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Iran's Rouhani: Nuke Deal Already Boosting Economy

Plays up success of sanctions relief in face of critics

(Newser) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said today that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief. Rouhani told an open session of parliament that,... More »

Iran Agrees to UN Inspection

And calls for 'serious' talks in Turkey

(Newser) - Maybe Iran isn't barreling toward war after all. Western diplomats say Iran has agreed to allow UN nuclear inspectors into the country, with the trip currently scheduled for Jan. 28, the Wall Street Journal reports. That surprise move came as the speaker of Iran's parliament announced yesterday that... More »

US Was Behind Stuxnet Worm: Iran

Chief negotiator says Iran's not the only one susceptible to cyberattack

(Newser) - Right on the heels of reports that the US and Israel were in cahoots in testing Stuxnet, Iran's chief negotiator is blaming the US for derailing what he calls a peaceful nuclear program, NBC reports. Saed Jalilli said Iranian investigators had found what he deemed sufficient proof that the US... More »

Iran: We Can Process Our Own Uranium

Claims independence in nuclear cycle a day ahead of Geneva talks

(Newser) - Iran is processing its first batch of home-grown uranium, the nation's nuke chief said today, claiming total independence in the nuclear fuel cycle just a day ahead of Geneva talks meant to dissuade the country from its nuclear program. "Today, we witnessed the shipment of the first domestically produced... More »

Ahmadinejad Wants Nuke Talks

Tells West, 'All right, we will negotiate with you'

(Newser) - Usually when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opens his mouth the West cringes, but today the Iranian leader is calling for renewed international talks about its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad gave no timeframe, but today told a crowd: "They have come and say, "We will negotiate.' We say, "All right,... More »

Ahmadinejad Threatens 'War Without Boundaries'

Iranian president promises retaliation for attacks on nuclear sites

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened a war with "no boundaries" if Western powers attack potential Iranian nuclear sites, ABC News reports. While in New York for a meeting of the UN General Assembly, the Iranian president again said his country would soon become a nuclear power, adding that the US and... More »

Iran Begins Fueling Nuclear Reactor

What UN sanctions?

(Newser) - Trivialities like UN sanctions aside, Iran began loading fuel into its first nuclear reactor today—with Russian engineers assisting to ensure the plant produces only energy and not, say, warheads. The plant at Bushehr itself apparently doesn't concern the outside world so much as Iran's other uranium enrichment activities, but... More »

Clinton: China, Russia on Board for Iran Sanctions

Fourth round supposed to be the toughest

(Newser) - The US and the other permanent members of the UN Security Council—Britain, China, France, and Russia—have agreed on a package of strong new sanctions to impose on Iran over its suspect nuclear program, Hillary Clinton said today. The secretary of state says the draft plan will be circulated... More »

Iran Agrees to Refine Uranium in Turkey

Deal designed to temporarily prevent it from building a weapon

(Newser) - Iran agreed today to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal that could ease the international standoff over the country's disputed nuclear program and deflate a US-led push for tougher sanctions. The deal was reached in talks with Brazil and Turkey, a new... More »

Ahmadinejad to UN: What Nukes?

In 'predictable' speech, president denies Iran is developing weapons

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmandinejad took the stage of the UN today to slam the US for "not only (using) nuclear weapons," but also threatening "to use such weapons against other countries, including Iran." As usual, he sparked a mass exodus by the US, French, and British delegations. The... More »

Holdout China Will Discuss Sanctions Against Iran

Move seems to boost Obama's wish for action soon

(Newser) - China might at last be open to sanctions against Iran, diplomats say—potentially removing a key stumbling block to President Obama’s wish for new measures within weeks to rein in Tehran’s nuclear program, among other things. “China has begun providing us with its views on specific measures... More »

Iran Ready to Swap Uranium

Foreign minister says UN deal a go, wants to dicker over details

(Newser) - Iran is ready to exchange the bulk of its enriched uranium for nuclear fuel rods—as proposed by the UN—but according to its own mechanisms and timetable, the foreign minister said today. Manochehr Mottaki said Iran would swap 2,600 of its 3,300 pounds for rods, which cannot... More »

UN Criticism Prompted New Nuclear Plans: Iran

Blames UN agency for plan to build 10 enrichment plants

(Newser) - In a flamboyant rebuke to the international community, the Iranian nuclear chief said today it's the UN's fault that Tehran is planning to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities. The decision was necessary, Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi told state radio, because the UN atomic watchdog demanded that Iran halt... More »

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