February 4, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A faint glimmer of hope of breaking the diplomatic standoff on Syria has emerged as two key allies, Russia and Iran, reacted positively to a leading opposition figure's surprise offer of conditional talks with the government of President Bashar Assad. Officials from the two countries spoke approvingly of the offer at a global security meeting that ended Sunday in Munich, Germany. At the same time, Israel's defense minister seemed to acknowledge that his country was responsible for last week's airstrike on Syrian territory - an attack that Israel has not officially confirmed but which has raised the ominous specter of a wider regional war. Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters at the Munich conference that the attack in Syria was "proof that when we say something, we mean it. " The comment was widely interpreted as indirect confirmation that Israeli warplanes conducted the Wednesday strike, which reportedly targeted a Syrian arms convoy destined for the militant group Hezbollah, Syria's ally and Israel's avowed adversary.
November 6, 2003 |
A senior Iranian envoy acknowledged that his country made "mistakes" in reporting past nuclear activities but insisted that suspicions that it was trying to make atomic arms were unfounded. Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's chief delegate to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said an accord opening Tehran's programs to full scrutiny would be ready soon. Iran handed over what it said was a complete declaration of its nuclear activities just days before an Oct. 31 deadline.
September 8, 2003 |
Iran's chief delegate to the U.N. atomic agency warned the U.S. and other nations ahead of a meeting today that nuclear tensions could grow if they press Tehran too hard to open its programs to inspectors. Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is open to negotiating on inspections with the International Atomic Energy Agency but indicated the offer could be pulled if today's IAEA board meeting "disrupted the whole process."
September 30, 2003 |
Iran acknowledged Monday that additional traces of weapons-grade uranium had been found on its soil but argued that they came from abroad on contaminated equipment. The United States and some of its allies have accused Tehran of running a secret nuclear weapons program. Iran is facing an Oct. 31 deadline to give a full accounting of its nuclear activities, set by the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors. If the board rules at its Nov.
October 19, 2003 |
Iran began formal talks Saturday with the International Atomic Energy Agency on tougher inspections of its nuclear sites, where Washington suspects atomic weapons could be made. The talks with the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency "may take several days, [but] I'm optimistic that [we] will reach an agreement," said Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's representative to the organization. The IAEA has set a deadline of Oct. 31 for Iran to prove it has no secret program for producing nuclear weapons.
September 13, 2003 |
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Friday set an Oct. 31 deadline for Iran to prove that it has no secret atomic weapons program, prompting Tehran's chief delegate to threaten "a deep review" of cooperation with the agency. If the International Atomic Energy Agency board rules at its next meeting in November that Iran did not meet the resolution's demands, it could find Tehran in noncompliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons. The U.N.
September 23, 2003 |
Iran will scale back its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in response to the U.N. watchdog's Oct. 31 deadline for Tehran to prove that its nuclear programs are peaceful, Iran's representative to the agency said Monday. Ali Akbar Salehi said on state television that Iran had been allowing the IAEA more oversight than required under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "to show our goodwill and transparency.
November 8, 2011 |
The United Nations nuclear inspection agency has "serious concerns" about "possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," according to a report released Tuesday. Citing a thousand pages of documents, satellite photos and intelligence information from 10 member states, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has taken steps to develop a nuclear bomb, despite Iran's contention that its program is entirely for civilian purposes. "Credible ... information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device," the report says.
April 4, 2010 |
Iranian scientists have submitted plans to start work on at least one new nuclear facility by September, a top official was quoted as saying Saturday, in a move that could inflame tensions with the West. Ali Akbar Salehi, who oversees Iran's complex of nuclear installations, told the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency that his Atomic Energy Organization has taken steps to commission "one or two" new sites pending the approval of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said the new installations were in line with a 2009 policy to expand the nation's nuclear technology infrastructure.
April 23, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Iranian officials Tuesday scoffed at the idea that an alleged terrorist plot thwarted in Canada had been guided by Al Qaeda elements in Iran. “In my 64 years of age, I have not heard anything as ridiculous as this,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast chimed in, deriding the alleged link as “part of Islamophobic and Iranphobic campaigns. " Canadian police said Monday that two suspects arrested Monday for allegedly plotting to derail a passenger train in the greater Toronto area had gotten “direction and guidance” from Al Qaeda elements located in Iran.