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Iranian supreme leader not optimistic about nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said nuclear talks between Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries won't be successful but he won't object to them.
Ayatollah: U.S. lying about desire for regime change

Ayatollah: U.S. lying about desire for regime change

TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader said the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in the Islamic republic.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Switzerland for talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Switzerland Tuesday to meet with participants of two groups discussing a political end to Syria's bloody civil war.

Iran's Rouhani takes on Revolutionary Guards in detente drive

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, faces a crucial year that could produce a historic détente between the Islamic Republic and The Great Satan to end 35 years of fierce confrontation and dramatically alter the Middle East's geopolitical landscape.
A new dictator takes Iraq to the brink

A new dictator takes Iraq to the brink

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The violent arrest in Iraq of leading Sunni Member of Parliament Ahmed al-Alwani marks yet another step in that country's rapid descent into sectarian anarchy and civil war.
STRUAN STEVENSON, UPI Outside View Commentator
Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the country's missiles are capable of hitting Israel and said Israel will be "eliminated" if Iran is attacked.

Iran's Zarif warns against further sanctions during Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says any new sanctions by the United States would undermine the interim nuclear pact reached last month in Geneva.
Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Iran’s mullahs believe Allah placed a 21st-century Neville Chamberlain in the White House at a most critical time. Unfortunately, they may be right.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
IAEA head says Iran invited inspectors to visit two nuke facilities

IAEA head says Iran invited inspectors to visit two nuke facilities

LONDON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Iran has invited inspectors to visit a nuclear facility covered by an agreement reached with Western powers, the head of the inspection agency said Thursday.

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.
WH: Additional Iran sanctions 'complicates' latest diplomatic effort

WH: Additional Iran sanctions 'complicates' latest diplomatic effort

TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Imposing more sanctions against Iran before giving diplomacy a chance would "undermine our credibility" on the sanctions' goals, the White House said Tuesday.

After Iran-U.S. deal, a changing of the Guards?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- One of the big questions raised by the ground-breaking rapprochement between Iran and the West, and the diplomatic triumph of Iran's new reformist president, is how the Revolutionary Guards, the country's elite military force, will take to the move away from decades of ideological hostility toward the West.

Kerry to travel to Switzerland for Iran nuke talks

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Switzerland "to help narrow the differences" in negotiations in Iran's nuclear program, the State Department said.
Netanyahu: No nuclear weapons for Iran

Netanyahu: No nuclear weapons for Iran

MOSCOW, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Iran must not be allowed nuclear weapons, Israel's prime minister said Thursday in meeting members of the Jewish community in Moscow.
Crude oil treads water as Iran nuclear talks begin in Geneva

Crude oil treads water as Iran nuclear talks begin in Geneva

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices slid marginally Wednesday morning, holding above $93 per barrel in New York with traders focused on the fate of sanctions against Iran.

World powers try to reach nuclear deal

(UPI) --World powers will meet in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday in order to try and hash out a deal regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Justin Salhani
Rallies in Tehran mark 34th anniversary of U.S. Embassy takeover

Rallies in Tehran mark 34th anniversary of U.S. Embassy takeover

TEHRAN, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Iranian demonstrators marking the 34th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran, ended rallies Monday with an anti-U.S. statement
Israel: Don't make partial agreement with Iran on nuke program

Israel: Don't make partial agreement with Iran on nuke program

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Israel Tuesday warned world leaders meeting in Geneva not to make a partial agreement with Iran about dismantling its nuclear program.

Mosques -- Smiling dens of iniquity?

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- It is appropriate to apply an old biblical term "den of iniquity" to mosques as the New York City Police Department has been doing for some Islamic centers.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Why U.S. is losing Iraq and why Iran can't afford to

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- At times in U.S. history its leaders failed to "get the message" of a national security threat, suffering dire consequences as a result.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Netanyahu: Rouhani doesn't lead Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei does

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday Iran's real leader isn't President Hassan Rouhani, but Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah backs Iranian president's talks in New York

Ayatollah backs Iranian president's talks in New York

TEHRAN, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has expressed support for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's participation in renewed talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Iran releases 80 inmates, including Iranian-Canadian on death row

TEHRAN, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Iran freed 80 prisoners this week, with a Toronto woman saying one of them was her husband who spent four of his five-plus years in custody on death row.

White House open to Obama-Rouhani exchange

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The White House is open to a direct exchange between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations, senior U.S. officials said.
U.N. envoy: Weapons inspectors confirm presence of chemical substance

U.N. envoy: Weapons inspectors confirm presence of chemical substance

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Evidence indicates a chemical substance was used to kill hundreds of people near Damascus last week, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Wednesday.
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