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U.S. rules out easing Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday ruled out Iran’s call for a lifting of sanctions, saying that the Islamic republic must first address concerns over its nuclear program in “concrete” ways. Iran held talks with major powers on Sunday for the first time in 15 months. Foreign Minister Ali…

White House: Iran nuclear talks ‘positive first step’

The White House hailed the “positive attitude” from Iran and world powers at the negotiating table on Saturday, calling the nuclear talks a “positive first step.” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes reiterated the White House’s call for Tehran to take “concrete steps” to demonstrate that it will not militarize its nuclear program, which the Iranian regime…

Iran ‘discouraged’ on eve of critical nuclear talks

Iran said Friday that its hopes of a breakthrough at long-awaited talks on its nuclear programme have taken a dive after warnings from the West that Tehran had to prove its credibility. Following a 15-month hiatus, officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (known as the…

Iran’s nuclear program: Legal debate stirs over basis for U.S. or Israeli attack

As US and Israeli officials weigh up prospect of military strike on Iran, critics say any attack would go against international law Amid the sabre-rattling and bluster over Iran, a furious if little-noticed debate is boiling over the legal basis for a US or Israeli attack on Tehran’s nuclear programme.…

Good morning Tehran! Israel beams a message to Iran

From a tiny studio in a rundown district of southern Tel Aviv, a group of Iranian-Israelis beam non-stop music and news in a bid to reach out to their former fellow countrymen. As the war of words between the leaders of the Jewish state and theIslamic Republic heats up over Iran’s contested…

Oil market tension ‘may be easing’

Tension on the oil market may be easing, the IEA said on Thursday in a report offering some hope for the global economy, but sanctions could cause production by Iran to “plummet”. Oil prices have been on a rising trend since late 2009, when the world economy began to recover from the financial crisis, to…

Iran denies has plan to cut Internet access

Iran has denied online reports surfacing Tuesday that it plans to cut access to the Internet in August and replace it with a national intranet, according to a statement by the ministry of communication and information technology. The reports derived from a supposed interview withCommunications Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 that…

U.S. wants ‘concrete steps’ from Iran over nuclear program

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday said Iran needed to take “concrete steps” to assure the United States and the international community that it was not pursuing nuclear weapons. “We’re looking forward to these talks creating a conducive environment for concrete progress,” Jay Carney, spokesman for President Barack Obama,…

Iran urges ‘honesty’ in crucial nuclear talks

Iran on Monday urged “honesty” at crucial talks with world powers due to be held this week in order to defuse a tense international showdown over its disputed nuclear activities. “We hope the P5+1 will come to the negotiating table with honesty, and we also will make an honest effort so that…

Israel bars German author Gunter Grass over poem

Israel on Sunday barred German author Gunter Grass from entering the Jewish state, citing a poem in which he accuses Israel of plotting Iran’s annihilation and threatening world peace. “Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Gunter Grass persona non grata in Israel,” a statement from Yishai’s office said. “Gunter’s poem is…

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