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Iran Says Open to U.S. Ties Without ‘Preconditions’

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s foreign minister on Friday said the Islamic Republic is open to normalizing relations with the U.S. but only on “an equal footing and without preconditions.” Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s comments, carried in state-run media, did not directly refer to sanctions imposed by the U.S. over Iran’s disputed nuclear program. Iran and the U.S. […]

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India Says Preparing for Any Halt in Oil Supply by Iran

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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India says it is preparing to deal with any reductions in the country’s oil supply, after Iran threatened to stop crude exports unless India makes timely payments for the oil. Indian Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy told reporters in New Delhi Friday that the government was making every possible effort to make a payment to […]

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Iran’s Guard Denies Spy Plane Downing Report

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday refuted a report from state media earlier this week that it shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane . Instead, the Guard said in a statement that its air defenses hit a test target flying over a uranium enrichment site. The Guard reports contradicts a claim by an Iranian lawmaker […]

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Iranian Commander Killed in Clashes With Kurdish Rebels

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Iran says a Revolutionary Guards commander and five force members have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels in the northwest. The semi-official Fars news agency said Friday that the commander, identified as General Abbas Asemi, died in an explosion. He had been overseeing operations in the province of Qom. The news agency did not […]

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Ahmadinejad: Iran Ready for Reciprocal Steps to Resolve Nuclear Dispute

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is prepared to take steps to resolve its nuclear dispute with the West in return for reciprocal steps from the international community. Mr. Ahmadinejad commented Thursday in response to a recent Russian proposal for a step-by-step approach for bringing Iran back to nuclear negotiations with six world powers. Under […]

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UN Counter-Narcotics Chief Visits Iran for Trafficking Talks

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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With Iran facing serious problems of drug addiction and narcotics trafficking, the head of the U.N.’s counter-narcotics agency is having talks with top officials in Tehran. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime chief Yury Fedotov is on a three-day trip that includes visits to border regions near Afghanistan and Pakistan and a drug rehabilitation […]

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US Denies Losing Drone in Iran

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. has denied an Iranian report that the country’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone . Intelligence and military officials told VOA on Wednesday that the U.S. rejects the claim and has not lost a drone. An Iranian lawmaker said the country’s elite military group downed the U.S. spy plane as it was […]

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Iran Says it Shot Down US Spy Plane

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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An Iranian lawmaker says Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that was attempting to collect information about an underground uranium enrichment site. Iran’s state TV-run Youth Journalists Club on Wednesday quotes MP Ali Aghazedah Dafsari as saying the elite military group shot down the aircraft as it was flying near […]

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Iran Warns India on Crude Supplies in Payment Dispute

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s foreign ministry says Tehran may stop its oil exports to India if the South Asian nation does not make timely payments for the crude. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday India’s inability to pay for Iranian oil will “negatively impact” the two nations’ annual trade, which amounts to $12 billion. Iran’s central bank […]

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Iran Says New Equipment Will Speed Nuclear Enrichment

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Iran says it is installing new centrifuges aimed at speeding up its enrichment of nuclear material. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday the new equipment will bring more speed and better quality to the process. He also reiterated that Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The United States and other Western countries believe […]

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