February 27, 2013 8:32 PM
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) - World powers offered broader concessions than ever to Iran in attempts Wednesday to keep alive diplomatic channels that seek to rein in the Islamic Republic's nuclear program and prevent it from building an atomic weapon. The offer was hailed by Saeed Jalili, Iran's top official at... more »
February 13, 2013 12:35 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran said Wednesday that it has begun installing a new generation of centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment facility, a move that will allow it to vastly increase its pace of uranium enrichment in defiance of U.N. calls to halt such activities. Vice President Fereidoun Abbasi... more »
August 11, 2012 1:33 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian state television says at least 87 people have been killed in a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in northwestern Iran. At least 400 others were injured in Saturday's quake, the channel said, which damaged hundreds of homes when it hit near the town of Ahar in East Azerbaijan... more »
July 29, 2012 5:50 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader has outlined a new approach to overcome Western sanctions - stop selling oil and build knowledge-based industries instead. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's says what he calls a "resistant economy" can effectively counter the sanctions. This month the European Union enforced a ban on oil... more »
April 15, 2012 11:42 PM
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. hasn't "given away anything" to Iran in the latest round of talks over the Islamic republic's nuclear program. Obama is responding to criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who says the U.S. and world powers gave Iran a "freebie"... more »
March 31, 2012 10:29 AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran and six world powers have agreed to meet in Istanbul on April 13 for the latest round of talks about Iran's nuclear program. Clinton made the announcement at a news conference Saturday following a security conference... more »
March 7, 2012 3:07 PM
VIENNA (AP) - Diplomats say spy satellite images of an Iranian military facility show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the site that indicate crews were trying to clean it of radioactive traces. Two of the diplomats told The Associated Press that those traces could have come from what they said... more »
March 5, 2012 8:03 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader said Monday the United States should use overwhelming military force against Iran if American intelligence shows that Tehran has decided to build a nuclear weapon or it has started to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level, a bold call certain to reverberate in U.S.-Israeli... more »
March 4, 2012 11:34 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he prefers to use diplomacy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but he is making it clear that he won't "hesitate to use force" when necessary to defend the U.S. and its interests. Obama also says in a speech to a pro-Israel... more »
January 15, 2012 12:14 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian pro-reform newspaper says the country's OPEC governor has warned the country's Arab neighbors that Tehran will view any increase in crude production to counterbalance a potential embargo on Iranian oil as an unfriendly act. A Sunday report by Shargh daily quotes Mohammad Ali Khatibi... more »
January 8, 2012 11:23 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian newspaper quotes a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard as saying that Tehran's leadership has decided to order the closure of the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if the country's oil exports are blocked. Khorasan daily reported Sunday... more »
December 18, 2011 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says Iran will find it hard to exploit any data or technology aboard the captured CIA stealth drone because of measures taken to limit the intelligence value of drones when they operate in hostile territory. The official also says the U.S. is convinced that... more »
September 26, 2011 5:42 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Two hikers detained in Iran for years are back in the United States and are detailing the difficult conditions in the Tehran prison where they were held in near-isolation on spying allegations.
Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer arrived in New York on Sunday. They declared... more »
September 18, 2011 11:52 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran says he is waiting for a second, key signature on bail arrangements for a possible release of his clients, convicted of spying. Masoud Shafiei says he is back in court on Sunday, trying to complete the paperwork on... more »
September 17, 2011 8:25 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The defense attorney for two jailed Americans in Iran says he is moving ahead with bail arrangements in exchange for a possible release of U.S. hikers, convicted of spying.
Masoud Shafiei says he is in court on Saturday, "following up the case" of Shane Bauer... more »
September 13, 2011 3:43 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The families of two American hikers jailed in Iran for more than two years say they're "overjoyed" that the men may soon be released.
In a statement Tuesday, the families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal call the news "a huge relief." The families say they... more »
August 21, 2011 6:41 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Tehran's chief prosecutor confirms that two American men arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to 8 years in prison on charges that include espionage.
Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi is quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency on... more »
August 20, 2011 11:05 AM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state TV is reporting that two American men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each on charges of espionage and illegal entry.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been held since July 2009 after being... more »
January 21, 2011 12:28 PM
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - A reunited group of former Iranian hostages is getting a rousing welcome from West Point cadets 30 years after returning to U.S. soil.
Thousands of cadets cheered on more than a dozen former hostages visiting the U.S. Military Academy for a weekend reunion starting... more »
September 14, 2010 7:25 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - American Sarah Shourd says she's grateful to Iran's president and other officials for her release from a Tehran prison, calling it an "humanitarian gesture."
Shourd was flown out of captivity into the arms of her mother waiting in Oman today. She was released after arrangements... more »
September 14, 2010 9:43 AM
American hiker Sarah Shourd was released from an Iranian prison on Tuesday after being held for more than a year under suspicion of spying, NBC News reported.
Shourd, 32, was among one of three Americans apprehended by Iranian security forces near the border with northern Iraq in July 2009.... more »
September 9, 2010 6:02 PM
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's envoy to the United Nations has confirmed that a female American held for more than a year will be released.
Iran had earlier announced that one of the three Americans captured by Iran in July 2009 would be released to mark the holidays at... more »
July 1, 2010 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will sign legislation Thursday imposing tough new sanctions against Iran as further punishment for the country's unwillingness to give up its ambitions of becoming a nuclear power.
The House and Senate acted in quick succession last week to overwhelmingly approve the penalties targeting... more »
June 24, 2010 7:28 PM
WASHINGTON - Congress has overwhelmingly approved tough new sanctions against Iran, sending a message to the Tehran government that its suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability will not come without an economic price.
The Senate and House acted in quick succession to agree to the new penalties targeting... more »
May 20, 2010 8:27 AM
Iran's state-run Press TV says three Americans jailed in Iran are meeting with their mothers.
Press TV broadcast footage of Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal hugging and kissing their mothers, who wore long black headscarves and held bouquets of flowers.
The trio's mothers arrived in Tehran... more »
April 22, 2010 8:41 AM
A senior defense official says the U.S. has ruled out a military strike against Iran anytime soon.
Senior Pentagon policy adviser Michele Flournoy says the U.S. would rather pursue economic sanctions if Tehran is moving toward building a nuclear weapon. Flournoy says a military strike against Iran would be... more »
March 22, 2010 11:13 AM
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is vowing that the Obama administration will not accept a nuclear armed Iran and is now working on sanctions "that will bite" to press it to come clean about its suspect atomic program.
In remarks prepared for delivery in a speech to a... more »
February 19, 2010 8:48 AM
The Army is planning to speed up the destruction of chemical weapons at facilities in Colorado and Kentucky by blowing them up.
Officials say the plan to use explosives is perfectly safe. But environmental activists question that and say the Army is caving in to international pressure. Even speeding... more »
February 11, 2010 8:35 AM
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed Thursday that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions.
Ahmadinejad reiterated to hundreds of thousands of... more »
February 7, 2010 10:25 AM
Sarah Palin says that if President Barack Obama "played the war card," he could improve his chances of being re-elected.
Palin says that declaring war on Iran or showing stronger support for Israel might convince voters that Obama is tougher than they think on national security and doing all... more »
January 2, 2010 9:44 AM
Iran is warning it will produce nuclear fuel on its own if there is no deal to have the West deliver the fuel in exchange for Tehran's enriched uranium by the end of January. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told state TV on Saturday the West must "make a decision" whether... more »
December 14, 2009 9:35 AM
Iran has said they were spying. Now the foreign minister says the three Americans jailed since July will be tried, though he's not saying on what charges. Relatives and the U.S. government say the three were innocently hiking in northern Iraq and accidentally crossed into Iran. The foreign minister's comments... more »
October 1, 2009 10:20 AM
U.S. and Iranian delegates met for rare one-on-one talks as world powers began high-stakes discussions Thursday to demand a halt to Iran's nuclear activities, a U.S. official said.
Under Secretary of State William Burns met with Saeed Jalili, Tehran's chief negotiator, according to U.S. spokesman Robert Wood.
Western... more »
September 29, 2009 12:19 PM
U.S. officials say Iran has notified the Swiss government that it can have access to three Americans who have been detained in Iran since being arrested for illegal entry in late July. The move could be seen as a conciliatory gesture on Iran's part, coming ahead of a meeting between... more »
September 26, 2009 10:15 AM
President Barack Obama says Iran must take action to demonstrate its peaceful intentions following the discovery of a covert nuclear facility. He says if the Islamic republic doesn't fulfill its responsibilities, it will be held accountable by the world's nations. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says "On... more »
September 25, 2009 12:45 PM
The leaders of the U.S., Britain and France are demanding that Iran fully disclose its nuclear ambitions "or be held accountable" to the world community. Amid the disclosure of a secret Iranian nuclear facility today, President Barack Obama declared that Tehran is "breaking rules that all nations must follow" aimed... more »