TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani called Tuesday for "fair and constructive" nuclear talks with world powers as Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution with massive rallies that featured a new American target for their traditional "death to" slogans.
Besides the usual chants of "Down with the U.S.!" and "Death to Israel!" many demonstrators took aim at Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, who has frequently led U.S. delegations in nuclear talks with Tehran.
"Death to Sherman!" the crowd shouted — the first time that an undersecretary of state has been the target of invectives that are usually reserved for American presidents and occasionally U.S. secretaries of state.
VIENNA (AP) — U.N. inspectors looking into allegations Iran worked on nuclear arms cautioned Monday that — despite progress this weekend — their long-stalled probe still had a long way to go to determine whether such suspicions are valid.
Iran says it does not want such arms, and agreed Sunday to answer some questions on suspicions that it worked on a detonator that could set off a nuclear charge.
But senior inspector Terjo Varjoranta said Tehran's concession was only "the first step," with many issues remaining.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday it plans to introduce a new generation of oil contracts by June that promise to be more attractive to foreign investors as it seeks to significantly boost production should international sanctions hobbling its vital energy industry be lifted.
The new terms being developed signal the OPEC member's eagerness to attract outside expertise and capital, and are a response to oil and gas companies' frustration with earlier terms that they felt offered little upside reward.
Mahdi Hosseini, head of the contract revision committee in the Petroleum Ministry, told reporters that the new terms are being designed for a post-sanction era and aimed to better align Tehran's needs with the interests of international investors. He said officials were seeking a "win-win" setup that would better balance companies' risks with rewards.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran signaled an apparent readiness for more concessions over its nuclear program, this time over its heavy-water reactor at Arak, local media reported on Friday.
The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted the country's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that Tehran could modify the reactor's design so it would produce less plutonium to reduce concerns by the West.
"We are able to apply changes in the design of the reactor to produce less plutonium, to reduce concerns in this regard," Salehi said.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that Washington's "wishes are unlikely to come true" in talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its nuclear program, the government's latest apparent attempt to deflect criticism from hard-line skeptics who say that President Hassan Rouhani will give up too much for too little in upcoming negotiations over a final comprehensive deal.
Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated the U.S. wanted Iran to give up major parts of its nuclear program but said such demands won't be carried out.
"America has wishes and those wishes are unlikely to come true and that's why they are negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran to achieve a solution based on realities," he told a news conference in Tehran.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Tuesday that an interim deal with Iran that promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions does not mean that Tehran is open for business.
Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financing, acknowledged that European businesses are rushing to Iran to prepare for the possibility that all sanctions will be lifted if a comprehensive agreement is reached preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Both Sherman and Cohen sought to reassure members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — some of whom are eager to restore sanctions against Iran — that the U.S. will continue to enforce existing sanctions even as some are being eased and that those who violate them will be targeted.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 70 House Democrats have signed a letter to President Barack Obama backing diplomatic efforts with Iran over its nuclear development.
Reps. Lloyd Doggett of Texas and David Price of North Carolina are circulating the letter that warns against new sanctions, or even a resolution that could undermine the international coalition negotiating with Iran or jeopardize any progress toward reaching a verifiable final agreement.
The letter says lawmakers are wary of the Iranian regime but cautions against imperiling possible diplomatic success.
Less than 8 percent of the crude contracted to flow through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would come from the U.S, according to another document from TransCanada to the State Department, made public Tuesday, E&E reports.
The crude supply at the Cushing hub dropped 8 percent to 32.1 million barrels at the end of last month, the lowest since Nov. 2011, according to the Energy Information Administration, which says the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is draining it, FuelFix reports.
Union leaders joined the American Petroleum Institute in publicly renewing their demand that the Obama administration approve construction of the northern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, unleashing a blast of anger at the president in the process, The Hill reports.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has just one hurdle left to overcome before reaching agreement on the language of a cyber security bill, regarding liability protection, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said at a hearing Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., facing a tough re-election battle this year, stayed away from her party's round-the-clock climate speeches overnight, but got a blast of criticism from the National Republican Senatorial Committee anyway, National Journal reports.
Key bondholder Fidelity Investments may be dragging its heels, but other players involved in trying to get bankruptcy proceedings underway for Energy Future Holdings Corp. are in agreement, and hoping to move quickly on the plans, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Industry and even backers of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are getting frustrated with the slow pace of the rollout of her department's new master leasing plans, intended to balance the interests of companies seeking to mine the mineral wealth of federal land against those of hunters, anglers and wildlife supporters, E&E reports.
Activist investors, already successful at pushing Chesapeake Energy and other companies to cut their debt, are likely to keep up the pressure, and lobby firms to fight climate change as well, according to Moody's Investors Service, FuelFix reports.
The power could run out on the Energizing Indiana program at the end of the year, as the state's Senate has voted to join the house in approving a measure to shut it down, although Gov. Mike Pence hasn't yet decided if he'll go along, the Indianapolis Star reports.