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Ahmadinejad: Uranium exchange "test" for cooperation with West

Ahmadinejad: Uranium exchange "test" for cooperation with WestTehran  - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday called forthcoming talks over uranium exchange as a "test" for future fruitful cooperation with the West.

An Iranian delegation, headed by atomic organization chief Ali- Akbar Salehi, will meet on October 19 in Vienna with representatives from the United States, Russia and France to discuss exchanging low- enriched uranium with other countries for high-enriched fissile material.

First death sentence given in Iran election protests, Amnesty says

First death sentence given in Iran election protests, Amnesty saysLondon  - Iran has handed down the first death sentence related to protests that followed June's disputed presidential election, Amnesty International said as it urged Tehran to rescind the sentence.

The appeal was made for Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, a monarchist and member of an exiled opposition group, on the occasion of Saturday's World Day Against the Death Penalty, the human rights group said.

Nobel prize for Obama premature, says Tehran

US President Barack ObamaTehran  - Tehran said Friday that the Nobel Peace Prize for US President Barack Obama was "premature," Mehr news agency reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Mehr that the decision made in Norway was "hasty" and for Obama "premature."

"The right timing for this prize would have been when the (US) forces had left Afghanistan and Iraq and stood besides the rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation," Mottaki said.

Iran renews effort to fight Barbie dolls with Islamic model

Iran renews effort to fight Barbie dolls with Islamic model Tehran - Iran has renewed its effort to fight Barbie dolls with an Islamic model and hence avoid a "cultural invasion," local media reported Friday.

In 1996, Iran branded the highly popular Barbie dolls a "cultural invasion" against Iranian children and proclaimed the production of an Islamic toy to counter the threat.

Iranian dissidents to be released soon, says legislator

Iranian dissidents to be released soon, says legislator Tehran - An Iranian legislator said Friday that some of the dissidents jailed following the unrest over alleged fraud in the June 12 presidential election would be soon released.

Farhad Tajari told the ILNA news agency that some of the dissidents, especially former reformist officials, would be released soon.

Iraq frees 36 Iranian opposition members

Mujahedin-e KhalqBaghdad  - Iraqi authorities on Wednesday freed 36 members of an Iranian opposition group detained during July clashes between Iraqi security forces and members of the group.

The detainees were taken into custody during clashes between members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) and Iraqi security forces entering the group's base at Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq. Seven members of the group died in the clashes.

A spokesman for the group, also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq, said the freed detainees had been beaten in custody and that "most of them were on the verge of death."

Iraq frees 36 Iranian opposition members

President, Saddam HusseinBaghdad  - Iraqi authorities on Wednesday freed 36 members of an Iranian opposition group detained during July clashes between Iraqi security forces and members of the group.

The detainees were taken into custody during clashes between members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) and Iraqi security forces entering the group's base at Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq. Seven members of the group died in the clashes.

A spokesman for the group, also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq, said the freed detainees had been beaten in custody and that "most of them were on the verge of death."

Ahmadinejad confirms Iran's willingness to exchange uranium

Ahmadinejad confirms Iran's willingness to exchange uraniumTehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday confirmed Iran's willingness to exchange low-enriched uranium with other countries for high-enriched fissile material.

Speaking after a cabinet session on state television, Ahmadinejad said several countries had expressed interest to cooperate with Iran on the exchange.

The president added that Iran would be prepared to hold talks with any countries and would soon send experts for technical discussions.

Ahmadinejad says Tehran ready for direct talks with US

Mahmoud AhmadinejadTehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Tehran was prepared for more direct talks with the United States, Fars news agency reported.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili met last week with Under Secretary of State William Burns in Geneva, the first direct meeting between the two arch-foes in more than 30 years.

"Iran is ready to hold talks with anybody who wants to have a dialogue with us," Ahmadinejad told reporters after a cabinet session in Tehran.

US prepared to move with sanctions on Iran

US prepared to move with sanctions on Iran Washington  - The United States is preparing to push forward with international sanctions if negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme fail, US officials said Tuesday.

Deputy Secretary of States James Steinberg told a Senate committee that the United States will be ready to quickly seek UN Security Council sanctions if the ongoing talks with Iran fail to resolve international concerns about its nuclear activities.

We will be positive in N-talks: Iran

Iran said on Monday it would head into the next round of talks with six world powers on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear programme later this month with a “positive” approach.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi also said that the head of the UN atomic watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei had been full of praise for Iran’s cooperation during his weekend visit to Tehran.

Ghashghavi reiterated at a news conference that the Iranian nuclear programme was peaceful in purpose, and dismissed Western demands that Tehran offer guarantees to this effect.

World powers no longer after enrichment suspension, Iran paper says

World powers no longer after enrichment suspension, Iran paper saysTehran  - The six world powers have put aside their initial demand that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment process, the Tehran daily Kayhan said in an editorial Tuesday.

Kayhan said the world powers in Geneva last week welcomed Iran's plan to exchange low-enriched uranium for high-enriched material for its research reactor in Tehran, guaranteeing a level of 5 per cent.

Iran must walk the talk on nuke program for peaceful purposes: US envoy

New York, Oct. 5 : U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on Sunday warned that Iran had to move quickly to prove its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes.

"If it doesn''t, time is short," Rice said on NBC''s "Meet the Press."

"We''re not interested in talking for talking sake. We''re not interested in interminable negotiations. They have to demonstrate conclusively that their program is for peaceful purposes," she added.

Iran says no change in nuclear stance after Geneva talks

Iran says no change in nuclear stance after Geneva talks Tehran  - There has been no change in the Iranian nuclear stance and the issue was not raised in the Geneva talks with the world powers, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said Monday.

"We have not raised anything about our right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology in the Geneva talks," the spokesman said.

Ghashghavi said the Geneva meeting addressed Tehran's proposal dealing with general global issues, but not the Iranian nuclear programme.

IAEA to inspect new Iranian nuclear site on October 25

Tehran  - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to inspect the newly revealed Iranian nuclear site on October 25, the head of the nuclear watchdog announced in Tehran Sunday.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei held talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the country's atomic chief Ali-Akbar Salehi earlier Sunday, just days after the existence of a second Iranian nuclear site was revealed.

Salehi confirmed the inspection date.

The uranium enrichment plant, Iran's second, is located near the religious city of Qom south of the capital Tehran. Reports of its existence last Thursday has caused concern in the West.

Israel hands over list of Russian scientist helping Iran nuke operation to Moscow

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin NetanyahuLondon, Oct. 4 : Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has handed over a list and evidence to Moscow, showing that some Russian scientists have been helping Iran to develop a nuclear bomb.

Netanyahu’s revelation came during his secret Moscow visit where he held urgent talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.

“We have heard that Netanyahu came with a list and concrete evidence showing that Russians are helping the Iranians to develop a bomb,” Times Online quoted a Russian defence ministry source, as saying.

Israel welcomes result of US-Iran talks

Washington, Oct. 4 : Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, has welcomed the recent agreement between America and Iran that the Islamic country will allow international inspectors into its secret nuclear facility and transfer much of its enriched uranium to other countries for processing it into nuclear fuel.

Although, Oren described the conclusions of Thursday''''''''s landmark meeting between Iran and the US, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France as “important and rather positive developments,” he also cautioned of Tehran’s history of backtracking from agreements.

International Atomic Energy Agency chief starts talks in Tehran

Mohamed ElBaradeiTehran  - Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), initiated fresh talks with high-ranking Iranian officials on Sunday in Tehran.

ElBaradei met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was scheduled to hold talks with Iran's atomic chief Ali-Akbar Salehi about the newly revealed second Iranian enrichment plant.

The IAEA chief is scheduled to discuss Iran's new initiative to increase 3.5-per-cent-enriched uranium from its Natanz plant in central Iran to 20 per cent through foreign countries.

Iran has sufficient data to produce an atom bomb: IAEA report

Iran has sufficient data to produce an atom bomb: IAEA reportNew York, Oct 4 : Iran has acquired sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable atom bomb, according to a confidential analysis by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The report, titled “Possible Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program,” was produced in consultation with a range of nuclear weapons experts inside and outside the IAEA.

Iran has data to make atomic bomb

Iran has data to make atomic bomb Washington  - The UN nuclear watchdog believes Iran has enough information to be able to make a functioning atomic bomb, the New York Times reported online Saturday.

According to unnamed European officials who describe an International Atomic Energy Agency report to the newspaper, Iran has "sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device."

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