Wednesday, May 29

Iran

Iran Denies That It Has Enriched Uranium Beyond 60 Percent
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Iran Denies That It Has Enriched Uranium Beyond 60 Percent

Iran denied on Monday that it would have enriched uranium to 84 percent. The country is responding to reports on Sunday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in talks with Iran after it discovered uranium with enrichment levels just below 90 percent. A purity of 90 percent is enough to make a nuclear bomb. This information is "a distortion of the facts. So far, we have not made any attempt to enrich beyond 60 percent," Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's nuclear energy organization, said Monday, according to the official agency IRNA. He said that "the presence of particles above 60 percent does not mean enrichment (uranium) above 60 percent." According to the Bloomberg news agency, citing two diplomatic sources, IAEA inspectors have yet to determine wheth...
Iran Launches Kamikaze Drone That Can Hit Targets in Israel
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Iran Launches Kamikaze Drone That Can Hit Targets in Israel

On Tuesday, Iran unpacked with a kamikaze drone that can hit targets in Israel. The device could attack coastal cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported. Closely linked to the Revolutionary Guards, it called the drone, the Arash-2, a "new nightmare for the Zionists". In the past, Tehran has announced several times to expand its drone program. In May, state television showed an underground base for drones. Again and again, the Islamic Republic threatens to attack Israel. Both countries have regarded each other as mortal enemies since the 1979 Iranian revolution. In March, the Israeli military said it had prevented several drone strikes from Iran over the past four years.
Putin in Tehran for Summit with Counterparts from Iran and Turkey
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Putin in Tehran for Summit with Counterparts from Iran and Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for a summit with his counterparts from Iran and Turkey, Ebrahim Raisi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   It is Putin's first foreign trip outside the former Soviet Union since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The summit is held to discuss the struggle in Syria, but the war in Ukraine and frictions between Iran and Arab countries are also emerging as topics of discussion. Erdogan is talking with Putin about the possibility of safely transporting Ukrainian grain from Odesa, in particular, across the Black Sea to the world market. Putin also visits Iran's most powerful man, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Both leaders want to strengthen ties. Iranian leaders see the Kremlin as an ally against US influence in the Middle East. US President J...
Iran Ignores Deadline on IAEA Inspections Agreement
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Iran Ignores Deadline on IAEA Inspections Agreement

Iran on Friday ignored a deadline for the extension of an agreement on the inspection of Iranian nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).   The chief of the IAEA nuclear watchdog, Rafael Mariano Grossi, has been pushing for the extension for weeks, saying the international community must keep an eye on Iran's nuclear projects as powers work with Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear deal. Tehran had previously indicated that it would only decide on the extension after the existing agreement has expired. Last time, it was not extended again until 24 hours after the agreement expired. The Iranian government may now be using the agreement's expiration in negotiations on the international nuclear deal that Iran needs to untangle its stalled economy. Iran has threat...
Talks About the Nuclear Deal With Iran are Accelerating
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Talks About the Nuclear Deal With Iran are Accelerating

The negotiations in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear program are accelerating, diplomats from Iran, among others, have said.   The aim is to have both Iran and the United States comply with the 2015 international nuclear accord. In addition to Iran, the EU, Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom are at the table. The US, which withdrew from the so-called JCPOA agreement in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran again, is present in Vienna but not directly involved in the talks that have been held in a hotel in the Austrian capital since the beginning of this month. During the third round, it was decided on Tuesday to increase the pace, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran. Iran has ramped up production of enriched uranium to levels higher than the deal al...
US Talks Again About the Nuclear Treaty With Iran
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US Talks Again About the Nuclear Treaty With Iran

The US will again talk to Iran about a rehabilitated international nuclear treaty. They will contribute to an international conference in Vienna next week.   The deal is in the doldrums, and Washington accentuates that it is open to talks with Tehran's regime, the US State Department rumours. Direct negotiations amongst the two countries are not yet expected. "It is still early days, and we do not expect an immediate breakthrough, as there will be difficult discussions. But we think this is a healthy step forward," said a department spokesperson. Today, it had already been announced that the essential countries China, Russia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom would meet in the Austrian capital Vienna on Tuesday to talk with Iran about the nuclear agreement. The countries wan...
Iran Enriches Ten Times As Much Uranium As Allowed
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Iran Enriches Ten Times As Much Uranium As Allowed

Iran has recently enriched ten times as much uranium as allowed in the 2015 agreement with Western powers.   According to the international nuclear agency IAEA, this involved more than 2,100 kilos, while the agreement set a maximum of 202.8 kilos of uranium. Iran feels no longer bound by the agreements in the agreement since the US stepped down in 2018. The contract was concluded with great difficulty at the time. IAEA inspectors, on the other hand, were allowed to visit a site in Iran where past nuclear activities are suspected. The IAEA had been trying for a year to get permission to inspect a total of two sites. These are places near Tehran and Isfahan. They took samples from one of the places that will be analyzed later. The other spot will be reviewed later this month.
Iran Reports Record Number of 200 Corona Deaths on Tuesday
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Iran Reports Record Number of 200 Corona Deaths on Tuesday

Iran reported a record number of deaths from the new coronavirus on Tuesday. Two hundred people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours.   That is the highest number since last Sunday when 163 deaths were reported. "Unfortunately, we lost two hundred of our compatriots in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of victims of the virus to 11,931," a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said on state television. Iran has been facing an increase in the number of infections and deaths for several weeks. "The increase in the death toll is very painful for all of us," said the spokeswoman. "It is the result of our behaviour and the actions of all of us." Iran, which reported its first contamination cases and corona deaths in February, is one of the most affected countries wo...
Iranian Missile Drill Kills 19 Sailors in Friendly Fire
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Iranian Missile Drill Kills 19 Sailors in Friendly Fire

In the Gulf of Oman, 19 missiles were killed in a missile drill by the Iranian Navy. Fifteen other passengers were injured.   The accident happened just off the coast of the Iranian port of Jask on Sunday evening. A missile that was fired from the Jamaran ship did not hit the intended target but hit the Konarak, another ship that was carrying. According to social media reports, the Konarak sank on that. The Iranian Navy reports 19 fatalities and at least 15 injuries. Research has yet to show exactly how the accident could have happened. Perhaps the Konarak was too close to the floating target and was hit by a new type of missile. It is another blot on the face of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the elite corps of the national army. In January, the Revolutionary Guard shot ...
US does not Want Allies to Buy Iranian Oil Anymore
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US does not Want Allies to Buy Iranian Oil Anymore

The US does not Want Allies to Buy Iranian Oil Anymore. The United States pressured its allies to stop importing oil from Iran on November 4, reports The Forbes News.   The decision follows President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the nuclear treaty with that country. Postponement or exemptions are not desirable, states the US Department of State. Among others, Turkey, India and China import oil from Iran. The European Union, Russia and China did remain behind the nuclear treaty with Iran. Since the US stopped, prices in Iran have risen, while the Iranian rial collapsed at the same time.