While there is no reliable information proving Iran's nuclear program is aimed at creating weapons, Teheran should respond to IAEA questions on the issue and should take into consideration UN concerns to avoid new sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Heldelsblatt newspaper. "Teheran has not fulfilled the UN Security Council's requirements and has even made steps contrary to them," he said.
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has received the new Iranian ambassador to Turkmenistan, reports Trend. Mohammad-Mousa Hashemi Golpayegani conveyed greetings from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Turkmen governmental press service reported. "Iran attaches great importance to developing relations with brotherly Turkmenistan," he said. Berdymukhammedov emphasized that Turkmenistan sees Iran as a good friend and a reliable partner, with which it will continue to enhance traditionally friendly dialogue.
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richet scale hit souther Iran's Hormozgan province on Wednesday, reports RIA Novosti. The epicentre of the earthquake, which occurred at 3.28 pm local time, is located near the town of Ruda. There is no information on victims or damage. Iran is located in the one of the most seismically active regions on the Earth.
Indonesia and Iran have called on the UN to give an international definition of the concept of "terrorism", reports the Indonesian National news Agency Antara. "The current definition of terrorism stirs up a dispute, since no consensus of opinion was reached on this issue. The UN should start a discussion over this issue and draw out a generally accepted definition of terrorism," said the Head of the Indonesian Council of Regional Representatives Irman Gusman, during the opening celebrations of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Iran and Indonesia.
Anti-US demonstrations have taken place in Iran in front of the Swissembassy, which represents US interests in Iran, RIA Novosti reports,citing the Iranian information agency Fars.At the start of April, US President Barack Obama declared that Iranand North Korea will be excluded from new US obligations on thelimited use of US nuclear arms for breaching non-proliferationagreements. Iran understood the declaration as a nuclear threat andsent an official complaint to the UN.
Russia and Norway urge Iran to restore the trust of the internationalcommunity and respect UN decisions, a joint declaration after RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Norway says, ITAR-TASS reports.The two countries call on Iran work with IAEA to prove without doubtthat its nuclear program is peaceful.The sides also support the independence, sovereignty and territorialunity of Iran, as well the right of Iranians to determine theirnational policies.
The Iranians have written a message to the U.S. President Barack Obama on a grain of rice, pinned to a olive tree leaf. It has been presented by the Iranian student Ali Madjabi to Swiss Ambassador, representing interests of the U.S. in Tehran, reports ITAR-TASS.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards have ended a large-scale military exercisein the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, RIA Novosti reports,citing the Fars news agencyIn the final stage of the Great Prophet 5 exercise, the IslamicRevolution Guard Corps (IRGC) launched five indigenous cruise missilesthat hit a single target simultaneously.
The head of Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Michael Spindelegger has called iran for change of its position on the nuclear security and on the human rights, RIA novosti reports.He said, that guarantees are needed that the nuclear program of Iran serves for only peaceful purposes. He underlined Iran still has time to change its position and to avoid the international sanctions. It must show in a clearer way that it is ready to collaborate with the international society in the question of nuclear security.
The head of the National Iranian Oil Company has been replaced, a government spokesman said on April 25.Seifollah Jashnsaz has been replaced by Ahmad Ghalebani as the head of the National Iranian Oil Company, reports Trend, with reference to the Shana news agency. The new company’s head Ahmad Ghalebani was a managing director of the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran, before being appointed the head of the National Iranian Oil Company.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has arrived in Vienna in the morning of April 25 to meet IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Deputy Director General and Head of IAEA Safeguards Department Olli Heinonen, as well as his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger. According to Radio Liberty, Mottaki is also expected to meet with members of the UN Security Council.
The British government has confirmed that it has been ordered by the Hague arbitration court to pay $650 million to Iran as redress for a 1970's arms deal, reports the BBC.London received prepayment from Iran in the course of the arms deal. However, the Shah was overthrown soon afterwards and the deal was cancelled, reports RBC. Now, the Hague arbitration court has ordered the UK to pay compensation for this prepayment.However, a spokesman for the British Government said that the money will be repaid only if the banking sanctions against Iran are repealed.
On Friday Iran will run tests of four different types of ground-to-sea missiles within the framework of military training exercises in the Arabian Gulf, reports Iranian media, citing General Murtaz Safari. He gave information only on the "Nasr" type missile, which are designed to hit vessel's with a load displacement of 3000 tons. The military exercises under the name "Great Prophet" were launched on April 22nd.
A united session of administrations of ports of Caspian Sea countries took place in Astrakhan on Friday, with the participation of representatives from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, CA-News reports. The Governor of the Astrakhan Region, Alexander Zhilkin, welcomed the guests.
Moscow does not support a document released after an Tehran international conference on disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, reports RIA Novosti citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko. The conference was held on April 17-18 under the slogan "Nuclear energy to all countries, nuclear weapons to none." Russian was represented Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
Diplomatic sources said on Friday that Iran has agreed in principle to give the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) greater monitoring rights to a uranium enrichment site.The diplomats say while the agreement is not yet in force, Teheran has agreed to increase the capacity of the IAEA to monitor a site where it has been enriching uranium for two months. Although Iran hasn't agreed to the full set of measures the IAEA aspired to, the Islamic Republichad agreed to a substantially high level of monitoring.
Iran started mass exercises of its armed forces in the Persian Gulf region yesterday. Manoeuvers began despite numerous sanctions against Tehran proposed by US authorities, Georgia Online reports. The training will last three days. It will include marine, air and ground subdivisions. The objective is security in the Persian Gulf region.
Turkmenistan and Iran share common ground in regional and international policy, which contributes to consolidation of joint efforts on global disarmament, Trend reports, citing the Turkmenistan government's press-service. Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed this view at his last meeting in Kabmin to the Turkmenistan delegation participating in the international conference in Tehran on disarmament issues.
Russian diplomats are considering Baku’s proposal to add Turkey to the OSCE Minsk Group on a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement. They are also considering Iran’s request to be a mediator in a Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, declared the official spokesman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Andrey Nesterenko, Rosbalt reports.
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.