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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…

Israel warns negotiators to be tough with Iran

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday warned the six-power group negotiating with Iran to set stringent limits on its nuclear enrichment at forthcoming talks. “If the P5+1 will set a much lower threshold, like just stop reaching 20 percent it means that basically the Iranians at a…

U.S., Europe to ‘demand’ Iran close nuclear facility

The United States and its European allies plan to demand the immediate closing by Iran and ultimate dismantling of a recently completed underground nuclear facility near the city of Qum, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed US and European diplomats, the newspaper said the allies will also call at…

Clinton warns Iran time not ‘infinite’ for talks

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday warned Iran that time was not “infinite” for diplomacy and that “all options remain on the table” after a dispute over the venue of talks. Clinton said that the European Union would look into setting a time and place for…

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