Iran congratulates Modi, India

Hassan-RouhaniTehran, May 27 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated newly-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his party's victory in the recently concluded parliamentary elections and expressed the hope that Tehran and New Delhi will enhance bilateral relations, media reported Tuesday.

"Undoubtedly, your election, which was marked by mass participation of people from all walks of life, indicates the full confidence of the Indian nation in your developmental and prudent policies," the semi-official FARS news agency quoted the Iranian president as saying in his message Monday.

Iranian actress apologises for kissing in Cannes

Leila-HatamiTehran, May 24 : Iranian actress Leila Hatami, star of Oscar-winning film “A Separation”, has apologised for creating a stir in her home country after kissing 83-year-old Cannes film festival president, Gilles Jacob, on the cheek.

The kiss, a simple peck on the cheek, happened at the world premiere of “Grace of Monaco” May 14, the opening night of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival.

Her act angered authorities in Iran. Now Hatami, daughter of popular Iranian director Ali Hatami, has apologised for her act, reports the state's news agency the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Iran rejects limiting its crude oil exports

Bijan Namdar ZangenehTehran, May 9 - Iran will not accept any limitations on its crude oil exports by foreigners, the country's oil minister said here Thursday.

"Iran will not accept any numbers and figures for the volume of its oil exports dictated by others," Xinhua quoted Bijan Namdar Zanganeh telling reporters on the sidelines of an international exhibition linked to oil, gas and petrochemicals.

Iran itself will determine the amount of its crude oil exports, he added.

Petrol prices surge in Iran after subsidy cut

Petrol prices surge in Iran after subsidy cutTehran, April 25 : Iran has cut state subsidies on petrol in a move which caused price rise at midnight by up to 75 percent, making people rush to petrol pumps and fill up their cars before the deadline, BBC reported Friday citing media reports.

The President Hassan Rouhani-led Iranian government hopes the move will strengthen the country's economy, battered by western sanctions.

Though petrol in Iran is still among the cheapest in the world, analysts say the latest price rise will be unwelcome in a country where a quarter of adults are jobless or under-employed.

Iran develops new generation of centrifuges

ali-akbar-salehiTehran, Dec 27 : Iranian nuclear chief said Friday the country is developing a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment.

The Islamic republic currently has 19,000 centrifuges and is developing a new generation of centrifuges which needs all kinds of tests before operation, reported Xinhua citing Ali-Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).

The country is among the countries that are able to implement the full process of nuclear fuel production cycle, he said, without providing further details on the new generation of centrifuges.

Iran demands lifting of oppressive sanctions

Marzieh-AfkhamTehran, Dec 10 : Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Tuesday that the sanctions against Iran are "oppressive" and should be lifted.

"We have announced that these sanctions are oppressive and we reject them," Xinhua quoted Afkham as saying in her weekly press conference while reacting to the recent moves in the US Congress to adopt new sanctions against Iran.

According to the interim agreement reached in Geneva Nov 24, the comprehensive deal would encompass removal of all sanctions, including multilateral, unilateral and the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran, she said.

Iran to build second n-power plant

Iran to build second n-power plantTehran, Dec 1 : Iran has plans to produce more electricity by building a second nuclear energy plant in the country's Bushehr province where the first plant was built, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sunday.

"Based on our estimates, the second nuclear power plant will be built in the same province," Rouhani said, reported Xinhua.

In November, Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi said his country would start building its second nuclear power plant in near future in cooperation with Russia.

FIFA boss Blatter to visit Iran

Sepp-Blatter.Tehran, Nov 4 : FIFA president Sepp Blatter will travel to Iran Wednesday to attend a conference on football, Ali Kaffashian, head of Iran Football Federation, confirmed.

Blatter is scheduled to meet the Iranian football authorities as well as officials of the country's sports and youth ministry, reports Xinhua.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will also arrive in Tehran Thursday morning to attend the conference. (IANS)

Iran pushes 'additional protocol' at nuclear talks

Abbas-AraqchiTehran, Oct 16 : Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Wednesday that discussions on implementing an "additional protocol" is part of his country's nuclear proposal, Xinhua reported citing the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allows unexpected inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Proper dialogue necessary to resolve nuclear issue: Iran

Mohammad-Javad-ZarifTehran, Sep 21 : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said his country seeks to engage in proper interaction with the world to settle the dispute over its nuclear issue.

The minister, currently in New York for the annual session of the UN General Assembly, made the remarks Thursday during a meeting with a number of senior diplomats and ambassadors to the UN, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Saturday.

We condemn use of chemical weapons by anyone: Iran

Mohammad-Javad-ZarifTehran, Sep 2 : Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Monday said his country believes that use of chemical weapons in any form and by anyone is condemnable.

He made the remark in a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan counterpart Elias Jaua Milano, reported IRNA.

The Iranian foreign minister lauded the anti-war stands of the Latin American countries and called for further expansion of Tehran-Caracas bilateral relations.

Iran warns against military intervention in Syria

Abbas-AraqchiTehran, Aug 27 : Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi Tuesday reiterated that no authorisation by the UN Security Council has been issued for military intervention in Syria.

"Our region is in a very sensitive situation and it needs tranquillity more than ever. Therefore, political solutions are required for the problems," Xinhua quoted Araqchi as saying.

Iran "strongly" warned Monday against any foreign military strike on Syria, following allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the citizens.

Iran keen to resume nuclear talks

Abbas-AraqchiTehran, Aug 20 : Iran is waiting for President Hassan Rouhani to appoint a chief nuclear negotiator as the first step towards resumption of talks with world powers, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

After the appointment of the nuclear negotiator, the next step would be to specify the time to resume the talks, Xinhua quoted Abbas Araqchi as saying.

Asked about the possibility of Iran's foreign ministry to represent the country in the nuclear talks, Araqchi said: "If the foreign ministry is tasked with (leading the nuclear) talks, I am sure that the ministry has the required capacity and will do the job well."

Iran willing to export natural gas to Ukraine

natural-gasTehran, Aug 17 : Iranian ambassador to Ukraine Akbar Qasemi Aliabadi said Iran has large gas reserves and is ready to supply natural gas to Ukraine, Tehran Times reported Saturday.

"Both Ukraine and Moldova need natural gas, and Iran has huge gas reserves and is ready to consider future supplies of fuel to the two countries," reported Xinhua quoting Qasemi Aliabadi as saying.

At present, Ukraine secures a major portion of its required gas through imports from Russia.

Iran not to accept nuclear obligations beyond NPT

abbas-araghchiTehran, July 23 : Iran will not accept nuclear obligations beyond the directives of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Abbas Araqchi denied that his country had made any agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the latter's inspection on Iran's facilities.

The IAEA has been urging Iran to grant it access to the Parchin military site, which has been its main concern in terms of nuclear experiments.

Iranian government extends voting time

Mostafa-Mohammad-NajjarTehran, June 14 (IANS) As millions of Iranians were casting their ballots for the presidential election at over 60,000 polling stations Friday, the government announced the voting time would be extended.

Of some 75 million Iranians about 50.5 million are eligible to cast their ballots in the presidential election, which was due to end at 6.00 p. m. (1.30 p. m. GMT). Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar later announced that voting time would be extended, possibly by several hours, BBC reported.

Iran's supreme leader calls for high turnout in poll

Ayatollah-Ali-KhameneiTehran, June 12 : Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday called for high turnout in the upcoming presidential vote, reported Xinhua citing the semi-official Fars news agency.

High public turnout in the election will enable the next president to stand firm and strong against enemies, Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"The international scene is not the scene of hesitation and shyness and the more you show weakness and withdraw, the more the enemies will move forward," he said, persuading people to decisively cast their ballot.

Iran ready to host meet on Syria

Iran ready to host meet on SyriaTehran, April 29 : Iran is ready to host the next meeting of the quartet group on Syria set to begin in near future, the country's foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi has said.

Salehi, during a joint press conference with visiting Guinea- Bissau's foreign minister, here Sunday said that he had contacted his counterparts in the group -- foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- to speed up diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, Xinhua reported.

40 die in Iran quake

Iran-quakeTehran, April 16 : At least 40 people were killed Tuesday when a powerful quake shook Iran, a media report said.

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province, reported Press TV citing the Iranian Seismological Center.

The epicenter of the quake was 81 km north of Saravan city.

However, the United States Geographical Survey reported that the quake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale.

The quake was felt in Pakistan as well as in India.(IANS)

Iran denies radiation leak at Bushehr n-plant

Bushehr-n-plantTehran, April 15 : Iran has dismissed as baseless the media reports suggesting possible radiation leakage at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) due to last week's earthquake.

"Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has been constructed to withstand an eight Richter magnitude earthquake," Xinhua quoted Mohammad Ahmadian, deputy of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), as saying Sunday.

He said the "Bushehr NPP has been designed based on the most advanced and strict international regulations", Ahmadian said.

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