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January 2010 - Iran Special Weapons News
- US Reportedly Beefing Up Defenses in Persian Gulf VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- U.S. media reports say the United States is speeding up the deployment of anti-missile defenses in four Persian Gulf nations as it continues to confront Iran over its nuclear program.
- Iran does not take seriously Clinton's remarks on engagement offer IRNA 31 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that Tehran does not take seriously the statement made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over failure of US offers to negotiate with Iran over nuclear program.
- Rafsanjani: Iranian nuclear program, irreversible IRNA 30 Jan 2010 -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Saturday that Iranian nuclear program is irreversible.
- Iranian Opposition Leaders Reported to Call for More Protests on February 11 VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- Iran's top opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi met Saturday, calling for more protests on the Feb. 11th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and condemning the execution Thursday of two young opponents of the regime. Meanwhile, Iran's judiciary says that 16 more opposition protesters have been put on trial, and 37 others are set to be tried.
- Clinton Urges China to Accept Sanctions Against Iran VOA 29 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says China is under pressure to accept new sanctions against Iran over Tehran's refusal to reveal details of its nuclear program -- and whether it is pursuing nuclear weapons.
- Senior Iranian Pro-Government Cleric Urges More Executions of Regime Opponents VOA 29 Jan 2010 -- Hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, giving Tehran's Friday prayer sermon, urged Iran's judiciary to execute more opponents of the Islamic Republic "to please God." The call comes a day after two men were executed for being "enemies of God" and protesting to topple the regime.
- Ayat. Jannati to Judiciary: Decide rioters’ case as soon as possible IRNA 29 Jan 2010 -- Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati on Friday called on the Judiciary to make swift decisions on the post-vote rioters, especially “the Ashura vilifiers.”
- ‘You Can’t Punish Someone Before He Commits A Crime’ RFE/RL 29 Jan 2010 -- Nineteen-year-old Arash Rahmanipour was executed in Iran on January 28 after being convicted of waging war against God and attempting to overthrow the Iranian regime.
- Iran could make nuclear advancement announcement early Feb. RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- Iran is likely to make a new announcement regarding its controversial nuclear program during a ten-day celebration to mark the 31st anniversary of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution starting Monday.
- Iran's enrichment plan 'hinders solution' to nuclear issue RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2010 -- Tehran's decision to enrich uranium for its research reactor could impede the resolution of Iran's nuclear issue, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
- Clinton: 'Little Choice' but to Put More Pressure on Iran VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that Iran's disappointing approach to big-power offers on its nuclear program leaves little choice but to put more pressure on Tehran. Clinton held meetings on Iran with several foreign ministers on the sidelines of the London conference on Afghanistan.
- Commentary: Iran Protesters Must Keep All Eyes On February 11 RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010
- Russia free to sell weapons to Iran - state arms exporter RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2010 -- There is nothing to stop Russia from selling military equipment to Iran, the head of Russia's state-run arms exporter said on Thursday.
- Iran not to attend London Conference on Afghanistan IRNA 28 Jan 2010 -- Iran would not attend the London Conference on Afghanistan which is to be held on Thursday as Tehran believed the continuation of the past policies would not lead to resolving the country’s problems, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday night.
- Iran Hangs Two Sentenced In Postelection Trials RFE/RL 28 Jan 2010 -- Today at dawn, 37-year-old Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and 19-year-old Arash Rahmanipour were hanged after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the Iranian regime.
- Iran's Karroubi Predicts Ahmadinejad's Term Will Be Cut Short VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Senior Iranian opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi says he expects conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be forced out of office before the end of his term.
- Iran Executes Dissidents for Plotting Overthrow of Islamic Establishment VOA 28 Jan 2010 -- Iranian media report that two men have been executed, one of whom was put on trial following post-election unrest last year. But human-rights groups and the man's lawyer say he was in prison before the protests began.
- Moscow dismayed by Iran's reaction to nuclear proposals RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2010 -- Russia is disappointed with Iran's failure to react "constructively" to the proposals made by a group of international mediators on Tehran's nuclear program, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.
- Supreme Leader outlines US-Israel anti-Iran plots in past 30 years IRNA 26 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the US government and the Zionist regime have been the worst enemies of the Iranian nation in the past 30 years.
- FM says ways worked out to confront soft war against Iran IRNA 26 Jan 2010 -- Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said ways have been worked out in different theoretical and communication areas to confront soft warfare.
- No change in US government’s approach towards Iran IRNA 26 Jan 2010 -- No change has been observed yet in the US administration’s approach towards Iran one year after President Barack Obama has come to power, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said Tuesday.
- Iran's Karrubi 'Recognizes Ahmadinejad' RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- because of that I recognize [Ahmadinejad] as the head of the government, only because of the endorsement of the supreme leader,'" Hossein Karrubi said.
- President: good news about nuclear enrichment to be announced soon IRNA 24 Jan 2010 -- The Iranian president said on Sunday that good news on 20 percent enrichment of nuclear fuel will be announced during the Islamic Revolution anniversary by the next two weeks.
- HRW Calls Iran Crackdown On Protests A 'Human Rights Disaster' RFE/RL 24 Jan 2010 -- Iran's crackdown on opposition protests following June's disputed presidential election was a "human rights disaster," U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said.
- Iran Threatens to Produce Own Nuclear Fuel VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- Iran's president says his country is resolved to produce its own highly enriched uranium if the West is unwilling to accept Iran's counter-proposal to a U.N. deal worked out last November.
- Former Canadian Ambassador Admits To Spying For CIA RFE/RL 24 Jan 2010 -- Canada's former ambassador to Tehran has admitted to spying for the United States and serving as the "de facto CIA station chief" after the U.S. Embassy seizure in 1979.
- Rafsanjani acknowledges Supreme Leader's initiative to end crisis IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Saturday acknowledged the Supreme Leader's initiative to resolve the current problems.
- US General Says Yemen Could Become Iran-Saudi Proxy War VOA 22 Jan 2010 -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, General David Petraeus, says there are indications the domestic conflict in Yemen could become a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Petraeus spoke in Washington Friday at the Institute for the Study of War.
- Iran crumples US commanders' threats IRNA 22 Jan 2010 -- Iran's army chief has brushed aside recent warmongering remarks by US military commanders, describing them as crude and unsophisticated.
- Russian Foreign Minister Regrets Iran's Rejection Of Nuke Deal RFE/RL 22 Jan 2010 -- Russia's top diplomat today said Moscow regrets that Iran has rejected a draft deal to send abroad most of its enriched uranium.
- Clinton: US, Allies Will Not Back Down on Iran Nuclear Issue VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States and allies will not back down in pressing Iran on concerns that its nuclear program is weapons related.
- Supreme Leader: Iran strongly opposes bullying powers IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that Iran strongly opposes bullying powers which are seeking to dominate and humiliate world nations.
- Former Iranian consul asks Norway for political asylum RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- A former Iranian consul to Norway, who had resigned in late 2009 over the crackdown on opposition protests by Iran's government, asked Norwegian authorities for political asylum, the Norway Post newspaper said on Thursday.
- Iran Six weighs new sanctions against Tehran over dialogue RIA Novosti 20 Jan 2010 -- Iran Six mediators are discussing the transition from talks to new sanctions in response to Iran's refusal to fold its controversial nuclear program, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday.
- Supreme Leader invites nation to transparency, cautions against double-standards IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday called on the Iranian nation at large and the Islamic Revolution loyalists in particular to clarify stances and avoid double-standards.
- Iran defense capability belongs to entire regional states: Minister IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- Defense minister said Tuesday that Iran’s defense capability is for deterrent purpose and Iran is ready to share its experience in this field with all the regional states.
- Supreme Leader Claims Iran Remains United Against 'Outside' Threat VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the opposition to distance itself from the Islamic Republic's Western enemies. The statement comes as anti-government protesters are expected to try to take to the streets again on February 11, when Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
- Iran’s humanitarian aid arrives in Haiti IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- A planeload of 30 tons of humanitarian aid, including food stuff, tents and medicines landed in a Haiti airport Tuesday morning, an official from Iran's Red Crescent Society told IRNA.
- Iran blames West for unrealistic approach on nuclear issue RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman has blamed Western countries in unwillingness over the recognition of Iranian nuclear rights, Iranian official news agency IRNA reported.
- Iran dispatches medical team to Haiti IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Iran's Red Crescent Society dispached first group of Iranian doctors and relief workers to the quake-hit Haiti.
- Anti-Iran meeting in New York ends with no result IRNA 17 Jan 2010 -- Five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany after negotiating for around four hours about Iran nuclear program ended their meeting without any result.
- FM Spokesman: Failure of 5+1 meeting only natural IRNA 17 Jan 2010 -- Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Ramin Mihman-Parast said the failure of 5+1 meeting which took place in New York was only natural.
- Major Players Meeting Concludes Without Clarity RFE/RL 17 Jan 2010 -- Six major powers have met in New York to discuss what further action to take against Iran for its failure to curb its nuclear program.
- Iran dispatches relief supplies for Haitian quake victims IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- A plane carrying 30 tons of relief supplies for the Haitian earthquake victims left Tehran for that Central American state Saturday morning, it was announced here today.
- Iran Six decides against new sanctions on Tehran RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Iran Six participants holding a meeting in New York on Saturday decided against new sanctions on Tehran and will study new political methods to solve the issues, a Russian Foreign Ministry deputy said.
- Effectiveness of sanctions on Iran 'doubtful' — Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- The effectiveness of additional sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program is "doubtful," a Russian Foreign Ministry deputy said on Saturday.
- Six World Powers Discuss Iran Sanctions VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany say they will continue to seek a negotiated solution to Iran's nuclear pursuits, but they are considering "further measures". The group, known as the P5+1 met at a senior level in New York Saturday.
- Iran Diplomat Who Quit Over Crackdown Hints At More Resignations RFE/RL 15 Jan 2010 -- Mohammed Reza Heydari (aka Heidari) resigned his post as consul at the Iranian Embassy in Norway earlier this month to protest Tehran's crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators and to show his solidarity with the goals of the opposition Green Movement. In an interview with RFE/RL Radio Farda's Sharham Mirian, Heidari says he expects other Iranian diplomats to follow his example.
- Iran Police Chief Warns Opposition Against SMS, Email Communication RFE/RL 15 Jan 2010 -- Iran's police chief has warned opposition supporters against using SMS text messages and e-mails to organize antigovernment rallies.
- Iran police chief warns protesters emails, text messages monitored RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- The head of Iran's police warned protesters on Friday that all emails and text messages in the Islamic republic are monitored, the ILNA news agency reported.
- U.S. to keep door open for talks with Iran - senior official RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- The United States will continue talking to Iran, but wants Moscow's cooperation in sending Tehran a signal that defiance of international demands will not go unpunished, a senior U.S. envoy has said.
- Ahmadinejad hails Iran's nuclear progress RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2010 -- Iran's nuclear achievements will force its enemies to capitulate, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday.
- Iran Moves To Cut Popular Economic Subsidies Despite Political Risk RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- Iran's top legislative body has approved a plan to phase out billions of dollars in state subsidies that currently keep the costs of energy and food low in the country's inflation-struck economy.
- Assassinated Nuclear Physicist Buried In Tehran RFE/RL 14 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian nuclear physicist killed by a bomb earlier this week has been buried in Tehran.
- FM: Israel will not dare to attack Iran IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday that the Zionist regime was not in a position to even dare to attack Iran.
- President orders security bodies to find assasination agents IRNA 13 Jan 2010 -- Government of the Islamic Republic condemned assasination of Tehran University professor and announced that President Ahmadinejad has ordered security bodies to find the perpetrators of the crime as well as their foreign supporters.
- US Defense Spy Chief: Iran Undecided on Nuclear Bomb VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- In an exclusive VOA interview, the Pentagon's top intelligence official says there is no evidence that Iran has made a final decision to build nuclear weapons. But the chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) adds that much about Iran's inner workings remains murky.
- Iran not interfereing in Iraq's affairs: FM spokesman IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Tuesday that Tehran is not interfering in domestic affairs of the neighboring Iraq.
- Iran waiting for response of other side to stage-by-stage fuel swap IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Tuesday that Tehran is waiting for response by the other side to the fuel purchase proposal and stage-by-stage fuel swap.
- US would not attack Iran, says analyst IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, a professor in National Defense University (NDU) here Monday termed as mere threat statement by head of US Central Command General David Petraeus, on US military's considering of impact of ‘possible action’ against Tehran.
- P5+1 Agree To Talk About Possible UN Sanctions Against Iran RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- The United States and five other countries have tentatively agreed to meet this weekend to discuss what to do about Iran's nuclear defiance of the UN Security Council.
- US-Israel-mercenaries responsible for academic’s assassination IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast on Tuesday strongly condemned assassination of Iranian professor by US-Israeli mercenaries.
- Tehran Blast Kills Iran Nuclear Scientist RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- Iran has accused the United States and Israel of involvement in a bomb attack that killed a Tehran nuclear physics professor.
- Iranian nuclear scientist killed in Tehran blast RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian nuclear physics scientist and "a staunch supporter" of the Islamic revolution has been killed in a blast near his home in northern Tehran, Iranian and regional media reported on Tuesday.
- Blast Kills Iranian Nuclear Physicist VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian nuclear physicist has been killed by a remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorcycle. Iranian prosecutor general Abbas Jaafar Dolatabadi is pointing the finger at Western intelligence agencies. A U.S. State Department spokesman called the accusation "absurd."
- Iran's Karroubi: Government Threats Will Not Stop Reform VOA 11 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian opposition leader says government threats will not stop the path for reform, days after an opposition Web site said gunmen attacked the leader's car.
- US General statements ‘unmeasured” IRNA 11 Jan 2010 -- Latest comments made by a senior US commander about attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities were “unmeasured and irresponsible,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said Monday.
- Former Tehran Prosecutor Blamed For Protesters' Deaths In Prison RFE/RL 11 Jan 2010 -- whose father was close to Iran's political elite -- The Iranian parliament has publicly blamed the former Tehran prosecutor for the deaths of three antigovernment protesters who died in custody in July 2009.
- U.S. Has 'Contingency' Plan To Deal With Iran Nuclear Program RFE/RL 11 Jan 2010 -- A top U.S. general says Washington has developed what he describes as a "contingency" plan for dealing with Iran's nuclear program if diplomacy and sanctions fail to rein in the Iranian program.
- MP warns west over procrastination on fuel supply to Tehran reactor IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian lawmaker on Sunday warned the western countries over procrastination to supply 20 percent fuel to Tehran reactor and said that otherwise Iran has to launch 20 percent enrichment to keep the medical research reactor working.
- Iran’s missile deterrent power above enemies' imagination IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- Iran’s missile deterrent power is highly above the enemies’ imagination, Minister of Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday.
- Speaker urges opposition figures to distance themselves from rioters IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani urged opposition figures to distance themselves from anti-religion and anti-revolutionary rioters.
- Iran Parliament Report Blames Torture on Former Tehran Prosecutor VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- Months after Iranian opposition leaders denounced acts of torture and rape at the infamous Kahrizak detention center, the country's parliament has released a report detailing incidents of mistreatment and suspicious deaths. Notorious former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed al-Mortazevi was blamed by the report.
- Supreme Leader: Three branches of gov't must uphold law and order IRNA 09 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that the three branches of government are expected to fulfill their obligation to uphold law and order.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Demands Strong Action Against Protesters VOA 09 Jan 2010 -- Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is once again calling on government security forces and the judiciary to act decisively against anti-government demonstrators. The call echos similar pleas by other regime officials in recent days.
- Prayers leader: People quick to take action against law breakers IRNA 08 Jan 2010 -- Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran, Hojatoleslam Kazem Sediqi, said here Friday that Iranian nation will no longer tolerate breach of the law by a group of law breakers.
- 'Shots Fired' At Iranian Opposition Leader Karubi's Car RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- Iranian media report that shots were fired at the car of one of the country's main opposition leaders, Mehdi Karubi, late on January 7.
- Iran State TV Suggests Neda's Iconic Death Was 'Faked' RFE/RL 07 Jan 2010 -- and he didn't stop there. He also said they were responsible for the death of Ali Musavi -- the 35-year-old nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi who was killed during rallies on December 27 in which eight protesters died.
- Western countries have 25 days left for nuclear swap (Analysis) IRNA 06 Jan 2010 -- The Western countries have 25 days left for the deadline Iran has set for them to supply fuel for Tehran medical research reactor. Otherwise, the Islamic Republic of Iran will make preparations to produce 20 percent uranium fuel.
- Interview: Embassy Hostage-Turned-U.S. Envoy Compares '79 To Iran Today RFE/RL 06 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran John Limbert tells RFE/RL that there are similarities between the current postelection unrest in Iran and the events that led up to that country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
- Akbar Ganji: My Advice For Iran's Green Movement RFE/RL 06 Jan 2010 -- and must be done -- is to focus on the core democratic demands of the movement -- free and fair elections, the right to peaceful gatherings, the freedom of political parties, resignation of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, the creation of a truth commission to look into the June 12 vote -- and get the support of as many prominent national figures as possible in order to create a national consensus.
- New York Times: Iran Hiding Nuclear Program in Tunnels VOA 06 Jan 2010 -- The New York Times reports Wednesday that Iran has been hiding much of its nuclear infrastructure in tunnels and bunkers across the country over the past decade.
- VOA: Iran Trying to Intimidate With Ban on Media Contact VOA 05 Jan 2010 -- The head of U.S.-funded Voice of America says Iran's government is hoping to intimidate its citizens by banning contact with some 60 outside organizations such as VOA and the BBC.
- China urges more talks on Iran nuclear program IRNA 05 Jan 2010 -- China on Tuesday said it still favoured more international talks on Iran's nuclear program.
- MP: Iran’s 2-month deadline for fuel supply is logical IRNA 05 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday that the deadline set for the west to supply fuel for Tehran Research Reactor is logical and justified.
- Iran Ban Targets Some 60 'Seditious' Western Groups RFE/RL 05 Jan 2010 -- which has worked on women's rights and HIV/AIDS issues with local civil society groups in Iran -- had faced similar accusations in state media in recent years.
- Iran blacklists some 60 foreign organizations RIA Novosti 05 Jan 2010 -- Iran has compiled a list of some 60 foreign organizations and media which it said were agents in the "soft war" against the country, the Press TV reported on Tuesday.
- China: Diplomacy Best Way to Resolve Iranian Nuclear Issue VOA 05 Jan 2010 -- China has called for diplomatic efforts to resolve the controversy over Iran's nuclear program, saying "dialogue and negotiation" are the best ways to address the issue.
- Clinton: Iran Showing 'Mounting Signs of Ruthless Repression' VOA 05 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Iran is showing "mounting signs of ruthless repression" in its treatment of opposition activists.
- Clinton: US Discussing Iran Sanctions with Allies VOA 05 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington has begun talks with its allies about imposing new sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
- Clinton: Iran Ultimatum Unacceptable VOA 04 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the problems in Yemen are a threat to regional and global security.
- Witness In Iran Says Police Deliberately Ran Over Protesters RFE/RL 04 Jan 2010
- Iranian Officials Close Opposition Ayatollah's Mosque RFE/RL 04 Jan 2010 -- Iranian authorities have locked the doors of a prominent mosque in the southern city of Shiraz that is the base of an opposition ayatollah, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
- U.S. rejects Iran's nuclear ultimatum RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2010 -- Washington has dismissed Iran's nuclear fuel demand and said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proposal already offered to Tehran was sufficient.
- Iran: Several Foreigners Detained During Recent Protest VOA 04 Jan 2010 -- The Iranian government says several foreign nationals were among those arrested last week during clashes between opposition protesters and security forces.
- France Rejects Iran's Nuclear Ultimatum VOA 04 Jan 2010 -- France is rejecting Iran's latest effort to set the terms of a nuclear fuel deal with world powers.
- Interior minister warns rioters IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Minister of Interior Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar on Sunday warned the rioters and said that police will strongly restore law and order.
- Majlis rejects government demand to withdraw targeted subsidies bill IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) rejected a request by the government to withdraw the bill on the targeted subsidies.
- Iran waiting to reach agreement on Tehran Reactor fuel: Spokesman IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman said Iran is waiting to reach an agreement on Tehran Research Reactor fuel with related sides.
- Iran Says It Will Make Own Highly Enriched Uranium If Unavailable From West RFE/RL 03 Jan 2010 -- Iran has warned that it will produce more highly enriched levels of nuclear fuel if there is no deal with the West to provide it with such material for use in a Tehran medical research reactor, The Associated Press reports.
- Iranian Government Goes on Attack, Refusing Reconciliation with Opposition VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- Key hardline figures in the Iranian government are pushing for severe punishment for opposition activists, with no pardon or reconciliation. Opposition websites indicate more arrests have been made from their ranks.
- Iran Gives West One Month to Accept Nuclear Deal VOA 02 Jan 2010 -- Iran warned on Saturday the West has until the end of the month to accept Tehran's counterproposal to a U.N.-drafted plan on a nuclear exchange, or they will start producing nuclear fuel on their own.
- UK backed Saddam’s war against Iran, former premier admits IRNA 02 Jan 2010 -- Sir John Major has become the first former British prime minister to openly admit that the UK government supported Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s eight year war against Iran.
- Iran Opposition Leader Mousavi Not Afraid to Die for Reform VOA 01 Jan 2010 -- Top Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi says that he's not afraid to die for the cause of reform, and is offering the government a five-point plan for compromise.
- Speaker demands harshest possible punishment for Ashura rioters IRNA 01 Jan 2010 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Friday demanded harshest possible punishment for the those involved in riots which took place on the Shiite mourning day of Ashura, Sunday December 27.
- Musavi Says Iran Is In 'Serious Crisis' RFE/RL 01 Jan 2010 -- Key Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi said today that Iran is in "serious crisis" and called for the immediate release of supporters arrested after the June presidential vote.
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