Tag: Iran

Iran-Russia Nuclear Deal to be Signed Tuesday

The head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, will travel to Russia Tuesday to sign a construction deal for two nuclear power plants on Iran’s southern Gulf shores, AFP reported on Sunday.   Salehi’s visit will cap months of negotiations between Iran and Russia, and comes as the Islamic republic faces a November 24 […]

Iran Deal: The New ‘Peace in Our Time’

There are other reasons to doubt the value of any deal with Iran. For one thing, Iran has defied UN Security Council resolutions on nuclear enrichment for a decade. The interim deal signed late last year, and the long-term deal now under negotiation, both allow Iran to enrich uranium up to a point. So Iran […]

Two Weeks From Nuclear Deadline, Iran Still Hasn’t Answered Key Military Questions

Three days after the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog reported that Iran has still not provided promised – and overdue – explanations about “possible military dimensions” of its nuclear activities, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined Monday to comment on the matter, on the grounds the report “hasn’t been publicly released by the agency yet.”   Read […]

World must not cave to Iran’s demands

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned the six world powers, including the US, against caving to Iranian demands to pursue its nuclear program, just so that it can meet a November 24th deadline to conclude a deal with Tehran.   “The international community faces a clear choice,” Netanyahu said. “It can cave to Iranian […]

US, France Say Iran Can Have Nuclear Program, Not Bomb

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, agree that Iran has a right to a peaceful nuclear program but “not a track to a bomb.”   Kerry and Fabius met in Paris where they discussed ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and other issues, ahead of Kerry’s trilateral meeting […]

Obama Raises ‘Centrifuge Ceiling’ in Iran

The Obama administration may be covertly allowing Iran’s nuclear program to enrich more uranium than in initial agreements, a state-approved Iranian website said Wednesday – amid reports that he is looking to bypass congressional approval for a full-fledged nuclear deal.   According to the report, the White House has allowed Iran to enrich uranium by […]

Iran coerces gays to undergo sex-change surgery

Aside from imprisonment and execution, homosexual Iranians face another threat – being pressured into having gender reassignment surgery. According to a BBC Persian report, both lesbians and gay men are often coerced into undergoing the radical procedure as to “cure” them of their homosexuality, which is outlawed in the Islamic Republic.   BBC reports that […]

Iran agrees to ship uranium to Russia as part of nuclear deal

The agreement, however, does not address an alternative way for the Islamic Republic to obtain a nuclear bomb – the use of the heavy water produced at Iran’s Arak plant to produce plutonium. Despite that, an American official involved in the talks was optimistic about the proposed agreement, saying that “if the Iran-Russia deal works, […]

China seeking closer military ties with Iran

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran’s nuclear plans.   Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have […]

Second extension of nuclear talks with Iran on the table

WASHINGTON – Western governments will reluctantly consider an extension of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program should world powers fail to clinch a comprehensive deal by November 24 – a move Israel would support, sources told The Jerusalem Post this week.   Informal discussion of an extension beyond the self-imposed deadline – the second […]