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U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:59
Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after the New York-based group, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country. Restis' lawyer, Abbe Lowell, declined to comment, but noted court filings in which he argued that the state ...
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Iran vetting oil customers

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:08
Daniel J. Graeber TEHRAN, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Countries willing to buy oil from Iran usually don't have enough money in their federal energy coffers to buy it, the Iranian oil minister said.
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Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:39
Russia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran's nuclear program and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Friday to discuss the negotiations with six world powers on a decade-old stand ...
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Iran's Fundamentalists Seek to Reinstate Their Police State

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:06
Last week's impeachment of Reza Faraji-Dana as President Rouhani's  science minister is a reminder as to how weak his government can be in the face of dealing with the pressure of Iran's fundamentalist political factions, as well as revealing the depth of these factions' attempts to bring back their despised police state rule. Among the many electioneering slogans that Rouhani pursued in his ...
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The Enemy of My Enemy: Iran Arms Kurds in Fight Against ISIS

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:07
As Tehran sends arms to aid forces in Iraqi Kurdistan, some question its motives
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Iran speeds weapons deliveries to US ally in Iraq

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:01
U.S. officials are taking a wary view of the disclosure this week that Iran – one of four countries the United States accuses of supporting terrorism – has begun arming the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, as the Kurds scramble to combat the threat posed by ISIS.
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Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:43
By Michelle Moghtader and Fredrik Dahl DUBAI/VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme. Iran's development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely ...
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Deadline passed, no sign of breakthrough in Iran nuclear probe

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:30
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran may have failed to meet a deadline for addressing U.N. concerns about suspected nuclear bomb research, but it could still act to influence a key report due next week, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. The sources, who follow the nuclear issue but declined to be identified, said they had seen no indications so far that Tehran had replied in substance to ...
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Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:44
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general said Wednesday that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic flew in from a northern country that once was part of the Soviet Union.
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Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:27
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said Wednesday that workers have begun redesigning its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's interim deal over its nuclear program with world powers.
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Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:43
Iran said Wednesday it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country's nuclear programme. "Modification of the heart of the Arak reactor is in the process of being carried out by our experts ... to ease the worries of certain countries," said Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads Iran's nuclear programme, quoted by ISNA news ...
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Iran supplies weapons to Iraqi Kurdish forces

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:11
Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region, Reuters reports. The direct arming of Kurdish forces is a contentious issue because some Iraqi politicians have said they suspect...  [Read More...]
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Iran testing gas pipeline to Iraq

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 21:13
Daniel J. Graeber TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The first stage of a natural gas pipeline connecting Iran to Iraq is ready for testing, the head of an Iranian gas development company said.
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Top Iran official, Saudi FM discuss 'terrorism'

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:15
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal discussed Tuesday regional developments and the fight against Islamic State jihadists with a senior Iranian official visiting his country's longtime regional rival, an Iranian diplomat said. The visit by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to the city of Jeddah was the first by a high-level official from Shiite Iran to Sunni Saudi ...
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Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurds; Baghdad bomb kills 12

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:15
By Isabel Coles ARBIL (Reuters) - Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region. The direct arming of Kurdish forces is a contentious issue, because some Iraqi politicians suspect Kurdish leaders have ...
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Iran provided weapons to Iraq's Kurds: Barzani

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:57
Iran was the first country to provide Iraq's embattled autonomous Kurdish region with weapons to fight off jihadist-led militants, president Massud Barzani said on Tuesday. "The Islamic Republic of Iran was the first state to help us... and it provided us with weapons and equipment," Barzani said at a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Militants led by the ...
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Iran Delays Oil Contracts Conference Until After Nuclear Talks

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:29
Iran is delaying by three months a conference to offer international companies rights to develop oil deposits there, allowing the London event to fall after negotiations on the country’s nuclear program are set to end.
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Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:41
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A crash scene aired on Iranian state television Monday purported to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, prompting questions about how a plane with limited range could have penetrated so deeply and whether it is indeed what Tehran says it is.
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Iran says 'completing' nuclear steps agreed with IAEA

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:16
By Fredrik Dahl and Michelle Moghtader VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is "in the process" of completing measures on transparency in its nuclear research that were agreed with the U.N. atomic agency, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, suggesting Tehran had at least partly met a Monday deadline for cooperation. Atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi did not give details in remarks ...
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Iran deputy foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:40
DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Iran's deputy foreign minister will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the first bilateral talks between the Middle East's most intractable Muslim rivals since Iran's political landscape shifted in 2013, media in both countries reported. Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are enmeshed in a struggle for influence across the Middle East and they support opposing ...
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