Hassan Rowhani

Iran president Rowhani's music video becomes YouTube hit

A screen grab from the music video, with President Rowhani (right) and an Iranian man speaking his words. Photo: SCMP

It might not make MTV, but a music video has surfaced honouring Iran's president, Hassan Rowhani, and showing him alongside musical instruments - which are banned on state television - and women singing.

Friday, 29 November, 2013, 2:51am

Iran to make new offer on nuclear programme at talks in Geneva

The European and Iranian flags fly at the United Nations offices in Geneva. Photo: AFP

Iranian nuclear negotiators will offer a new proposal today that is intended to convince world powers that the country's nuclear programme has only peaceful aims, a top official said.

15 Oct 2013 - 3:49am 1 comment

Iranian president Hassan Rowhani cancels anti-Israel forum

Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left) is seeing his hardline policies being dismantled by Hasan Rowhani. Photo: AP

The administration of President Hassan Rowhani has cancelled an anti-Israeli conference as part of his outreach to the West and efforts to map out a new diplomatic path for Iran.

12 Oct 2013 - 2:30am

Don't fall for Iran's charm offensive, Netanyahu warns

Netanyahu addresses the UN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played the spoiler to Iran's attempts to ease relations with the West, calling the Iranian leader "a wolf in sheep's clothing" and declaring that Israel will do whatever it takes to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, even if it has to stand alone.

2 Oct 2013 - 11:07pm

Israel’s Netanyahu to warn Obama: Iran’s sweet talk is just a ploy

Benjamin Netanyahu insists sanctions and international pressure on Iran must be increased. Photo: EPA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has travelled to the United States with a simple message for Barack Obama and the United Nations: "Don't be fooled by Iran's new leadership."

1 Oct 2013 - 4:57pm 1 comment

Iran nuclear deal could be reached in months, says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Xinhua

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday a deal with Iran could be brokered within months if Tehran proves that its nuclear programme was not being used to build atomic weapons.

30 Sep 2013 - 8:38pm

Hasaan Rowhani stirs up a hornet's nest by acknowledging the Holocaust

Survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp just after it was liberated. Photo: Reuters

Iranian President Hasaan Rowhani set off a political storm in New York and in Iran on Wednesday with an acknowledgment and condemnation of the Holocaust that landed him in precisely the kind of tangled dispute he had hoped to avoid.

27 Sep 2013 - 3:33am

Signs of hope on Iran's horizon

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets president elect Hassan Rowhani. Photo: EPA

Iranians would seem to have chosen wisely by electing Hassan Rowhani as their next president. A moderate candidate among a field dominated by conservatives, he offers a welcome break from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's tumultuous outgoing presidency. His taking office in August will herald a change of tone for the Islamic republic.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am

Iran's Hassan Rowhani vows nuclear transparency to ease tension with US

President-elect Hassan Rowhani

Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani said he will make the country's nuclear programme more transparent as he seeks to ease tension with the US and reduce "brutal" sanctions that have crippled the economy.

He ruled out any halt to the nuclear activity that has drawn UN sanctions but said he hoped an early deal could be reached to allay the fears of major powers.

18 Jun 2013 - 3:43am

Who said it?

Julian Assange

What's at stake in this trial is the future of [the] press in the United States and in the rest of the world.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am

West greets Iranian election result with guarded optimism

Hassan Rowhani. Photo: AFP

World powers have offered a cautious welcome to moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani after he was declared Iran's new president, amid persistent concerns over Tehran's nuclear programme.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:32am

Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani beats hardliners to be Iran's new president

Iranian President and moderate cleric, Hasan Rowhani. Photo: AP

Hassan Rowhani's election as Iran's new president, backed by both moderates and reformists, gives a shot in the arm to a reform movement long sidelined by regime pressure.

17 Jun 2013 - 6:33am

Jubilation in Iran as moderate cleric brings hope of change

An excited couple wave a poster of Hassan Rowhani as they ride through the throngs on Tehran's streets on Saturday night. Photo: AP

"Goodbye Ahmadinejad, you won't be missed," the women in black chadors shouted. They were among the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who flocked to the streets to celebrate the end of eight years of hardline conservative rule after moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani, 65, was elected president on Saturday night.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:58am 1 comment

Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani wins race for presidency in Iran

Iranian women display their identity cards before casting their ballots in the presidential election at a polling station in northern Tehran. Photo: Xinhua

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said 72 per cent of the more than 50.5 million Iranians eligible to vote had turned at polling stations, and that Rowhani had secured just over the threshold 50 per cent of the vote required to avoid a run-off.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:33am

Early vote count in Iran gives Rowhani wide lead

Iranian voters display their identity cards before casting their ballots at a polling station in northern Tehran. Photo: Xinhua

Iran’s reformist-backed presidential candidate surged to a wide lead in early vote counting on Saturday, a top official said, suggesting a flurry of late support could have swayed a race that once appeared solidly in the hands of Tehran’s ruling clerics.

15 Jun 2013 - 11:15am