Tag: Iran

Obama extends two decades-long national emergency with Iran, despite nuclear talks

US President Barack Obama extended the country’s national emergency with respect to Iran on Wednesday, noting that the crisis in relations “has not been resolved” despite high-stakes negotiations between the countries under way over Tehran’s nuclear program.   The official state of relations has been in crisis for two decades, since March 15, 1995, when […]

Iran Claims it can Defeat the US in ‘Any Scenario’

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari claimed Wednesday that Iran can defeat the US in “any scenario.”   At a convention in Tehran, Jafari boasted “we have grown so much (more) powerful that we don’t feel concerned about the enemy’s unwise attitude. We can go past any enemy scenario, and this has […]

Obama’s ‘lame duck’ status looms large in Iran nuclear negotiations

In a briefing with Israeli journalists on Sunday, a senior US official was asked how the reported ill health of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was impacting the dynamic of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.   “I can’t speak to the supreme leader’s health,” the official said. “We have to deal with what […]

US reassures Israel: We’ll know if Iran goes for nuclear weapons – Israel News, Ynetnews

“We think additional sanctions or a military attack would lead lran to expel IAEA inspectors and move the program underground. If after an agreement is reached, Iran tries to break through and acquire nuclear weapons, we and the entire international community will be able to use other means to ensure the world’s safety.” The official […]

The very shaky assumption in Iran nuclear negotiations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday has had no effect on the ongoing negotiations over the Iranian nuclear agreement in Geneva, at least according to Iranian Foreign Minster Javad Zarif.   But that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t concerned about the address’s potential consequences. And so it gave a vigorous […]

Iran hints it might not reject 10-year partial freeze of nuclear work

Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday suggested that a 10-year moratorium on some aspects of the country’s nuclear program might be acceptable to Tehran, though he declined to discuss the issue in detail.   US President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on […]

Iran Renews Vow to ‘Annihilate’ Israel, NBC Buries Lede

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, sat down with NBC News this week for an exclusive interview. NBC’s headline and story are: “Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal.” But the Times of Israel noted a buried lede–“Zarif: The Netanyahu regime ‘should be annihilated’.” While the American editors focused on boosting prospects […]

PM on Purim to BBC’s Persian service: Iranian regime carrying on in Haman’s tradition

The current Iranian regime is perpetuating the tradition of Haman from 2,500 years ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday – Purim – in an interview with the BBC’s Persian-language television news channel.   During the interview, conducted in English, Netanyahu said that Israel has always had great respect for the people of Iran, […]

Khamenei Hospitalized in Critical Condition

Just in time for Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the redemption of the Jewish people from plots of genocide in ancient Persia, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday.   According to Arab media reports cited by Israel Hayom, Khamenei was urgently brought to a hospital in Tehran […]

Sources: Iran in Charge of Major Iraq Battle

Iraqi sources told the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat Thursday that the US and Iran have been cooperating in fighting ISIS forces in Iraq. The sources said that US and Iranian forces have “come to an understanding” on the deployment of forces to retake the city of Tikrit in the Salah-a-Din district from ISIS.   […]