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Iran's outgoing nuclear chief says Tehran has a total of 18,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment — a process that can be a pathway to making nuclear weapons. The number is higher by a third than publicly known.
Now that negotiations over Iran's illicit nuclear program have concluded, the Islamic regime is positive the West will start easing sanctions, not because Iran will halt its nuclear activity, but rather owing to a belief that the West has reached the end of its ability to pressure the regime.
Iran and Syria condemned a U.S. plan to assist rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad on Saturday and signaled the Syrian leader intends to stay in power at least until 2014 presidential elections.
Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the United States’ willingness to hold direct talks with Tehran on the standoff over its nuclear program but didn’t commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington must show “fair and real” intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about “threatening rhetoric.”
Iran's foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the willingness of the United States to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program but didn't commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington must show "fair and real" intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about "threatening rhetoric."
Syria's state media said Monday that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a police school in the northern city of Aleppo, one day after President Bashar Assad called on Syrians to fight an opposition driven by what he characterized as religious extremists.
Iran's foreign minister says that direct talks with the United States are "possible" but that any such breakthrough initiative must be approved by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader.
Iran held a conference Sunday to reconcile Syria's government with opposition factions and end the country's civil war, the official IRNA news agency reported.