Does Iran Want a Bomb? State Spox: “Ask Ahmadinejad”

The official position of the U.S. on Iran is still — rightfully — that no one can be sure that the Iranians are bent on making a nuclear weapon. In a briefing yesterday, acting State Department spokesperson Mark Toner put an… Continue Reading  

Slavin: ‘As Talks Stall with Iran, U.S. Steps Up Propaganda War’

Our IPS colleague Barbara Slavin has a piece up about the Obama administration’s tough tone against Iran in the wake of yet another crackdown on protests organized by the Green Movement. Slavin hits on the tenor of administration officials’ comments, as well… Continue Reading  

State Not Singling Out Iran After All?

The State Department seems to have taken to heart a recent criticism that was delivered sharply by a questioner in the daily press briefing. Addressing State’s proactive stance on Iran, which was compared to being publicly behind the curve on Egypt,… Continue Reading  

State Dept. Hypocrisy on Iran’s Fuel Row With Afghanistan

This is pretty rich. Iran, a country under economic sanctions by international bodies, the West, and, particularly, the U.S., has reportedly been stymying gas trucks crossing its border into war-ravaged Afghanistan. That country, of course, is consumed at the moment… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for November 18, 2010. The Wall Street Journal: Soner Cagaptay, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), writes that Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), due to… Continue Reading