For Washington scholar Haleh Esfandiari, the saga is finally over. Esfandiari arrived in the United States yesterday, more than eight months after she was detained in Tehran, interrogated and later jailed in Iran's most notorious prison.
Iran said on Thursday it had agreed a timetable with Russia for the start-up of the Islamic state's first nuclear power plant, local media reported, but an official in Moscow said talks with Tehran were still under way.
Iran said on Thursday that Russia remains committed to completing construction of its first nuclear power plant, despite strings of delays and setbacks, state media reported.
Iran said on Thursday it had agreed a timetable with Russia for the start-up of the Islamic state's first nuclear power plant, but an official in Moscow said negotiations with Tehran were still under way.
Iran on Thursday shrugged off warnings of further UN sanctions over its nuclear drive, saying the atomic programme was now so well advanced that more punitive measures would have no effect.
Iran's supreme leader on Thursday rejected reports of a power struggle within the Islamic Republic's leadership and praised President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a fierce critic of the West.
Iran on Thursday accused the United States of supporting separatist rebel groups in its border regions to carry out acts of sabotage, including blowing up oil pipelines.
France is considering fresh sanctions to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear programme, holding talks with investors on measures that could be adopted outside the UN, the presidency said Thursday.
Experts in the United States know little about Iran's motives for arresting Iranian-American scholars and journalists in the first place, but they suggest that Iran's supreme leader stepped in to ease tensions with the United States.
US President George W. Bush on Thursday pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao to help step up pressure on Iran in talks at which he also said he would happily attend the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.