Leader orders to cancel Ahmadinejad questioning

Iran news headlines on Wednesday include Supreme Leader ask ing of Iranian MPs for cancelling Ahmadinejad questioning, gathering World Powers in Brussels to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian Majlis spokesman requesting Arab countries to send military aid to Palestine, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral statements on holding naval drill in near future, illegally exporting military antennas from US to Iran by an Iranian citizen and increasing gas imports from Turkmenistan to Iran

Leader orders to cancel Ahmadinejad questioning

Iran’s parliament called off plans to grill President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said they must not act in the interests of Iran’s enemies. Ahmadinejad’s opponents in the 290-seat assembly dominated by conservatives wanted to question him about an economic crisis that they blame as much on his mismanagement as on Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

World powers to mull improving Iran offer: diplomats

Six world powers will discuss on Wednesday in Brussels making a “more creative” and sweetened offer to persuade Iran to scale back its controversial nuclear programme, diplomats said. The gathering of the P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany — will “see if there are ways on which we can improve on the offer (rejected in June in talks in Moscow) to Iran”, one senior Western envoy said Tuesday.

Iran urges Arabs to give Palestinians military aid

Iran’s Speaker of Parliament  urged Arab states on Wednesday to follow Iran’s example of providing military assistance to the Palestinians. Israel continued air strikes on the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday with the goal of deterring Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that runs the territory, from launching rockets that have plagued its southern communities for years.

Iranian charged in plot to illegally export military antennas from US

An Iranian citizen has been charged with a plot to export military antennas from the United States in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. An indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Tuesday charges Amin Ravan and his Iran-based company of conspiracy to defraud the United States, smuggling, and violating the export act.

Rear admiral: Iran to hold naval military drills in January

Iran will be conducting naval military drills on the South East coast of Iran in January, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said. Sayyari also noted that in the future Iran plans to send its naval forces to Atlantic ocean, in an attempt to demonstrate the power and capabilities of Iranian navy.

Iran’s Turkmen gas imports to hit 40 mcm/d – deputy minister of oil

Iran is planning to import nearly 40 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) of natural gas from Turkmenistan in less than a month time from now, a deputy minister of petroleum said on Wednesday. “In the light of the talks held between energy officials from the two countries, our [gas] imports from Turkmenistan would soar to 40 mcm/d [from current 5 mcm/d],” Javad Oji, who is also managing-director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).