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Guarded hopes as negotiations begin on Iranian nuclear program

A fresh round of talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme kicks off in Geneva on Thursday with Tehran saying a deal may finally be possible in the long-running standoff. In their second meeting here in less than a month, negotiators from the United States and other world powers will sit…

Poll: Most Israelis back Netanyahu stance on Iran

Most Israelis support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stance on the Iran nuclear issue after the Islamic republic met world powers in Geneva this week, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Some 58 percent of respondents to the question “how would you rate Netanyahu’s recent performance in the global arena vis-a-vis…

U.S. calls on Iran to ‘meet its own denuclearization commitments’

A top US official on Wednesday stepped up overtures to Iran to prove that it wants a nuclear proliferation deal with the West. “We should be cautious but cognizant of potentially historic opportunities,” Rose Gottemoeller, US assistant secretary of state for arms control told a UN disarmament committee. “We must…

Obama says Iran a year away from nuclear bomb

US President Barack Obama said in an interview released Saturday that Iran was “a year or more away” from getting a nuclear bomb, in a clear sign of discord with Israel. Obama also told the Associated Press that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had staked his credibility on dialogue and it…

Obama administration urges Congress against new Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama’s administration urged lawmakers Thursday not to impose new sanctions on Iran as it seeks to respond to overtures from new leader Hassan Rouhani. “We have been clear that only concrete and verifiable steps can offer a path to sanctions relief,” Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state for political…

Egypt suspends tourism with Iran out of security concerns

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said on Tuesday that tourism links with Iran had been suspended for reasons of “national security,” state television reported. Flights bringing Iranian tourists to Egypt began under now ousted president Mohamed Morsi, amid a thaw in relations between Cairo and Tehran. But they were met…

Israel ready to tackle nuclear Iran ‘alone’

Israel is ready to act “alone” to stop Iran making a nuclear bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in a hardline warning against rushing into deals with the new leadership in Tehran. “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel…

European Union plays down deadline on Iran talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday played down Iran’s calls for a nuclear accord within a year, saying that technical work will take time. Iran’s new moderate leadership said last week that major powers had agreed to seek a deal within 12 months on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program…

Iran prepared to negotiate aspects of nuclear program, foreign minister says

Iran is prepared to negotiate over aspects of its nuclear enrichment program and to talk about the introduction of surprise inspections of its nuclear facilities, the country’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has said. “Negotiations are on the table to discuss various aspects of our enrichment program,” Zarif said on Sunday,…

Two arrested over shoe flung at Iran’s Rouhani

Two people were arrested following the protests that greeted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s return from the United States after his landmark phone call with President Barack Obama, media reported Sunday. Dozens of young Islamists had gathered at Tehran airport to vent their frustration after the moderate president spoke to his…

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