make clear that when the United Nations imposes four rounds of sanctions on Iran for illicit nuclear activities, condemns it for illegally arming the murderous Syrian regime, and denounces Tehran's massive abuse of human rights, this kind of appointment just defies common sense and harms the UN's credibility.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, had pledged on Sunday to stop enriching uranium to the higher grade needed for a medical-research reactor, provided that world powers agree to a fuel-swap deal Tehran outlined in May with Turkey and Brazil.More quotes »
Report: Iran hangs 2 men convicted of spying
of spying on its vital interests, particularly its nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at producing an atomic weapon. Tehran denies the charge.Both Israel and the U.S have not ruled out a military option against Iran's nuclear facilities. Read more »
UN fails again to reach nuke probe deal with Iran
and Iran on the issue over the past year and a half. The IAEA 's investigation has stalled for more than five years, with Tehran saying it has answered all questions it is obliged to.Iran denies any interest in nuclear arms. Its chief negotiator, Ali Asghar Read more »
Samsung to block access to app store in Iran
on social media."Samsung is to stop its apps in Iran, oh how we appreciate our officials," wrote Bahareh, a Twitter user blaming Tehran's policy. Another, named Armin, pointed at the technology giant itself, saying: "Now, Samsung's sanctions honor us as well!" Read more »
Jeffrey: Should the United States intervene in Syria?
the U.S. sanctions regime. Russia could reconsider its decision to withhold high-performance air defense equipment to Tehran , and otherwise assist Iran in its military buildup or in evading sanctions.Russia and China could most forcefully teach a lesson to Read more »
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'Egypt has not accredited envoy to Iran'
unnamed source told IRNA on Sunday that reports suggesting Cairo has accredited Egyptian diplomat Sharif Shahin to Tehran were not true. Certain Arab media earlier reported that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry had appointed Shahin, formerly an ambassador to 1:40 AM from Press TV Read more »
UN Inches Toward An Iranian-Al-Qaeda Connection
community. The move was prompted by the discovery of a large shipment of weapon, allegedly bearing proofs of its sender - Tehran - to its regional champion, the Houthis early February. The Jihan which was flagged by the United States of America while traveling 1:11 AM from Rantburg Read more »
Iran to launch manufacturing line of advanced anti-aircraft system
May 19, IRAN -- Minister of Defense and Logistics of Armed Forces Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi will manufacturing line of advanced anti-aircraft system on Monday, IRNA reported on Sunday. Manufacturing line of the advanced anti-aircraft system will open 5/19/13 from GlobalSecurity.org Read more »
GCC rails at Iranian threats to Bahrain
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday condemned Iranian threats to Bahrain as un-Islamic and asked Tehran to reconsider its approach to Arabian Gulf countries. GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani criticized comment 5/19/13 from Middle East North Africa Financial Network Read more »
Iran executes 2 spies working for US, Israel
comments Iran hanged two convicted spies on Sunday, one found guilty of working for Israel, the other for the United States, the Tehran prosecutor's office announced. Mohammad Heydari was convicted of "receiving payment to provide intelligence on various security 5/19/13 from Indian Express Read more »