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August 2007 - Iran Special Weapons News
- GOV/2007/489: Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran International Atomic Energy Agency 30 Aug 2007
- ElBaradei: Iran-IAEA work plan a significant step forward IRNA 30 Aug 2007 -- Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei in his report to the agency's Board of Governors here Thursday described the Iran-IAEA work plan as a significant step forward.
- Bush Iran remarks lack any value: Mottaki IRNA 30 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Thursday the US President George W Bush's recent remarks about Iran lacked any value and contained no new points.
- ElBaradei report proves Iran's peaceful N-program: Soltaniyeh IRNA 30 Aug 2007 -- A senior Iranian nuclear official said here Thursday the new report of Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei was a historic document on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.
- IAEA rejects US unfounded allegations against Iran: Saeedi IRNA 30 Aug 2007 -- A senior Iranian nuclear official said here Thursday the UN nuclear watchdog in its latest report has dismissed all the unfounded allegations made by the US against Iran.
- Tehran, Washington Heighten Rhetoric Over Iraq VOA 29 Aug 2007 -- U.S. troops in Baghdad briefly detained eight Iranians before releasing them and turning them over to Iraqi officials early Wednesday.
- Iran confirms release of its delegates arrested by U.S. in Iraq RIA Novosti 29 Aug 2007 -- The Iranian ambassador to Iraq confirmed Wednesday that a group of Iranian energy officials arrested by U.S. troops on Tuesday night had been released, Tehran's official news agency IRNA reported.
- Iran Protests US Military's Detention of 8 Iranians in Iraq VOA 29 Aug 2007 -- Iran has protested the U.S. military's detention in Iraq of eight Iranians who the U.S. military says were found with unauthorized weapons in their vehicles.
- Iran/Iraq: Tensions Rise As Bush, Ahmadinejad Trade Jabs RFE/RL 29 Aug 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush said in a speech yesterday that what he called Iran's "murderous activities" in Iraq must stop.
- Iran Accused Of Expelling Baha'i Students RFE/RL 29 Aug 2007 -- An umbrella group for the Baha'i religious community says it has evidence that Iranian officials are secretly trying to expel Baha'i followers from universities, Radio Farda reported.
- Iran: Campaign Against Discriminatory Laws Marks First Year RFE/RL 29 Aug 2007 -- A campaign by Iranian women's rights advocates to gather 1 million signatures to protest discriminatory laws marked its first anniversary this week.
- Iran answers UN agency questions on plutonium programme, says document UN News Centre 28 Aug 2007 -- Iran has addressed the questions of the United Nations nuclear watchdog about its past plutonium programme and both parties now consider that matter resolved, according to a statement posted on the UN agency's website.
- President: Tehran considers its nuclear case closed IRNA 28 Aug 2007 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that from Tehran's point of view Iran's nuclear case is closed.
- Ahmadinejad: Iranian Nuclear Program Not Slowed VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that, contrary to recent news reports, Tehran has not slowed its nuclear activity
- Tehran Says Plutonium Issues With IAEA 'Resolved' RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- Iran says it has resolved questions from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog about its tests with plutonium, which can be used to fuel nuclear bombs.
- Iran plutonium issue closed - IAEA RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2007 -- The Iranian file on the plutonium issue has been concluded and is closed, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a document posted on its official Web site Tuesday.
- Production line of 2,000-pound smart bombs commissioned IRNA 26 Aug 2007 -- Production line of 2,000-pound smart bombs, Qased (harbinger), and four-part production line of low-caliber piercing bullets, Saqeb (meteor) were commissioned at Tehran defense industries on Sunday.
- Hosseini urges continued talks on Iran nuclear case IRNA 26 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini here on Sunday expressed hope the trend of talks on settlement of the remaining issues concerning Iran's peaceful nuclear program would continue.
- President: Iran never gives up its nuclear rights IRNA 26 Aug 2007 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that Iran's remarkable success in peaceful nuclear activities have roots in capabilities, efforts and talent of its youth and the country is determined to never give up its nuclear rights.
- Iran rejects reports of slower nuclear work RIA Novosti 26 Aug 2007 -- Iran rejected Sunday reports that it has recently scaled down its controversial nuclear activities.
- No need to upgrade level of talks with US on Iraq: Hosseini IRNA 26 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here Sunday that Tehran sees no need for upgrading the level of talks with US on Iraq.
- Minister rejects US accusations against Iran IRNA 26 Aug 2007 -- Minister of Information Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejeie here on Sunday rejected the US accusations that Iran interferes in the Iraqi domestic affairs.
- Iran ready to help correct US wrong policies in Iraq: FM IRNA 25 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Friday that Iran's approach in talks with the US on Iraq is based on correcting Washington's wrong policies and help establish full security in Iraq and the entire region.
- President: Iran never gives up its nuclear rights IRNA 25 Aug 2007 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that Iran's remarkable success in peaceful nuclear activities have roots in capabilities, efforts and talent of its youth and the country is determined to never give up its nuclear rights.
- Spokesman says US reaction to Iran-IAEA agreements 'illogical' IRNA 24 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini called the US officials reaction to the agreements between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) " illogical and non-technical".
- Iran, IAEA agree on framework to settle outstanding issues IRNA 22 Aug 2007 -- Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed Tuesday evening on drawing up a framework to settle outstanding issues on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program after two days of talks.
- U.S. Envoy Says Iran-IAEA Deal Has 'Real Limitations' RFE/RL 22 Aug 2007 -- A senior U.S. envoy has criticized Iran's agreement on a timetable to answer questions about its nuclear ambitions, saying the plan has "real limitations."
- Former CIA officer says U.S ready to strike Iran within 6 months RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2007 -- The United States could deliver a military strike against Iran within the next six months, a former CIA officer told Fox News.
- US Official Criticizes Iran, IAEA Deal on Nuclear Program VOA 22 Aug 2007 -- A senior U.S. official has criticized the deal Iran reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a timetable for Tehran to answer questions about its controversial nuclear program.
- Iran: Radical Right Renews Attacks On Moderate Clerics RFE/RL 21 Aug 2007 -- The reformist Iranian newspaper "Etemad" has described a renewed "round of attacks" on senior clerics regarded as moderately conservative or reformist.
- UN nuclear watchdog agency team holds talks in Iran UN News Centre 21 Aug 2007 -- Experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in Iran to hold talks as part of efforts to resolve outstanding issues pertaining to the country's past nuclear programme and to clarify safeguards implementation issues.
- US 'Encouraged' by Bail Release of Iranian-American Academic VOA 21 Aug 2007 -- The United States has welcomed, as encouraging, news that Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari has been released on bail from an Iranian prison
- Iranian Official Warns UN About Adopting New Sanctions Resolution VOA 20 Aug 2007 -- Iran's chief nuclear negotiator has warned the U.N. Security Council against imposing new sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program, saying doing so would be a "grave mistake."
- Iran says ready to share nuclear research data with UN watchdog RIA Novosti 21 Aug 2007 -- Tehran is prepared to share information on its controversial nuclear program with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday.
- Iran, IAEA begin 3rd round of talks IRNA 20 Aug 2007 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday began the third round of their talks at the Supreme National Security Council headquarters in Tehran.
- Iran Army condemns US attempt to label IRGC IRNA 20 Aug 2007 -- Iran's Army on Monday castigated the US attempt to label the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as terrorist.
- Iran Shells Iraq's Kurdish Region VOA 20 Aug 2007 -- Despite a recent announcement by Iran's state-run news agency, IRNA, saying Iranian and Iraqi security officials signed a border security pact, there are ongoing reports Iran is shelling the border areas in the Kurdish region of Iraq
- Iran, IAEA in talks on executive guidelines IRNA 19 Aug 2007 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency are in talks to reach a deal on executive guidelines.
- Iran, IAEA to hold 3rd round of talks IRNA 19 Aug 2007 -- Representatives of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold the third round of talks in Tehran on Monday.
- US Says It Is Countering Iranian Influence in Iraq VOA 17 Aug 2007 -- The second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq says he is trying to convince Iraqi Shi'ite extremists that working with Iran will have long-term negative consequences for Iraq
- Iran Summons 5 Argentines on Security Charges VOA 16 Aug 2007 -- Iranian media say authorities have summoned five Argentine officials to appear in court to face charges of undermining Iran's security.
- Russia says Iran poses no threat RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2007 -- Russia sees no threat emanating from Iran, the "rogue state" the United States is building its missile shield in Europe against, the Russian foreign minister said Thursday.
- Analysis: Turning the Screws on Iran cfr.org 16 Aug 2007 -- The Bush administration's plans to target the business dealings (IHT) of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the largest branch of the country's armed services, set in motion what is expected to be a lively new round of diplomacy aimed at getting Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment program
- Iran: Mideast Expert Talks About Possible U.S. Blacklisting Of Revolutionary Guards RFE/RL 16 Aug 2007 -- Reports in Western media suggest that the Bush administration is considering declaring Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.
- Iran's leader says U.S. missile shield threatens Eurasian security RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a regional summit Thursday that the deployment of a U.S. missile shield in Europe threatens not only Iran but also the whole Eurasia.
- Backgrounder: State Sponsors: Iran cfr.org 15 Aug 2007
- US Considering Terrorist Label for Iran's Revolutionary Guards VOA 15 Aug 2007 -- The Bush administration is considering a move to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization
- Reports Say U.S. May Declare Iran's Revolutionary Guards 'Terrorist' Group RFE/RL 15 Aug 2007 -- In a move that would signal a more confrontational approach to Tehran, the United States is reportedly considering declaring Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps a foreign terrorist organization.
- US Considering Terrorist Label for Iran's Revolutionary Guards VOA 15 Aug 2007 -- The Bush administration is reported to be ready to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a "specially designated global terrorist" organization.
- Iran: Ministers' Exits Could Hint At Further Changes RFE/RL 14 Aug 2007 -- In Iran, two economy-minded ministers of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's government stepped down on August 12.
- Iran favors stable Afghanistan - Ahmadinejad RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2007 -- Iran's president said in Kabul that his country wants security and stability for neighboring Afghanistan, the Iranian television reported Tuesday.
- Iranian President Rejects US Allegations About Weapons in Afghanistan VOA 14 Aug 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spent the day in the Afghan capital, part of a three-nation tour of Central Asia.
- Perkovich: Proliferation Trilogy: North Korea, Iran, and India cfr.org 13 Aug 2007 -- George Perkovich, a leading specialist on nuclear non-proliferation, says that among the current problems with North Korea, India, and Iran, Iran is the most important to resolve because the Iranians are trying to defy international opinion and produce a nuclear weapons capability after having been exposed in the act of trying
- Iranian President Kicks Off Regional Tour With First Afghan Visit RFE/RL 13 Aug 2007 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul after his arrival today in the Afghan capital
- No need to promote level of Iran-US talks: FM spokesman IRNA 13 Aug 2007 -- Iran sees no need to promote the level of its talks with US on Iraq's security, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Sunday night.
- Iran reminds US of its responsibility in Iraq IRNA 13 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Sunday night that Iran reminded the US of its responsibility in Iraq envisaged in the Geneva Convention for the occupying forces.
- Iran: No Decision On Detained Iranian-Americans After Inquiry RFE/RL 13 Aug 2007 -- Iranian judicial authorities say they have completed their investigations into the case of two detained Iranian-American academics, Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, who are facing security charges.
- Iran Completes Probe of Detained US-Iranian Academics VOA 12 Aug 2007 -- Iran says it has completed an investigation into the cases of two Iranian-American academics detained in Tehran on charges of harming national security.
- Supreme Leader: Iran fully supports popular Iraqi government IRNA 10 Aug 2007 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told visiting Iraqi prime minister that the Islamic Republic of Iran fully supports the popular government of Iraq.
- Bush Warns Iran About Support for Militants in Iraq VOA 09 Aug 2007 -- U.S. President George Bush says Iran will pay a price for what he says is a continuing effort to supply Iraqi militants with weapons to attack American troops
- Bush Warns Iran Of 'Consequences' For Arming Iraqis RFE/RL 09 Aug 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush warned Iran today that it will face unspecified "consequences" if it continues to supply powerful weapons to sectarian militias in Iraq.
- Davoudi: Iran supports independent, secure Iraq IRNA 09 Aug 2007 -- Iran supports an independent, secure, stable and progressing Iraq, said First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi on Thursday.
- Mottaki: Iraq's security should be restored by its own people IRNA 09 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that the root-cause of rampant insecurity in Iraq stems from improper attitude of extra-regional powers.
- Mottaki: US concerned about its performance in Iraq IRNA 09 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that the United States' wrong policies in Iraq account for contradictions in words and actions.
- Iraqi PM to visit Iran to follow up previous agreements IRNA 07 Aug 2007 -- Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's visit to Iran is aimed at following up previous agreements reached between the two countries.
- Iraq: Al-Maliki Seeks To Strengthen Ties With Iran RFE/RL 07 Aug 2007 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will go to Iran today where he will hold talks on August 8 with Iranian officials on economic and political cooperation
- Official: Iran not to accept demand for suspension IRNA 07 Aug 2007 -- A senior Iranian nuclear official said on Tuesday that Iran would never accept any demand for suspension which would mean a temporary halt to its nuclear activities.
- Tehran rejects IAEA offer for face-to-face talks with US IRNA 07 Aug 2007 -- Acting Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli here Tuesday rejected the IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei's offer for direct talks with the US on Iran's nuclear problem.
- New fighter plane tested successfully: Defense minister IRNA 06 Aug 2007 -- Iran has successfully tested a new fighter plane named Azarakhsh (Thunder), said Ministry of Defense Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar Monday morning.
- Iran: Ahmadinejad Deriving Power From Rhetoric RFE/RL 06 Aug 2007 -- Perhaps one of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's most remarkable traits since taking power two years ago today has been a fondness for bombastic remarks.
- Iraqi, Iranian, And U.S. Officials Meet In Baghdad RFE/RL 06 Aug 2007 -- Experts from Iraq, the United States, and Iran are meeting today in Baghdad to follow up on two previous senior-level meetings concerning security in Iraq.
- Iran: Tehran Cooperating 'Just Enough' To Avoid More UN Sanctions RFE/RL 06 Aug 2007 -- A technical team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to arrive in Iran today to discuss that country's nuclear program.
- IAEA experts in Tehran for further nuclear talks RIA Novosti 06 Aug 2007 -- Four inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in Tehran Monday to discuss further technical issues in talks aimed at allaying international concerns over Iran's nuclear program, the IRNA news agency said.
- IAEA technical team due in Tehran tomorrow IRNA 05 Aug 2007 -- International Atomic Energy Agency's technical team is to arrive here on Monday to discuss technical aspects of Iran's nuclear issue with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's (AEOI) officials.
- Iran to continue peaceful nuclear activities: Hosseini IRNA 05 Aug 2007 -- Iran's peaceful and normal nuclear activities will continue, said Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, on Sunday.
- Iran's stand on its peaceful nuclear activities not changed: Hosseini IRNA 05 Aug 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said on Sunday that Iran's principled stands on its peaceful nuclear activities have not changed.
- Iran says will continue uranium enrichment activity RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2007 -- Iran does not intend to suspend its uranium enrichment program, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Sunday.
- President: Iran to continue nuclear activities within legal frame IRNA 03 Aug 2007 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Friday that all Iran's nuclear activities have been in accordance with the international laws and regulations and it is firmly determined to continue the activities within the same framework.
- Iran: U.S. Official Says Sanctions Prompting Debate Within Iran RFE/RL 03 Aug 2007 -- Iran last week allowed UN inspectors to revisit the Arak heavy-water plant. The move came following talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna
- Pentagon Accidentally Sold Parts for Iranian Fighters VOA 02 Aug 2007 -- Investigators from the U.S. Congress say earlier this year the Defense Department sold more than a 1,000 parts for aging fighter jets that are now only used by Iran, in spite of a ban on such sales
- Enemy can by no means attack Iran: Air Force commander IRNA 02 Aug 2007 -- Enemy is by no means able to launch military attack against Iran, Air Force Commander Brigadier General pilot Ahmad Miqani said on Thursday.
- Iran: Senior Cleric's Death Sparks Search For New Assembly Chairman RFE/RL 01 Aug 2007 -- The death on July 30 of the conservative chairman, Ayatollah Ali Meshkini, of Iran's powerful Assembly of Experts obliges its members to select a new chamber leader.
- Iran unfazed by U.S. plans to aid Mideast allies RIA Novosti 01 Aug 2007 -- Iran is undaunted by Washington's intention to provide substantial military aid to its allies in the Middle East, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.
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