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‘Defiant’ Iran announces plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plants

‘Defiant’ Iran announces plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plantsTehran, Nov 30 : Two days after world powers ordered Iran to halt the construction of a uranium enrichment plant near Qom, Iran has announced that it has plans to build ten new plants to escalate its nuclear programmes.

The announcement was made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said that his Cabinet had ordered the building of ten new plants aimed at producing up to 300 tonnes of nuclear fuel a year, with construction to begin on five within two months, The Times reported.

Norwegian charges against Nobel laureate’s asset freezing biased: Iran

Norwegian charges against Nobel laureate’s asset freezing biased: IranTehran, Nov. 28 : Iran has refuted Norwegian claims that it had unlawfully confiscated Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s medal and frozen her bank account.

Terming the Norwegian government’s protest as interference in its internal affairs, Tehran claimed that the Nobel laureate owed taxes to the government.

Iran warns IAEA against using 'language of force'

Tehran, Nov 27 - Iran warned the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Friday not to use threatening language against Tehran, as the UN nuclear guardian's board was set to take action on Iran for the first time since 2006.

"We recommend the IAEA not to refer to such methods and use the language of logic rather than force," the official IRNA news agency quoted Iran's IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltanieh as saying.

The Iranian envoy added that a draft resolution tabled at the IAEA's Board of Governors meeting in Vienna would be counterproductive.

"Resolutions, sanctions and threats have always made the issue more complicated," Soltanieh said.

Seven Jondollah militants arrested in Iran

Seven Jondollah militants arrested in IranTehran, Nov. 26 : Seven alleged members of the hardcore Islamic militant group, Jondollah, have been arrested by security officials here.

An Iranian judicial official, while confirming the arrests, said charges would be framed against the militants and they will be put on trial soon.

“The charges against these seven people are that they are mohareb (fighters against God) and belong to the terrorist group of Abdulmalek Rigi,” The Dawn quoted Ebrahim Hamidi, head of the Sistan-Baluchistan province judiciary, as saying.

Iran issue unsolved at ElBaradei's last IAEA board meeting

Iran issue unsolved at ElBaradei's last IAEA board meeting Vienna, Nov 26 : The dispute over Iran's nuclear programme showed no sign of abating as diplomats gathered at the International Atomic Energy Agency Thursday for a meeting that would be the last under IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

The IAEA's board of governors was set to vote on a resolution drafted by six world powers that would express "serious concern" about a new nuclear site that Tehran revealed belatedly in September and note that Iran had broken international rules by building it.

Obama writes to Brazilian president on Iran

Obama writes to Brazilian president on IranBrasilia, Nov 26 - US President Barack Obama wrote a letter to his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to express his concern about the situation in Iran and Honduras, officials said Wednesday.

The letter was sent Sunday, a day before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Brazil on the first leg of a South American tour that will also take him to Bolivia and Venezuela.

Iran must avoid going down the nuclear weapon path: Manmohan Singh

Iran must avoid going down the nuclear weapon path: Manmohan SinghWashington, Nov. 24 : Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that Iran must not go down the nuclear weapons path, and added that New Delhi has unambiguously and consistently said that it does not support such a step.

Protests precede Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil

Protests precede Ahmadinejad's visit to Brazil Brasilia  - Several hundred people on Sunday protested the upcoming visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, taking him to task for his denial of the Holocaust.

The protests, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, are expected to be followed by protests by the Jewish community on Monday in the nation's capital, Brasilia.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards to hold military manoeuvres

Iran's Revolutionary Guards to hold military manoeuvres Tehran - Iran's revolutionary guards plan to hold military manoeuvres soon, official news agency IRNA reported Saturday.

The exercises, expected to focus mainly on testing the air force capabilities, would be held either during the weekend or early next week, the agency said.

Iran's military manoeuvres have recently increased following renewed threats by Israel to attack the country's nuclear sites.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has often claimed that no country would dare to attack Iran and challenge its military might.

Iran has not totally rejected nuclear fuel plan

Iran has not totally rejected nuclear fuel planBerlin - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Friday that he believes that Iran has not totally rejected his agency's nuclear fuel plan, but that time was running out.

"The ball is now in Iran's court. I hope they will not miss this fleeting chance," he told reporters in Berlin.

On Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brushed off international warnings after apparently rejecting a compromise deal on the country's controversial nuclear programme.

Ahmadinejad: Iran to go its way despite Western warnings

Ahmadinejad: Iran to go its way despite Western warningsTehran  - Iran will go its way despite Western warnings, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, brushing off international warnings after the Islamic state apparently rejected a compromise deal on its controversial nuclear programme.

"The ill-wishers and enemies of our country do not want us to have progress and prosperity and therefore we should go on our way and keep the unity for realizing our aims by ourselves," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the city of Tabriz, north-western Iran.

Iran not worried about sanctions after rejecting nuclear deal

Manila - Iran's foreign minister on Thursday shrugged off the possibility of sanctions after rejecting a compromise deal to ship enriched uranium abroad for further processing.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was in Manila for a two-day visit, said Tehran was open to hold further talks on "the best possible" way to resolve the matter.

"Don't take it so serious," he told a press conference in Manila when asked if Iran was prepared to face more sanctions for rejecting the compromise deal.

"Sanctions was the literature of the 60s and the 70s," he added. "I think they are wise enough not to repeat failed experiences. Of course, it is totally up to them."

Iran will not send enriched uranium abroad

Iran will not send enriched uranium abroadTehran - Iran will not send its enriched uranium abroad for further processing, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday.

Talking to ISNA news agency, Mottaki added that Iran would, however, consider a nuclear fuel swap inside the country.

Iran was supposed to export low-grade enriched uranium to Russia and France where it could be enriched to be used as fuel in Tehran's medical-purpose reactor.

Tehran, however, later said that it would prefer purchasing the required fuel from other countries and keep its low-enriched uranium.

Oil wealth clouds vision of Chavez, Ahmadinejad, says Peres

Shimon PeresBuenos Aires - Oil wealth has clouded the vision of leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said Israeli President Shimon Peres in comments published Wednesday by Argentine newspaper Critica.

"There are similarities between Ahmadinejad and Chavez because their thoughts are both clouded by oil," said Peres. That blindness has led both into political madness, he said.

Peres also predicted that both presidents will soon fall from power.

"Their own people are tired of these rulers. They are both only fleeting phenomena," he said while speaking at a conference Tuesday.

India can still be part of IPI project, says Iran minister

IPIThe door is open for New Delhi to be a part of the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project, Iran’s foreign minister Manocheher Mottaki said on Tuesday. He, however, added that India needed to decide fast.

“We have a bilateral arrangement with Pakistan and the door is open for our Indian friends. That (IPI) will be a reality... but I am not sure about the future,” Mottaki said in an interaction at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).

Mottaki said more than 100 km of the pipeline had already been laid on the Iranian side and Pakistan too had started work on its side.

Three convicted drug traffickers hanged in central Iran

Three convicted drug traffickers hanged in central Iran Tehran  - Three convicted drug traffickers, including one woman, were hanged in central Iran, the Tehran daily Kayhan reported Wednesday.

The three were hanged on Monday in the city of Isfahan after their initial death sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking of quantities in excess of 5 kilograms are among crimes punishable by death in Iran. (dpa)

Iranian judiciary sentences more dissidents to death

Iranian judiciary sentences more dissidents to death Tehran  - The Iranian judiciary has issued death sentences against five more dissidents, state media reported Tuesday.

The judiciary announced in a statement that death sentences had been issued against five and prison terms from six months to 15 years against 81 dissidents arrested following the disputed presidential election on June 12.

The five on death row are charged with being linked to the Iranian opposition and what the statement called terrorist groups.

The statement said that the verdicts could be appealed.

Iran: IAEA nuclear reports "tiring game"

Iran: IAEA nuclear reports "tiring game"Tehran - Iran on Tuesday said the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proved that the nature of its nuclear projects was peaceful, rejecting the UN nuclear guardian's criticism that its delays in submitting information did little to inspire confidence.

Iran's IAEA envoy, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, criticized parts of the report which he called irrelevant, and said it contained unnecessary technical details, which he said had nothing to do with the main issue of whether Iran's nuclear programmes were peaceful.

Bribery is British troops’ new weapon against Taliban

Bribery is British troops’ new weapon against TalibanTehran, Nov. 17 : British forces stationed in Afghanistan have been issued new guidelines, asking them to buy off potential Taliban recruits with “bags of gold.”

According to a new army field manual, army commanders have also been asked to talk to insurgent leaders with “blood on their hands” in order to end the conflict in Afghanistan soon.

Iran may have more secret nuclear facilities, warns IAEA

Iran may have more secret nuclear facilities, warns IAEALondon, Nov. 17 : The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Iran may have more secret nuclear sites apart from the recently revealed construction site at Qom.

The United Nations'' nuclear watchdog raised suspicions after inspectors were given access to the uranium enrichment plant under construction in a mountain near the city of Qom.

An IAEA report said the government had failed to provide full and credible evidence that the plant was only for civilian use.

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