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Nuclear talks between Tehran and world powers will restart on the sidelines of a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference at the United Nations in New York earlier next week, with Iran’s top diplomat planned to meet his US counterpart and the EU foreign policy chief.
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underlined that inspection of the country’s military sites will be impossible.
Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Navy’s 34th flotilla are currently patrolling in the waters of Gulf of Aden in the mouth of Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.
Deputy Commander of Iranian Army Ground Forces Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said the army will start using robots as of next year.
President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is to experience the lowest reliance on oil-revenues in its history in the budget plan forecast for the current calendar year.
Russian state company Rusatom says it has conducted discussions in Tehran for building a new nuclear power plant in Bushehr.
A senior Iranian negotiator said the process of drafting the text of a comprehensive nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers has proved a difficult job that makes slow progress, noting that drafting began with the priority given to the issue of anti-Iran sanctions.
Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said removal of sanctions is considered as the basic issue of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group.
Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Hossein Dehqan claimed on Friday that Iran will be testing its locally-produced version of the S-300 missile-defense system before March 19, 2016, the end of the current Iranian calendar year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree lifting the ban on the sales of S-300 to Iran last week after P5+1 and Tehran had worked out a framework agreement ensuring the peaceful nature of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.