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Iran’s Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon. FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting......

Iran has identified person who caused power outage at Natanz nuclear site – report

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it had identified the person who disrupted flow of power at the Natanz nuclear facility that led to electricity outage in the site, Iran’s Nournews website quoted intelligence sources as saying. “The person has been identified … Necessary measures are being taken to......

U.N. atomic watchdog reports new Iranian breach of nuclear deal

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By Francois Murphy, John Irish VIENNA/PARIS (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog on Friday flagged a new breach by Iran of its nuclear deal with major powers on the day those powers met to revive the agreement, a report by the agency seen by Reuters showed, likely raising tensions with......

Chinese envoy says Iran talks to resume next week

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo/File Photo VIENNA (Reuters) – China’s envoy to the Iran nuclear talks said on Friday all sides had agreed to reconvene next week to carry out......

U.S. expects ‘difficult’ Iran talks, sees no early breakthrough

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department played down expectations......

France calls on Iran to be constructive in nuclear talks

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner PARIS (Reuters) – France called on Iran to show a constructive......

Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of sanctions – Press TV

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (Reuters) – Iran’s government wants the United States to lift all......

Iran, world powers to hold nuclear talks in Vienna on Tuesday

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PARIS (Reuters) – Representatives of Iran and world powers will meet next Tuesday in Vienna to discuss the troubled 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian and European officials said after holding virtual talks on Friday aimed at reviving the accord. FILE PHOTO: Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal......

Iran adds advanced machines enriching underground at Natanz: IAEA

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FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has begun enriching uranium with a fourth......

As Iran toughens stance, hopes for nuclear thaw before June diminish

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PARIS (Reuters) – The odds of Washington and Tehran making progress to revive the 2015 nuclear deal before Iran’s June elections have dwindled after Iran opted to take a tougher stance before returning to talks, diplomats and officials said. FILE PHOTO: The Iranian flag waves in front of the International......

Indian premier Modi writes goodwill letter to Pakistani counterpart: minister

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By Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received a letter of goodwill from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday, a Pakistani senior Cabinet minister said, as relations thaw between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and have shared a......

Russian envoy says UK nuclear arms plan is illegal

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, March 10, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s ambassador to Britain has accused the UK government of breaking its international treaty commitments with a......

Japan court denies resumption of Tokai Daini nuclear power plant: NHK

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FILE PHOTO: A television cameraman films Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tokai Daini nuclear power plant’s reactor building during a media tour where an emergency drill was held at the Tokai Daini nuclear power plant in Tokai village, Ibaraki prefecture, about 120 km (75 miles) north of Tokyo April 19, 2011.......

Blinken says U.S. weighs pressure, diplomatic options on North Korea

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By Humeyra Pamuk, Hyonhee Shin South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong gestures next to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken before the Foreign and Defense Ministerial meeting between South Korea and U.S. at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, March 18, 2021. Lee Jin-man/Pool via REUTERS SEOUL (Reuters) –......

Russia says British nuclear plans deal serious blow to arms control: RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Britain’s plans to expand its nuclear capabilities have dealt a serious blow to the concept of arms control, the RIA news agency reported Russia’s foreign ministry as saying on Wednesday. Moscow said will take London’s move into account when working on its own military planning, RIA added.......

Iran enriching uranium with new advanced machine type at underground plant: IAEA

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FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has started enriching uranium at its underground Natanz plant with a second type of advanced centrifuge, the IR-4, the U.N. nuclear......

Iran releases footage of Revolutionary Guards ‘missile city’ base

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(Reuters) – Iran released images and film footage on Monday of what it said was a new Revolutionary Guards base armed with cruise and ballistic missiles and “electronic warfare” equipment. A report on state TV described the base as a “missile city” and showed rows of what looked like missiles......

China says it hopes U.S. will remove ‘unjustified’ Iran sanctions

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday he hopes the United States will remove what he called unjustified sanctions on Iran. During his annual press conference, State Councillor Wang said Iran needs to take on responsibility in the process too. Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by......

Iran’s Zarif to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

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FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave......

IAEA chief Grossi describes black box-type deal reached with Iran

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VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief described his weekend deal with Iran on continued monitoring of its nuclear activities for up to three months as one where data is gathered but his agency is only able to access it afterwards. The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran announced......

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