Iranian Ambassador to Russia Reza Sadjadi has met the special Russianrepresentative for the Caspian, A. V. Golovin, Iran.ru reports.The sides exchanged views on the 27th meeting of the working group fordevelopment of the Convention on Legal Status of the Caspian Sea,which will be held in Tehran in the near future.The sides expressed hope that the meeting will be successful and notedthe well coordinated work of representatives of the five countries.
After a short period of calm surrounding the Iranian nuclear programme the world community is frightened again. The agency Reuters has published a secret report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The specialists warn that Teheran is about to create a "filling" for three nuclear warheads, Izvestiya.ru reports.According to the IAEA data, Iran has recently speeded up the process of enrichment of nuclear fuel, despite the resolution by the UN Security Council and sanctions imposed by the world community.
The Foreign Minister of Iran Manouchehr Mottaki has visited Afganistan, where he had a meeting with the president of Afghanistan Khamid Karzai, Trend reports, citing the Afghan president's press-service.The main task of the visit was to strengthen bilateral relations and come to a common position at the UN General Assembly's meeting.
This morning an earthquake measuring 4.3 points on the Richter scalehit the northern Iranian city of Rudbar, near the Azerbaijani border,Trend reports, citing FARS. The earthquake was also felt in the cityof Resht.The earthquake happened at 11:00 am local time. There is as yet noinformation on casualties and damage.
Iran has to fulfill all the demands of the IAEA, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, RIA Novosti reports."We think that Iran has to draw a conclusion from this situation and finally start fulfilling those requirements asked my IAEA, he said.
The Foreign Ministry of Iran believes that the recent report made by the International Atomic Energy Agency again proves that Iran has a peaceful nuclear programme, Vzglyad reports.But it also said that some parts of the report have a political aspect. "I am sure that the agency should pay more attention to the technical problems and act in the framework of its responsibilities", a Foreign Ministry representative said.
Iran plans to invest some $13 billion to develop the remaining phases of the giant South Pars gas field, PressTV reports quoting the head of Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) Ali Vakili.He also mentioned that the Iranian Oil Ministry would use oil revenues and foreign investments to finance the gas filed that is in joint possession of Iran and Qatar.The Iranian share of the field produces some 14 trillion cubic meters of gas, which accounts for about eight percent of the total world gas reserves.
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar says the Islamic Republic is ready to dispatch additional humanitarian aid to flood-stricken Pakistan, PressTV reports. In a meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi on Saturday, Mohammad Najjar said Iran has made strenuous efforts to provide Pakistani flood victims with aid supplies just like it did in 2005, when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit northern areas of neighboring Pakistan.
The Russian authorities' proposal to enrich Iran's industrial uranium on Russian territory in Angarsk remains in force, Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko told journalists, Kiev Post reports."This offer was made in the framework of our attempts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem. We have never abandoned our ideas and offers.
The 'Great Silk Road' caravan will begin in Tehran, with the participation of representatives of 10 member-states of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO). The ECO caravan will arrive in the majority of the organisation's member-states, according to the generaldirector of the department of transport and terminals of the Iranian Transport Ministry, Said Abdullahi, Trend reports with reference to the Iranian information agency MEHR.
Iran plans to develop 'Esfandiar' oil field on its own Negotiations had taken place earlier with a Qatari bank on financing a project to finance the development of the Esfandiar oil field, as wellas agreement reached with a Malaysian contractor on its participation in the project. However, due to the decision by the Iranian oil minister to prioritise the development of oil fields in jointownership with neighbouring countries, Iran has decided to develop and finance Esfandiar on its own for the sake of speed, reports Iran News, with reference to the ISNA information agency.
IranianMinister of Transport Hamid Behbahani has announced thesigning of a major contact for construction of Iranian railways. Thedeal is worth $20 billion, Iran.ru reports.The construction will be completed in 2.5 years. The railroads willlink Tehran with Arak, Malayer, Hamedan, Kermanshakh and Khorsavi. Therailroad will link Iran with Syria and countries of the Mediterranean.
More than 100 entrepreneurs gathered yesterday at the international trade centerin The Hague to protest against the sanctions imposed on Iran, sayingthat the greater damage will be caused in the Netherlands and Europeancountries, reports Iran News.In a statement published after the meeting they say that politicalproblems should not influence trade. Trade turnover last year betweenIran and the Netherlands came to 2 billion euros, with a positivebalance for Iran.