Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted Israel for its deadly flotilla attack Monday and warned the government opposition not to stray from the path set by the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, 21 years after his death.
Beyond the usual anti-American rhetoric, some analysts say that Iran is trying to avoid sanctions and resolve tensions with Washington over its nuclear program.
The American mothers who traveled to Iran to see detained US hikers Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd have left the country without securing their children's release. They did get another visit with them today.
Three American hikers jailed in Iran for 10 months were allowed to see their mothers.
Israel says that Iran nuclear sanctions proposed to the UN Security Council are weaker than it would like, but the symbolism of international unity is important.
The mothers of three US hikers detained in Iran the past ten months on spying charges held an emotional reunion with their children on Thursday.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew late Sunday to Tehran sounding bullish about a possible Iran nuclear fuel swap deal that could help Iran avoid another round of UN sanctions.
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad argued at the NPT Review Conference that the US, the only nation to use a nuclear bomb in war, has not lived up to its promises of nonproliferation. Iran seeks help from the NPT to level the playing field.
President Ahmadinejad is seeking to cut $40 billion in government subsidies to create, in effect, a slush fund that critics say will be used as a political tool to keep voters and his political allies happy.
Iran's war games in the Persian Gulf began earlier than usual this year with a display of new attack speed boats and rhetoric.