Iran’s coverage: Source close to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team: No halt to Iran’s enrichment R&D

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No Halt to Iran’s Enrichment R&D: Source

A source close to Iran’s team of nuclear negotiators rejected reports that the country might refrain from testing new models of centrifuge machines used to enrich uranium, stressing that research and development activities in the enrichment field are firmly in place in Iran.


Iran considers ending death penalty for drug offenses

Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council, said that Iran is looking to end the death penalty for drug related cases, which he said account for 80% of the country’s executions. His comments followed statements by the head of Iran’s judiciary, who earlier said that the country’s drug laws were not effective and need to be reformed.


Interior minister to visit Moscow to discuss anti-drug cooperation

 Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli is to depart for Moscow on Sunday to discuss anti-drugs cooperation.

IRGC commander: Iran in full control over borders

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami ensured the Iranian forces’ full and tight control over the bordering areas.


Iran minister says all web surfers to be ‘identified’

Iran’s telecommunications minister has said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

Iran to hold WAVE international conference Dec. 9-10

Iran is scheduled to hold an international conference on the World Against Extremism and Violence (WAVE) with the presence of envoys from 40 countries.

Iran to launch new home-made satellite early next year

Deputy Head of Iran’s Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli said the country is preparing to launch another indigenously-made satellite into space late in January.


Iran can afford oil price slide

The Iranian government has its own initiatives for dealing with the consequences of plunging oil prices, the chief of staff of President Hassan Rouhani said.


Army commander stresses Iran’s capability to overhaul, build surface, subsurface vessels

Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi praised the high capabilities of Iranian Navy forces and experts, underlining that the country can overhaul and build different types of surface and subsurface vessels.


Iran wins World Wrestling Clubs Cup

 Iranian squad Pastor Andimeshk won the Greco-Roman World Wrestling Club Championships, defeating Russian team Samurgashev in the final match.


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