Iran news headlines on Sunday include Iranian Foreign Minister remarks over new Iran-P5+1 nuke talks in Kazakhstan and calling US direct talks with Tehran noncommittal; Iran’s leader top aide playing down US objections to the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project; Israeli PM statement on stopping Iran nuke program being objective of his new government and a high-ranking Iranian military commander statement on Iran as one of the major cyber powers of the world.
Six world powers have proposed holding a new round of talks with Iran on its nuclear programme in Kazakhstan on Feb. 25, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday.
“I have good news – I heard yesterday that the P5+1 or EU3+3 will be meeting in Kazakhstan on Feb. 25,” he said at the Munich Security Conference.
Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the United States’ willingness to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program but didn’t commit to accepting the offer – insisting that Washington must show “fair and real” intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about “threatening rhetoric.”
Ali Akbar Salehi insisted that no Iranian “red line” is getting in the way of direct negotiations with Washington, but also pointed to deep mistrust between the two countries.
Former Iranian foreign minister Dr Ali Akbar Velayati on Saturday played down US objections to the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, saying that “Washington has nothing to do” with the bilateral project.
Dr Velayati emphasised that nothing would be better if Iran and Pakistan come closer and strengthen their bilateral cooperation in various areas of development. He stated this while talking to selected journalists at the Iranian Consulate, Quetta.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday took on the job of forming a new government and said its most important task would be to ensure that Iran does not gain nuclear arms.
President Shimon Peres formally called on Netanyahu to assemble a new coalition following the January 22 general election in which Netanyahu’s rightist Likud-Beitenu emerged as the biggest party. It controls 31 seats in the 120-seat parliament.
A high-ranking Iranian military commander has lauded the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for its cybernetics capabilities and stated that Iran is now one of the major cyber powers of the world.
Speaking in Arak in central Iran on Saturday, Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Sepehr said the IRGC has managed to access state-of-the-art technology, despite all the pressure and sanctions imposed on Iran, particularly in the defense sector.
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