The Iranian File

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.

Discussions on how to implement the nuclear accord have been suspended until after the Christmas holiday (Courtesy of CNN)
06:18 GMT

Iran and world powers will suspend negotiations on how to implement the historical, landmark nuclear agreement reached in November until after the Christmas holiday.

December 22, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  gestures towards his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino as they give a joint press conference in Tehran on December 22, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:53 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the nuclear negotiations with six world powers are moving forward slowly.

Iran MP Kazem Jalali called the EU delegation's meetings with Sotoudeh and Panahi as "interferance in Iran's internal affairs" (European Union/AFP)
08:41 GMT

Iran issued a statement officially criticizing European parliamentarians for meeting with dissident leaders while visiting the Islamic republic earlier this month.

Former Iranian Intelligence Officer Heydar Moslehi believes that the nuclear deal has given the U.S. the "upper hand to control [Iran's] ideas in the direction it wants" (Atta Kenare/AFP)
07:13 GMT

Former Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi described the country's recent nuclear deal with Western powers as "shocking"and a "big blow" for Iran.

December 21, 2013

President Barack Obama urged Congress Friday not to enact new sanctions on Iran in the near future. [Getty Images]
13:30 GMT

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.