The Iranian File

August 4, 2013

Iran's President Hasan Rowhani (L) delivers a speech after being sworn in before parliament in Tehran on August 4, 2013. (AFP)
18:13 GMT

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday told the Syrian government that nothing will change the strong alliance between Iran and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

 Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani sits next to the national flag on his first official day in office in Tehran on August 3, 2013. (AFP)
08:55 GMT

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has apparently made remarks to Iranian state TV that the US is seeking confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme.

July 23, 2013

Iran's second-largest mobile operator sent a quiz question seen as insulting to Sunnis.  (source: Facebook)
07:31 GMT

Irancell has apologized to Sunni Muslims for a mobile phone competition seen as insulting to Umar bin al-Khattab.

July 15, 2013

Israel says it may attack Iran without U.S. assistance. (Source: Wikimedia Commons / Alexey Goral)
11:00 GMT

The Israeli premier warned that Israel may target Iranian facilities even without U.S. assistance.

June 30, 2013

General view of Tehran (image used for illustrative purposes)
13:50 GMT

Iran confirms Slovak nationals are being held in Iran under suspicion of breaking the law

June 24, 2013

Khalid al-Attiyah LL, Qatari acting minister of business and trade, and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, listen as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Friends of Syria conference (Source AFP/JACQUELYN MARTIN-POOL)
11:30 GMT

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian criticizes Western and Gulf nations who pledge support to opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

June 17, 2013

Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani speaks to the press following a visit to the Khomeini mausoleum, in Tehran on June 16 (Atta Kenare / AFP)
14:12 GMT

Iranian president-elect thanked Iranians for 'choosing moderation' and said that he will seek 'constructive interaction' with the world in a speech on Monday afternoon

June 16, 2013

Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah. (Al Bawaba file photo)
09:43 GMT

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has offered his congratulations to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on behalf 'of all the Mujahideen' in Lebanon.

Iran is to reportedly send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against opposition forces. The move comes just one day after newly elected Iran President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism."
08:22 GMT

Iran is to reportedly send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against opposition forces.

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism,” and urged world powers to speak to his country with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.
07:14 GMT

Newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rowhani praised his election as a “victory of moderation over extremism,” and urged world powers to speak to his country with respect and acknowledge its rights in order to receive an appropriate response.

June 14, 2013

With the conservative camp divided, reformists seem confident of a good showing by moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani, who has emerged as a frontrunner with a real chance of forcing a run-off, analysts say.
08:41 GMT

More than 50 million people are eligible to vote for the man -- no women candidates were approved -- to succeed former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is barred from standing for a third consecutive term under the constitution.

June 13, 2013

Iranian policemen stand guard as supporters of Iranian moderate presidential candidate, Hassan Rowhani, attend a street rally at Vanak square in northern Tehran on June 12 (Behrouz Mehri / AFP)
15:16 GMT

Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown on political activists and journalists as the country prepares to go to the polls on Friday

June 11, 2013

Iranian presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani (AFP file photo)
21:39 GMT

Just hours after rumors spread that Hassan Rouhani would be disqualified from the upcoming presidential election, the moderate candidate was endorsed by former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

June 10, 2013

assan Rowhani, a moderate Iranian presidential candidate and former top nuclear negotiator, waves as he arrives for to campaign at the Jamaran mosque in Tehran, on June 1 (Atta Kenare/ AFP)
09:18 GMT

The Guardian Council are reassessing Hassan Rouhani's qualifications to run for President as reports emerged that a reformist coalition had settled on backing his candidacy

June 9, 2013

Iranian advisor to the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and hopeful conservative presidential candidate, Ali Akbar Velayati (Atta Kenare/ AFP)
11:35 GMT

Veteran diplomat Ali Akbar Velayati's candidacy has been endorsed by a leading clerical group