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Iran promises to respond toughly to the possibility of practical application of the U.S. nuclear doctrine

The new nuclear doctrine of the U.S., not precluding a nuclear strike on Iran, may lead to “tough response” of the Islamic republic, said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, RIA Novosti reports ,referring  to the news agency France Presse.

Iranian soccer team barred from Youth Olympics over head-scarves

The Iranian girls’ soccer team has been kicked out of the Youth Olympics as FIFA rules bar players from wearing Islamic headscarvesFIFA regulations say a team’s strip should not indicate any political, religious or personal convictions."Taking into consideration the clear position stated by the [Olympic committee] of Iran, the FIFA Executive Committee had no choice but totake the decision that Iran will not be able to participate," Jerome Valcke, the FIFA secretary general, said.The inaugural Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 14 to 26 in Singapore.

Russia hopes for negotiated settlement of Iranian nuclear dispute

Russia believes that opportunities still exist for a negotiatedsettlement to the Iranian nuclear dispute and that new sanctions canbe avoided. “We still haven’t lost hope in the possibility of finding a solutionto the Iranian nuclear problem by means of a dialogue with Iran,”Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, as quoted by Interfax. “We are working in many directions, among these the offers by the IranSix, which have been made to Iran and modified many times,” he wenton.

Iran to host nuclear disarmament conference

Iran will hold an international nuclear disarmament conference inApril. This was announced by Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclearnegotiator, after meeting with Chinese authorities. According to him,China decided to attend the meeting in Teheran, reports the BBC.The main point of the conference will be elimination of nuclearweapons around the world, announced Iranian foreign ministerManouchehr Mottaki."We consider that all countries should aim for complete nuclear

Iran to stop fuel imports within 3 months

Mohammed Roayan, the head of the Iranian Committee for Transport and Fuel said that his country is able to become achieve entire self-sufficiency in supplies of fuel and combustive-lubricating products this year. He said that under normal circumstances Iran would be unable to achieve self-sufficiency this year, but if sanctions are imposed on imports of fuel in the Islamic republic, sharp increase in production of gasolinr during a quarter is quite achievable, reports MIGnews.

About 100 Azerbaijani activists arrested during rally in Iran

The Iranian security forces have arrested about 100 Azerbaijani activists protesting against the draining of the Lake Urmia , reports Trend, citing Iranian press. Based on the information, the security forces created test-search points at a distance of 50 kilometers of roads leading to the Lake Urmia and people going to the lake were not allowed to join the protest.The security forces used tear gas to disperse the protesters. The demonstrators brought water in a glass and poured it into the lake.

Ahmadinejad: Sanctions aid, rather than hurt, Iran

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad claimed that new penalties would only strengthen the country’s motivation to develop nuclear program, reports Radio “Svoboda”.In address Ahmadinejad has denied charge that Iran seeks to use its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. 

Fire outbreak in the province of Kerman, Iran

Fire outbreaks in forests of Kerman province, near the city of Rigan, reports Trend, citing Iranian press. About 3100 sq. kilometers of forest was destroyed in fire, the extent of damage equals to $18.000. Fire is extinguished.

Iran: Sanctions Won't Halt Nuclear Plans

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili has warned that international sanctions will not prevent the Islamic republic from pursuing its atomic activities, reports Sky News.Nuclear envoy Saeed Jalili, in Beijing for talks with Chinese officials, told the West to stop "threatening" Tehran over its programme."Many issues came up in talks on which China accepted Iran's position," Mr Jalili told reporters after talks with Chinese officials, including foreign minister Yang Jiechi.

London, Berlin support sanctions against Iran

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown favor the imposition of tougher sanctions against Iran in connection with its nuclear program.After talks in London, both leaders said they completely support sanctions and would continue talks with their allies.French President Nicolas Sarkozy also expressed Paris’s desire to see new sanctions against Iran during talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington earlier this week.Obama earlier said he hoped to see tougher sanctions in place “within weeks.”

China agreed to start discussion on sanctions against Iran in the UN

China agreed to start discussion on sanctions against Iran in the UN, reports ITAR-TASS. "China greed to start  serious negotiations," Susan Elizabeth Rice said . She also noted that the negotiations hadn’t started yet, but are to start in the nearest future.  According to Susan Rice, the USA have already got certain proposals concerning elements of the future sanction  resolution .

Obama wants new sanctions against Iran 'within weeks'

US President Barack Obama hopes that fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program will be introduced in the next few weeks.Obama was speaking at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, reports ITAR-TASS."My hope is that we are going to get this done this spring," Obama said, adding that he wanted to see the new sanctions in place "withinweeks.""The time has come to take decisions. Iran cannot continue its mad race," Sarkozy said.

Iran to put first gas tank into operation

Iran will put a storage facility with a capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters into operation in the next 12 months, Iran News said. The head of the gas storage company said the launch of the Sarajeh facility in the Qom province would allow Iran to resolve gas supply problems and also the dropping of pressure levels in pipelines in the Tehran and Qom regions, as well as in several central regions of Iran.

Chinese Foreign Ministry: China is against Iran transforming into a nuclear power.

Chinese Foreign Ministry: China is against Iran transforming into a nuclear power. This was stated at a briefing held here today by the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Tsin Gan, answering a question about the possibility of Beijing joining in with international sanctions against Teheran, ITAR-TASS reports.

Caspian oil extraction to hit 200 million tons a year by 2020

Caspian oil extraction to hit 200 million tons a year by 2020

Oil extraction in the Caspian Sea region will reach some 200 million tons a year and gas extraction around 270 billion cubic meters, a Russian energy ministry official said at an energy conference in Moscow on Wednesday. “At the moment in the Caspian Region 3% of the world’s oil and 5% of its gas is extracted,” Mikhail Pleshkin, deputy head of the Russian Ministry of Energy’s international cooperation said. “Six new fields have been opened with total possible reserves of over 1 billion tons of fuel,” he added.

Russia and US promote talks on Iran issue and START treaty

Russia and US promote talks on Iran issue and START treaty

Russia believes there still remains a possibility of resolving Iranian nuclear program by political and diplomatic means, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the statement, made by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a joint press conference following talks with U.S. Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton.

Obama says Iran could trigger Mideast arms race

Iran’s development of nuclear weapons could set in motion an arms race in the Middle East, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

UN head urges Iran to prove peaceful nature of nuclear program

The UN calls on Iran to prove the peaceful character of its nuclear program, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday."The Iranian authorities must prove that their program of nuclear development is aimed at wholly peaceful purposes. The Iranian authorities have not proven this yet," he said on the Moscow-based radio station Ekho Moskvy.Ban also said appreciated Moscow's offer to enrich uranium for Iran outside of the Islamic Republic.

Iran records increase in industrial output

While Western countries saw industrial stagnation last year, Iran (where the year starts on March 21) the volume of industrial production increased by 8%, the first vice-president and press secretary of Iranian government Mokhammadrza Rahimi said, Trend reports citing the ILNA news agency. 

Iran still ready for uranium exchange on its territory

Iran is still ready to exchange its lowly-enriched uranium for highly-enriched uranium but only on its territory, the France Press news agency said, quoting Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi.