Iran

Tehran says moving towards large-scale uranium enrichment

World powers condemn nuclear stepTEHRAN (AP) — Iran came under increasing international condemnation — including from allies Russia and China — after announcing it enriched uranium for the first time, but it insisted it will push ahead to dramatically expand the programme that the United Nations had demanded it scrap.

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Ahmadinejad: Iran to master full N-tech soon

Brushing aside Western threats to refer Tehran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear activities, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed that his country would soon master nuclear technology in the new Iranian year, which starts on Monday AFP reported Sunday.

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Iran frees prominent dissident

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s most prominent political prisoner, dissident Akbar Ganji, was released late Friday night after six years in prison.Visibly thinner and sporting a bushy beard, Ganji smiled and greeted family and friends Saturday but refused to make any comments.

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Iran ready for talks with US over Iraq

TEHRAN (AP) — Iran said Thursday it was prepared to talk directly with the United States about Iraq, a major shift for a country that has long avoided negotiations with what it calls the “Great Satan.” The offer appears to reflect the desire by at least some top Iranian officials …

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Russia scathing on Iran’s nuke diplomacy

TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran said on Monday it was still interested in a Russian compromise solution to its nuclear dispute with the West, but Russia’s foreign minister said the Iranians were fouling up Moscow’s diplomatic efforts.”We are extremely disappointed with the way Iran is behaving in the course of these …

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Bush warns Tehran, Damascus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing down predictions that Iraq is headed towards civil war, President George W. Bush said Saturday that he’s optimistic a new government will unify the nation. He denounced any moves by Iran or Syria to interfere in Iraq’s effort to build a democracy.

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Russia proposing multilateral talks on Iran

VIENNA (AP) — Russia has proposed that new talks on Iran’s nuclear programme take place March 20, preferably in Vienna, in what diplomats characterised Saturday as an effort to head off a showdown at the UN Security Council.A Western diplomat, who demanded anonymity in exchange for divulging confidential information, said …

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Iran threatens reprisals if punished in nuclear row

VIENNA (AP) — Iran threatened the United States with “harm and pain” on Wednesday for its role in hauling Tehran before the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme.Washington in return warned that Tehran had enough nuclear material to make up to 10 atomic bombs,

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Foreign journalists invited to tour Iran in spring

TEHRAN, Mar. 6 (MNA) — A group of foreign journalists has been invited to spend a week touring Iran in spring, the Public Relations Office of the 1st International Conference on Tourism and Handicrafts announced on Monday. The tour is being organized by the conference headquarters and will begin on …

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