Iran

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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Pomp but no shift on Iran as Putin visits Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2012

The 24-hour visit to Israel by the Russian President was heavy on ceremony but lean on progress on the key issues of Iran and Syria.

Vladimir Putin’s whirlwind trip through the Middle East began in Netanya where, after arriving 90 minutes late, he joined Israeli President Shimon Peres to dedicate a memorial commemorating the Allied victory in the Second World War.

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No Zionist drug addicts: Latest crazy Iranian claim

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2012

The Iranian vice-president has claimed that no Zionists are addicted to drugs and were behind the Russian Revolution.

In a speech that was condemned as "antisemitic and conspiracy-laden" by the Anti-Defamation League, Mohammad Reza Rahimi accused the Talmud of "inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities"

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Iran talks close to death

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 21, 2012

A diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis appears further away than ever following the failure of the third round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council along with Germany (P5+1).

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Iran talks resemble mood swings of a manic depressive

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, June 14, 2012

In recent weeks, public discussion about ongoing negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — has experienced the same mood swings of a manic depressive.

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Syrian opposition activist tells of Iranian assistance to Assad

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

As the fighting and bloodshed in the Syrian civil war intensify, the fears that neighbouring countries will get sucked in are growing. Iran this week admitted that its forces are present in Syria, while Israel is concerned that the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad could lead to chemical weapons falling in the hands of terrorists.

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