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U.S. will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapon

US "military remains prepared for all options if Tehran would decide to secretly develop a bomb while engaging in diplomacy" says Elissa Slotkin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs.

By Nick Simeone Amid ongoing scepticism among lawmakers about Iran’s nuclear intentions, a senior Defence Department official told Congress today the United States will not allow Tehran to build a nuclear weapon, and that if Iran decided to use nuclear talks as a cover for developing one, Washington would be able to detect it. Elissa Slotkin, principal deputy assistant secretary of defence for international security affairs, told the House Armed Services Committee the military remains prepared for all options if Tehran would decide to secretly develop a bomb while engaging in diplomacy. “Any comprehensive agreement that we ever negotiate will emphasize verifiable means,” Slotkin said. “And importantly, we remain confident that … Continue reading

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Annan launches Elders mission to boost Iran’s relations

Former UN Seceratry General Kofi Annan on Iran visit to boost country

Former UN chief Kofi Annan, head of a group of ex-global leaders known as the Elders, Sunday started a visit aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community, media reported. Annan is accompanied by Marti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo. The group, formed in 2007, is made up of 12 global leaders who try “to promote peace, justice and human rights,” according to its website. It said the group will hold private meetings with Iranian officials but did not give further details. Iranian media reported they would start the three-day trip by visiting the mausoleum … Continue reading

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Iran’s president-elect hopes all will seize chance of friendly ties

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani held out the prospect on Monday of better relations between Iran and the world, including the United States, and progress on resolving the nuclear dispute. But the moderate cleric who scored a surprise election victory on Friday insisted Washington and the West must recognize what he said was Tehran’s right to enrich uranium, not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs and end their hostility. Rohani said his new government, to be formed after his inauguration in August, would “revive ethics and constructive interaction with the world through moderation”. “I hope that all countries use this opportunity,” he told his first news conference since his election win. Asked … Continue reading

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Two Iranians found guilty of Kenya terror plot

A Kenyan court has found two Iranian men guilty of plotting to attack Western targets inside Kenya. Ahmed Mohammed and Sayed Mansour were caught with 15 kilos (33 pounds) of explosives in the capital, Nairobi, last June. They are accused of belonging to a terror network planning to blow up British, US or Israeli targets in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa. The pair, who deny all charges, face up to 15 years in prison. Judges ruled that both men had been proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt of all terror-related charges. Prosecutors said the suspects had explosives “in circumstances that indicated they were armed with the intent to commit … Continue reading

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Shoes hurled at Iranian President Ahmadinejad during Cairo trip

During a historic trip to Egypt, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was greeted by a group of men who hurled shoes at him, a major insult in the Muslim world. A video posted by the Anadolu news agency shows a smiling Ahmadinejad shaking hands with a crowd of supporters in Cairo late Tuesday when at least one man threw a shoe toward him. Other men also threw shoes at Ahmadinejad, the Egyptian public prosecutor’s office said. “You killed our brothers!” one of the assailants shouted, according to Anadolu. The agency said the man’s shoe struck a security guard. The men behind the attack were four Salafis, the prosecutor’s office said. Salafis … Continue reading

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Iran’s Salehi says U.S. is changing approach to Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday he saw U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden’s offer this weekend of bilateral dialogue between their two countries as a sign of a change in approach to Tehran by Washington. Iran is embroiled in a long stand-off with big powers over its nuclear program. Tehran insists its atomic activity is for peaceful energy only while the United States and other powers suspect it of seeking the capability to build a nuclear weapon. “As I said yesterday, I am optimistic, I feel this new administration is really this time seeking to at least divert from its previous traditional approach vis-a-vis my country,” Salehi told … Continue reading

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US Navy denies reports Iran has captured ScanEagle drone

Iran said on Tuesday it had captured a U.S. intelligence ScanEagle drone in its airspace over the Gulf in the last few days, but the United States said there was no evidence to support the assertion. The U.S. Navy said it had not lost any unmanned aircraft in the area. The four-foot (1.25 meter) surveillance drones built by Boeing Co are deployed in the region by the United States military and also by other countries. In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “We have no evidence that the Iranian claims are true.” The incident highlighted tensions in the Gulf as Iran and the United States demonstrate their military capabilities … Continue reading

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U.S. election is ‘battleground for capitalists’ – Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday ridiculed the expense of the U.S. election a day after voters kept President Barack Obama for another four years, mocking the American process as a “battleground for capitalists” while speaking at a democracy forum. Ahmadinejad, whose government has been criticized for human rights abuses and is subject to sanctions for its nuclear programs, told the forum in Indonesia that democracy has become a system where the minority rules over the majority. “Just take a look at the situation in Europe and the U.S.,” Ahmadinejad said during the meeting’s opening day on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. An “election, which is one of the manifestations … Continue reading

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Iran accuses Israel of trying to bully the US into war against it

Iran has accused Israel of ‘bullying the United States’ over the alleged threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, using the prospect of an Israeli military attack on Iran to force the hand of its much larger ally. Speaking on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the idea that Israel might well attack on its own, over the objections of the United States, and said Israel itself was an inconsequential interloper with no rightful place in the Middle East. “I look at it from the outside and I see that a few occupying Zionists are threatening the government of the … Continue reading

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U.S. has no moral obligation to stop Israel attacking Iran – Bibi

Signalling a deepening dispute with Washington over issuing ultimatums for Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that those who won’t make such demands on Tehran “don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.” In a blistering response to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s statement that the United States is “not setting deadlines” for Iran and that negotiations coupled with sanctions are the best approach, Netanyahu said that if no “red line” is established for Iran, it will continue pursuing an atomic bomb. Protesters threw shoes at a poster of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as demonstrations continued for a sixth day. “The … Continue reading

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