The Iranian File

February 13, 2014

Iran will not allow the U.S. to discuss its defense capabilities in the talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear arsenal. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT

A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected U.S. claims that Iran’s defense capabilities would be part of the nuclear negotiations, saying the nation’s missile program is not a threat to the region.

February 12, 2014

Iran's General Hassan Firouzabadi warned neighboring countries to not let anyone attack Iran from their soil (Courtesy of Persian Umpire)
11:48 GMT

Iran's armed forces chief of staff told reporters Wednesday that Iran is "prepared for a decisive battle" against Israel and the U.S. if attacked.

US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande toast during a State Dinner at the White House. [AFP]
05:33 GMT

President Obama warns that business rushing to get in first with Iran are doing so at their own risk.

February 11, 2014

File photo shows the launch of a single-stage solid-propellant, surface-to-surface Fateh (Victor) missile in Semnan, central Iran. (Photo courtesy of PressTV)
12:02 GMT

Iranian military officials announced the unveiling of two domestically made missiles, something U.S. defense officials said they're monitoring Tuesday.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, prays at the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (AFP/Getty Images)
07:26 GMT

Millions of Iranians attended nationwide demonstrations marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

A picture obtained from Iran's ISNA news agency shows IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards, Tero Varjoranta and Iran's new ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi shaking hands after reaching an agreement, in Tehran on February 9, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iran stands firm on its right to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity even after recent Atomic Energy meetings over the weekend.

February 10, 2014

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that discussion of curbing Iran's defensive capabilities was "a red line". (AFP/File)
13:57 GMT

Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, a member of Iran's team of nuclear negotiators, said the republic's defensive capabilities are non-negotiable during talks with six major world powers.

There is work still to be done in the talks, but progress has been good so far, an International Atomic Energy Agency official said Monday. (AFP/Getty/File)
11:53 GMT

A senior official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has hailed “good” progress in talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Iranian official Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused Washington of coming up with excuses over Tehran's nuclear program. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT

Iranian official Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has accused the United States of resorting to "excuses" over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

February 9, 2014

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thinks the U.S. wants to shake up Tehran. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in Tehran.

Iran has been planning to send military ships close to the United States' Atlantic coast, according to the head of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. [IRNA]
05:46 GMT

Iran has deployed two ships to the Atlantic Ocean.

February 8, 2014

Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 8, 2014  speaking during a meeting with Iranian air force commanders in Tehran. [AFP]
16:24 GMT

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defended the moderate President Hassan Rowhani Saturday, demanding tolerance from opponents who have criticized him over talks with world powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, Agence France-Presse reported.

February 7, 2014

Unlike his hardline predecessor, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani wants to create more of a moderate image for his country. [AFP]
11:22 GMT

A Jewish hospital in the Iranian capital has received about $400,000 from the government of President Hassan Rowhani, in an attempt to further unite “all ethnic groups and religions” in the Islamic republic, the New York Times reported Thursday.

February 6, 2014

Ali Akbar Salehi used to be Iran's Foreign Minister. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT

A senior Iranian official has reiterated Tehran’s desire to improve ties with its neighbor Saudi Arabia, calling for serious efforts by both sides to that end.

February 5, 2014

A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic's President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands with Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. [AFP]
09:45 GMT

After a recent meeting with Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran's President Rouhani claims to be ready for final nuclear talks with world powers.