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Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterates his anti-nuclear weapons stance. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

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Ban, in Iran, slams Holocaust denial, hostility to Israelupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 21:43:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned hostile remarks toward Israel and the denial of the Holocaust in Iran Thursday.

Iran takes on U.N. at global meetingupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 11:20:00

Iran kicked off a meeting of more than 100 countries on Sunday by slamming the "adverse consequences of the current world order" and demanding change from the United Nations, state-run Press TV reported.

Iran improves its ballistic missilesupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 22:44:00

Pentagon says Iran is improving the killing power of its ballistic missiles. Retired Gen. James "Spider" Marks OutFront.

Israel's possible attack on Iran nukesupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

In an exclusive interview, CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with Secretary Panetta about his talks with Israel on Iran's nukes

World needs to keep 'maximum pressure' on Iran, Panetta saysupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 21:13:00

The United States won't let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, "period," but sanctions remain the best tool to keep Tehran off the nuclear path, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday in Israel.

Barak: Israelis killed in terror attackupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 18:30:00

Deadly explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria is "a terrorist attack," said Israel's Defense Minister.

Clinton discusses Iran, Egypt with Israeli officialsupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 09:30:00

The United States and Israel must work together in "smart, creative and courageous" ways to resolve vital regional issues, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday in Israel, the last stop on her two-week trip through Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Obama: White House leaks 'offensive'updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 11:32:00

President Obama affirms the leak of classified information was not put out by the White House.

Talks over Iran's nuclear program resume in Moscowupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 16:21:00

Negotiators for Iran and six world powers completed the first day of discussions on Iran's nuclear program Monday in Moscow.

Inside the Russian-Chinese allianceupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 07:21:00

Professor Behzad Yaghmaian discusses the alliance between China and Russia and what it means for the rest of the world.

China urges pragmatism in Iran-U.N. nuclear talksupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 07:21:00

China's President Hu Jintao urged Iran to take a "flexible and pragmatic" approach as it enters talks on its nuclear program Friday with the U.N. nuclear watchdog in Vienna, China's foreign ministry said.

Inspection at Iran nuclear facility finds higher-level traces of uranium, U.N. saysupdated: Fri May 25 2012 15:18:00

Inspectors found a high level of enriched uranium in Iran, a U.N. report said Friday, as world powers attempt to work to stop the country from developing the capacity for nuclear weapons.

Iran, world powers offer proposals at nuclear talksupdated: Wed May 23 2012 21:51:00

Western nations and Iran broached solutions over Tehran's controversial nuclear program Wednesday, the latest push to end the saber-rattling over the Islamic republic's atomic aspirations.

What does Iran want from nuclear talks?updated: Wed May 23 2012 09:28:00

When Iranian officials arrive at the next round of nuclear talks in Baghdad on May 23, they will seek to advance several of their own goals, while only making modest changes to their nuclear program.

Senate passes Iran sanctions billupdated: Tue May 22 2012 05:24:00

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to tighten sanctions on Iran on Monday, three days after a dispute over whether to include the threat of American force stalled the legislation.

U.N. nuclear agency chief heading to Iranupdated: Fri May 18 2012 12:03:00

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency plans to fly to Iran on Sunday to discuss nuclear issues with high-level officials in Tehran.

Iranian president: Israel 'nothing more than a mosquito' to Iranupdated: Sat May 12 2012 22:36:00

Ahead of upcoming nuclear talks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad downplayed the threat Israel poses to Iran, comparing it to an annoying bug.

Netanyahu, king of Israel?updated: Tue May 08 2012 13:54:00

With 30-plus governments since independence (average length less than two years), Israeli politics rarely surprises. But Monday's agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz did precisely that.

Israel forms unity government, wards off September electionsupdated: Tue May 08 2012 08:18:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party have agreed to form a unity government with the rival centrist political faction Kadima in a move that will put off elections until late next year and create one of the largest coalition governments in Israeli history.

Israeli politics in tailspin over Iranupdated: Wed May 02 2012 08:29:00

Israel, by necessity, has developed one of the most able security and intelligence apparatus in the world. There has been no necessity to develop a world-class political apparatus, however, and it shows.

Former Israeli PM calls for U.S. to lead any Iran strikeupdated: Tue May 01 2012 05:22:00

If international efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program fail, any military action against Tehran should be led not by Israel, but by the United States, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said this week.

Former Israeli security chief slams handling of Iranupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 04:46:00

Israel's former security chief is slamming the country's prime minister and defense minister for their handling of Iran, saying neither one inspires confidence.

Netanyahu: Iran sanctions a mixed bagupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 21:16:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Erin Burnett that sanctions against Iran are delivering mixed results.

Israeli general: 'Rational' Iranian leaders not pushing nuclear bombupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 21:16:00

Israel's top general said Iran is led by "very rational people" and doesn't appear poised to build a nuclear bomb that would threaten his nation.

Netanyahu: 'I could deliver' peace dealupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 06:03:00

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he could bring peace.

Israelis sceptical on Iran talksupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 09:36:00

As talks over Iran's nuclear program are set to resume Isarelis express scepticism about deal being brokered.

Obama rejects Netanyahu's claim on Iran nuclear 'freebie'updated: Mon Apr 16 2012 09:36:00

President Obama has firmly rejected a complaint by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran was given a "freebie" on its nuclear program.

Iran nuclear talksupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 05:45:00

Nuclear talks will resume in May between Iran and the P5-plus-1 group of countries.

Israel: Iran given nuclear 'freebie'updated: Mon Apr 16 2012 05:45:00

Israel on Sunday slammed a decision by key world powers to place no new restrictions on Iran before the next meeting about its nuclear program in late May.

Ashton: Iran nuclear talks 'constructive and useful'updated: Sun Apr 15 2012 06:20:00

After months of tension and frustration, key world powers and Iran sounded more optimistic Saturday after "constructive and useful" talks about Tehran's intentions for its nuclear program.

Iran announces date for nuclear talks but not venueupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 04:55:00

Stalled talks between Iran and world leaders over its nuclear ambitions will resume April 13 at a yet-undetermined venue, the country's state-run media reported Wednesday.

Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch padupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 14:53:00

Just hours after the United States warned that North Korea would achieve nothing with threats or provocations, Pyongyang moved a long-range rocket it plans to test fire to a launch pad Monday, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.

Iran: Not 'pursuing nuclear weapons'updated: Tue Mar 20 2012 19:39:00

A top adviser to Iran's supreme leader says negotiations with the U.S. can help end the crisis over its nuclear program.

The Iran threat: Fact or fiction?updated: Mon Mar 19 2012 09:30:00

Many are sounding the alarm about Iran going nuclear. CNN's Reza Sayah reports on what's behind the rhetoric.

Top Iran official calls for cooperation from West in return for 'transparency'updated: Thu Mar 15 2012 16:30:00

Iran says it wants more clarity from the IAEA before it allows inspectors into the Parchin military complex south of Tehran, one of Iran's most influential officials said Wednesday.

Is Iran making nuclear detonators?updated: Fri Mar 09 2012 11:22:00

Why is the international community suspicious of Iran's nuclear program? CNN's Hala Gorani reports.

Israel weighs risk, benefits of Iran strikeupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 11:22:00

A threatened Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program carries enormous risks for the Jewish state, including international isolation, retaliation at home and abroad, and steep economic costs.

Four scenarios on Iran nuclear programupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 12:51:00

It's been almost a decade since the United States accused Iran of actively working on a secret program to develop nuclear weapons. Since then, Iran has steadfastly proclaimed to a skeptical world that it only seeks to produce nuclear energy, while American presidents have repeatedly warned that the United States will not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. Over the years, the international community has demanded, to no avail, that Tehran end its uranium enrichment program.

Iran's nuclear program: the riddle, the enigma and the mysteryupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 05:59:00

There are "red lines," a "window of opportunity," the risk of a "zone of immunity," and plenty of other cryptic terms about Iran's nuclear program. What does it involve? Where is it leading? How and when should it be stopped or restrained?

'Iran is not telling us everything,' U.N. atomic agency chief saysupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 05:26:00

Iran is not open about its nuclear program, but it should be, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Wednesday.

Netanyahu won't discuss attacking Iranupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 18:19:00

While meeting with U.S. lawmakers, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he won't discuss attacking Iran.

Senators: No Israeli decision on Iran strike yetupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 18:19:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. senators he has not decided whether to strike nuclear sites in Iran, according to two Democratic senators who attended a closed meeting with him at the Capitol Tuesday.

Amanpour: Israeli restraint a tough challenge for Obamaupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 06:08:00

What is at stake in the meeting between the leaders of the United States and Israel?

Iran elections and tensions with Israelupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 06:08:00

CNN's Becky Anderson talks to Christiane Amanpour about the Iranian elections and their rising tensions with Israel.

Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran must not happenupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 23:28:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the AIPAC conference that Iran must never be allowed a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu warns time running out on Iranupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 23:28:00

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday they stand together in their efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but Netanyahu warned that time for diplomacy was running short.

IAEA seeks access to key Iranian military base, director saysupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 17:45:00

Evidence of ongoing activities at an Iranian military base suspected of being involved in testing related to nuclear weapons makes inspectors eager to get there as soon as possible, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday.

Iran's election: What it meansupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 07:35:00

Iran's government claims victory over internal opponents and the country's western rivals. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Iran leader consolidates power, vote results suggestupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 07:35:00

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared to gain ground in his power struggle with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as preliminary results came in from parliamentary elections.

Ahmadinejad's sister loses in Iran voteupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 17:11:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's sister lost her bid for a seat in the nation's parliamentary elections, a result seen as a blow to the controversial leader and, according to one analyst, a "possible sign of fraud."

Pres. Obama prepares to meet Netanyahuupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 12:27:00

Pres. Obama prepares for a big meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.

Obama says he's not bluffing on Iran nukesupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 12:27:00

President Barack Obama says he isn't bluffing when he says Iran shouldn't have a nuclear weapon, but he cautions against an Israeli strike against the Islamic republic.

Iran votes in first nationwide poll since 2009 protests updated: Sat Mar 03 2012 03:35:00

Iranians headed to the polls Friday in a parliamentary election, marking the first nationwide balloting since a disputed vote triggered massive protests nearly three years ago.

Pakistan will proceed on pipeline to Iran, minister saysupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 10:10:00

Pakistan announced plans Thursday to proceed with the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Iran in an apparent rebuff to warnings from Washington to call off the project.

Gas prices hinder Florida tourismupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 09:26:00

For a battleground state that relies heavily on tourism, rising gas prices are striking a nerve. George Howell reports.

For more oil, U.S. should look to Mexicoupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 09:26:00

For me, the issue of skyrocketing gasoline prices came into focus about four years ago, when the national average that Americans paid at the pump reached an all-time high of $4.11 a gallon. Today, the average -- up 30 cents in the last four weeks, and 13 cents in the last week alone -- is about $3.70.

Oil surges after Iran uranium warningupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 09:40:00

Oil prices surged on Friday as the UN's nuclear watchdog said Iran had significantly increased its production of higher-grade uranium over the past six months and had failed to dispel concerns that it was pursuing atomic weapons.

IAEA: Iran Expanding Nuclear Activityupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 09:40:00

CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, an Iranian nuclear scientist about Iran's expanding nuclear activity.

Iran boosting enrichment efforts, international inspectors sayupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 20:41:00

Iran has stepped up efforts to produce enriched uranium in violation of international resolutions to stop, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday in a report posted online by a nonproliferation group.

Nuclear watchdog team disappointed after Iran visitupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 09:37:00

Two days of talks in Iran went nowhere and the frustration of the global nuclear watchdog agency was palpable in the terse statement it issued afterward.

Fareed's Take: Iranupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 09:37:00

Fareed Zakaria gives his take on how much of a threat Iran poses the world.

Iran could send U.S. gas prices to $5updated: Tue Feb 21 2012 08:58:00

Tension around Iran--and the actions of the Iranian leaders--could lead to five dollar a gallon gas in the U.S. by summer.

Iran threatens preemptive actionupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 08:58:00

Iran warned Tuesday it would strike against an "enemy" threatening it if needed to protect its national interests -- even if the enemy didn't attack first.

Iran is ready to resume nuclear talksupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 13:04:00

Iran is offering to resume talks over its nuclear program as soon as possible. One expert calls it a "stall" tactic.

Close look at Iran's nuclear capabilityupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 12:37:00

Is Iran any closer to being able to build a nuclear bomb? CNN's Jim Clancy takes a closer look at the nuclear program.

U.S., EU welcome Iran's offer to restart nuclear talksupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 12:37:00

Western nations welcomed Friday a letter from Iran offering a resumption of stalled nuclear talks, though they were still determining the Islamic republic's sincerity.

Israel, Iran battle over who's behind string of bombingsupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 14:58:00

Israel and Iran traded accusations Wednesday over a string of bombings in other countries, with Israel pointing fingers at Tehran and the Iranian regime calling such claims a "prelude" to an Israeli attack.

Israel blames Iran for Thai bombingsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 22:58:00

Israel's defense minister blamed Iran for a series of bombings in the Thai capital of Bangkok Tuesday, a day after attacks against the country's diplomats in India and Georgia.

Fingerpointing follows attack on Israeli Embassy vanupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 19:38:00

The explosion Monday of a device attached to an Israeli Embassy van in New Delhi and the discovery and safe detonation of another such device found on an embassy car in Tbilisi, Georgia, led quickly to a round of fingerpointing between Israel and Iran.

Officials: Netanyahu to head to United States next monthupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 11:28:00

Israel's prime minister will visit the United States in March, officials said Sunday.

Iran's leader: War would be detrimental to U.S.updated: Fri Feb 03 2012 12:13:00

The supreme leader of Iran issued a blunt warning Friday that war would be detrimental to the United States -- and that Iran is ready to help anyone who confronts "cancerous" Israel.

New sanctions to push Iran to negotiateupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 07:04:00

The European Union approves new sanctions against Iran. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

U.N. nuclear inspectors returning to Tehranupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 07:04:00

The United Nations nuclear monitors plan to return to Iran at the end of the month after a positive assessment from both sides of the latest visit.

Top U.N. nuclear team lands in Iran, state media reportsupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 13:46:00

Top International Atomic Energy Agency officials arrived in Iran Sunday, state media reported, after the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog expressed fresh concerns that the Islamic republic was trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran's envoy to IAEA is hopeful on eve of nuclear watchdog visitupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 05:55:00

Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday he is hopeful that the recent planned visit by representatives of the nuclear watchdog will "resolve any ambiguity and show (our) transparency and cooperation with the agency."

A summary of sanctions against Iranupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 14:13:00

The history of U.S. sanctions against Iran dates as far back as 1979, when hostages were held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Over the years, the U.S. government has approved other sanctions. In 2010, amid increasing tensions of Iran's nuclear program, the United States instituted sanctions that U.S. officials described as "unprecedented."

Iran's nuclear agendaupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 07:35:00

University professor Hillary Mann Leverett discusses Iran's nuclear program and how it impacts Israel.

Top U.S. general visits Israel as Iran tensions riseupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 07:35:00

America's top military official began a series of high-profile meetings with Israeli leaders Friday amid growing international concerns that the Israeli government could act on its own to thwart Iran's nuclear program.

Blunt warnings from U.S. to Iranupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:44:00

The United States is warning Iran of certain "red lines" they should not cross. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

Panetta: U.S. willing to pursue diplomacy with Iran but ready for 'any contingency' updated: Wed Jan 18 2012 18:44:00

A diplomatic solution with Iran is still possible, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

Iran threatens Israel, U.S. over scientist killingupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 06:34:00

Israel and the United States are "supporters of state terrorism" and will suffer a "punitive response" at an "opportune time," Iran's Press TV cited a top Iranian general as saying Sunday, days after an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed.

Scientist death 'like script from movie'updated: Sun Jan 15 2012 06:34:00

Robert Baer tells Anderson Cooper he believes a dissident group was involved in the death of a nuclear scientist.

CNN visits injured at Syrian hospitalupdated: Sat Jan 14 2012 02:14:00

CNN's Nic Robertson checks to see if authorities in Homs are complying with calls to abstain from violence.

Iran denies shipping weapons to Syria through Turkeyupdated: Sat Jan 14 2012 02:14:00

Iran's embassy in Turkey has issued a statement denying reports Tehran was shipping weapons through Turkey to Syria.

Iranian supreme leader blames U.S., Israel for scientist's deathupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 14:28:00

Iran's top cleric has blamed the CIA and Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, Iran's state broadcaster said.

Can Turkey avert Mideast disaster?updated: Wed Jan 11 2012 14:22:00

Turkey's peripatetic Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spent last Thursday in Tehran in negotiations with leading Iranian officials. Davutoglu's visit comes at a very critical juncture in U.S.-Iran relations, as saber-rattling dangerously escalates over the United States' ever-more stringent sanctions and Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Ahmadinejad: look at U.S. nuclear armsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 22:45:00

Iranian President Ahmadinejad said in an address on state TV, "Why don't you do a report about the US nuclear program?"

Uranium enrichment begins at Iranian siteupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 19:20:00

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency confirmed Monday that uranium enrichment has begun at a nuclear facility in northern Iran.

Iran says nuclear reactor is weeks from operating at full capacityupdated: Sat Jan 07 2012 17:52:00

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is just weeks from operating at full capacity, the country's top nuclear official said Saturday.

Daughter of former Iranian leader gets prison timeupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 06:35:00

Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was sentenced to six months in prison for making anti-government statements, semi-official Mehr News Agency reported Tuesday.

Report: Iran builds, tests first nuclear fuel rodupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 05:34:00

Iran has succeeded in building and testing the country's first domestically produced nuclear fuel rod, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Sunday.

Only Iran can save Iraqupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 11:14:00

Iraq is on the edge of the precipice as a consequence of the standoff between Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, with the former accusing the latter of engaging in terrorism and the latter accusing the former of dictatorial ambitions. This crisis involves all three major sectarian and ethnic groups in Iraq, with al-Hashimi taking refuge in the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq as a guest of Iraq's Kurdish President Jalal Talabani.

Iran must stop persecuting minority religionsupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 10:51:00

In March 2009, when I was detained in Evin Prison in Iran, two evangelical Christians were arrested. I never met them but spotted them a few times through the barred window of my cell as they walked back and forth to the bathroom down the hall.

Top general says Iran shouldn't 'miscalculate our resolve'updated: Tue Dec 20 2011 19:58:00

As Gen. Martin Dempsey toured around the globe over the last eight days, one issue was prominent -- Iran's nuclear intentions.

Schmidt on keeping America's secretsupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 12:44:00

Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks to CNN's Erin Burnett about the downed drone in Iran and cybersecurity.

Can the world live with a near-nuclear Iran?updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 12:44:00

Some analysts have attributed the recent downing of a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel high-altitude reconnaissance drone in Iran to that nation's increasingly sophisticated capability to launch cyber attacks. Others have dismissed the idea that Iran was capable of bringing down an RQ-170, arguing that Iranian air defenses do not have the capability to track an aircraft with radar-evading technology.

A day in the life in the UAEupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 06:23:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Sheikh Mohammed, PM of UAE, about life in the UAE, freedom of the press and security.

Emirates leader discounts fear of Iranian bombupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 06:23:00

A leader of the United Arab Emirates discounted concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran in a CNN interview Monday, saying Tehran would find the ultimate weapon to be of little use.

Report: Iranian lawmakers vote to reduce ties with Britainupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 08:21:00

The Iranian parliament Sunday voted to expel the British ambassador and reduce diplomatic relations with the nation in retaliation for newly-imposed Western sanctions, according to Iran's official news agency.

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