ElBaradei in Iran for talks over nuclear issue

Tehran, Oct 3 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei arrived in Iran Saturday for talks with Iranian officials over Tehran's nuclear programme, Iran's state radio reported.

During his stay in Iran, ElBaradei will meet Iranian officials and discuss Iran's nuclear programme with them, the report said.

According to Iran's English-language satellite channel Press TV, the IAEA chief was expected to meet Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, and other top nuclear officials Sunday.

The IAEA chief would not visit the new uranium enrichment facility during his stay in Iran this time, Press TV quoted an announcement of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) as saying.

ElBaradei to follow up on Geneva talks in weekend visit to Iran

Mohamed ElBaradeiVienna  - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei is set to travel to Tehran on the weekend to follow up on two key outcomes of Iran's multilateral nuclear talks in Geneva, an IAEA spokesman said Friday.

One topic of ElBaradei's trip would be Iran's newly revealed uranium enrichment plant near Qom, which IAEA inspectors want to visit as soon as possible.

Iran agreed in Geneva to grant the Vienna-based nuclear agency access, in Thursday's meeting with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, Britain, France, Russia and the United States - as well as Germany.

After progress in Geneva, Obama keeps up pressure on Iran

After progress in Geneva, Obama keeps up pressure on IranVienna/Geneva - If Thursday's agreement on further talks between Iran, the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany gave reason for some optimism, US President Barack Obama made clear he would keep up the pressure on the Islamic state.

Experts say it was exactly the mounting pressure from Western powers in past weeks - a combination of setting an ultimatum, threatening sanctions and carefully timed intelligence leaks - that pushed Iran forward in the talks in Geneva on Thursday.

US, Iran face off at six-power N-talks

IRANSix world powers held talks with Iran on Thursday that US officials said would need to convince them Tehran was prepared to show it was not hiding plans for a nuclear bomb.

Underlining they would not threaten fresh sanctions against Tehran but had prepared them in case the talks made no progress, Washington also said there could be an opportunity for a rare bilateral meeting with the Iranians.

“This can’t be a phony process,” a senior US official said in Washington. “It can’t be a process where they go through the motions.”

Iran hopeful about finding framework for more talks

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei Geneva  - Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili said Thursday in Geneva he hoped to find a framework for further negotiations with the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany.

Speaking after talks with top diplomats of these six countries, Jalili stressed that "regarding all activities we have in nuclear issues, all of these are in coordination with the agency," referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He said Iran was building its recently revealed second uranium plant for security reasons.

No high expectations from Geneva talks, Iran foreign minister says

Iranian FM Manouchehr Mottaki New York  - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday said no immediate results should be expected from the six- party nuclear talks in Geneva as the discussion will continue.

During a visit to United Nations headquarters in New York, Mottaki emphasized in talks with "most" of the foreign ministers of the six nations participating in the Geneva talks with Iranian officials "not to raise high expectations."

"They must take a realistic approach and continue such talks," Mottaki told a press conference. "We support the continuation of such talks."

Solana upbeat about outcome of Geneva Iran talks

Javier Solana Geneva  - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Thursday said Iran had reiterated its willingess to open its recently revealed nuclear site to international inspectors, giving an upbeat assessment of the world powers' talks with Iran in Geneva.

There was also partial progress in the efforts by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - as well as Germany in discussing with Iran the possibility of enriching its uranium outside of the country.

Iran says its nuclear programmes no security threat

Iran says its nuclear programmes no security threat Geneva  - Iran told the six world powers Thursday in Geneva that its nuclear programmes posed no security threat to the Middle East and Persian Gulf region, the news network Khabar reported.

Khabar quoted Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili as telling the five permanent security council members - and apparently also US State Department's top diplomats William Burns - that the main threat of the region were the atomic arsenals in the region, especially those of Israel.

Six party talks with Iran set to get under way

Six party talks with Iran set to get under wayGeneva  - The five permanent United Nations Security Council members plus Germany were set to meet Thursday morning with Iran's nuclear negotiator for much-anticipated talks - but with diplomats signalling low expectations.

"It's important to remember that the 'five plus one' group was formed to focus on the nuclear issue, and that remains our focus and our paramount concern," a United States official said ahead of the talks.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki allowed to visit Washington

Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki allowed to visit Washington Washington  - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made a short visit Wednesday to Washington after leaving the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, the US State Department announced late Wednesday.

West seeks to test Iran in Geneva as nuclear row escalates

International Atomic Energy Agency Vienna/Geneva  - At talks between Iran and world powers in Geneva on Thursday, Western countries aim to test whether there is any willingness on the part of the Islamic state to return to a dialogue on its controversial nuclear programme.

But diplomats and experts said they did not expect Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili to veer from Tehran's official stance of seeking talks on everything but that issue when he meets top diplomats from the five permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, as well as from Germany.

Six parties prepare for difficult Geneva talks with Iran

Chief Mohamed ElBaradeiAfter weeks of wrangling, delegates of the main nuclear powers and Germany were landing in Geneva Wednesday and making final preparations ahead of their meeting with Iran, the nuclear programme of which they hope to focus on.

Set to begin Thursday morning at a quiet villa along Lake Geneva, the parties, in particular the Western allies, will aim to make headway on slow moving negotiations, amid growing concerns that Iran is aiming to develop weapons of mass destruction.

Iran prepared for "long negotiations" with world powers

Iran prepared for "long negotiations" with world powersTehran  - Iran was prepared for long negotiations with the world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.

Iran is due to meet Thursday in Geneva with the representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany for talks whose agenda was not yet clear because of differences between the two sides.

"We prefer to build up friendship and understanding (with the world powers) and are prepared for long negotiations," Ahmadinejad said on state television.

Iran nuke site said to be inside a mountain

Tehran, Sep. 30 : Iranian Vice President and head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi has revealed that one of its uranium enrichment facilities is inside a mountain next to a military site to ensure continuity of nuclear activities in case of an attack.

Salehi also said that Iran is willing to have a general discussion about nuclear technology in Geneva but will not give up its right to uranium enrichment and conversion, CBS News reports.

"We will never bargain over our sovereign right," said Salehi.

China urges diplomacy, prioritizes Iran oil supply

Beijing  - China wants a diplomatic solution to Iran's building of a previously undeclared uranium-enrichment facility and opposes any tough international sanctions that would stop Iran from exporting oil, experts and state media said on Wednesday.

China will oppose new sanctions if the United States proposes a ban on Iran exporting oil, the Global Times quoted Yin Gang, an expert on Middle East affairs at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as saying.

Yin said the possibility of a proposed ban on oil exports was low, but said China needed to balance its warming political ties with the United States and its economic links with Iran.

Sanctions would just hit the people, says Iran's opposition leader

Sanctions would just hit the people, says Iran's opposition leaderTehran  - Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Moussavi said in a statement Monday that financial sanctions against Iran would just hit the people and not the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"These sanctions would not be against a government but the people who have already been agonized by this government," Moussavi said in a statement carried by several reformist websites.

Iran test-fires long-range missiles, Sep 28 : Iran successfully test-fired long-range missiles on Monday that are capable of striking targets in Israel, most Arab countries and parts of Europe - including much of Turkey, BBC quoted State media, as saying.

Iran''s Revolutionary Guards tested the Shahab-3 long-range missile and Sajjil rockets, which reportedly has a range of 1,300 to 2,000km (800 to 1,240 miles), reports said.

Iran long-range missile puts ‘Israel, Arabia, parts of Europe’ in range

Iran long-range missile puts ‘Israel, Arabia, parts of Europe’ in rangeTehran, Sep 28 : Iran has claimed that it is due to test-fire a long-range missile that is capable of striking targets in Israel, most Arab countries and parts of Europe - including much of Turkey.

Iranian Air Force Commander Hossein Salami has said that a Shahab-3 long-range missile, which reportedly has a range of 1,300 to 2,000km (800 to 1,240 miles), was to be test-fired on Monday, Sky News reports.

The report of the test comes at a time of heightened tension between Iran and the West.

Iran conducts second stage of missile tests

Brigadier General Hossein SalamiTehran  - Iran late Sunday successfully tested medium-range missiles in the second stage of military tests, military officials said.

The tests followed harsh Western reactions toward the establishment of a second uranium-enrichment plant 100 kilometres south of Tehran, and renewed suspicion that Iran was working on a secret nuclear programme.

Iran tested medium-range Shahab-2 missiles with a range of 300 to 700 kilometres as part of its The Great Prophet IV military drills, Brigadier General Hossein Salami told Press TV.

US to demand immediate opening of Iranian nuclear site

US to demand immediate opening of Iranian nuclear site Washington  - The world powers led by the United States will insist in a meeting Thursday with an Iranian delegation that Tehran immediately open its newly revealed nuclear plant to international inspectors, the Washington Post reported online.

The existence of the second Iranian nuclear facility was revealed Friday in an announcment by US President Barack Obama, who joined with leaders from Britain and France to accuse Tehran of concealing from UN inspectors the plant, which is believed to be intended for enriching uranium.

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