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Iran says protest planners will fail as MPs rage

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday those behind anti-government protests in Iran will fail, as furious lawmakers demanded the execution of opposition chiefs who had called for the rallies. US President Barack Obama, in one of his most direct reactions to Monday’s events in Iran, offered encouragement to…

Hundreds march in Iranian opposition rally

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Hundreds of Iranians marched toward a Tehran square on Monday in a banned rally supporting popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, but their way was blocked by police and security forces, witnesses said. The march was a test of strength for the reformist opposition, which has not…

White House reiterates demand that Iran allow protests

A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran’s refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings. “By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” National Security…

Iran is open to more nuclear talks, Ahmadinejad says

TEHRAN – Iran is open to holding further talks with six world powers over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after the failure of the latest round of dialogue in Istanbul. “They have talked for a few rounds, but we never expected that issues would…

US allies, Iran savage WikiLeaks for secrets release

Friend and foe alike of the United States heaped scorn Monday on WikiLeaks’ mass release of secret US diplomatic cables, saying the revelations undermined global diplomacy and made the world less secure. “This will weaken diplomacy around the world. It will weaken diplomacy in general, but first and foremost American…

Ahmadinejad: UN should form fact-finding committee on 9/11

Iranian leader defends 9/11 statement, says UN should investigate The Iranian president on Friday defended his remarks at the U.N. in which he claimed most people in the world believe the United States was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He also challenged the United Nations to set up…

US walks out of Ahmadinejad UN speech

US walks out of Ahmadinejad UN speech, Iranian says most people think US staged 9/11 attacks. President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traded accusations about their nations’ nuclear programs, but both left the door open to further negotiations about the nuclear impasse. In his speech Thursday to…

Iran leader says attack would unleash war with ‘no limits’

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Tuesday that an attack on his country’s nuclear facilities could spark a war with “no limits,” US media reported. He also suggested that the Holocaust had been exaggerated as a “pretext for war,” during a New York meeting with US media owners and editors. “The…

Ahmadinejad says capitalism faces defeat

Ahmadinejad: Capitalism faces defeat, calls for overhaul of ‘unjust’ global decision-making Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Tuesday that capitalism faces inevitable defeat and called for the overhaul of “undemocratic and unjust” global decision-making bodies. In a speech on the second day of a U.N. anti-poverty summit, the Iranian leader blamed…

Iran Guards making ‘astronomical profits’ from sanctions: Opposition leader

TEHRAN — Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has said Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards back sanctions against Tehran as they make “astronomical profits” from the punitive measures, a website said on Sunday. “I believe that part of the Iranian rule as well as the Revolutionary Guards are in favour of sanctions as…

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