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Aug 14, 2011

Iran’s “nuclear partner” Russia seeks to revive global talks

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Russia will look to revive nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s biggest economic and military powers this week, hoping its special relationship with Tehran can help jolt back to life negotiations that some analysts consider “dead in the water.”

Presidential Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev is due to meet his Iranian counterpart and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Monday and is expected to raise a Russian plan to restart the talks that collapsed in January.

Aug 11, 2011

UK tells Iran happy to talk human rights after riot criticism

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Britain told Iran on Thursday it was happy to discuss its handling of street unrest after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused its police of “savage” aggression against demonstrators.

Britain helped lead Western condemnation of Iran’s crackdown on protests against Ahmadinejad’s re-election in June 2009. He was quick on Wednesday to criticize the British police’s “crushing attack” on unarmed citizens.

Aug 10, 2011

Analysis: Economists skeptical on IMF’s rosy assessment of Iran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s government is basking in rare IMF praise as the first major oil exporter to axe energy and food subsidies, but gains for the sanctions-hit economy could be jeopardized by costly cash handouts and the risk of runaway inflation.

With bread, electricity and gasoline prices soaring after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s flagship economic policy slashed $60 billion of price supports, many experts say the IMF painted too rosy a picture of a country that will be among the hardest hit if oil prices plunge further as the global economy slows.

Aug 3, 2011

Military officer becomes Iran’s new oil minister

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Iran’s parliament approved President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidate as oil minister on Wednesday, putting a military commander who is under U.S. and EU sanctions in charge of oil and gas in one of the world’s biggest crude producers.

A majority of lawmakers — 216 of the 246 present — voted for Rostam Qasemi, a Revolutionary Guards commander who headed its construction and engineering company, sending a defiant message to Iran’s foes.

Aug 3, 2011

Iran parliament makes military man oil minister

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s parliament approved President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidate as oil minister on Wednesday, putting a military commander who is under U.S. and EU sanctions in charge of oil and gas in one of the world’s biggest crude producers.

A majority of lawmakers — 216 of the 246 present — voted for Rostam Qasemi, a Revolutionary Guards commander who headed the elite military body’s construction and engineering company, sending a defiant message to Iran’s foes.

Jun 29, 2011

Iranian car lines keep rolling despite sanctions

KARAJ, Iran, June 29 (Reuters) – In the Iranian summer heat,
portable fans cool workers stacking parts in the Middle East’s
biggest car factory.

But the heavy lifting is unaffected by the soaring
temperatures as robots — from South Korea, Germany and Japan,
– stamp sheets of steel into body panels, shaking the floors at
a busy plant which shows no signs of being crippled by
international sanctions.

Jun 15, 2011

Iran to use “all tools” to stop currency slide

TEHRAN, June 15 (Reuters) – Iran’s central bank announced a
raft of measures to prop up the rial currency on Wednesday after
a rush for dollars forced a devaluation.

The measures, including raising domestic interest rates,
come after the bank said earlier this week it was injecting
billions of dollars into the market to stabilise the currency.

Jun 14, 2011

Iran lawmakers call foul on Ahmadinejad’s minister

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad angered lawmakers Tuesday when he questioned their authority, even as he finally gave in to their demand to create a sports ministry.

The latest spat between president and parliament comes after weeks of infighting about who should head certain key ministries, in what analysts say is a test of strength by rival conservative factions ahead of parliamentary elections next year that will set the stage for a presidential race in 2013.

Jun 10, 2011

Two years after polls, Ahmadinejad under new pressure

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Two years ago, Iran’s reformists were stunned to see him re-elected president and said the election must have been fixed.

Now, half way through his second and final term, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has silenced the opposition — their rallies crushed and leaders under house arrest — but his presidency is still threatened, this time from rival fellow hardliners.

Jun 8, 2011

Defiant Iran plans big rise in nuclear enrichment

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran will shift its production of higher grade uranium to an underground bunker and triple its production capacity, it said on Wednesday in a defiant response to accusations it is trying to produce atomic bombs.

“This year, under the supervision of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency, we will transfer 20 percent enrichment from the Natanz site to the Fordow site and we will increase the production capacity by three times,” the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, told reporters after a cabinet meeting, the state broadcaster IRIB reported.