Iran http://nhpr.org en An Opening In Iran? http://nhpr.org/post/opening-iran <p>After more than three decades of tension and distrust, a new President and his charm offensive have caused hopes for better relations. But skepticism remains&hellip; about what Iran&rsquo;s intentions are &ndash; and how other actors like Syria and Israel could play a role.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><p><strong>Bill Martel</strong>, professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. His most recent book is called &quot;Victory in War&quot;</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35868 at http://nhpr.org An Opening In Iran? In Balancing Act, Turkey Hosts Iranian Nuclear Talks http://nhpr.org/post/balancing-act-turkey-hosts-iranian-nuclear-talks Iran's suspect nuclear program will again be in the spotlight this weekend when negotiators from Iran and six international powers meet in Istanbul.<p>Iran was reluctant to have Turkey host the meeting, reflecting Iran's growing unhappiness with Turkish foreign policy moves, especially its call for regime change in Syria, Iran's key ally in the Arab world.<p>Analyst and columnist Yavuz Baydar says Turkey has stuck its neck out for Iran in the past, defending what it calls Iran's peaceful nuclear energy program and even voting against U.N. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 02:18:13 +0000 Peter Kenyon 3127 at http://nhpr.org In Balancing Act, Turkey Hosts Iranian Nuclear Talks Facing Tougher Sanctions, Iran Enters Nuclear Talks http://nhpr.org/post/facing-tougher-sanctions-iran-enters-nuclear-talks For the first time in more than a year, diplomats from Iran will meet with representatives from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany.<p>The meeting, to be held in Istanbul this weekend, will focus on Iran's controversial nuclear program.<p>When similar talks have taken place in the past, Iranian officials tended to use the sessions to complain about the ways the U.S. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 07:05:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 3107 at http://nhpr.org Facing Tougher Sanctions, Iran Enters Nuclear Talks Who's selling Iran the gear to spy on its own people? http://nhpr.org/post/whos-selling-iran-gear-spy-its-own-people <p>An investigative journalist unpacks the contract between a Chinese company and Iran's telecommunications network.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:05:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2771 at http://nhpr.org Who's selling Iran the gear to spy on its own people? Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions http://nhpr.org/post/iranians-feel-bite-tougher-sanctions No nation has been sanctioned so frequently, and so thoroughly, as the Islamic Republic of Iran. For more than 30 years, the country has been under some kind of punitive economic measure.<p>The goal has been to prevent Iran from receiving and using the billions of dollars in oil profits that finance its nuclear program.<p>But none have been tougher, according to President Obama, than the sanctions his administration has imposed on Iran's banking system.<p>The evidence suggests that these sanctions have made it difficult for Iran to carry out international transactions. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2516 at http://nhpr.org Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality? http://nhpr.org/post/war-iran-rhetoric-or-reality In recent weeks and days, the divisions over how to deal with Iran and its nuclear program have sharpened. The only undisputed fact is that Iran is developing a nuclear energy program, but after that things get murky.<p>Israel and some European countries believe Iran is moving toward a nuclear weapons program, but U.S. intelligence agencies disagree. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 23:01:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2419 at http://nhpr.org A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality? Obama, Netanyahu Differ On How To Deal With Iran http://nhpr.org/post/obama-netanyahu-differ-how-deal-iran In several hours of talks, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to have different timelines and red lines on the issue of Iran's nuclear program: Obama said he prefers diplomacy and pressure; the Israeli leader made clear his country reserves the right to attack pre-emptively, saying Israel must remain master of its fate.<p>Obama tried to do a couple of things in Monday's meeting with Netanyahu at the White House. One was to reassure Israel that the U.S. is determined to keep nuclear weapons out of Iranian hands. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 2320 at http://nhpr.org Obama, Netanyahu Differ On How To Deal With Iran Atomic Energy Chief: Iran Hasn't Resolved Questions http://nhpr.org/post/atomic-energy-chief-iran-hasnt-resolved-questions The troubled relationship between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency doesn't appear to be getting any better.<p>Back in February, senior agency delegations traveled twice to Iran to clarify its concerns about possible nuclear weapons work.<p>And on Monday, the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, said Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation that would allow the agency to give credible assurances that Iran's nuclear work is entirely peaceful.<p>"The agency continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," Amano said in Vienna, Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:41:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2304 at http://nhpr.org Atomic Energy Chief: Iran Hasn't Resolved Questions In Iran's Election, Not All Candidates Are Welcome http://nhpr.org/post/irans-election-not-all-candidates-are-welcome Iran holds parliamentary elections on Friday, the first since the disputed, and many believe fraudulent, presidential election in 2009.<p>But unlike that presidential poll, candidates seeking to take on the country's conservative rulers will not be taking part Friday; they are mostly under house arrest or have been in prison for years now.<p>The focus will be on which conservatives end up on top and how many votes are cast.<p>Iran's leaders desperately want to avoid a repeat of the presidential election three year as ago that plunged the country into turmoil. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:55:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2254 at http://nhpr.org In Iran's Election, Not All Candidates Are Welcome What's Behind The Recent Hike In Gas Prices? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-behind-recent-hike-gas-prices Oil prices have jumped sharply in the past two weeks, and the price of gasoline is also moving up. Across the country, a gallon of regular costs nearly $3.60 on average, with some areas facing $4 gas. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:05:00 +0000 John Ydstie 2079 at http://nhpr.org What's Behind The Recent Hike In Gas Prices? 'On The Table': Options For Ending The Iran Standoff http://nhpr.org/post/table-options-ending-iran-standoff It was one of the more surreal photo ops this week: Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, live on Iranian TV, visiting a nuclear reactor. Ahmadinejad trumpeted his country's nuclear progress, but denied, once again, that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.<p>In Washington, officials weren't buying it.<p>They rushed to repeat the official U.S. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 1980 at http://nhpr.org 'On The Table': Options For Ending The Iran Standoff Iran Ups The Ante With More Nuclear Moves http://nhpr.org/post/iran-ups-ante-more-nuclear-moves Iran has unveiled significant developments on two important components of its nuclear program: the centrifuges used to enrich uranium and the uranium used to fuel a research reactor.<p>The country has made no secret of its work in these areas. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:31:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 1954 at http://nhpr.org Iran Ups The Ante With More Nuclear Moves Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long? http://nhpr.org/post/iran-can-disrupt-key-waterway-how-long The dispute over Iran's nuclear program has again rocked oil markets. And Iran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, which is just 34 miles wide yet serves as the passageway for 20 percent of the world's oil.<p>This is not a new drama. In fact, it was a recurring issue in the 1980s. Still, there's been relatively little activity among Gulf oil producers to find alternative routes to get their oil to market.<p>The United Arab Emirates is one of the few that has made a serious effort. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 1913 at http://nhpr.org Iran Can Disrupt Key Waterway, But For How Long?