Iran news headlines on Tuesday include Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman remarks over country willing to ease Western concerns on its nuclear program; UAE buying US drones in hint of race with rival Iran; Iranian oil minister traveling to Pakistan for IP gas pipeline project discussion; Iraqi government demand for MKO’s ouster and Iran & US fight for saving wrestling as an Olympic sport.
Iran says it is willing to ease Western concerns about Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for pledges from the Unites States and others about its ability to enrich uranium.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says an “opportunity” awaits at the nuclear talks next week between Iran and world powers in Kazakhstan.
A defense official in the United Arab Emirates says the Gulf nation has signed $1.4 billion in military contracts that include purchases of U.S.-made drones.
The drone deal, worth nearly $200 million, suggests Gulf Arab states are looking to boost surveillance capabilities to match claims by rival Iran of growing drone technology. The UAE says the Predator drones, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, will not be outfitted for weapons capabilities, but used for reconnaissance.
The high-powered delegation of eight or nine officials headed by Iranian Petroleum Minister Rostam Ghasemi arrives here on Tuesday carrying a special message of the Iranian President on the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, a senior official at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources told The News.
An Iranian exile group attacked in Iraq this month has moved from terrorism lists to international good graces, but Baghdad wants it out over its opposition to Iran’s rulers and ties to Saddam Hussein.
On February 9, mortar rounds and rockets slammed into Camp Liberty, a former US military base near Baghdad that now houses some 3,000 members of the People’s Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), killing five people, according to Iraqi security officials.
Arch foes Iran and the U.S. have found some common ground in the fight to save wrestling as an Olympic sport.
U.S. wrestling coach Zeke Jones says the mission has brought the two countries closer despite decades of diplomatic estrangement. He calls the sport an important “ambassador,” suggesting possible cooperation to fight an International Olympic Committee decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games.
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