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April 16, 2014

"Iran Cuts Nuke Weapons Ability" Associated Press / April 15, 2014 The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade uranium, diplomats said Tuesday.... View Source ›

April 16, 2014

Fredrik Dahl and Mehrdad Balali, "Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signaling compliance" Reuters / April 16, 2014 Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran's compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program.... View Source ›

April 16, 2014

"Iran Downplays Prospects for Russian Energy Pact" Global Security Newswire / April 15, 2014 An Iranian official said Russian energy-trade talks faced an uphill battle, amid global fears about possible implications for nuclear sanctions, Reuters reports.... View Source ›

April 15, 2014

"Key Iran Official Eyes Expanding Disputed Uranium Operation" Global Security Newswire / April 14, 2014 A top Iranian official said his country may need a larger uranium-enrichment program for its single nuclear-power facility, the Associated Press reports.... View Source ›

April 15, 2014

Rick Gladstone, "Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief" The New York Times / April 13, 2014 Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have seen little in the way of a boost from the sanctions relief they had been expecting, trade lawyers and diplomatic analysts say.... View Source ›

April 15, 2014

Nia Williams, "Canadian company charged with breaching Iran sanctions law" Reuters / April 14, 2014 A Canadian company will appear in court on Monday charged with violating international sanctions by trying to export components to Iran that could have nuclear applications.... View Source ›

April 14, 2014

"Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable'" Reuters / April 14, 2014 Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability.... View Source ›

April 14, 2014

"U.S. expects Iran will meet oil export target in nuclear deal" Reuters / April 11, 2014 The Obama administration believes that oil exports from Iran from January to July will meet an average 1 million barrel per day goal outlined in an interim agreement with Tehran over curbing its disputed nuclear program, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday.... View Source ›

April 14, 2014

Dana Davidsen, "Rand Paul: Don't dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran" CNN / April 13, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul said the United States shouldn't rule out the containment of Iran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

April 11, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran proposes Arak reactor change to cut plutonium output: media" Reuters / April 10, 2014 Iran has made a proposal that would significantly lower plutonium production at a planned reactor, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, signalling flexibility on a key issue in talks to end the nuclear dispute with world powers.... View Source ›

April 11, 2014

Cristina Marcos, "Congress approves bill banning Iran diplomat" The Hill / April 10, 2014 The House on Thursday passed legislation by unanimous consent that would ban Iran's new United Nations ambassador, who has ties to a terrorist group, from entering the United States.... View Source ›

April 10, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran foreign minister: '50 to 60 percent agreement' on nuke deal, next round May 13" Associated Press / April 9, 2014 Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday his country and six world powers are in "50 to 60 percent agreement" on the shape of a nuclear deal meant to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms in exchange for an end to crippling economic sanctions.... View Source ›

April 10, 2014

"Russia Rejects US Warnings Over Oil Deal With Iran" Associated Press / April 9, 2014 A senior Russian diplomat on Wednesday angrily rejected U.S. warnings against striking an oil-for-goods contract with Iran, saying that Moscow wouldn't be intimidated by threats.... View Source ›

April 10, 2014

Mark Hosenball, "U.S. may test influence at U.N. by denying visa to Iran envoy" Reuters / April 9, 2014 The United States may soon deny a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday, a rare and potentially precedent-setting step that would test U.S. influence over the world body.... View Source ›

April 10, 2014

"Iran nuclear deal being implemented as planned: IAEA chief" Reuters / April 9, 2014 Iran is implementing last year's interim nuclear deal with six world powers as planned, U.N. atomic energy chief Yukiya Amano said on Wednesday, almost three months after the accord took effect.... View Source ›

April 9, 2014

Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl, "Iran, six powers face 'significant gaps' in nuclear talks" Reuters / April 9, 2014 Iran will never slow down its nuclear research program, the Islamic Republic's supreme leader said on Wednesday as negotiators from Tehran and six world powers struggled to narrow "significant gaps" in talks on a long-term accord.... View Source ›

April 9, 2014

Karen Freifeld, "New York regulator subpoenas four insurers in Iran sanctions probe-source" Reuters / April 8, 2014 New York state's top insurance regulator has sent subpoenas to four U.S. insurance companies as part of a probe of potential sanctions violations involving Iran, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

April 9, 2014

Justyna Pawlak and Parisa Hafezi, "U.S. warns on Iran 'breakout' capability as nuclear talks start" Reuters / April 8, 2014 The United States said on Tuesday Iran has the ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear bomb in two months, if it so decided, as Tehran and six world powers swung into a new round of talks in Vienna on resolving their atomic dispute.... View Source ›

April 9, 2014

Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, "U.S. tells Iran its choice for U.N. ambassador is 'not viable'" Los Angeles Times / April 8, 2014 The White House stepped up its opposition Tuesday to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, but sought to keep the controversy from derailing negotiations over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.... View Source ›

April 8, 2014

"Spain busts group accused of plans to send arms machinery to Iran" Reuters / April 7, 2014 Spain said on Monday it had dismantled a group it accused of plotting to send industrial equipment to Iran that could be used for weapon manufacture in violation of international sanctions.... View Source ›

April 8, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran, 6 Powers Seek to Narrow Nuclear Differences" Associated Press / April 8, 2014 Negotiators for Iran and six world powers on Tuesday focused for the first time on the concrete shape of a deal meant to result in long-term curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

April 8, 2014

Jonathan Tirone and Kambiz Foroohar, "Iran Nuclear Haggling Hits Midpoint With Talks Over Reactor" Bloomberg / April 8, 2014 Diplomats searching for a long-term accord over Iran’s nuclear program, including the future of a reactor that could produce weapons material, began two days of scheduled talks in Vienna.... View Source ›

April 8, 2014

Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter, "In Iran, nuclear deal brings little economic relief" Los Angeles Times / April 7, 2014 When Iran's leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised the six-month agreement would quickly start "melting the iceberg" of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and lift the lives of ordinary Iranians.... View Source ›

April 7, 2014

"Iran upbeat on nuclear talks, says all sticky issues addressed" Reuters / April 5, 2014 Iran said on Saturday it had useful expert-level nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna, addressing all major technical issues in the way of a final settlement.... View Source ›

April 7, 2014

Louis Charbonneau, "Iran oil exports will be in line with sanctions target: U.S." Reuters / April 4, 2014 The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.... View Source ›

April 7, 2014

"Chinese national indicted in US over exports to Iran" Reuters / April 4, 2014 A Chinese citizen faces U.S. criminal charges that he conspired to export to Iran products that could be used in that country's nuclear program, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.... View Source ›

April 4, 2014

"Iran, six powers start expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna" Reuters / April 3, 2014 Iran and six world powers began an expert-level meeting about Tehran's nuclear program on Thursday, part of efforts to reach an agreement by late July on how to resolve a decade-old dispute that has stirred fears of a Middle East war.... View Source ›

April 4, 2014

Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi, "Iran, Russia working to seal $20 billion oil-for-goods deal: sources" Reuters / April 2, 2014 Iran and Russia have made progress towards an oil-for-goods deal sources said would be worth up to $20 billion, which would enable Tehran to boost vital energy exports in defiance of Western sanctions, people familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.... View Source ›

April 3, 2014

Lara Jakes, "US Troubled by Iran's Choice of Its UN Ambassador" Associated Press / April 2, 2014 The U.S. objected Wednesday to Iran's anticipated selection of a former hostage-taker at the American Embassy in Tehran as its newest ambassador to the United Nations. But the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would refuse him a visa to enter the United States.... View Source ›

April 3, 2014

Patricia Zengerle, "Treasury official: Firms not in new deals with Iran after pact" Reuters / April 2, 2014 The top U.S. Treasury Department official responsible for sanctions said on Wednesday there is no evidence that any companies are taking advantage of a preliminary nuclear agreement with Iran by reaching new deals in Iran.... View Source ›

April 2, 2014

Mario Trujillo, "Senators want US to reject Iran's emissary to United Nations" The Hill / April 1, 2014 A number of senators are urging the Obama administration to deny a visa to the man Iran has picked as its new ambassador to the United Nations. ... View Source ›

April 1, 2014

Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and James Topham, "Asia takes more Iran crude in Feb than nuclear deal allows" Reuters / March 31, 2014 Iran's top four crude oil buyers lifted their purchases 17.2 percent in February from a year ago, as the OPEC member continues to ship more oil than allowed under a deal that eases some of the sanctions aimed at its disputed nuclear programme.... View Source ›

March 31, 2014

Dana El Baltaji, "Iran Inflation Slows to Two-Year Low, Fulfilling Rouhani Pledge" Bloomberg / March 30, 2014 Iran’s inflation rate fell to a two-year low in February, fulfilling President Hassan Rouhani’s vow to halt rampant increases in the cost of living.... View Source ›

March 25, 2014

Golnar Motevalli and Ladane Nasseri, "New Year a Dud as Iran Nuclear Optimism Fails to Tip Scales" Bloomberg / March 25, 2014 Fishmonger Shahin Anbarani’s counter was covered with bright-eyed Caspian kutum and spotted river trout, staples of the Persian New Year feast.... View Source ›

March 24, 2014

"Russia Nudges Iran to 'Modify' Suspect Reactor" Global Security Newswire / March 21, 2014 A senior Russian envoy publicly urged Iran to modify a heavy-water reactor now ready to produce plutonium when it begins operating, Interfax reports.... View Source ›

March 21, 2014

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Iran Leader: Improved Economy Can Fight Sanctions" Associated Press / March 21, 2014 Iran's top leader said Friday that his nation can best counter Western sanctions by strengthening its economy and rallied Iranians to exert "extraordinary efforts" to take their country forward.... View Source ›

March 21, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran meeting nuclear commitments, but key plant not ready" Reuters / March 20, 2014 Iran is meeting its commitments under a landmark nuclear pact with world powers but has yet to complete a facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal, a U.N. agency report showed on Thursday.... View Source ›

March 21, 2014

David Jackson, "Obama promotes Iran nuclear deal in Nowruz message" USA Today / March 20, 2014 President Obama delivered his annual Nowruz message to the people of Iran on Thursday, and he included a pitch for a long-term agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

March 21, 2014

Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, "Russian Reactors Risk Ukraine Spillover Into Iran Nuclear Talks" Bloomberg / March 20, 2014 Russia signaled for the first time its standoff with the West isn’t isolated to Ukraine and that disagreements may emerge in nuclear talks with Iran, which is pursuing Russian reactors amid negotiations with world powers.... View Source ›

March 20, 2014

Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan , "Iran Nuclear Talks Seen on Track for Accord by July" Bloomberg / March 19, 2014 Iran and six powers said they are optimistic a permanent accord on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program is possible before their interim deal expires in July, after talks described as the most detailed so far.... View Source ›

March 20, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "EU sees big gaps in nuclear talks but Iran 'commitment' to deal" Reuters / March 20, 2014 Positions between Iran and world powers diverge widely in some areas but Iranian negotiators seem "very committed" to reach an agreement on the country's disputed nuclear program, a senior EU official said in an email seen by Reuters on Thursday.... View Source ›

March 20, 2014

"Iran will not give up uranium enrichment: Rouhani" AFP / March 19, 2014 President Hassan Rouhani insisted Wednesday that Iran would not abandon its enrichment of uranium, after US senators called for it to be denied any such right under a long-term nuclear deal.... View Source ›

March 20, 2014

George Jahn and Vladimir Isachenkov, "Russia: Iran Nuke Talks May Suffer Over Ukraine" Associated Press / March 19, 2014 U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine spilled over into nuclear talks with Iran Wednesday, with Moscow's chief envoy at the negotiations warning that his country may take "retaliatory measures" that could hurt attempts to persuade Tehran to cut back on programs that could make atomic arms.... View Source ›

March 19, 2014

Fredrik Dahl and Parisa Hafezi, "Iran, six powers lock horns over nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium" Reuters / March 19, 2014 Iran and world powers locked horns on Wednesday over the fate of a planned Iranian nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium for bombs, diplomats said, although Tehran's foreign minister voiced optimism that their July 20 deadline for a deal is within reach.... View Source ›

March 19, 2014

Timothy Gardner, "U.S. senators urge Obama to be tough on Iran nuclear program" Reuters / March 19, 2014 As talks on a nuclear deal for Iran resumed in Vienna Tuesday, a wide majority of U.S. senators urged President Barack Obama to insist that any final agreement state that Iran "has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."... View Source ›

March 18, 2014

Alissa J. Rubin, "Iran Urges Progress as Nuclear Talks Resume" The New York Times / March 18, 2014 As talks on a permanent nuclear agreement with Iran resumed in Vienna on Tuesday, under the shadow of tensions between the West and Russia, Iran said the onus to ensure progress was on the world powers with which it is negotiating.... View Source ›

March 18, 2014

Ali Akbar Dareini, "Iran Negotiator Cancels Dinner With EU's Ashton" Associated Press / March 17, 2014 Iran's foreign minister cancelled a planned dinner meeting with the European Union's foreign policy chief on Monday over meetings she had with opposition activists during a visit to Iran earlier this month, Semiofficial Fars news agency reported.... View Source ›

March 18, 2014

"Iran says it foiled sabotage attempt on Arak reactor" Reuters / March 17, 2014 Pumps at Iran's planned Arak reactor, seen by the West as a potential source of plutonium for nuclear bombs, were tampered with in a failed attempt to sabotage the country's nuclear program, a senior official said on Monday.... View Source ›

March 14, 2014

"Iran Confers With Russia, China on Upcoming Atomic Talks" Global Security Newswire / March 13, 2014 A senior Iranian envoy is meeting with Russian and Chinese officials about upcoming negotiations on a global nuclear standoff, Iran's Press TV reports.... View Source ›

March 14, 2014

Laurence Norman and Benoit Faucon, "European Companies Walk on Eggshells in Iran" The Wall Street Journal / March 13, 2014 Relations between the European Union and Iran remain fragile and business links tentative, even as Washington worries about Europe rushing into business and political ties with Tehran.... View Source ›

March 13, 2014

"Iran seeks to allay Gulf Arab nuclear fears" AFP / March 13, 2014 Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Shia Iran on Thursday sought to allay concerns among mainly Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab monarchies mistrustful of Tehran over its nuclear ambitions.... View Source ›

March 13, 2014

William James, "Britain's Cameron puts Iran on guard, sets out support for Israel" Reuters / March 12, 2014 British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Iran's government as a "despotic regime" in a speech to Israel's parliament on Wednesday and accused Tehran of making "despicable" efforts to arm Palestinian militants.... View Source ›

March 13, 2014

"Republican Senators Ponder Tying Iran Sanctions to Ukraine Aid" Global Security Newswire / March 12, 2014 GOP senators are mulling calls to attach a controversial Iran-sanctions proposal to a Ukraine aid measure awaiting consideration, al-Monitor reports.... View Source ›

March 13, 2014

Ladane Nasseri, "Russia Will Build Two New Nuclear Plants in Iran, IRNA Says" Bloomberg / March 12, 2014 Russia will build two new power plants in Iran with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts each, a government news agency said, citing Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.... View Source ›

March 12, 2014

Nidhi Verma, "Exclusive: India to slash Iran oil imports to meet nuclear deal parameters - sources" Reuters / March 11, 2014 India has to cut its Iranian oil imports by nearly two-thirds from the first quarter after the United States asked it to hold the shipments at end-2013 levels, in keeping with the nuclear deal easing sanctions on Tehran, Indian government sources said.... View Source ›

March 11, 2014

"Iran Questions Western 'Desire' to End Atomic Dispute" Global Security Newswire / March 10, 2014 Iran's top diplomat questioned the seriousness of Western atomic negotiators after extensive talks with a chief multilateral envoy, the Wall Street Journal reports.... View Source ›

March 11, 2014

"Netanyahu, showing seized rockets, says Iran fooling the world" Reuters / March 10, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, displaying on Monday what Israel said were seized, Iranian-supplied missiles bound for militants in Gaza, urged the West not to be fooled by Tehran's diplomacy on its nuclear program.... View Source ›

March 11, 2014

Laurence Norman, "Iran Wants to Address Questions About Military Work in Nuclear Program Later" The Wall Street Journal / March 10, 2014 Iran insisted it won't be rushed into addressing Western suspicions about past military work on its nuclear program, posing a new challenge for efforts to reach a broad nuclear deal with six world powers.... View Source ›

March 10, 2014

Ladane Nasseri, "Ashton’s First Iran Visit Builds on Nuclear Talks Momentum" Bloomberg / March 9, 2014 European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, world powers’ lead negotiator with Iran, met with top officials in Tehran to build on efforts to parlay an interim nuclear deal into a final accord.... View Source ›

March 10, 2014

"Israel: 40 Rockets In Alleged Iranian Shipment" Associated Press / March 9, 2014 Israel's military said Sunday that a cargo ship it intercepted in the Red Sea last week carried 40 rockets with a range of up to 160 kilometers (100 miles)... View Source ›

March 7, 2014

"Iran says nuclear talks with powers 'substantive and useful'" Reuters / March 7, 2014 A senior Iranian official said on Friday that expert-level talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program had been "substantive and useful".... View Source ›

March 7, 2014

"Iran to get second tranche of payment under nuclear deal: IRNA" Reuters / March 6, 2014 Iran will soon receive a second installment of previously frozen assets which are being returned to it under an interim nuclear agreement with world powers, the official IRNA news agency quoted its central bank chief as saying.... View Source ›

March 6, 2014

"Iran FM says will not scrap Arak reactor" AFP / March 5, 2014 Iran is pinning its hopes on the success of talks with the West about its nuclear programme but insisted it would not scrap a controversial reactor, its foreign minister said Wednesday.... View Source ›

March 6, 2014

Jonathan Tirone, "Iran, U.S. Say Diplomacy Working at UN Nuclear Watchdog Meeting" Bloomberg / March 5, 2014 U.S. and Iranian diplomats said they made progress toward resolution of the decade-old conflict over the Persian Gulf nation’s nuclear work.... View Source ›

March 5, 2014

"US: Iran Must Clear up Nuclear Arms Suspicions" Associated Press / March 5, 2014 The United States says Iran must clear up suspicions it worked on atomic arms if it hopes to get full relief from sanctions choking its economy.... View Source ›

March 5, 2014

"Key Nuclear Negotiator to Travel to Iran on Saturd" Global Security Newswire / March 4, 2014 A top representative for six countries in nuclear talks with Iran plans to travel to the Middle Eastern nation on Saturday, Iranian state media reports.... View Source ›

March 4, 2014

Julian Pecquet, "Congress demands a say in Iran talks" The Hill / March 3, 2014 Congress is demanding to have a say in whatever final nuclear deal the Obama administration ends up striking with Iran.... View Source ›

March 4, 2014

Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick, "At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy" Reuters / March 3, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama on Monday that he would never compromise on Israel's security even as the U.S. president sought to reassure him on Iran nuclear diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.... View Source ›

March 3, 2014

"UN: Iran cuts higher-enriched uranium stock" Associated Press / March 3, 2014 The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has cut its stock of uranium that is closest to atomic weapons-grade.... View Source ›

March 3, 2014

Kasia Klimasinska, "Lew Says U.S. Ready to Impose More Iran Sanctions If Talks Fail" Bloomberg / March 2, 2014 The U.S. is ready to impose additional sanctions on Iran if talks about limiting the nation’s disputed nuclear activities collapse, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said.... View Source ›

March 3, 2014

"Rouhani: Beliefs stop Iran from pursuing nukes" Associated Press / March 1, 2014 Iran’s president said the Islamic Republic has decided not to develop nuclear weapons out of principle, not only because it is prevented so by treaties.... View Source ›

March 3, 2014

"Rouhani tells Iran generals to cut hostile rhetoric" Reuters / March 1, 2014 President Hassan Rouhani urged Iran's military leaders on Saturday to let diplomacy prevail in dealing with potential foreign threats, in a clear reference to efforts to end the nuclear dispute and decades of hostile relations with the West.... View Source ›

February 28, 2014

"Israel urges IAEA to issue full report on Iran nuclear research" Reuters / February 28, 2014 Israel urged the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency on Friday to go public with all information it has regarding suspicions that Iran researched how to build an atomic bomb.... View Source ›

February 28, 2014

Bradley Klapper, "Congress Concerned Iran's Oil Exports May Be Up" Associated Press / February 27, 2014 Obama administration officials faced the prospect of contentious questioning Thursday from lawmakers about reports that China and India are significantly expanding imports of Iranian petroleum.... View Source ›

February 28, 2014

"Iran says nuclear program to stay 'intact'" Reuters / February 27, 2014 Iran is willing to address international concerns about its atomic activities but will keep its nuclear program "intact", not close it down, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.... View Source ›

February 28, 2014

"Iran nuclear negotiations 'going well': foreign minister" AFP / February 27, 2014 Iran's nuclear negotiations are "going well", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday, ahead of a crucial meetings to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear deal.... View Source ›

February 27, 2014

Fredrik Dahl and Louis Charbonneau, "U.N. nuclear agency opted against sensitive Iran report - sources" Reuters / February 27, 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran's relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said.... View Source ›

February 27, 2014

Burgess Everett, "Harry Reid blocks GOP on Iran sanctions" Politico / February 26, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blocking a vote on Iran sanctions demanded by Senate Republicans.... View Source ›

February 27, 2014

"Kerry: U.S. must pursue Iran talks before considering going to war" Reuters / February 26, 2014 The United States has an obligation to pursue nuclear negotiations with Iran before it considers going to war with Tehran to force it to give up its nuclear activities, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.... View Source ›

February 26, 2014

Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan, "U.S. lawmakers seek to revive stalled Iran sanctions bill" Reuters / February 25, 2014 Republican U.S. senators sought to revive a bill on Tuesday that would impose new sanctions on Iran despite President Barack Obama's insistence that the measure would endanger delicate negotiations seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 26, 2014

"North Korea and Iran Explore Broadening Relations" Global Security Newswire / February 25, 2014 Senior North Korean and Iranian officials on Monday discussed reviving and expanding bilateral relations, according to an Iranian news report.... View Source ›

February 26, 2014

Mark Clayton, "New thesis on how Stuxnet infiltrated Iran nuclear facility" Christian Science Monitor / February 25, 2014 The Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz came to light nearly four years ago, but how it got there remains a mystery. A possible new explanation, outlined Tuesday, cites the supply chain as the key.... View Source ›

February 25, 2014

"Netanyahu tells Merkel Iran is greatest threat to world security" Reuters / February 24, 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that Iran's nuclear program was the biggest threat to global security.... View Source ›

February 25, 2014

"Israeli Intel Minister Reaffirms Right to Act on Iran" Global Security Newswire / February 24, 2014 Israel's intelligence minister affirmed his country's right to act as it wishes to address Iran's disputed nuclear activities, the Jerusalem Post reports.... View Source ›

February 25, 2014

"Iran-Iraq Weapons Deal a Possible U.N. Sanctions Breach: Report" Global Security Newswire / February 24, 2014 Iran and Iraq appear to have inked a weapons deal in potential breach of U.N. Security Council sanctions on Tehran's nuclear activities, Reuters reports.... View Source ›

February 25, 2014

"Iran's Zarif plans India visit to revive ties" AFP / February 24, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to India later this week as Tehran seeks to open a "new chapter" in relations with New Delhi, media reported Monday.... View Source ›

February 24, 2014

"Iran says expert nuclear talks to be held 'next week'" AFP / February 23, 2014 Iran and world powers will hold technical talks "next week" in Vienna ahead of a political meeting to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear deal, a top Iranian negotiator said on Sunday.... View Source ›

February 24, 2014

Andrew Torchia and Michelle Moghtader, "Iran's non-oil exports recovering under Rouhani, business says" Reuters / February 23, 2014 Iran's non-oil exports are starting to feel the benefits of easing international tensions under new President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian businessmen at one of the world's biggest food industry shows say.... View Source ›

February 24, 2014

Ladane Nasseri, "Zarif Says ‘Safe, Stable’ Iran Economy ‘Open for Business’" Bloomberg / February 23, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif declared his country ready to receive investments as a temporary nuclear deal with world powers eases sanctions.... View Source ›

February 24, 2014

"Hardline Iran cleric warns against resuming US ties" AFP / February 22, 2014 A prominent hardline cleric in Iran warned on Friday against the Islamic republic resuming ties with the United States, and said any attempt to do so would prove futile.... View Source ›

February 21, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran's most sensitive uranium stockpile falls after nuclear deal" Reuters / February 20, 2014 The size of Iran's most contested uranium stockpile has declined significantly for the first time in four years following a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in November, the U.N. atomic watchdog reported on Thursday.... View Source ›

February 21, 2014

Michael Adler, "P5+1 Talks Drill Down On The Future Of Iran’s Nukes" The Daily Beast / February 20, 2014 The interim agreement on Iran’s nukes was fuzzy, but now the real talks have begun on what sort of capacities—from centrifuges to missiles—the Islamic Republic will retain in a new deal.... View Source ›

February 21, 2014

Kambiz Faroohar, "Rouhani Away From Nuclear Glare Can’t Move Domestic Agenda" Bloomberg / February 21, 2014 Away from the glare of the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, President Hassan Rouhani has endured a series of setbacks and retreats on his domestic agenda.... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

Louis Charbonneau, "U.S. expected to keep oil embargo even if Iran nuclear deal struck" Reuters / February 20, 2014 A unilateral U.S. oil embargo on Iran is expected to remain in place even if a long-term nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers is reached that includes an easing of international sanctions, a U.S. official said on Thursday.... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "World powers and Iran make 'good start' towards nuclear accord" Reuters / February 20, 2014 Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old dispute on Tehran's nuclear program, but acknowledged their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

Jay Solomon and Laurence Norman, "Iran Agrees on Agenda for Nuclear Talks" The Wall Street Journal / February 20, 2014 Iran and six global powers have set an ambitious monthly negotiating timetable and agenda aimed at forging a comprehensive deal to end Tehran's nuclear weapons threat in the coming months.... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran Nuke Talks End, Next Round March 17" Associated Press / February 20, 2014 Iran and six world powers on Thursday announced that they have agreed on a plan meant to produce a comprehensive deal that reduces concerns about Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Officials of both sides described their plans as "very productive."... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

Simon Sturdee, "Iran's Revolutionary Guards warn over ongoing nuclear talks" AFP / February 19, 2014 Iran and six powers held nuclear talks for a second day Wednesday as the commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards warned against damaging "national pride" but predicted a "victorious" outcome.... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

Diane Barnes, "Think Tank Calls for U.N. Funding Boost for Iran Nuclear Inspections" Global Security Newswire / February 19, 2014 A Washington think tank is pressing Senate appropriators to boost funds for heightened U.N. surveillance of Iran's disputed nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 20, 2014

"Germany arrests man suspected of busting Iran sanctions" Reuters / February 19, 2014 German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had arrested a German-Iranian man suspected of exporting to the Islamic Republic goods that could be used in a weapons program.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran at Talks: No Scrapping Any Nuclear Facility" Associated Press / February 18, 2014 Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran's nuclear research looms as hurdle in talks with powers" Reuters / February 18, 2014 Iran says it will not cede its "right" to install advanced machinery to refine uranium, signalling defiance on what looks likely to be a serious sticking point in its nuclear talks with world powers that began on Tuesday.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

"Report undermines US Iran sanctions push" AFP / February 18, 2014 A new non-partisan report by top foreign policy experts largely backs White House warnings that imposing new sanctions on Iran could seriously complicate, if not derail, hopes of a final nuclear deal with Tehran.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

Siavosh Ghazi, "Iran's Khamenei says nuclear talks will 'lead nowhere'" AFP / February 18, 2014 Iran's top decision-maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that nuclear talks with world powers would "lead nowhere" but that he was not opposed to them.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran at Talks: No Scrapping Any Nuclear Facility" Associated Press / February 18, 2014 Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran's nuclear research looms as hurdle in talks with powers" Reuters / February 18, 2014 Iran says it will not cede its "right" to install advanced machinery to refine uranium, signalling defiance on what looks likely to be a serious sticking point in its nuclear talks with world powers that began on Tuesday.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

"Report undermines US Iran sanctions push" AFP / February 18, 2014 A new non-partisan report by top foreign policy experts largely backs White House warnings that imposing new sanctions on Iran could seriously complicate, if not derail, hopes of a final nuclear deal with Tehran.... View Source ›

February 19, 2014

Siavosh Ghazi, "Iran's Khamenei says nuclear talks will 'lead nowhere'" AFP / February 18, 2014 Iran's top decision-maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that nuclear talks with world powers would "lead nowhere" but that he was not opposed to them.... View Source ›

February 18, 2014

Jay Solomon and Laurence Norman, "Iran Nuclear Talks Resume Amid Deep Caution" The Wall Street Journal / February 17, 2014 The U.S. and Iran voiced caution over the prospects of a final deal permanently curbing Tehran's nuclear program on the eve of international negotiations in Austria's capital.... View Source ›

February 18, 2014

Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau, "Iran and U.S. agree final nuclear deal may be unreachable" Reuters / February 17, 2014 The United States and long-time arch-foe Iran agree on at least one thing ahead of Tuesday's negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal - reaching an agreement will be very difficult, if not impossible.... View Source ›

February 18, 2014

Kharunya Paramaguru, "Russia May Build New Nuclear Reactor In Iran" Time / February 17, 2014 Iran’s ambassador to Moscow said Monday that Russia could build a second nuclear reactor at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in exchange for Iranian oil.... View Source ›

February 18, 2014

Mehrdad Balali, "Iran's Khamenei backs nuclear talks but not optimistic" Reuters / February 17, 2014 Iran's supreme leader vowed to continue nuclear talks resuming with world powers on Tuesday despite some reservations, in his strongest sign of support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani's push to resolve the conflict peacefully.... View Source ›

February 18, 2014

"Iranian Multi-Warhead Missile Seen as 'Extremely Unlikely'" Global Security Newswire / February 14, 2014 A newly described Iranian weapon is likely designed to hold cluster munitions, not multiple warheads, as initially reported, says IHS Jane's Defense Weekly.... View Source ›

February 14, 2014

Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, "Iran Nuclear Talks Resume as Companies Prepare for Market Access" Bloomberg / February 13, 2014 The prospect of access to Iran’s $500 billion economy is tempting executives from countries including France and the Netherlands as negotiators resume their slog toward a nuclear deal.... View Source ›

February 14, 2014

"Iran Renews Demand for U.N. Atomic Evidence" Global Security Newswire / February 13, 2014 Iran reaffirmed its call for a U.N. agency to provide records being cited to justify suspicions about the nation's nuclear ambitions, Agence France-Presse reports.... View Source ›

February 13, 2014

"Iran Official Rules Out Change to Heavy-Water Reactor" Global Security Newswire / February 12, 2014 An Iranian official on Wednesday set aside the idea of potentially altering a nuclear reactor that other nations fear could produce atomic-bomb fuel.... View Source ›

February 13, 2014

"French Leader Defends Iran-Trade Stance, Amid U.S. Sanctions Concerns" Global Security Newswire / February 12, 2014 French President Francois Hollande defended his Iran trade policy as President Obama pledged to hammer sanctions violators, the New York Times reports.... View Source ›

February 13, 2014

Anthony DiPaola, "Iran Monthly Oil Exports Rise as Demand Spurs Output, IEA Says" Bloomberg / February 13, 2014 Imports of Iranian crude rose by 100,000 barrels a day last month, with China, Japan and India taking more oil as a deal easing sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program took effect, the International Energy Agency said.... View Source ›

February 12, 2014

"Iran: New Nuclear-Processing Gear is More Capable" Global Security Newswire / February 11, 2014 An Iranian nuclear official said a newly created uranium-enrichment centrifuge improves vastly on Iran's existing machines, Agence France-Presse reports.... View Source ›

February 12, 2014

"Iran warns ready for 'decisive' battle with US, Israel" AFP / February 12, 2014 Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the Islamic republic's arch-foes that Iran is prepared for a "decisive battle" if attacked, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.... View Source ›

February 12, 2014

David Sheppard, "Goldman puts 'for sale' sign on Iran's old uranium supplier" Reuters / February 11, 2014 Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank are quietly trying to get out of a business few people know they are even in: trading supplies of raw uranium known as yellowcake.... View Source ›

February 11, 2014

Mehrdad Balali and William MacLean, "Iran 'forever' comments on nuclear program seen as sop to hardliners" Reuters / February 11, 2014 President Hassan Rouhani dismissed on Tuesday a Western assertion that military force could yet solve a decade-old nuclear dispute if negotiations proved fruitless, pledging that Iran would pursue peaceful atomic research "forever".... View Source ›

February 11, 2014

"Report: Iran successfully test-fires two missiles" Associated Press / February 10, 2014 Iran has successfully test-fired two missiles, including a long-range ballistic weapon, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.... View Source ›

February 11, 2014

Siavosh Ghazi, "Iran sets 'red lines' ahead of fresh nuclear talks" AFP / February 10, 2014 Iran laid out "red lines" Monday related to its ballistic missile programme, atomic sites and uranium enrichment ahead of fresh nuclear talks with world powers.... View Source ›

February 11, 2014

"Iran summons Swiss envoy over US sanctions" AFP / February 10, 2014 Tehran summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents Washington's interests in Iran, on Monday to protest the latest US measures against individuals and companies for violating sanctions against the Islamic republic.... View Source ›

February 11, 2014

Babak Dehghanpisheh, "Insight: Nuclear deal heightens tension between Iran president and Guards" Reuters / February 9, 2014 The article on Iran's semi-official Fars news agency appeared routine: the minister of roads and urban development said the ministry does not have a contract with construction firm Khatam al Anbia to complete a major highway heading north from Tehran.... View Source ›

February 10, 2014

George Jahn, "Iran agrees to reveal information about detonator to U.N. nuclear watchdog" Associated Press / February 9, 2014 In a significant move, Iran agreed Sunday to provide additional information sought by the U.N. nuclear agency in its long-stalled investigation of suspicions that Tehran may have worked on nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

February 10, 2014

"Khamenei: U.S. would overthrow Iranian government if it could - media" Reuters / February 8, 2014 Iran's Supreme Leader said on Saturday the United States would overthrow the Iranian government if it could, adding Washington had a "controlling and meddlesome" attitude towards the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported.... View Source ›

February 10, 2014

Rebecca Shabad, "Shaheen urges Obama to press French on business visits to Iran" The Hill / February 7, 2014 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is urging President Obama to use the upcoming state visit with French President Francois Hollande to press him on business visits French companies recently made to Iran.... View Source ›

February 7, 2014

Julie Pace, "AP Source: Sanctions Waived for Iran Broadcaster" Associated Press / February 7, 2014 The Obama administration is temporarily waiving sanctions on Iran's state broadcaster, a senior Obama administration official said. The move could be seen as a confidence-building measure as the U.S., Iran and five other world powers prepare to open talks this month on a final agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 7, 2014

Jay Solomon, "U.S. and Iran Jostle Before Nuclear Talks" The Wall Street Journal / February 6, 2014 The U.S. and Iran are staking out increasingly entrenched and opposing positions over Tehran's nuclear program, threatening the prospects of a vital foreign policy initiative of President Barack Obama.... View Source ›

February 7, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "U.N. nuclear watchdog expects cooperation at last in Iran inquiry" Reuters / February 6, 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog hopes to persuade Iran in talks on Saturday to finally start addressing long-held suspicions it has worked on designing an atomic bomb, a test of whether ties really are thawing under the Islamic state's new president.... View Source ›

February 7, 2014

"Iran Denies Polonium on Agenda for Talks With U.N. Agency" Global Security Newswire / February 6, 2014 Iran rejected claims that a Saturday meeting may spotlight its past work with a potential ingredient for triggering nuclear explosions, Iran Daily Brief reports.... View Source ›

February 7, 2014

Jason Lange, "U.S. targets businesses for evading sanctions on Iran" Reuters / February 6, 2014 The Obama administration targeted a host of businesses across Europe and the Middle East on Thursday for evading sanctions against Iran, a signal that Washington aims to keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 6, 2014

"Iran says may modify Arak reactor to allay nuclear concerns: TV" Reuters / February 6, 2014 Iran is prepared to modify its planned Arak heavy water reactor to help allay Western concerns, its nuclear energy chief said in published remarks that could be the first such suggestion by a senior Iranian official.... View Source ›

February 6, 2014

Glenn Kessler, "President Obama’s claim of ‘unprecedented inspections’ in Iran" The Washington Post / February 6, 2014 “Unprecedented inspections help the world verify every day that Iran is not building a bomb.”... View Source ›

February 6, 2014

David Kenner, "Iran's Hardliners Just Tried to Muzzle Hassan Rouhani" Foreign Policy / February 5, 2014 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's battle with hardliners in his own government broke out into the open Wednesday, with the head of the country's state-run television company temporarily preventing him from giving a live interview in Tehran.... View Source ›

February 5, 2014

Kristina Wong, "DNI Clapper: Iran is complying with nuclear agreement so far" The Hill / February 4, 2014 The nation’s top intelligence officer said he believed that Iran was complying with terms of an interim agreement to freeze its nuclear program. ... View Source ›

February 5, 2014

Patricia Zengerle and Arshad Mohammed, "Iran nuclear deal 'not perfect' but buys time, top U.S. official" Reuters / February 4, 2014 An initial agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program was "not perfect" but it bought time to try to secure a comprehensive deal, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday in response to sharp criticism from Congress.... View Source ›

February 5, 2014

Terry Atlas and Indira A.R. Lakshmana, "U.S. Wary About French Business Delegation in Iran" Bloomberg / February 4, 2014 A visit to Iran by a French business delegation has prompted a call by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, to express concern, a State Department official told Congress.... View Source ›

February 5, 2014

John T. Bennett, "US Senators Question State of Iranian Nuclear Centrifuge Development" Defense News / February 4, 2014 US senators questioned Obama administration officials Tuesday for striking an interim pact that allows Tehran to continue developing nuclear arms components.... View Source ›

February 5, 2014

Jason Rezaian, "In Iran, opponents of a nuclear deal speak up" The Washington Post / February 4, 2014 As Iran and world powers move closer to a long-term agreement over the Islamic republic’s nuclear activities, domestic political struggles here are threatening to undermine the diplomatic process, which both the White House and the administration of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, say is on the right track.... View Source ›

February 4, 2014

Frank Jordans, "Iran FM Confident of Deal by 6 Month Deadline" Associated Press / February 3, 2014 Iran's foreign minister said Monday he is confident that his country will be able to forge a final agreement with world powers on its nuclear program by July 20.... View Source ›

February 4, 2014

Greg Sargent, "Another big blow to the Iran sanctions bill" The Washington Post / February 3, 2014 The push for a new Iran sanctions bill may have stalled in the Senate, but it’s still alive and kicking in the House, where leaders are telling members such a measure could still be considered this year.... View Source ›

February 4, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "U.N. nuclear agency may press Iran on rare isotope in bomb probe" Reuters / February 3, 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog says it wants Iran to clarify past production of small amounts of a rare radioactive material that can help trigger an atomic bomb explosion, but which also has non-military uses.... View Source ›

February 4, 2014

"French business delegation in landmark Iran visit" Associated Press / February 3, 2014 A large French business delegation arrived in Iran on Monday hoping to revive economic ties amid the easing of Western sanctions following a landmark agreement over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.... View Source ›

February 3, 2014

David Risig, "Iran Says Serious About Long-Term Nuclear Deal" Associated Press / February 2, 2014 Iran's foreign minister said Sunday his country is prepared to move ahead in negotiations over its nuclear program, assuring Western diplomats that Tehran has the political will and good faith to reach a "balanced" long-term agreement.... View Source ›

February 3, 2014

Steven Erlanger, "Kerry and Iran Minister Confer on Nuclear Issue" The New York Times / February 2, 2014 Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, met for an hour on Sunday with Secretary of State John Kerry, another sign of serious efforts to solve the crisis around Iran’s nuclear program. ... View Source ›

February 3, 2014

Julian Pecquet, "Iran gets first $500M under Obama nuke deal" The Hill / February 1, 2014 Iran has received its first installment of $500 million under the nuclear deal struck with the U.S. and five other nations, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Saturday.... View Source ›

February 3, 2014

Siavosh Ghazi, "Eyeing sanctions thaw, Western delegates race to Iran" AFP / February 2, 2014 Six months after the inauguration of Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani, Western diplomats and businessmen are racing to Tehran hoping that a diplomatic thaw will reopen lucrative markets.... View Source ›

February 3, 2014

"Iran's top clergy back Rouhani's nuclear approach" Reuters / February 1, 2014 President Hassan Rouhani has secured the backing of senior conservative clerics against hardliners opposed to a nuclear deal reached with major powers, Iran's official news agency IRNA said on Saturday.... View Source ›

February 3, 2014

Julian Pecquet and Jeremy Herb, "Iran sanctions backers on Hill give up search for 60th vote — for now" The Hill / February 2, 2014 Proponents of Iran sanctions have all but abandoned their search for a highly symbolic 60th co-sponsor who would give their bill a filibuster-proof majority and reverse the push against immediate action.... View Source ›

January 31, 2014

"Time to tackle 'more difficult' issues with Iran, IAEA head says" AFP / January 31, 2014 After recent progress with Iran, it is time to tackle "more difficult" nuclear issues such as allegations of past weapons work, the head of the UN atomic watchdog told AFP in an interview.... View Source ›

January 30, 2014

"IAEA visits Iranian mine as part of nuclear transparency pact" Reuters / January 29, 2014 U.N. nuclear inspectors visited an Iranian uranium mine for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, Iranian media reported, as Tehran gradually opens up its disputed nuclear program to greater international scrutiny.... View Source ›

January 30, 2014

Josh Gerstein, "Report: Iran nuclear hurdles political, not technical" Politico / January 29, 2014 Iran’s ability to make missiles loaded with nuclear warheads now rests primarily on the “political will” of its leaders, rather than any technical constraints, according to an annual U.S. intelligence assessment presented on Capitol Hill Wednesday.... View Source ›

January 29, 2014

Lara Jakes, "Obama Threatens to Veto New Sanctions Against Iran" Associated Press / January 29, 2014 Any new economic sanctions that Congress tries to impose against Iran during international negotiations to limit the Islamic republic's nuclear program will be vetoed, President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged the ongoing talks are difficult and may not succeed.... View Source ›

January 29, 2014

Dan Williams, "Netanyahu: interim deal set Iran's nuclear drive back by six weeks" Reuters / January 28, 2014 An international deal capping Iran's nuclear work set the programme back by just six weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, accusing Tehran of using the hiatus to hone technologies with bomb-making potential.... View Source ›

January 29, 2014

"Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant to shut within days to refuel: IRNA" Reuters / January 28, 2014 Iran's first nuclear power plant at Bushehr is expected to shut down in the next few days for an annual refueling outage, the IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.... View Source ›

January 29, 2014

"U.N. nuclear inspectors in Iran to visit uranium mine" Reuters / January 28, 2014 U.N. nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran on Tuesday to visit a uranium mine, Iranian media reported, as part of a cooperation pact meant to help allay international concern about the country's nuclear program.... View Source ›

January 28, 2014

Lara Jakes and Jennifer Agiesta, "AP-GfK Poll: Skeptics Eye Nuclear Deal With Iran" Associated Press / January 28, 2014 A majority of Americans support an agreement by the U.S. and five other world powers to limit Iran's disputed nuclear program, but fewer believe it will keep the Islamic republic from building a nuclear bomb.... View Source ›

January 28, 2014

Jay Solomon and Laurence Norman, "Iran Nuclear Talks Shift to New York in Mid-February" The Wall Street Journal / January 27, 2014 Iran and global powers will begin negotiations on a comprehensive agreement to end the decadelong dispute over Tehran's nuclear program in mid-February in New York, Western and Iranian officials said on Monday.... View Source ›

January 27, 2014

Michael R. Gordon, "Kerry Presses Iranians to Prove Nuclear Work Is for Peaceful Purposes" The New York Times / January 24, 2014 One day after Iran’s president took the stage here seeking to assure the world that his country did not aspire to develop nuclear weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back on Friday, challenging him to demonstrate that the Iranian nuclear program was peaceful.... View Source ›

January 27, 2014

George Jahn, "UN Nuclear Agency Board Endorses Iran Deal" Associated Press / January 24, 2014 Leading nations of the U.N. atomic agency on Friday unanimously endorsed the agency's role as the organization monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear deal, and its head said he was encouraged by their readiness to fund the operation.... View Source ›

January 27, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "U.N. nuclear chief says still 'long way to go' on Iran" Reuters / January 24, 2014 The U.N. nuclear chief said on Friday there was "still a long way to go" to resolve a decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program, a note of caution days after Tehran curbed its atomic activity under an interim deal with world powers.... View Source ›

January 27, 2014

"No actual signatures on Iran deal has a top Republican worried" CNN / January 24, 2014 The interim nuclear deal with Iran and six other world powers was never signed by the representatives who brokered the agreement last November, leading one top Republican House leader to complain it allows Iranian leaders to ignore parts of the agreement, though the Obama administration said concern is unfounded.... View Source ›

January 24, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "U.N. agency seeks funds to verify Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / January 24, 2014 The U.N. atomic agency asked member countries on Friday for more money to fund its work checking Iran complies with a deal aimed at easing a decade-long stand-off over its nuclear activities.... View Source ›

January 24, 2014

Bradley Klapper and Julie Pace, "Talks with Iran over nuclear program face dilemma" Associated Press / January 24, 2014 Vast differences between Iran and the six-nation coalition seeking to dismantle the Islamic republic's nuclear program may lead to another short-term deal — and that could renew criticism that Iran is stalling and energize the push in Congress for tougher sanctions even if they endanger negotiations.... View Source ›

January 24, 2014

Rick Gladstone, "U.S. Warns Against Business With Iran" The New York Times / January 23, 2014 The Obama administration intensified efforts on Thursday to counter what officials called a misimpression that the six-month nuclear agreement with Iran had opened the door to new economic opportunities with the country, emphasizing that nearly all sanctions remained in force and warning businesses not to engage in any deals still pending after the accord’s July 20 expiration.... View Source ›

January 24, 2014

Jason Miks, "Hassan Rouhani: Sanctions against Iran are illegal" CNN / January 23, 2014 Sanctions against Iran are illegal and are undermining international law, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria.... View Source ›

January 23, 2014

Tom Cohen, "Iranian official on nuke deal: 'We did not agree to dismantle anything'" CNN / January 23, 2014 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes concessions by his side in the six-month nuclear deal with Iran, telling CNN in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything."... View Source ›

January 23, 2014

Bradley Klapper, "AP Sources: Iran Nuke Talks to Restart Next Month" Associated Press / January 23, 2014 The Obama administration expects negotiations on a final nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran to begin by mid-February.... View Source ›

January 23, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran's nuclear stockpile may rise for now despite deal with powers" Reuters / January 22, 2014 An apparent delay in Iran's building of a nuclear conversion plant suggests its stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) gas will grow for a while longer, despite Tehran's deal with world powers to curb its disputed atomic activity.... View Source ›

January 23, 2014

Michael Adler, "IAEA Blesses Iran Nuke Actions So Far; Access To Military Sites Key Issue" Breaking Defense / January 22, 2014 Iran’s decision to accept and implement the nuclear deal struck in November has undercut the US Congress’s drive for new sanctions designed to increase the pressure on the Islamic Republic. President Barack Obama said the deal should be given a chance to work and that sanctions could alienate Iran and torpedo the diplomacy. Congress, so far, is listening.... View Source ›

January 22, 2014

Julian Pecquet, "House to probe Iran deal" The Hill / January 21, 2014 Two House panels will examine the details of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran next week amid pressure from Congress to slap new sanctions on the country.... View Source ›

January 22, 2014

Adam Schreck, "Nuclear Progress Won't End Tensions for Iran, West" Associated Press / January 21, 2014 The U.N. decision to revoke Iran's invitation to this week's Syrian peace talks almost as quickly as it came was a reminder that the path to reconciliation between Tehran and the West is hardly a smooth one. Progress on the issue of Iran's nuclear program is no guarantee of an easing of tensions in the multiple disputes between the two sides.... View Source ›

January 22, 2014

John Davison, "Iran's military nuclear bid 'will be stopped': Israel" AFP / January 21, 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Iran's atomic drive "will be stopped", a day after an interim agreement bringing sanctions relief for Tehran took effect.... View Source ›

January 17, 2014

"U.N. inspectors to visit Iran uranium mine on January 29: Iran TV" Reuters / January 17, 2014 U.N. nuclear inspectors will soon visit an Iranian uranium mine for the first time since 2005 as part of Tehran's agreement to open its disputed nuclear program to greater scrutiny, state television reported on Friday.... View Source ›

January 17, 2014

Jay Solomon, "White House Releases Details of Iran Nuclear Deal" The Wall Street Journal / January 16, 2014 Bowing to congressional pressure, the White House released Thursday a summary of the technical details of the agreement reached last weekend between Iran and world powers aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program.... View Source ›

January 17, 2014

Julian Pecquet, "House shelves plans for vote on Iran sanctions" The Hill / January 16, 2014 House Republicans are moving away from a proposal to adopt new Iran sanctions.... View Source ›

January 17, 2014

Josh Rogin, "Iran Top Nuke Negotiator: Deal Reversible In One Day" The Daily Beast / January 16, 2014 In an interview with Iranian television, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator says Tehran can resume enriching uranium to 20 percent levels within one day if it so desires.... View Source ›

January 16, 2014

Josh Lederman, "Obama urges Senate Dems to put off Iran sanctions" Associated Press / January 15, 2014 President Barack Obama implored Democratic senators Wednesday to put off new sanctions against Iran that he warned could derail delicate nuclear talks.... View Source ›

January 15, 2014

Donna Cassata, "Dems signal willingness to wait on Iran sanctions" Associated Press / January 14, 2014 Under pressure from the Obama administration, Senate Democrats who favor a new batch of sanctions on Iran signaled a willingness to hold off on levying penalties to give diplomatic negotiations a chance.... View Source ›

January 15, 2014

Kambiz Faroohar, "Rouhani in Davos Has Chance to Cash In on Iran Accord" Bloomberg / January 15, 2014 President Hassan Rouhani will be the first Iranian leader in a decade to visit the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, when he’ll have a chance to turn his nuclear diplomacy into deals that can boost the economy.... View Source ›

January 15, 2014

Oren Dorell, "Iran calls nuclear pact a Western 'surrender'" USA Today / January 14, 2014 Republicans say it is up to Democrats whether new Iran sanctions pass the Senate to ensure Tehran sticks to a deal with the White House to open up its nuclear program to inspections.... View Source ›

January 15, 2014

George Jahn, "UN Nuclear Agency to Meet on Iran Pact Jan. 24" Los Angeles Times / January 14, 2014 The Obama administration is facing rising calls from lawmakers and nuclear experts to release the text of its latest nuclear deal with Iran and accompanying documents.... View Source ›

January 14, 2014

Patricia Zengerle and Timothy Gardner, "Iran deal progress dampens push for new U.S. sanctions bill" Reuters / January 13, 2014 President Barack Obama is more likely to win his battle with the U.S. Congress to keep new sanctions on Iran at bay now that world powers and Tehran have made a new advance in talks to curb the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.... View Source ›

January 14, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "IAEA says Iran asked for nuclear talks postponement to February 8" Reuters / January 14, 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday a planned meeting with Iran next week to discuss steps meant to ease concerns over its nuclear program has been pushed back to February 8 at Tehran's request.... View Source ›

January 14, 2014

Matt Spetalnick, "Biden assures Israel about core sanctions on Iran: U.S. official" Reuters / January 14, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States is committed to enforcing its "sanctions architecture" against Iran even as world powers provide it with some relief in pursuit of a final nuclear deal.... View Source ›

January 14, 2014

Paul Richter, "New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says" Los Angeles Times / January 13, 2014 Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday.... View Source ›

January 14, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "IAEA gains more Iran access, but not enough for bomb probe" Reuters / January 13, 2014 The U.N. nuclear watchdog's increased access in Iran to monitor a landmark agreement with world powers still falls short of what it says it needs to investigate suspicions that Tehran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb.... View Source ›

January 14, 2014

Ramin Mostaghim, "Interim nuclear deal greeted positively by most Iranians" Los Angeles Times / January 13, 2014 Word that the interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers will go into effect this month for the most part was met positively in the Iranian capital, though some hard-liners reiterated their opposition.... View Source ›

January 13, 2014

Anne Gearan, "Iran nuclear deal takes big step forward" The Washington Post / January 12, 2014 Iran and six world powers took a significant and hard-won step toward nuclear rapprochement on Sunday, announcing a deal to implement a landmark agreement that caps Iran’s disputed nuclear program in return for a modest easing of crippling economic sanctions.... View Source ›

January 13, 2014

Justyna Pawlak, "World powers, Iran to resume nuclear talks in February" Reuters / January 13, 2014 World powers and Iran will very likely meet again on Tehran's nuclear ambitions in February, shortly after a six-month deal restricting its atomic work goes into effect, a diplomatic source told Reuters on Monday.... View Source ›

January 13, 2014

Terry Atlas, "Iran Gets Sanctions Relief Jan. 20 as Nuclear Deal Begins" Bloomberg / January 13, 2014 Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear activities starting Jan. 20 under a deal with world powers, triggering the easing of some sanctions and the start of a six-to-12 month timetable to reach a permanent accord.... View Source ›

January 13, 2014

Fredrik Dahl, "U.N. watchdog eyes increased Iran presence to verify nuclear deal" Reuters / January 12, 2014 The U.N. atomic watchdog is considering increasing its presence in Iran to better handle an extra workload in verifying Tehran is carrying out a deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program, diplomats said.... View Source ›

January 13, 2014

"Russia is Said to Pursue Oil-Swap Pact With Iran" Global Security Newswire / January 10, 2014 Iran could boost its petroleum earnings by $1.5 billion each month in a possible swap arrangement under discussion with Russia, Reuters reports.... View Source ›

January 10, 2014

John Hudson, "Pressure Mounts on Reid as 58 Senators Back Iran Sanctions" Foreign Policy / January 29, 2014 In a surprise development in Congress, a long-building effort to impose new sanctions on Iran has reached a near-filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Despite months of White House lobbying against the bill, 58 Senators now support the so-called "Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act," according to a Senate aide close to the process. ... View Source ›

January 10, 2014

"Tehran, U.N. Powers Split Over Nuclear Deal's Uranium Limits" Global Security Newswire / January 9, 2014 Iran is at odds with six other countries over uranium-enrichment limits in a November nuclear deal that still has not taken effect, the Associated Press reports.... View Source ›

January 10, 2014

Diane Barnes, "Iran's Business Partners Face New Sanctions Scrutiny" Global Security Newswire / January 9, 2014 A U.S. Congress investigative arm has identified four companies that did business with Iran's energy sector over roughly the past year, despite global sanctions... View Source ›

January 9, 2014

Louis Charbonneau, "Iran, big power nuclear talks hit snag on centrifuge research" Reuters / January 8, 2014 Negotiations between Iran and six world powers on implementing a landmark November deal to freeze parts of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some sanctions have run into problems over advanced centrifuge research, diplomats said.... View Source ›

January 8, 2014

Burgess Everett, "Tim Johnson won’t consider Iran bill during talks" Politico / January 6, 2014 If the Senate votes on an Iran sanctions bill in the coming weeks, don’t expect it to go through the regular committee process.... View Source ›

January 7, 2014

"Iran, EU to meet on Thursday on nuclear deal-IRNA report" Reuters / January 7, 2014 Iran and the European Union will hold a two-day meeting in Geneva on Thursday to discuss implementing a landmark nuclear deal between the Islamic state and major powers, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday.... View Source ›

January 7, 2014

Timothy Gardner, "Iran sanctions bill opposed by Obama gains Senate backers" Reuters / January 6, 2014 U.S. senators pushing a bill to slap new sanctions on Iran if it goes back on an interim deal under which it agreed to limit its nuclear program have gained support since the legislation was introduced in December, aides said on Monday.... View Source ›

January 7, 2014

"Iran Sends Mixed Signals on Lawmakers' Role in Nuclear Talks" Global Security Newswire / January 6, 2014 Iranian authorities appear to have crossed signals regarding plans to bolster the role of hardliners in international nuclear talks, Iran Pulse reports.... View Source ›

January 6, 2014

Michael R. Gordon, "On Tour of Mideast, Kerry Says Iran Might Play Role in Syria Peace Talks" The New York Times / January 5, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that Iran might play a role at the peace talks on Syria in Switzerland this month.... View Source ›

January 2, 2014

Marcus George, "Iran says nuclear deal to be implemented in late January" Reuters / December 31, 2013 World powers and Iran have agreed to start implementing in late January an agreement obliging Tehran to suspend its most sensitive nuclear work, an Iranian official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.... View Source ›

January 2, 2014

Arshad Mohammed, "The invisible man: Bill Burns and the secret Iran talks" Reuters / January 2, 2014 The night before a round of high-stakes nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama told his chief of staff he had "absolute confidence we have the right team on the field."... View Source ›

January 2, 2014

Nasser Karimi, "Report: Iran Keeping New Centrifuges Offline" Associated Press / December 29, 2013 Iran's nuclear chief says the Islamic Republic has not begun using a new generation of centrifuges for enriching uranium after striking a deal to ease sanctions with world powers, state television reported Sunday.... View Source ›

January 2, 2014

Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams, "Advisor to Iran supreme leader urges direct nuclear talks with U.S." Los Angeles Times / December 27, 2013 The chief foreign policy advisor to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for direct talks with the United States on nuclear issues, a possible sign from the supreme leader that he is amenable to ending the animosity that has defined relations with Washington for 34 years.... View Source ›

December 31, 2013

"Iranian official reports progress in nuclear talks with powers" Reuters / December 31, 2013 Six world powers and Iran have made good progress in expert talks in Geneva on how to roll out last month's landmark nuclear deal which obliges Tehran to suspend its most sensitive atom work, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

December 31, 2013

Chen Aizhu, "China may raise Iran oil imports with new contract: sources" Reuters / December 31, 2013 China may buy more Iranian oil next year as a state trader is negotiating a new light crude contract that could raise imports from Tehran to levels not seen since tough Western sanctions were imposed in 2012, running the risk of upsetting Washington.... View Source ›

December 31, 2013

Ariel Ben Solomon, "Iran negotiating with Russia over construction of new nuclear plants" The Jerusalem Post / December 29, 2013 Iran and Russia are in discussions about the construction of four new nuclear power plants.... View Source ›

December 30, 2013

"Iran and world powers resume expert level nuclear talks" Reuters / December 30, 2013 Iran resumed technical talks with world powers in Geneva on Monday, a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief.... View Source ›

December 30, 2013

"Iran installs 1,000 IR-2m centrifuges: nuclear chief" Xinhua / December 29, 2013 The Islamic republic has installed 1,000 second generation (IR-2m) centrifuges in one of its nuclear enrichment sites, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by local media on Sunday.... View Source ›

December 30, 2013

Ramin Mostaghim, "Most Iranian lawmakers back nuclear speedup if U.S. adds sanctions" Los Angeles Times / December 29, 2013 More than two-thirds of the Iranian parliament has signed on to a bill that would accelerate Iran’s nuclear program if Congress adopts new sanctions legislation, official news agencies said. http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-iran-parliament-nuclear-sanctions-20131229,0,4436778.story#ixzz2oyAtaW2q... View Source ›

December 27, 2013

"Iran says it is developing new centrifuges" Associated Press / December 27, 2013 Iran's nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with world powers.... View Source ›

December 26, 2013

Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter, "Iran lawmakers threaten nuclear speed-up if Congress adds sanctions" Los Angeles Times / December 25, 2013 More than a third of Iran’s parliament has signed on to a bill ordering an acceleration of the country’s nuclear program if Congress follows through with new sanctions, lawmakers said.... View Source ›

December 20, 2013

Joby Warrick and Karen DeYoung, "On Iran, senators defy White House, threaten new sanctions" The Washington Post / December 19, 2013 A bipartisan group of 26 senators introduced legislation Thursday that threatened new sanctions against Iran, dismissing warnings from the White House that such a move could scuttle efforts to peacefully resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 20, 2013

Reid J. Epstein, "W.H.: Obama would veto Iran sanctions bill" Politico / December 19, 2013 President Barack Obama would veto an Iran sanctions bill with Democratic co-sponsors, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday... View Source ›

December 20, 2013

Tom Miles and Justyna Pawlak, "Iran, six world powers resume expert talks on nuclear deal" Reuters / December 19, 2013 Iran and six world powers resumed expert-level talks in Geneva on Thursday to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for some relief from economic sanctions.... View Source ›

December 19, 2013

"Iran nuclear talks to resume in Geneva Thursday" AFP / December 18, 2013 Talks between Iran and world powers on implementing last month's nuclear deal will resume Thursday in Geneva, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and Tehran, said Wednesday.... View Source ›

December 19, 2013

Ali Gharib, "Top Senate Democrats Break with With House and Circle New Iran Sanctions Bill" Foreign Policy / December 18, 2013 Three top senators, including two Democrats, have begun circulating a draft of a new Iran sanctions bill that critics say could violate the terms of an agreement struck between Iran and the United States in Geneva last month. ... View Source ›

December 19, 2013

Bill Gertz, "Inside the Ring: Dispute between foreign minister, Republican guard commander in Iran" The Washington Times / December 18, 2013 U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring a political dispute between Iran’s foreign minister, who is a key player in nuclear talks, and the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the hard-line shock troops behind the Islamist regime in Tehran.... View Source ›

December 18, 2013

Laurence Norman, "Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Expected to Resume This Week" The Wall Street Journal / December 17, 2013 Talks on implementing last month's interim nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers are set to resume this week, two European diplomats said Tuesday.... View Source ›

December 17, 2013

"Kerry, Zarif spoke last week after fresh Iran-related sanctions" Reuters / December 16, 2013 The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers last week discussed the importance of carrying out the November 24 Iran nuclear deal after Washington blacklisted 19 companies, people and vessels for dealing with Tehran, a U.S. official said on Monday.... View Source ›

December 16, 2013

David Ignatius, "Iran committed to making a deal" The Washington Post / December 15, 2013 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that despite hitting a “snag” in nuclear negotiations last week, Iran is  committed “100 percent” to reaching a comprehensive final agreement. But he voiced tough positions on key issues and said “it’s going to be a bumpy road,” with difficult bargaining ahead.... View Source ›

December 16, 2013

"Sweden: No reason why EU Iran sanctions will not be eased in Jan." Reuters / December 14, 2013 There is no reason why the European Union could not relax some sanctions on Iran in January as part of an interim deal between Tehran and major powers to curb its nuclear programme, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Saturday.... View Source ›

December 16, 2013

Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, "Iran Nuclear Deal’s Implementation Needs ‘Work’: Mann" Bloomberg / December 13, 2013 “After four days of lengthy and detailed talks, reflecting the complexity of the technical issues discussed, it became clear that further work is needed,” Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, says in e-mailed statement.... View Source ›

December 16, 2013

Jordain Carney, "U.S. Going After Additional Companies Tied to Iran" Global Security Newswire / December 13, 2013 The United States is targeting more than a dozen companies and individuals for violating sanctions against Iran and supporting the country's nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 13, 2013

Carol E. Lee and Jay Solomon, "White House Wins Delay on New Iran Sanctions" The Wall Street Journal / December 12, 2013 Lawmakers Will Not Vote on Measures This Year as Administration Pursues Diplomacy... View Source ›

December 13, 2013

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran, big powers' nuclear talks complex, need more time: EU" Reuters / December 13, 2013 Iran and six world powers need more time to work out complex technical steps on implementing last month's deal for Tehran to curb its nuclear program, the European Union said on Friday after four days of expert-level talks in Vienna.... View Source ›

December 13, 2013

Louis Charbonneau, "U.N. Iran panel chair urges states to keep enforcing sanctions" Reuters / December 12, 2013 The Australian chairman of the U.N. Security Council's Iran sanctions committee on Thursday urged the United Nations' 193 member states to continue enforcing U.N. sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 12, 2013

"Iran, UN nuclear watchdog to discuss new 'practical steps'" AFP / December 11, 2013 The UN atomic watchdog and Iran said Wednesday that they aimed to agree next month additional "practical steps" to increase transparency over Tehran's nuclear programme.... View Source ›

December 12, 2013

Stacy Kaper, "Graham Threatens to Block Defense Bill Over Iran Sanctions Vote" National Journal / December 12, 2013 Lindsey Graham is typically one of the Senate's strongest defense supporters, but he threatened Wednesday to vote against an annual military-policy bill.... View Source ›

December 12, 2013

Laura Litvan and Indira A.R. Lakshmana, "Senators Vow to Add to Iran Economic Sanctions in 2014" Bloomberg / December 12, 2013 A number of U.S. senators vowed to continue seeking new sanctions against Iran after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who say such measures endanger an international accord designed to limit that nation’s nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 12, 2013

Ian Katz, "Lew Says Iran Nuclear Agreement Doesn’t Weaken Sanctions Regime" Bloomberg / December 11, 2013 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said the international agreement designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program “does nothing to undo or weaken the core architecture of our sanctions regime.”... View Source ›

December 11, 2013

Yochi Dreazen and John Hudson, "Kerry, White House Beat Back New Iran Sanctions... For Now" Foreign Policy / December 11, 2013 When it comes to the Obama administration's controversial nuclear pact with Iran, it's White House 1, Congress 0. ... View Source ›

December 11, 2013

Nasser Karimi, "Iran: Guards Chief Criticizes Foreign Minister" Associated Press / December 10, 2013 The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards rebuked the country's foreign minister Tuesday over comments he made about the military's ability to withstand a potential American attack.... View Source ›

December 9, 2013

"Iran, World Powers to Discuss Atomic Pact Compliance" Global Security Newswire / December 6, 2013 Technical experts from Iran and six major governments are set next week to thrash out specifics on how they will comply with a landmark nuclear accord negotiated by the sides in November, Reuters reported.... View Source ›

December 9, 2013

Michael D. Shear, "Obama Says He Can Envision Nuclear Deal With Iran" The New York Times / December 7, 2013 President Obama said Saturday that he could envision a final diplomatic agreement with Iran that would let the country’s government enrich nuclear material for power production with enough restrictions to assure Israel and the rest of the world that it could not produce a nuclear weapon.... View Source ›

December 9, 2013

Mohammad Davari, "UN experts inspect Iran's Arak nuclear plant" AFP / December 8, 2013 Sunday's inspection comes just weeks after Iran clinched a landmark deal with world powers under which it will freeze or curb some of its nuclear activities in return for limited relief from crippling international sanctions.... View Source ›

December 6, 2013

Jordain Carney, "U.S. Official: Final Iran Deal to Include 'A Lot of Dismantling'" National Journal / December 5, 2013 A U.S. official said on Wednesday that the Obama administration is considering asking the Iranian government to take down part of its Arak nuclear reactor as part of a long-term deal on the country's nuclear program.... View Source ›

December 6, 2013

Burgess Everett, "W.H. to publicly make Iran case on Hill" Politico / December 5, 2013 The Obama administration’s closed-door push to hold off new congressional sanctions on Iran will go public next week.... View Source ›

December 6, 2013

Fredrik Dahl, "Iran acting to allow closer monitoring of nuclear program" Reuters / December 5, 2013 U.N. inspectors are to visit an Iranian plant on Sunday linked to a planned heavy-water reactor that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial gesture by Iran to open its disputed nuclear program up to greater scrutiny.... View Source ›

December 5, 2013

David Brunnstrom, "U.S. assures Israel that core Iran sanctions still in place" Reuters / December 5, 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that core sanctions against Iran would remain in place despite its interim nuclear deal with world powers.... View Source ›

December 5, 2013

"U.S. says may seek dismantling part of Arak reactor in final Iran deal" Reuters / December 4, 2013 A top U.S. diplomat suggested on Wednesday the United States may press Iran to agree to dismantle part of its Arak nuclear reactor in a comprehensive agreement to rein in Tehran's atomic program.... View Source ›

December 4, 2013

Patricia Zengerle and Steve Holland, "White House tells Senate it opposes new Iran sanctions effort" Reuters / December 3, 2013 The White House said on Tuesday it opposes a fresh effort by some members of the U.S. Senate to impose new sanctions against Iran, even if the new restrictions would not take effect for months.... View Source ›

December 4, 2013

Laurence Norman, "Talks on Implementing Iran Nuclear Deal to Be Held Next Week" The Wall Street Journal / December 3, 2013 Experts from Iran and six major powers will meet in Vienna next week as the two sides start work on implementing last month's confidence-building nuclear accord, the European Union said on Tuesday.... View Source ›

December 4, 2013

Jim Acosta, "White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment" CNN / December 3, 2013 The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.... View Source ›

December 4, 2013

Sara Sorcher, "Security Insiders Poll: World Struck 'Good Deal' With Iran" National Journal / December 3, 2013 A strong majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders thought the recent agreement between world powers and Iran—to limit its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief—is a "good deal," despite scathing criticism by Iran hawks and Israel.... View Source ›

December 4, 2013

Tom Gjelten, "Iran's Nuclear Deal Faces Big Test" NPR / December 4, 2013 The provisions won't take effect unless the IAEA is satisfied the program has no military dimension.... View Source ›

December 3, 2013

Alexander Burns, "Pollster finds support for Iran deal" Politico / December 2, 2013 Americans have a favorable early impression of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran and feel strong skepticism toward the prospect of military action against the Islamic state, according to private Democratic polling shared with POLITICO. ... View Source ›

December 3, 2013

John Hudson, "How Congress Could Steamroll Iran Sanctions Past Obama" Foreign Policy / December 2, 2013 Despite repeated objections from the White House, Senate Democrats and Republicans are charging ahead with plans to pass new sanctions legislation against Iran.... View Source ›

December 2, 2013

"Iran, powers to meet next week on carrying out nuclear deal" Reuters / December 1, 2013 Envoys of Iran and six world powers will meet next week to start working out steps to implement a deal under which Tehran is to curb its nuclear program in return for some respite from sanctions, a top Iranian negotiator said.... View Source ›

December 2, 2013

"Iran 'will never abandon Arak heavy water reactor'" AFP / December 1, 2013 Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has said Tehran will never abandon the Arak heavy water reactor, considering it a "red line" in talks with world powers, media reported Sunday.... View Source ›

December 2, 2013

Chelsea J. Carter, "Report: Rouhani says Iran will not dismantle nuclear facilities" CNN / November 29, 2013 Iran will not dismantle any of its nuclear facilities as part of an effort to reach a long-term agreement to limit its nuclear development, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview published Friday in The Financial Times.... View Source ›

December 2, 2013

Fredrik Dahl, "IAEA says may need more money to help implement Iran nuclear deal" Reuters / November 29, 2013 The U.N. atomic watchdog will probably need more money to verify the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, its chief said on Thursday, and it would take some time to prepare for the task.... View Source ›

November 27, 2013

Matt Spetalnick, "Americans back Iran deal by 2-to-1 margin: Reuters/Ipsos poll" Reuters / November 26, 2013 Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.... View Source ›

November 27, 2013

Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, "In Iran, nuclear deal met with guarded enthusiasm" Los Angeles Times / November 26, 2013 Many are hopeful that the interim accord will lead to the end of sanctions, even as conservatives criticize the terms as weighted against Iran.... View Source ›

November 27, 2013

Max Fisher, "Iran’s supreme leader publicly blesses the nuclear deal" The Washington Post / November 26, 2013 Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the top political authority in Tehran, has sent a public letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praising the interim nuclear agreement that Iran reached in Geneva this weekend with the United States and other world powers.... View Source ›

November 27, 2013

Laurence Norman, "EU to Maintain Sanctions on Most Iran Firms" The Wall Street Journal / November 26, 2013 The European Union will maintain sanctions against all but two Iranian firms that won challenges to the bloc's sanctions regime in EU courts in September, an EU official said Tuesday.... View Source ›

November 26, 2013

"Next Up for Iran Talks: How Much Enrichment in Final Deal?" Global Security Newswire / November 25, 2013 The historic initial nuclear accord signed on Sunday by Iran and six world powers leaves uncertain a key question about how much uranium enrichment the Middle Eastern nation might be permitted to undertake in the longer-term final agreement, former officials and independent analysts told the New York Times for a Monday report.... View Source ›

November 26, 2013

Bradley Klapper, "Senators writing new sanctions in case Iran cheats" Associated Press / November 26, 2013 Leading Democratic and Republican senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn't make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program, brushing aside the Obama administration's fears about upending its diplomatic momentum.... View Source ›

November 26, 2013

Jeffrey Heller, "Wary of war, Israeli public gives Iran deal a chance" Reuters / November 25, 2013 Going about their business on Monday, Israelis seemed more accepting than their leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, of a nuclear deal with Iran that he rejected as a historic mistake.... View Source ›

November 25, 2013

Matthew Lee and Brian Murphy, "Anatomy of Iranian Nuclear Deal" Associated Press / November 25, 2013 In a potentially history-shaping choice of diplomacy over confrontation, the U.S. and other world powers agreed Sunday to give Iran six months to open its nuclear sites to possible daily inspections in exchange for allowing Tehran to maintain the central elements of its uranium program, in a multi-layered deal to test Iran's claim that it does not seek atomic weapons.... View Source ›

November 25, 2013

Lori Hinnant and Brian Murphy, "Easing of Iran Sanctions Could Start in December" Associated Press / November 25, 2013 European Union sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, officials said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping deal that gives Tehran six months to increase access to its nuclear sites in exchange for keeping the core components of its uranium program.... View Source ›

November 25, 2013

Michael R. Gordon, "Longer-Term Deal With Iran Faces Major Challenges" The New York Times / November 24, 2013 The Obama administration’s successful push for an accord that would temporarily freeze much of Iran’s nuclear program has cast a spotlight on the more formidable challenge it now confronts in trying to roll the program back.... View Source ›

November 25, 2013

Siobhan Hughes, "Lawmakers Continue Push for New Iran Sanctions" The Wall Street Journal / November 24, 2013 A bloc of hardliners in the U.S. Senate refused to back down from threats to pass a new round of sanctions on Iran, setting up a clash with the Obama administration and undercutting its effort to buy time for a six-month deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program to work.... View Source ›

November 25, 2013

Bradley Klapper, Julie Pace and Matthew Lee, "Secret US-Iran talks set stage for nuke deal" Associated Press / November 24, 2013 With their destination and mission among America's closest guarded secrets, the small group of officials hand-picked by President Barack Obama boarded a military plane in March.... View Source ›

November 22, 2013

Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi, "Iran, six powers struggle to overcome snags in nuclear talks" Reuters / November 22, 2013 Iran and six world powers struggled on Friday, after two days of talks, to overcome stumbling blocks to an interim deal under which Tehran would curb its contested nuclear program in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions.... View Source ›

November 22, 2013

Paul Steinhauser, "CNN Poll: More than half back Iranian nuclear deal" CNN / November 21, 2013 A majority of Americans support an interim deal with Iran that would ease some economic sanctions on that country in exchange for concessions on Iran's nuclear program, according to a new national poll.... View Source ›

November 22, 2013

Bradley Klapper, "Senate Dems to Push Iran Sanctions Next Month" Associated Press / November 22, 2013 The Democratic-led Senate signaled Thursday it would only give President Barack Obama until next month before pressing ahead with new Iran sanctions, and a key Republican introduced legislation designed to limit the president's future negotiating ability with Tehran.... View Source ›

November 22, 2013

Jamey Keaten and John Heilprin, "Russian FM Lavrov to Join Iran Nuclear Talks" Associated Press / November 22, 2013 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov threw his weight Friday behind nuclear talks with Iran, flying to Geneva to join senior negotiators struggling to seal a deal that would see Tehran start to roll back its atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief.... View Source ›

November 21, 2013

George Jahn and John Heilprin, "Iran: Difficult Differences at Nuke Talks" Associated Press / November 20, 2013 Seven-nation talks on a deal meant to start a rollback of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief were delayed Thursday as senior envoys from both sides wrestled with a draft they hoped would be acceptable to both Tehran and its six world powers negotiating with it.... View Source ›

November 21, 2013

Jay Solomon, Stacy Meichtry and Farnaz Fassihi, "Iran's Comments on Israel Deemed 'Unacceptable' as Talks Open" The Wall Street Journal / November 20, 2013 Iran's leader launched an anti-Western broadside as global powers resumed negotiations on curbing Tehran's nuclear program, injecting fresh uncertainty into a diplomatic process viewed as crucial to Middle East stability.... View Source ›

November 21, 2013

John Irish and Parisa Hafezi, "France, Iran trade barbs but ministers may come for nuclear deal" Reuters / November 21, 2013 France and Iran traded tough words on Thursday as major powers struggled to finalize an interim deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, with Paris urging the West to remain firm and Tehran deploring a loss of trust.... View Source ›

November 21, 2013

"Iran Yields on Enrichment-Right Wording as Nuclear Talks Resume" Global Security Newswire / November 20, 2013 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's signal of flexibility this week regarding Western recognition of his nation's right to enrich uranium offered heightened anticipation of an international deal as talks resumed on Wednesday in Geneva, the London Guardian reported.... View Source ›

November 20, 2013

Justyna Pawlak and Fredrik Dahl, "World powers, Iran in new attempt to reach nuclear deal" Reuters / November 20, 2013 World powers resumed efforts to clinch a preliminary deal to curb Iran's nuclear program at talks in Geneva on Wednesday, with Russia and Britain confident that agreement can be reached.... View Source ›

November 20, 2013

Steve Weizman, "Netanyahu takes Iran nuclear campaign to Kremlin" AFP / November 20, 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived on Thursday in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin, in a last-minute bid to influence an emerging nuclear deal with Iran strongly opposed by the Jewish state.... View Source ›

November 20, 2013

Marcus George and James Mackenzie, "Iran says sees good chance of success at Geneva nuclear talks" Reuters / November 20, 2013 The protracted dispute over Iran's nuclear programme can now be resolved and world powers should seize a "historic opportunity" to clinch a deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in remarks released on Tuesday.... View Source ›

November 20, 2013

George Jahn and John Heilprin, "Iran's leader backs nuke talks, with conditions" Associated Press / November 20, 2013 Iran's supreme leader voiced support Wednesday for the negotiations over his country's nuclear program, but insisted there are limits to the concessions Iran will make in exchange for an easing of the sanctions choking its economy.... View Source ›

November 19, 2013

Patricia Zengerle, "U.S. congressional action on Iran sanctions unlikely this month" Reuters / November 18, 2013 Legislation to impose tough new sanctions on Iran is not expected to come to a vote in the Senate before December, after the end of the next round of negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program, U.S. lawmakers and congressional aides said on Monday.... View Source ›

November 19, 2013

Gwen Ackerman, "Israel Says It’s Influencing Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal" Bloomberg / November 18, 2013 An Israeli cabinet minister said world powers will take heed of his government’s concerns about a deal with Iran even as a former security adviser warned that Israel could still take matters into its own hands with a military strike.... View Source ›

November 19, 2013

Jonathan S. Landay, "Next round of Iran nuclear talks expected to focus on ‘right’ to enrich uranium" McClatchy / November 18, 2013 Iran’s assertion that it has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes is expected to be a key focus of high-level international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program that resume this week.... View Source ›

November 19, 2013

Oren Dorell, "Iran has developed a new nuclear site, dissidents say" USA Today / November 18, 2013 An Iranian dissident group says that Iran should grant United Nations inspectors immediate access to a site it alleged Monday is a newly-discovered undeclared site for Iran's nuclear work.... View Source ›

November 19, 2013

"Sanctions stay unless Iran renounces nuclear arms: Hollande" AFP / November 18, 2013 President Francois Hollande said Monday that sanctions on Iran will remain in place as long as France is not convinced that Tehran has "definitively renounced" its alleged nuclear weapons programme.... View Source ›

November 18, 2013

"Iran: No Need for West to Declare Uranium 'Right'" Associated Press / November 17, 2013 Iran sees no need for world powers to publicly acknowledge its "right" to uranium enrichment, its foreign minister said Sunday, offering a potential way to sidestep another sticking point on a possible nuclear deal when talks resume later this week.... View Source ›

November 18, 2013

"Iran says next nuclear talks will be 'difficult'" AFP / November 17, 2013 Iran said Sunday nuclear talks with world powers this week will be "difficult," as France made four demands for a deal with Tehran and Israel warned against a "nightmare" accord.... View Source ›

November 18, 2013

Jeffrey Helley, "France assures Israel it will stand firm on Iran deal" Reuters / November 17, 2013 President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had ended a pursuit of nuclear weapons.... View Source ›

November 18, 2013

"Turkey rejects further reduction of Iran oil imports" AFP / November 15, 2013 Turkey rejects making further reductions in its oil imports from neighbouring Iran, which is under US sanctions over its nuclear programme, the energy ministry said on Friday.... View Source ›

November 15, 2013

Matt Spetalnick, "Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver: Obama" Reuters / November 14, 2013 President Barack Obama sought to reassure skeptical U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that any easing of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily be reversed and "ramped back up" if Tehran fails to curb its nuclear program.... View Source ›

November 15, 2013

Justyna Pawlak, "EU to re-impose Iran sanctions quashed by court" Reuters / November 14, 2013 The European Union will re-impose asset freezes on several Iranian companies, annulled this year by court order, even as world powers appear close to a breakthrough deal with Tehran over its contested nuclear program.... View Source ›

November 15, 2013

Burgess Everett, "David Vitter amendment could delay Iran sanctions" Politico / November 14, 2013 In his quest to keep Congress from enacting new sanctions on Iran, President Barack Obama may have found an unlikely ally: Sen. David Vitter.... View Source ›

November 14, 2013

Patricia Zengerle and Timothy Gardner, "U.S. lawmakers question Obama's plea for Iran sanctions pause" Reuters / November 13, 2013 enior U.S. lawmakers expressed sharp frustration with the Obama administration's call to delay new sanctions against Iran on Wednesday, underscoring the difficult sales job the Democratic president has as he pursues a rapprochement with Tehran.... View Source ›

November 14, 2013

"Russian FM: Iran Backed US Nuclear Proposal" Associated Press / November 14, 2013 Russia's foreign minister says Iran had accepted a U.S.-draft proposal on a nuclear deal, but last-minute amendments blocked an accord last week in Geneva.... View Source ›

November 14, 2013

Fredrik Dahl, "No big change in Iran nuclear work under Rouhani: IAEA" Reuters / November 13, 2013 The head of the U.N. nuclear agency said on Wednesday he saw "no radical change" in Iran's nuclear program in the past three months, roughly since President Hassan Rouhani replaced his combative predecessor.... View Source ›

November 14, 2013

"Hezbollah chief warns of 'war' if no Iran deal" AFP / November 13, 2013 Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned in a rare public appearance Wednesday that failure to strike a deal with ally Iran over its nuclear programme would spell "war in the region."... View Source ›

November 13, 2013

"Iran Says U.N. Can Inspect Arak Nuclear Site in Weeks" Global Security Newswire / November 12, 2013 Iran on Tuesday said it would allow the United Nation's nuclear watchdog to inspect the country's new heavy-water nuclear reactor in the coming weeks, according to the Associated Press.... View Source ›

November 13, 2013

Michael Mathes and Stephen Collinso, "New Iran sanctions would risk war, White House warns" AFP / November 12, 2013 The White House has warned US lawmakers that tightening sanctions on Iran could derail a diplomatic drive for a nuclear deal with Iran, boxing America into a "march to war."... View Source ›

November 13, 2013

"Who’s to blame for breakdown in Iranian nuclear talks? Depends who you ask" Associated Press / November 12, 2013 The deadlocked international effort to sign a nuclear deal with Iran has spurred a global blame game over who walked away from the negotiating table and why.... View Source ›

November 13, 2013

Ladane Nasseri, "Iran to Build Second Atom Plant With Russian Assistance" Bloomberg / November 13, 2013 Iran, which plans to have enough nuclear reactors to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity, hopes the construction of another Russian-built power plant can start after March, said the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.... View Source ›