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2008-08-03 00:00:02

By Anne Penketh Diplomatic Editor Ahmadinejad ignores world powers' deadline for suspending enrichment Iran's President has issued a defiant warning to his country's "enemies" as Tehran ignored a deadline from world powers hoping to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions. Iran's refusal to give a clear answer by yesterday to the offer of technological and political incentives in return for suspending uranium enrichment rekindled tensions with the West and led to fresh warnings from Israel that...

2008-07-23 12:00:30

Text of report under the "Selected News" column headlined: "The presence of America's representatives will make the talks controversial" published by Iranian newspaper Iran website on 19 July Commenting on the new round of negotiations between Sa'id Jalili and Javier Solana, Sa'dollah Zare'i, an [Iranian] expert of international relations, has said: The presence of the US representatives in the six party talks on the nuclear dossier, which is attended by the high ranking representative of...

2008-07-16 09:00:00

President Bush has authorized the most significant U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, sending the State Department's third-ranking official to Geneva for a meeting this weekend on Iran's nuclear program, administration officials said Tuesday. The decision appeared to bend, if not exactly break, the administration's insistence that it would not negotiate with Iran over its nuclear programs unless it first suspended uranium enrichment, as demanded by three...

2008-07-09 21:00:04

WASHINGTON _ Iran simultaneously test-fired at least nine medium- and long-range missiles early Wednesday, a fiery warning to the United States and Israel against attacking the country over its suspected nuclear ambitions. The desert launches of the missiles, a type of which is believed capable of hitting Israel, was the latest escalation in a duel of psychological and diplomatic warfare between Iran and major world powers. "This exercise was needed to practice how to deal a quick...

2008-06-24 02:29:28

The United States welcomes the European Union's imposition Monday of further sanctions against Iran, a State Department spokesman said. The 27-member EU voted in Brussels to freeze all assets of Bank Melli, Iran's largest bank, and invoked travel restrictions on high-level experts connected to Iran's nuclear program, the BBC and other media reported. The action is meant to penalize Iran for refusing to give up its nuclear aspirations, which Tehran maintains are of a non-military nature....

2006-09-06 03:23:41

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Any economic sanctions adopted against Iran over its nuclear program must rule out the use of force, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. Lavrov, speaking to reporters on a visit to South Africa, said any sanctions would be governed by the United Nations charter which "states unequivocally that economic measures exclude the use of force."

2006-09-05 14:15:31

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hitting Iran now with sanctions over its nuclear work could drive it "away from the civilized world," a Kremlin official said on Tuesday, in a hint of strong Russian opposition to punitive steps backed by Washington. China said earlier it still wanted major world powers to negotiate with Iran even after it defied a U.N. Security Council deadline of August 31 to stop enriching uranium. The Chinese and Russian stances underlined the obstacles to a...

2006-09-04 19:13:51

By Odai Sirri DOHA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the world on Monday to avoid confrontation with Iran over its nuclear goals, after Tehran told him it wanted a negotiated solution but would not halt uranium enrichment before any talks. But Germany said that if talks between the EU foreign policy chief and Iran's top nuclear negotiator failed to persuade Iran to change its behavior, further negotiations would be pointless and U.N. Security Council action would...

2006-09-02 07:06:56

By Ingrid Melander LAPPEENRANTA, Finland (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Saturday to try to clarify Iran's stance on halting uranium enrichment within two weeks and the U.N. secretary-general arrived in Tehran to discuss the dispute. Kofi Annan's visit to Iran takes place two days after the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported Tehran had failed to meet the U.N. Security Council's August 31 deadline to suspend sensitive work. The...

2006-09-02 05:43:01

LAPPEENRANTA, Finland (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Saturday to give Iran two more weeks to clarify its stance on halting sensitive nuclear work after Tehran ignored a U.N. deadline to suspend uranium enrichment. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, next week to try to clear up ambiguities in Tehran's 21-page reply to a major power offer of cooperation if it stops work that could help build a bomb....