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Iran has stepped up its production of high-grade enriched uranium and has re-landscaped one of its military bases in an apparent effort to hamper a United Nations inquiry into the country's nuclear program, a U.N. report said Thursday.

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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.

Report: Putin, Ahmadinejad to meet before nuclear talksupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 10:38:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in China next week before international talks are held on Iran's nuclear program in Moscow, Russia's state-run RIA-Novosti news agency reported Sunday.

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.

U.N. nuclear watchdog expects deal with Iranupdated: Tue May 22 2012 08:13:00

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says he will sign an agreement soon with Iran over its nuclear program, a sign that Iran may have agreed to broader inspections.

Iran's nuke program a concern for Israelupdated: Mon May 21 2012 16:02:00

CNN's Jonathan Mann talks to Greg Thielmann, a senior fellow at the Arms Control Association, about Iran's nuclear plan.

Iran: Nuclear meetings paving way for negotiationsupdated: Mon May 21 2012 16:02:00

Iran's talks Monday with the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency helped lay the groundwork for progress in upcoming negotiations, the Iranian regime said.

Iran finance minister: 'Rest assured' record oil prices over nuclear sanctionsupdated: Sun May 20 2012 04:53:00

Iran's finance minister believes oil prices could rise as high as $160 a barrel thanks to sanctions over its nuclear program, a prediction that comes just as the chief of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency headed to Tehran on Sunday for high-level talks.

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 officials visit the IAEA in Vienna for nuclear talksupdated: Mon May 14 2012 05:37:00

An Iranian delegation met with officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, on Monday as diplomatic wrangling continues over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

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.

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 nuke talks drawing closerupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 11:41:00

With talks over Iran's nuclear program looming, the negotiating platforms are emerging. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Iran nuclear talks to resume Saturdayupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 11:41:00

Iranian nuclear negotiators arrived Friday and began consultations with Chinese and Russian counterparts on the eve of international talks on the country's nuclear program, state media reported.

Iran says it will present new proposals at upcoming nuclear talksupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 13:15:00

Iran said Wednesday it plans to present new proposals at upcoming talks on its controversial nuclear program.

Obama on Iran: 'Time is short'updated: Tue Apr 10 2012 07:09:00

President Obama addresses Iran's nuclear program ahead of the nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea.

EU: Iran agrees to nuclear talksupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 07:09:00

Nuclear talks will resume this week in Turkey between Iran and six world powers, the European Union reported Monday.

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.

China holds 'frank' talks with North Korea after satellite announcementupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 07:47:00

China says it has had "a frank, in-depth talk" with North Korea about the situation on the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang's announcement of a planned satellite launch provoked an international outcry.

North Korea invites nuclear inspectors to returnupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 19:41:00

North Korea has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to return, nearly three years after it kicked U.N. nuclear inspectors out of the country, the IAEA said Monday.

Timeline of Iran's controversial nuclear programupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 09:30:00

Iran's controversial nuclear program began more than 50 years ago with aid from the West. Now, despite Iran's assurances that its program is purely peaceful, some Western countries, the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency say they're concerned that Iran wants to use the program to create a nuclear weapon. Here's a look at Iran's nuclear program over the years:

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.

Clinton cautiously hails North Korea food aid dealupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:05:00

North Korea's agreement to halt portions of its nuclear and missile programs and accept the return of nuclear inspectors is a "modest step in the right direction," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

U.S. food aid heading to North Koreaupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:05:00

U.S. food aid is going to North Korea for the first time in three years. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

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.

World powers urge inspector access to Iranian military siteupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 17:44:00

Faced with mounting pressure from world powers over its controversial nuclear program, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency reiterated Thursday that his country "is ready to re-engage with (the) IAEA."

IAEA chief: Iran 'not telling everything'updated: Thu Mar 08 2012 17:44:00

In a CNN exclusive, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano shares his suspicions with CNN's Matthew Chance.

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.

Iran military site focus of IAEA concernupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 21:01:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports U.N. inspectors have "credible information" that Iran may be developing a nuclear device.

Obama: Possible Iran talks offer opportunityupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 21:01:00

The United States and other countries agreed Tuesday to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

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.

U.S. cautiously optimistic after food aid deal with North Korea updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 07:13:00

Never a regime to do something for nothing, North Korea took what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called a "modest first step" in agreeing to halt its nuclear and missile program in exchange for food aid.

North Korea: How we got to this pointupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:41:00

In return for food aid from the United States, North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear activity at its main facility in Yongbyon, both countries said Wednesday.

North Korea stops nuclear tests for foodupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:41:00

North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear testing and allow inspectors back into the country in exchange for food aid.

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.

Deterring the threat from Iranupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 05:29:00

A look at the ongoing power play over the Strait of Hormuz and deterring the threat from Iran.

U.N. experts leave Iran without nuclear agreementupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 05:29:00

Two days of talks with Iran have failed to produce agreement on how to verify that Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced Tuesday.

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.

U.N. 'nuke watchdog' in Iran for talksupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 17:04:00

CNN's Matthew Chance reports on IAEA officials beginning a second round of talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

Nuclear officials meet Iranian leaders amid rising tensions in regionupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 17:04:00

Officials with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency begin a second round of talks Monday with Iranian officials over the country's nuclear program, a day after Tehran cut off crude exports to British and French companies in retaliation for a new round of sanctions imposed on the regime.

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.

Iran is ready for nuclear talks, negotiator tells EUupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 20:35:00

Iran is offering to resume talks over the country's nuclear program as soon as possible, according to a letter that the nation's nuclear negotiator sent to the European Union.

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.

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."

Iran urges UN to condemn nuclear scientists' killingsupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 02:57:00

Iran has issued an impassioned letter to the United Nations Secretary General charging that the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists were terror attacks that followed a clear pattern -- an assertion the country's ambassador to the United Nations repeated to CNN in an interview Wednesday night.

Report: Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blastupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 19:34:00

A nuclear scientist was killed in a blast in Tehran on Wednesday morning, an Iranian news agency reported, in the latest in a string of attacks that Iran has blamed on Israel.

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.

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.

Iran expects another round of nuclear talksupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 13:13:00

Another round of talks between Iran and world powers is expected to be held soon, Iran's ambassador to Germany said.

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.

Clinton, Geithner on Iranian sanctionsupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 06:10:00

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discuss new sanctions aimed at Iran.

Russia slams new sanctions against Iranupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 06:10:00

Russia called new sanctions against Iran "unacceptable," saying the new punishments would hurt efforts to talk with Tehran.

U.S., Britain and Canada slap new sanctions on Iranupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 18:07:00

The United States announced tougher sanctions against Iran on Monday, joining Britain and Canada in a coordinated effort to tighten the screws around the country's suspected nuclear weapons program.

Britain cuts banking ties to Iran over nuclear concernsupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 12:24:00

Britain cut all financial ties Monday with Iran over concerns about Iran's nuclear program, the first time it has ever cut an entire country's banking sector off from British finance, the British Treasury announced.

Sources: U.S. to slap new sanctions on Iran, but not on Central Bankupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 11:59:00

The United States will name Iran, as well as its Central Bank, as a "primary money laundering concern" Monday, but will not place sanctions directly on the bank, a senior Treasury Department official said.

Resolution asks Iran to clarify nuclear issuesupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 22:23:00

The U.N. nuclear watchdog's governing council adopted a resolution Friday expressing "deep and increasing concern about the unresolved issues regarding the Iranian nuclear program."

Sources: U.S. to slap new sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industryupdated: Sat Nov 19 2011 02:04:00

The Obama administration plans to impose fresh sanctions against Iran's petrochemical industry, diplomatic sources familiar with the plans said Friday.

The cost of war with Iranupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 08:23:00

A former NATO supreme allied commander says the Iranian regime seems determined to move ahead with their nuclear program.

How Iran bomb could threaten peaceupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 08:23:00

For the better part of a decade, the world has seen an episodic stream of predictions that Iran was on the cusp of building a nuclear weapon and that an Israeli or American pre-emptive military strike was imminent. Alarming forecasts are again gaining currency because of a new assessment issued by the United Nations nuclear watchdog: The International Atomic Energy Agency reported last week that Iran appears to be trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

Fareed's Take: Iran's nuclear programupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 17:26:00

Fareed's take on Iran's nuclear program.

Report: Iran pursuing nuclear weaponsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 06:27:00

A forthcoming report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected to shed light on how advanced Iran's nuclear program is.

What to do about Iranupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 06:27:00

A new International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran's nuclear activities brings efforts to resolve the crisis to a very "dangerous turning point," an expert on the region said Wednesday.

Iran's nuclear program alarms world powersupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 22:06:00

World powers expressed alarm Wednesday about a critical report documenting Iran's progress toward making a nuclear bomb, with the British foreign secretary warning that his nation would take strong measures if the Islamic republic did not change direction.

Iranian amb. to IAEA on nuclear activityupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 22:06:00

CNN's Max Foster talks to the Iranian ambassador to the IAEA who defends his country's nuclear aspirations.

Report: Iran developing nuclear bombsupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 21:24:00

The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a critical report Tuesday saying that it has "serious concerns" about Iran's nuclear program and has obtained "credible" information that the Islamic republic may be developing nuclear weapons.

IAEA: Iran capable of nuclear weaponupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 12:13:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty reports on the IAEA report that shows Iran is capable of building nuclear weapon.

Sources: IAEA report will say Iran has mastered steps toward nuclear weaponupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 18:51:00

An International Atomic Energy Agency report to be released this week will say that Iran has mastered the critical steps necessary to design and construct a nuclear weapon, Western diplomats briefed on the report told CNN Monday.

IAEA report to detail efforts by Iran to develop a nuclear weaponupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 01:33:00

The upcoming report by the International Atomic Energy Agency will make the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, several Western diplomats briefed on the report told CNN.

IAEA report due on Iran's nuclear programupdated: Sun Nov 06 2011 01:33:00

The upcoming report by the IAEA will make the case that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development.

China urges Iran flexibility, but opposes forceupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 12:20:00

China's Foreign Ministry weighed in on the widespread anxiety over Iran's nuclear program on Friday, urging Iran to be flexible with the U.N. nuclear agency but staunchly deploring force amid talk of strikes against the country.

Iran's nuclear program challenged by setbacks, new reports sayupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 03:33:00

Iran's efforts to develop its nuclear program have been stymied by a raft of challenges from international sanctions and set back by the 2010 Stuxnet cyberattack, two new reports from a Washington nuclear think tank conclude.

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