US secretary of state John Kerry addresses the media after the nuclear talks session with Iran in Vienna. Photograph: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The longer the international standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All s(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

For a deal to be struck with Iran, US president Barack Obama must navigate three sets of negotiations. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters
Obama Iran deal could skirt Congress
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  • October 20, 2014, 17:48

No one knows if United States president Barack Obama’s administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consid(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry today said he hoped an agreement to end a dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme would be completed within months. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters.

Iran will grant UN inspectors “managed access” to a uranium mine and a heavy-water plant within three months as part of a cooperation pact reached on (...)

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have held “very productive” talks on how to advance a long-blocked investigation into Iranian atomic activities.   Iran is seen to be engaging more openly on the topic of its nuclear ambitions since  the election president Hassan Rouhani.  Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters.

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have held “very productive” talks on how to advance a long-blocked investigation into Iranian atomic activities and w(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani meets with United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly today in New York. While their have been talks of diplomatic relations between Iran and the United states restarting, Mr Rouhani turned down an opportunity to meet with US president Barack Obama earlier in the week. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Iran has sharply criticised the UN nuclear watchdog over “baseless allegations” about its atomic activity, a document showed before talks between the (...)

US special representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies is surrounded by the media as he speaks after meetings with Japanese officials. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a (...)

Workers wearing protective suits and masks as they work on contaminated water storage tanks at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week. Photograph: Reuters

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has upgraded its alert level for radiation leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, underlying the deepening crisis at t(...)

Mohamed ElBaradei: has criticised successive rulers of Egypt, from Hosni Mubarak and the generals who replaced him to the now ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.

He has no army pedigree, lived in the West for decades and has criticised successive rulers of Egypt, from Hosni Mubarak and the generals who repla(...)