Iran's refusal to freeze its 20% uranium enrichment program is anobvious violation of its international commitments, US Secretary ofState Hillary Clinton told a Senate Foreign Relations Committeehearing, reports ITAR-TASS.According to Clinton, Iran continues to store enriched uranium,regardless of the international community's concerns.She also said that the US had agreed on a new Security Councilresolution on Iran "with the cooperation of both Russia and China".In an apparent attempt to deter the
Brazil and Turkey are willing to participate in Iran Six (the fivepermanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany) on the Iraniannuclear issue, France Press reported on Tuesday, citing the foreignpolicy advisor to the Brazilian president.On Monday, the foreign ministers of Iran, Brazil and Turkey signed anagreement on the exchange of Tehran's low-enriched (3.5%) uranium forhighly-enriched (to 20%) fuel for Tehran's science research reactor.
The USA, Russia and China have agreed on a new UN Security Councilresolution on Iran, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said athearings in the U.S. Senate on the ratification of the new STARTtreaty, RIA Novosti reports.Representatives of the Iran Six are still discussing the text of theresolution project on possible additional sanctions against Tehran,developed by the USA. The 'six' failed to agree on the US propositionand the diplomats believe that the resolution approval process maycontinue until June.
Kazakhstan and Georgia intend to increase relations, not reduce them.
Russia and Azerbaijan will sign an agreement on their border bythe end of 2010, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speakingin the Federation Council, RBK reports.According to him, the same negotiations are finishing with Abkhaziaand South Ossetia. Recently Russia has made several border agreements withneigbouring countries such as Norway, Finland, Poland, China, Mongoliaand North Korea, noted Lavrov.
"The Six" international intermediaries on the Iranian nuclear issue (Russia, the US, China, the UK, France and Germany) will introduce aproject of new sanctions against Teheran to the Security Council of the UN, reports RIA Novosti. The US and some other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons, hiding this behind a peaceful energy program. The UN Security Council has passed several resolutions and imposed sanctions on Iran, demanding that it stop its uranium enrichment program.
The Armenian National airlines "Armavia" has bought an A-320 aircraft, and named it in honor of Ovaness Bagramyan - two times hero of the USSR, one of the most outstanding generals of WW II, reports Armenia-News. "We had an idea to name a plane after Marshal Bargromyan. We bought this plane on the eve of the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of Victory Day and decided to name it in Bagromyan's honor", said the company's director, Norayr Belluyan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki did not discuss sanctionsagainst Iran with diplomats from the UN Security Council, RIA Novostireports, citing the Japanese envoy at the UN, Yuki Takako.The meeting, which took place on Thursday night and went on into theearly hours of Friday, was organized at the initiative of Mottaki. Of15 members of the Security Council, only Nigeria and Gabon were notpresent. The five permanent members with the veto, Russia, China, theUSA, Great Britain, France, participated.
The Russian and Chinese leaders, Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao, will discuss the Iranian nuclear issue at a Moscow meeting on May 8. The meeting will be held during the two-day Moscow visit of the Chinese leader. "The heads of the states will share their views on regional and international issues, including the Iranian nuclear problem," Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman Chan Gopin said. Russia has not yet fully clarified its position on US-proposed sanctions against Iran
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed his willingness to accept Brazil's proposal on the exchange of low-enriched uranium fornuclear fuel during a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan Counterpart Hugo Chavez, Trend reported.Ahmadinejad said the details of the uranium swap will be discussed during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's forthcoming Tehran visit, scheduled for next week.Earlier, Ahmadinejad stated that Iran agrees to the IAEA proposal on the exchange of low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel produce
An Iranian business delegation will visit EXPO-2010 in China, Iran News reports, citing ISNA.The Secretary of the joint Iranian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Trade, Industry and Mines, Mariam as-Sadat Samiani, said that a group of over a hundred people will arrive at the exhibition the day before Iranian National Day to participate in discussions on commercial-economic cooperation.
The issue of China's participation in the construction of an Armenian-Iranian railroad was discussed at a meeting of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Chinese leader Hu Jintao. The leaders also touched upon the topic of operating the joint enterprise "Shansi-Nairat", reports Armenia Today. The Armenian president noted that the development of cooperation with China is a top-priority foreign policy aim.
New sanctions being drafted against Iran
China is ready to discuss sanctions against Iran but insists that theyshould focus on restraining Tehran's nuclear program, ITAR-TASSreports, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton after negotiationswith Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.The issue discussed was not the imposition of sanctions, but what kindof sanctions there should be, she said.
Chinese General Secretary Hu Jintao invited Armenian President SerzhSargsyan to visit China on Thursday, to take part in the worldexhibition EXPO-2010 in Shanghai 1 May - 31 October, News Armeniareports.The president will be assisted by Armenian Foreign Minister EdwardNalbandian, Minister of Economy Nerses Yeritsyan and Minister ofEnergy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan. He is expected to visitthe pavilions of Armenia, China, Russia and the USA at the EXPO-2010exhibition.
Cargo turnover in Georgian ports in the first quarter of 2010increased by 36.9% compared with the same period of 2009, BusinessGeorgia reports. The figures were reported at a press-conference todayby the head of Unitary Transport Administration, Levan ChiChinadze.This concerns the ports of Batumi, Poti and Kulevi. Statistics show atotal of 4,306,583 tons of cargo turnover in the first quarter of2009, which this year amounts to 5,898 619, which is 1,592,036 tons(36.9%) more.
An event entitled 'The Georgiev Ribbon' began at 2pm on Sunday in the capital of the Krasnodar region. Volunteers are distributing the first set of awards to anyone who wants them on Zhukov Square in the city centre, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the assistant to the regional head of the youth wing of 'United Russia', Dmitri Kovalenko.
The Communist Party has refuted information that the chairman of the State Duma Committee for Nationalities’ Affairs, Valentin Kuptsov, a member of the Russian Communist Party's Central Committee, has died while hunting, as has appeared on some web sites. "The secretary of the Kirov Regional Party Committee, Anatoly Maksimenko, having readthe news in the Internet, got through to Valentin Kuptsov and found out that he is currently in China," Communist Party spokesman Alexander Yushchenko told Interfax.
The international community is united on Iran for the first time, US Vice-President Joe Biden declared, RIA Novosti reports."China will agree to sanctions," Biden said on AB. "This is the first time the entire world is unified."The USA and a number of other Western countries suspect Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear arms and insist on new sanctions against Tehran. Iran says its program is peaceful and has rejected UN calls for it to cease enriching uranium.
OJSC “Rostelecom” and other participants of International Telecomunication Consortium “Georgia-Russia” signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent company modernizing and expanding the underwater fiber-optic cable system “Georgia-Russia”, Business Georgia reports.The contract was signed by Director General of “Rostelecom” Kolpakov, Managing Director of DanTelco (Denmark) Harm Spliedt, Director General of FORTNET (Georgia) Ilya Injiya, Vice President of Alcatel-Lucent in Russia and CIS Alexander Tikhonov.
Bank to finance Abkhazia with chip stone for construction of Olympicfacilities in Sochi
Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Erdogan will meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Washington on Wednesday.
The first round of talks of six powers on Iran in New York about the project of a possible resolution on the questions of additional sanctions against Teheran has not brought accordance to this group of the countries exactly as it had been expected. The only obvious result has been the agreement to continue talks. This was communicated by the diplomats of the six countries (Russia, USA, China, Uk, France and Germany) after the six hours meeting in the permanent mission of Great Britain in the UN.
Iran will hold an international nuclear disarmament conference inApril. This was announced by Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclearnegotiator, after meeting with Chinese authorities. According to him,China decided to attend the meeting in Teheran, reports the BBC.The main point of the conference will be elimination of nuclearweapons around the world, announced Iranian foreign ministerManouchehr Mottaki."We consider that all countries should aim for complete nuclear
Armenian President Serzh Sargisyan signed a decree on appointment of ambassadors to Singapore and Slovenia, reports Armenia Today. As announced president’s press office, Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on appointment of Plenipotentiary and Extraordinarily ambassador to China Armen Sarkisyan to the post of Plenipotentiary and Extraordinarily ambassador to Singapore.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad claimed that new penalties would only strengthen the country’s motivation to develop nuclear program, reports Radio “Svoboda”.In address Ahmadinejad has denied charge that Iran seeks to use its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili has warned that international sanctions will not prevent the Islamic republic from pursuing its atomic activities, reports Sky News.Nuclear envoy Saeed Jalili, in Beijing for talks with Chinese officials, told the West to stop "threatening" Tehran over its programme."Many issues came up in talks on which China accepted Iran's position," Mr Jalili told reporters after talks with Chinese officials, including foreign minister Yang Jiechi.
The U.S. President Barack Obama during the conversation with has Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao emphasized necessity of press Iran for meeting its international engagements together. He also hailed Hu Jintao’s decision to come to Washington for the forthcoming nuclear security summit.
China agreed to start discussion on sanctions against Iran in the UN, reports ITAR-TASS. "China greed to start serious negotiations," Susan Elizabeth Rice said . She also noted that the negotiations hadn’t started yet, but are to start in the nearest future. According to Susan Rice, the USA have already got certain proposals concerning elements of the future sanction resolution .
Chinese Foreign Ministry: China is against Iran transforming into a nuclear power. This was stated at a briefing held here today by the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Tsin Gan, answering a question about the possibility of Beijing joining in with international sanctions against Teheran, ITAR-TASS reports.