Iran criticizes world powers over possible gold sanctions

Iran news headlines on Monday include Iran criticizing world powers over possible gold sanctions; Iran releasing indigenously-built warship, Jamaran 2 in the coming months; Netanyahu remarks over sanctions not preventing Iran to reach atomic program and China approval of joining Iran high-speed railway project.
Iran scolds world powers over gold sanctions “offer”

Iran criticised on Monday a reported plan by major powers to demand the closure of a uranium enrichment plant in return for an easing of sanctions on Tehran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, Iranian media reported.

The Islamic Republic, which says its nuclear programme is peaceful, started building the Fordow plant inside a mountain in secret as early as 2006, to protect it from air strikes.

Iran to unveil Jamaran 2 warship: Defense minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has announced the upcoming unveiling of the indigenously-built warship, Jamaran 2.

Vahidi said on Monday that Jamaran 2, a Wave-class warship, and new models of flying boats would be unveiled in the coming months.

Netanyahu: North Korea proof that sanctions won’t stop Iran

Prime minister tells Jewish Agency Board of Governors that without “robust, credible military threat, Iran won’t stop its drive for nuclear weapons; calls on JAFI to extend chairman Sharansky’s term another 4 years.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday stated that sanctions on Iran would not stop its nuclear program, pointing to North Korea as an example of the failure of sanctions to halt a country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

China said to approve joining Iran high-speed railway project

China’s State Council approved plans to take part in the construction of a high-speed railway line in Iran, two people familiar with the matter said.

The project will cost at least $1 billion and the companies participating haven’t yet been set, said the two people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the matter.


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