Roundup of Today’s International News 28/05/12
IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAMME
After Talks Falter, Iran Says It Won’t Halt Uranium Work
Iran’s nuclear chief, reversing the country’s previous statements, said on state television on Sunday that the country would not halt its production of higher-grade uranium, suggesting that the Iranian government was veering back to a much harder line after talks in Baghdad with the West last week ended badly.
U.N. inspectors find high-grade uranium traces in Iran
The IAEA report said environmental samples taken in February at Iran’s Fordow facility – buried deep beneath rock and soil to protect it from air strikes – showed the presence of particles with enrichment levels of up to 27 percent. That is above the 20 percent enrichment level Iran has declared at the site, and takes it across the line from low-enriched to high-enriched uranium.
Iran has enough uranium for five nuclear weapons, claims US thinktank
Iran had produced almost 6.2 tonnes of uranium enriched to a level of 3.5% since it began the work in 2007 – some of which has subsequently been further processed into higher-grade material. This equates to nearly 750 kg more than in the previous IAEA report issued in February, and the thinktank said Iran’s monthly production had risen by roughly a third.
Iran to build two new nuclear plants
The Iranian government announced on Sunday that it plans to build two additional nuclear power plants in the coming years, days after negotiations with world powers in Baghdad failed to produce compromise on uranium enrichment in the Islamic Republic.
Iran not ready for visit to suspect nuclear site
The Parchin complex is at the centre of Western suspicions that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons capability despite Tehran’s repeated denials of any such ambition. A report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week said satellite images showed “extensive activities” at Parchin. Iranian officials have refused access to the complex, southeast of Tehran, saying it is a military site.
Tehran defiant on nuclear programme
One factor that allows Iran to maintain its tough stance is that it knows the Obama administration does not want negotiations to collapse before November’s US presidential election.
Iran nuclear talks: Stand-off continues
Two days of intensive negotiations appear to demonstrate Iran and the world powers remain far apart on the most significant issue dividing them: uranium enrichment.
Iran nuclear programme talks salvaged from collapse
“It wasn’t easy,” one diplomat said. “Jalili said he was prepared to talk about 20% enrichment but then he came up with a bunch of peripheral issues like relations with Bahrain, and events in Syria.”
Text of statement by EU’s Ashton after Iran talks
We will go back to our respective capitals and consult. We will maintain intensive contacts with our Iranian counterparts to prepare a further meeting in Moscow with arrival on 17 June with talks on 18th an 19th June.
U.S. officials among the targets of Iran-linked assassination plots
In recent weeks, investigators working in four countries have amassed new evidence tying the disparate assassination attempts to one another and linking all of them to either Iran-backed Hezbollah militants or operatives based inside Iran.
Asked to Confirm Military Is Ready for Iran Strike, Panetta Says Pentagon Has Plans for Everything
During our interview, Panetta expressed hope that the nuclear standoff with Iran could be solved peacefully, but left no doubt as to the position of the United States: An Iran with nuclear weapons is not on the table.
US critical of Iran and Syria in human rights report on ‘tumultuous’ year
Iran sentenced hundreds of people to death and carried out hundreds of executions without due process. It cracked down on all forms of dissent, arresting and detaining activists, opposition leaders, lawyers, journalists, artists, and academics. It executed juveniles, tortured political prisoners, and detained more journalists than nearly any country in the world.
EU Affirms Iran Sanctions, Wants Progress In ‘Deeds’
“The sanctions will go ahead on July 1,” EU foreign affairs spokesman Michael Mann told reporters in Brussels today. “We always keep our sanctions regime under review but they can only be changed, our sanctions, in response to concrete deeds on the ground. We don’t alter our sanctions based on words, only on deeds.”
Iran confirms sending troops to Syria
Iran confirmed Sunday that it has, as previously speculated, sent troops to aid President Bashar Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in his country (…) This was a rare admission by an Iranian official that Tehran was truly aiding the Damascus regime. The quote was later removed from ISNA’s website.
UN condemns Syrian government for Houla shelling
With international outrage mounting, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned the Syrian government for what it called ‘heavy-weapons attacks’. Even Russia’s UN representative Alexander Pankin added his voice.
Iran’s SNSC Secretary Meets Ayatollah Sistani in Najaf
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili met with senior Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in the holy city of Najaf in Southern Iraq on Friday, and discussed the latest regional and international developments.
Bahrain Convicts Six Of Plotting With Iran
A Bahraini court on Sunday sentenced six people to 15 years in jail each for plotting with Shiites Iran to stage attacks on targets including the Saudi embassy and the Interior Ministry.
Bahrain to quit Arabsat to protest Iran channels
Bahrain will stop broadcasting its channels on satellite operator Arabsat to protest an Iran-led “hostile” media campaign, the state news agency BNA reported on Saturday.
Salehi to Visit India to Invite Singh to NAM Summit
Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is due to visit India on Thursday to invite the South Asian nation’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Iran in August.
Korea fails to dodge EU sanctions against Iranian oil shipments
Seoul`s aggressive efforts to prevent damage from suspension of such imports are thus bearing fruit. Despite this, however, Iranian fuel will be effectively suspended by Korea from the end of the month because the latter failed to dodge the European Union`s “sectioning of reinsurance on ships carrying Iranian oil.”
VP Terms Expansion of Ties with Africa Iran’s Strategic Policy
Iran’s First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said expansion of relations and cooperation with African nations is Iran’s strategic policy.
ISIS Analysis of IAEA Iran Safeguards Report
This total amount of 3.5 percent low enriched uranium hexafluoride, if further enriched to weapon grade, is enough to make over five nuclear weapons.
India and China – ‘Double-Trouble’ for the U.S.
Partly as a result, both pursue a common agenda at the U.N. and other security bodies.a strict interpretation of state sovereignty and a protection of the principle of non-interference in the affairs of other states. This helps us understand why India is such a reluctant ally on questions all the way from Libya to Syria to Iran. India is just as committed to this idea of not having Western military interventions in these states.
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