Iran

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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Iran’s New Year charm offensive litters Twitter

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

The Iranian charm offensive that began with the election of Hassan Rouhani as president three months ago took a bizarre twist last week with a series of Rosh Hashanah greetings tweeted by the new president and his foreign minister. Meanwhile, diplomats are preparing new rounds of nuclear talks.

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Iran won’t risk direct intervention

By Meir Javedanfar, September 3, 2013

It did not take long for the conservative news site Tasnim in Tehran to report David Cameron’s Commons defeat. The same article, published the day after the vote, relished the fact that this was the first time since 1782 that any British prime minister failed to win a vote on an issue of peace or war.

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Hamas divided over Iran links

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

Hamas is split over the question of its ties with Iran in the wake of the civil war in Syria.

The Palestinian movement shut down its offices in Damascus last year and aligned itself with Egypt and Qatar but, following recent regional developments, it has found itself without supporters.

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Assad and Iranians are bolder now, fears Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 3, 2013

Israel was unfazed by last Thursday’s vote in Parliament against British military intervention in Syria.

The Israeli government believes that the Obama administration will still act without Britain and the main concerns are over the implications of the political difficulties in London and Washington for future action against Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Plutonium: Iran’s other route to a bomb

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2013

As Iran gears up for the next round of international negotiations over its uranium enrichment programme — as-yet unscheduled — Western intelligence agencies are concerned that it is pursuing a dual-track route towards the possession of nuclear weapons.

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