the Effects of Economic Sanctions on Iran
How are Iranians being affected by economic sanctions put on the
country by other nations, including the U.S.? Margret Warner reports
on how the sanctions are taking hold.
Sept. 16, 2010
Emerge Among Iran's Conservatives
As Iran's economy struggles with sanctions over its nuclear program,
evidence of cracks among its political hard-liners is appearing.
June 17, 2010
Opposition 'Hibernating' One Year After Disputed Election
Last summer, huge crowds clogged the streets of Tehran and other
cities after a disputed election gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second
term as president. A year later, protests have faded.
June 9, 2010
Rice: Iran Sanctions Have 'Real Teeth and Real Bite'
In a newsmaker interview, Ray Suarez speaks with Ambassador Susan
Rice about the United Nations' latest move to curb Iran's nuclear
program, even as the country says it will carry on with uranium
June 9, 2010
Ahmadinejad Discounts New U.N. Sanctions as 'Valueless'
Iran discounted Wednesday's vote by the United Nations Security
Council to impose new sanctions targeting the country's nuclear
program and its powerful Revolutionary Guard.
June 9, 2010
Approves New Round of Sanctions Against Iran
The U.N. Security Council approved a new round of sanctions targeting
Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, sending an "unmistakable
message" that Tehran must fulfill its obligations under the nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), President Obama said after the
May 18, 2010
Spearheads New Sanctions to Stifle Iran's Nuclear Ambitions
Russian and China have reached a deal with the U.S. and other
world powers to impose new sanctions on Iran, a day after the
country signed a deal with Turkey and Brazil to swap its nuclear
fuel. Jeffrey Brown talks to a reporter for more on the draft
agreement and the upcoming vote in the United Nations.
May 17, 2010
Eyes Sanctions as Iran, Turkey Forge Nuclear Fuel Swap
Iran plans to ship more than 2,600 pounds of low-enriched uranium
to Turkey in exchange for uranium fuel rods to use in a research
reactor, as part of a fuel swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey.
Judy Woodruff talks to two nonproliferation experts about the
agreement and where it leaves the possibility of sanctions.
February 17, 2010
Clinton Urges Hard Stance on Iran's Nuclear Goals
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised continuing to pressure
Iran on its nuclear ambitions after her return from the Middle
East Wednesday. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,
accused Clinton of lying and condemned the "bullying" of Western
nations over its plans to enrich uranium.
February 11, 2010
Arise Anew Around Iran's Nuclear, Political Goals
As government backers and opposition protesters rallied in Iran
Thursday to mark the 31st anniversary of the country's Islamic
Revolution, tensions continued to rise between Tehran and Washington
over Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Crowds Mark Iran's Anniversary as Ahmadinejad Touts Nuclear Potential
February 8, 2010
Announces Plans to Increase Uranium Enrichment
Iran has told the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency that
it will begin enriching its stockpile of uranium to 20 percent
purity for a medical reactor, renewing calls from U.S., Russian
and French officials for a tougher approach and unified action
December 28, 2009
Clashes in Iran Spark Another Government Crackdown
About 300 people, including at least seven prominent opposition
leaders, have been jailed in Iran following renewed protests over
the weekend, the largest in six months.
Show: Iranian Police Crack Down on Opposition Protests
December 21, 2009
Cleric's Death Sparks Renewed Protests
Tens of thousands of mourners took to the streets of the Iranian
city of Qom on Sunday to honor a founding father of modern Iran
and to protest the government he came to oppose.
and Video: Iranians Mourn Passing of Dissident Cleric
November 10, 2009
Hikers Caught in Tensions Between U.S. and Iran
Three U.S. hikers, captured in Iran, are at the center of a war
of words this week, with initial reports suggesting they would
be charged with espionage, but subsequent statements saying they
would be prosecuted for entering the country illegally.
November 4, 2009
Protesters Clash on Anniversary of U.S. Embassy Takeover
Thousands of Iranians rallied outside the former U.S. Embassy
in Tehran Wednesday to mark 30 years since Iranian students took
over the compound and held dozens of Americans hostage. Opposition
supporters also briefly staged their own protests.
Kelly Niknejad, editor in chief of the Tehran Bureau, describes
the day's events.
October 27, 2009
Seeks Big Changes in Uranium Deal
Iran vowed Tuesday to seek "important changes" in a United Nations
plan that would require it to ship its enriched uranium out of
the country for processing abroad, raising alarm among Western
governments involved in nuclear talks with the country.
October 23, 2009
Produces Counterproposal to U.N. Nuclear Deal
Iran sidestepped a Friday deadline on a U.N.-drafted agreement
that would ship much of the country's uranium to Russia for enrichment,
saying it would prefer instead to buy nuclear fuel from foreign
suppliers for a reactor to make medical isotopes.
October 21, 2009
Nuclear Deal, Russia Would Process Iran's Enriched Uranium
A draft deal -- up for Iranian approval by Friday -- would require
Iran to send most of its existing enriched uranium to Russia for
processing, in an attempt to delay Tehran's ability to make a
October 1, 2009
Gives Nod to Inspections, More Nuclear Talks
Iran has agreed to a second round of discussions over its disputed
nuclear program following a meeting in Geneva on Thursday with
diplomats from the U.S. and other world powers.
October 1, 2009
Agrees to Inspections of Secret Nuclear Facility
Iran agreed to open its newly disclosed nuclear enrichment facility
to international inspectors Thursday, but President Barack Obama
warned that the nation must follow its words with action.
September 29, 2009
Defends 'Rights' to Nuclear Program
Iran said on Tuesday that it will not debate its "rights" to operate
nuclear facilities but did signal that a timetable would soon
be forthcoming for inspectors to visit a newly-revealed uranium-enrichment
September 28, 2009
Seeks Image of Defiance With New Missile Tests
Iran has test-fired its most advanced missiles, demonstrating
its ability to strike targets as far away as Europe, and increasing
tensions over its nuclear program. Analysts break down the details
of the development.
September 28, 2009
Claims Missile Test as Calls for New Sanctions Grow
Iran claimed a test firing of its most advanced missiles Monday,
further stoking diplomatic tensions ahead of crucial talks this
week between the Islamic nation and world powers over its nuclear
September 25, 2009
Leaders Warn Iran Over Uranium Enrichment
President Obama and the leaders of France and Britain accused
Iran Friday of building a covert uranium-enrichment site. Former
U.N. weapons inspector David Albright examines what's known about
the Iranian facility.
September 24, 2009
Faces Tough Choices on Iran's Nuclear Program
Rahm Emanuel tells PBS' Charlie Rose that Iran knows the choices
it faces in the global community due to its nuclear ambitions.
Also, analysts tell Jim Lehrer that Iran's 'tactical' decisions
continue to frustrate the world.
September 18, 2009
Tempers Reignite at Rallies Across Iran
Demonstrators clashed in the streets of Tehran Friday in renewed
protest of the results of June's election. The protests came amid
a day of anti-Israel rallies, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
used to once again deny the Holocaust. ITN reports.
August 5, 2009
President Ahmadinejad Sworn In for Second Term
With protesters chanting "death to the dictator" and extra police
deployed around the parliament building, Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad was sworn in for a second term in office Wednesday.
August 3, 2009
of Protesters Proceeds as Ahmadinejad Endorsed in Iran
Political unrest continued in Iran Monday as the government pressed
ahead with a mass trial of opposition supporters and President
Ahmadinejad was endorsed by the supreme leader.
August 3, 2009
Top Cleric Endorses Ahmadinejad as Second-term President
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, formally endorsed
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president Monday, clearing
the way for the hard-line leader to take the oath of office on
Wednesday before the parliament.
July 30, 2009
Iran, New Burst of Demonstrations Escalate Political Tensions
Hundreds of Iranian opposition supporters gathered Thursday to
mourn slain demonstrator Neda Agha Soltan. Police reportedly used
tear gas to break up the crowd. A Los Angeles Times reporter discusses
the latest developments.
July 29, 2009
Iran, Fear Grows Over Treatment of Arrested Election Demonstrators
Margaret Warner updates the political situation in Iran, where
concerns are growing about the treatment of demonstrators arrested
after the disputed election.
July 17, 2009
Flare Anew in Iran Over Disputed Election
Major new protests erupted in Iran Friday in the wake of last
month's disputed presidential election. Experts join Judy Woodruff
to assess the ongoing tensions in Tehran.
Show: Protests Ripple Across Iran in Wake of Election
July 9, 2009
Political Tensions Resurface in Iran
Iranians returned to the streets of Tehran Thursday to protest
a disputed presidential vote. Analysts assess the latest developments.
June 24, 2009
Mousavi Thrust Into Spotlight as Opposition Leader
Iran reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife, Zahra
Rahnavard, have emerged as the face of the country's political
opposition. But who are they? Analysts offer insight.
June 23, 2009
Weigh In on U.S. Response to Iranian Protests
The tone of President Obama's response to the disputed Iranian
election has drawn fire from some on Capitol Hill. Sens. John
Kerry, D-Mass., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., assess the U.S. response
to the protests.
President Obama's Press Conference on Iran, Energy and Other Issues
Iran Analyst Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation Discusses
President Obama's Comments on Election Protests
June 23, 2009
Finds 'No Major Fraud' in Presidential Vote
Iran's top electoral authority reported Tuesday that it found
"no major fraud" in the country's June 12 presidential election
and will not annul the results, refuting days of street protests
over the outcome of the vote.
June 22, 2009
Stir Mixed Emotions for Iranian-Americans
NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Kaye reports on Iranian-Americans'
reactions to the continuing demonstrations in Tehran against the
June 12 presidential election results.
June 22, 2009
Protesters Clash Anew in Iran
Despite warnings from Iran's Revolutionary Guard, as well as violence
that left at least 10 people dead over the weekend, demonstrators
in Tehran continued to rally against the results of this month's
disputed presidential election. ITN correspondent Lindsey Hilsum
June 22, 2009
Warning Issued to Iran's Election Protesters
After a weekend of violence-tinged protests, Iran's powerful Revolutionary
Guard issued a warning to demonstrators that they would face a
"revolutionary confrontation" if they continued to protest results
of the June 12 presidential vote.
June 19, 2009
Unrest May Widen Rifts Among Iran's Clerics
Iran's supreme leader defended the results of last week's disputed
election Friday, and warned opposition supporters against further
rallies. Analysts offer insight on the role of Iran's clerics
in the dispute.
June 19, 2009
Supreme Leader Sides With Ahmadinejad in Disputed Election
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday defended
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the rightful winner in the country's
June 12 elections and disputed any possibility that the vote was
rigged, as other candidates have contended.
June 18, 2009
Protesters Mourn Deaths as Guardian Council Calls in Candidates
Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi
rallied in Tehran again Thursday, many dressed in black and carrying
candles to mourn demonstrators killed in post-election clashes,
according to witnesses.
June 17, 2009
Protesters Mobilize on Social Media Web Sites
Social media Web sites like Twitter and Facebook are playing an
important role in political protests rippling through Iran. Margaret
Warner speaks with experts about how such social networking sites
are affecting Tehran's political scene.
Kelly Niknejad, editor of TehranBureau.com, answered questions
about the growing use of social media sites in Iran.
June 17, 2009
Election Tensions Continue With Call for New Rally
Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi
gathered in downtown Tehran for a fifth straight day Wednesday
as their candidate continued his challenge to the country's supreme
leader and cleric-led system.
June 16, 2009
Remains on Edge as Election Recount Begins
Iran's Guardian Council agreed to a partial recount of votes from
the disputed presidential election, leaving the future political
direction of the country in new doubt. Analysts assess the latest
June 16, 2009
Iran, Recount to Begin as 7 Die in Protests
Iran's 12-person Guardian Council said Tuesday it would begin
a partial recount of votes in Friday's disputed presidential election,
as seven people were reportedly killed during a massive march
through the streets of Tehran.
June 15, 2009
Protest Election Results in Iran, Defying Ban
Thousands defied a government ban to turn out in Tehran's streets
protesting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declaration of victory following
Friday's presidential election. After an ITN report, analysts
examine the developments in the country.
June 15, 2009
Election, Pro-reform Marchers Fill Tehran Streets
Tens of thousands of supporters of Iranian pro-reform leader Mir
Hossein Mousavi streamed into the center of Tehran Monday in a
boisterous protest against Friday's election results that declared
President Mamoud Ahmadinejad the winner.
June 12, 2009
Future Unclear Following Presidential Election
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main challenger, former
Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, both claimed victory in Iran's
election Friday. Analysts examine the impact of the heated contest.
June 10, 2009
Election Becoming a Heated Contest in Iran
In Iran, the presidential election is turning into a contest with
several contenders seeking to unseat the current leader, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports
on the political mood of Tehran in the lead-up to Friday's election.
May 20, 2009
U.S.-Israel Talks, Iran Announces Test Launch of New Missile
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Iran had successfully
launched a new missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, giving
it the capability to hit Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S.
bases in the Persian Gulf. Margaret Warner reports on the developments.
May 12, 2009
Surrounds Iran's Motives for Releasing Journalist
The day after the release of U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi, who
was jailed for months, analysts examine what Tehran's motives
might be in ending the dispute over her case.
April 20, 2009
Steps Unclear for Jailed U.S. Journalist in Iran
Iran's judiciary ordered an investigation Monday into the case
of U.S. journalist Roxana Saberi, who faces a prison sentence
in Iran on espionage charges. Analysts and journalists, including
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, assess what may be next for Saberi.
April 9, 2009
Advances Nuclear Program While Welcoming Talks With U.S.
One day after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country was open to
talks with the United States and other countries on its nuclear
program, the Iranian president announced further progress in its
disputed nuclear program.
April 8, 2009
to Talk Directly With Iran on Nuclear Program
Marking a shift away from Bush administration policy, the State
Department said Wednesday it would talk directly to Iran about
its nuclear activities.
March 20, 2009
Sends Video Message to Iran
President Barack Obama sent Iran and its citizens a video message
Friday, saying the United States is prepared to end years of strained
relations if Tehran tones down its rhetoric.
February 16, 2009
Decades After Revolution, Iran Remains Mystery
Thirty years after the Islamic revolution in Iran, the country
remains a complicated nation torn between its tradition and its
future. NPR's Steve Inskeep discusses what he found on a reporting
trip to the country.
Morning Edition's "Unwrapping Iran"
Show: View photos taken by NPR's Tom Bullock
Forum: Experts discuss U.S.-Iranian relations
February 9, 2009
to Challenge Ahmadinejad in Iranian Presidential Election
Former Iranian leader Mohammad Khatami, who lobbied for improved
relations with the West while he was president, said Sunday he
will challenge President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country's
June 12 election.
October 21, 2008
Former CIA Officer Urges More U.S. Engagement With Iran
Robert Baer, a former case officer for the CIA who worked primarily
in the Middle East, says in his book, "The Devil We Know: Dealing
with the New Iranian Superpower," that the United States needs
to fundamentally shift its view of Iran and engage the country
even if it means alienating America's more traditional ally Saudi
July 18, 2008
Policy Shift, U.S. Envoy to Attend Iran Talks
In a break with past policy on Iran, the Bush administration is
sending a delegate to weekend nuclear talks between Iran's chief
nuclear negotiator and other world powers, including the European
July 9, 2008
Missile Launch Provides Test for Obama, McCain
A day after Iran vowed to retaliate against Israel and U.S. interests
if Tehran were attacked, the country test-fired nine missiles
-- posing a policy test for the presidential hopefuls. Campaign
advisers mull the issue.
June 23, 2008
Union Imposes New Sanctions on Iran
European Union nations agreed on Monday to impose new sanctions
against Iran, including an assets freeze of the country's biggest
bank, which is suspected of providing services to Iran's nuclear
and ballistic missile programs.
June 16, 2008
EU to Tighten Sanctions Against Iran
Britain will freeze assets of Iran's largest bank in a new move
to discourage the country from developing nuclear weapons, Prime
Minister Gordon Brown said Monday as President Bush continued
his farewell trip to Europe with a visit to London.
May 27, 2008
Has 'Serious Concerns' Over Iran's Nuclear Program
The International Atomic Energy Agency released a report Monday
stating that Iran's suspected research into the development of
nuclear weapons remained "a matter of serious concern"
and that the country has thwarted attempts to investigate military
involvement in what the government calls a peaceful research program.
April 16, 2008
Role in Iraq, Nuclear Ambitions Cloud U.S. Policy
Six-nation talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions ended Wednesday
in stalemate, though President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was
open to continued talks. Amid allegations of an Iranian role in
Iraqi violence, analysts consider the state of U.S.-Iranian relations.
December 3, 2007
Halted Nuclear Arms Program in 2003, Report Finds
A U.S. National Intelligence Estimate report released Monday found
that Iran stopped developing nuclear weapons in 2003, but continues
to enrich uranium and could still develop atomic arms in the future.
Two intelligence experts discuss the findings and what they may
mean for diplomatic relations between Iran and the U.S.
November 7, 2007
Reaches 'Irreversible' Nuclear Program Milestone
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Wednesday that
the country's uranium enrichment program has reached a target
of 3,000 working centrifuges.
October 29, 2007
Stirs Over Possible U.S. Military Action Against Iran
New U.S. economic sanctions leveled against Iran last week over
Tehran's nuclear program further fueled debate about the possibility
of U.S. military action against the country. Two writers offer
their perspectives on what the next steps should be for U.S. policy
October 25, 2007
Announces New Set of Sweeping U.S. Sanctions Against Iran
The United States announced Thursday a new set of economic sanctions
against Iran targeted to impact the country's military and halt
Tehran's disputed nuclear program. A State Department official
and a U.S. senator offer perspectives on the U.S. policy course
September 25, 2007
Rails Against 'Arrogant' U.N.
Saying the issue of his country's nuclear program was now "closed,"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided the United Nations
for allowing world powers to bully others. It was the latest in
a string of controversial comments from the leader during his
September 24, 2007
Lashes Out at Israel in New York Appearances
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose visit to New York
City Monday met with local protests, accused Israel of occupation
and racism during a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
May 11, 2007
Scholar Sent to Tehran Prison
Iranian-American Haleh Esfandiari of the Woodrow Wilson International
Center for Scholars has been held in Iran since a trip there in
December and was recently moved to a prison in Tehran. Analysts
discuss her jailing and what it indicates about Iran's regime.
April 4, 2007
Hails Release of Crew Members from Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday his country
would release the 15 British sailors and marines who had been
seized during patrols in the northern Persian Gulf on March 23.
Author Trita Parsi and analyst William Samii consider Iran's latest
March 29, 2007
Asks U.N. for Help in Releasing Sailors from Iran
The United Nations on Thursday adopted a version of a British
statement calling for the release of 15 sailors and marines who
are being held in Iran, while Iran wants Britain to admit its
sailors entered Iranian waters. Three analysts discuss the rising
March 28, 2007
Shows British Sailors, Marines Seized by Iran
Iranian state TV aired footage Wednesday of 15 British sailors
and marines who were captured last week. It is still in dispute
whether the boats' crews were seized in Iranian or Iraqi waters.
February 12, 2007
Accuses Iran of Supplying Iraqi Insurgents
The U.S. military released evidence last weekend that it says
proves Iran has been supplying Shia militia in Iraq with "explosively
formed penetrators." The armor-piercing weapons have been
blamed for as many as 170 American troop deaths. Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the charges. Two Mideast analysts review
the recent developments.
September 4, 2006
Correspondent Ordered to Leave Iran
Ray Suarez talks with senior correspondent Margaret Warner, who
has been ordered to leave Iran where she's been reporting for
the NewsHour, about the mood now that President Ahmadinejad has
rejected U.N. demands to stop processing uranium.
September 1, 2006
Ignores U.N. Uranium Enrichment Deadline; U.S. Pushes for Sanctions
Following the expiration of the deadline set by the U.N. Security
Council for Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment activities,
foreign ministers from the European Union met to discuss possible
sanctions. A decision was put off until EU foreign policy chief,
Javier Solana, meets with Iran's top nuclear negotiator next week.
Margaret Warner reports from Tehran on how Iranians see their
nuclear program and the prospect of sanctions.
August 29, 2006
Rejects Calls for Suspension of Nuclear Program
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a press conference
Tuesday he did not believe threatened U.N. sanctions against his
country would come to fruition. Margaret Warner reports from Iran
on Tuesday's press conference.
August 28, 2006
Deadline to Halt Uranium Enrichment Approaches
Iranian leaders appeared no closer Monday to complying with U.N.
demands to end the country's nuclear program. The United Nations
has set a deadline of Thursday for Iran to freeze uranium enrichment,
a process international leaders fear could lead to weapons development,
or face international sanctions. Margaret Warner reports from
Iran as the deadline nears.
May 9, 2006
President Seeks Direct U.S. Contact
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to President
Bush Monday calling for ways to ease tensions over Iran's nuclear
program. It was the first high-level, public contact of its kind
between the two countries since Iran's revolution in 1979.
Letter from Ahmadinejad to President Bush (PDF)
May 5, 2006
Laureate Sees Hard-line Movement Growing in Iran
Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shirin Ebadi, a human rights advocate
and dissident, has seen the hard-line policies of Iran intensify
after the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the call for democratic
reform from the United States. Ebadi, in Washington to promote
her new book "Iran Awakening, A Memoir of Revolution and
Hope," discusses her homeland in an interview with Margaret
April 3, 2006
Government's Reach Touches Rural Lives
Although the confrontation with the West has dominated news about
the new Iranian government, its impact on the lives of people
in the more rural areas of the Islamic Republic is less understood.
Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on what
Iranians in poor, rural villages want from their government.
March 15, 2006
U.S. Ratchet Up Rhetoric over Nuclear Program
Iranian and U.S. leaders continued their war of words over Iran's
nuclear program during U.N. meetings this week. Two experts discusses
the policy behind the rhetoric.
December 14, 2005
Leader Calls Holocaust a 'Myth'
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ramped up his anti-Israel rhetoric
Wednesday, saying the Holocaust is a "myth" used by Europeans
to create an Israeli state.
December 9, 2005
Leader Draws Ire with Harsh Remarks
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again lashed out at Israel on Thursday,
saying the Holocaust never happened and Israel should be moved
to Europe. Lindsay Hilsum of Independent Television News reports
from Iran about the controversial remarks and Islam's impact on
November 3, 2005
Diplomatic Shake-up Hints at Wider Hardening of Policies
Iran's decision to remove some 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats,
including a supporter of improving ties with the West, has been
seen as an attempt by new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to take
a harder line with those opposed to the Islamic republic. Two
Iranian experts discuss the developments.
Iran Removes Pro-Western Diplomats
June 27, 2005
Iranian Leader Sparks Western Concerns
Since his historic election Friday, the president-elect of Iran,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pledged to govern as a moderate and sworn
Iran would continue its nuclear program. Two regional experts
assess the rise of this relative unknown mayor of Tehran and what
it may mean for the future of the Islamic republic.
Hard-line Conservative Wins Presidency in Landslide
June 20, 2005
Presidential Candidates Face Runoff Friday
Voting in one of Iran's most heated presidential elections ended
over the weekend in a near tie between the country's top moderate
candidate and former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and
his conservative opponent Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
June 16, 2005
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
One of Iran's most influential political leaders, former President
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, is looking to return to the helm
of the country he once lead from 1989 to 1997.
June 13, 2005
in Iran Kill 10 Ahead of Presidential Election
A series of bombings in a troubled region of Iran Sunday killed
10 people and wounded more than 100 others days before a national
presidential election. The bombings, which took place in Ahvaz,
the capital of Khuzestan province, and the nation's capital Tehran,
apparently targeted government buildings and homes of government
May 10, 2005
Iranian President Enters Presidential Race
An experienced politician with ties to the West and a moderate
platform entered Iran's presidential race Tuesday. Ali Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, who served as Iran's president from 1989 to 1997,
has the lead in national opinion polls, but had wavered on whether
to stand for election.
March 11, 2005
to Offer Iran Incentives to End Nuclear Weapons Pursuit
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that the administration
will offer Iran modest economic incentives if Tehran abandons
its nuclear enrichment program. Michael Rubin of the American
Enterprise Institute and Vali Nasr, professor at the Naval Postgraduate
School in Monterey, Calif., discuss the change in the administration's
March 3, 2005
Sistani Seen as a New Generation of Shiite Cleric
Trained in the conservative Iranian holy city of Qom, Iraq's Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has practiced a form of Shiite Islam
where clerics guide society, rather than rule it -- a concept
championed by many reformers in Iran. In the third of a series
of reports from the Islamic republic, Elizabeth Farnsworth reports
from Qom about Sistani's influence in his former homeland.
Web site of Iranian-born Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani
February 25, 2005
in Iran Face Uphill Struggle, Denounce American Intervention
Iran's hard-line government has cracked down on reformist politicians
and civic activists in recent months. Elizabeth Farnsworth profiles
two reformers, their struggle to change Iran from within and their
reactions to U.S. efforts to support opposition to the government.
Interview: Dr. Mohammad Reza Khatami, brother of the Iranian
president and reformist vice presidential candidate
February 18, 2005
Officials and Citizens Denounce American Criticisms of its Nuclear
The president and other top American officials have stepped up
their criticism of Iran's government and its nuclear program.
Elizabeth Farnsworth, in Iran on assignment for the NewsHour,
reports on how the people and government of Iran are reacting
to the increased diplomatic pressure.
Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on President Khatami's speech calling
on Iranians to support the government's nuclear efforts. (2/10/05)
June 18, 2004
Threatens Renewed Nuclear Program After U.N. Rebuke
Following a strongly worded rebuke from the International Atomic
Energy Agency, the government of Iran said Friday it would consider
re-starting its nuclear program and accused the U.S. of exerting
unfair influence over IAEA proceedings.
U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Chief Criticizes Iranian Openness
February 24, 2004
Despite repeated landslide election victories, President Mohammad
Khatami's efforts at reform have been severely hampered by the
checks on his power that are written into the Iranian constitution.
February 23, 2004
Iranian Parliamentary Election Hands Power Back to Conservatives
Conservatives reclaimed control of Iran's parliament Monday after
controversial elections last week that were boycotted by reformists
who called the vote a "historical fiasco."
February 20, 2004
Vote in Parliamentary Election Despite Reformer Boycott
Iranians participate in parliamentary elections that are expected
to return control of the nation's legislature to Islamic conservatives.
December 18, 2003
Signs Protocol Allowing Snap U.N. Nuclear Inspections
Iran signs an agreement with the IAEA, the United Nations' nuclear
watchdog arm, allowing the agency to conduct unannounced inspections
of its nuclear facilities as part of a new effort to convince
the world it is not covertly developing atomic weapons.
November 26, 2003
Passes Resolution Censuring Iran's Nuclear Program
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency passes a resolution
condemning Iran's 18-year cover-up of its nuclear program but
applauding the country's new efforts at openness and cooperation.
Ray Suarez gets two expert perspectives on the resolution and
Iran's nuclear ambitions.
November 18, 2003
Europe at Odds Over Iran's Nuclear Program
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell disagrees with European Union
leaders over their draft resolution on Iran's nuclear program,
saying it failed to find Iran in violation of its treaty obligations
over the past 18 years.
November 11, 2003
Had Secret Nuclear Program But No Weapons, U.N. Agency Finds
An International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran's nuclear
capabilities says the country had been secretly experimenting
on materials that could be made into nuclear weapons, though there
is no evidence a bomb was the ultimate goal.
October 21, 2003
Brokers New Nuclear Deal
The Iranian government tells a group of European foreign ministers
that it will suspend uranium enrichment and permit unrestricted
inspections of its nuclear facilities as the U.N. demanded. Gwen
Ifill discusses Iran's unexpected cooperation with a nonproliferation
October 10, 2003
Woman Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Iranian attorney Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the
Nobel peace prize, discusses her life and work. The Nobel committee
recognized Ebadi for her work to promote democracy, human rights
and equality for Iranian women.
September 29, 2003
May Grant Nuclear Inspectors Greater Access
Iran has "nothing to hide" and is prepared to allow
more thorough inspections of its nuclear activities, Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharrazi says in response to mounting international pressure
to cooperate with international nuclear monitors.
September 12, 2003
Agency Sets October Deadline for Iran
The United Nations nuclear watchdog voted Friday to impose an
Oct. 31 deadline for Iran to outline its nuclear program and future
August 26, 2003
Agrees to U.N. Nuclear Inspections
The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a confidential
report Tuesday that IAEA inspectors have uncovered traces of enriched
uranium in environmental samples taken from a nuclear facility
in Natanz, Iran, according to Reuters news agency.
July 17, 2003
Accuses Cuba of Jamming Broadcasts to Iran
The U.S. government and corporate officials have accused Cuba
of jamming U.S.-based satellite broadcasts of news and other information
July 7, 2003
Begins TV Broadcasts to Iran
The U.S. government launched a new Persian-language television
broadcast in Iran on Sunday, beaming 30-minute nightly newscasts
to the millions of Iranians watching satellite television.
June 19, 2003
Exiles Broadcast to Tehran from the United States
Iranian officials are blaming U.S.-based pro-democracy broadcasts
for recent demonstrations in Tehran. KCET Los Angeles Correspondent
Saul Gonzalez visits these broadcasters: Iranian exiles pushing
for regime change at home.
June 18, 2003
Demonstrations Continue in Iran
Iranian students continue their demonstrations for the eighth
consecutive night. Experts assess the impact and meaning of the
May 27, 2003
Iran's Alleged Nuclear Threat
The Bush administration continues to express concerns that Iran
is developing nuclear weapons and harboring terrorists. Experts
discuss the details behind the alleged threats, U.S. engagement
with Tehran and Iran's future on the world stage.
March 10, 2003
Iran's Road to Democracy
Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on how a war in Iraq could affect
Iran's efforts to democratize.
March 6, 2003
React to a Possible U.S.-Led War with Iraq
Elizabeth Farnsworth reports on Iranian reaction to a possible
U.S.-backed war in Iraq.
June 20, 2002
Recounts Trip to Iran
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman discusses his recent journey
June 13, 2001
Khatami Wins Second Term
Mohammad Khatami last week won a second term as president of Iran,
although he has fallen short of some of his goals. A group of
experts analyzes the election results and the president's leadership
May 8, 2000
Officials to Validate Parliamentary Election Results
Iranian officials have yet to validate the results of last weekend's
parliamentary elections. Margaret Warner discusses the issue with
March 17, 2000
Secretary of State Appears Before America-Iranian Council
U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's appearance before
the America- Iranian Council had been talked about for weeks.
It was clear from the buildup it was meant as a response to recent
elections in Iran.
February 21, 2000
Poll Results Show Reformer Victory in Iran's Parliament
Margaret Warner leads a discussion with experts on the reformist
coalition victory in Iranian parliamentary elections.
July 13, 1999
Student Protests Rock Iran
Student protesters clash with government hardliners in Iran's
most violent demonstrations in nearly two decades. Three experts
discuss the students' motives and the government's reaction.
June 22, 1998
and U.S. Compete in Soccer Match
Iran knocks the U.S. out of contention in the World Cup in a dramatic
game that ended 2-1. The match started with gestures of goodwill
on both sides. Margaret Warner talks to a panel about the prospects
of warming relations between Iran and the United States.
March 6, 1998
of New Iranian-U.S. Relations?
Nearly 20 years have passed since the Islamic revolution toppled
Iran's pro-Western government. Since then, U.S.-Iran relations
have been virtually frozen. But recent events, most notably the
election of President Khatami, may signal a change in Iran's policies.
Charles Krause and guests discuss the future of U.S.-Iran relations.
January 26, 1998
NewsHour Forum: U.S.-Iranian Relations
In this Online Forum, experts answered viewer's questions
on the debate over recent moves toward a renewed dialogue between
the United States and Iran.
December 15, 1997
Calls for New Dialogue with the United States
Mohammad Khatami, Iran's moderate, democratically-elected president,
has called for a dialogue with the U.S. that could open doors
that have been closed since the Shah was overthrown in 1979. A
panel of experts analyze the president's remarks with Phil Ponce.
May 26, 1997
President Elected in Iran
In a landslide, Iran elects moderate Mohammad Khatami, a 54-year-old
cleric, as its new president. An expert panel discusses the election
and Iran's new leadership.