Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles. Photograph: leader.ir/Handout via Reuters.

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that(...)

Reform hastens slowly

Despite Iran’s hardline, candidate-vetting Guardian Council disqualifying thousands of the reformists who wanted to run, curbing street protests and d(...)

Iranian women show their IDs as they wait in line to cast their votes in the parliamentary and Assemblyof  Experts  election outside a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, on Friday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Millions of Iranians voted in high-stake elections on Friday that could shift the balance of power within the hardline-controlled Islamic elite by ush(...)

Hassan Rohani during a news conference in Tehran yesterday at which he said he would “revive ethics and constructive interaction with the world through moderation”. Photograph: Reuters/Fars News/Majid Hagdost

President-elect Hassan Rohani held out the prospect yesterday of better relations between Iran and the world, including the United States, and progres(...)

The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters

Iranian reformists led by former president Mohammad Khatami have endorsed Hassan Rohani, the lone moderate contesting Friday’s election for the presid(...)

Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili. Mr Jalili is one of eight approved candidates in the upcoming election. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to fight a decision by election overseers to disqualify his top aide from the upcoming presidential ra(...)