Tag: nuclear

Shirin Ebadi: Arrangements Should Not be Made to Conflict With People’s Interests

  Rooz spoke with prominent Iranian human rights activist and Nobel Peace prize winner about the impact of the recent nuclear framework agreement between Iran and the five major powers in Lausanne, Switzerland. Here are the excerpts. Rooz: Do you believe that as the West and Iran come to an understanding on the nuclear program, human rights issues will be pushed to the side? Ebadi: While this agreement has not provided anything to Iran, it […]

Iranian Foreign Minister Summoned To Explain Walk With Kerry

  Iranian state media reported on January 25 that parliament has summoned Foreign Minister Javid Zarif to appear and explain his recent stroll with U.S. counterpart John Kerry during nuclear negotiations in Geneva. Zarif, who leads Tehran’s talks with the so-called P5+1 group of nations (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States, plus Germany), took a 15-minute walk with Kerry on January 14 through the streets of Geneva. On January 24, Iranian newspapers reported […]

Iranian currency tumbles further in wake of nuclear extension

  The exchange rate for the dollar rose even higher in Tehran with every dollar being traded at 3,520 toumans on Sunday November 30 Mehr News Agency reports. ISNA reported the dollar was traded at 3560 toumans on Sunday afternoon which is the highest rate of exchange for the dollar since Hassan Rohani took power last year. The steep fall in the value of the Iranian currency began when the nuclear negotiations in Vienna were […]

Thirty percent increase in bread prices apporved

  Mohammad Bagher Nobakht spokesman for the Rohani administration announced that bakeries can increase bread prices up to 30 percent starting Monday December 1. HE added that wheat subsidies will be paid as usual and up to 30 percent increase in retail prices of bread is approved for bakeries to meet their costs. Bakeries have been under pressure as inflation has increased their costs but government regulations did not allow an increase in price of […]

Senior U.S., Iranian Officials To Meet In Geneva

  The U.S. State Department says senior U.S. and Iranian officials will meet on June 9 and June 10 in Geneva for talks ahead of the next round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers on Iran’s nuclear program. Washington said June 7 the U.S. delegation will be led by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who conducted the secret negotiations that helped bring about the Nov. 24 interim nuclear agreement between Iran […]

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Ashton Meet In Istanbul

  Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Zarif and the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are meeting in Istanbul May 26 and May 27 to discuss Teheran’s nuclear program, sources tell RFE/RL. The meeting comes ahead of the next round of official negotiations between Iran and the five permanent member of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Vienna on June 16. The previous round of negotiations in Vienna earlier this month ended in disappointment […]

EU Opens a new Chapter

  The repeated international negative reports on the appalling conditions of human rights in Iran have gradually turned into a judgment of Hassan Rouhani and his administration. First UN Secretary General Banki Moon announced to the Security Council that Rouhani has not taken any effective steps in addressing human rights issues despite his promises on this and that no progress had been made on improving freedom of speech and ideas. Then came the US State […]

EU’s Ashton Invited To Visit Iran

  Iran has invited EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has been closely involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, to visit the Islamic republic. Iran’s Mehr news agency on January 11 quoted a deputy of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying Ashton had been invited to visit Tehran whenever she wants. The invitation was announced one day after progress was reported in talks between Iran and world powers on how to implement the interim […]

Tehran Says New U.S. Sanctions ‘Against Spirit’ Of Deal

  Iran’s deputy foreign minister says new U.S. measures targeting individuals and companies for supporting Tehran’s nuclear program are “against the spirit” of a deal reached in Geneva last month. Abbas Araghchi, who is on Iran’s negotiating team, said on December 13 that his government is evaluating the situation after the United States the previous day added more names to a blacklist under sanctions aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining the means to construct nuclear […]

New Sanctions Would Sabotage Nuclear Talks and Stymie Human Rights in Iran

  The United States Congress should not impose further sanctions on Iran while the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries are ongoing as adopting new sanctions will seriously jeopardize all efforts to end Iran’s nuclear standoff and worsen their impact on ordinary Iranians, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. In a meeting with the US Senate Banking Committee on November 13, Senator Mark Kirk suggested including additional sanctions on Iran […]

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