Salehi: Iran sanctions to ease as of today

Iran news headlines on Sunday include Iran’s Foreign Minister remarks over Iran sanction relief from today; Netanyahu statement on Iran using nuclear talks for buying time; Iran’s UN envoy stress on ineffectiveness of threatening Iran in nuke talks; Iran rejection of UN report on human rights situation and Iran building of 3,000 advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has announced that the US-engineered sanctions against the Islamic Republic will be gradually removed from today, March 3.

“With the measures devised by the [Iranian] diplomatic apparatus, from today we will witness the gradual removal of the sanctions,” Salehi told reporters on Sunday, IRNA reported.

Netanyahu says Iran using nuclear talks to “buy time” for bomb

Renewed international efforts to negotiate curbs on Iran’s disputed nuclear program have backfired by giving it more time to work on building a bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

His remarks on the inconclusive February 26-27 meeting between Iran and six world powers signaled impatience by Israel, which has threatened to launch preemptive war on its arch-foe, possibly in the coming months, if it deems diplomacy a dead end.

Threating Iran won’t help in nuclear talks, UN envoy says

Iran’s United Nations envoy Mohammad Khazaee said threats against his country won’t help in negotiations over its nuclear program.

“Threatening Iran is not going to work,” Khazaee said in an interview with CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program scheduled to air today. He cited the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war following the attack by the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, “a war which was supported, you remember, by the U.S. and western countries and even some Arab countries.”

Iran rejects UN report on human rights situation

The Iranian government has dismissed the recent report written by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, calling it unsubstantiated, biased, and a repetition of the Western allegations against Tehran.

Iran building 3,000 advanced centrifuges – reports

Iran is building about 3,000 advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges, Iranian media reported on Sunday, a development likely to add to Western concerns about the Islamic state’s disputed nuclear programme.


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