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Iran Says it Produced 6.5 kg of Uranium Enriched to 60%

Iran has made 6.5 kg (14 lb) of uranium enriched to up to 60%, the government said on Tuesday, detailing a move that rattled the country's nuclear talks with world powers by taking the fissile material a step towards nuclear weapons grade of 90%.

Government spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted by state media as saying the country had also produced 108 kg of uranium enriched to 20% purity, indicating quicker output than the rate required by the Iranian law that created the process.

Iran said in April it would begin enriching uranium to 60% purity, a move that would take the uranium much closer to the 90% suitable for a nuclear bomb.

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The Iranian Threat
Washington removes sanctions on Iranians and punishes new entities

Blinkan: These actions demonstrate our commitment to end sanctions in the event of a change in the status or conduct of persons subject to any sanctions.

Despite imposing sanctions on Iranian-affiliated pro-Houthi militias, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday lifted sanctions on more than a dozen senior Iranian officials and former energy companies, the Wall Street News website reported.

The newspaper reported that this action came against the backdrop of Vienna talks faltering over the Iranian nuclear deal.

U.S. officials said the move indicates Washington's commitment to easing its pressure if Tehran changes its behavior.

Post-Iranian election delay

Negotiations now appear to be moving beyond Iran's presidential election on June 18, which some Western officials saw as a deadline for concluding talks.

So far the United States has insisted on maintaining a list of terrorism-related sanctions imposed on Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

It is worth noting that the administration of former President Donald Trump imposed comprehensive sanctions on Tehran following its withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018. Iran has repeatedly demanded easing the sanctions imposed by the US before agreeing to start restricting its nuclear activities under the 2015 agreement.

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"Non-participation of Arab countries in negotiations with Iran does not contribute to the stability of the region"

Adel bin Abdul Rahman al-Asumi told Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, accusing US-Europe negotiators of adopting "double standards"

The head of the Arab Parliament, the body of the Arab League, Adel bin Abdul Rahman al-Asumi, said (June 6) that the absence of Arab countries from the talks in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear program "does not serve the region."

"The current arrangements regarding the agreement with Tehran will have implications for the security and stability of the region. "Therefore, the countries concerned, and especially the Gulf states, must be present," Lasharq al-Awsat said.

He added: “The current situation does not serve either side, neither the Iranians nor the Europeans and the Americans. These negotiations are related to the fate and rights of Arab states, as the nuclear program has an impact on the security, stability and interests of the entire region. ”

He accused the negotiating parties in the US-Europe of adopting "double standards" because they did not respect the other parties, who "made sacrifices for the security of the region".

Al-Asumi also pointed to Saudi Arabia's role as King Salman bin Abdulziz in "supporting the work of the Arab parliament."

"The role of the kingdom at the level of the Arab and Islamic states seeks to protect the Arab and Gulf states from adverse effects on their security and stability," he stressed.

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U.S. Deeply Concerned That Iran Has Not Provided Information to the IAEA

The United States on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned Iran has yet to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with information the agency needs regarding its potential undeclared nuclear material, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

 

The IAEA and Iran reached a three-month agreement in February cushioning the blow of Tehran's decision to reduce its cooperation with the agency by ending extra monitoring measures introduced by the 2015 deal.

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Russia Says Few Outstanding Issues Left to Agree for Revival of Iran Deal

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today that there were few outstanding issues left to resolve in talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal and that there were no longer any insurmountable obstacles left, the RIA news agency reported.

World powers have been negotiating in Vienna with Iran and the United States to revive the 2015 deal.

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Nuclear Iran
Tehran Wants Action, Not Promises of Revival of the Deal

Iran's supreme leader Khamenei says Tehran wants action and not promises for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal. 

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Iran Nuclear Deal Parties to Wrap up Latest Round of Talks in Vienna

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Wednesday, the European Union announced, as diplomats said the meeting will wrap up the latest round of talks on reviving the deal and adjourn discussions for at least a week.

Such meetings of the remaining parties - Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany, and the European Union - in a format known as the Joint Commission have punctuated and bookended indirect talks between Iran and the United States on both countries returning to full compliance with the 2015 deal.

The EU chairs Joint Commission meetings in the basement of a luxury hotel and leads shuttle diplomacy between Iranian envoys and a U.S. delegation based in another luxury hotel across the road. Iran refuses to hold direct talks with Washington.

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Iranian Deal Update

Iran believes that barriers to the revival of its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers are complicated but not insurmountable, a spokesman said on Tuesday, denying that negotiations had stalled.

Iran and six powers have been negotiating in Vienna since April to work out steps for Tehran and Washington to take, respectively, on nuclear activities and sanctions, for the pact to resume.

"There is no impasse in the Vienna talks," Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told a news conference streamed live by a state-run website.

"Negotiations have reached a stage where a few key issues need to be decided, and these issues require the proper attention, perfectionism and time."

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Iran says progress made in nuclear talks but issues remain

Iran and six world powers have made significant progress in talks to revive their 2015 nuclear deal but important issues still need to be resolved, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday,

Iran and the powers have negotiated in Vienna since April to work out steps that Tehran and Washington must take on sanctions and nuclear activities to return to full compliance with the nuclear pact.
"Each round of talks in Vienna could have been the final round. We should not rush. We have made significant progress but key issues remain," Saeed Khatibzadeh told a televised weekly news conference.

 

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Iran: Agreement in principle in nuclear talks, major U.S. sanctions lifted

There is progress in talks in Vienna on U.S. return to nuclear deal with Iran: The Iranian President claims "agreement in principle" has been reached and "major sanctions will be lifted". Officials from western powers, who are mediating between the sides, say the agreement is within reach.

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Israeli Politics
Report: An explosion occurred in an oil tanker off the coast of Syria
An explosion occurred today (Sunday) in an oil tanker off the coast of Syria - according to local sources in the country and the Russian news agency "Sputnik.โ€ Documents posted on social media show smoke rising from the ship, which was sailing in the area of โ€‹โ€‹the port city of Banias. According to official media, a fire broke out in one of the shipโ€™s engines during maintenance work. Last month, a similar incident was recorded off the coast of Banias in western Syria. According to sources in Damascus, it was a UAV, apparently an Israeli, that attacked the tanker from the direction of Lebanon. Israel did not respond to reports, but it has been blamed for airstrikes in the Syrian coast, center, and Quneitra in the Golan Heights in recent days. The covert naval battle between Israel and Iran was recently exposed, which, according to foreign reports, was intended to disrupt oil smuggling from Iran to Syria while circumventing the sanctions imposed on the two countries. In recent months, Iran has begun to respond to the damage to its vessels, in at least three different incidents in which Israeli-owned ships were attacked in the Gulf region, the most recent of which was near one of the United Arab Emirates principalities. There were no casualties in all of these incidents, and the damage reported was minor. Source: Walla News! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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Tehran should not expect significant concessions in the nuclear deal
U.S. President Joe Biden has stressed that Iran should not expect new significant concessions from the United States amid a new round of indirect nuclear talks set to resume, the Voice of America website reports. A senior administration official said the United States had made the concessions it was willing to make to rejoin the historic 2015 nuclear deal, adding that the success or failure of the talks now depended on Iran by accepting those concessions and returning to compliance. These statements came after Foreign Minister Anthony Blinkan complained about the lack of Iranian attention in talks during a visit to Ukraine. The senior official said the United States would not agree to do more than the JCPOA required to get Iran back to fulfill the agreement. Iran has so far not indicated that it will accept anything less than complete removal of all of Trump's sanctions and rejects proposals to force it to withdraw from all the steps it has taken, which violate the deal. "The United States has shown its willingness to lift many of the sanctions imposed on Iran in the nuclear talks in Vienna, but Tehran is demanding more," the head of the Iranian negotiating delegation, Abbas Aragchi, said on Friday. Aragchi said on state television that "the information passed to us by the American side indicates that they are also serious about their return to the nuclear deal and that they have so far announced their willingness to lift a large part of their sanctions." Aragchi added, at a time when indirect talks were supposed to resume in the Austrian capital: "But that is not enough for us, so the discussions will continue until we reach all our demands." Source: Walla News! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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Iran Demanding Removal of Sanctions- While Refusing to Back Down from Steps Which Violate the Nuclear Deal
U.S. President Joe Biden has stressed that Iran should not expect new major concessions from the United States, amid a new round of indirect nuclear talks that are set to resume. A senior administration official said the United States had made the concessions it was willing to make in order to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that the success or failure of the talks now depended on Iran, by accepting those concessions and returning to compliance. These statements came after Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken complained about the lack of Iranian attention in talks during a visit to Ukraine. Iran has so far not indicated that it will accept anything less than the complete removal of all of Trump's sanctions- while rejecting proposals to back down from all the steps it has taken which violate the deal. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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American Physicist to Publish an Analysis of Stolen Iranian Nuclear Archive
In ten days, a book will be published by an American physicist, on the analysis of a stolen Iranian nuclear archive, which will explain the meaning of "crossing the danger stage." According to the analysis in this book, the nuclear weapons program was based on a breakthrough in the early 2000s and was then scaled down and redirected in 2003/2004 to achieve short-term nuclear weapons manufacturing capabilities. In other words, Iran has already developed a nuclear weapon or it can produce such a weapon in a short time by giving the order. All of this indicates that Iran's nuclear program, which has been the subject of negotiation for 20 years, is only a cover, and that parallel nuclear programs have existed and continue to exist in more compact formats. The stolen archive was only a part of Iran's nuclear information, about 10 to 20 percent, and contains outdated information. Iran's nuclear weapons program is likely much more advanced than what will soon be published. It should be noted that the theft of the archive was recently confirmed by Muhsan Razai, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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Negotiations on Nuclear Deal: Iran Makes Threats
A senior Iranian official threatened on Saturday to shut down cameras located at Iran's nuclear facilities if negotiations on the nuclear deal fail. In a statement issued by the Iranian Tasman News Agency, the head of the National Security Committee of the Iranian parliament, Mujatabah du Al-Nur, said that the West has until May 24 to fulfill its obligations under the nuclear deal. He added that in case the negotiations fail, Tehran has the option not to decisively implement the additional protocol. He said the International Atomic Energy Agency's cameras are currently operating "in the nuclear centers without being connected to the Internet, so that if the negotiations bear fruit by May 24, the agency will be able to access the contents of those cameras." He added, if the negotiations do not bear fruit by that date, the camera content will be removed. In a recent interview, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, expressed concern that Iran would destroy the videos if the powers' negotiations did not end in time. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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U.S. ready to lift many sanctions but Iran wants more - top Iran nuclear delegate
The United States has expressed its readiness to lift many of its sanctions on Iran at the Vienna nuclear talks but Tehran is demanding more, top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state media on Friday. "The information transferred to us from the U.S. side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Araqchi told state TV. "But this is not adequate from our point of view and therefore the discussions will continue until we get to all our demands," Araqchi said.
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Fear in Israel: Biden's desire to return to an agreement before the Iranian election will lead to compromises
In a meeting with US President Joe Biden on Saturday in Washington, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen presented sensitive information about Iran, which shows a huge gap between the current state of the Iranian nuclear project and its status in 2015, when the US signed the nuclear deal - Walla learned! During the meeting, Biden expressed great appreciation for the daring actions taken by the institution to obtain the information but presented a clear line of desire to return to the 2015 agreement. At the same time, the defense establishment estimates that the medical condition of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has deteriorated significantly due to his fight against prostate cancer, which has a significant impact on the negotiations between Tehran and Washington on the nuclear deal. According to Israeli estimates, Khamenei opposes signing the agreement before the Iranian presidential election in June - not only due to the deterioration of his situation but to prevent another victory and the accumulation of more power in the camp of current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The Americans, for their part, recognize the many tensions and disputes between the blocs at the top of Iran, and they are pushing to sign the agreement with the moderate, pragmatic forces so that it will strengthen the latter in Iran and serve them in the elections. However, the defense establishment fears that the high motivation of the United States to return to the agreement before the Iranian election and to please the pragmatists could lead to compromises that would undermine stability in the Middle East and harm Israeli interests. The Americans, for their part, recognize the many tensions and disputes between the blocs at the top of Iran, and they are pushing to sign the agreement with the moderate, pragmatic forces so that it will strengthen the latter in Iran and serve them in the elections. However, the defense establishment fears that the high motivation of the United States to return to the agreement before the Iranian election and to please the pragmatists could lead to compromises that would undermine stability in the Middle East and harm Israeli interests. Source: Walla News! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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U.S. official: Iran makes excessive and unrealistic demands in nuclear talks
A senior State Department official who is taking part in the nuclear talks in Vienna confirmed the publication today (Thursday) to Walla! That there are large gaps with Iran in the negotiations, and that the Iranians are making excessive demands and are unwilling to take the full steps they need to restrict their nuclear program. Tomorrow there will be another round of indirect negotiations between representatives of the United States and Iran through EU mediation and with the participation of the other powers - France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China. So far the negotiations have faltered and there has been no breakthrough. The senior US official has confirmed that the Iranians demand that the US remove more sanctions than stipulated in the nuclear agreement, and that they impose fewer restrictions on the nuclear program than stipulated in the agreement - for example with regard to advanced centrifuges. "The choice is clear. If you want to return to the nuclear deal it is clear what Iran needs to do," the senior official said. "We do not know if the Iranians want to do that or not. It is possible to reach an understanding on a return to the agreement but it is a matter of a political decision of the Iranian leadership."
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Before returning to the nuclear deal: The Biden administration is trying to calm the region's concerns
The US has sent a delegation of officials from the Foreign and Defense Ministries to visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan to try and allay their concerns about regional security and a return to the nuclear deal โ€ข The main concern of moderate Sunni states is The expected removal of the sanctions While talks in Vienna are at an advanced stage, and after a senior Israeli security delegation visited Washington last week for talks with senior government officials on the danger posed by the nuclear deal, the Biden administration is sending a delegation of senior US and Foreign Ministry officials to talks in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Egypt. The delegation will also be attended by security and intelligence experts and the visit will continue until the 7th of the month. U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the visit was intended to calm the various tensions in the Middle East, but it would not deal with Iran or the talks taking place in Vienna. But in the Arab world do not take this announcement seriously, it is clear that the moderate Arab countries belonging to the Sunni axis that the US delegation will visit will express their great concerns about the progress towards the return of the nuclear agreement and the lifting of sanctions on Iran. The Bloomberg news agency reported last week that the Biden administration would send a delegation of senior officials to the Middle East to allay US allies' concerns about talks in Vienna between the powers and Iran over the nuclear issue. This week, President Biden spoke by telephone with Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi's heir to the Iranian nuclear threat, and expressed support for the expansion of normalization between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The Arab world followed with great interest the visit of senior members of the Israeli defense establishment to Washington last week, not many details were given about the results of the visit, but the impression given by media reports is that Israel has begun to internalize the Biden administration's nuclear deal with Iran. 2018, and also to remove the sanctions and that Israel is now adopting a policy of "reducing damages". It is preparing to submit a document to the Biden administration that includes a series of security requests and guarantees as compensation for the United States' return to the nuclear deal. According to American sources, one of the main issues that the American delegation will deal with during its visit to Saudi Arabia will be the continuation of the war in Yemen. President Biden is deeply concerned about the failure of his efforts to stop the war in Yemen, Iran seems to have stepped up Houthi rebel attacks on Saudi Arabia with ballistic missiles and booby-trapped drones as a lever of pressure on the US in Vienna talks and has no intention of ending the war. It is highly doubtful that the US delegation will be able to allay the fears of the Arab countries it will visit from the danger of a return to the nuclear deal with Iran, this is the main issue that worries Middle Eastern leaders who are closely following the talks in Vienna. Every day various reports and rumors are spread in the Arab and international media about significant concessions made by the Biden administration in the Vienna talks and the administration is busy denying them. The media demon dance is forcing the Biden administration to try and reassure US allies in the Middle East, especially after the Israeli security delegation visited Washington. One of the major concerns of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is that the lifting of sanctions on Iran will strengthen Iran's economy and it will flow a lot of money to strengthen its Shiite branches in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, supply them with ballistic missiles and UAVs. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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European intelligence reports: Iran sought nuclear weapons last year
The Dutch, Swedish and German intelligence agencies reported that Iran had made multiple attempts in 2020 to obtain technology for a weapons of mass destruction program and did not stop its efforts to develop nuclear weapons, according to Fox News. The report noted that the Dutch intelligence agency had succeeded in thwarting Iranian attempts to obtain the materials needed to develop weapons of mass destruction. The report noted that apart from Iran, countries like Syria, Pakistan and North Korea tried to obtain such products and technologies last year. The intelligence agency did not provide details about the multiple attempts by these countries to secure weapons of mass destruction. The report also did not mention whether the Iranian regime had illegally purchased the technology and equipment needed for its nuclear program. The Swedish security agency also revealed in its intelligence report for 2020 that Iran has sought to acquire Swedish technology for its nuclear weapons program. According to the document, Iran is also carrying out espionage operations aimed primarily at the high-tech industry and Swedish products, which can be used in nuclear weapons programs. The 88-page document indicates that the Iranian regime is conducting industrial espionage against the Scandinavian country and is focusing on its industry. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ
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