Articles by Ali Akbar Dareini

Iran Greatly Expands Uranium Enrichment

  • 10 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Iran announced Monday that it had begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, a dramatic expansion of a nuclear program that has drawn UN sanctions and condemnation from the West.

Iran Criticizes Russia Over Nuclear Delays

  • 14 March 07
  • The Associated Press
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Tuesday strongly criticized Russia's decision not ship nuclear fuel to Iran as agreed, a move that delays the start of Iran's first nuclear power plant.

Ahmadinejad Defiant But Ready to Talk

  • 12 February 07
  • The Associated Press
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a defiant yet vague tone Sunday, telling Iranians during the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that their country would not give up uranium enrichment but was prepared to talk with the international community.

World's Incentives Presented to Iran

  • 07 June 06
  • The Associated Press
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana gave Iranian officials on Tuesday a package of incentives that represents a major initiative by world powers to persuade Iran to curb its nuclear program.

Iran Says It's Joined Nuclear Club

  • 12 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Iran has successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a landmark in its quest to develop nuclear fuel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, insisting his country did not aim to develop nuclear weapons.

Tehran Admits It May Negotiate Enrichment

  • 05 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Iran is prepared to negotiate on the large-scale enrichment of uranium but will never abandon its right to enrich uranium, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said at a news conference Tuesday.

Iran Rejects Russia's Enrichment Plan

  • 13 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Iran will no longer consider a proposal to move its uranium enrichment program to Russian territory and is instead considering large-scale uranium enrichment at home, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Sunday.

Iran Says Enrichment Restarted

  • 15 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Iran has resumed small-scale enrichment of uranium, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said Tuesday, showing the country was determined to proceed with its atomic development despite international moves to restrict it.

Iran Case Goes to Security Council

  • 06 February 06
  • The Associated Press
Iran vows to stop working with the IAEA, and Ivanov asks whether sanctions will have any effect.

120 Dead as Iranian Jet Hits Building

  • 07 December 05
  • The Associated Press
A military transport plane loaded with Iranian journalists and trying to make an emergency landing slammed into a 10-story apartment building, ripping open the top of the structure and igniting a huge fire. At least 128 people were killed.

Iran Rejects Uranium Enrichment in Russia

  • 14 November 05
  • The Associated Press
The head of Iran's nuclear agency ruled out a compromise proposal that uranium enrichment for his country's controversial nuclear program be carried out in Russia, saying Saturday that enrichment must be done in Iran.

IAEA Refers Iran to Security Council

  • 26 September 05
  • The Associated Press
Twelve nations, including Russia, abstain from voting on the resolution.

Iran, Russia Sign Nuclear Fuel Deal

  • 28 February 05
  • The Associated Press
Iran and Russia signed a nuclear fuel agreement Sunday, despite U.S. objections to Russian support of Tehran's nuclear ambitions, paving the way for Iran to get its first reactor up and running.

Iran's Mr. Bean Lightens Mood

  • 27 January 05
  • The Associated Press
Comic Hamid Reza Mahisefat only has to walk out on stage to get his audience up on their feet and roaring, anticipating a few moments' diversion from the anxieties of daily life in a country tense from political infighting and economic hard times.

Iran Train Explosion Kills Over 200

  • 19 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derailed Wednesday and caught fire, setting off explosions in northeastern Iran that killed more than 200 people, injured hundreds and devastated five villages, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Khamenei Tries to Resolve Ban Crisis

  • 05 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Iran's supreme leader has ordered a review of the thousands of disqualified candidates for the legislative elections, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Reformers to Boycott 'Unfair' Iran Elections

  • 03 February 04
  • The Associated Press
Iran's largest pro-reform party announced Monday it will boycott Feb. 20 elections, with its leader saying the party has lost hope that a free and fair parliamentary vote can be held as scheduled.

Tens of Thousands Feared Dead in Iranian Quake

  • 29 December 03
  • The Associated Press
Foreign rescue teams with sniffer dogs joined Iranians in the rush to save anybody still alive Sunday, two days after an earthquake reduced most of this city to rubble.

Weather Hinders Iran Crash Salvage

  • 21 February 03
  • The Associated Press
Search teams pressed through fog, rain and strong winds Thursday to recover some mutilated bodies from the mountainous site of a military plane crash that killed all 302 Iranian soldiers aboard, and grieving relatives tried to approach the heavily guarded scene.

Sara Replaces 'Wanton' Barbie in Iran

  • 07 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Iran on Tuesday introduced its answer to Barbie and Ken: Boy and girl twin dolls who promote traditional values with their modest clothing and pro-family back stories.