Iran news headlines on Monday include Iran nuclear chief urging Iran to give his inspectors access to the Parchin site; rise of Iran’s currency against USD; US Secretary of State remarks over finite amount of time for Iran nuke talks; EU stress on remaining of sanctions on Iran and Iran construction of natural gas liquid production plant.
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog urged Iran on Monday to give his inspectors immediate access to the Parchin military site, where they suspect explosives tests relevant to nuclear weapons development may have taken place.
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the IAEA’s 35-nation board that he was “unable to report any progress” in efforts since early 2012 to clarify concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
The Iranian currency jumped about 9 percent against the U.S. dollar because of apparent government intervention and a positive tone at nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, currency websites and Iranian media reported on Monday.
The rial traded around 32,500-33,500 to the U.S. dollar in the free market on Monday, compared to about 36,300 on Sunday, the reports said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday there was a limited period of time available for talks between Iran and major powers about its disputed nuclear program.
“There is a finite amount of time,” Kerry, on a visit to Saudi Arabia, said of the talks between Tehran and a group of world powers. He was speaking at a news conference held jointly with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal.
The European Union Monday described last weeks talks between Iran and the 5+1 group ( UN Security Council members China, France, Russia, UK, US plus Germany) as “useful” but stressed that sanctions on Tehran will not be lifted till the international community is convinced about the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.
“There is no change to the sanctions regime as of March 3,” Michel Mann, spokesman for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, told journalists here today.
Iran plans to complete a 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) natural gas liquid production plant on Kharg island by March 2014, the Tehran Times newspaper reported.
The projected output is 600 million cubic feet a day, Iranian Offshore Oil Co. engineering director Reza Bayazi said, according to the Tehran-based daily’s report published today. The project is half-way complete, he said.
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