Ahmadinejad

  • Iran turned down meet with Obama citing complications: US official September 25, 2013

    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday cautiously embraced overtures from Iran's new President as the basis for a possible nuclear deal, but a failed effort to arrange a simple handshake between the two leaders underscored entrenched distrust that will be hard to overcome. In a speech to the United Nations, Obama...
  • Iran's leader reaches out to US, vows push to resolve nuclear row August 6, 2013

    Dubai: Iran's incoming President Hassan Rouhani used his first press conference on Tuesday to offer an olive branch to the United States in protracted talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate. Rouhani, seen in the West as a relatively moderate leader, said he was...
  • Iran, US signal will to engage as new president sworn in August 5, 2013

    Dubai: Iran and the United States signalled a fresh will on Sunday to seek to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme after Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as president and called for dialogue to reduce "antagonism and aggression". Hopes for a diplomatic resolution increased with Rouhani's win over conservative rivals...
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari meets new Iranian president August 5, 2013

    New Delhi/Tehran: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Sunday met new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani after the latter's swearing in ceremony in Tehran. Ansari represented India at the swearingin ceremony. Rouhani, who won a landslide victory in the June 14 presidential election, succeeds president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran has sent invitations to several world...
  • Rafsanjani rolls the dice last time to fix Iran's future May 12, 2013

    Dubai: Iran's best known political grandee, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, looms large in the history of the Islamic Republic now registered to run in Iran's presidential election June 2013 he may also get the chance to carve out its future. Few have wielded such influence in modern Iran as...
  • Iran announces uranium mining after nuclear talks fail April 10, 2013

    Dubai: Iran said on Tuesday operations had begun at two uranium mines and a milling plant and that Western opposition would not slow its nuclear work, days after talks with world powers made no breakthrough. Marking its annual National Nuclear Technology Day, Iran also said it would continue to need highergrade...
  • Ahmadinejad under fire for hugging Chavez's mother March 12, 2013

    Tehran: Senior Iranian clerics have criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez's mother with a hug - a physical contact considered a sin under the country's strict Islamic codes. The controversy follows a widely published photo showing Ahmadinejad embracing Chavez's mother at the funeral of the late Venezuelan president. Iranian papers...
  • Sanctions would trigger if Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline goes ahead, says US March 12, 2013

    Washington: The US has warned Pakistan that if it goes ahead with the construction of a USD 7.5 billion gas pipeline with Iran, sanctions would be triggered, even as a section of the project was inaugurated on Monday. "We have serious concerns, if this project actually goes forward, that the...
  • Iran, Pakistan to launch gas pipeline project March 11, 2013

    Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on Monday will officially inaugurate the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, Press TV reported on Sunday. The $7.5-billion project will be inaugurated at a ceremony in the border city of Chahbahar. Iran has constructed 900 km of the 1,600-km pipeline on...
  • Ahmadinejad, Lukashenko head for Chavez's funeral March 8, 2013

    Minsk: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko are travelling to Caracas to attend the funeral of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, state television reported. President Lukashenko decided to personally pay tribute to his late Venezuelan ally, "taking into consideration the especially friendly character and strategic level of the...
  • Shoe thrown at Iranian president in Egypt February 7, 2013

    Cairo: Iran's president on Wednesday offered to help rescue Egypt's failing economy with a "big credit line," another sign of improving relations between two regional powers after a freeze of more than three decades. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the proposal during the first trip to Egypt by an Iranian leader since 1979....
  • Iranian leader visits Egypt in warming of ties February 6, 2013

    Cairo: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Cairo on Tuesday, the first by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, highlights efforts by Egypt's Islamist leader to thaw long frigid ties between the two regional heavyweights. Although the official welcome was warm, there was unscripted discord from Sunni protesters angry over...
  • Iran: Ahmadinejad says ready to be first Iranian in space February 5, 2013

    Dubai: Iran recently sent a monkey into space and if he has his way President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be next. The Iranian President triggered quite a few cheeky quips on the Internet by announcing he would be glad to become the Islamic nation's first astronaut. In fact former US presidential hopeful...
  • Iran unveils its own stealth fighter jet Qaher F313 February 4, 2013

    Tehran: Iran on Saturday unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighterbomber that military officials claim can evade radar. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony broadcast on state TV that building the Qaher F313, or Dominant F313, shows Iran's will to "conquer scientific peaks." The Qaher is one of...
  • Seven events not to miss in 2013 January 5, 2013

    1. Apple TV Launch Steve Jobs had the genius to turn a product launcheven an upgradeinto an occasion that sent Apple fans into fits of ecstasy. If there's one product that they have been looking forward to more than any other, it's Apple TV. No one knows if or how it...
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad ridicules expense of US vote November 9, 2012

    Bali: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday ridiculed the expense of the US election a day after voters kept President Barack Obama for another four years, mocking the American process as a "battleground for capitalists" while speaking at a democracy forum. Ahmadinejad, whose government has been criticised for human rights abuses...
  • Attack by Ahmadinejad sparks Israel walkout September 25, 2012

    United Nations: Iran's president called Israel a nucleararmed "fake regime" shielded by the United States, prompting Israel's UN ambassador to walk out of a highlevel UN meeting Monday promoting the rule of law. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also accused the US and others of misusing freedom of speech and failing to...
  • Iran's president dismisses threats on nuclear program September 25, 2012

    New York: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed threats of military action against Iran's nuclear program, arguing that his country's project to enrich uranium is only for peaceful purposes and saying that Iran has no worries about a possible Israeli attack. Ahmadinejad spoke before a group of editors and news...
  • 'AntiIslam' film is ugly: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad September 24, 2012

    In an exclusive interview to CNN, Ahmadinejad accused the West of abusing the freedom of speech and said a war between Israel and Iran was imminent. ...
  • US bans 20 Iran officials from travel to UN assembly September 23, 2012

    Dubai: The United States has denied visas to about 20 Iranian government officials hoping to attend next week's UN General Assembly, including two ministers, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Saturday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a regular at the assembly since he took office in 2005, will give his final speech...
  • India, Iran should address trade imbalance: PM August 30, 2012

    Tehran: India and Iran should address their trade imbalance, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Tehran on Wednesday even as the two sides stressed increasing bilateral and trilateral cooperation to develop the Chahbahar port as the gateway to Afghanistan and Central Asia. During his talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,...
  • PM meets Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Tehran August 29, 2012

    Tehran: In a rare meeting with a nonMuslim dignitary, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday held discussions in Tehran with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a variety of subjects, including bilateral matters and the tense situation in the region. Prior to the meeting with 73yearold Khamenei, who holds nearabsolute...
  • Trade, security, Syria on agenda of IndoIran talks August 29, 2012

    Tehran: Highlytilted trade relations in favour of Iran, supply of oil and gas and other key strategic bilateral and international issues, including Syria, are expected to dominate the meetings of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here. Though there are no "irritants"...
  • PM to meet Iranian President, Supreme Leader today August 29, 2012

    Prime Minister Manmohan singh and First Lady Gursharan Kaur, reached Tehran on Tuesday evening. They were received at the airport by Iran's Finance Minister. ...
  • Iran government criticised over earthquake response August 14, 2012

    Dubai: Iran's government faced criticism on Monday over its response to two earthquakes that killed 306 people, with complaints of a lack of tents and about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to go ahead with an overseas trip. Although officials announced on Sunday, less than 24 hours after disaster struck, that search...
  • Iran President to leave politics when term ends June 17, 2012

    Berlin: A German newspaper is reporting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will end his political career when his second term ends next year. Ahmadinejad was quoted on Saturday as saying in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that he plans to return to academia. He said that,...
  • Ahmadinejad says Iran can do without oil sales April 10, 2012

    Tehran: Iran can manage its economy even without crude exports, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed on Tuesday as Tehran cut off oil sales to Greece, the third European nation to be hit by an Iranian retaliatory measure ahead of EU's oil embargo. Iran had warned in February that it might extend an...
  • Iran doesn't fear bombs and warships: Ahmadinejad March 12, 2012

    Dubai: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a fresh tirade against the West, saying the Islamic Republic does not fear military action, Iranian media reported on Sunday. "The Iranian nation doesn't fear your bombs and warships and planes. Such weapons are worth nothing," the Fars News Agency quoted him as saying...
  • Iran steps up repression before polls: Amnesty February 28, 2012

    London: Iran has "dramatically escalated" a crackdown on dissent in the runup to this week's parliamentary elections, arresting lawyers, students and journalists and targeting electronic media, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. "In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the...
  • Karzai, Ahmedinejad in Pak for antiterror summit February 17, 2012

    Islamabad: A counterterrorism summit in Islamabad is grabbing eyeballs, especially with the participation of Iranian President Ahmedinejad. It is the Iranian premier's first public outing after he revealed his country's nuclear might live on television on Wednesday. The trilateral summit is also being attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai who...