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Kerry Presses Iraq on Iran Flights to Syria

            On March 24, Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraq to inspect Iranian cargo flights for arms.

Obama and Netanyahu Agree on Iran

            President Obama, on his first visit to Israel since taking office, warned that the time left to solve the Iranian nuclear issue

Kerry’s Iran Connection on Nowruz

            On March 20, Secretary of State John Kerry sent “warm wishes for health and prosperity” to Iranians for Nowruz, th

Obama on Nowruz: New U.S.-Iran Relationship Possible

            On March 18, President Obama said there could be a “new relationship” with Iran if it meets international obligati

U.S. Sanctions Secret Iranian Oil Network

            On March 14, the U.S.

The Mysterious Case of Robert Levinson

            Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent, disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island on March 9, 2007.

Kerry: Nuke talks cannot go on forever

            On March 4, Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al Faisal warned that the window for diplomac

Democrats Propose Posting U.S. Diplomat in Iran

            On February 15, Democrats in the House of Representatives introduced legislation that would reestablish a new diplomatic envoy

U.S. Condemns Imprisonment of Opposition

            On February 14, the United States condemned Iran's continued imprisonment of former presidential candidates and opposition lead

U.S. Sanctions Chinese Firms for Proliferation

            On February 11, the U.S.

Treasury Sanctions Oil Revenues and Targets Human Rights Abusers

            On February 6, the U.S.

Biden: U.S. Open to Direct Talks with Iran

            On February 2, Vice President Joe Biden said the U

New Penalties on Iran in Defense Bill

            On January 3, President Barack Obama signed a $633 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2013.

More U.S. Sanctions for Proliferation

            On December 21, the U.S.

Panetta: New U.S. Strategy to Counter Iran

            On December 18, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta outlined a new U.S.

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Nuclear Proliferation Networks

           On December 13, the U.S.

U.S. Ready for Negotiations but Time is Short

            On December 8, Deputy Secretary of State William J.

U.S. Renews Iran Sanctions Waivers

            On December 7, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the renewal of Iran sanctions exceptions for China, India, Malay

U.S. Issues Iran Travel Warning

            On December 7, the State Department warned that U.S.

U.S. “Virtual Embassy” Gets 2 Million Hits

            The State Department announced that the “Virtual Embassy Tehran” website has been visited nearly two million times

U.S. Sanctions Iran's Shipping and Energy Sectors

            On November 30, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved new sanctions on Iran’s energy and shipping sectors.

Clinton: U.S. Must Test Diplomatic Option

            On November 29, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “it’s imperative that we do everything we can –

U.S. Sets March Deadline for Iran’s Cooperation

            On November 29, Ambassador Robert Wood set a March 2013 deadline for Iran to begin cooperating with the U.N.

Obama to Push for Dialogue with Iran

            On November 14, President Barack Obama announced that he will push to start a dialogue between Iran and the internation

U.S. "Appalled" After Blogger Dies in Iran Prison

            On November 9, the United States condemned Iran's persecution of blogger Sattar Beheshti, who

Obama to Continue Iran’s National Emergency Status

            On November 9, President Barack Obama officially notified Congress that the White House will continue the national emergency st

U.S. Sanctions 17 Individuals and Entities

            On November 8, the U.S.

Iran, U.S. Deny Report on Bilateral Talks

            On October 20, the New York Times published an Tags: Iran, Negotiations, Nuclear Program, U.S. Policy, U.S. Policy

U.S. Targets Iran-based al Qaeda Branch

            On October 18, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned the deputy of an al Qaeda branch operating in Iran.

U.S. Welcomes E.U. Sanctions

            On October 15, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that “Iran is under more pressure than ever before” tha

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