Iran

US: sanctions will stay until Iranians stop making bomb

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

American and European officials have assured Israel that there are no plans to ease the sanctions on Iran until it signs a comprehensive agreement to rein in its military nuclear programme.

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Israelis see chink of light in Iran talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 31, 2013

Veteran Israeli observers have sounded more optimistic in recent days about the chances of a breakthrough in the nuclear talks between the international community and Iran.

At the same time, there are alarming new assessments about the speed with which Iran can build a launch-ready nuclear bomb.

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Interview: Liam Fox - Dealing with Iran, Syria and our trivia obsession

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2013

Resigning from government and returning to the backbenches cannot be easy to stomach for any politician, and must be less comfortable still when the cabinet departure is precipitated by a scandal.

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Iran talks leave Israel on edge

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The discussions, which were described by EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton as “detailed” and “substantive”, revolved mainly around a new Iranian proposal which one Western diplomat called “very helpful”.

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When it comes to Iran, facts get a rough ride

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2013

In the delicate diplomatic game going on between Washington, Jerusalem and Tehran, both in plain sight and beneath the radar, facts and official statements are important but the interpretation of those facts are of equal importance.

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Even military action will not remove the danger of Iran

By Azriel Bermant, October 10, 2013

It is understandable why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used his UN address to warn the international community not to fall for the charm offensive of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

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‘Iran has a few months to prove credibility’

By Simon Rocker, October 4, 2013

Iran has just a few months to prove that its new diplomatic offensive is not a smokescreen to mask moves towards nuclear bomb capability, according to one of the United States’ most experienced Middle Eastern diplomats.

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Iran: we will investigate Amia attack

By Adam Feinstein, October 3, 2013

Iran has assured Argentina that it will honour an agreement signed earlier this year to shed light on the bombing of the Amia Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, which killed 85 people and wounded more than 300.

Argentina has accused eight Iranians of being behind the bombing — including the former president, Ali Rafsanjani — and demanded their extradition.

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Saudis and Bahrain ‘more worried than Israel’ about Obama’s Iran diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The beginning of a thaw in relations between Iran and the West is not only worrying Israel, it is also a matter of concern for Iran’s Arab neighbours.

Both Israel and several Gulf states are concerned that sanctions may be lifted without receiving clear and verifiable assurances that Iran is no longer pursuing nuclear weapons.

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Obama is in la-la land over Iran

By Melanie Phillips, October 3, 2013

Everyone is acting precisely according to the script. The fanatical Ayatollah Khamanei, the sole real power in Iran, has manoeuvred the West into the end-game.

Just as foretold, his cipher, the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, has presented himself falsely as the voice of moderation.

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