September 11, 2009 |
The State Department rejected Iran's latest proposal for international talks Thursday in the latest sign of trouble for the Obama administration's top-priority effort to engage Tehran in nuclear negotiations. A five-page Iranian proposal distributed to foreign diplomats Wednesday "was not really responsive to our greatest concern , which is obviously Iran's nuclear program," said P.J. Crowley, the senior State Department spokesman. At the same time, Crowley said, "We remain willing to engage Iran."
August 28, 2009 |
Iran's political crisis could prevent the nation from making any swift move to ratchet up its nuclear program, said analysts and officials, giving President Obama and Western allies more time to grapple with the issue. The ongoing chaos over the disputed reelection of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls into question who calls the shots in Tehran, and what any deal over the program with the Islamic Republic would look like. The Obama administration, concerned that Tehran is seeking to amass the materials needed to manufacture nuclear weapons, set an informal deadline of September for Iran to respond positively to an offer to discuss the matter rather than risk new economic sanctions.
June 6, 2009 |
Iran has significantly boosted its supply and output of reactor-grade nuclear material, according to a quarterly report issued Friday by the United Nations' arms control division. Meanwhile, in Syria, international inspectors reported finding unexplained particles of modified uranium at a lab in Damascus, far from an alleged nuclear site.
January 11, 2009 |
President Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iran's main nuclear complex, opting instead to authorize a new U.S. covert action aimed at sabotaging Tehran's nuclear program, the New York Times reported. Israel had requested specialized bunker-busting bombs for an attack that tentatively involved flying over Iraq to reach Iran's major nuclear complex at Natanz, site of the country's only known uranium enrichment plant, the Times reported Saturday in its online edition.
December 9, 2008 |
A report released Monday by a respected arms-control expert urges the West to change course by accepting sensitive features of Iran's nuclear program and focusing instead on discouraging Tehran from building an atomic bomb. Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the nonproliferation program at the London-based Institute for International Strategic Studies, predicts in a 100-page report that Iran will produce enough fissile low- enriched uranium and obtain the expertise next year to build a bomb.
November 15, 2008 |
World powers this week failed to come up with a unified strategy to press Iran on halting controversial elements of its nuclear program, as a report emerged suggesting the country had made progress in advancing a little-examined feature of its atomic infrastructure. Diplomats said Friday that American, European, Russian and Chinese officials meeting the day before in Paris had not reached agreement on further steps to pressure Iran to halt uranium enrichment at its facility in Natanz.
September 27, 2008 |
Six world powers gave the U.N. Security Council a toothless draft resolution on Iran's nuclear program after the United States, facing stiff Russian opposition, failed to secure agreement for new sanctions. U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff said the draft, calling on Iran to comply with previous resolutions demanding that it suspend uranium enrichment, was an important "show of unity." Diplomats said members of the 15-nation council, which has passed three rounds of travel bans and asset freezes on Iranian individuals and firms, would consult their governments and the resolution could come to a vote next week.
August 3, 2008 |
Iran will not give up "a single iota of its nuclear rights," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday, rebuffing an informal deadline to stop expanding uranium enrichment or face more international sanctions. Ahmadinejad made the remarks during discussions with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who arrived Saturday in Tehran for a two-day visit, the Iranian president's official website said.
June 3, 2008 |
The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency surprised diplomats and arms control experts Monday by announcing that inspectors would visit Syria for two days to try to clear up the mystery of an alleged nuclear site destroyed in an Israeli airstrike last year. Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, told the board of governors in Vienna that a team of inspectors would travel to Syria on June 22 to investigate the site.
March 26, 2008 |
Vice President Dick Cheney charged in an interview released Tuesday that Iran is trying to develop weapons-grade uranium, though international inspectors and U.S. intelligence services have not found evidence of such an effort.