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Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while participating in the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen

VIENNA: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister will hold nuclear talks in Oman on around November 10, the Austria Press Agency reported Friday.

The meeting between Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif comes ahead of a final round of talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna from around November 17, APA cited unnamed diplomatic sources as saying.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1) aim to reach a deal by November 24 on reining in Iran’s nuclear programme.

Such an accord would ease fears, after a decade of rising tensions, that Tehran might develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian atomic programme.

In return for reducing the scope of its activities and allowing closer UN inspections, Iran, which denies wanting the bomb, wants painful UN and Western sanctions lifted.

Months of intense negotiations, including between Kerry and Zarif in mid-October in Vienna, have made some progress but appear deadlocked on the key issues of uranium enrichment and the pace of any sanctions relief.

Enrichment renders uranium suitable for nuclear power generation and other peaceful uses but also, at high purities, for a nuclear bomb.

Kerry said on Thursday that reaching a deal would require Iran to make “tough decisions”

Catherine Ashton, the outgoing EU foreign policy chief who will continue to chair the nuclear talks until November 24, will also be present in Oman, APA reported.

The news agency also said that chief negotiators from the six powers — but without Iran – will meet in Vienna on November 7.

Oman was where the United States and Iran reportedly held secret talks that laid the groundwork for an interim deal struck last November.

Important towards easing fears about Iran’s nuclear programme is an ongoing probe by the UN atomic watchdog into suspected activities by Iran towards developing a nuclear weapon.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency watchdog, Yukiya Amano, said on Friday that progress in this probe has slowed in recent months and is now “limited”.

“Initially Iran implemented the practical measures agreed with the agency… fairly well,” Amano, who met Kerry on Thursday, told an event in Washington.

“However, since the summer of 2014 progress on implementing agreed measures has been limited,” he said.

In particular Iran has still not provided information on two suspect areas, two months after an agreed August 25 deadline to do so, Amamo said.



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Mideast extremism rooted in foreign meddling: Iran Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:32:36 +0000 monire@Iran Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the rising threats of terrorism, extremism and narcotics across the Middle East are rooted in trans-regional interference.

Addressing the 4th Ministerial Conference of Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in the Chinese capital city of Beijing on Friday, Zarif pointed to the escalating threats of extremism and terrorism in the region and called for a global campaign to tackle the issue.

Extremism and violence have become a major challenge facing Muslim countries, with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and other Middle Eastern nations becoming the scene of deadly terrorist operations almost on a daily basis.

Zarif argued that the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan will eliminate one of the major causes of extremism in the region, as many regional issues have resulted from the interference of certain countries.

The Iranian foreign minister called on all the world countries to join efforts to help establish peace and security in Afghanistan.

The Conference of Istanbul Process on Afghanistan was first launched in 2011 to help promote coordination between Afghanistan and other regional countries to counter common threats, including terrorism and extremism. It is attended by 14 countries as its members and around 30 others as supporting countries.

The third Conference of Istanbul Process on Afghanistan was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on April 26.

By Press TV


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Meddlesome policies pose challenge to Iran rights efforts: Official Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:28:33 +0000 monire@Iran

Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani

Iran’s extensive efforts to improve the country’s human rights situation have faced serious challenges, including politically-motivated meddlesome policies, says an Iranian official.

The Islamic Republic has made significant achievements with regard to human rights situation in the recent years, said Secretary of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijani during an address at the 20th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday.

However, Larijani described the UN resolutions against Iran and the appointment of a UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic as some of the challenges the country faces.

Such a biased approach is in direct contradiction to the foundational principles of human rights, the Iranian official added.

Larijani, who headed Iran’s high-ranking delegation to the UPR meeting, also cited Tehran’s policies with regard to refugees and asylum seekers as another evidence of the country’s commitment to its human rights obligations.

The Universal Periodic Review, also known as UPR, is a mechanism launched in 2006 to investigate the human rights situation of all the United Nations member states.

During UPR sessions, which are held every four years, different countries present reports of their actions to improve the human rights situation. Each country’s performance will be assessed by other member states which will provide recommendations that the evaluated country should put into effect in the next four years.

On June 17, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council, under pressure from the United States and its allies, named former Maldivian Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed as its human rights investigator on Iran.

Tehran insists that the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Iran’s human rights is a selective, politically-motivated and unacceptable move.

By Press TV


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Iranian cleric hails Iraq’s recent triumphs over terrorists Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:23:03 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A top Iranian cleric praised the Iraqi military forces who, with the backing of volunteer forces, could regain control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.
 Addressing a large congregation of Iranian people here in the capital today, Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Kazzem Seddiqi praised liberation of Iraq’s Jurf al-Sakhar as a “milestone” in the Arab country’s fight against terrorism since the victory will put the enemies in the position of “passivity”.

The operation was of great significance because the Iraqi troops and the volunteer forces could accomplish the mission on their own and proved their “religious might” by executing religious leadership’s order, the cleric added.

Ayatollah Seddiqi said the “radical Baathists and Takfiris” who had been in control of the town for years committed all kinds of crimes and even imperiled security in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

Jurf al-Sakhar was liberated without the help of the US-led coalition forces, the cleric pointed out.

His comments came after the Iraqi government forces on Sunday seized control of the strategic town after months of fighting against the ISIL militants determined to march on the capital.

“Our forces with the support of the volunteers are in total control over Jurf al-Sakhar now and the terrorists fled to the southwest areas of the town,” a spokesman for security forces had announced.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Esteghlal held by Saba, Tractor Sazi wins Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:19:07 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran’s Esteghlal football team was held to a 1-1 draw by Saba in the Iran Professional League(IPL) on Friday.
 In the match held in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, Sajjad Shahbazzadeh gave Esteghlal the lead in the 72nd minute but Ayyub Kalantari equalized the match five minutes later.

IPL leader Tractor Sazi defeated Gostaresh Foolad 3-1 in Tabriz derby.

Farshad Ahmadzade and Luciano Edinho (twice) scored for Tractor Sazi and Jaber Ansari scored Gostaresh’s only goal.

Elsewhere, Saipa lost to Rah Ahan 2-1, Sepahan defeated Esteghlal of Khuzestan 3-2, Naft edged Padideh 1-0 and Naft Masjed Soleyman drew 1-1 with Zob Ahan of Isfahan.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iranian commander urges defense strategy for “economic war” Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:15:20 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization called for an inclusive defense strategy to fight a “full-fledged economic war” imposed by the enemies against the Islamic Republic.
“Our first approach in the face of the economic war is that the government, the country and the whole parts which have a role in economy, including the private sector and people, should follow an economic defense strategy,” Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said, addressing a congregation of Iranian worshippers in Tehran on Friday.

Echoing previous remarks by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei about the country’s entanglement in a full-fledged economic war, Jalali called on the Iranian organizations to “gain an understanding of the model, paradigm and objectives of that war” to be able to counteract.

Back in February, Ayatollah Khamenei outlined the general policies on “Resistance Economy” to boost the country’s economy and lower its vulnerabilities.

The Supreme Leader had explained that complying with a “scientific and indigenous” paradigm inspired by the Islamic and revolutionary culture will turn out to be the factor of enemies’ failure and retreat in the economic war imposed on Iran.

Western sanctions against Iran started in early 1980s, and since then the country has come under dozens of sanctions. Some of them are based on UN Security Council resolutions, others are decisions by the European Union, others are acts of the US Congress and still others are executive orders by the US president.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Completion of drilling of five wells in South Pars gas field Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:10:40 +0000 monire@Iran

A view of the installations in Iran’s South Pars region (file photo)

Bushehr, Oct 31, IRNA – Drilling Manager of Petropars Company says drilling of five wells in Phase 19 of South Pars field has been completed and operations for 10 other wells in this phase will be finished by the next three months.
Mahmoud Javadian further remarked that drilling of five out of 10 wells will be completed by the next month and drilling of the remaining five wells will be finished up to the next three months.

He said currently two drilling rigs are active in Phase 19 of South Pars gas field adding that according to planning and with regard to proximity of the two Phases 1 and 19 in South Pars joint field, it is expected that 1 billion cubic feet of gas will be produced from one platform of Phase 1 and the other platform of the phase with six producing wells will be delivered to Phase 19.

Javadian added that by delivering one of the platforms of Phase 1 to phase 19 in addition to preserving the defined production of Phase 1 the operation process of offshore section of Phase 19 will be economized to a great deal.

In the refinery of Phase 19 about 57 million cubic meters of combined sour gas, gas condensates, water and other impurities are received from the sea and refined and transferred to the considered products each day.

He said Petropars has four drilling rigs and has the capacity of increasing the figure if projects were available.



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Iran cleric denounces acid attacks as ‘plot’ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:29:14 +0000 monire@Iran A senior Iranian cleric says the recent acid attacks against women in Iran are plots aimed at sabotaging a parliamentary bill empowering people to further promote moralities in the society.

“Some people are trying to create the impression that promotion of virtue and prevention of vice is to disrupt public security,” Kazem Seddiqi told worshippers at weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran.

Acid attacks are “a plot to overshadow the legislation on promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, which is a religious obligation,” he said.

Reports of a spate of recent acid attacks against women in the central city of Esfahan have sparked grave concerns among the Iranian public and led to widespread speculations in the press and social media.

Iranian authorities say security forces have arrested a number of suspects in connection with the attacks, but have not confirmed claims that the women were attacked because they were not dressed appropriately as required by the Islamic dress code.

Seddiqi also condemned the attacks as “acts against conscience, morality, Sharia (canon) and law,” calling on officials to firmly deal with the assaults.

In another part of his speech, he said that Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution triggered a campaign against the global arrogance.

“Following the takeover of the den of espionage (the US Embassy in Tehran) on November 4, 1979, a campaign was launched against hegemonic powers,” he said.

Seddiqi noted that Washington has created a “disgraceful record” for itself in its dealings with Iran and other nations.

By Press TV


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Iran’s military gift aid readily available to Lebanon: Source Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:55:10 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran is ready to immediately provide Lebanon with a series of military items it had pledged to offer to the Arab country as a gift aid, a diplomatic source announced.
Lebanese Al Akhbar daily quoted an unnamed Iranian diplomatic source as saying that the consignment of military equipment will be airlifted to Lebanon within only “three hours” as soon as Beirut gives the green light.

The comments came against the backdrop of Iran’s decision to offer weapons to Lebanon as a gift in order to help it in the fight against the Takfiri terrorists.

Earlier this month, Lebanon’s Defense Minister Samir Moqbel paid an official visit to Tehran. Among the main issues he discussed in several meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials was the Islamic Republic’s military assistance, which the Lebanese minister hailed as “unconditional”.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan had also announced after a meeting with Moqbel that the arms will be delivered to Lebanon at Beirut’s request.

Dehqan had also voiced Tehran’s preparedness to train the Lebanese armed forces and convey its experiences for the battle against the Takfiri terrorists, including the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group.

Over the past months, Lebanon has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants as well as random rocket attacks, which are seen as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Vice Pres: Gov’t, Judiciary Force cooperate against acid attackers Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:51:16 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 31, IRNA – Penalty for acid attacks is non-suspendable according to Article 47 of Islamic Penal Codes and Government is cooperating with Judiciary Force to punish criminals of sever acid attacks according to Article 286, Vice President for Legal Affairs said.
“Establishment of security and creating of feeling secure for the citizens are two different important issues. We have a penal code ratified in the year 1958, according to which the acid attackers can be sentenced to 2 to 5 year imprisonment terms, but in other penal codes the death penalty for such criminals is defined” said Elham Aminzadeh in a televised interview Thursday night.

She added that also the Islamic Penal Code Article 47 stresses that the penalty for acid attacks in non-suspendable which means the criminal must definitely be punished and cannot be pardoned.

Aminzadeh said yet that the penalty for acid attacks is not precisely defined in Islamic Penal Codes, reiterating that according to Article 286 those crimes that lead to disturbing the public opinion, or threatening the people’s health and the public order, including using poisonous and other dangerous materials, including acid, are punishable to death sentence.

She said that also in Islamic Penal Code Article 614 the penalties for those who seriously hurt the people pursuing certain objectives, including taking revenge and punishing are defined.

“We are cooperating with the Judiciary Force to see if it is possible to add an appendix to Article 614 so that if an acid attack will lead to sever health hazards the criminal will be punishable according to Article 286,” said the vice president.

Acid attacks began two weeks ago with throwing acid onto the face of a young Isfahani woman and raised serious concern in public opinion. Official sources have confirmed four such attacks in that city thus far.

Expressing deep regret over such incidents, President Hassan Rouhani has expressed sympathy with the victims and the noble, pious, and brave Isfahani citizens, and asked for rapid pursuing of the sensitive matter in missions for the interior, information and judiciary ministries.



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