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Iran's nuclear programme
Iran says it is ready to publish documents which would prove the West has broken the promises it made during nuclear talks with Iran. ››read more
A former CIA operative who says he tried to warn the agency about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs now contends that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb. ››read more
A senior Iranian official reportedly told members of the Iranian parliament Monday that Iran has agreed to freeze its enrichment program for six weeks and begin negotiations with the P5+1 group of states as early as next week, according to reports of that decision by the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) and by a Farsi-language website in Iran. ››read more
A senior adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution says a 'compromise' can be reached in Iran's nuclear standoff with the West. ››read more
Israeli fighter jets flew 1,500 kms across the Mediterranean this month, in a dry run for an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Tehran has threatened to treat such a raid as a declaration of war. As the Middle East braces itself for a stand-off of epic proportions, how close is the region to that nightmare scenario? ››read more
Although widely ignored in the international press, highly significant statements were made at an international conference in Berlin June 24-25, by two authoritative Iranian spokesmen, one an academic, the other a political leader and brother of the new Majlis (Parliament) speaker Ali Larijani. Both said explicitly that Tehran would be willing to freeze its uranium enrichment, and to provide for concrete mechanisms to guarantee that its enrichment program would not, and could not, be geared to weapons production. ››read more
Iran claims that it seeks only the peaceful use of nuclear energy and the right to nuclear technology -- not the bomb. A new U.S. approach is the most effective way to test that proposition. ››read more
Bahrain's security would be threatened if international tensions over Iran flared into war and the kingdom wanted to be consulted so that could be prevented, a top official said on Wednesday. ››read more
Media reports of a recent wide-scale Israeli military exercise over the Mediterranean — widely interpreted as a dry-run for a possible attack on Iran — have highlighted stark differences among the Israeli leadership over what action to take against Iran’s nuclear programme. ››read more
The pundits agree that this election is all about "change," so naturally we have two presidential nominees who present identical positions on the major foreign policy issue of the day: the looming prospect of the U.S. launching a "preventive" war against Iran. ››read more
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana says the G5+1 package calls for the suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment during negotiations. ››read more
Iran was the first country to propose the Middle East be a nuclear weapon-free zone, and when Iraq used chemical weapons against it did not respond with chemical weapons. ››read more
The time has come to use this window of opportunity and start a serious dialogue with Iran to resolve the outstanding issues. The policy of demonisation of Iran and sanctions is pushing Iran into the arms of Russia and China. Greater pressure on Iran will only force the people to back the hardliners, while Iran has one of the youngest and most pro-Western societies in the Middle East. Let us start talking and weakening the stranglehold of the hardliners on the Iranian population. Instead of contemplating a Third World War, let us lay the foundations of a lasting peace. ››read more
Editor's note: Dr Farhang Jahanpour is a faculty member at the Department of Continuing Education at oxford University. This is the text of a speech he gave at Cardiff University a few weeks ago.
The plan's proponents would have the enrichment facility designed in such a way that advanced enrichment technology would be "black-boxed," so that Iranian technicians could not steal it. They also envision having a self-destruct mechanism built into the facility's advanced centrifuges - to prevent Iran from diverting enriched uranium. ››read more
WASHINGTON: A controversial plan put forth by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to end the standoff over Iran's nuclear program is getting increased interest from senior members of both parties in Congress and nonproliferation specialists.
Editor's note: As usual with the Western media reports on Iran's past nuclear activities, this article distorts the historical facts. Iran 's decision in 1990's not to declare all of its nuclear installations was a consequence of the systematic violation of Article (iv) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by the US which prevented Iran in cooperating with foreign governmetns and companies to develop its civilian nuclear technology. Iran however did not violate its NPT obligations. According to David Albright and Corey Hinderstein, who first provided satellite imagery and analysis of the nuclear plants in Natanz and Arak in December 2002, under the safeguards agreement in force at the time, "Iran is not required to allow IAEA inspections of a new nuclear facility until six months before nuclear material is introduced into it."
Iran's powerful parliament speaker Ali Larijani warned the UN nuclear watchdog on Saturday against playing for time in a dispute over Iran's controversial atomic programme. ››read more
Iran is considering a plan by former U.S. envoys that would allow the Persian Gulf nation to enrich uranium on its own soil under the supervision of other countries and United Nations nuclear inspectors, an Iranian diplomat said. ››read more
Given Iran's great advancements in enrichment technology, it is no longer realistic to demand that it give up its rights to uranium enrichment. An alternative solution must therefore be found, two of which already exist. ››read more
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has prepared its final statement on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency. ››read more
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the country's nuclear work would continue but he rejected allegations that Iran is pursuing a secret nuclear weapons programme. ››read more