The Iranian File

February 2, 2014

Zarif said that the Syrian opposition "which hardly controls any ground inside Syria and may not even be welcomed into territories that are even controlled by the armed groups inside Syria". (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the "illusions of power" surrounding the Syrian opposition -who he says has little control inside Syria - is not helping to achieve a peaceful resolution to the country's crisis.

January 31, 2014

According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,”
13:21 GMT

Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the U.S. or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria.

“The need for the process to pick up the pace is obvious,” Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. [AFP]
12:57 GMT

The world’s chemical watchdog called Friday for Syria to “pick up the pace” in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed, Agence France-Presse reported.

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan during a visit to Tehran aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iran has a chance to play a constructive role in bringing stability to Syria and the broader region, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.

January 27, 2014

Police Departments have shown "a pattern of abusive and unaccountable protest policing". [presstv]
20:30 GMT

A report recently released by the Iranian military criticizes the US for being a violator of human rights.

Zarif and Catherine Ashton will meet again in New York at the end of February to continue nuclear negotiations (File Archive/AFP)
14:13 GMT

Iran nuclear talks with world powers will resume in late February in New York, according to reports Monday.

Many mud-brick homes in rural areas of Iran crumbled in quakes from the past. [ibttimes]
10:20 GMT

A minor earthquake shook southern Iran although no damages have been reported.

January 26, 2014

Kofi Annan is representing a group called the Elders which is a group of 12 global leaders that was established to "promote peace, justice and human rights" (Courtesy of The Guardian)
13:52 GMT

Former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived in Iran Sunday in a visit "aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community.

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24, 2014. [AFP]
01:03 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that talks with world powers to reach a long-term nuclear deal will resume next month.

January 23, 2014

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. He said Iran is not interested in acquiring nukes. (AFP)
13:10 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the Islamic Republic wants to pursue constructive relationships with its regional neighbours, and that it has no intention of acquiring nukes.

Rouhani was at this week's Davos World Economic Forum to encourage world investment in Iran (File Archive/AFP)
10:07 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told reporters this week that Tehran will normalize relations with Europe once the interim nuclear accord is implemented.

January 20, 2014

U.N. chief extended an invitation to Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Montreaux this week (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)
09:14 GMT

Iran's invitation has stirred controversy ahead of the highly-anticipated Syrian peace talks. France has called on Tehran to "accept the creation of a transitional government" or forego attending the conference altogether, and the Syrian opposition announced that they will not attend if Iran is present.

Unblocking billions of dollars in funds to Iran under a landmark six-month nuclear deal with the West, that will take effect on January 20, 2014 will have a significant economic impact on the Islamic republic. [AFP]
07:18 GMT

Iran is looking forward to the beginning of agreements made in Geneva to include the lifting of some US sanctions.

January 18, 2014

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani says Iran is making sacrifices for Hezbollah [Press TV]
15:27 GMT

Iran is making sacrifices for Hezbollah and will support the Lebanese group in the event it is attacked, Tehran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Friday.

January 17, 2014

State Department official Wendy Sherman, shown testifying in 2011 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the U.S. ability to enforce Iran sanctions “is being hampered significantly” by the shutdown.
12:03 GMT

As the White House ratcheted up its effort to placate political opposition to an interim Iran nuclear deal, top U.S. nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman failed to convince senators to hold off imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.