Trade sanctions can only impoverish the tens of thousands of Iranians who form part of the political opposition in Iran, thereby forcing them to look for protection in the arms of the very regime they oppose - Ahmadinejad's.
While Israel had called for 'crippling' Iran sanctions, in the wake of its fatal Gaza flotilla raid officials knows they have little political capital to push for more aggressive action than the US has taken.
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.
Iran's war games in the Persian Gulf began earlier than usual this year with a display of new attack speed boats and rhetoric.
A supporter of new elected Turkish Cypriots leader Dervis Eroglu holds a Turkish flag in front of his face during victory celebrations, in Turkish occupied area of Nicosia, Cyprus, on April 18. Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
A new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog warned that Iran appears to be pursuing a nuclear bomb and said the country is boosting its uranium enrichment efforts.
On the 31st anniversary of the Iranian revolution, one loud question is what is the staying power of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?
Intelligence analysts scrutinize the images for clues to help them determine whether a building in the desert is potentially something sinister.
The Shahab-3 and Sejil-2 have shorter ranges than missiles the European defense shield was meant to thwart.