Iran

With a smile, Rouhani has forced an Israeli strike off the table

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The past two weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have been a carefully choreographed dance between three performers.

In the first act, the American and Iranian presidents both set out the very basic parameters of a potential agreement on Iran’s nuclear pr+ogramme and warily made their first contact.

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Israelis arrests suspected Iranian spy

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

An Iranian businessman with Belgian citizenship has been arrested for spying on Israel, it has been revealed.

Ali Mansouri was detained at Ben-Gurion International Airport on September 11 as he attempted to leave Israel for Belgium.

He had been spotted photographing the United States embassy in Tel Aviv and filming activity around the city.

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Netanyahu promises to “tell the truth” about Iran

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Washington yesterday vowing to “tell the truth” about Iran.

Alarmed by thawing relations between Iran and the west, Mr Netanyahu said: “I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles.”

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Rouhani's UN speech is a 'cynical PR stunt', says Netanyahu

By Charlotte Oliver, September 25, 2013

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's UN speech was nothing more than a public relations stunt, according to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr Rouhani told the UN General Assembly that Iran’s nuclear programme posed no threat, and that sanctions imposed against his country violated its human rights. He added that his wished to engage with the West to ease tensions.

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Israel's necessary doubt over Obama's UN negotiations

September 24, 2013

Contrary to what is widely assumed, Israel would like nothing more than a diplomatic solution to the Middle East’s biggest problems.

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Can Iran's President Hassan Rouhani seduce Obama?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

“Charm offensive” is the hackneyed phrase used in recent weeks to describe the intensive PR campaign being waged by Tehran on the Western media.

Small wonder that the office of Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not resist responding with a cliche of his own about Iran spinning the press and spinning centrifuges that enrich uranium.

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Netanyahu to meet Obama at the White House

By Sandy Rashty, September 18, 2013

US President Barack Obama will meet Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme.

The meeting, which will take place in Washington on September 30, is expected to address Iran’s uranium fields, the ongoing crisis in Syria and two-state solution peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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Iranian president Rouhani may dismantle nuclear plant

By Charlotte Oliver, September 17, 2013

Iran may close its Fordow nuclear facility in exchange for a reduction in Western-imposed sanctions, Der Spiegel has reported.

Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly considering dismantling the uranium enrichment facility and allowing inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to oversee the process.

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Obama extending olive branch to Iran?

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

The US and Iranian presidents, Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani, may meet at the United Nations in New York next week following an exchange of letters between the two leaders.

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Douglas Alexander insists Labour Party is not 'reaching out' to Iran

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has told the JC that Labour has not changed its position on Iran, despite party figures repeatedly suggesting Britain should “reach out” to officials in Tehran.

He said the party remained committed to a “twin-track approach of sanctions and diplomacy”.

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