UN atomic energy experts hold talks with iran

Iran news headlines on Wednesday include UN atomic experts in Tehran for talks; Iran installation of a new generation of uranium enrichment machines at its Natanz nuclear site; Iran suggestion to host negotiations between Al-Assad government and opposition members; Iran expectance to build Bushehr unit 2 with Russia and Former Israeli Foreign Minister remarks over ineffective sanctions on Iran.
UN atomic experts hold talks in Iran

Experts from the UN atomic watchdog were holding talks in Tehran Wednesday aimed at reaching accord on inspections that would allow investigations into a possible military dimension of Iran’s nuclear drive.

The discussions are taking place two weeks ahead of a new round of talks between Iran and six world powers in parallel diplomatic efforts, which are due to resume in Kazakhstan on February 26 after an eight-month hiatus.

Iran says it is installing new-generation centrifuges

Iran started installing a new generation of uranium enrichment machines at its Natanz nuclear site last month, Iran’s atomic energy organization chief was quoted as saying on Wednesday by Iranian media.

“From last month the installation of the new generation of these machines started in the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan complex (Natanz),” Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).

Iran offers to host Syrian govt-opposition talks

Tehran is ready to host negotiations between Al-Assad government and opposition members, diplomatic source says

 The Iranian ambassador to Syria, Mohammad-Reza Raouf-Shibani, has expressed his country’s willingness to host talks between the Al-Assad government and the Syrian opposition, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.
Iran ‘hopes’ to build Bushehr unit 2 with Russia

Tehran expects to start work on a second power unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant together with Russia, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday.

“We hope to start building the second unit with our Russian colleagues,” he told journalists at a news conference.

Netanyahu ally: Diplomacy won’t work with Iran

A powerful partner of Israel’s prime minister says sanctions and negotiations will not stop Iran from pursuing its disputed nuclear program.

Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says North Korea’s nuclear test was an “obvious example” of diplomacy failing to curb a nuclear program. Lieberman told Army Radio on Wednesday that “anyone who thinks sanctions or negotiations will stop Iran is wrong.”


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