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November 2013 - Iran Special Weapons News

  • Iran to launch home-built submarine ISNA 30 Nov 2013 -- Iran plans to launch the first home-built submarine by the end of the Iranian calendar year (which ends on March 20).
  • Iran seeks further cooperation with IAEA to settle remaining issues ISNA 30 Nov 2013 -- Iran is seeking more cooperation with the IAEA in order to settle all remaining issues, said Iranian Permanent Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi.
  • Enrichment on home soil Iran's red line: Official Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2013 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has reiterated that the enrichment of uranium inside the country is Tehran's "red line" and will never be halted.
  • 'Iran Navy in region waters to protect interests' Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2013 -- An Iranian naval commander says Iran's Navy maintains a powerful presence in regional waters to safeguard the country's national interests.
  • 'Iran to access $15bn under nuclear deal' Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2013 -- An Iranian deputy foreign minister says Tehran will have access to nearly USD 15 billion in oil revenues after the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers.
  • Dismantling nuclear facilities red line for Iran: Rouhani Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2013 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran is using its nuclear energy program solely for peaceful purposes and dismantling the country's nuclear facilities is '100%' a red line.
  • Lavan warship, SH3D helicopter join Iran Navy fleet Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2013 -- A newly overhauled warship and combat helicopter have joined the Iranian Navy as the country takes steps towards improving its military equipment.
  • Iran determined to pursue nuclear talks: Shamkhani Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2013 -- The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council says Tehran is determined to pursue the path of negotiations with six major world powers on the country's nuclear energy program.
  • Iran to launch 1st semi-heavy submarine by yearend IRNA 29 Nov 2013 -- Head of the Iranian Navy's Self-Sufficiency Jihad Research Organization said that Iran will soon launch its first semi-heavy weight submarine before the end of the current Iranian year (end March 20, 2014).
  • Iran invites IAEA to visit Arak plant: Amano Iran Press TV 28 Nov 2013 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano says Iran has invited the agency to visit the Arak heavy-water production plant on December 8.
  • IAEA Invited To Visit Iran's Arak Site In December RFE/RL 28 Nov 2013 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has invited UN inspectors to visit a nuclear-related heavy-water facility early next month.
  • UN atomic energy chief: Iran invites inspectors to visit Arak nuclear facility UN News Centre 28 Nov 2013 -- Iran has invited inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit a nuclear heavy water facility, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog announced today.
  • IAEA: Monitoring Iran Nuclear Deal Will Take Time VOA 28 Nov 2013 -- The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says it will 'take some time' for his organization to prepare to monitor a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.
  • Rouhani: Iran not to give up enrichment ISNA 27 Nov 2013 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitles Iran to continue uranium enrichment, which is the Islamic Republic's red line.
  • Iran unveils phased-array radar system ISNA 27 Nov 2013 -- Iran unveiled a radar system on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari and Deputy Commander of Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi.
  • Iran unveils advanced radar system Iran Press TV 27 Nov 2013 -- The Iranian navy has unveiled a domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art array radar system, which can detect long-distance targets.
  • Iran Navy conveys message of peace: Defense min. Iran Press TV 27 Nov 2013 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Iranian Navy's strong presence in international waters carries the message of "peace" and "security."
  • Iran's Rohani Marks 100 Days In Office RFE/RL 27 Nov 2013 -- President Hassan Rohani has praised the new interim deal with world powers on the Iranian nuclear program as a positive first step, but says there is still long journey ahead to reach a comprehensive accord.
  • Foreign Minister: Nuclear Deal Preserves Iran's National Interests RFE/RL 27 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the nuclear deal struck with Western powers over the weekend preserves the national interests of the Islamic republic.
  • In Tehran, Optimism in Wake of Nuclear Deal VOA 27 Nov 2013 -- The nuclear deal between Tehran and the so-called P5+1 — the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia, plus Germany — is spurring hope of some revival for Iran's struggling economy.
  • Thorny Issues Remain for Iran Nuclear Negotiators VOA 27 Nov 2013 -- The hard work that led to a temporary agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program will likely lead to more difficult talks on a permanent deal. The interim accord is being debated - and criticized - in the United States and Israel.
  • Rouhani: Iran Will Never Stop Enriching VOA 27 Nov 2013 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that his country will not stop its nuclear enrichment activity, while pledging to have 'constructive interaction' with the international community.
  • Iran rejects 'one-sided' US Fact Sheet on N-deal Iran Press TV 26 Nov 2013 -- Iran Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says the 'Fact Sheet' released by the White House over the nuclear deal between Tehran and the six major world powers is a one-sided interpretation of the agreement reached in Geneva.
  • Iran 'cautiously optimistic' about future nuclear talks Iran Press TV 26 Nov 2013 -- Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed cautious optimism over the prospect of Iran's nuclear talks with the Sextet of world powers.
  • Iran unfazed by sanctions, threats: SNSC secretary Iran Press TV 26 Nov 2013 -- Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani says Western threats and sanctions against Iran over its nuclear energy program have failed to affect the nation's will to continue on in its path.
  • Obama Defends Iran Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 26 Nov 2013 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has pushed back at critics of the recent international nuclear agreement with Iran.
  • Israelis Skeptical Over Iran Nuclear Pact VOA 25 Nov 2013 -- Israeli leaders see the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear program as a bad deal that does nothing to stop Iran's efforts to build nuclear weapons and Israeli analysts are skeptical about its success.
  • No need for US missile system after Iran deal: Lavrov Iran Press TV 25 Nov 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Iran's nuclear deal with the West leaves no place for the deployment of the long-touted US missile system in Europe.
  • France: EU likely to lift some Iran sanctions in December ISNA 25 Nov 2013 -- The EU will likely ease sanctions in place against Iran in December, said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
  • 'EU to partially lift Iran sanctions in December' Iran Press TV 25 Nov 2013 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the European Union will likely lift some of the sanctions imposed against Iran in December following a deal between Tehran and the west.
  • World countries hail Iran nuclear agreement Iran Press TV 25 Nov 2013 -- World countries have hailed the recent agreement between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran's civilian nuclear program.
  • EU Seen Easing Iran Sanctions Soon RFE/RL 25 Nov 2013 -- France's foreign minister says the European Union would likely lift some sanctions on Tehran by the end of the year as part of a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.
  • Saudi Arabia Cautiously Welcomes Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 25 Nov 2013 -- Saudi Arabia has joined other Gulf Arab states in cautiously welcoming a nuclear deal reached by their regional rival Iran and a group of world powers.
  • Araqchi: World powers recognize Iran's uranium enrichment IRNA 24 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and Iran's senior negotiator in talks with major world powers Seyyed Abbas Araqchi announced that the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) have recognized Iran's uranium enrichment rights.
  • Zarif: Iran to continue enrichment program far from int'l pressures IRNA 24 Nov 2013 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Iran's nuclear program will go on far from international pressures.
  • Arak Reactor will continue working based on agreement IRNA 24 Nov 2013 -- According to the agreement reached between Iran and the Group 5+1, the Arak heavy water reactor will continue its work but would not witness any development during the next six months, senior member of the Iranian negotiating team said in Geneva.
  • FM: Iran-5+1 document focuses on Iran's right for uranium enrichment IRNA 24 Nov 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the document signed by Iran and the 5+1 member states focuses on Iran's right for uranium enrichment.
  • Supreme Leader hails efforts of nuclear negotiating team IRNA 24 Nov 2013 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday hailed efforts of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team which led to a first step agreement with the world powers in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • No nuclear center to be shut down, says Iran's Zarif ISNA 24 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leading the Iranian negotiating team in Geneva reiterated that the country's nuclear activities would continue based on the deal reached between Iran and the 6 countries.
  • Details of Iran-G5+1 N. deal in Geneva ISNA 24 Nov 2013 -- The content of a nuclear deal concluded between Iran and the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Geneva comes as follow:
  • Ayatollah Khamenei praises Iranian Navy's progress Iran Press TV 24 Nov 2013 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has hailed the Iranian Navy's great achievements, underlining the significant position of the country's naval forces in the face of existing threats in the Middle East.
  • New US sanctions will spell end of Iran nuclear deal: Zarif Iran Press TV 24 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the new nuclear agreement between Iran and the six major world powers will "end" in failure if the US Congress imposes fresh illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
  • Iran N-deal another major step forward: IAEA chief Iran Press TV 24 Nov 2013 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano has welcomed the newly-signed nuclear deal between Iran and the six major world powers as an "important step forward."
  • Iran enrichment right enshrined in N-deal: Zarif Iran Press TV 24 Nov 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country's right to uranium enrichment is enshrined in the nuclear agreement with the Sextet of world powers.
  • Israel calls Iran deal 'historic mistake' Iran Press TV 24 Nov 2013 -- Israel has described as a 'historic mistake," the deal struck between Iran and the Sextet of world powers over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.
  • Iran, World Powers Reach 'Historic' Nuclear Agreement RFE/RL 24 Nov 2013 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced an historic agreement has been reached in the Geneva talks between leading world powers and Iran over that country's disputed nuclear program.
  • Iranian Leaders Welcome 'Historic' Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 24 Nov 2013 -- Iranian leaders have welcomed the six-month, 'first-step' nuclear agreement reached with world powers, saying it recognizes Iran's 'rights' to maintain an atomic program.
  • Iran Strikes Last Minute Nuclear Deal With Group of Six RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2013 -- Iran and the so-called Group of Six nations holding talks over Tehran's nuclear program clinched a last-minute agreement Sunday morning following four days of talks, apparently resolving the decade-long dispute over the issue.
  • Russia's Putin Praises Iran Nuclear Deal RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday praised a last-minute agreement between Iran and the six international negotiators on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
  • Press Availability After P5+1 Talks US Dept. of State 24 Nov 2013
  • Kerry: Iran Nuke Deal a Good First Step VOA 24 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a nuclear accord with Iran will halt Tehran's march to atomic weapons capacity and provide a window to negotiate a final agreement. The Obama administration is attempting to convince skeptics at home and abroad that the preliminary deal is good for America and its allies.
  • Iran Hails Deal with World Powers as Recognition of Nuclear 'Rights' VOA 24 Nov 2013 -- Iran's leaders have welcomed a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers, calling it a recognition of Iranian nuclear rights and the beginning of an end to international sanctions.
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Draws Israeli Criticism, Saudi Silence VOA 24 Nov 2013 -- Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers has drawn strong criticism from Israel and silence from its main Gulf rival, Saudi Arabia.
  • Iran Accord Was Hard, But Next Phase Will Be Harder VOA 24 Nov 2013 -- With the first stage agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program finally achieved after a decade of dispute, diplomats will have little time to rest. They are on a six-month clock to reach a comprehensive agreement, a task they acknowledge will likely be even more difficult than reaching the interim accord.
  • UN chief welcomes interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme UN News Centre 23 Nov 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an interim agreement reached regarding Iran's nuclear programme and urged the Governments concerned to do everything possible to continue negotiations.
  • Fact Sheet: First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's Nuclear Program The White House 23 Nov 2013 -- The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with Iran with the goal of reaching a verifiable diplomatic resolution that would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
  • Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran's Nuclear Program The White House 23 Nov 2013
  • Iran Navy to unveil advanced radar system Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2013 -- The Iranian Navy is to unveil a state-of-the-art phased array radar system this week, says the Navy commander.
  • Iran after nuclear settlement based on rules: Rouhani Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2013 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his administration is seeking to settle disputes over the country's nuclear energy program on the basis of regulations.
  • Iran, Russia, China FMs start trilateral meeting in Geneva Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif enters into talks with his Chinese and Russian counterparts in the fourth day of negotiations over Tehran's nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Geneva.
  • German Foreign Minister Says Iran Talks 'Not A Done Deal' RFE/RL 23 Nov 2013 -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle says talks on Iran's nuclear program are 'not a done deal.'
  • Iran Expects no Breakthrough in Nuclear Talks on Saturday RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said a breakthrough agreement is unlikely during Saturday's talks on curbing Iran's nuclear program.
  • Kerry in Geneva for Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 23 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for talks on limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some economic sanctions against Tehran.
  • Iran nuclear talks progress 90%: Zarif Iran Press TV 22 Nov 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there has been a 90-percent progress in the course of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the sextet of world powers.
  • Progress Slows on Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 22 Nov 2013 -- Iran and six world powers entered a crucial third day of talks Friday in Geneva, where they will try to close gaps on a proposed interim deal that would curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
  • 'Substantial,' 'Detailed' Iran Nuclear Talks Move to Third Day VOA 21 Nov 2013 -- The latest round of talks on Iran's nuclear program moves to a third day Friday, after a spokesman said there were substantive meetings on Thursday. Negotiators are seeking agreement on initial steps to curb potential military aspects of the program in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.
  • Tensions Escalate Between US, Israel Over Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 21 Nov 2013 -- The U.S. alliance with Israel is being strained by deep disagreements over a possible deal with Iran regarding that country's controversial nuclear program.
  • Iran negotiator stresses enrichment right ISNA 21 Nov 2013 -- Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi reiterated that the country would press ahead with uranium enrichment, as calling talks underway between Iran and the G5+1 in Geneva 'promising'.
  • Zarif, Ashton talks 'very substantial, detailed' Iran Press TV 21 Nov 2013 -- Negotiations between Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, in Geneva, have been "very substantial and detailed," Ashton's spokesman says.
  • Iran enrichment right must be part of any deal: Deputy FM Iran Press TV 21 Nov 2013 -- Iran deputy foreign minister for international and legal affairs says Tehran will not accept any deal that does not recognize the Islamic Republic's right to enrich uranium as talks between Iran and the Sextet continue in Geneva.
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Begin Second Day RFE/RL 21 Nov 2013 -- A second day of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers was continuing in Geneva as a senior Iranian negotiator played down the prospect of an immediate agreement.
  • 'Substantial' Iran Nuclear Talks Under Way VOA 21 Nov 2013 -- The European Union spokesman says the second day of a key round of talks on Iran's nuclear program opened with a "substantial" negotiating session and top officials "getting down to detailed work."
  • Israel Fails to Move Russia on Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 21 Nov 2013 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Moscow on Thursday after failing in a last minute attempt to move Russian President Vladimir Putin away from backing a Iranian nuclear deal taking shape in Geneva.
  • Officials Optimistic as Iran Nuclear Talks Enter Second Day VOA 20 Nov 2013 -- Iranian and international negotiators will continue a key series of meetings on Thursday that officials say could lead to the first steps toward guaranteeing that Iran's nuclear program is purely peaceful, as it claims, and toward easing economic sanctions.
  • Iran sends heavy submarine to East Asian waters ISNA 20 Nov 2013 -- Iran launched a heavy submarine of Tareq Class dubbed 'Younes' (Jonah) to East Asian waters, Iran Navy's Deputy Commander for Operations Admiral Siavash Jareh announced on Wednesday.
  • Rouhani, Cameron speak in landmark phone call ISNA 20 Nov 2013 -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has held a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in the first such call between a UK premier and an Iranian president in more than a decade.
  • Iran rejects UN human rights draft resolution Iran Press TV 20 Nov 2013 -- Iran has dismissed a UN General Assembly committee's draft resolution about the alleged violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic.
  • US seeks to bring Iran to knees by bans: Leader Iran Press TV 20 Nov 2013 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will not back down an iota from its rights, including its nuclear rights, and will never give in to pressure.
  • Iran to 'fully' pursue nuclear rights in talks Iran Press TV 20 Nov 2013 -- Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says Tehran will "fully" pursue its nuclear rights in negotiations with the six world powers in Geneva.
  • New Round Of Iran Nuclear Talks Opens In Geneva RFE/RL 20 Nov 2013 -- World powers and Iran have begun a new round of talks in Geneva on the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
  • Potentially Decisive Iran Nuclear Talks Open VOA 20 Nov 2013 -- Iran's supreme leader says Tehran will not retreat on what he called the country's nuclear rights during negotiations with six world powers that resumed Wednesday in Geneva.
  • Iran loses trust in G5+1 in Geneva talks, says negotiator ISNA 19 Nov 2013 -- Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Iran lost its confidence in the G5+1 after Geneva II meeting held early November.
  • Nuclear talks have good chance of success: Iran FM Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2013 -- Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he sees "every possibility for success" of the forthcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers.
  • Outcome Of Iran Nuclear Talks Could Hinge On Congressional Sanctions Debate RFE/RL 19 Nov 2013 -- The fate of talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program could rest on Capitol Hill.
  • Blasts Kill, Injure Scores Near Iranian Embassy In Beirut RFE/RL 19 Nov 2013 -- Two explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut have killed at least 23 people -- including one diplomat -- and left more than 100 other people injured.
  • US Lawmaker: No Vote on Iran Sanctions for Now VOA 19 Nov 2013 -- A senior U.S. lawmaker says Congress will not vote on new economic sanctions against Iran while international negotiations aimed at curbing its nuclear program continue.
  • Bombs Near Iranian Embassy in Lebanon Kill 23 VOA 19 Nov 2013 -- Officials in Lebanon say at least 23 people were killed and more than 140 wounded in two bomb blasts Tuesday near the Iranian embassy in Beirut. An Iranian diplomat was among those killed.
  • Kerry: Evolving Iran Nuclear Deal No Threat to Israel VOA 18 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says talks to limit Iran's nuclear program do not threaten Israel's security. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is campaigning against what he says is a 'bad agreement' that does not require Iran to dismantle any of its nuclear activities.
  • Obama, Key Senators to Discuss Iran Nuclear Negotiations VOA 18 Nov 2013 -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Tuesday with senators to discuss negotiations between the U.S. and other P5+1 nations, and Iran, over its nuclear program, and a proposal for a modest easing of sanctions.
  • Iran Talks Cause Rifts Among US Leaders VOA 18 Nov 2013 -- Talks between world powers and Iran are scheduled to resume this week over the country's controversial nuclear program. As details of a preliminary agreement begin to emerge, political leaders in the United States sharply disagree on the best way to move forward.
  • Iran unveils strategic drone IRNA 18 Nov 2013 -- Defense Ministry's new strategic drone dubbed Fotros was unveiled here Monday.
  • Iran unveils biggest indigenous drone Iran Press TV 18 Nov 2013 -- Iran has unveiled its biggest domestically developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can be used for reconnaissance and combat operations.
  • No reduction in Iran's nuclear activities: AEOI Iran Press TV 18 Nov 2013 -- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi says there has been no reduction or halt in the country's peaceful nuclear energy program.
  • Putin Sees 'Real Chance' for Iranian Nuclear Solution RIA Novosti 18 Nov 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed optimism about striking a deal on Iran's contentious nuclear program during a phone conversation Monday with his Iranian counterpart, the Kremlin said.
  • Putin: 'Real Chance' to Resolve Iranian Nuclear Issues VOA 18 Nov 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is a 'real chance' to resolve the decade-long standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran Motivated for Nuclear Deal, but Tough Issues Remain VOA 18 Nov 2013 -- As talks between world powers and Iran resume this week on its nuclear program, experts say even hardline factions in the Islamic Republic appear motivated to make a deal. There are still difficult issues to resolve, though, including Iran's claimed "right" to enrich uranium.
  • Zarif: US not opposing enrichment ISNA 17 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US does not oppose enrichment right of countries, adding that Iran does not need recognition of its enrichment right, because it possesses such a right based on the NPT.
  • Iran to unveil biggest strategic drone ISNA 17 Nov 2013 -- Iran plans to unveil the newest and biggest strategic drone built locally by experts of Iranian Defense Ministry on Monday.
  • Iran to unveil Fotros indigenous strategic drone Iran Press TV 17 Nov 2013 -- Iran Defense Ministry is set to unveil an indigenous, strategic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
  • Army official: Nuclear talks, a mean to prove Iran's rightful views IRNA 16 Nov 2013 -- Deputy Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said Iran can prove its rightful views to the world through the nuclear negotiations.
  • Russia's Lavrov Says 'Good Chance' of Nuclear Deal with Iran RIA Novosti 16 Nov 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian television Saturday that the world powers and Iran have no fundamental disagreements now and there is a "very good chance" of clinching a long-sought deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Progress in Iran Nuclear Talks Makes Some US Allies Nervous VOA 15 Nov 2013 -- Talks between six world powers and Iran resume next week in Geneva but the real drama may be occurring elsewhere as the United States tries to reassure Congress and nervous allies that an emerging deal is better than no agreement.
  • Iran did not block nuclear agreement: Deputy FM Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2013 -- A member of the Iranian delegation in nuclear talks with six world powers says Tehran did not block an agreement in last week's negotiations in Geneva.
  • Are Saudi Arabia, Israel Behind France Scuttling Nuclear Talks? VOA 15 Nov 2013 -- Talks between Iran and a group of six Western nations aimed at freezing Iran's nuclear program are scheduled to resume on November 20th in Geneva. A first round of talks broke down after the so-called P5+1 and Iran failed to agree on a short-term deal that would have eased sanctions on Iran and allowed it to continue low-level enrichment. The US says any eventual deal struck with Iran will be 'failsafe'
  • Russia praises Iran-IAEA cooperation roadmap Iran Press TV 14 Nov 2013 -- Russia has praised the recent agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a roadmap for further cooperation to resolve all past and present nuclear issues.
  • Obama Urges No New Iran Sanctions RIA Novosti 14 Nov 2013 -- US President Barack Obama on Thursday urged federal lawmakers not to enact further sanctions against Iran amid ongoing negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Obama: Possible Iran Deal Won't Touch Core Sanctions VOA 14 Nov 2013 -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday not to add new sanctions against Iran as world powers attempt to negotiate a deal on Iran's controversial nuclear program.
  • IAEA could visit Arak plant by Dec. 11: Iran Iran Press TV 13 Nov 2013 -- Iran says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors could visit the Arak heavy water plant, in central Iran, within weeks.
  • 'Iran hopes to start building 2nd N-plant in 2014' Iran Press TV 13 Nov 2013 -- Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed hope that ground will be broken for the nation's second nuclear power plant in early 2014 with Russian cooperation.
  • Kerry to Urge No New Iran Sanctions as Talks Continue VOA 13 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will caution lawmakers Wednesday against imposing new sanctions against Iran while international negotiations over its nuclear program continue.
  • Commander hails Martyr Tehrani Moqaddam for improving IRGC's missile IRNA 12 Nov 2013 -- Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that the martyred head of the IRGC Missile Research Center General Hassan Tehrani Moqaddam revolutionized the IRGC's missile systems.
  • Arak heavy water facility can be inspected before Dec 11 IRNA 12 Nov 2013 -- The Arak heavy water facilities can be inspected before December 11 and ahead of the new round of talks between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog in Vienna, spokesman of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said Tuesday.
  • Nuclear deal was extremely close: Kerry Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says negotiations between Iran and the group of six major world powers in Geneva came 'extremely close' to yielding results.
  • Iran Says It Offers More Access to UN's Nuclear Watchdog VOA 12 Nov 2013 -- Iranian officials say Inspectors from the United Nations could be allowed inside Iran's new heavy water nuclear reactor within weeks.
  • Top US Lawmakers Skeptical of Potential Iran Nuclear Pact VOA 11 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected on Capitol Hill this week to brief lawmakers on international negotiations surrounding Iran's nuclear program. Kerry is likely to hear skepticism from lawmakers of both political parties about Iran's intentions and trustworthiness.
  • Kerry Pushes Back Against Israeli Criticism of Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 11 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing back against Israeli criticism of a still-developing deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, saying the international community is not giving up anything by talking to Tehran's new leaders.
  • French president to address Israel's Knesset Iran Press TV 11 Nov 2013 -- The French President is due to address at Israel's parliament next week, shortly after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius played Israel's advocate during nuclear talks between Iran and six major world powers in Geneva.
  • Salehi: Iran allows IAEA inspection of Gachin mine, Arak heavy water facility IRNA 11 Nov 2013 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Monday that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reached agreement on IAEA inspection of Iran's Arak heavy water reactor and Gachin mine as allowed by the Supreme National Security Council.
  • Germany plays down split among western powers over Iran deal IRNA 11 Nov 2013 -- A German foreign ministry spokesman here Monday played down disagreements among the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, according to IRNA.
  • Six powers 'not far' from deal with Iran: France Iran Press TV 11 Nov 2013 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are "not far" from reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Iran, IAEA agree on roadmap for nuclear cooperation Iran Press TV 11 Nov 2013 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed on a road map for more cooperation, Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says.
  • Six powers unified on nuclear deal with Iran: Kerry Iran Press TV 11 Nov 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says the six major world powers were "unified" on a nuclear deal with Iran in recent talks in Geneva but claimed that the Iranian negotiators were unable to accept it.
  • Iran nuclear deal possible in weeks: UK FM Iran Press TV 11 Nov 2013 -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague says a deal on Iran's nuclear energy program could be reached within weeks involving 'limited sanctions relief'.
  • Iran hopes IAEA will help resolve N-issue: Zarif Iran Press TV 11 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expresses hope that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will play an effective role in resolving the nuclear issue.
  • Kerry Says Tehran Withdrew From Geneva Deal RFE/RL 11 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has denied that disagreement among world powers thwarted a nuclear deal with Iran on November 9 in Geneva.
  • Iran and UN atomic energy agency agree to strengthen nuclear cooperation UN News Centre 11 Nov 2013 -- The United Nations atomic watchdog and Iran today signed a joint statement in Tehran in which they agree to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue to ensure the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear programme.
  • UN, Iran Reach Nuclear Cooperation Deal VOA 11 Nov 2013 -- The United Nations and Iran have announced an agreement to cooperate on resolving outstanding issues regarding the country's nuclear program. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said critics of a separate bid to limit Iran's nuclear activity need to let negotiations take their course.
  • Press Availability US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2013 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State in Geneva, Switzerland on November 10, 2013
  • Rouhani calls enrichment inside Iran 'redline' ISNA 10 Nov 2013 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country has put prudence and logic on the table of talks with the world, as stressing that uranium enrichment is the country's 'red line'.
  • Araqchi: Talks successful, hope for solving remaining differences IRNA 10 Nov 2013 -- Member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team Abbas Araqchi said the talks were intensive, constructive, and successful and progress is reachable.
  • Zarif: Each step has to win our confidence IRNA 10 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said each step has to win Iran's confidence first.
  • Rights of nation, national interests, Iran's red lines: President IRNA 10 Nov 2013 -- President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the rights of the nation and the national interests are Irans red lines.
  • Haddad Adel: Iran's nuclear negotiators rule out western avarice IRNA 10 Nov 2013 -- MP Golamreza Haddad Adel said on Sunday that the Iranian negotiating team are to strongly stand against the western avarice in the nuclear talks.
  • Araqchi optimistic about next nuclear talks IRNA 10 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that good progress of was made in nuclear talks and expressed hope that the two sides would reach an agreement in the next stages.
  • US State Department: Concrete progress seen in talks ISNA 10 Nov 2013 -- The US State Department Spokesman Alan Eyre said the two sides have made good progress in the recent round of talks held between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Geneva.
  • Iran, six powers need more time for deal: Araqchi Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi says Iran and the six major world powers held "very constructive" talks in the Swiss city of Geneva but require more time to reach an agreement.
  • Kerry: US determined to make a good nuclear deal with Iran Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is "absolutely determined" to make a good nuclear deal with Iran following the recent talks in Geneva.
  • US lawmakers plan more sanctions against Iran Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2013 -- US lawmakers are seeking to ratchet up additional sanctions against Iran in a move that is directed at derailing negotiations over a diplomatic solution over Iran's nuclear program.
  • Hague Says Iran Deal 'Within Reach' RFE/RL 10 Nov 2013 -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague says a deal between world powers and Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear program is within reach.
  • Iranians Call On France To Show Greater Flexibility RFE/RL 10 Nov 2013 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius used the term 'fools' game' this week signalling that a nuclear deal with Iran was not a sure thing. With those words, he left many Iranians bemoaning a lost opportunity, and holding France responsible.
  • Iran Says Geneva Talks With World Powers 'Productive' RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2013 -- Iran's foreign minister said three days of talks about Tehran's nuclear program in Geneva were "productive" and the sides have reached an agreement on 'a number of issues,' although some differences still remain, Press TV has reported.
  • Kerry on Iran Nukes: No Deal Better than Bad Deal VOA 10 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says international negotiations over Iran's nuclear ambitions will continue, but the United States will not rush to get a deal. Kerry downplayed reports of differences between the United States and France at the latest round of talks concerning conditions Tehran would have to meet while a long-term solution is negotiated.
  • Rouhani: Iran Won't Give Up Nuclear Rights VOA 10 Nov 2013 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will not give up what it considers its nuclear rights, including uranium enrichment on Iranian soil, in any deal with international negotiators.
  • French Minister: Iranian Nuclear Talks End with No Deal VOA 09 Nov 2013 -- Nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers ended Saturday in Geneva with no deal, but Iran says it is not disappointed.
  • Zarif says if no consensus is made, talks will be held next week IRNA 09 Nov 2013 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Saturday that if no consensus is made in talks with the G5+1, the next round of talks will be resumed next week or within 10 days.
  • Iran launches new missile production line ISNA 09 Nov 2013 -- Iran inaugurated production line of a new missile as it completed research on defense system project in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan on Saturday.
  • Zarif speaks of divisions among six powers in Geneva talks Iran Press TV 09 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there are divisions among the six world powers, which make up the side opposite Iran in the Geneva talks on Tehran's nuclear energy program.
  • Iran inaugurates production line of Sayyad-2 missile Iran Press TV 09 Nov 2013 -- Iran has inaugurated the production line of an indigenous missile dubbed Sayyad 2 (Hunter II).
  • 'Geneva N-talks turning point in history of Iran, world' Iran Press TV 09 Nov 2013 -- Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has described ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva as a turning point for the Islamic Republic, the region and the entire world.
  • Six powers must not miss N-talks opportunity: Rouhani Iran Press TV 09 Nov 2013 -- Iran President Hassan Rouhani has urged the six world powers not to miss 'exceptional opportunity' in the Geneva talks with the Islamic Republic.
  • Iran Says Differences Remain At Nuke Talks RFE/RL 09 Nov 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says no deal has been struck with world powers over the country's disputed nuclear program.
  • Intense Diplomacy Under Way At Geneva Talks RFE/RL 09 Nov 2013 -- Representatives of the international community and Iran are holding a third day of talks about Tehran's disputed nuclear program in Geneva.
  • France Warns: No 'Fool's Deal' in Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 09 Nov 2013 -- The French government has expressed concerns about Iran's position in negotiations with France and other world powers trying to curb the Iranian nuclear program. Diplomats in Geneva say three days of talks there with Iranian officials are likely to end soon without a full agreement.
  • US Diplomat: We are ready for easing anti-Iranian sanctions IRNA 08 Nov 2013 -- Biggest and most important Swiss daily Basler Zeitung quoted an American diplomat in Geneva in its Wednesday edition as saying that Washington is ready for easing the anti-Iranian sanctions.
  • Kerry: No deal yet in nuclear talks with Iran Iran Press TV 08 Nov 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry who has arrived in Geneva for talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, says no agreement has yet been reached over Iran's nuclear energy program.
  • Iran nuclear talks reach critical stage: Araqchi Iran Press TV 08 Nov 2013 -- Iranian deputy foreign minister and member of Iran's negotiating team, Abbas Araqchi, says the nuclear talks with six world powers have reached a critical stage, saying higher-level talks are now necessary.
  • Criticizing deal with Iran 'premature': US Iran Press TV 08 Nov 2013 -- The administration of US President Barack Obama says it is "premature" to criticize a deal being discussed in Geneva over Iran's nuclear energy program.
  • EU Says Nuclear Talks With Iran 'Very Intense' RFE/RL 08 Nov 2013 -- Intense negotiations are under way in nuclear talks between world powers and Iran, as top diplomats have begun arriving to Geneva to help reach a tentative deal with the Islamic republic.
  • Kerry in Geneva to Close 'Gaps' In Iranian Nuclear Deal VOA 08 Nov 2013 -- Foreign ministers from the United Nations contact group are arriving in Geneva on short notice, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, amid expectations that they will finalize a preliminary agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program and ease economic sanctions against Iran.
  • US, Iranian Foreign Ministers to Meet in Geneva VOA 07 Nov 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is going to Geneva Friday to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of talks over Iran's nuclear program. The surprise meeting comes amid reported progress on limiting Iran's uranium enrichment in exchange for easing some of the sanctions imposed because of concerns about Tehran's atomic ambitions.
  • Iran FM: Agreement 'Possible' in Friday's Nuclear Talks VOA 07 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says an agreement with six world powers to resolve a decade-long standoff over Tehran's nuclear program is 'possible' by end of talks Friday.
  • White House Stresses Reversibility of Potential Agreement with Iran VOA 07 Nov 2013 -- The White House says a potential 'phased' agreement with Iran to begin addressing concerns about its nuclear program would widen the window of opportunity to resolve the issue through diplomatic means. The comments came Thursday as White House officials also responded to criticism by Israel's prime minister.
  • Iran, six powers may strike deal in Geneva: Zarif Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is "possible" for Tehran and the six major world powers to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear issue during the ongoing talks in Geneva, if all sides do their best.
  • Uranium enrichment Iran's red line: Araqchi Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2013 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, says the Islamic Republic considers uranium enrichment as a "red line" in its peaceful nuclear activities.
  • Iran Negotiator Says Headway At Nuke Talks RFE/RL 07 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says his country and six world powers are making some progress at 'tough' talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
  • Violence Returns To Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan Province RFE/RL 07 Nov 2013 -- Violence has returned with a vengeance to Iran's restive province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
  • Slow Progress Seen at 'Tough' Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 07 Nov 2013 -- Iranian negotiators led by their foreign minister met the United Nations contact group Thursday in Geneva for talks that could be decisive in easing tensions over its nuclear program.
  • Zarif hopes Iran-5+1 constructive talks continue in Geneva IRNA 06 Nov 2013 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the process of constructive talks with the 5+1 in New York, Geneva and Vienna as progressing and hoped this will continue during the upcoming round of talks in Geneva on Thursday and Friday this week.
  • Iran seeks enrichment right recognition: Official Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2013 -- A diplomatic source in Tehran says Iran has called for six major world powers to recognize its right to enrich uranium in order for the nuclear negotiations to move forward.
  • Iran calls for constructive N-talks to continue Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2013 -- Iran's foreign minister has expressed hope that constructive talks between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will continue with determination.
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Under a Time Pressure VOA 06 Nov 2013 -- A senior U.S. official in Geneva has expressed optimism about the talks on Iran's nuclear program that resume there on Thursday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters there have been "very detailed discussions" and the two sides are heading towards a first stage agreement. The United Nations contact group and Iran are working on mutual first steps toward stopping aspects of Iran's nuclear program and easing international sanctions.
  • President terms Iran-5+1 talks as smoothly advancing IRNA 05 Nov 2013 -- President Hassan Rouhani said there is good progress in nuclear negotiations with the 5+1.
  • Iranian president praises 'good progress' in nuclear talks Iran Press TV 05 Nov 2013 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says "good progress" has been made in negotiations between Iran and the six world powers over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
  • President Rouhani: Lifting of sanctions a time-consuming procedure IRNA 04 Nov 2013 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Iranian government does its best to get existing unfair economic sanctions lifted at the earliest.
  • Bushehr nuclear plant one of world's safest: AEOI Iran Press TV 04 Nov 2013 -- A deputy director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Bushehr nuclear power plant is one of the safest in the world.
  • 'No nuclear solution without Iran sanctions relief' Iran Press TV 04 Nov 2013 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator says Tehran has received no proposal concerning anti-Iran sanctions relief, stressing that any solution to Tehran's nuclear issue which does not guarantee the lifting of the bans is "unacceptable."
  • Geneva II to focus on details of nuclear steps: Iran Iran Press TV 04 Nov 2013 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi says the upcoming nuclear meeting with the six major world powers in Geneva will focus on the details of the steps agreed to be taken by both sides.
  • Lifting West sanctions on Iran requires time: Rouhani Iran Press TV 04 Nov 2013 -- Iran President Hassan Rouhani says the removal of the West's complicated sanctions against the country over its nuclear energy program needs an "adequate and suitable" amount of time.
  • FM defends President Rouhani's diplomatic campaign against sanctions IRNA 03 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a formal session of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission defended President Rouhani's diplomatic campaign against sanctions, lawmaker Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Sunday.
  • Supreme Leader: Iran not to get hurt by negotiations IRNA 03 Nov 2013 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran is not to get hurt by negotiations.
  • Iran not seeking atomic bomb, nuclear expert IRNA 03 Nov 2013 -- A nuclear expert said here that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not seeking nuclear bomb.
  • Commander: Navy attains self-sufficiency in meeting domestic needs IRNA 03 Nov 2013 -- Commander of the Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his force has attained self-sufficiency in meeting its requirements.
  • Iran not to accept N. solution which lacks lifting sanctions ISNA 03 Nov 2013 -- A senior member of Iranian nuclear negotiator said the country would not accept any solution which does not include lifting sanctions imposed against Iran.
  • Iran seeks effective deterrence against threats: Defense min. Iran Press TV 03 Nov 2013 -- Iran Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Islamic Republic's security is guaranteed and the country is currently seeking 'effective deterrence' against enemy threats.
  • West must give appropriate response to Iran: Zarif Iran Press TV 03 Nov 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged European countries to give an "appropriate response" to Iran's new developments and approach.
  • Iran not after closing Hormuz Strait: Navy Cmdr. Iran Press TV 03 Nov 2013 -- The commander of the Iranian Navy says the Islamic Republic does not seek closure of the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.
  • Iran not committed to answer all questions on safeguards agreements IRNA 01 Nov 2013 -- Deputy foreign minister and member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team said that Islamic Republic of Iran is not committed to answer all questions of the IAEA on safeguards agreements.



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