Iran and world powers hint at talks over nuclear deal

Tehran, Iran – Unofficial talks between Iran and world powers that signed an ailing 2015 nuclear deal appear to be the only way forward as neither side seems willing to take the first step. Iran says the United States, which in 2018 unilaterally abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must first return to […]

Iran could boost uranium enrichment to 60 percent: Khamenei

Remarks come as European powers, US in disagreement with Iran over how to restore nuclear deal. Tehran, Iran – Iran could boost its uranium enrichment to a purity of 60 percent if the country needs it, Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei said, upping the stakes in a standoff with the West over the country’s 2015 […]

Iran lawmakers call for president’s prosecution over IAEA deal

Tehran, Iran – Hardline Iranian lawmakers say an agreement reached recently between the government and the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is “illegal” and the president must be punished for it. In a public vote on Monday, an overwhelming majority of lawmakers voted to send a report by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on […]

South Korea agrees to partial release of blocked Iranian money

South Korea’s move comes after the US reversed two Trump-era moves against Iran. Tehran, Iran – South Korea has agreed to release “a part” of billions of dollars of Iranian money it had blocked in its banks for years because of United States sanctions. In a statement, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said South […]

IAEA, Iran agree temporary deal for inspections with less access

Nuclear watchdog says Iran will begin offering its inspectors ‘less access’ but still allow agency to monitor atomic programme for up to three months. The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has said the agency reached an agreement with Iran to continue its “necessary” verification and monitoring activities for up to three months, but […]

IAEA, Iran agree temporary deal for inspections with less access

Nuclear watchdog says Iran will begin offering its inspectors ‘less access’ but still allow agency to monitor atomic programme for up to three months. The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has said the agency reached an agreement with Iran to continue its “necessary” verification and monitoring activities for up to three months, but […]

US sanctions inflicted $1 trillion damage on Iran’s economy: FM

Tehran, Iran – Unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States has inflicted $1 trillion worth of damage on Iran’s economy and Tehran expects compensation, its foreign minister said. Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday after the US takes action to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers through lifting sanctions, Tehran will want to […]

US offers to restart talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Blinken, joined by European powers, says US will engage in nuclear talks if Tehran first returns to full compliance. The United States has said it was ready to restart talks with Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear agreement, reversing former President Donald Trump’s decision to walk out of the landmark deal […]

West urges Iran to return to ‘full compliance’ with nuclear deal

Top European and US officials urge Iran to keep allowing UN nuclear inspections to salvage 2015 deal with world powers. European powers and the United States on Thursday warned Iran it would be “dangerous” to carry out a threatened limit to UN nuclear agency inspections, adding Tehran must return to full compliance with the 2015 […]

Top EU, US diplomats to discuss reviving 2015 Iran nuclear deal

Top diplomats from European powers and the United States will hold talks to see how to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, days ahead of a deadline set by Tehran that could hinder these efforts. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will host his German and British counterparts in Paris on Thursday, with new US […]

‘Positive signals’ needed to save JCPOA, Merkel tells Rouhani

German chancellor calls for diplomatic solution to nuclear dispute during phone call with Iranian president, who insists only way forward is for the US to revoke ‘inhumane’ sanctions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Iran to take steps ensuring its return to full compliance to a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, in a rare phone […]

Khamenei: Iran will only accept action, not talk, on nuclear deal

Iran and the US insist the other side must return to full compliance under the landmark nuclear deal. Tehran, Iran – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran will only accept and react to positive action by other parties to its 2015 nuclear deal as it has seen promises broken before. Khamenei said during a […]

Iran to curb cooperation with nuclear watchdog inspectors

Iran informed the agency it would stop implementing ‘voluntary transparency measures’ under the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it plans to halt snap nuclear inspections outside of its declared sites as of February 23, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said. Iran informed the IAEA that it “will […]

Iran vows to limit nuclear inspections if partners fail to act

Iran said it will scale back its comprehensive international nuclear inspections next week if world powers fail to move. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s government will have no choice but to limit nuclear inspections starting next week if the other parties to a 2015 nuclear deal do not cooperate with it, according to its foreign ministry. […]

France, Germany, UK warn Iran over uranium metal production

Iran is undermining the chance for renewed diplomacy to fully realise the 2015 nuclear deal objectives, the trio says. The United Kingdom, France and Germany have condemned Iran’s decision to produce uranium metal, which they said was in breach of commitments made by Iran to the international community. The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said earlier […]

France, Russia urge restraint as Iran produces uranium metal

UN’s nuclear watchdog says that it has verified the production of 3.6g of uranium metal at a plant in Iran. France and Russia have urged Iran to show restraint after it started producing uranium metal in a new breach of limits laid out in Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. The warnings came after the […]

Iran: Armed forces member involved in nuclear scientist’s killing

Revelation by intelligence minister comes after Tehran had initially blamed Israel for the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Tehran, Iran – A member of Iran’s armed forces was involved in the November assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, according to the intelligence ministry. “Martyr Fakhrizadeh was a member of […]

Iran’s supreme leader: US must return to nuclear deal first

Biden administration has said to restore the nuclear accord Iran must first fulfil its commitments. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the United States must be first to return to its commitments under the historic 2015 nuclear deal. Germany, France and the United Kingdom – the three European powers that signed […]

Iran calls for UN response over Israeli military action threat

An Israel general said its military is preparing ‘operational plans’ in reaction to Iran boosting its nuclear programme. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s representative to the United Nations has protested recent Israeli military action threats against the country, calling on the intergovernmental organisation to interfere. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Israel […]

UN’s top court says it can hear case brought by Iran against US

ICJ can hear Iran’s case in a bid to end sanctions the Trump administration reimposed in 2018. The United Nations’ highest court has ruled that it can hear a case brought by Iran against the United States in a bid to end sanctions the Trump administration reimposed in 2018 after pulling out of an international […]

UN’s top court to rule on US sanctions on Iran

The United Nations’ top court will announce on Wednesday whether it can rule on Iran’s bid to overturn US sanctions reimposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump. Tehran brought a case against the US to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2018, saying Washington breached a 1955 friendship treaty between the two […]

Iran installs new centrifuges as nuclear deal impasse continues

Experts say new centrifuges do not present significant hurdle if Iran, US agree on a way to restore nuclear deal. Tehran, Iran – Iran says it has installed new and more advanced centrifuges at its two main nuclear sites, a development that has been confirmed by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to […]

Israel sees six-months before Iran’s nuclear material ‘breakout’

Contradicting Biden administration, Israeli energy minister doubles time frame for Iran to produce fissile material needed for a nuclear weapon. Israel’s energy minister says it would take Iran six months to produce enough fissile material for a single nuclear weapon – a timeline twice as long as that anticipated by a senior member of the […]