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Iran two years from building N-weapon: IISS

Iran two years from building N-weapon: IISS

LONDON – Iran would need at least two years to produce its first nuclear weapon but is not involved in an all-out “crash effort” to build a bomb, a respected think tank said on Thursday. In a new report analysing the available evidence, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said it believed the timescale should give more time to international efforts to negotiate a solution.
The report by the London-based body said Iran’s nuclear capability had been growing

Iran backs Egypt’s ‘revolution of the noble’

TEHRAN – Iran on Sunday praised Egypt’s “revolution of the noble” and slammed Western governments’ “backward” reaction to the uprising in the Arab nation, state media reported.
“The voice of the brave people of Egypt is the voice of revolution. The start of this revolution has astonished the despotic regimes of the region,” parliament speaker Ali Larijani was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
“The parliament supports the uprising of the Tunisian and

Iran hangs Dutch woman for drug smuggling

TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday hanged an Iranian-Dutch woman for drug smuggling after initially arresting her for anti-government protests, the Tehran prosecutor’s office said. Zahra Bahrami’s execution takes the total number of people hanged in Iran so far this year to 66 – on average more than two a day – according to an AFP tally based on media reports.
The Netherlands summoned Iran’s ambassador in the wake of the hanging, the Dutch foreign ministry said. “A drug trafficker named

Iran open to more nuclear talks, says Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN – Iran is open to holding further talks with six world powers over its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after the failure of the latest round of dialogue.
Ahmadinejad’s remarks came after the world powers expressed disappointment over the two days of talks held in Istanbul, even as the United States and Germany voiced hopes of holding new negotiations with the Islamic republic.
“They have talked for a few rounds, but we never

Nuclear talks with Iran fail

ISTANBUL – Talks between world powers and Iran ended on Saturday without progress in tackling concerns over Tehran’s nuclear programme, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said no more are planned.
“We had hoped to embark on a discussion of practical ways forward, and have made every effort to make that happen. I am disappointed to say that this has not been possible,” Ashton told reporters. She spoke at the end of two days of talks in Istanbul between Iran and the

Iran to sue Israel for scientist’s murder

TEHRAN – Iran said on Monday it will sue its archfoe Israel for the murder last year in Tehran of senior nuclear scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s complaint against the Zionist regime will be lodged to international bodies soon,” Iran’s acting foreign minister and atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. Salehi said Tehran had “finished gathering evidences of the Zionist regime’s involvement in the assassination

Iran fuel ban targets NATO but hurts Afghans

KABUL – Iran’s ban on fuel tankers crossing into Afghanistan over claims they are supplying NATO troops is snaring ordinary Afghans in a complex power game as winter living costs rise, experts say.
Some 2,000 trucks are stranded on the Iranian-Afghan border, Afghanistan’s commerce ministry says, in a standoff which has run since early December, heaping more misery on civilians in the war-torn, impoverished country.
Behind it all is Iran’s desire to strike out at the

Afghanistan condemns Iran fuel blockade amid protests

KABUL – Afghan fuel protesters targeted an Iranian diplomatic mission for a second day on Sunday, as the commerce minister said Tehran had not given any reason for an export clampdown that is choking Afghan oil supplies.
Around 300 people took to the streets in western Herat city, armed with stones and eggs, and marched to the Iranian consulate carrying banners with slogans including “Death to Iran”. At a border crossing barely 100 km (62 miles) away nearly 2,000 fuel trunks are

Iran will display US drones it shot down: commander

TEHRAN – Iran will put on public display two US Navy drones shot down by its elite Revolutionary Guards, a top Iranian commander said on Saturday.
“The planes that were shot down are among the most modern US navy drones and have a long-range capability,” Ali Fadavi, commander of Guards’ naval forces, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. On January 2, the head of Guards air force said the elite unit had downed two “Western spy” drones. He had not said when the two drones were

Iran reach Asian Cup last eight

DOHA – Iran qualified for the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup after a well-taken goal from Karim Ansari Fard gave them a 1-0 win over a dour North Korea side at the Qatar Sports Club on Saturday.
Ansari Fard flicked home the winner after 63 minutes of a largely uninspired game, riddled with mistakes from both sides, who largely cancelled each other out in a tedious midfield war of attrition.
Iran, who have now won both their matches and are seeking a first Asian Cup title

Iran opens atom sites to foreign envoys

TEHRAN – Iran opened the doors of its two atomic facilities to foreign diplomats Saturday, in a rare move to drum up support just days before talks with world powers about its sensitive nuclear programme.
The two-day tour to the heavy water installation in Arak and the main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz – both located in central Iran – was snubbed by Tehran’s key allies China and Russia, as well as the European Union.
Iran had invited several envoys to the

Pakistan and Iran sign agreement to boost trade

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Iran signed on Thursday a strategic framework agreement to further deepen their economic relations under the existing Preferential Framework Agreement (PTA) and to enhance bilateral trade from a current $1.2 billion to $5.0 billion within the next five years.
Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Iranian Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari signed the agreement at the conclusion of the sixth Pak-Iran Joint Trade Commission (JTC) meeting here on

Russia urges Iran to explain ‘grey areas’ at nuclear talks

MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday called for Iran to agree talks to clear up “grey areas” in its contested nuclear programme at a meeting with six world powers in Istanbul this month. In Istanbul, delegates must agree a talks agenda that is “all-inclusive” and covers “the questions of eliminating grey areas in the Iranian nuclear programme,” Lavrov said. Iran will meet Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany for the talks on January 21-22.

Clinton says sanctions are slowing Iran atom work

ABU DHABI – Sanctions have set back Iran’s nuclear programme, giving major powers more time to persuade Tehran to change tack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.
“The most recent analysis is that the sanctions have been working. They have made it much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambition,” Clinton said in Abu Dhabi, where she is on an official visit.
“Iran had technological problems that have made it slow down its timetable, so we do see

Iran arrests Israel-linked spy network

TEHRAN – Iran has arrested a “network of spies” linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence service that it blames for the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010, its state television reported on Monday.
“The network of spies and terrorists linked to … Mossad was destroyed,” state television quoted a statement issued by the intelligence ministry as saying.
“The network was behind the assassination of Masoud Ali-Mohammadi.” A remote-controlled bomb killed the

Fuel prices jump in Kabul as Iran blocks shipments

KABUL – Fuel prices rose by about 27.4 percent, with petrol about 12.3 percent, during the outgoing week as a result of shortages after Iran blocked shipments of oil into Afghanistan, Kabul-based dealers said. One litre diesel was sold for 65 afghanis and the same amount of petrol for 56 afghanis against their last week’s rates of 51 afghanis and 48 afghanis respectively, a fuel seller in Taimani area of the city, Ahmad Khali said.
He said the prices could further increase if

Armenia denies Iran spy story

YEREVAN – Armenia on Friday denied that a US woman reportedly detained in Iran for alleged spying after entering the country from Armenia had ever been to the former Soviet republic.
The woman, identified as Hal Talayan, was initially reported by Iranian media to have been detained after entering Iran with espionage equipment hidden in her teeth.
But later reports contradicted this, saying that she had not been allowed to cross the border between Armenia and Iran because she