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July 2007 - Iran Special Weapons News
- Top US Military Officer Says Iran Threat Must be Addressed VOA 31 Jul 2007 -- The man nominated to be the top U.S. military officer says he is concerned about what he called Iran's "increasingly hostile" role in the Middle East
- FM: US' arms sale, illusive scenarios, instance of adventurism IRNA 31 Jul 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the US plan to sell billions of dollars worth of arms and prepare illusive scenarios in the region is an instance of adventurism and a disparate effort.
- Analysis: A Regional Iran Approach cfr.org 31 Jul 2007 -- The United States let loose a one-two diplomatic punch aimed both at undercutting Iranian power and rallying Arab financial and diplomatic assistance for Iraq when President Bush dispatched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to the Middle East. Rice and Gates visit Egypt and Saudi Arabia this week in an effort to shore up support
- U.S. military aid plans aimed against Iran - Russian experts RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2007 -- The Bush administration's plans to sell modern weaponry and increase military assistance to its allies in the Middle East are aimed at exerting pressure on Iran and strengthening the Republicans' positions on the domestic front, Russian experts said Tuesday.
- US House of Representatives to Tighten Economic Sanctions on Iran VOA 31 Jul 2007 -- The House of Representatives is poised to take legislative steps to increase the economic costs to Iran of pursuing its uranium enrichment program
- Iran expects US to come up with policy shift toward Iran IRNA 30 Jul 2007 -- Iran expects the US to change behavior toward Iran as a result of Iran-US talks on Iraq security, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on Monday.
- IAEA inspectors visit Arak heavy water facilities IRNA 30 Jul 2007 -- IAEA Inspectors inspected on Monday the 40 gawatts Nuclear Research Reactor in Arak facilities, an official said.
- Iran has no debt to Russia for Bushehr power plant: Spokesman IRNA 30 Jul 2007 -- Iran has met all its commitments to Russia for the Bushehr nuclear power plant and has no debt to Moscow in this regard, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday.
- Analysis: Confession Time in Iran cfr.org 30 Jul 2007 -- Haleh Esfandiari of the Woodrow Wilson Center describes herself as a link in a chain of civil society groups intended to "shake the system" in Iran.
- Nuclear Inspectors Visit Iranian Heavy Water Plant VOA 30 Jul 2007 -- A team of inspectors from the United Nations nuclear agency has visited a heavy water reactor in Iran.
- US Answers Iran's Nuclear Defiance with Call for More UN Sanctions VOA 26 Jul 2007 -- The State Department says Iran's continued defiance over its nuclear program should be met with more sanctions resolutions in the U.N. Security Council
- Iran-US talks on Iraq have impacts on nuclear case IRNA 26 Jul 2007 -- Iran-US talks on Iraq security have impacts on nuclear case, Leader's representative to Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Thursday.
- Iran's nuclear issue has been politicized, Larijani tells foreign reporters IRNA 26 Jul 2007 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Thursday that the time-out proposed by IAEA Director General Mohamed Elbaradei is different form suspension of uranium enrichment.
- Iran not to give up nuclear rights: Ahmadinejad IRNA 26 Jul 2007 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday the Iranian nation would never yield to international pressure to stop its peaceful nuclear activities and give up its rights.
- US Military: More Accurate Attacks on Baghdad Green Zone Because of Militia Training in Iran VOA 26 Jul 2007 -- A top U.S. military commander in Iraq says militant mortar and rocket attacks on Baghdad's fortified Green Zone have been more accurate over the past three months because of training in Iran.
- Iran Says It Will Never Stop Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 26 Jul 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said his country will never yield to international pressure to suspend its nuclear program.
- US Rejects Iranian Proposal for Higher-Level Talks on Iraq VOA 25 Jul 2007 -- The United States has rejected an Iranian suggestion to hold higher-level talks on the security situation in Iraq.
- Larijani: Uranium enrichment crucial for Iran like breathing IRNA 25 Jul 2007 -- The Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Wednesday that Tehran is determined to avoid suspending nuclear enrichment and ignoring nuclear fuel cycle for civilian purposes.
- Iran may consider deputy ministerial talks with U.S. on Iraq RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- Iran's foreign minister said Tehran was ready to consider discussing Iraqi security with the United States at a deputy foreign ministerial level following the current expert negotiations in Baghdad.
- U.S.-Iran to set up subcommittee on Iraq security, talks go on RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- Washington and Tehran agreed to set up a trilateral subcommittee on Iraq security on the first day of negotiations and will continue discussions at the expert level Wednesday, an Iraqi official told ISNA.
- Iran Ready to Consider Higher Level Talks with US over Iraq VOA 25 Jul 2007 -- Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says Tehran is ready to consider higher level talks with the United States regarding security in Iraq.
- IAEA inspectors to arrive in Iran Thursday RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- Two UN nuclear watchdog monitors will arrive in the Iranian capital on Thursday morning to inspect the country's nuclear facilities, Iran's FARS news agency said Wednesday.
- Russia puts off Bushehr NPP launch until fall 2008 RIA Novosti 25 Jul 2007 -- The Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran cannot be completed by the fall of 2007 as suggested by Iranian authorities and will only be commissioned a year later, a Russian subcontractor said.
- Iran, US agree to form security committee on Iraq IRNA 24 Jul 2007 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran and the US in the second round of direct talks on Tuesday agreed to form a security committee to help restore stability and security to Iraq.
- U.S., Iran To Form Panel On Stabilizing Iraq RFE/RL 24 Jul 2007 -- The chief U.S. envoy at talks with Iranian officials in Baghdad today announced that Iran, Iraq, and the United States will set up a special panel to explore ways to stabilize Iraq.
- US, Iran, Iraq Setting Up Subcommittee on Iraqi Security VOA 24 Jul 2007 -- U.S. and Iranian diplomats, meeting in Baghdad for the second time in two months, agreed Tuesday to set up a joint subcommittee with Iraq on Iraqi security issues
- Iran Should Reconcile Actions with Talk, U.S. Iraq Envoy Says Washington File 24 Jul 2007 -- The United States would welcome Iran's bringing its practices in line with its stated policy of supporting a stable and democratic Iraq, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said July 24.
- Crocker: Iran's Actions, Not Words, Critical for Iraqi Security AFPS 24 Jul 2007 -- The success of today's talks between the United States, Iraq and Iran will be measured not by words, but through changing conditions on the ground in Iraq, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker said in Baghdad today.
- Next round of Iran-IAEA talks to be held on August 20 IRNA 24 Jul 2007 -- Iran's Under-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi said on Tuesday that next round of nuclear talks with IAEA will be held in Tehran on August 20.
- Iran, IAEA to continue talks in August IRNA 24 Jul 2007 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed on Tuesday to continue the next round of talks on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities in the second half of August in Tehran, an official said in Vienna.
- Al-Maliki Urges U.S., Iran To Support Iraqi Stability RFE/RL 24 Jul 2007 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has urged Washington and Tehran to support stability in Iraq
- US, Iranian Envoys Hold Security Talks on Iraq VOA 24 Jul 2007 -- Envoys from the United States and Iran are holding a second round of talks on the security situation in Iraq, in a rare meeting between the two sides.
- IAEA, Iran agree to hold nuclear talks in Tehran August 20 RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2007 -- Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed Tuesday to hold the next round of talks on the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear program on August 20 in Tehran, an Iranian official said.
- IAEA, Iran to continue nuclear talks in Vienna Tuesday RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2007 -- Iran will resume talks on its controversial nuclear program with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the Austrian capital Vienna Tuesday, an Iranian envoy to the IAEA said.
- US to Press Iran for 'Change of Behavior' in Iraq VOA 23 Jul 2007 -- The State Department says U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker will again press Iran to halt destabilizing activities in Iraq when he meets his Iranian counterpart in the Iraqi capital Tuesday
- World Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq security to start Tuesday - Iranian diplomat RIA novosti 23 Jul 2007 -- Iran's ambassador to Iraq confirmed that talks between his country and the United States on security issues in Iraq would begin Tuesday in Baghdad.
- Iran, US, announce agreement to hold 2nd round of talks - Mottaki IRNA 20 Jul 2007 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki re-confirmed here Friday afternoon that in response to Iraqi officials' request, Iran and US have agreed to hold a second round of talks on security in Iraq.
- Perspective of negotiations with Solana very positive - Mottaki IRNA 20 Jul 2007 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki reiterated here Friday negotiations with EU Foreign Policy Chief vier Solana have had a very positive perspective.
- Iran self-sufficient in manufacturing drones - Defense Minister IRNA 19 Jul 2007 -- IRI Defense & Logistics Affairs Minister said here Wednesday Iran is today self-sufficient in manufacturing various types of drones.
- Defence ministry to hold joint maneuvers with military IRNA 18 Jul 2007 -- Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier-General Mostafa Najjar said on Wednesday the defence ministry and military would hold joint military exercises within next month.
- Talks with Iran over Iraqi Security Appropriate, U.S. Says Washington File 17 Jul 2007 -- The Bush administration says it is "appropriate" for the United States and Iran to hold a second round of direct talks over the situation in Iraq, but said no date for such a meeting has been set.
- Mottaki: Iran, US may hold 2nd round of talks in near future IRNA 17 Jul 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that the second round of talks between Iran and the US on Iraq's security might be held in the near future.
- Iran-IAEA agreements aim to remove ambiguities: MP IRNA 17 Jul 2007 -- A Majlis deputy said here Tuesday that recent agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency were aimed at stripping the Group 5+1 of any excuse and removing ambiguities of the IAEA.
- Iran, IAEA agreements indicate Tehran's goodwill: MP IRNA 17 Jul 2007 -- Recent agreements reached between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog indicate Tehran's goodwill to settle its nuclear row with the West and remove remaining ambiguities, said a Majlis representative on Tuesday.
- US Ready For Another Meeting With Iran VOA 17 Jul 2007 -- The State Department said Tuesday U.S. diplomats are ready for another meeting with Iranian officials to discuss the security situation in Iraq
- Iran: Government Steps Up Crackdown On Opposition RFE/RL 17 Jul 2007 -- Iran has recently intensified its harassment of critics and people it deems threatening to the government.
- Hosseini: Iran determined to resolve nuclear standoff IRNA 15 Jul 2007 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said on Sunday that the next round of talks between Iran and IAEA would be held by end of July.
- Iran Says It Hopes To Settle Differences With IAEA RFE/RL 15 Jul 2007 -- Iran says it hopes to settle all its differences with the UN's atomic watchdog over the country's nuclear program within the next two months.
- Iran ready to consider direct nuclear talks with U.S. - official RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2007 -- Iran is prepared to consider the UN nuclear watchdog's proposal to hold direct talks with the United States on its controversial uranium enrichment program, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said.
- EU sees Iran-IAEA agreement as positive development IRNA 13 Jul 2007 -- The European Union thinks that the agreement between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog, IAEA, on a framework for talks will contribute to create the adequate condition for a negotiating a solution on Iran's nuclear issue.
- Rafsanjani: World should admire Iran's nuclear achievements IRNA 13 Jul 2007 -- Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Iran has been oppressed in the nuclear issue and the world should admire the work of Iranian young scientists who have been able to achieve the most important part of nuclear energy activities which is uranium enrichment.
- Iran agrees to new UN nuclear inspections and safeguards UN News Centre 13 Jul 2007 -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog announced today that it has reached agreement with Iranian authorities to allow new inspections and safeguards at some of its key facilities.
- IAEA Says Iran to Allow Inspections of Heavy Water Reactor VOA 13 Jul 2007 -- The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran will allow inspectors to visit its heavy water reactor as part of an agreement aimed at resolving questions about Iran's nuclear program.
- Iranian Military, Kurdish Rebels Clash Along Iran-Iraq Border VOA 13 Jul 2007 -- Iraqi Kurdish officials say the Iranian military has shelled an area inside northern Iraq during fighting between Iranian forces and Kurdish rebels.
- Iran, IAEA team start 2nd round of N-talks IRNA 12 Jul 2007 -- Iranian nuclear officials and a team of the UN nuclear watchdog started their second round of talks here Thursday morning.
- Iran-IAEA talks winds up, two parties pleased with progress IRNA 12 Jul 2007 -- The latest round of talks between Iranian and the UN nuclear agency officials wound up on Thursday evening with the two parties saying they made progress.
- US Officials say Chinese Supplies to Iran Challenge UN Sanctions VOA 12 Jul 2007 -- A U.S. official says China is failing to do all it should to stop militarily significant supplies from reaching Iran, even though it voted for U.N. sanctions aimed at preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons
- EU's Solana expects new talks with Iran's Larijani later in July RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2007 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief said he expected a new round of talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator to be held later this month, an Iranian news agency said.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF IRAN United Nations 10 Jul 2007
- Iran Claims Spy Networks Disrupted RFE/RL 10 Jul 2007 -- Iran has reportedly discovered five new espionage networks allegedly linked to Western intelligence services.
- Iraq FM invites Iran, US for talks on Iraq security IRNA 09 Jul 2007 -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Monday invited Iranian and the US officials to resume second round of talks on Iraq security.
- Makeup of IAEA team to Tehran finalized: Iranian envoy IRNA 09 Jul 2007 -- Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said here Monday that the makeup of the IAEA team to visit Tehran on July 11 has been finalized.
- IAEA: Iran Slowing Expansion of Nuclear Enrichment Capabilities VOA 09 Jul 2007 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has slowed the expansion of its nuclear enrichment capabilities.
- Hosseini: IAEA visit, most important issue of nuclear talks now IRNA 08 Jul 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here Sunday the July 11 visit by the IAEA team to Iran is currently the most important issue on the table of nuclear talks.
- Iran: Reformists Sound Alarm About Forthcoming Elections RFE/RL 07 Jul 2007 -- Tehran-based journalist Mohammad Sadeq Javadihesar told Radio Farda recently that Iranian reformist and centrist political forces are concerned about the country's upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for March 2008.
- Analysis: Round Three with Iran cfr.org 05 Jul 2007 -- The economic noose around Iran may be tightening
- Iraq: Latest U.S. Charges On Iran Raise Tensions RFE/RL 04 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. military announced on July 2 that it had arrested a senior Hizbollah operative in the southern city of Al-Basrah on March 20 and that he had admitted to working with the Quds Force, a secret military wing linked to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC).
- Iran: Moderating Discourse In Tehran Complements Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 04 Jul 2007 -- Iranian officials maintain that Iran has a right pursuant to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to enrich uranium and make nuclear fuel for what it describes as a wholly peaceful energy program
- Russia guarantees repatriation of spent fuel from Bushehr NPP RIA Novosti 04 Jul 2007 -- Russia's nuclear agency said Wednesday that nuclear fuel Moscow has pledged to supply to a nuclear power plant being built in Iran will definitely be returned to Russia and will not end up in the wrong hands.
- Iran Training Iraqi Insurgent Groups, General Says Washington File 03 Jul 2007 -- An elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard with ties to Hezbollah is training, funding and arming insurgents in Iraq to attack coalition and Iraqi forces and conduct other missions, says a senior U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Iraq.
- Iran: Reports Of Death Sentence Spark Concern Over Ayatollah's Fate RFE/RL 03 Jul 2007 -- Iranian and international rights groups have expressed concern over reports suggesting that a possible death sentence was handed down against a controversial Iranian cleric and some of his followers despite subsequent denials among semiofficial media.
- Iran worried about bloodshed in Iraq, Mottaki IRNA 02 Jul 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said that Iran is worried about humanitarian disaster in Iraq and it is a religious obligation to stop bloodshed in the war-torn country.
- Government Mismanagement Responsible for Iranian Fuel Rationing Washington File 02 Jul 2007 -- The Iranian government's decision to ration fuel for private vehicles is a result of its mismanagement of Iran's economy, a senior State Department official said July 2.
- U.S. Alleges Iran Using Hizballah As 'Proxy' In Iraq RFE/RL 02 Jul 2007 -- The U.S. military is accusing Iran of using the Lebanese militia Hizballah as a "proxy" to arm Shi'ite militants in Iraq.
- US Says Iran Using Hezbollah as Proxy in Iraq VOA 02 Jul 2007 -- The American military says it has evidence Iran is using the Lebanese Shiite militia group Hezbollah as a proxy to arm Shiite militants in Iraq.
- Atomstroiexport head starts talks with Iran IRNA 01 Jul 2007 -- Head of the Russian state-owned Atomstroiexport company, the nuclear contractor of Iran's Bushehr power plant, Sergei Shmatko started talks with Iranian nuclear officials.
- IAEA team due in Iran to discuss remaining issues: Spokesman IRNA 01 Jul 2007 -- A UN nuclear watchdog team would arrive in Tehran within the next few days to discuss ways to settle remaining issues on Iran's nuclear case, said a senior Foreign Ministry official Sunday.
- Iran ready to study plans guaranteeing rights: Hosseini IRNA 01 Jul 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here Sunday Iran is ready to study all plans and proposals which would guarantee its rights.
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