Iran news headlines on Tuesday include Iran’s civil defense chief remarks over defeating cyber attack on industrial sites; Iran’s foreign minister speeches on Iran-Turkey ties bringing stability to region; Iranian woman climbing Kilimanjaro for charity; Iran’s defense minister denial of cooperation with DPRK; Kuwait urging Iran to address worries on nuclear plant and Turkey urging Iran, US to press Iraqi PM to cease actions that could drive Iraq toward sectarian war.
An Internet virus attacked computers at industrial sites in southern Iran, in an apparent extension of a covert cyber war that initially targeted the country’s nuclear facilities, an Iranian official said. Iran, the world’s No. 5 oil exporter, has tightened online security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm, which Tehran believes was planted by arch-adversaries Israel or the United States.
Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has underlined the importance of strong relations between Iran and Turkey as two “important and powerful” countries in the region. “Promotion of good relations between the two countries can lead to regional stability,” Mehmanparast said in a meeting with Murat Karakaya, head of Turkish Prime Minister Office’s Press and Information Department in Ankara on Monday.
A UK-based Iranian woman, Anahita Abadpour, is climbing the summit of highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, in an effort to raise funds for Iran’s Children Charity organization. Abadpour, who is currently a research reservoir engineer at Total E&P UK, started the seven day climb on December 22 from the Marangu route.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi dismissed on Monday recent reports about the Islamic republic’s missile cooperation with the Democratic People’ s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Press TV reported. “Recent claims made by certain countries about missile cooperation between Iran and North Korea are merely speculations,” Vahidi was quoted as saying.
Kuwait urged neighboring Iran on Monday to cooperate more with the U.N. nuclear watchdog to allay Gulf Arab concerns about the safety of an Iranian nuclear power plant that lies just across the waterway from the emirate. The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, said a recent shutdown at the Bushehr plant indicated Tehran had to work with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy (IAEA) to ensure the safety of the facility near the coastal town of Bushehr.
Turkey is leaning on both the US and Iran to implore Iraq’s Shiite PM Nouri al-Maliki to cease actions that could drive Iraq toward sectarian war. Turkey has been in talks with Iraqi, Iranian and U.S. officials, reflecting Iraqi Sunni politicians’ concerns over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s new offensive against a leading Sunni Iraqi minister.
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