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Israeli concern over Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is concerned that the cordial but insubstantial tones of the nuclear talks taking place in Vienna this week are the start of prolonged negotiations which will allow Iran to increase its nuclear
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Nuclear talks with Iran kick off in Vienna

By Daniel Easterman, February 18, 2014

Negotiations between Iran and six world powers on the Islamic Republic's contentious nuclear programme are beginning in Vienna this morning.

This latest round of talks is meant to build on the progress made last November when Iran said it would reduce uranium enrichment activities - the process needed to make a nuclear bomb - in return for sanctions relief.

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MPs warned over Iran’s nuclear threat

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

The likelihood of an Israeli pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities is impossible to predict, MPs were told this week.

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Iran’s ‘moderate’ icon unmasked

By Ali Alfoneh, January 31, 2014

In Persianised Arabic, Zarif is a word of many meanings, ranging from fine or delicate, discerning and cunning to subtle.

Mohammad-Javad Zarif, former ambassador to the United Nations, currently serving as Iran’s foreign minister and the head of the Iranian delegation to the Geneva nuclear talks, embodies all of the above.

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Economist pulls ‘hurtful’ and ‘outrageous’ cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

The Economist has removed from its website a cartoon which appeared to show Barack Obama shackled by an Israel-controlled US Congress.

There had been immediate criticism of the cartoon from Jewish and pro-Israel groups in the United States.

The image was used to illustrate an article which investigated the possibilities of a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

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Iran to destroy stocks of enriched uranium

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 17, 2014

Iran is scheduled to begin neutralising its enriched uranium next week following an agreement achieved last Sunday on the implementation of the Geneva agreement signed in November.

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US defence secretary wanted Netanyahu banned from the White House

By Daniel Easterman, January 14, 2014

Former United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who served in the administrations of both presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, tried to ban Prime Minister Netanyahu from the White House, it has emerged.

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Avigdor Lieberman and William Hague in London talks

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met his British counterpart William Hague for talks in London on Tuesday.

The pair discussed a range of issues relating to British-Israeli co-operation, including in the education, science and technology fields.

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To predict nuclear talks, watch Iran’s domestic politics closely

By Meir Javedanfar, December 23, 2013

Iran’s foreign policy in 2014 is likely to be more chaotic than it was this year.

The reason is that Iran’s domestic politics is likely to be more chaotic in 2014, and in Iran, like in many other countries, foreign policy is an extension of what happens at home.

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Isolated Hamas buries the hatchet with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 19, 2013

Hamas announced last week that it was “resuming” its relations with Iran after the Palestinian movement’s position on the Syrian Civil War caused it to fall out with the Assad regime’s main backers.

The announcement was made by senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar in Gaza following talks between Hamas officials and Iranian diplomats in Beirut last month.

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