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Marietje Schaake on Eu priority towards Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 14, 2011
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Clinton Iran does not want peace deal

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 11, 2011

Iran claims nuclear technology breakthrough

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 8, 2011

Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says his country is now capable of making the fuel plates and rods used inside nuclear reactors.

Western analysts have previously said the Islamic republic did not possess such technology.

The US and other Western nations suspect that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons.

Tehran strongly denies the accusation, saying its nuclear programme is for peaceful civilian purposes.

Mr. Salehi told Fars news agency that Iran had completed construction of a facility in the city of Isfahan to produce the plates and rods.

“We have built an advanced manufacturing unit in the Isfahan site for the fuel plates,” Mr Salehi, who is also acting foreign minister, told Fars news agency.

“A grand transformation has taken place in the production of plates and rods. With the completion of the unit in Isfahan, we are one of the few countries which can produce fuel rods and fuel plates.”

Fuel rods are designed to contain enriched uranium and are housed inside the nuclear reactor.

Mr Salehi’s comments come ahead of the next round of talks in Istanbul between Iran and six world powers – the US, UK, China, Russia, France and Germany – over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

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EU says up to IAEA to inspect Iranian nuclear facilities

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 6, 2011

The European Union’s executive said on Wednesday it was up to the U.N. nuclear watchdog to inspect Iranian atomic facilities, after Tehran invited EU envoys to tour the sites this month.

The European Commission said it had yet to reply to the invitation sent to some ambassadors, including the EU’s, accredited to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, weeks before a second round of talks between Iran and six world powers on its disputed nuclear ambitions.

Iran invited the EU as well as China, Russia and others to visit, in a move that raised questions in the West as to whether it constituted a genuine step towards more nuclear transparency or a public relations stunt meant to divide major powers and buy time for further atomic advances.

The West suspects Iran’s nuclear programme is directed at developing bombs.

The EU said inspections should be carried out by specialists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), rather than ambassadors to the U.N. watchdog who were invited by Tehran.

“We haven’t answered the letter,” a European Commission spokesman told a regular news briefing on Wednesday, after being asked whether the EU had accepted or rejected Tehran’s offer.

“But what we want to underline is that there is a process going on and it is for the IAEA to inspect the Iranian nuclear facilities … They have people to inspect them.”

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Iran & North Korea Working Together (1.2.11)

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 5, 2011

Iran invites EU, others to nuke sites after barring IAEA constantly

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 4, 2011

Iran has invited Russia, China, the European Union and its allies among the Arab and developing world to tour its nuclear sites, in an apparent move to gain support ahead of a new round of talks with six world powers.

In a letter made available Monday to The Associated Press, senior Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh suggests the weekend of Jan. 15 and 16 for the tour and says that meetings “with high ranking officials” are envisaged.

While no reason was given for the timing of the offer, it comes just weeks before Iran and the six powers follow up on recent talks that ended with agreement on little else but to meet again.

The new round between Tehran, and the permanent U.N. Security Council members — the U.S. Russia, China, Britain, France — plus Germany, is tentatively set for Istanbul, Turkey in late January.

It is meant to explore whether there is common ground for more substantive talks on Iran’s nuclear program, viewed by the U.S, and its allies as a cover for secret plans to make nuclear arms — something Tehran denies.

As we all know there is an International Atomic Energy Agency which barred from Iran for investigations and Islamic republic probably has a show going on after barring over 40 investigators which wanted to investigate the sites that they suspect not the ones that the regime plans to demonstrate.

Islamic regime plays with world to extend the time to reach to their aims. Last month the head of Iran’s atomic energy organization said on television that Iran had achieved the ability to produce its own yellow cake, uranium powder that is a step in the process for creating nuclear fuel.

He said the breakthrough, using uranium ore mined in southern Iran, signified the country’s full self-sufficiency in the production of uranium, cutting out the need for imported material.

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Iran Shoots Down 2 Spy Drones

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 3, 2011

Two more Iranian ships seized abroad

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 3, 2011

One month after three Iranian ships were seized in Singapore, Islamic Republic Shipping confirmed that two other ships were seized in Malta and Hong Kong.

Mohammad Hossein Dajmer, director of Islamic Republic Shipping told a press conference that they are trying to secure the release of these ships but added “If in some cases the resources necessary are not provided, we might come to an agreement on putting the ships up for sale.”

The three cargo ships, Sahand, Sabalon and Tochal, which belong to Iranian navy, were seized in Singapore last month upon complaints filed against them by a French bank for failing to make appropriate loan payments.

While it was announced that the ships were put up for sale, Dajmer claimed: “The loan payments were made but the ships were not released yet” and the delays have been attributed to the end of year holidays by Iranian media.

Islamic Republic Shipping maintains that the loans are currently in good standing; however, the insurance they carry has not met the approval of the bank.

Following the approval of UN sanctions against Iran, several large insurance companies have refused to insure Iranian ships and the alternative insurance that Iranian have secured for the ships has not been accepted by the banks.

The two ships that were seized in Malta and Hong Kong have been called in by a German bank that carries a $280 million loan on it. The bank refuses to accept payment on the loan due to the insurance disputes and wants full payment on its loan.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution last June which imposes restrictions on companies linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Islamic Republic Shipping.

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Oil Trade Dispute Erupts Between India and Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 31, 2010

Tehran refused to sell oil to India under the prohibitive new rules

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 30, 2010

A payments dispute between India and Iran escalated after Tehran refused to sell oil to India under New Delhi’s prohibitive new rules, sources on both sides said on Wednesday.

The Indian sources said officials from the central banks of the two countries will meet on Friday as Iran seeks to rescue trade worth around $12 billion (£7.7 billion) a year, at risk from rising U.S. pressure on countries trading with Iran to abandon all dealings.

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India said deals with Iran must be settled outside the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) system, used by central banks of member nations to settle bilateral trades.

Analysts predicted talks would be tough and that New Delhi may face a costly bill if it abandons Iranian oil imports.

Iran is under global pressure over its nuclear programme, and though United Nations sanctions do not forbid the purchase of Iranian oil, the United States has pressed hard for governments and companies to stop dealing with Tehran.

India is the biggest buyer of Iranian crude among ACU members, with state-owned refiners and privately owned Essar Oil taking around 400,000 barrels per day.

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