The Iranian File

September 24, 2013

President Obama has said at the UN General Assembly that he is encouraged by Iranian President Rouhani's moderate overtures. (Image credit: AFP)
16:32 GMT

President Obama told the United Nations General Assembly that Iranian President Rowhani's “conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable.”

September 21, 2013

Rowhani and Obama expected to talk at next UN General Assembly meeting. []
10:13 GMT

Iran and the US expected to initiate talks about Tehran's nuclear weapons at upcoming UN General Assembly meeting.

September 20, 2013

Israel's Ambassador to the IAEA prepares commentary during the meeting. The resolution to ensure Israel complies with IAEA oversight was narrowly defeated Friday (AFP)
14:47 GMT

A proposed resolution to subject Israel to IAEA safeguards is narrowly defeated at the UN agency's annual conference and Israeli's Steinitz says "time has run out" to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program.

Building upon earlier calls from this year to improve relations with Saudi Arabia, Rouhani now seeks to "remove trivial tensions" to establish bilateral ties with the kingdom (Courtesy of the Iran Project)
05:39 GMT

Iran's President Rouhani called for closer ties with Saudi Arabia on Thursday, describing the kingdom as a "friend and brother." Rouhani further emphasized improving relations with neighboring countries as a top priority on his foreign policy agenda.

September 19, 2013

President Rouhani tells the world that Iran will not develop a nuclear weapons program (Courtesy of Raf Sanchez/The Telegraph)
13:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tells the world that his government will not develop nuclear weapons and Khamenei calls for "flexibility" in nuclear talks with the West.

September 18, 2013

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization president Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice-President of Iran, delivers a speech during the 57th General Conference at the UN atomic agency headquarters in Vienna. (AFP)
17:39 GMT

Israel charged Iran with purposefully trying to conceal its nuclear expansion programme with its recent attempts to engage in talks with the US.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pushed for 'leniency' in Iran's dealings with the US. (AFP/File)
07:43 GMT

During a meeting with the Revolutionary Guards, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he did not oppose Iran engaging in diplomacy with the US and that the Islamic Republic should show flexibility in any talks.

September 17, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has implied that if the West lifts all sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Iran will shut down one of its nuclear facilities. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be willing to shut down Fordow's nuclear facility if the West removes all sanctions on Iran.

September 16, 2013

A screenshot of an Iranian military adviser talking to Syrian army troops (Al Bawaba/YouTube)
11:04 GMT

A series of videos published this week give 'tangible indicators' that Iran is militarily involved in Syria, with footage showing Iranian advisers talking to Syrian army troops near Aleppo.

September 13, 2013

Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev shows the way to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. [AFP]
13:14 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani praises Syria for progress in chemical weapons overturn. Hassan also looks to use UN meeting as a communication launch for next steps in Tehran's uranium enrichment.

September 10, 2013

44 people died in Iran  when two buses travelling between Tehran and Qom collided. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

A collision between two buses in Iran killed 44 people and injured 39 people on late on Monday night on the highway between Tehran and Qom.

September 2, 2013

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's comments blaming Bashar Assad for the chemical weapons attack in Damascus were "distorted", according to his spokesperson. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

The Iranian Labour News Agency dropped remarks made by former Iranian president Rafsanjani claiming the Syrian government were responsible for the recent chemical weapons attack in Damascus.

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.