Iran

Nuclear Iran by 2014, says MI6 chief Sir John Sawers

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

The chief of Britain's top security agency has warned that Iran could be a nuclear power within two years.

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UN places Iran on arms-control panel

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, July 12, 2012

As things go in the arms trade, there are not many countries in the world that misbehave more than Iran. The country is under a UN-imposed arms embargo — it cannot buy and it should not sell weapons.

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Iran gives antisemitic cartoon top prize

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2012

The winning entry in an Iranian cartoon contest shows three religious Jews praying in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem labelled “New York Wall Street”.

Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League condemned what he call a “cynical perversion of the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism”.

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Pentagon report shows Iran boosting military capability

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

A US government report into Iran has found evidence of advancements in the country's weapons capability and warned that the country would "present a formidable force" in the event of a conflict.

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Palestinian leader Abbas to visit Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, July 9, 2012

Israeli officials have expressed concern at the decision by the Palestinian president to accept an invitation to Tehran.

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War games ramped up as Iran hit by fresh sanctions

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 5, 2012

The United States and Iran both ramped up their military rhetoric this week following the implementation of new sanctions against Iran’s oil exports and the impasse in negotiations over the country’s nuclear programme.

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UN drugs watchdog criticises Iran over Israel drug outburst

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

The United Nations body responsible for drug control has criticised Iran after its vice-president spoke of drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

Yury Fedotov, chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said Mohammad Reza Rahimi’s remarks caused him "dismay and serious concern".

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Iranians arrested over alleged Kenya terror plot

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

Kenyan officials have revealed that two alleged Iranian agents have been arrested over an apparent plot to attack Israeli and other targets.

The men, who were arrested last month, were holding 15 kilograms of explosives that could be used to build a powerful bomb.

Officials told the Associated Press that such a device could be used to bring down a large building, such as a hotel.

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Britain, EU: Iran drug comments 'racist and antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

Britain and the European Union have joined Israel in condemning the antisemitic comments made by a senior Iranian politician about drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

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Britain, EU: Iran drug comments 'racist and antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

Britain and the European Union have joined Israel in condemning the antisemitic comments made by a senior Iranian politician about drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

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