US Senate to move on new Iran sanctions in December if no nuclear agreement reached

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Photo: AFP

The US Senate will move to impose new sanctions on Iran in December if nuclear negotiations between Western powers and Tehran do not bear fruit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Thursday.

Friday, 22 November, 2013, 10:24am

Russia says ‘very good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal 'next week'

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Photo: Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that talks over Iran’s nuclear programme had eliminated the fundamental areas of disagreement and there was a real chance of reaching a deal next week.

16 Nov 2013 - 8:43pm

Additional sanctions on Iran now a mistake, Kerry says

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaking in Washington on Tuesday. photo: Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry will tell US lawmakers on Wednesday it would be a mistake for Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran now amid talks with Tehran over its nuclear programme, the State Department said.

13 Nov 2013 - 1:59pm 1 comment

Iran urges elimination of all nuclear weapons

Iranian ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaee in this file image. Photo: AFP

Iran’s UN ambassador on Monday called nuclear weapons the greatest threat to present and future generations, just days before Tehran resumes talks with six world powers aimed at reining in its suspect nuclear programme.

5 Nov 2013 - 1:51pm

US says talks serious, after Iran hints at atomic concessions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a press conference closing two days of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva. Photo: AFP

The United States described two days of nuclear negotiations with Iran as the most serious and candid to date after Western diplomats said Tehran hinted it was ready to scale back sensitive atomic activities to secure urgent sanctions relief.

17 Oct 2013 - 10:09am

US seeks to ease Israeli concerns over Iran contacts

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Reuters

Even as it crafts a response to overtures from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Obama administration is working to reassure Israeli officials there will be no easing of sanctions on Tehran unless it first takes tangible steps to limit its nuclear programme, US and diplomatic sources said.

21 Sep 2013 - 4:29pm

Iran’s Khamenei urges flexibility in nuclear talks

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: AFP

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that flexibility was sometimes necessary in diplomacy as his negotiators prepared for new talks on his government’s controversial nuclear drive.

18 Sep 2013 - 2:35pm

Israel sceptical of Iran's new president

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Photo: AP

Israel on Thursday expressed scepticism of Western hopes that the election of a new Iranian president could reduce tensions over the country’s nuclear programME, asserting that Tehran remains committed to building nuclear arms.

13 Sep 2013 - 12:09pm

Iranian foreign ministry to lead nuclear talks

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (centre) newly head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (left) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right). Photo: AFP

An Iranian diplomatic official says Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will lead nuclear talks with world powers, taking over from the country’s national security council.

20 Aug 2013 - 6:12pm

World powers see Iran’s Rouhani as chance for nuclear deal

Hassan Rouhani. Photo: EPA

Six world powers see a chance that Iran’s relatively moderate new president, beset by sanctions and worried about unrest in the region trickling home, may be more amenable to compromise in a long-standing nuclear dispute, a senior Western diplomat said.

20 Jul 2013 - 6:13pm

NY regulator asks foreign reinsurers about Iran links

The Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of last year (IFCPA), signed into law by President Barack Obama bans financial services firmsfrom providing services to companies that do business with Iran. Photo: AFP

New York’s financial regulator has asked 20 non-US reinsurers whether they conducted business with entities linked to Iran, as part of a review of these companies’ ability to comply with a new US sanctions law that becomes effective Monday.

2 Jul 2013 - 12:40pm

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

Israel’s Netanyahu says sanctions on Iran should increase

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: EPA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the international community on Sunday against easing sanctions on Iran following the election of a reformist-backed president, as the country’s nuclear efforts remain firmly in the hands of Iran’s extremist ruling clerics.

16 Jun 2013 - 5:42pm

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