March 10, 1988 |
The Soviet Union acknowledged yesterday that it had supplied Iraq with short-range missiles, but said the weapons could not reach Iran's capital, Tehran, unless unauthorized modifications were carried out. Iran has charged that Iraq has been using Soviet-supplied ground-to-ground missiles in its latest barrage of Iranian population centers. But a senior Soviet official, in calling again for an end to the "war of the cities," said the Kremlin was not to blame for the new escalation in the 7 1/2-year-old war. "The efforts to present the whole affair as if the Soviet Union has anything to do with it are absolutely unfounded," said Vsevolod L. Oleandrov, head of the Foreign Ministry's Directorate for International Organizations.
July 10, 1988
Before Iran Air Flight 655 was shot down, a debate was heating up over whether the United States should make new overtures to Tehran. This debate has actually intensified after the air tragedy, which has underlined the need to find a formula to end the Iran-Iraq war. Secretary of State George P. Shultz confirmed that before the accident, Iranian officials had sent messages through intermediaries that they were interested in a dialogue. Since these messages presumably reflect basic changes in Iran's geopolitical situation, it is likely that they will continue, despite the current ill feelings over the air tragedy.
February 28, 1998 |
After nearly 20 years of hostility, small steps toward opening a dialogue between the people of Iran and the United States occurred this week at the University of Pennsylvania, as a professor from Tehran lectured on Iran's recent political changes. The visit of political scientist Moustafa Torkzahrani marked the first contact between American and Iranian academics since Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said in an appearance on U.S. television in January that he wanted to make a "crack in the wall of mistrust" between the two countries.
June 9, 1989 |
I must confess I do not understand Iranians. I know that sounds racist, treating Iranians as though all of them are alike, but as nearly as I can tell, they are. At least when you get them together in a group, they act the same: as though somewhere deep inside their psyche, there is a screw loose. That has been my experience. I recall the actions of Iranian students in Washington shortly after their brethren in Tehran had taken our embassy staff hostage. They responded to our outrage by putting bags on their heads and staging a protest against our government, which had let the deposed shah of Iran into the country for treatment of his cancer.
March 1, 1988 |
Iraq fired a barrage of long-range missiles into Tehran today in attacks apparently aimed at ending the Persian Gulf war stalemate. The official Iraqi News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, said its gunners fired five surface-to-surface missiles into Tehran after two similar projectiles had exploded in Baghdad, killing and wounding "many civilians. " Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA, monitored earlier in Nicosia, said in urgent dispatches that "two loud explosions" were heard after nightfall yesterday in Tehran and "there may have been casualties and damage.
January 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two years after a hostage video and photographs of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson raised the possibility that the American was being held by extremists, U.S. officials now see the government of Iran behind the images, intelligence officials told the Associated Press. Levinson, a private investigator, disappeared in 2007 on the Iranian island of Kish. The Iranian government has repeatedly denied knowing anything about his disappearance. Photos that Levinson's family received in late 2010 and early 2011 - showing his hair wild and gray, his beard unkempt - are being seen for the first time publicly after the family provided copies to the AP. In response to Iran's denials, and amid secret conversations with Tehran, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a statement in 2011 that Levinson was being held somewhere in South Asia.
August 22, 2007 |
A vacation on the salt marshes of Cape Cod creates the delusion that all's right with the world. The neat patterns of nature on Blackfish Creek, where every plant and creature has its proper role, provide a calming sense of global order (especially after a trip to Baghdad). Cardinals whistle in the pines, the tall grasses disappear and return with the tides, an owl plaintively hoots each afternoon, and fiddler crabs send out bubbles from their sandy holes. However chaotic the planet (and the weather to the south)
March 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama delivered his most explicit threat yet that the United States would attack Iran if that's what it takes to prevent the country from developing a nuclear bomb. At the same time, he warned Israelis they would only make a bad situation worse if they moved preemptively against Iranian nuclear facilities. The double-barreled warning, in an interview published Friday, came before Obama's high-stakes meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and a speech Sunday to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israeli lobby.
May 11, 2003 |
Leaders of an Iranian exile army that operated in Iraq for more than two decades surrendered to U.S. forces yesterday and agreed to place their troops and equipment in camps under coalition control. The well-armed People's Mujaheddin, with about 6,000 members, was the last organized armed force in Iraq and a potential challenge to the authority of the U.S.-led coalition. Members of the group had spent more than two decades fighting against Iran's Islamic government with support from Saddam Hussein.
May 19, 2012 |
VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency chief will fly to Tehran over the weekend to sign a deal meant to allow his organization to resume a long-stalled search for evidence that Iran worked on developing nuclear arms, the agency and diplomats said Friday. The trip Sunday by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano comes just four days ahead of a key meeting between six world powers and Iran where the six hope to wrest concessions from Tehran meant to reduce concerns that it wants such arms.