Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said a change in Iranian behaviour is conditional on 'real change', not 'words' on the part of the US administration, a day after US President Barack Obama issued a videotaped appeal to the country.
Iran has welcomed US President Barack Obama's offer for a fresh start, while calling for concrete action. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana voiced hope that Obama's video message will mark a "new chapter" in relations with Tehran.
On the eve of the Nowruz holiday in Iran, US President Barack Obama issued an unprecedented videotaped message to America's longtime diplomatic foe, offering Iran an “engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect”.
US President Barack Obama continued his diplomatic exchange with Russia, this time saying he had not intended a "quid pro quo" offer where a US missile deal could be ditched if Moscow deterred Iran from nuclear proliferation.
"This is not productive," said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday, talking about US President Barack Obama's secret proposition to halt the US missile shield programme in Europe in exchange for help on the Iran nuclear issue.
The UN nuclear agency is meeting to assess Iran's nuclear capabilities. US Admiral Mike Mullen (pictured) said Sunday that Iran has enough fissile material to build a nuclear bomb, the first time the US has publicised such an assessment.
Former allies Washington and Tehran have been through a particularly strained relationship since the hostage crisis took place in Iran in 1979. Today both countries are engaged in a battle of wills over Iran's plans for nuclear development.
Iran and Russia are ready to announce a date for Iran's first nuclear power plant to go operational. The controversial Bushehr plant was co-built by Russia despite international concerns that it would help Iran develop a nuclear weapon.