Iran’s new atomic energy chief signals flexibility

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Iran ‘to expand cooperation’ with U.N. nuclear watchdog

Iran’s new atomic energy chief pledged increased cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Monday, less than two weeks before the two sides hold a new round of talks over Tehran’s disputed atomic activities.


Iran will accept any elected Syria ruler: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani says his country will accept anyone as ruler of Syria who is elected by the Syrian people.


Iran mulls Persian cat next animal astronaut

Iran says it is considering sending a Persian cat into space as the next animal astronaut after claims of launching a monkey earlier this year.


Iran, Iraq underline peaceful solution to Syrian crisis

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi in a meeting in Tehran reiterated the need for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.


Senior Omani defense official arrives in Tehran

The Omani Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi arrived in Iran’s capital of Tehran on Monday.


Iran seeks peace, stability in Syria: Rouhani

“If the West gives up on setting conspiracies in the region, the Revolution Guards will not aim to create a military dominance in the region,” Iranian President Rouhani said.


FM: Iran’s N. issue can be solved if world powers prove serious

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tehran’s firm stance in defending its right to use peaceful nuclear technology, but meantime stressed that the nuclear impasse between Iran and the West can be settled if the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) show that they are serious in talks.


Oil Minister: 4 South Pars phases to come online in 18 months

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh announced that four phases of the country’s giant South Pars gas field will come online by the end of the next Iranian year (March 20, 2015).


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