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Iranian nuclear experts have taken environmental samples from the military base at Parchin without United Nations inspectors being present, the spokesman for Iran’s atomic energy agency was quoted as saying on Monday.
The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency has acknowledged that it agreed to have Iranian experts take samples it wants to analyze for signs that Tehran might have worked on atomic arms. But it says that the probe meets strict agency standards.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview with a U.S. television network that aired on Sunday that Tehran and Washington “have taken the first steps” toward decreasing their enmity due to a landmark nuclear accord.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Countries Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is in Moscow to discuss issues of mutual interests as well as key regional and international matters with senior Russian officials.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders warned that any attempt to revive sanctions against Iran would further exacerbate the mistrust between Tehran and the world powers.
Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Rokneddin Javadi and Total’s President of Exploration and Production Arnaud Breuillac have expressed determination of their companies to expand their cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
A member of Iranian nuclear negotiating team said that arrangements for Amano’s ceremonial visit to Parchin military site showed that allegations raised against Iran have been fabricated.
Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani called for collective efforts of all countries to help resolve the ongoing regional crises.
Iran and Oman signed the contracts with the consultant firms to study constructing the pipeline to carry gas to Oman on Sunday, a day before arrival of Omani Minister of Oil and Gas Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhi to Tehran.
China will send the head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) as its special envoy to Iran, the foreign ministry said on Monday, a week after Iran’s foreign minister called on China’s help to resolve tensions in the Middle East.