• Iran says it is prepared to ease Western concerns about nuclear program in exchange for pledges about the country's ability to enrich uranium.

    In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks to the crowd in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.
    LAST UPDATE : Feb 19, 2013, 12:09 PM EST
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves to the crowd at the conclusion of his speech in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

    The ayatollah, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, also rejected direct talks with the U.S. over its nuclear program despite the pressure of sanctions.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EST
  • Women read copies of a delivered extra edition of a Japanese newspaper reporting North Korea's nuclear test, in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.

    Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 12, 2013, 1:29 PM EST
  • Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in front of a portrait of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini.

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with United States, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 07, 2013, 4:10 PM EST