2014

State Department official Wendy Sherman, shown testifying in 2011 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the U.S. ability to enforce Iran sanctions “is being hampered significantly” by the shutdown.
12:03 GMT

As the White House ratcheted up its effort to placate political opposition to an interim Iran nuclear deal, top U.S. nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman failed to convince senators to hold off imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

January 15, 2014

This man - U.S. President Barack Obama - is contributing to the alien agenda that has been driving America's domestic and foreign policies since 1945, according to Iran. (AFP/File)
19:50 GMT

The United States' international and domestic policy has been decided by "alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” since 1945, Iran's FARS News Agency said in a recent report.

January 14, 2014

Iran and the IAEA were supposed to meet next week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, but the meeting has now been postponed until Feb. 8 (Atta Kenare/AFP)
12:34 GMT

The United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Tuesday that it has postponed a scheduled meeting with Iran set for next week until Feb. 8.

The White House has previously warned that Obama will veto any anti-Iran bill that Congress pushes through. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called on Congress to give pursuing diplomatic relations with Tehran a chance as new sanctions on Iran were backed by Washington.

January 13, 2014

Mohammad Javad Zarif is due in Amman on Tuesday, the Jordanian foreign ministry said. (AFP/File)
10:49 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will visit Amman this week for talks regarding bilateral ties and regional developments.

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.