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Western plot behind regional tensions: Iran

Western plot behind regional tensions: Iran

TEHRAN – Tensions between Iran and the Gulf Arab countries are the result of a “Western and Zionist conspiracy”, the foreign ministry in Tehran said on Sunday.
“Sowing discord between Islamic countries, especially between Iran and the countries of the region, is a Western and Zionist conspiracy,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparst was quoted as saying on the website of state television.
“We advise regional governments to heed the demands of their people in

India bans Iran nuclear-related trade

NEW DELHI – India has banned trade in all goods and services with Iran that could help Tehran pursue development of nuclear weapons, a government statement said. The changes were made in new foreign policy trade rules to conform with a UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear and missile development programme, said the commerce ministry. India sits as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The changes posted on a government website

India bans Iran nuclear-related trade

NEW DELHI – India has banned trade in all goods and services with Iran that could help Tehran pursue development of nuclear weapons, a government statement said.
The changes were made in new foreign policy trade rules to conform with a UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear and missile development programme, said the commerce ministry.
India sits as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The changes posted on a

Kuwait sentences three to death in Iran spy case

DUBAI – A Kuwaiti criminal court has sentenced three people to death for being part of an alleged Iranian spy ring in the Gulf Arab state, Dubai-based Al Arabiya television said on Tuesday.
The station did not give further details on a case that has strained relations between Kuwait and Tehran. Kuwait, which banned media coverage of the case, has said only that several people were detained in an unspecified security probe.
Kuwaiti media said in May 2010 authorities had

Iran only making slow nuclear progress: expert

WASHINGTON – Iran is not making fast progress towards acquiring a nuclear weapon, a US expert said on Friday, adding he believed Tehran would still need another two years to achieve that goal. “Iran is not moving as fast as it could. They’ve been at it since 25 years since they started the Iranian enrichment program in about 1985,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, from the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He said Iran would still need “a little over two years to have a bomb.”

Concessions unused as Iran rice exports fall

KARACHI – Despite a 37.5 percent decline in export of rice to Iran during the last financial year, Pakistani exporters are still not availing the 10 percent duty relaxation under the Pakistan-Iran Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) for what the sources refer to as lack of awareness.
Though Pakistan exports almost 80 percent of its rice to Tehran, the country’s exporters are, interestingly, not availing the concession in import duty, which the neighbouring country has increased by

Malik told US Osama could be in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen

ISLAMABAD – Apart from telling them that Afghan police were fighting alongside terrorists in Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik also told the Americans in September 2009 that Osama Bin Laden could be in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen.
This was revealed by a WikiLeaks’ released diplomatic cable sent by the then US ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson on September, 10, 2009 to Washington. Rehman Malik complained about the involvement of Afghanistan, India and Iran in

Iran warns Libyans of West’s ‘colonial’ intentions

TEHRAN – Iran warned Libyans on Sunday not to trust Western powers launching air strikes against Muammar Gaddafi’s troops, saying their aim was to gain neo-colonial control over the oil-rich nation.
Tehran has voiced support for the uprising against the Libyan leader, part of what it considers an “Islamic awakening” in the Arab world. But as a long-time foe of the United States which in recent years has invaded and stationed troops in two of its neighbours, Iraq and Afghanistan,

‘Military action if Iran sanctions fail’

WASHINGTON – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday the world must make clear that Iran would face “credible military action” if sanctions do not shut down Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. Netanyahu, in an interview on CNN, said it was clear Iran was pursing its nuclear ambitions despite international sanctions and was getting a lot closer to obtaining nuclear arms. “They have enriched enough material now almost for three nuclear bombs,” he said. “They still

‘1,000 animals being smuggled to Afghanistan, Iran daily’

KARACHI – Every day around 1,000 live animals especially goats and cows are being smuggled to Afghanistan and Iran. The traders buy animals from different parts of the country, transport them to the NWFP or Balochistan, and smuggle them to the bordering countries. This organised smuggling of live animals is in addition to the illegal sale of animals to traders in border areas of Afghanistan and Iran by the shepherds, living in areas adjacent to these two countries. This was disclosed

‘Iran supporting Taliban against NATO forces in Afghanistan’

LONDON – British newspaper Telegraph has claimed that Iran is supporting Taliban to defeat NATO force in Afghanistan. According to the report, British Special Forces last month seized a large quantity of Iranian- Made rockets hidden in three trucks after a fierce fight with Taliban in the southern afghan province of Nimroz, bordering Iran. A spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan said that after tests, the weapon experts determined that these rockets had been made in an Iranian

IAEA under heavy political pressure: Iran

TEHRAN – Iran on Tuesday said the UN atomic watchdog was under “heavy political pressure” after the agency reported Tehran may have engaged in nuclear weaponisation studies more recently than previously thought.”If… the old issue of alleged studies which has no foundation is brought up then it shows that heavy political pressure is being exerted on the agency,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in reaction to the finding.
The IAEA chief Yuikya Amano said on

Iran, Syria in focus at N-watchdog moot

VIENNA – Iran and Syria found themselves in the spotlight on Monday as the UN nuclear watchdog convened for its traditional week-long spring meeting. The International Atomic Energy Agengy’s 35-member board of governors was set to discuss two new reports showing little or no progress in the watchdog’s long-running investigations into Iran’s controversial atomic programme and allegations of illicit nuclear activity on the part of Syria.
In his opening address to the closed-door

Iran says its warships have left the Mediterranean

TEHRAN – Two Iranian warships, which entered the Mediterranean last month sparking an outcry from Israel, have passed through the Suez Canal back into the Red Sea, naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari said on Saturday.
“The flotilla … has completed its mission successfully in the Mediterranean Sea and has returned to the Red Sea transiting through the Suez Canal,” the official news agency IRNA quoted Sayari as saying.

Arab protest wave undermines al Qaeda, Iran: US

WASHINGTON – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday that protests across the Arab world have dealt a major setback to Al Qaeda militants and Iran by endorsing democratic change.
“It basically gives the lie to Al Qaeda’s claim that the only way to get rid of authoritarian governments is through extremist violence,” Gates told reporters. With a wave of unrest and protests toppling regimes in Egypt and Tunisia and prompting reforms elsewhere, Gates said grassroots

US weapons killing Arab protesters: Iran

TEHRAN – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday said it was weapons manufactured and delivered to “dictators” by the United States that were killing protesters in uprisings around the Arab world.
The hardliner said that the United States and its allies must be blamed for imposing dictatorships on regional countries now in the grip of deadly revolts.
These “dictators who are killing their own people are incapable of manufacturing even simple things and they are

Iran to ‘remove fuel’ from Bushehr N-plant

TEHRAN – Iran said on Saturday it is removing the fuel from the reactor of a Russian-built nuclear power plant, a move seen as a big blow to its controversial nuclear programme.
The decision to remove the fuel from the reactor of the nuclear plant in the southern city of Bushehr comes just months before the facility – which has seen a roller-coaster ride since its construction began in the 1970s – was scheduled to generate electricity.
“Based on the recommendation of

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