The Iranian File

May 27, 2014

The MERS virus has now reached Iran (File Archive/ AFP).
12:21 GMT

Iran’s Health Ministry has detected two confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona-Virus (MERS-CoV) in Kerman Province.

May 26, 2014

Ashton and Zarif will review the progress of the nuclear negotiations in their meetings. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are meeting in Turkey to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

Iran says there has been no tangible progress in writing the draft text of a comprehensive agreement over the country’s nuclear energy program. (AFP/File)
06:37 GMT

“The talks with the West has neither failed nor reached a deadlock. The negotiations continue, although we have not achieved a tangible progress yet - which is not unusual,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday.

May 24, 2014

Human rights group Amnesty International has criticized Iran for use of the death penalty in recent years (File/AFP)
13:57 GMT

A businessman convicted of embezzling $2.6 billion was hanged early on Saturday in Iran's biggest fraud case in the country's banking history.

May 21, 2014

“Today, the majority of people in the world trust the Iranian nation and praise this nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian nation has proved that it is possible to progress in social and scientific fields and have dignity without depending on the US.

May 20, 2014

Ghazanfar Roknabadi is expected to leave his post this summer (File/AFP)
13:36 GMT

Iran's embassy confirmed that its current ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi will be replaced by a former economic advisor.

Lebanon is home to 900,000 Maronite Christians, making Cardinal Rai Bechara an influential figure in the country (File/AFP)
12:50 GMT

Head of Lebanon's Maronite church, Bechara Rai urged for closer ties with Iran in a meeting with the Iranian ambassador to Beirut.

Iran and the IAEA signed a joint statement in November 2013 about Iran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency is visiting Iran for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

May 18, 2014

“Opportunity shouldn’t be missed again like in 2005,” Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
11:41 GMT

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers is “possible” if the parties to the talks with the Islamic Republic do away with “illusions.”

May 15, 2014

The U.S. and several European countries are keen to begin monitoring just where Hezbollah gets its money from. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Sources close to the central command at Hezbollah say the party has begun to take budget-cutting measures due to the shortage of Iranian aid caused by the Islamic Republic’s tough economic situation.

May 14, 2014

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi are representing Iran in the nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
08:25 GMT

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi says the U.S. must make tough decisions when it comes to the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1.

May 13, 2014

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif heads Iran's negotiating team. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 will begin a new round of nuclear talks in Vienna today.

A handout picture released by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on May 11, 2014 shows him sitting next to the captured US drone and its copy, at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force exhibition in Tehran (AFP Photo)
06:22 GMT

A ceremony was held in Iran to recognize its reverse-engineering feat, displaying both the U.S. drone and its Iranian copy.

May 11, 2014

Negotiations between Iran and the West are progressing, with some believing that a final deal on Iran's nuclear status can be reached in the coming months. (photo courtesy: aei-ideas.org)
17:34 GMT

Ayatollah Khamenei said that any reduction in missiles would be foolish when the West continues to threaten Iran.

Rouhani’s remarks come ahead of a fresh round of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed Western allegations that the Islamic Republic is pursuing a secret nuclear program.