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Iran and Future Approach to Nuclear Negotiations
Friday, July 27, 2012

West seeks to increase sanctions against Iran because it believes that it can use sanctions as a bargaining chip and influence the positions of the Iranian side. The unilateral sanctions, however, have not been simply imposed in order to influence Iran's nuclear activities, but they are also aimed at make Iran change its views and reduce its capacities in various fields.

Why the West Opposes Annan Plan for Syria?
Thursday, July 26, 2012

A recent visit to Iran by special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, Kofi Annan, in early July and the following announcement by Tehran that it is ready to mediate and host a meeting between the Syrian government and opposition were major turning points in Iran’s role in solving the ongoing Syrian crisis. What will happen to Syria? This question has been frequently asked in public circles by people. In the following interview with Iran’s former ambassador to Syria, Hossein Sheikholeslam, we have tried to find an answer to this question.

Why US Opposes Iran's Role in Syria?
Friday, July 20, 2012

The former secretary-general of the United Nations who has already traveled to Iran and Iraq in continuation of his efforts to solve the Syrian crisis through peaceful means still insists that Iran should play a crucial role in Syria due to the high trust that the incumbent Syrian President Bashar Assad puts in Tehran. However, just as much as Annan insists on presence of Tehran in Syria, the Americans reject the idea noting that Iran's role cannot be constructive in the crisis-hit country.

The War on Iran Is already Underway
Monday, July 16, 2012

They're already attacking Iran! We are living in incredibly dangerous times and an attack, by mistake or by design, could come at any moment. Just U.S./EU destabilization of Syria is heralding new problems of extremism in the Middle East and giving succor to the brutal authorities in Tel Aviv. Already their assassination programs are in train in Tehran, where scientists are being killed.

Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee on War, Peace and Nukes
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee’s spoke with Al-Monitor correspondents Barbara Slavin and Laura Rozen on July 10 2012. Read excerpts from the wide-ranging conversation.

West’s Confusion in Interaction with Iran
Thursday, July 12, 2012

What we see today in the West’s conduct toward Iran is that Western countries are still suffering from serious weaknesses in their approach to and calculations about future developments. Such weaknesses will, in practice, put political conditions, developments and trends on the wrong track. In order to analyze Western countries’ positions on the issue of international sanctions against Iran, the following interview has been conducted with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior expert on strategic issues.

Expert Meetings, the Sole Result of Moscow Talks
Friday, June 22, 2012

Certain members of the P5+1 -- which include the United States, the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany -- had made up their mind to enter negotiations with the old agenda on the table. The Iranian side, meanwhile, expected to receive a clear response to its proposed package during Moscow negotiations which would set the course of future interactions.

Iran, Eurasian Axis and Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

There are many reasons for the opposition of China and Russia to Iran's full membership. In the first place, China and Russia are not willing for the organization to get involved in Iran's nuclear case and Tehran’s dispute with the West by granting full membership to Iran. On the other hand, Iran may have not taken sufficient steps to convince other member countries to support its membership bid. The reason for this is existence of some doubts about advantages of Iran's membership in the SCO on the basis of a simple cost and benefit calculation.

Iran Prepares for Moscow
Friday, June 8, 2012

Talks between the world powers and Iran in Baghdad late last month produced few tangible results, save an agreement to continue for another round set in Moscow. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke to Kaveh L Afrasiabi in an exclusive interview for Asia Times Online, before the IAEA met with Iran on Friday.

Iran's Nuclear Case: West's “Empty Spoon” Policy
Sunday, June 3, 2012

While the American and Israeli officials are threatening Iran over its efforts to achieve peaceful nuclear energy, certain regional Arab countries are also getting attuned to US and Israel’s policies. The reason is that Arabs are trying by incriminating Iran to start an arms race in the region and create strategic friction. As the third round of nuclear talks between Iran and group P5+1 [US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany] approaches, we are witnessing escalation of warmongering and threatening remarks by the American officials on Iran.

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