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A former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said graves are being dug for US servicemen in anticipation of an American attack on Iran. Iran plans on opening the Bushehr nuclear plant in September. The IRGC Navy said it will launch 12 fast-attack missile and torpedo boats.
The chief of Iran's judiciary criticized President Ahmadinejad for statements made concerning the restriction of the press. A senior Sunni cleric escaped an assassination attempt carried out by Jundallah. Iran™s Islamic Azad University opened a center in Kabul.
The Obama administration believes that Iran is feeling the effects of sanctions. A majority of Arabs would support a nuclear-armed Iran, according to a poll. Iran launched four locally-built submarines.
The US Treasury Department added four Iranian Qods Force commanders to its list of terrorists. General Hossein Musavi, the commander of Qods Force's Ansar Corps, and Colonel Colonel Hasan Mortezavi have "provided financial and material support to the Taliban" in Afghanistan. Two other officials provide support to Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Iran claimed to have purchased four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems: two from Belarus and two from an unspecified nation. Belarus rejected the report. China dismissed US concerns that it would not fully comply with sanctions.
A grenade detonated near President Ahmedinejad's convoy as it moved through the western city of Hamedan. Officials denied Ahmedinejad was the target of an attack, and claimed it was a "firecracker." The US added 21 entities, including banking, insurance and investment, mining, and engineering industries, to a list of companies owned by Iran and targeted for sanctions.
The commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces said the US is too weak to open a new front against Iran. The US is seeking to use Turkey as a base for an anti-missile shield that would protect Europe from Iranian ballistic missiles. Japan approved the UN sanctions against Iran.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the US has a plan ready to attack Iran but does not want to execute it. A senior Iranian nuclear official said Iran has no intention of withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The foreign ministry said three American hikers detained last year should be tried for illegally entering Iran.
China has voiced opposition to the European Union's unilateral sanctions on Iran. A Canadian court sentenced Mahmoud Yadegari to four years in jail for attempting to smuggle nuclear exports to Iran. An Iranian official claimed the US has laced cigarettes with pig's blood and nuclear material.