Tag: Iran

Iran could be very successful regional power if it curbs nuclear program

Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if Tehran agrees to a long-term deal to curb its nuclear program, President Barack Obama said in an interview with NPR News.   “They’ve got a chance to get right with the world,” Obama said in the interview, which was taped at the White House on Dec. […]

‘Never Say Never’

President Barack Obama hinted that he might be prepared to establish a new U.S. embassy in Tehran ” if we can get a deal on making sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon,” and the deal led to warmer relations with the Iranian regime. Obama’s remarks were published Monday in an interview with […]

State Dep’t Won’t Confirm It Is Concerned About Iran’s Nuclear Cheating

The State Department on Monday insisted that Iran is meeting its obligations under an interim nuclear agreement, but declined to comment on allegations in a news report that Iran is breaching U.N. sanctions by continuing to procure equipment for a heavy-water plutonium reactor. Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that it would be “unacceptable” […]

‘Americans Have Very Clearly Surrendered’

Top Iranian leaders have been celebrating a recently inked extension in nuclear negotiations with the West, with leading military figures and politicians saying that the deal is a sign that the “Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran’s might,” according to regional reports.   As negotiations in Vienna break up so that leaders from all sides […]

No easy ‘plan B’ for Iran if nuclear talks with major powers collapse

Iranian officials say they can turn to Beijing and Moscow if talks in Vienna fail to end Western sanctions, but with oil prices falling, China’s economy slowing and Russia in its own sanctions-induced slump, Tehran’s “plan B” hardly looks ideal.   Talks between Iran and six powers, which include China and Russia as well as […]

Kerry cancels plans to pull back from Iran nuke talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans Friday to pull back from talks with Iran about the country’s nuclear program — a shift that suggested some hope of movement on the protracted negotiations.   Kerry is staying in Vienna to continue negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and others at the negotiating […]

IAEA to discuss Iranian offer to allow ‘managed access’ to site

The UN nuclear agency said on Friday it would discuss an Iranian offer for access to a region where explosives experiments may have taken place, but that it was not as straightforward as suggested by Tehran.   Iran told a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday it would let the IAEA […]

Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran

Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program.   But reflecting on the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of the deadline, Israel […]

Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, says negotiators not looking for an extension on deadline

In Vienna, Kerry is going to “check in” on the high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. It is not yet determined how long he will stay in Vienna, leaving open the possibility that he might not remain until Monday’s deadline for a deal. Kerry is to meet with the U.S. […]

Iran nuclear talks: Kerry says talks focused on a deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that extending the deadline for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme is not being discussed.   Negotiations in Vienna will instead focus on “driving towards” the outline of an agreement, he said.   World powers want Iran to show it is not building nuclear weapons, in exchange […]