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Iran is investing $2.2 billion into seven oil refineries, said the deputy minister of Oil, Alirza Zeigami, reports Trend.After finishing these projects, Iran plans to produce 70% of the gasoline it requires. He added that this will allow production of 12 million liters of petrol a day.

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The official representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Iran, Ramin Mekhmanparast, warned Israel not to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. He noted that any aggression towards Iran, including the Busherskaya Nuclear Power Plant, will provoke an immediate response.Mekhmanparast confirmed that fuel is being loaded into the reactor of the plant, a process that will last for 3-4 weeks.

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The minister of defense of Iran, Ahmad Vakhidi, says that tests of the new "Giyam" rockets, third generation 'Fateh-110' rockets and "Kirar" drone planes will take place on the 22nd of August, reports Trend.Also, the production of new ships, the?"Siradzh" and "Zulfukar", testing of the dividing satellite system and the start of 28 projects will take place.According to Vakhidi, the "Kirar" is the first long-range unmanned plane.

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The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has ordered to continue working on uranium enrichment to provide the Tehran scientific and research reactor with fuel, reports RIA Novosti.On July 18th, the Iranian Parliament passed a bill supporting the Iranian nuclear program. 181 out of 190 parliamentarians voted for the bill, which caused great apprehension in Western countries.

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Iran instigates trilateral negotiations on export of Iranian gas to Europe. Asghar Soheilipur, the National Iranian Gas Company's (NIGC) planning manager, reported that the undersecretaries of energy of Iraq and Syria have received official invitations to visit Tehran  for trilateral negotiations concerning exporting and delivery of Iranian gas, says Iran News.

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Imports of gold to Iran have increased, reports MIGnews.com referring to ISNA. 22 tons of gold were imported during the first 4 months of this year, making gold 4.64% of Iran's total imports.The main gold importers are Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.16.08.2010

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Iran will start constructing a new uranium-enrichment plant in 2011, ITAR-TASS quotes the head of the Iranian Nuclear Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi.The president of Iran plans to construct 10 new enrichment plants similar to the factory in Natanze and increase the production of nuclear fuel to 250-300 tons per year. This statement was made 2 days after the resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency, disapproving of?the construction of a nuclear site near Kum and demanding it be stopped.

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The USA is imposing sanctions on three daughter companies of Iran's national shipping company, the IRISL, Trend reports, referring to an article in the Financial Times newspaper by US Treasury Secretary Stuart Levey. He also called on the US foreign partners to follow its example."Iran is using their national maritime carrier to advance their rocket program and to transport other military cargoes," Levi explained the sanctions.

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An Iranian citizen charged with 11 murders has been detained in Brazil, Gazeta.ru reports.Farhad Marzivi was arrested in the city of Fortaleza in the North-East of Brazil. He is charged with organization of a criminal group and smuggling.According to the police he has committed 11 murders.

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Iran plans to produce 2,500 million barrels of oil and 630 billion cubic meters of gas over a period of five years, declared the head of the Iranian National Oil Company, Trend reports. He also mentioned that Iran is interested in developing all its oil fields, but for now preference is being given to the joint oil and gas field development. The Company has already worked out a 20-year plan of geological surveying.

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Iran will sell its oil for any currency, but not dollar, claimed today the head of the Iranian Central Bank Mahmud Bahmani, reports ISNA. The Iranian Vice-President has earlier stated that Iran won't trade in dollar and euro and will replace that currency with Iranian real and currency of countries ready for cooperation with Iran. The measure is connected with the US and EU sanctions against Iran.

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The nuclear power station in Iran's Bushehr due to be launched on August, 21 poses no threat of nuclear weapons proliferation, declared a spokesman of the US State Department. However, the Department still has some concerns about Iranian nuclear program. 'The fact that Russia supplies the Bushehr project indicates that Iran does not need his own facilities for enriching uranium if its intentions are peaceful', - BBC reports the Department spokesman as saying.

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Head of 'Rosatom' Sergey Kiriyenko is to arrive in Tehran next week to start fuel supplies for the Atomic Power Plant in Bushehr, reports Iran News, citing Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization. Salehi expects the core fuelling to finish in September and the station to be ready for work. Energy will reach the power grid in two months, when the plant reaches its productive capacity.

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The deputy minister of oil, head of Iranian National Gas Company Javad Ouji said in an interview to Mekhr that construction of gas pipelines is due to signing of new contracts for gas supplies to Europe, Iran News reports.He said that construction of the 6th trans-Iranian gas pipeline will increase gas export to 60 mil cubic m daily. The 9th pipeline which will be used for direct Iranian gas supplies to Europe will be 1 803 km long and its construction depends on signing of new contracts with European partners.

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Iran has all it needs for exchange deals and transit supplies of gas from four Transcaspian states through Iranian territory, according to an engineer for Iranian gas export, Asgar Sokheylipur, IranNews reports. He said that Iran provides a territorial benefit for exchange deals.

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