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Iran claimed another advance in its disputed nuclear activities on Sunday, a day before opening a new round of talks on that work with world powers, The Washington Post reports. The country's nuclear chief said that for the first time the country had mined its own uranium - which can be processed into material used to make nuclear energy or nuclear weapons - giving it a way to bypass UN sanctions prohibiting the material's import.

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The Secretary General of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, Mohammad Javad Larijani, says the recent documents released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks were aimed at saving the face of the United States, Iranian news agency Press TV reports. "The WikiLeaks documents are a kind of public-opinion engineering to save the catastrophic situation that the US has in the eyes of world nations," IRIB website quoted Larijani as saying on Saturday.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has held separate meetings with senior officials on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue, Iranian news agency Press TV reports. Mottaki met with his counterparts from Jordan, Yemen and Turkey, as well as Bahrain's crown prince on Saturday, before he departed the Bahraini capital for Tehran.

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The head of the Iranian company for the construction and developmentof transport infrastructure, Masood Rahnema, announced that theconstruction of the 590-km-long Chabahar Zahedan railway will start onMonday, December 6, Iran News reports, citing the news agency IRNA.The project is aimed at creating a transit route through Iran toAfghanistan and Central Asian CIS countries and improving thesocio-economic security in Eastern Iran.According to Masuda Rahnema, the construction of the Chabahar Zahedan

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"This year in Iran (where the year starts on March 21) 20% of oil income was transferred to the National Development Fund," according to the economics and financial minister of Iran Shamsaddin reports Trend, with reference to the Mehr news agency. Although the status of the National Development Fund is not approved yet, 20% of oil profits have been remitted to it. This is a considerable result," the minister said.

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The platform of the Iranian nuclear plant 'Bushehr' has concludedloading nuclear fuel, RIA Novosti reports, citing Atomstroyexport.The head of the National Organization of Nuclear Energy Ali Salekhisaid that Iranian specialists have sealed off the reactor fuel.The nuclear plant in Iran meets international standards, laws andthe regime of non-proliferation and is under the control of theIAEA.

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The speaker of the lower chamber of the Tajik parliament, ShukurzhonZukhurov, who is on a visit to Iran, had a meeting with the IranianMinister of Agriculture, Sadek Haliliyan. They discussed increasinginvestments and exchanging experience in processing agriculturalproducts, production of dairy products, leather and fur products,seeds, development of animal husbandry and fishing, Iran News reports.

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Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Orientation Seyed MohammadHosseini and the Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeyev havemet in Tehran, where they had bilateral talks and an exchange of viewson the development of cultural ties, Iran News reports.

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"Iran's military looks to the sky as new priority," The Washigton Post writes. In military manoeuvres and air shows, Iran has been proudly touting advances in its air forces and defences, including radar systems, anti-aircraft batteries and new attack and reconnaissance drones, the author reports. According to him, it's a sign of a new priority for Iran's military - trying to quickly bolster its ability to patrol its skies in the belief that U.S. or Israeli war-planes or missiles could strike its nuclear facilities.

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According to recent statistics of the World Steel Association, Iran and Turkey are the two major steel manufacturers in the Middle East, Iran.ru reports.The volumes of steel-making in Turkey grew by 12.6% in the first 10 months of 2009 to 23,627 million tons.As for Iran, its volumes of steel-making grew by 6.4% and accounts for 9,855 million tons.The report states that among 66 countries the biggest steel manufacturer is China.

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EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton confirmed on Tuesday that the negotiations between Iran and the six international mediators (Russia, China, USA, UK, France and Germany) will be held in Geneva on  December 6-7,  Agence France-Presse reports, referring to a representative of Ashton.Yesterday the Iranian ambassador to Russia, Seyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, said that Tehran agreed to hold talks in Geneva.

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The Wikileaks website has published another portion of the secret documents that are believed to be stolen from the US State Department's secret data base.

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The director of the Western Regional Energy Company of Iran, Abdolaziz Karimi, said that the Ministry of Energy of Iran is planning toconnect the electric power network with Syria through Iraq, Iran News reports, citing IRNA.

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Tomorrow, during the visit of the Iranian president to Bushehr in the province of Mazandaran, the new oil reservoirs of the Northern Oil Terminal will be set in operation and the foundation of Mazandaran refinery will be laid, the head of Bushehr Mohammad Alborzi said, Trend reports with reference to the Iranian news agency MEHR.According to Alborzi, 168 hectares are allocated for construction of the refinery. The investments in this project, including those from the private sector, exceed 2 billion euros.

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Iran agrees to negotiations in Geneva

Tehran agrees to the fact that negotiations with the six international mediators (Russia, China, USA, UK, France, Germany) on Iran's nuclear programme will take place in Geneva.

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The Russian National Football Team will play a friendly match with theIranian team on February 9, 2011, RIA Novosti reports, citing thePresident of the Russian Football Union, Sergey Fursenko.It will be the first game of 2011 for the Russian team, supervised byDick Advocaat, and will help prepare for the qualification games forthe European Championship 2012. On March 26 they will have their firstqualifier in Armenia.

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Iran will continue to enrich uranium up to 20%. In September 2011, thecountry will fulfill its demand for the fuel, ITAR-TASS reports,citing Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmud Reza Sadjadi.The ambassador commented on the talks of the "six" on December 5 inGeneva, saying that the priority issue of the Iranian side isdiscussion of a package of Tehran"s proposals.

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