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Two types of radioactive material can be used to manufacture a nuclear bomb, uranium and plutonium, both produced from uranium ore. Raw uranium contains less than 1% of U-235, the substance (isotope) needed to fuel reactors and make bombs. In a process called enrichment, centrifuges are used for separating the U-235 from the rest of …
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Egyptian delegation at Shanghai conference aims to increase cooperation with Asian countries
AFP – Armed forces chief of staff General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the Islamic republic’s arch-foes that Iran is prepared for a “decisive battle” if attacked, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday. “We are ready for the decisive battle with America and the Zionist regime [Israel],” Fars quoted Firouzabadi as saying. He also warned neighbouring …
The money is being unblocked under a landmark deal, set to take effect starting 20 January, that curbs parts of Iran’s disputed nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Government officials say the nuclear dossier will remain under direct control of the Supreme National Security Council and that final decisions still rest with Iran’s ultimate authority, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
By Dr Cesar Chelala In a move consistent with his past positions on international issues, Senator Robert Menendez, the Democratic Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accused the White House of using “over the top” rhetoric and “fear mongering tactics” to try to stop new sanctions on Iran. These new sanctions were to …
By Andrew Hammond A historic interim deal was reached on Sunday 24 November in Geneva which will see Iran’s nuclear programme curbed, at least temporarily, in exchange for limited, phased international sanctions relief. This sets the stage for the possibility of a comprehensive agreement in 2014. Pre-empting criticism from some countries including Israel and Saudi …
US President Barack Obama said the preliminary accord clinched in marathon Geneva talks was “an important first step” towards easing fears once and for all that Tehran will get the bomb.
The talks, held in the plush suites of a Geneva hotel, are aimed at securing a freeze on parts of Iran’s nuclear programme in order to ease fears that it will develop atomic weapons, in return for modest sanctions relief.
Following are questions and answers about the proposal based on comments from government officials, diplomats and nuclear experts
“Everything is possible” in the Egypt-Russia relationship, no deal signed: Foreign ministry
The Islamic Republic and six world powers will resume negotiations on Wednesday aimed at agreeing the first stage towards a comprehensive deal to end a decade-long standoff with Tehran defusing fears that it could develop nuclear weapons.
Reuters – Iran has virtually halted the expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity in the past three months, the U.N. nuclear agency said in a report roughly covering the period since Hassan Rouhani became president. The quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also showed that Iran’s stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium – …
The hoped-for agreement — seen as a first step ahead of further talks on a final deal — could see Tehran freeze its nuclear efforts for as long as six months in exchange for some relief from the sanctions that have battered its economy.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was the first to announce he was joining negotiations with Iran in Geneva, followed by the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany
Netanyahu: Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself and the security of its people
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy addressed the issue in official letters he sent to diplomats across the world
Egypt’s permanent representative in the UN said Egypt took part in organising high level talks to discuss the issue
Egyptian military thanks residents of Al-Dabaa for cooperation in handing over land in Matruh
Fahmy meets more diplomats from across the world and discusses disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation among other issues in New York
By Hussein Ibish, Now Lebanon Anyone eagerly awaiting an Iran-US “great game” had better brace themselves for a potential long-term match postponement. American President Barack Obama was elected to end and avoid future Middle East conflicts, not begin them, as demonstrated by the Syrian chemical weapons crisis and the American-Russian “diplomatic solution.” The only Middle …
The UN Security Council has passed six resolutions since 2006 calling on Iran to suspend key parts of its nuclear programme because of suspicions that Tehran wants atomic weapons, something it denies.
Khan, 77, who is revered at home as a hero for building the Muslim world’s first atomic bomb, had formed his party
Soon after his election as president in June, Rowhani said he wanted “serious” talks with world powers to resolve Western suspicions that Iran’s nuclear drive is cover to build a bomb despite repeated denials by Tehran.
Iran is accused by Western and Arab countries which back rebels fighting al-Assad of supplying weapons and sending military forces to the Syrian military, in a conflict that has claimed some 94,000 lives since 2011.
The International Atomic Energy Agency says that there is “overall, credible” evidence that until 2003, and possibly since, Iranian scientists conducted research into developing the nuclear bomb.