Iran

Washington seeks alliance with Tehran as civil war in Iraq intensifies

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2014

The fact that the United States is publicly asking for Iran’s help is a measure of the desperation of American policy makers as Washington’s decades-long policy in Iraq and the broader Middle East implodes under the weight of its own contradictions.

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program stall

By Peter Symonds, 20 May 2014

The US is insisting that Iran largely dismantle its nuclear facilities before crippling international sanctions are lifted.

Iran slashes price subsidies, auctions off public assets to European capital

By Sahand Avetis and Keith Jones, 14 May 2014

In close collaboration with the IMF, Iran’s government is eliminating price subsidies and accelerating the sell-off of public assets.

Flouting international law, US bars Iran’s UN ambassador

By Keith Jones, 22 April 2014

In a flagrant violation of Iran’s rights, the US is barring Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from taking up his seat at UN headquarters in New York.

Ukraine coup intensifies conflicts within Iran’s elite

By Keith Jones, 15 March 2014

While Iran has signaled its readiness to reach an accommodation with Washington, there are huge apprehensions and bitter internal conflicts over this course of action.

US dictates terms in international talks with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2014

The Vienna negotiations produced nothing more than a broad framework for further talks.

US intensifies pressure on Iran as talks on permanent nuclear pact begin

By Keith Jones, 18 February 2014

In the four weeks since an interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the P-6 came into force, Washington has ratcheted up its pressure on Iran, including threatening war.

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline stalled

By Alan Leigh, 15 February 2014

Uncertainty over the pipeline is another symptom of sharpening regional rivalries.

Growing unease in Iran over rapprochement with Washington

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2014

Serious differences within Iran’s ruling elite over the attempted rapprochement with Washington have been repeatedly voiced in recent days.

US threatens French companies with sanctions over Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2014

The Obama administration has reacted to the arrival of a major French business delegation in Tehran with barely disguised hostility.

Iranian president declares country “open for business”

By Keith Jones, 27 January 2014

Iran’s president travelled to the World Economic Forum in order to woo the world financial elite and reiterate the Islamic Republic’s eagerness to reach an accommodation with Washington.

With Syria talks in disarray, UN yanks invitation to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2014

Plans for talks on a political settlement of the three-year-old war in Syria were thrown into disarray Monday, just two days before the talks were set to open in Switzerland.

With Iran accord, US shifts tactics, not predatory aims

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2014

Obama’s claim that he aims to “give peace a chance” is a lie. Washington has not retreated one inch from its rapacious drive to assert hegemony in the Middle East and Asia.

US excludes Iran from Syria conference

By Keith Jones, 14 January 2014

One day after the US gave its assent to a six-month interim deal with Iran, US and Russian officials clashed over Iran’s role in upcoming Geneva talks on Syria.

Iran and US finalize interim nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2014

Negotiations to implement the interim agreement proved protracted, as the US and the EU sought to extort additional concessions from Tehran.

Syria conference, Iranian deal hang in balance as US steps up bullying

By Keith Jones, 10 January 2014

Washington is intensifying efforts to use the upcoming international conference on Syria to remove Bashar al-Assad, while seeking fresh concessions from Iran.

Iran offers major concessions to US and European oil giants

By Alan Leigh, 9 January 2014

The offer of lucrative energy contracts shows that much more is being discussed behind closed doors at international talks with Iran than its nuclear program.

Implementation of US-Iran interim nuclear deal stalls

By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013

Negotiations on implementing the US-designed nuclear deal with Iran have stalled, leading Iranian officials to publicly question whether it will unravel.

Saudi Arabia angered by US-Iran rapprochement

By Jean Shaoul, 17 December 2013

The main thrust of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy—its opposition to Iran and the “Shia arc”—has been undermined by Washington.

Missing US citizen in Iran identified as CIA spy

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2013

A former FBI agent missing in Iran since 2007 has been identified as a covert CIA spy, exposing as lies US claims that he went to the country on private business.

Behind the US negotiations with Iran

By Keith Jones, 4 December 2013

What the media describe as Obama’s “turn toward diplomacy” is an attempt to reposition US imperialism to confront China and Russia.

US in secret talks with Hezbollah

By Keith Jones, 30 November 2013

The revelation of the US-Hezbollah talks comes just days after the US and its allies reached an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

Claiming nuclear deal “victory,” Tehran signals readiness to ally with US

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2013

After reaching an interim nuclear deal last week, Iran is preparing to make far-reaching concessions to US oil and foreign policy interests.

Momentum builds around US nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 26 November 2013

The aim of US imperialism remains the securing of untrammeled dominance over Middle Eastern oil and the Eurasian land mass.

Interim agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2013

Over the next six months, the US and its European allies will undoubtedly intensify the pressure on Iran for further major concessions.

Geneva talks on Iran resume while war threat remains

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2013

The international negotiations are bound up with economic and geo-political considerations that go far beyond Iran’s nuclear programs.

Terrorist attack at Iranian embassy in Lebanon kills 23, wounds 140

By Keith Jones, 20 November 2013

The bombing, coming the day before the resumption of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, aimed to ratchet up tensions throughout the Middle East.

Warning of war, Obama administration presses for talks with Iran

By Keith Jones, 16 November 2013

The Obama administration is pressing the US Congress and its allies not to scuttle negotiations aiming to extract deep concessions from the Iranian regime.

International talks stall on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 11 November 2013

The tensions within the P5+1 grouping underline the fact that all the major powers have significant economic and strategic interests at stake.

Geneva talks on Iran’s nuclear programs extended

By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2013

Even an interim deal in Geneva faces considerable opposition among American allies in the Middle East and in the US Congress.

Officials signal possible deal in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013

US President Barack Obama told NBC News yesterday evening that there is “the possibility of a phased agreement” with Iran in ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

In run-up to nuclear talks

Iranians protest en masse against US aggression

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2013

The officially-sanctioned demonstration became a show of strength by sections of the Iranian elite wary of the new government’s attempted rapprochement with the US.

Geneva talks to restart on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2013

The Obama administration has signalled that there will be no significant reduction in the economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

US vows to enforce punitive sanctions until Iran brought to heel

By Keith Jones, 31 October 2013

The Obama administration has served notice that it intends to extract concession after concession from Tehran over its nuclear program.

Iran’s government criticised over nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2013

Divisions have emerged in Tehran’s ruling circles over President Rouhani’s efforts to strike a deal with Washington to end economic sanctions.

Further talks scheduled on Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2013

The tone of optimism that pervades much of the press coverage is completely at odds with the gulf that exists between Washington and Tehran.

Iran offers “new beginning” in hope of some respite from punitive US-led sanctions

By Keith Jones, 16 October 2013

Under a US threat to impose still harsher economic sanctions against Iran, representatives of Iran and the P-6—the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany—yesterday began two days of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

International talks begin on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 15 October 2013

The US has made already clear that it expects major Iranian concessions for the talks to proceed.

US and Iran at loggerheads over Syria conference

By Keith Jones, 11 October 2013

Iran has rejected US preconditions for its participation in international talks on a “political solution” to the war in Syria—the so-called Geneva Two conference.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei issues caution on moves for US-Iran talks

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

Trying to ontain the divisions within Iran’s ruling elite, Khamenei issued a caution concerning an Iranian rapprochement with the US.

Reputed head of Iran’s cyberwar program assassinated

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2013

Several Western news sources are reporting that the head of Iran’s cyberwar program was killed in an assassination.

Fearing war and social unrest, Iran’s bourgeois regime seeks rapprochement with Washington

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2013

Iran’s political establishment and press are presenting the trip the country’s new president made to New York and the United Nations General Assembly last week as a diplomatic triumph.

US and Iranian presidents talk by telephone

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2013

International talks over Iran’s nuclear program restart, but sanctions and the threat of war remain.

UN Security Council backs US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical disarmament

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2013

While US officials tried to present the UN resolution as a triumph for their diplomatic agenda, the risk of a broad regional war remains.

US, Iran meet in nuclear talks

By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met Thursday in the highest-level talks between the two countries since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Iranian president appeals at UN for deal with Washington

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2013

The Iranian regime is desperate to end the punitive sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy and threaten to trigger social unrest.

US and Iran set to meet at UN

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2013

The US and Iran are scheduled to hold their first high level discussions since before the 1979 revolution that overthrew the US-backed dictatorship of the Shah.

US threatens war while considering talks with Syria, Iran

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2013

US officials are preparing a possible meeting between Iranian President Rouhani and President Obama at the UN General Assembly next week.

Iranian president calls for dialogue with the US

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2013

Obama will exploit any talks with Tehran to obtain concessions, while maintaining economic sanctions and the threat of a US military attack.

Obama renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2013

As in the case of Syria’s chemical weapons, Iran’s nuclear programs are simply the pretext for the US to press for regime change in Tehran.

Russia and Iran deepen political and military cooperation

By Clara Weiss, 8 August 2013

There are indications of a shift in Russian-Iranian relations as the war in Syria intensifies.

Azeri-Iranian relations continue to deteriorate

By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2013

Relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, strained for years, are worsening in the face of US and Israeli war preparations against Iran.

“Moderate” cleric wins Iranian presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 17 June 2013

While Rouhini has called for moderation and dialogue with the West, the Obama administration will accept nothing less than complete capitulation to its demands.

Iran goes to the polls amid US threats and sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 13 June 2013

The state apparatus has closely managed the presidential elections amid fears of a renewed US “regime change” operation.

Iran blocks presidential campaign of pro-US candidate Rafsanjani

By Keith Jones, 23 May 2013

Iranian authorities announced Tuesday that the Islamic Republic’s Guardian Council has approved eight candidates to contest the June 14 presidential elections.

Washington’s threat to invade Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2013

US allegations of chemical weapons use by government forces have brought Washington to the brink of war with Syria.

Israel renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2013

The Israeli government’s aim appears to be, in the first instance, to pressure the Obama administration into setting a deadline for a US-led attack on Iran.

US deploys troops to Jordan, prepares to invade Syria

By Alex Lantier, 19 April 2013

US forces deployed by the Obama administration to Jordan will plan for a rapid build-up of 20,000 or more US troops, preparing an invasion of Syria.

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program fail

By Peter Symonds, 8 April 2013

The collapse of the talks heightens the danger of rising tensions, further sanctions and US-led military attacks on Iran.

Pakistan begins construction of Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline

By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 15 March 2013

Amid US threats of sanctions, Pakistan began construction of its portion of a pipeline supplying natural gas from neighbouring Iran.

US Vice President reinforces military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2013

Biden went out of his way to emphasise the Obama administration’s unalloyed support for the Zionist state across all issues.

Talks on Iran’s nuclear program reach no agreement

By Peter Symonds, 28 February 2013

Even if Iran agreed to the latest US-backed offer in full, it would only open the door to further American demands and threats.

US imposes new sanctions on Iran prior to international talks

By Peter Symonds, 9 February 2013

The US is making an “offer” to Iran over its nuclear program that is only marginally different from the one rejected by Tehran last year.

Iranian president publicly accuses rivals of corruption

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2013

The public brawl is another sign of the bitter divisions wracking the Iranian regime in the lead up to presidential elections on June 14.

US claims Iran tried to shoot down drone

By Peter Symonds, 12 November 2012

The incident has the character of a US provocation designed to exacerbate the tense situation in the Persian Gulf.

US sought use of British bases for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 27 October 2012

US access to military bases on Cyprus, Ascension Island and Diego Garcia would significantly boost the Pentagon’s ability to wage round-the-clock air strikes against Iran.

US-Israeli preparations for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2012

The US and Israel are currently conducting their largest-ever joint military exercise to ready Israel’s anti-missile systems for a conflict with Iran.

US Defense Secretary warns of “Pearl Harbor” cyber attack by Iran

By Niall Green, 15 October 2012

In a speech in New York Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the US faced a threat from Iran equivalent to September 11 or the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941.

US, Israel plan joint strikes on Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2012

The US and Israel are planning joint strikes against Iran, according to reports in the Israeli media and Foreign Policy magazine.

US wages economic war on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2012

As in the case of Iraq, the US-led sanctions on Iran are designed to weaken the country in the lead-up to a military attack.

US removes Iranian MEK from terrorist list

By Peter Symonds, 3 October 2012

Whether Washington brands a group as “terrorist” or not is determined purely by whether it serves the interests of American imperialism.

Netanyahu’s war ultimatum at the UN

By Barry Grey, 1 October 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s belligerent and provocative speech last Thursday before the United Nations General Assembly underscored that plans for an unprovoked military attack on Iran are far advanced.

Israeli prime minister lays out path to war with Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2012

In a speech before the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program that would lead to military action in the spring or summer of next year.

US elections conceal preparations for war with Iran

By Barry Grey, 27 September 2012

In the midst of a presidential election campaign, the fact that plans for war against Iran are far advanced is being concealed from the American people.

Israeli leader presses Obama to set trigger for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 18 September 2012

Netanyahu’s remarks were designed to create the false impression that the country is on the brink of building a nuclear weapon.

Obama considers new “red lines” against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2012

The laying down of “red lines”—that is, the triggers for war—would bring the prospect of an unprovoked US attack on Iran one step closer.

UN Secretary-General: Washington’s emissary at Tehran summit

By Peter Symonds, 31 August 2012

Ban Ki-moon used the Non-Aligned Movement gathering to criticise and press the Iranian regime on a range of issues, from nuclear programs to the civil war in Syria.

IAEA talks with Iran break down

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2012

The failure of the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programs has prompted new threats from Israel.

Israeli threats heighten danger of Middle East war

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2012

Regardless of its immediate purpose, Israeli warmongering can only heighten tensions throughout the region and add to the dangers of war.

Memo exposes Israeli war plan against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2012

A leaked memo providing a detailed blueprint for an unprovoked Israeli war against Iran coincides with multiple Israeli media reports indicating that such an attack may be imminent.

Iranian earthquakes leave over 300 dead

By Mark Church, 14 August 2012

The communities affected are remote, with limited transport infrastructure making rescue and relief efforts difficult.

Israel steps up military threats against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned US Defence Secretary Panetta that time was running out for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Israel threatens Iran over Bulgarian bombing

By Peter Symonds, 21 July 2012

The real purpose behind Israel’s unsubstantiated denunciations of Tehran is to create the pretext for military strikes on Iran.

US navy fires on fishing vessel in Persian Gulf

By Peter Symonds, 19 July 2012

The incident reflects the deliberate heightening of tensions in the region by the US as it prepares for war against Iran.

Clinton renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2012

In recent months, the Pentagon has built up its forces in or near the Persian Gulf.

US-Iran confrontation enters dangerous new stage

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2012

The Obama administration has declared that all options, including the military one, remain on the table if Tehran fails to bow to US demands.

US escalates military threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 4 July 2012

The Obama administration has carried out a major buildup of military forces in the Persian Gulf as economic sanctions imposed by both the US and the European Union have sharply escalated tensions with Iran.

US and EU impose crippling sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2012

Together with harsh new US penalties, the EU oil embargo can only raise tensions in the Persian Gulf, heightening the danger of military conflict.

Washington’s hypocrisy over Russian arms in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2012

Western denunciations of Russia for sending back refurbished helicopters to Syria recall nothing so much as the old adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program fail

By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2012

The Moscow summit broke up with no further talks planned between the major powers and Iran other than a low-level technical meeting in Istanbul.

Washington’s “democratic” hypocrisy: The cases of Egypt and Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2012

The hypocrisy of US imperialism’s pretense of promoting democracy on the world arena is manifest in Washington’s markedly different reactions to the Iranian elections of 2009 and the recent military coup in Egypt.

Bleak prospects for talks on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 16 June 2012

If negotiations fail, as appears likely, tensions will rapidly escalate with the imposition of harsh new sanctions on Iran and the heightened threat of a US or Israeli military attack.

US excludes China from Iran sanctions waiver

By Peter Symonds, 13 June 2012

The new sanctions form part of escalating US threats, including of military strikes, to force Iran to shut down key aspects of its nuclear program.

IAEA talks on Iran’s nuclear program collapse

By Peter Symonds, 11 June 2012

The failure of the International Atomic Energy Agency talks sets the stage for a breakdown of the broader international negotiations next week in Moscow.

Growing tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan

By Clara Weiss, 5 June 2012

The reason for strained relations is Azerbaijan’s close collaboration with the United States and Israel in war preparations against Iran.

Obama oversees cyber warfare against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 4 June 2012

The cyber attacks were acts of sabotage that destroyed uranium enrichment centrifuges and forced Iranian technicians to shut down many more.

Washington Post airs another unlikely Iranian assassination plot

By Peter Symonds, 31 May 2012

The article, which claims US officials in Azerbaijan were targetted by Iran, is another attempt to blacken Tehran as new sanctions and war loom.

Tensions with Iran rise after failed Baghdad talks

By Peter Symonds, 29 May 2012

The Baghdad meeting last week broke up without any agreement other than a decision to hold a further round of talks next month in Moscow.

Iranian nuclear talks on brink of collapse

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2012

Two days of negotiations in Baghdad between Iran and the major powers were only salvaged through a last minute proposal for another meeting in Moscow next month.

Baghdad talks on Iran’s nuclear program unresolved

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2012

Sharp differences emerged after the US and its allies unveiled proposals requiring major concessions by Iran, but offering little in return.