Pakistan is going to continue construction of a pipeline from Iran, despite international sanctions against Tehran and the US urging Pakistan to refrain from implementation of this project, RIA Novosti reports, citing Pakistani media."The pipeline project will be implemented despite the sanctions," Pakistani foreign minister Shaha Mehmud Kuresh said.
Iranian government has refused entry to two International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors, ITAR-TASS reports. According to the authorities, Tehran made this decision, as the inspectors had provided misinformation on the Iranian nuclear program.
Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi has been executed in Iran, Press TV reports.Rigi was arrested on February 23d on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan. The Jundallah group is active in south-eastern Iran and is of the Sunni persuasion of Islam. The movement has been organizing explosions, resulting in the deaths of military personnel and police.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, and his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki, have had a phone conversation, during which they discussed Iran's nuclear program, Trend reports, with reference to the agency Anadolu. The ministers shared their opinions on the use of diplomatic means to supply the Tehran research nuclear reactor with fuel. It was built with help of the USA 40 years ago, and its main function is producing medicines.
Trade turnover between Iran and Armenia rose 40% in the first quarter of 2010, reaching $67 million, arka.am reports on Friday, citing Armenian deputy Minister of Economy, Aru Petrosyan.
The heads of EU countries participated in a summit in Brussels andapproved the new sanctions against Iran, France Press reports.The UN Security Council passed a new resolution on June 9th,introducing new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop uraniumenrichment. This was the fourth resolution of the Security Council dueto Tehran’s refusal to follow international regulations on its nuclearprogram, RIA Novosti reports.
Moscow will analyze unwillingness of the EU and US to refrain from one-sided sanctions against Iran, said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov, ITAR TASS reports.
The head of the Secretariat of development of trade and economic relations between northern provinces of Iran and Russia, Hosein Kavusi, sain in an interview with the agency IRNA that exports from northern provinces of Iran to Russia amount to $900 million a year, IranNews reports.Kavusi noted that the Secretariat is making efforts to prevent any obstacles to export development and to increase exports to Russia next year.
The head of Iran's 'Shilat' fishing organization, Seyed Aminolla Takavi, has stated that Iran has received the biggest quota for sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea, of 38 tons, IranNews reports, with reference to the agency IRNA.According to Takavi, during the meeting of the Commission of Water Bioresources in the Caspian Sea a protocol between the Caspian countries was signed limiting the national quotas for sturgeon fishing.
The UK ambassador to Tehran Simon Gass was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Iran where he was handed a note of protest, Trend reports.Two arrested members of the Mujahadeen-e-Khalq group, suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in Tehran, confessed that bomb-making was explained in e-mail correspondence from two women residents of Sweden and the UK. On June 13th the National security Minister of Iran Heidar Moslehi accused France, the UK and Sweden of supporting the group.
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The 31th meeting of the Commission of Water Bioresources of the Caspian Sea is taking place in Tehran, where representatives of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are taking part. Fishnews reports that national catch quotas from the water bioresources and a moratorium on commercial sturgeon fishing are to be discussed at the meeting.
Washington has announced a widening list of sanctions against Iran and expressed concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions.US President Barack Obama stated that these sanctions are "the most serious and comprehensive the Iranian authorities have been faced with", Interfax reports.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is concentrating forces onthe north-western border, Iranian TV channel ‘Press TV’ reported onWednesday.The Brigadier General of the IRGC, Mehdi Moini, said that the forceswere mobilized due to the presence of US and Israeli forces on thewestern border.Moini said that western countries are trying to increase interethnicconflict and destabilize the situation in the region, Interfaxreports.
Turkey andIran will have a railroad connection through theAzerbaijani city of Nakhchyvan, the Turkish Minister of Transport andCommunication Binali Yildirim stated at the opening of the newinternational terminal of the airport in Iglyr, 1news.az reports,citing Haberler.com.
The head of the Iranian National Steel company Mohammed Reze Nadjmossadat announced recently that this sector of the Iranian industry has increased during the last five years, Iran news reports. He noted that an important factor of its development has become using of the Iranian technologies. Steel production level in 2009 increased by 9.1%, showing the best results among steel producers in the Middle East. It is expected that in the next 3-4 years the production rate will increase, as Iran constructs new plants.
A railroad rout between Turkey, Pakistan and Iran will be opened in August. This was announced by the Iran News, citing Brititsh media.Earlier representatives of the three states have signed a deal on reconstruction and modernization of the railroad amounting $20 billion.
A meeting bewteen Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedov and the Iranian minister for natural resources, Seid Masud Mirkazemi, was held today, Iran News reports, citing IRNA.The meeting saw a discussion of mutual interests and joint cooperation in energy sectors. The Iranian minister will also hold meeting with the Turkmen energy minister. It is expected that following the talks a memorandum on energy cooperation will be signed.
Iran is ready to reopen talks with the international community on itsnuclear program after its demands, which have not been announced yet,have been met, Reuters reports.Earlier Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organizationof Iran, said that Iran has plans for the construction of a morepowerful nuclear research reactor than the one in Tehran. Salehididn't give any further details about the capacity of the new nuclearfacility.
The results of the Tashkent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit have become an unpleasant revelation for Tehran.