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Norway banns education of Iranian students, fears spying

Norwegian Police Security Service ( PST ) has decided to send a number of Iranian student back to Iran as they feared that the students may use their education for nuclear program by the Iranian regime.

The decision was taken based on the UN resolution that obliges Norway to prevent the Iranians to learn about technology that can be used in nuclear applications.


Iranian regime to uphold nuclear activities, senior cleric says

The Iranian regime will by no means retreat from its nuclear activities, a senior cleric said on Friday addressing prayers in Tehran.

Echoing recent remarks by the regime's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, Tehran's interim Friday prayers leader Kazem Seddiqi was said: Iran will never retreat from its nuclear achievements, nor will shut down a single nuclear facility in the country.


Vienna nuclear talks - Day 2: Iran, six powers face 'significant gaps'

VIENNA (Reuters) - Negotiators from Iran and six world powers struggled on Wednesday to narrow "significant gaps" in talks aimed at clearing the way for a long-term accord on curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

The negotiators from Iran and the so-called P5-plus-one - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - plan after their two days of talks in Vienna to start drafting the agreement to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline.


Canadian company charged with exports to Iran with possible nuclear uses

A Canadian company has been charged with violating international sanctions against Iran by exporting a product that can be used in nuclear applications, Canadian officials announced on Monday, CBC reported.

After a joint investigation launched almost three years ago by the RCMP organized crime section and the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), Lee Specialties Ltd. has been charged for unlawfully shipping Viton o-rings to Iran.


Kerry says Iran ‘breakout’ window now seen as two months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the current view of the Iran “breakout” period for developing nuclear weapons capability is two months.

“I think it’s public knowledge today that we’re operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months. That’s been in the public domain,” Kerry testified at a Senate hearing.


U.S. warns Russia over any oil-for-goods deal with Iran

(Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that any oil-for-goods deal Moscow might strike with Iran could run afoul of U.S. sanctions.

"Secretary Lew reiterated our serious concerns regarding reports of a possible deal between Russia and Iran involving oil-for-goods," a Treasury representative said in a statement after Lew met with Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.


Iranian regime and world powers enter new nuclear talks

(Reuters) - Iran and six world powers began a new round of negotiations on Tuesday aimed at settling their decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program by late July, despite wide differences on how to get there.

Chief negotiators from Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia started a two-day meeting around 9:45 a.m. (0745 GMT) at the U.N. complex in Vienna, where they have held two previous such sessions since February.


Iran Nuclear Talks: The Real Work Is Just Beginning

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Forget the last 11 years: the false starts, the glimpses of hope, the long periods of near-breakdown and despair.

On May 13, Iran and six major powers will begin a grueling period of just over two months in which they hope to bury once and for all international concerns over the nature of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for agreeing a phased lifting of sanctions.


US Senators call on Obama to bring back suspended sanctions if Iran, Russia violate temporary freeze of Iran's nuclear program

Source: PolitickerNJ
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to warn Iran that suspended sanctions could be reimposed if the country tries to violate the November 2013 plan that established a short-term freeze of parts of Iran's nuclear program.


Iranian regime marks Nuclear Technology Day as talks go on

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is celebrating its National Nuclear Technology Day as talks with world powers over its contested program continue in Vienn.


Spain arrests 4 over Iran nuclear sanctions violation

Spanish police said Monday they had arrested four members of a network that was trying to ship machinery to Iran in violation of international sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported from Madrid.

Three Spaniards and one Iranian were trying to send to Iran two metal-molding machines originally purchased in the U.K., police said. The machines could be used for civilian purposes or to make parts of missiles or gas centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the officers said.


New York Subpoenas 4 Insurers in Iran Sanctions Probe

(Reuters) - New York state’s top insurance regulator has sent subpoenas to four U.S. insurance companies as part of a probe of potential sanctions violations involving Iran, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The Department of Financial Services sent the subpoenas to Chubb Corp., CNA Financial, Liberty Mutual and Navigators Group, demanding information related to their dealings with Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore Xstrata and its Iranian metals trade.


Iran - Nuclear: Wendy Sherman Travels to Vienna, Austria

Source: U.S. Department of State
On February 17, Under Secretary Sherman will travel to Vienna to lead the U.S. delegation to the P5+1 talks with Iran. This will be the first meeting of the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK, United States and Germany, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran since the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action. The talks will focus on moving forward towards a comprehensive solution with Iran on its nuclear program.