Iran honouring nuclear deal but nearing heavy-water limit again -IAEA

By Francois Murphy VIENNA, Jun 2 : Iran has stayed within limits on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with world powers but is close to once again breaching a ceiling on its stock of one chemical, a quarterly report by the UN atomic watchdog showed today. The report was the second since […]

Rouhani faces pressure to improve human rights in Iran

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, May 30 : In the week before the May 19 presidential election in Iran, the eventual victor, Hassan Rouhani, criticised the judiciary and the powerful Revolutionary Guards with rhetoric rarely heard in public in the Islamic republic. Now, in the eyes of his supporters, it is time to deliver. Millions of […]

Hardliner Raisi claims voter fraud in Iranian presidential election

By Babak Dehghanpisheh Undated, May 29 : Defeated hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi has complained of voter fraud in Iran’s presidential election and called on the judiciary and the election watchdog to investigate, the semi-official Fars news agency said today. The allegations, likely to stoke up Raisi’s conservative supporters, were among his strongest since losing the […]

Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran

By Parisa Hafezi and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI/LONDON, May 22 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism of the Islamic Republic from US President Donald Trump who is visiting the region. Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries on […]

Iran hardliners sulk after Rouhani win, say they must be heard

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, May 21 : Iranian hardliners indignant at President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election vowed today to press their conservative agenda, with some saying his caustic campaign trail attacks on their candidate would bring a backlash. Rouhani won decisively with 57 per cent of the vote on Friday, with promises of more engagement with […]

US calls on Iran to halt support for ‘destabilizing forces’

By Yeganeh Torbati and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, May 20 : The United States today said it hoped Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s newly re-elected president, will halt his country’s support for “destabilizing forces”, end ballistic missile tests and carry out democratic reforms during his second term. “We hope that if Rouhani wanted to change Iran’s relationship with […]