NUCLEAR PROGRAM

  • Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program September 21, 2014

    United Nations: Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult it...
  • Iran, world powers reach deal opening nuke program January 13, 2014

    Tehran: Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting January 20, setting the clock running on a sixmonth deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said on Sunday. In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of the...
  • Iran, six world powers reach deal on Tehran's nuclear program November 24, 2013

    A historic deal over Iran's nuclear program has been reached following intense talks in Geneva. Foreign Ministers from Iran, US, UK, China, Russia and Europe held negotiations for four days before the agreement was reached. The agreement temporarily halts Iran's nuclear development and lifts some sanctions. ...
  • Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal November 24, 2013

    Geneva: Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in what could be the first sign of an emerging rapprochement between the Islamic state and the West. Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff, the agreement between...
  • Mojtaba Ahmadi, Iranian cyber warfare commander, shot dead: Reports October 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Mojtaba Ahmadi, commander of Iran's Cyber War Headquarters, has been shot dead in a suspected assassination. Reports claimed that Ahmadi was found dead in near the town of Karaj, northwest of the capital, Tehran. Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad, has been accused of carrying out this assassination. Iran...
  • Obama, Iran's Rouhani hold historic phone call to end deadlock over Tehran's nuclear program September 28, 2013

    President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday, the highestlevel contact between the two countries in three decades and a sign that they are serious about reaching a pact on Tehran's nuclear programme. The call is the culmination of a dramatic shift in tone between...
  • Nuclear talks at UN a start of new era: Iranian foreign ministry September 24, 2013

    A meeting between Iran's top diplomats and world powers at the United Nationsthis week will start a "new era" in efforts to end the dispute with the West over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, the Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday. It did not hint at any concessions by Tehran. The European Union...
  • Iran ready to double nuclear work in bunker: IAEA November 17, 2012

    Vienna: Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a UN nuclear report showed on Friday, a move that could increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course. The latest quarterly International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran...
  • Iran seems on track for nukes by mid2013: France October 22, 2012

    Paris: France's foreign minister says Iran appears on track to reach the ability to produce a nuclear weapon by the first half of next year. France is one of six countries that have negotiated with Tehran over its nuclear program, which Iran insists is peaceful. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told Europe1...
  • US seeks India's help over Iran nuclear issue October 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The US on Friday sought India's help to influence Iran to join international negotiations to break the logjam over Tehran's suspect nuclear programme and pitched for stronger economic and strategic ties between the two countries. US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and...
  • Iran willing to continue nuclear talks: Official July 28, 2012

    Tehran: A senior official says Iran is willing to continue talks with world powers over its nuclear program until they reach a conclusion. Ali Akbar Velayati, international adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted on Friday by the semiofficial news agency ISNA. He said Iran will pursue nuclear...
  • Russia concerned about Iran's uranium enrichment January 11, 2012

    Moscow: Russia expressed regret and concern on Tuesday about Iran's launch of an underground uranium enrichment facility, but urged all parties involved in the nuclear standoff with Tehran to avoid hasty moves. The Russian Foreign Ministry's statement mixed cautious criticism of Iran, an important trading partner, with a call for more...
  • Iran ready to start nuclear work in bunker: sources December 15, 2011

    Vienna: Iran could soon begin sensitive atomic activities in an underground facility deep inside a mountain, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, a move that would up the ante in a standoff with big powers demanding Tehran curb such work. Iranian experts have carried out the necessary preparations at Fordow near the...
  • UN reports Iran work 'specific' to nuke arms November 9, 2011

    Vienna: The UN nuclear atomic energy agency said on Tuesday for the first time that Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments whose sole purpose is the development of nuclear arms. The report is the strongest sign yet that Iran seeks to build a nuclear arsenal, despite claims to the contrary....
  • Israel foreign minister: Don't take eyes off Iran July 1, 2011

    Vienna: Israel's foreign minister says Iran is using the smoke screen of Mideast unrest to advance both its missile and nuclear programs. Avigdor Lieberman also urged wouldbe participants of the proPalestinian flotilla to give up their plans and deliver their aid to UN supervised ports for distribution. Lieberman spoke to reporters on...
  • UN nuclear agency sends Syria to Security Council June 10, 2011

    Vienna: The UN nuclear watchdog voted on Thursday to report Syria to the UN Security Council for violating its safeguard agreements, citing Syria's undeclared construction of a covert nuclear reactor and refusal to supply information. The move by the International Atomic Energy Agency comes amid political protests in Syria, but Washington...
  • China likely to fulfill Pak's nuke dreams June 23, 2010

    Beijing: China is likely to go ahead with its decision to "finance" the construction of two 650 MW nuclear power plants in Pakistan disregarding the concerns raised by India and the United States. It is expected to announce its decision at the Nuclear Security Group meeting being held in...
  • North Korea fires two more missiles again July 4, 2009

    Seoul: North Korea fired two more missiles off its east coast, a day after it fired four shortrange missiles, according to South Korean media reports early on Saturday. The missiles were apparently Scud rockets with a reach of 500 km, the national news agency Yonhap reported, quoting government sources. The rockets...
  • Ban Kimoon asks Iran to stop Nplant March 27, 2007

    United Nations: Days after the Security Council tightened sanctions it had imposed against Iran over its uraniumenrichment activities, UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon asked Tehran to take steps to restore trust that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only. In a statement released by his spokesperson, Ban noted "with satisfaction" that...
  • Ahmadinejad rejects UN sanctions March 26, 2007

    Tehran: Iran announced on Sunday that it was partially suspending cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog while hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the latest UN sanctions would not halt the country's uranium enrichment ''even for a second.'' Iranian state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying the additional Security Council sanctions imposed on...
  • 'Prepared' Iran shrugs off new sanctions March 25, 2007

    Tehran: Prepared for a long and bitter struggle with the West, Iran reacted with apparent indifference on Sunday to the latest round of UN sanctions, with normal citizens brushing them off and the government vowing that Iran was strong enough to withstand them. The news of additional UN sanctions was deemed...
  • New UN sanctions | Iran defiant March 25, 2007

    New Delhi: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a draft resolution to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The council approved the resolution to impose sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop uranium enrichment. The UN said that further action would be taken if Iran did...