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Iran eyes talks after nuclear boasts

February 16, 2012 Comments off

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the unveiling ceremony of new nuclear projects in Tehran — Reuters

TEHRAN:Iran on Thursday expressed hopes of reviving moribund talks with world powers, a day after the Islamic republic unveiled what it described as major progress in its controversial nuclear programme.

“We have always welcomed the principle of negotiations and we believe that, with a positive approach and spirit of cooperation, there can be a step forward in these negotiations,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

Iran on Wednesday sent a letter confirming its readiness to discuss resuming negotiations in response to an October 2011 offer in that sense made by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The last round of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group,UN Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, collapsed in Turkey in January 2011.

Iran’s tardy reply to Ashton appeared to be linked to the timing of its nuclear announcements also made on Wednesday, which collectively suggested the country had made strides in its atomic activities despite severe Western and UN sanctions.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wearing a white coat, oversaw what was described on state television as the insertion of Iran’s first domestically produced, 20-percent enriched fuel plate into Tehran’s research reactor.

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad touring Latin American countries

January 11, 2012 Comments off

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Ahmadinejad is thumbing his nose at the US by courting regimes in South America that share his hatred for the United States. Credit: NewswithViews

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi announced during the weekend that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began his low-key tour of Latin American countries, according to a report obtained by the Terrorism Committee of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

FM Salehi stated that the planned Latin American tour will take the Ahmadinejad to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador, all nations run by left-wing governments hostile to the United States.

According to several intelligence reports from U.S. agencies and the U.S. Congress, Venezuela is home to a number of Iranian intelligence and military officers, as well as members of the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, which is supported by the Iranian regime.

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Iran, Russia Replace Dollar with National Currencies in Trade Exchanges

January 9, 2012 Comments off

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Russia have replaced US Dollar with their own currencies in their trade ties, a senior Iranian diplomat announced on Saturday.

Speaking to FNA, Tehran's Ambassador to Moscow Seyed Reza Sajjadi said that the proposal for replacing US Dollar with Ruble and Rial was raised by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Astana on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting.

“Since then, we have acted on this basis and a part of our interactions is done in Ruble now,” Sajjadi stated, adding that many Iranian traders are using Ruble for their trade deals.

“There is a similar interest in the Russian side,” the envoy stated, adding that that Moscow is against unilateral sanctions on Iran outside the UN Security Council, specially the recent sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank (CBI).

“The move (imposing sanction on the CBI) is unacceptable. Russians have clearly announced that they will not accept these sanctions and Iran’s nuclear issue is resolvable just through negotiations.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hit back at the US after Washington introduced new sanctions against Iran’s central bank.

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Iran, Russia to Discuss Plan for Resuming Atomic Dialogue

August 15, 2011 1 comment

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A senior Russian official is set on Monday to discuss with Iranian leaders a blueprint for rekindling multilateral dialogue over the Middle Eastern nation’s atomic activities, Reuters reported (see GSN, Aug. 12).

Presidential Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev, who is expected to meet in Tehran with his Iranian equivalent as well as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, would discuss Moscow’s proposal for addressing U.S. and European concerns that the Persian Gulf nation’s atomic efforts are geared toward weapons development (see GSN, July 14). Iran, which has maintained its nuclear ambitions are purely nonmilitary in nature, most recently joined discussions with the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany in January; the meeting yielded little progress on the atomic issue (see GSN, Jan. 24).

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Iran Vows To Unplug The Internet

May 28, 2011 Comments off

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Iran Internet Unplug
Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world.

The leadership in Iran sees the project as a way to end the fight for control of the Internet, according to observers of Iranian policy inside and outside the country. Iran, already among the most sophisticated nations in online censoring, also promotes its national Internet as a cost-saving measure for consumers and as a way to uphold Islamic moral codes.

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Between Sudan and Libya, Critics See U.S. Inconsistency

March 15, 2011 Comments off

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Why the rush to use force against Qaddafi when Sudan has suffered more?

 

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Actor George Clooney helped conceive a project along with John Prendergast of the Enough Project that helps track violence in Sudan.

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Iran, China playing key role in establishing new, fair world order

March 4, 2011 Comments off

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Iran and China could as two ancient civilizations play an effective role in establishing a new justice-based world order, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday.

He made the remarks in a meeting with the new ambassador of China who was meeting with the Iranian President to submit his credentials to him.

“The current system of the world is old and rotten and its unjust nature has now become clear to everyone,” President Ahmadinejad said stressing that under the present circumstances, the world needed a “new, humanitarian and fair order which could be defined and established with the help of Iran and China.”

Referring to the common economic and political points between Iran and China, President Ahmadinejad said promotion of Tehran-Beijing bilateral ties was one of Iran’s top priorities.

Meanwhile, the Chinese diplomat referred to Iran as a great and ancient civilization which enjoyed a high position among the Middle Eastern states.

He added that Iran has also been playing a great role at the regional and international arenas.

The Chinese ambassador stressed the need to further activating existing potentials to upgrade bilateral cooperation between the two capitals.