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Iran

Error (AP, Josh Lederman, 7/18/17): Iran remains on the State Department's list of sponsors of terrorism for its support of anti-Israel groups.

Correction (7/18/17): Iran remains on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support for Hezbollah and other Shia militia groups, including in Iraq, Syria and Bahrain.



Error (Guardian, Harriet Sherwood and Dan Roberts, 3/2/14): …the failure of an Aipac-supported effort to pass legislation blocking Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran has led to a reassessment of the fabled ability of its lobbyists to wield a veto over US policy when it comes to matters of Israeli security.

Correction: But the failure of Aipac to garner enough support in the Senate to oppose the Obama administration over its  nuclear deal with Iran has led to a reassessment of the fabled ability of its lobbyists to wield a veto over US policy when it comes to matters of Israeli security.



Error (Economist, 11/25/13): Meanwhile, a poll of American Jews by the Anti-Defamation League early this month found that if Israel were to carry out a military strike against Iran, 48% thought American should take a "neutral" position, while just 40% would favour supporting Israel.

Correction (As of 12/5/13): We initially stated that the poll by the Anti-Defamation League was of Jewish Americans. In fact, the poll was based on a random sampling of all Americans. That section of the post has been changed. Sorry.



Error (Independent, Op-Ed, Robert Fisk, 10/1/13): What we do know is that when Mr Rouhani started saying all the things we had been demanding that Iran should say for years, Israel went bananas. Mr Netanyahu condemned him before he had even said a word. “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” “An anti-Semite.”

Correction (Online as of 10/5/13): What we do know is that when Mr Rouhani started saying all the things we had been demanding that Iran should say for years, Israel went bananas. Mr Netanyahu condemned him before he had even said a word. “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.”



Error (New York Times Web site, Thomas Erdbrink and Jodi Rudoren, 8/2/13): In 2005, Mr. Ahmadinejad was famously quoted as saying Israel must be “wiped off the map,” during a conference called “A world without Zionism.” While it later became clear from tapes of his remarks that he had actually said “Israel must vanish from the pages of history,” it made his international image as a staunch anti-Semitic hard-liner.

Correction (Updated Web story, print story, 8/3/13): Mr. Rouhani, who has sought to portray himself as a moderate, did not use the most inflammatory anti-Israeli invective sometimes heard from other Iranian leaders, most notably Mr. Rouhani’s predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called Israel a cancerous tumor, a virus and an aberration that should be expunged from history.

Fact: The New York Times, in reporting several years earlier about Ahmadinejad's comments, consulted translators who explained that "'wipe off' or 'wipe away' is more accurate than 'vanish' because the Persian verb is active and transitive."



Error (New York Times Web site, Thomas Erdbrink and Jodi Rudoren, 8/2/13): But on Friday, the country’s incoming president, Hassan Rowhani, struck a more moderate tone, by merely calling the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands "a sore."

Correction (Updated story, print story, 8/3/13): ... Mr. Rouhani told state television that “a sore has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years,” a reference to Israel.



Error (New York Times, Helene Cooper, 3/5/12): Mr. Obama, who has often lamented the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003, made reference to European and American intelligence assessments that have found no evidence that Iran has decided to pursue a nuclear weapon

Correction (3/13/12): Because of an editing error, an article on March 5 about President Obama’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee referred incorrectly to his comments about intelligence assessments of Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon. Mr. Obama said, “The United States and Israel both assess that Iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon, and we are exceedingly vigilant in monitoring their program.” His speech did not mention some European intelligence reports that have said there is no evidence that Iran has made a final decision to pursue a nuclear weapon.



Error (BBC Web site, 7/3/08): ... Iran is not making highly enriched uranium suitable for a weapon, only low-enriched uranium useable as nuclear power fuel.

Correction (Updated story, 8/28/08): ... Iran is not, openly at least, making highly enriched uranium suitable for a weapon, only low-enriched uranium useable as nuclear power fuel. ...

(Further update 28 August: it has been pointed out that some people are sceptical of the claim by Iran that it is enriching only to low values. For example, the US National Intelligence Estimate stated: "We assess with moderate confidence that Iran probably would use covert facilities rather than its declared nuclear sites for the production of highly enriched uranium for a weapon."

And the former head of Israeli Military Intelligence Maj-Gen Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash told the Jerusalem Post that, recognising that the international community had discovered their covert programme (in 2002), the Iranians set about hiding its traces, but then resumed their activities.)