A facile, efficient and general synthetic method for iodopyridines is described. When treated with molecular iodine in the presence of sodium bicarbonate, N-propargylic beta-enaminones have underwent electrophilic cyclization to afford iodo-substituted pyridines in good to high yields. Iodocyclization has been found to be general for a broad range of N-propargylic beta-enaminones and tolerated the presence of aliphatic, aromatic and heteroaromatic groups with electron-withdrawing and electron-donating substituents. The starting N-propargylic beta-enaminones have been prepared by conjugate addition of propargylamine to alpha,beta-allcynic ketones, followed by Sonogashira coupling with aryl iodides. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.