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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  International

At a meeting with Egyptian journalists and political activists, Ahmadinejad said that arrogant powers “oppose Iran’s ideals, existence and policies and intend to resist and obstruct the progress of the Iranian nation using all means at their disposal.” The Iranian President reiterated that the Iranian nation…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  International

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Ahmadinejad arrived in Beijing to take part in the twelfth summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister and the Chinese envoy to Tehran welcomed him at Beijing airport….

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  International

Saeed Jalili will visit Russia today (June 6) to participate in the third annual international conference of high-ranking security officials. The conference will discuss information security and international energy security, as well as the war on piracy. The conference is being held in St. Petersburg June…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  International

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Ali Akbar Salehi Salehi told the conference on the Islamic Awakening and the late Imam Khomeini’s movement, “The greatest achievement of the developments in certain Arab countries is that US and Western plots in the region have been foiled… The reality is that these developments are…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Military

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran will hold a new round of talks on Friday in an attempt to reach an agreement. Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s permanent envoy to the IAEA, said that a new chapter in Iran-IAEA cooperation has begun. He added, “Third parties…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Military

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Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Baqeri, said that Iran is ready for the preparatory meeting and stressed the importance of holding expert meetings prior to the upcoming talks between Tehran and the 5+1 in Moscow….

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Military

In a letter to leading US newspapers, the Iranian mission to the UN underlined that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) unambiguously recognized “the inalienable right of all parties to the NPT to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.” The letter,…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Military

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Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that Iran is demanding compensation from Russia for its refusal to implement the S-300 advanced SA missile contract. Iran has appealed to the International Court of Arbitration over Russia’s refusal to implement the contract for supplying the advanced SA missile….

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Economy

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Rostam Qasemi, the Iranian Minister of Oil, described his separate talks with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Oil Minister and Vice President Hossain al-Shahrestani, as satisfactory, and said they produced agreements on expanding oil and gas trade and collaborations. Qasemi emphasized that he held productive dialogue on…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Economy

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Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi called for a meeting with the Secretary General of the ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) to draw up an energy charter that can used as the basis for cooperation in the energy sector. Qassemi said a draft could be prepared jointly by the…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Economy

Alireza Zeighami, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) and Deputy Oil Minister, said, “Over the last few months, some foreign companies, especially some with European licenses, under contract with Iran have not adhered to their contractual obligations in the development…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Economy

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Iran has nominated its former Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari for the post of OPEC Secretary General. An Oil Ministry official explained, “It is in the interests of the other OPEC members to support Iran’s candidate since Iran is an independent country and understands OPEC’s current role…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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A group of 40 conservative writers have issued a statement saying they will award their royalties to anyone who kills rapper Shahin Najafi as a punishment for his “apostasy.” Najafi is based in Germany. The statement was published on the website of Rah-e Nikan publishers. The…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Imprisoned blogger Hosseyn Ronaghi Malek has been hospitalized again, because his medical condition worsened during his hunger strike. He was transferred to another room in the hospital, and his family was forbidden to visit him. In addition, his family was warned by the IRGC not to…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Human Rights

Mehrdad Sajadi and his wife, members of the Immanuel Christian Church in Karaj were arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents in their home.  It is not known where they are being held….

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Domestic

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With 275 Majlis members voting, 173 lawmakers voted in favor Ali Larijani to lead the ninth Majlis. His rival Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel received 100 votes. Seyed Mohammad-Hassan, Aboutorabi-Fard and Mohammad-Reza Bahonar were elected as the First and Second Deputy Speakers, respectively. Larijani, who headed the 8th Majlis…

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012  /  Domestic

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Hardline Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami addressed pilgrims to the Imam Reza (8th Imam) shrine in Mashhad, attacking Ahmadinejad, “Saying that [Abolqasem Ferdowsi’s’] Shahnameh (Book of Kings, Iran’s national epic) is an interpretation of the Koran shows that he lacks any knowledge of (both) the Koran and Shahnameh… Religion has…

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