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Iran plans to develop its nuclear program after the launch of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ramin Mekhmanparast said.Iran plans to launch 20 other stations and states that the words of the West, that Iran does not need enrichment of uranium, are inappropriate.This activity will continue to fulfill the energy needs of the country in the future. The 21st of August saw the launch of Iran's first nuclear station, built by Russian specialists.

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Investors from Azerbaijan have visited the Aras Free Trade Zone and the province of Eastern Azerbaijan to explore the region's investment facilities, reports 1news.az. The delegation was interested in airport and railroad building and several infrastructural projects. In the near future it will report on the conditions of cooperation with Iran.

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Berlin has urged Tehran to abandon plans for uranium enrichment on Iranian territory, due to the physical launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, constructed by Russian specialists, ITAR-TASS reports. Iran doesn't need to develop its own uranium enrichment process to use the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes if the nuclear fuel is supplied from Russia, claimed the German Ministry representative Andres Peschke. Iran can use nuclear energy, but only in terms of its international obligations, he added.

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American authorities warned Turkish government that Turkish companies carrying on trade with Iran will be sanctioned, ANS reports.This warning was made after the rapid increase in Turkish trade relations with Iran and its refusal to support the UN sanctions against Iran. Now the Iranian trading volume of Turkey is 20 billion dollars, compared to 5.5 billion last year.

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Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame's operations in Tehran have been closed down by the Iranian authorities, with three members of staff and two sales consultants taken into custody, the firm has confirmed in a press release, The Local reports.

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 The president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed Mohhamed Mehdi as an envoy to the Caspian sea region, reports Trend. In addition to that, Esfandiar Rajim Mashaer was appointed an envoy to the Middle East, Jamid Bagei to Asia and Abdulfasl Sojrevand to Afganistan.  

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The Minister of Internal Affairs of Pakistan, Rehman Malik, arrived on a visit to Iran last night, Trend reports citing Iranian state television IRINN . The main purpose of the visit is to discuss issues of security and control of the two countries' common border. According to Iranian media, as a result of floods in Pakistan a lot of refugees are trying to cross the border with Iran.

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 Russia and Iran do not plan creating any new joint projects in the sphere of nuclear energy, the head of the Russian Atomic Energy Agency Sergey Kiriyenko told a press conference today in Bushehr on the first critical launching stage of the Bushehr power plant, reports RIA-Novosti. Completion of the first critical stage and launching the station are the first aims, he added. The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed that no new projects are being discussed.

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Russia intends to pass control of the 'Busher' nuclear-power plant to Iranian management in 2 or 3 years. In the meantime, the plant is being operated on a parity basis, RIA Novosti quotes Mr Kiriyenko, the head of 'Rosatom', as saying.These conditions are stipulated in the treaty on joint venture establishment.

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Russia is ready to deliver a shipment of radioactive isotopes to Iran for medical purposes, chief executive of Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko told a press conference after the opening ceremony of the 'Bushehr' plant, RIA Novosti reports. "Iran requested molybdenum-99 and iodine-131 isotopes and yesterday we confirmed that we are ready to supply the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with these substances," Mr Kiriyenko said.

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Russia and Iran signed a treaty on creating a joint venture for operating the 'Busher' nuclear-power plant, RIA Novosti informs. The treaty was signed on a parity basis by the Russian company 'Atomstroyexport' and Iran's 'Nuclear Power Production and Development' company. The political aspect of the first Iranian nuclear power plant launch is at the center of attention of the international community.

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The nuclear power plant in Bushehr will reach its full capacity before the end of the year 2010, declared the head of the Russian company 'Rosatom' Sergey Kiriyenko yesterday before the opening ceremony, RIA Novosti reports.

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The completion of the Bushehr nuclear power plant project has proved Russia's commitment to its obligations, declared the head of Rosatom, Sergey Kiriyenko, at the opening ceremony of the plant, Interfax informs. "The Bushehr project is unique, there's nothing else like it in the world," said Mr Kiriyenko. The construction of the plant was started in 1974 by German companies, and Russian specialists managed to build the new installation on the foundation of the old one.

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The head of the department of coordination and control over gas extraction at the ‘South Pars’ complex, Mohammed Reza Julai, said that gas extraction at ‘South Pars’ in the Asaluye reion (Bushehr province) increased by 14%, Iran News reports, citing ‘Mouj’ agency. In the period from March 21st to July 22nd, extraction reached 26 billion cubic metres of gas. 21.5 billion cubic metres of gas were extracted in the same period last year.

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Azerbaijani and Iranian scientists have synthesized medicine to cure cancer, Trend reports.Scientists of the Iranian Center of International Research ‘Arin Kimya’ and the State University of Baku have synthesized a smart-system for medicine delivery, announced the head of the nanomaterial physics department of the State University of Baku, Magomedali Ramazanov.

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 The new “Giyam” surface-to-surface missile, constructed in Iran, has been successfully tested, claimed Iranian Defense Minister Ahmed Vahidi. The missile uses new technology and possesses particular tactical strength, due to the fact that the missile has no wings.

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 The Azerbaijani State Oil Company’s leadership and its president, Rovnag Abdullaev, inspected gas facilities for export and import operations with Iran of Azerbaijan’s Astarinsky region, reports ABC.az. The modernization of the Astarinskaya gas compressing station, allowing larger gas supplies to Iran, will finish by the 15th of September. It was claimed earlier that the infrastructure for larger supplies will be completed by October.

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 Iran needs at least a year to create a nuclear weapon, believes the White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Security and Arms Control, Gary Samore, on the basis of expert international research. Israel earlier expressed misgivings about Iran having the possibility to enrich uranium within several months to create warheads.

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