Former captive says UN tourism agency helps Iran’s hostage diplomacy

Barry Rosen was one of 52 Americans held as hostages for 444 days by Iranian extremists. (Supplied) February 25, 2022 A former hostage in Iran has said that the UN World Tourism Organization is helping the Islamic Republic’s policy of hostage diplomacy by pro-Iran fabrications. In an article published by the Jerusalem Post on [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

Ukraine crisis deepens US congressional fears of an agreement in Vienna

World power and Iranian delegation wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Nov. 29, 2021. (Reuters) February 25, 2022 About 200 Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to US President Joe Biden earlier in February urging him to put any nuclear deal reached with Iran to a [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

In phone call, Iran’s Raisi tells Putin that NATO expansion a ‘serious threat’

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) during their meeting in Moscow on Jan 19, 2022. (AFP) February 25, 2022 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi tells his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that NATO expansion is a “serious threat,” hours after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine. “NATO expansion is [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

Russian invasion puts endgame of Iran nuclear talks in jeopardy

Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP) February 24, 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine risks jeopardizing diplomacy to restore Iran’s nuclear deal at the final hurdle, as world powers at the negotiating table find themselves on opposite sides of Europe’s biggest security crisis [...]

By |February 24th, 2022|Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

Iran chief negotiator says ‘certain decisions’ needed to reach a deal

Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, arrives for talks in London on Nov 12, 2021. (AFP) February 24, 2022 Western partners in the nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna have to "take certain decisions" in order to reach an agreement, Iran's chief negotiator said on Thursday on Twitter. "Being near the finish [...]

By |February 24th, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

Tehran’s embassy in Kiev asks Iranian nationals to leave Ukraine

A general view of the Iranian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine. (Supplied) February 24, 2022 The Islamic Republic has called on Iranian nationals livening in Ukraine, especially students, to leave the country "temporarily". Iran’s embassy in Kiev issued a statement on Wednesday as the situation in Ukraine is growing increasingly tense. The embassy has [...]

By |February 24th, 2022|Europe, Russia|

Iran plays down nuclear negotiator’s trip home for consultation

Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani upon his arrival at the British Foreign Office on Nov 11, 2021. (Reuters) February 23, 2022 Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran's lead negotiator, returned to Tehran Wednesday night for consultations, leaving colleagues to continue the Vienna nuclear talks. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, [...]

By |February 23rd, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran says nuclear talks reach ‘sensitive point’

Iranian FM Hossein Amirabdollahian, waves as he leaves after his meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Abdullah Bou Habib in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP) February 23, 2022 Talks in Vienna on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers have reached a sensitive point and Western countries should take [...]

By |February 23rd, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|

How close is Iran to being able to build a nuclear bomb?

A technician is seen at the nuclear conversion facility in Isfahan, 450 kilometers south of Tehran, Iran, Feb. 3, 2017. February 23, 2022 Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are in the home straight, delegates say, though some important issues remain unresolved and it is still [...]

By |February 23rd, 2022|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran appears ready to swap prisoners with U.S. as talks approach ‘finish line’

A demonstration in support of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian mother who is in jail in Iran, in London, on November 25, 2017. (Reuters) February 22, 2022 Talks on restoring a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program and ease sanctions are near conclusion, a Russian envoy said on Tuesday, and sources close to the [...]

By |February 22nd, 2022|Europe, North America, USA|