Iran Nuclear Programme

  • Obama talks tough on Syria, counsels patience with Iran March 21, 2013

    Jerusalem: President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to hold Syria to account if it used chemical weapons and assured Israel, in his first official visit to the Jewish state, of US resolve to curb Iran's nuclear programme. Obama came to Israel seeking to allay the security fears of Washington's closest ally...
  • World powers wait to hear Iran response to nuclear offer February 27, 2013

    Almaty: World powers hope Iran will respond positively on Wednesday to their new offer to lift some sanctions if Tehran scales back nuclear activity the West fears could be used to build bombs. But any hopes of a significant easing of the deadlock in the decade-old nuclear dispute were dented...
  • EU ban on Iran oil pushes sanctions limits July 1, 2012

    Brussels: A European Union embargo on Iranian oil comes into effect on Sunday with Western governments hopeful economic pain will persuade Tehran to scale back its nuclear work but also mindful they are pushing against the limits of sanctions. Combined with new measures coming into force this week in the United...
  • Airlines group warns over rising oil prices March 20, 2012

    Geneva: The global aviation industry could run up losses of over USD 5 billion this year if oil prices spike by more than anticipated in light of the tensions building up over Iran's nuclear programme, the industry's trade group said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, says it...
  • Obama, Netanyahu face struggle over Iran 'red lines' March 5, 2012

    Washington: President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are deeply at odds over how fast the clock is ticking toward possible military action against Iran's nuclear program, and their talks on Monday are unlikely to change that. Even though Obama has offered assurances of stiffened US resolve against Iran...
  • US, Israel will not tolerate nuclear armed Iran: Obama March 5, 2012

    US President Barack Obama talked tough on Sunday claiming that no Israeli government could "tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map, and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel's destruction". ...
  • IAEA meet on Iran in Vienna today March 5, 2012

    New Delhi: The international nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, will be meeting on Monday in Vienna in order to discuss Iran and its continued defiance of the West sanctions in promoting its nuclear programme. An IAEA team was recently denied access to specific nuclear areas in Iran. The resolution on Monday is likely...
  • No renewed talks with Iran, says Israel March 3, 2012

    Israel will not set red lines for military action on Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Saturday. However, US President Barack Obama has warned against a premature strike. Meanwhile, oil prices spiked to their highest in 4 years. ...
  • Netanyahu warns against diplomatic path with Iran March 3, 2012

    Tehran: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday global powers would be falling into a trap if they pursued talks with Iran and he challenged Tehran with a series of demands before he meets US President Barack Obama. But at the same time, Netanyahu was careful at a news conference...
  • Not bluffing on Iran military option: Obama March 3, 2012

    Washington: President Barack Obama issued his most direct threat yet of US military action against Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in a message to Israel's leader ahead of White House talks he also cautioned against a pre-emptive Israeli strike. "As president of the United States, I don't bluff,"...
  • Iran vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader March 3, 2012

    Tehran: Iranians wrapped up a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout at Friday's poll to ease a crisis of legitimacy caused by Ahmadinejad's re-election in 2009, when widespread accusations of...
  • Voting begins in Iran's election March 2, 2012

    Tehran: Polls opened on Friday for a parliamentary election in Iran that will test the popularity of the clerical establishment at a time of a standoff with the West over the country's nuclear programme. State radio reported polling stations opened their doors to voters at 8 a.m. (0430 GMT). They are...
  • Iran 'will act against enemies if endangered' February 21, 2012

    Tehran: Iran would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's armed forces was quoted by a semi-official news agency as saying on Tuesday. "Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran's...
  • Defiant Iran loads indigenous fuel rods into reactor February 15, 2012

    Tehran: Displaying defiance against toughening western sanctions, Iran on Wednesday carried forward its controversial nuclear programme by loading domestically made fuel rods into its Tehran reactor and announced plans to cut off oil exports to six European countries. "Approximately 6,000 centrifuges were working. 3,000 have been added to that amount. There...
  • Iran takes 'major step in N-arena', dares the World February 15, 2012

    Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday came out in defence of his regime's thirst for nuclear energy, saying that the programme was for peaceful and civilian purposes. In an address to the nation, Ahmadinejad said that nuclear energy costs low in price, adding that his country’s programme would be helpful...
  • US expects India to act against Iran: official July 13, 2010

    Washington: The US says it expects India to enforce UN sanctions against Iran. However, the US is not too sure as to how will India convince the Persian Gulf state to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Obama Administration also said Iran's controversial atomic programme cannot be a situation of...
  • Firms with Iran nuke link penalised by the US June 17, 2010

    Washington: The United States has slapped fresh sanctions on dozens of Iranian firms and individuals having links with the country's nuclear and missile programme, expanding its list of penalties following the UN Security Council's fresh resolution. The list includes two top commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard that controls the country's...
  • UNSC set to impose fresh sanctions on Iran June 9, 2010

    United Nations: The UN Security Council is set to impose a new round of sanctions on a defiant Iran on Wednesday over a nuclear program that Western powers suspect is aimed at developing atomic weapons. The 15-nation council meets at 10.00 am EDT (1400 GMT) to vote on a draft resolution...
  • Iran warns it may strike US if attacked April 8, 2010

    Tehran: Iran would respond to any military attack from the United States by hitting US forces stationed in the Middle East, its military commander said on Thursday. "If America presents Iran with a serious threat and undertakes any measure against Iran, none of the American soldiers who are currently in the...
  • Iran approves building 10 nuclear enrichment sites November 30, 2009

    Tehran: The Iranian government approved a plan on Sunday to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion in defiance of UN demands it halt the program. The decision comes only two days after the UN nuclear watchdog agency censured Iran, demanding it immediately stop building a newly revealed enrichment...
  • India votes against Iran's nuclear programme November 28, 2009

    Vienna: The UN nuclear agency's board censured Iran on Friday, with 25 nations--including India--backing a resolution that demands Tehran immediately mothball its newly revealed nuclear facility and heed UN Security Council resolutions calling on it to stop uranium enrichment. Iran remained defiant, with its chief representative to the International Atomic Energy...