The United States won't let Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, "period," but sanctions remain the best tool to keep Tehran off the nuclear path, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday in Israel.
In an exclusive interview, CNN's Barbara Starr speaks with Secretary Panetta about his talks with Israel on Iran's nukes
The United States announced Wednesday that it is easing sanctions on Myanmar, also known as Burma, allowing American companies to conduct business in the Southeast Asian nation.
While many world leaders have condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the embattled leader has found an ally in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Erin Burnett that sanctions against Iran are delivering mixed results.
Australia said Monday that it was relaxing sanctions on Myanmar, responding to the Southeast Asian country's political reforms by significantly reducing the number of government officials and lawmakers subject to travel restrictions.
Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's victory in Myanmar's by-elections on Sunday represents the nascent return of opposition politics to the country after nearly half a century of military rule. It also has created an opportunity for the United States to begin easing economic sanctions that are hindering reform.
The organization that facilitates bank transactions around the world said Thursday it has been instructed to discontinue its communications services to Iranian financial institutions that are subject to European sanctions, effectively cutting them off from the global financial system.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called Saturday for even tougher sanctions on Iran to force the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
When the Arab League asked for U.N. Security Council endorsement of its call for a new government in Syria and sought the imposition of sanctions to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Russians went toe-to-toe with the United States, publicly and behind closed doors.
CNN's Ivan Watson explains why those opposed to Bashar al-Assad are so angry with Russia for blocking a U.N. resolution.
The history of U.S. sanctions against Iran dates as far back as 1979, when hostages were held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Over the years, the U.S. government has approved other sanctions. In 2010, amid increasing tensions of Iran's nuclear program, the United States instituted sanctions that U.S. officials described as "unprecedented."
CNN's Barbara Starr looks at whether more Iran sanctions could hurt the U.S. economy.
While international sanctions continue to mount against Iran and its nuclear program, the Obama administration acknowledged Tuesday that the steps have done little to change Iran's behavior.
The Obama administration plans to impose fresh sanctions against Iran's petrochemical industry, diplomatic sources familiar with the plans said Friday.
The upcoming report by the International Atomic Energy Agency will make the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, several Western diplomats briefed on the report told CNN.
The upcoming report by the IAEA will make the case that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development.
Testifying before senators infuriated by reports of an alleged Iranian assassination plot, top Obama administration officials insisted Thursday that economic sanctions on Iran are working and vowed to continue tightening pressure on Tehran.
Iran has sharply condemned new American sanctions on the country's national airline and other companies and people, calling them an effort to advance Washington's "hegemonic policies in the Middle East region."
The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday decided to expand economic sanctions against Iran, aligning its policies with the United States and Europe on trade with the Islamic republic.
The U.S. government levied a raft of new accusations aimed at Iran and its supporters Thursday, including fresh sanctions on Iran's national airline and indictments against international business executives accused of illicitly building up Tehran's military.
Citing the need to bring its policies in line with the United States and Europe, the Israeli government indicated Thursday that it will move to join international sanctions against Iran.
There was one silver lining in the two days of talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear activities.
Diplomats have gathered in a 19th century Ottoman palace on the banks of the Bosphorus to discuss one of the thorniest issues of the 21st century: Iran's nuclear program.
During a rare news conference in the United States, Iran's finance and economic minister held up a copy of U.S. News & World Report from 1980.
The United States is imposing economic sanctions on Swiss-based Naftiran Intertrade Company for engaging in energy trade with Iran, according to Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.
The Obama administration announces new sanctions against Iran aimed at officials and members of the Revolutionary Guard.
During a White House signing ceremony, President Barack Obama signs into law new U.S. sanctions on Iran.
New U.S. sanctions on Iran show the West does not understand the Islamic republic and "are aimed at preventing Iran from becoming an industrial pole and achieving its rightful place," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech Saturday, according to Iranian media.
Iranian officials are dismissing newly passed U.S. sanctions against their country, with one parliament member saying that the measures will only backfire against the United States, according to state-run media reports Saturday.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner details the first steps the U.S. is taking to implement sanctions on Iran.
The United States expects to bring a new resolution on increased sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program to a vote in the United Nations Security Council this week, and a U.S. official is warning that two key allies who do not support the resolution will "have to explain their vote."
Even as the United States pushes at the United Nations for sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, three senior administration officials, in a hastily scheduled briefing for reporters, tried late Friday to tamp down a dispute with two allies over the Islamic Republic.
The United States, Russia, China and other key nations have reached agreement on a "strong" Iran sanctions resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.
President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao held a private meeting Monday before the start of a nuclear security summit, with the focus on Iran -- and its opposition to the nuclear nonproliferation agreement.
President Obama meets with world leaders ahead of a summit on nuclear security and threats.
China hopes negotiations will avert new sanctions against Iran. CNN's John Vause reports.
China has agreed to negotiate possible sanctions against Iran over Tehran's failure to comply with international regulations involving its nuclear energy program, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations said Wednesday.
France's president discusses a wide range of topics during a speech in New York. CNN's Richard Roth reports.
President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday pledged mutual support for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran over Tehran's refusal to comply with international regulations regarding its nuclear energy program.
As heat builds for tougher sanctions against Iran, CNN's Jill Dougherty looks the administration's policy of engagement.
Ehud Barak tells Christiane Amanpour that Israel and the U.S. are on the same page about putting new sanctions on Iran.
The Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would allow President Obama to expand sanctions against Iran to pressure the Islamic republic to drop its nuclear weapons ambitions.
The United States is pushing world powers to consider a tough new round of sanctions against Iran for its continued global defiance over its nuclear program.
The Obama administration is working on a substantial sanctions package against Iran in case current diplomatic efforts to curb its nuclear program fail, top officials told Congress on Tuesday.
Can Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao persuade North Korea to return to the six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program?
In a recent congressional hearing, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman called the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act "a sword of Damocles over the Iranians" that will soon come down if President Obama's diplomatic overture did not show signs of success by the fall.
There is a new push to free Myanmar's pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, Sen. Jim Webb told CNN's "American Morning" Monday.
Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, speaks about his trip to Myanmar and the release of American prisoner John Yettaw.
The United States on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on a North Korean company that the United Nations said is linked to the country's nuclear weapons program.
U.N. Security Council members agree to expand and tighten sanctions on North Korea. CNN's John Vause reports.
Iran may face "punitive" measures because of its insufficient response to an incentives package offered in return for a cutback in its nuclear program, a senior White House official said Wednesday.
President Bush on Thursday ordered the lifting of some sanctions against North Korea, a move the administration called "symbolic" and one that leaves many restrictions in place.
CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the EU's decision to lift political sanctions against Cuba.
The European Union on Thursday agreed to lift its diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, but imposed tough conditions on the communist island to maintain sanction-free relations
Analysis: The President can't end Iran's nuclear program in the time he has left. So he's passing the problem on
CNN's Terrence Burke reports on the U.N. Security Council's move to sanction Iran again.
The United States predicted a quick vote on a third resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program as it begins to build a case against Iran's central bank for proliferation activities, senior State Department officials and European diplomats said.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte sought Chinese backing Thursday for new U.N. sanctions against Iran, warning that Tehran's alleged uranium enrichment and missile development programs remained a threat, the Associated Press reported.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says appropriate conditions would be required for Iran to hold talks with the U.S.
When it comes to presidential politics, Iran appears to the next Iraq.
The United States imposed stiff sanctions against Iran on Thursday, targeting two Iranian military groups and a number of Iranian banks and people it accuses of backing nuclear proliferation and terror-related activities.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that Iran's controversial nuclear program is "a major issue for the entire world" and called for stronger sanctions against Tehran.
Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran. CNN's Aneesh Raman reports.
Representatives of world powers Friday announced that unless a November report shows a "positive outcome" of talks with Iran about its uranium enrichment program, they will move ahead with plans for a resolution imposing additional sanctions on the country.
Oil and other petroleum futures surged Thursday amid supply concerns sparked by a decline in crude inventories at a key Oklahoma terminal and the confrontation between the West and Iran.
CNN's Gerri Willis has some tips on how to save some money heating your home this winter.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned the U.N. nuclear watchdog group Wednesday not to interfere with international diplomacy over Iran's alleged weapons program.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is rejecting new United Nations sanctions as illegal, according to IRNA, the state-run Iranian news agency.
After walking away from the negotiating table nearly a year ago, North Korea has agreed to return to six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program.
The U.S. diplomatic envoy to Asia lauded nations for their support for U.N. sanctions against North Korea during U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the region.
North Korea may be preparing to conduct a second nuclear test, a U.S. official with access to intelligence information said Tuesday.
The U.N. Security Council has agreed to vote Saturday on whether to slap sanctions on North Korea over its purported nuclear test, said John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The United States has vowed to press for tough international sanctions against North Korea over its claimed nuclear test, while scientists have raised questions about whether the test was a success.
Foreign ministers seeking to defuse the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions agreed Friday to consult on possible U.N. sanctions, expressing disappointment at Tehran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.
A senior North Korean official said his country plans to unload fuel rods from its nuclear reactor and "reprocess the fuel into plutonium to make nuclear weapons" as a way to leverage a return to bilateral talks with the United States, American scholar Selig Harrison told reporters at a Beijing news conference Saturday.
French President Jacques Chirac has said he believes a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis can be found without resorting to U.N. sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed skepticism that Iran is serious about suspending its uranium enrichment program and said the United States expects to "make some movement forward" on a sanctions resolution when U.N. diplomats convene in New York next week.
Iran's president argued for his country's pursuit of nuclear technology Friday in an address to residents of Maku city, stating peaceful nuclear energy use is "an inalienable right of the country," according to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called on U.S. President George W. Bush to participate in a "direct television debate with us," so Iran can voice its point of view on how to end problems in the world.
The United States will seek economic sanctions on Iran if the U.N. Security Council does not "fulfill its responsibilities" in pressing the Iranians to suspend its nuclear program, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.
Amid the threat of possible U.N. economic sanctions, Iran announced Friday it is transferring its foreign exchange accounts out of U.S. and European banks, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
After a meeting in London with representatives from China, Russia and the U.S., the so-called Euro Three (Britain, France and Germany) say they will seek Iran's reference to the United Nations Security Council at an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on February 2/3.
A possible referral of Iran to the U.N. Security Council over the resumption of its nuclear research program has moved closer after Britain, France, Germany said they will call for an emergency meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
Seven would-be defectors from North Korea are being questioned at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing after a security guard found them on the grounds of a Japanese school there.
North Korea has warned Japan that it would treat economic sanctions against the nation as a "declaration of war" as a row brews over the remains of abductees.
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