The Iranian File

January 27, 2014

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.

January 15, 2014

This man - U.S. President Barack Obama - is contributing to the alien agenda that has been driving America's domestic and foreign policies since 1945, according to Iran. (AFP/File)
19:50 GMT

The United States' international and domestic policy has been decided by "alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” since 1945, Iran's FARS News Agency said in a recent report.

January 14, 2014

Iran and the IAEA were supposed to meet next week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program, but the meeting has now been postponed until Feb. 8 (Atta Kenare/AFP)
12:34 GMT

The United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Tuesday that it has postponed a scheduled meeting with Iran set for next week until Feb. 8.

The White House has previously warned that Obama will veto any anti-Iran bill that Congress pushes through. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday called on Congress to give pursuing diplomatic relations with Tehran a chance as new sanctions on Iran were backed by Washington.

January 13, 2014

Mohammad Javad Zarif is due in Amman on Tuesday, the Jordanian foreign ministry said. (AFP/File)
10:49 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will visit Amman this week for talks regarding bilateral ties and regional developments.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to journalists at Rafic Hariri International airport in Beirut on January 12, 2014 upon his arrival for a one day visit to Lebanon to meet Lebanese officials. Iran and Lebanon are looking to boost their bilateral ties. (AFP)
08:58 GMT

Iran's former ambassador to Beirut said that the Islamic Republic plays a crucial part in securing Lebanon's unity, and that it "contribute substantially" to Beirut's security.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently met with world powers in Geneva to finalize the timeline of implementing last November's historic nuclear deal (Ozan Kose/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Iran will receive $550 million in sanction relief around Feb. 1 as the first installment of nearly $4.2 billion that is set to be unblocked under its historic nuclear deal with Western powers.