The iran project http://theiranproject.com News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US must change attitude in Iran nuclear talks: Larijani http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/us-must-change-attitude-in-iran-nuclear-talks-larijani/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-must-change-attitude-in-iran-nuclear-talks-larijani http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/us-must-change-attitude-in-iran-nuclear-talks-larijani/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:00:17 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131517 Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the US should change its attitude toward the ongoing talks about Iran’s nuclear program so that the negotiations could bear fruit.

Larijani told reporters upon arrival in Djibouti on Friday that the Iranian team is offering proposals that the other side should take into consideration so that the two sides could reach a successful deal.

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program resumed for the fifth day in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Saturday as a November 24 deadline to clinch a final accord is approaching.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said there were still serious gaps in talks over Iran’s nuclear work.

Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – are negotiating to work out a final deal aimed at ending the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.

By Press TV

 

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US, German FMs hold talks on Iran nuclear program http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/us-german-fms-hold-talks-on-iran-nuclear-program/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-german-fms-hold-talks-on-iran-nuclear-program http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/us-german-fms-hold-talks-on-iran-nuclear-program/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:54:24 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131513 US Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier about Iran’s nuclear energy program.

On Saturday, the two officials met in the Austrian capital city of Vienna, where representatives from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany are holding talks to work out a final deal to end the longstanding standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program before the November 24 deadline.

Prior to his meeting with Steinmeier, Kerry said “We’re working hard,” adding, “We hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps, we still have some serious gaps, which we’re working to close.”

Steinmeier also told reporters that the negotiation atmosphere is constructive, but that must not mask the fact that “there is still a big gap between us in many aspects.”

Later in the day, Kerry is expected to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU coordinator, Catherine Ashton.

Kerry has also had phone conversations with his counterparts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait. He also updated the foreign ministers of Canada and Turkey by phone on the nuclear talks.

Meanwhile, Iran’s deputy foreign ministers Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi are set to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is Russia’s chief negotiator in the talks.

They will also hold trilateral talks with US undersecretaries of state William Burns and Wendy Sherman, as well as Ashton’s deputy, Helga Schmid.

By Press TV

 

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Nuclear agreement to be reached sooner or later: Iran’s atomic chief http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/nuclear-agreement-to-be-reached-sooner-or-later-irans-atomic-chief/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nuclear-agreement-to-be-reached-sooner-or-later-irans-atomic-chief http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/nuclear-agreement-to-be-reached-sooner-or-later-irans-atomic-chief/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:32:46 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131511 Agreement on Iranian nuclear issue has to be reached ‘sooner or later’, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi believes.

VIENNA, November 22 (Sputnik) — Agreement on Iranian nuclear program will be reached ‘sooner or later’, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the Iranian Nuclear Energy agency Saturday.

“Former FM, Incumbent Atomic Chief Salehi says nuclear agreement between Iran, P5+1 will be reached ‘sooner or later’,” Iranian Nuclear Energy agency wrote on its twitter.

In the meantime, media is giving conflicting reports about the possibility of talks’ extension, as delegations doubt an agreement could be reached by the November 24 deadline.

A source in the Iranian delegation told Sputnik he had no information about that, so did another source in a European negotiating team.

The West is accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons, while Tehran has repeatedly denied these claims stressing the peaceful character of its nuclear program aimed at meeting the country’s growing energy needs.

The final round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program between Tehran and the P5+1 group of international negotiators, which comprises Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Germany, began in Vienna Tuesday. The deadline to reach an agreement on the issue was set for November 24.

By Sputnik News

 

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U.S. briefs Gulf allies on Iran nuclear talks, still sees ‘big gaps’ http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/u-s-briefs-gulf-allies-on-iran-nuclear-talks-still-sees-big-gaps/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=u-s-briefs-gulf-allies-on-iran-nuclear-talks-still-sees-big-gaps http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/u-s-briefs-gulf-allies-on-iran-nuclear-talks-still-sees-big-gaps/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:26:58 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131507 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held telephone discussions with Gulf states and other allies on Saturday, U.S. officials said, as efforts intensified to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program by Monday’s deadline.

Diplomatic sources said on Friday that Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were discussing new ideas to unblock the negotiations between Tehran and six powers: the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Kerry held a conference call with the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, and separate calls with the foreign ministers of Turkey and Canada, a senior U.S. State Department official said. U.S. officials said he would meet with Zarif and European Union envoy Catherine Ashton later on Saturday.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was also due to speak with Saudi Prince Saud al-Faisal, French officials said.

The negotiations in Vienna are intended to resolve a 12-year-old standoff between Iran and the West and remove at least one source of tension from a region in growing turmoil.

But officials said earlier in the week that deadlock remained on key issues, and that the deadline, already extended by four months along with a partial easing of sanctions, might need to be pushed back again.

“We hope we’re making careful progress,” Kerry said before a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “But we have big gaps. We still have some serious gaps, which we’re working to close.”

Iran rejects Western allegations that it has sought to develop an atom bomb capability, something that Iran’s enemy Israel regards as an existential threat, and says the program is purely peaceful.

STUMBLING BLOCKS

Western officials say Iran has refused to budge on key issues such as uranium enrichment, an activity that can have both civilian and military uses.

They say Iran has refused to reduce its enrichment capacity, which Western officials say would leave it with the capacity to amass enough material for an atomic bomb in a few months.

Another stumbling block is sanctions, which Iran wants to be ended swiftly and not, as the West wants, suspended and scrapped progressively as Iran fulfils the deal.

Iran also objects to Western demands that the deal should last up to 20 years.

But diplomats say the six powers are likely to relent on demands for full disclosure of any secret weapon work by Tehran, in the interest of securing a deal.

Saturday’s French-Saudi talks may be crucial as Western diplomats say both countries are particularly skeptical about prospects for a deal, and have grown closer in the last two years.

Western diplomats say France has taken a hard line, as it did a year ago when Fabius held up agreement on an interim accord, while Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia vies with Shi’ite Iran for influence across the Middle East.

“The Saudis have a policy of trying to contain Iran and it’s had some influence on France’s position,” said Didier Billion, deputy director at the Paris-based IRIS think tank.

A senior Western diplomat said a deal had to satisfy not only the countries at the table but also those across the region.

“You have to remember that one of the key aspects of this deal is non-proliferation,” the diplomat said.

“A weak deal that left Iran with an unjustified capacity of enrichment would be a disastrous signal to the region. It would tell those countries that everything is permitted.”

By Reuters

 

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New submarine, destroyer to join Iran Navy soon: Cmdr. http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/new-submarine-destroyer-to-join-iran-navy-soon-cmdr/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-submarine-destroyer-to-join-iran-navy-soon-cmdr http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/new-submarine-destroyer-to-join-iran-navy-soon-cmdr/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:18:06 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131501

The file photo shows Iranian domestically-manufactured submarines.

The commander of the Iranian Navy says a new domestically-manufactured submarine and a home-made destroyer will soon join the country’s naval fleet.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said at a press conference on Saturday that Iran will soon unveil Fateh (Conqueror) submarine and Damavand destroyer.

Sayyari added that two newly-overhauled SH combat helicopters and an anti-surface AB212 helicopter will also join the Iranian Navy.

Fateh, which weighs nearly 500 tons, is Iran’s latest semi-heavy submarine.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

Iran has so far launched different classes of home-made advanced submarines including Fateh, Ghadir, Qaem, Nahang, Tareq and Sina.

In January 2013, Iran also unveiled the combat helicopter Toufan 2 (Storm 2), which enjoys modern and advanced technologies, including high-precision targeting capability.

The Islamic Republic has also conducted several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

Iran says its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

By Press TV

 

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German FM: Nuclear talks are passing critical period http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/german-fm-nuclear-talks-are-passing-critical-period/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=german-fm-nuclear-talks-are-passing-critical-period http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/german-fm-nuclear-talks-are-passing-critical-period/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:08:43 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131490 Vienna, Nov 22, IRNA – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday that nuclear talks are passing critical parios compared to the past ten years and that the ground for clinching a deal is well-prepared.
He told reporters that the most decisive juncture in the history of nuclear talks has come in the past ten years.

It is a very historical juncture as differences still remained unresolved, he said.

‘If Iran assumes that there is a tangible progress in talks, It should take action,’ he said.

At no time the two sides had been so close; he said adding that all now have gathered to clinch a deal.

Iran says has nothing to do with the weapons program, he said adding that this is the best time to reach agreement.

By IRNA

 

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Oil Ministry invites already banned companies to enter oil industry http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/oil-ministry-invites-already-banned-companies-to-enter-oil-industry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oil-ministry-invites-already-banned-companies-to-enter-oil-industry http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/oil-ministry-invites-already-banned-companies-to-enter-oil-industry/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:04:59 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131495 Bushehr, Nov 22, IRNA – Deputy Oil Minister for Engineering Affairs Seyed Emad Hosseini said on Saturday that opon an order of Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, a large number of contractor companies, banned before the formation of the 11th government to do business with the Oil Ministry, to contribute to oil industry projects.

Hosseini told reporters on Saturday that a number of such banned companies are not yet known.

He said oil industry is determined to follow up the resistance economy policies because the only way to help the country cope with economic is this important mechanism.

He added the Oil Ministry’s new approach is based on cooperating with the private sector and encouraging it to participate in the macro oil policies; however, this does not mean the Oil Ministry should be run by the private sector.

He went on to say that efforts are made to ensure the domestic manufacturers and contractors would have equal condition with foreign firms participating in the oil industry tenders.

By IRNA

 

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Iran showcases new version of Mohajer-class drone http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/iran-showcases-new-version-of-mohajer-class-drone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iran-showcases-new-version-of-mohajer-class-drone http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/iran-showcases-new-version-of-mohajer-class-drone/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:00:12 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131491 TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An upgraded version of Mohajer (Migrant), one of Iran’s homegrown Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), has gone public with distinguishing features compared to its older model.
The upgraded version, with the commercial name “M2-N”, has been equipped with a range of modern apparatus and systems that have boosted its capabilities for diverse operations.

The new drone can be employed for a range of military and civil operations, including aerial reconnaissance and patrol missions, traffic control, rescue and relief, cartography and oil pollution control at the sea.

Equipped with a 360-degree camera on the nose gear, M2-N can be armed with missiles thanks to the launchers installed beneath its wings.

The new drone’s operating radius has been extended to 150 kilometers and the flight endurance has reached 6 hours, up from 1.5 hours in the previous model.

With the flight ceiling of 11,000 feet, the pilotless aircraft can travel with a maximum speed of 180 kilometers per hour.

The 90-kg drone, whose wingspan measures 3.8 meters, takes off on a pneumatic launcher, because it is built with a skid instead of wheels.

The drone can land on its skid or by using a parachute.

M2-N ground control station

 

The new aircraft was showcased at the International Aviation Industry Exhibition on Kish Island.

The Islamic Republic is now in possession of a broad range of UAVs which can be used for both civilian and military purposes.

Earlier this month, the Iranian version of the US advanced RQ-170 drone made maiden flight.

Experts at the IRGC Aerospace Force manufactured the stealth drone through reverse engineering.

On December 4, 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 sentinel drone was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran.

The drone was brought down by the Iranian Armed Forces’ electronic warfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it.

By Tasnim News Agency

 

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Iran, US, EU FMs hold tripartite meeting http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/iran-us-eu-fms-hold-tripartite-meeting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iran-us-eu-fms-hold-tripartite-meeting http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/iran-us-eu-fms-hold-tripartite-meeting/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:52:37 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131486 Vienna, Nov 22, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU coordinator Catherine Ashton on Saturday held their fourth round of trilateral talks in the fifth day of Vienna talks on outstanding issues about the nuclear dispute.
According to IRNA correspondent in Vienna, speaking to reporters prior to the meeting, the US secretary of state said that the two sides had made cautious progress.

Iran and the six world powers, widely known as the P5+1 – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany – have only two days left to a November 24 deadline for reaching a comprehensive deal to put an end to 11 years of nuclear dispute.

They have currently focused on the extent of uranium enrichment and a timetable to lift sanctions.

It seems that all the parties involved, particularly Iran and the United States, are making every effort to reach a Comprehensive Agreement.

By IRNA

 

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Zarif, Steinmeier meet in Vienna http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/zarif-steinmeier-meet-in-vienna/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zarif-steinmeier-meet-in-vienna http://theiranproject.com/blog/2014/11/22/zarif-steinmeier-meet-in-vienna/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:46:29 +0000 monire@Iran http://theiranproject.com/?p=131481 Vienna, Nov 22, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a meeting in Vienna Saturday evening to review the latest developments in the course of nuclear talks between Iran and the West.
According to IRNA correspondent in Vienna, EU coordinator Catherine Ashton is also present in the meeting.

Steinmeier arrived in Vienna earlier in the day and has already held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival in Vienna, Steinmeier said that the most decisive juncture in the history of nuclear talks has come in the past ten years and that now there is the best chance for clinching a deal.

‘If Iran assumes that there is a tangible progress in talks, it should take action,’ he said.

At no time the two sides had been so close, he said, adding that all now have gathered to reach a deal.

By IRNA

 

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