Legal action must be taken against Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi for claiming post-election detainees were being raped behind bars, said the governor of Tehran province, as hard-line criticism grew against the reformist.
Amid turmoil over the treatment of post-election detainees and controversy over the mass trials of political figures, Iran's supreme leader on Saturday appointed a new judiciary chief, Iranian media reported.
There was a smile, a quick wave hello, a brief chat. Yet, despite the exchange of pleasantries, the simmering tensions between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and one of the nation's most powerful clerics became quickly evident at a major ceremony in Tehran on Monday.
Iran's influential parliament speaker dismissed allegations that post-election detainees were raped while in custody, calling the claims by an opposition leader "sheer lies," state-run media reported Wednesday.
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi issued a defiant statement Thursday, again insisting the controversial June 12 presidential election was a "fraud," Iran's government-funded Press TV reported.
Iran's powerful parliament speaker said Monday the Islamic nation hopes the United States changes its approach to the Middle East, and called the Obama administration "an exceptional opportunity for Americans."
Amid allegations of Iranian aid to Iraqi insurgents, Iran's effort to build a nuclear bomb and a report on an increase in U.S. covert operations in Iran, analyst Fareed Zakaria takes a look at possible changes in the country's leadership and assesses the threat Iran could pose to Mideast stability.
Ali Larijani, formerly Iran's top nuclear negotiator, was overwhelmingly elected as parliament speaker Wednesday -- and immediately warned that Tehran may reconsider cooperating with the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency.
Diplomatic contacts between Britain and Iran, including moves by Iranian official Ali Larijani, were under way to secure the release of 15 British marines and sailors in Iranian custody, Downing Street confirmed.
Iran has offered to help support the cease-fire in Lebanon in talks Saturday with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and insisted that diplomacy was the only way to resolve its nuclear dispute with the West.
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Thursday in Brussels, after the Iranian postponed the meeting by a day without an explanation, Solana's office said.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday called Iran's position on nuclear development self-defeating and argued that recent statements further Tehran's "isolation from the international community."
Iran will resume large-scale nuclear enrichment if the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors refers the Islamic Republic to the U.N. Security Council, the country's chief nuclear negotiator said Sunday.
An Iranian official said Wednesday Tehran supports a proposal under which Russia would enrich uranium for Iran, but believes the plan still needs some work, according to a report from the Russian news agency Interfax.