The Iranian File

December 3, 2013

Former Iranian president Mahmood Ahmadinejad's debate invitation was reportedly "welcomed" by Rouhani under the condition that the former president respects the truth during the debate (File Archive)
15:01 GMT

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on current president Hassan Rouhani Tuesday to debate "baseless and unfair" allegations that he is responsible for Iran's dire economic situation.

Jimmy Carter was the last U.S. president to visit Iran, back before the Islamic revolution in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis. [Reuters]
05:31 GMT

Amid rumors that US President Obama is planning a visit to Iran, the White House issued a statement denying that Obama has any plans to drop into the region in 2014.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [Getty Images]
04:00 GMT

Britain’s new envoy to Tehran will visit Iran Tuesday for the first time since a thaw in relations between the two countries who severed ties two years ago, reported Agence France-Presse.

December 2, 2013

Iran's FM Zarif is meeting with top GCC officials as part of a regional tour to assure Gulf States that Tehran's nuclear deal is in the interest of the region (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
08:28 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Saudi Arabia Monday to cooperate with Tehran on "[achieving regional] stability."

December 1, 2013

Iran's Deputy FM Abbas Araqchi told reporters that "we are in no way optimistic about [the West world powers]-we are pessimistic- and we have told them that we cannot trust you" (Courtesy of Press TV)
11:24 GMT

Iran and six world powers will meet next week to develop steps to implement the historic deal reached in late November on Tehran's nuclear program.

November 30, 2013

Rouhani insists that Iran's nuclear program will only be used for peaceful energy production. [presstv]
19:35 GMT

Iran's President Rouhani calls the dismantling of his countries nuclear program a "red line" for Iran and shows no plan to move in that direction.

November 29, 2013

Iranians gathering amid rubble in the Iranian western city of Borazjan, on November 28, 2013, after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the country. [Mohammad Salehinia/AFP]
04:20 GMT

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran's sole nuclear power plant has killed seven people and injured 30, authorities said.

November 28, 2013

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi waits ahead of the Board of Governors meeting at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna on November 28, 2013. [Alexander Klien/AFP]
11:58 GMT

The IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Thursday that Iran has invited the atomic energy agency to visit the Arak heavy-water plant on December 8.

Traditional Persian ships, in Bushehr province. Iran seized two Saudi boats that entered its territory. (Photo courtesy of ALAMY/The Telegraph)
09:23 GMT

The Iranian coast guard seized two Saudi fishing vessels that entered Iran's territorial waters, a provincial official said late Wednesday.

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt [AFP]
08:52 GMT

In meeting with Majid Takhat Ravanchi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Europe and US Affairs, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed nuclear agreement between Iran and Group 5+1 in Geneva.

November 27, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  gives a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on November 27, 2013. [Atta Kenare/AFP]
15:14 GMT

he foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in Syria before proposed peace talks in Geneva scheduled for Jan. 22.

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech during a press conference at the CICG (Centre International de Conferences Geneve) after talks over Iran's nuclear programme in Geneva on November 24, 2013. [AFP/Alexander Klein]
14:22 GMT

US secretary of state delivers video message on interim Iran agreement to American legislators.

Members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria. []
11:53 GMT

Hundreds of Turks have crossed the border into Syria to fight with Al-Qaeda linked jihadists against the Damascus regime, according to a Turkish interior ministry report.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the parliament in Tehran on November 27, 2013. [Getty Images]
11:21 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister says the country’s enrichment activities at Natanz and Fordow facilities would continue, but at a range of 3.5 to 5 percent purity level, and that their capacities would not be expanded.

November 26, 2013

US president: America can't commit itself to endless cycle of violence; senators weigh sanctions legislation that would respect 6-month deadline. [Getty Images]
15:59 GMT

On a tour of the West Coast, US President Barack Obama directly addressed critics of the deal as "blusterous" players all too comfortable living under a perpetual threat of confrontation.