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September 15, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The upcoming launch of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant has sparked fresh worries in the Persian Gulf about a possible atomic accident, but also will usher in an era of business opportunities for the oil-rich and strategically vital region. Most experts see little chance of a Chernobyl-like accident at Bushehr that would spread a vast radioactive cloud. But gulf residents remain concerned about what they describe as a lack of transparency on the plant and the safety records of Iran as well as Russia, which completed the plant and will help run it for at least a year.
November 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A senior Iranian envoy acknowledged that his country made "mistakes" in reporting past nuclear activities but insisted that suspicions that it was trying to make atomic arms were unfounded. Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's chief delegate to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said an accord opening Tehran's programs to full scrutiny would be ready soon. Iran handed over what it said was a complete declaration of its nuclear activities just days before an Oct. 31 deadline.
September 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran's chief delegate to the U.N. atomic agency warned the U.S. and other nations ahead of a meeting today that nuclear tensions could grow if they press Tehran too hard to open its programs to inspectors. Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is open to negotiating on inspections with the International Atomic Energy Agency but indicated the offer could be pulled if today's IAEA board meeting "disrupted the whole process."
January 31, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - With the attack in Syria, Israel took its first overt military step into the "Arab Spring" unrest that has destabilized its neighbors and left Israelis feeling more vulnerable than they have in decades. Israel's goal was apparently to deny sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, and may not have been intended to stir the pot in Syria. But whether by intent or circumstance, Israel has inserted itself into a civil war that thus far had very little to do with it - and which other Western nations, including the U.S., have kept at arm's length out of concern that military engagement could only make things worse.
September 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
Iran acknowledged Monday that additional traces of weapons-grade uranium had been found on its soil but argued that they came from abroad on contaminated equipment. The United States and some of its allies have accused Tehran of running a secret nuclear weapons program. Iran is facing an Oct. 31 deadline to give a full accounting of its nuclear activities, set by the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors. If the board rules at its Nov.
October 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Iran began formal talks Saturday with the International Atomic Energy Agency on tougher inspections of its nuclear sites, where Washington suspects atomic weapons could be made. The talks with the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency "may take several days, [but] I'm optimistic that [we] will reach an agreement," said Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's representative to the organization. The IAEA has set a deadline of Oct. 31 for Iran to prove it has no secret program for producing nuclear weapons.
September 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Friday set an Oct. 31 deadline for Iran to prove that it has no secret atomic weapons program, prompting Tehran's chief delegate to threaten "a deep review" of cooperation with the agency. If the International Atomic Energy Agency board rules at its next meeting in November that Iran did not meet the resolution's demands, it could find Tehran in noncompliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty banning the spread of nuclear weapons. The U.N.
February 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
Bluntly warning that Iran is sliding into military dictatorship, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audience in Qatar on Monday that economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic should be increasingly aimed at its elite Revolutionary Guard. Clinton, who was in Doha, the capital, for a conference on relations between the U.S. and the Islamic world, appeared to suggest that such a strategy could help rein in the ideologically motivated branch of the Iranian military by widening rifts within Iran's domestic political establishment.
September 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
Iran will scale back its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in response to the U.N. watchdog's Oct. 31 deadline for Tehran to prove that its nuclear programs are peaceful, Iran's representative to the agency said Monday. Ali Akbar Salehi said on state television that Iran had been allowing the IAEA more oversight than required under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "to show our goodwill and transparency.
November 8, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The United Nations nuclear inspection agency has "serious concerns" about "possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," according to a report released Tuesday. Citing a thousand pages of documents, satellite photos and intelligence information from 10 member states, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has taken steps to develop a nuclear bomb, despite Iran's contention that its program is entirely for civilian purposes. "Credible ... information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device," the report says.
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