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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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Topic - Manouchehr Mottaki
Iran's nuclear chief replaced the country's sacked foreign minister Saturday and said his top priorities include building a "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia, an announcement that appeared meant to ease suspicion and fear across the Persian Gulf about Iran's nuclear program.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired the country's foreign minister Monday as he was in the middle of an official visit to Africa and named the nuclear chief to serve as the acting top diplomat.
Six world powers held their first talks with Iran in more than a year Monday, pressing Tehran to focus on the need to diffuse fears that its nuclear activities could be harnessed to make weapons.
Iran acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.
American Sarah Shourd planned a medical exam Wednesday for the first appraisal of her health after more than 13 months in an Iranian prison, Omani officials said, after the country's rulers mediated a deal for a half-million-dollar bail to win her release.
After a power struggle within Iran's conservative leadership put her freedom in doubt, an American woman arrested more than a year ago along the Iraq border is on the verge of heading home. Her two companions, however, could be on their way to spy trials.
An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared a year ago headed back to Tehran on Wednesday, telling Iranian state media that he was abducted by CIA agents who tried to bribe him into speaking out against his homeland. The U.S. says he was a willing defector who changed his mind.
A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who has sought refuge at a Pakistani Embassy office in Washington and who Iran claims was abducted, is free to return to his homeland, the State Department said Tuesday.
The United States is ready to hold new direct talks with Iran on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, the State Department said yesterday. The Bush administration accused Tehran of supporting Shi'ite insurgents there.
WASHINGTON — The United States wants to have a second round of direct talks with arch-rival Iran to convey concerns that Tehran is fueling sectarian violence Iraq, the State Department said today.
"We can't put them up for negotiation," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Athens. "When all the countries say that they recognize Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear technology, there is no room for such questions."
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the precise date was being discussed by the sides.