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Officials from Iran and the six mediators have concluded the first dayof talks in Istanbul, IRNA reports.The sides plan to renew the talks this evening and tomorrow. A sourcetold IRNA that the negotiation atmosphere is positive.The talks started in Istanbul this Friday morning. The main topic isthe Iranian nuclear program.Delegations from China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USAare taking part. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs andSecurity Policy, Catherine Ashton, is supervising the meeting.

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Istanbul has started talks on Friday between Iran and the sixmediators on settlement of the Iranian nuclear program, Western mediareport.Delegations from China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USAare taking part. The meeting is supervised by the EU HighRepresentative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, CatherineAshton, Interfax reports.

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The deputy Minister of Agriculture, Jihad Saadatolla Abbasi during a press conference in Bodzhnurde said that about 80% of meat livestock in Iran is produced by traditional methods and 20% - by industrial methods, Iran.ru reports.According to S. Abbasi, Iran produces annually up to 13 million tons of animal products and by the end of 2015 this figure should grow up to 18 million tons.

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Azerbaijani Mili Majlis deputy Seyed Mehdi Sadeq has said that theprovince of Gilan in the Keyshehr port area could see the start ofsturgeon breeding, Iran.ru reports.According to Seyed Mehdi Sadeq, the province of Gilan has numerousentrepreneurs who wish to invest in breeding sturgeons. At the moment,the participants in the project are waiting for a governmentaldecision. 

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Tehran hopes that the meeting between experts from Iran and the"Vienna Group" (Russia, USA, France, IAEA) for the exchange oflow-enriched Iranian uranium (3.5%) for enriched uranium (20%) will beheld soon, the permanent representative of Iran to the IAEA, AliAsghar Soltaniyeh, told a press conference in Moscow on Thursday.The previous meeting of the representatives of Iran and the "ViennaGroup" took place in Vienna on the 19th of October 2009, RIA Novostireports.In October 2009, the "Vienna Group" offered to Iran to conduct uranium

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The Iranian Bushehr nuclear power plant will never become a secondChernobyl, the representative of Iran to the IAEA, Ali AsgharSoltaniyeh, told a news conference in Moscow, RIA Novosti reports.He added that experienced engineers from Russia and Iran are workingon the construction of the nuclear power plant and there are nogrounds for the Bushehr plant to become a second Chernobyl.The construction of the Bushehr power plant was begun by a Germancompany in 1974. It is expected to fully be operating fully in January2011.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish Prime Minister RecepTayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation on the crisis in Lebanon,Mehr reports.Ahmadinejad said that Iran will do its best to resolve the situationin Lebanon. He urged other countries of the region to support adialogue.

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The minister of roads and transport of Iran, Hamid Behbehami, stated that the railroad Zhedan-Kerman is ready for operation, and its capacity is three cargo trains in a day, Iran News reports. He also said the railroad has all the appropriate facilities for the official opening of train traffic. The minister stated that the railroad is ready to implement transit between the countries of Europe and South-Eastern Asia and exporting and importing to Iran from its neighbours.

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"Our enemies try to prevent the development of Ithe ranian nuclear programme, but we will go through thick and thin," the president of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, said in Jeids, Trend reports. According to Ahmadinejad, the plans of those countries that want to stop Iran getting nuclear technology are in vain, as Iran has already got them.

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The Washington Post reported yesterday that Iran's U.N. envoy said Tuesday the most important thing that world powers can do at upcoming talks in Istanbul is recognize his country as major player with "nuclear capability" that is ready to cooperate on major issues including nonproliferation. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee warned Iran will never respond to sanctions, threats or political or economic pressure - and will "never negotiate on our inalienable right to use nuclear energy for ...

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Iran hopes that the convention on the status of the Caspian Sea willbe determined in March 2012, the Russian Foreign Ministry reportedafter a meeting of the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,Sergey Ryabkov, with the Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairsfor legal and international affairs, Muhammad Akhundzade.

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The nuclear power plant in Bushehr will be launched at full capacityin the near future, Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs onpolitical affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhunzade said, ITAR-TASS reports.The deputy minister said that this demonstrates that cooperationbetween Russia and Iran can be carried out in various spheres. Russiaplayed an important role in launching the power plant, he noted.

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An earthquake occured in the city of Fargan in Iran’s HormozganProvince at 10.27 (local time). The earthquake was equivalent to 3.8points on the Richter scale, MEHR cites the Seismology Center of theGeophysics Institute of Tehran University.No one was reported injured.Earthquakes are common in Iran. An earthquake equivalent to 5.3 pointson the Richter scale occurred in Ardakan (Sepidan) in the Fars Regionon January 5. The earthquake damaged houses in 17 villages and killed18 people.

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 Turkish President Abdullah Gul is going to visit Iran, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Akbar Salehi has announced today, News.am reports."Iran and Turkey have close relations and as such there's a need for frequent consultations at different levels," Press TV quotes Salehi as saying on Tuesday. 

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The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi,will visit Turkey, Trend cites the Iranian news agency MEHR.Salehi will discuss the latest events in Lebanon with Turkish officials.After the 11 ministers of the faction of the “8th of March Alliance”resigned, the Lebanese government collapsed. Following the resignationof one third of the cabinet ministers on January 12th, the Lebanesegovernment was forced to resign completely. Lebanese Prime MinisterSaad al-Hariri received the news of the resignation of the government

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Relations between Armenia and Iran in 2010 were marked by activemutual visits, the report on the activities of the Ministry of ForeignAffairs of Armenia for 2010 says. The visit of the Armenian delegation headed by Prime Minister TigranSarkisian from October 25-26 to Turkey and the visit of the head ofthe Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani from October 8-10 to Yerevan arementioned among the most important events of 2010.

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The fishing of sturgeons in Gilan Province in Iran has increased by20%, director of the Department for Fishing of Gilan Iskhag Shabanisaid, MEHR reports.Shabani said that 6,890 kg of sturgeon were caught last spring and autumn.There are 8 companies with 240 fishermen catching fish in the CaspianSea from the Satara to Chabukser territory.

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