Unlike Netanyahu, Israeli generals go along with Iran deal

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strident denunciations of the move toward a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement and efforts by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington to undo the interim agreement reached in Geneva Sunday, influential former military and intelligence chiefs think otherwise.
Rouhani's election

Rouhani's election

HERNDON, Va., July 2 (UPI) -- Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani is likely to take nuclear discussions “back to the past.”
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

TEHRAN, June 13 (UPI) -- With the Revolutionary Guards poised to crash down on any political protests, Iran goes to the polls Friday in a presidential election in which the real winner will be the Islamic Republic's dour supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

What to make of Rafsanjani's disqualification

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The Iranian regime's presidential election took dramatic turns last week when the Guardian Council disqualified former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
ALIREZA JAFARZADEH, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iran: 'The Shark' challenges regime in poll

TEHRAN, May 13 (UPI) -- The last-minute entry of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani into June's Iranian elections poses a major challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rafsanjani throws curve into Iranian elections

TEHRAN, May 11 (UPI) -- The front-runners for the upcoming Iranian presidential election include a former president and a top aide to the current leader, election officials said.

Is Iran widening its shadow war with West?

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 (UPI) -- Cases in Kenya and Nigeria suggests Iran is using Africa as a new front is it's clandestine war against the United States and Israel.

Iran: Hard-liners play rough as poll nears

TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The arrest of two children of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani days is seen as an attempt to ensure he doesn't run in 2013 presidential elections.
Rafsanjani says sanction threat is serious

Rafsanjani says sanction threat is serious

TEHRAN, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The leadership in Tehran should address the pressure from international economic sanctions seriously, a former reformist president warned.

Rafsanjani reacts to Alavi seizure

TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The United States and its allies know full well that Iran has no intention of developing nuclear weapons, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said.

Opposition growing in Iran, scholar says

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- The Iranian opposition is gaining political momentum as civil demonstrations dwindle in the wake of the June 12 presidential election, scholars say.
Khamenei dismisses riots as interference

Khamenei dismisses riots as interference

TEHRAN, July 20 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader, in a speech Monday, dismissed the riots after the country's presidential election as the result of interference by foreign governments.
Rafsanjani: Iran in crisis since election

Rafsanjani: Iran in crisis since election

TEHRAN, July 17 (UPI) -- Iran is in crisis after its disputed presidential election, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said Friday as he urged trust-building measures.

Rafsanjani to sue Ahmadinejad for slander

TEHRAN, June 5 (UPI) -- The family of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced Friday it will sue President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for slander.

Rafsanjani: Iran nuke power to serve peace

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 12 (UPI) -- Iranian senior cleric Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Iran's nuclear capacity will be used to serve peace and cooperate with others.

Iran's President purges bureaucracy

TEHERAN, Iran, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Strengthening his hold on power Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed hundreds of revolutionary guards officers to senior government positions.

Rafsanjani urges democratic Iraq

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- One of Iran's top leaders has pledged support for a democratic government in neighboring Iraq.

Senior Iranian cleric blasts IAEA decision

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A senior Iranian cleric Friday blasted a call by the U.N. nuclear watchdog for Iran to halt sensitive nuclear activities as "unfair and extremely unjust."

West criticism of Ahmadinejad downplayed

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 7 (UPI) -- An Iranian diplomat Thursday brushed aside Western criticisms of President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as aimed at portraying Iran as non-democratic.

Rafsanjani won't challenge election result

TEHRAN, July 5 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will not challenge the result of the presidential election which he lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Yemen president congratulates Ahmednejad

SANAA, Yemen, June 27 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh Monday congratulated newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmednejad, wishing him success in leading his country.

Rafsanjani supports elected Iran president

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Sunday urged Iranians to support president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Rafsanjani says hardliners spent funds

TEHRAN, June 25 (UPI) -- Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Saturday accused conservatives in the government of using public funds against him.

Iran closes vote-critical newspapers

TEHRAN, June 21 (UPI) -- Clerics in Iran on Tuesday suspended publication of three newspapers because their editors criticized last week's presidential elections.

Iran ex-president to face Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, June 19 (UPI) -- The former president of Iran is set to face off against the mayor of Tehran in a runoff presidential election next week.
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