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Recently published satellite images show a previously undisclosed facility near Shahrud that could be used for testing ballistic missiles. It appears to have been developed in the past three years. Russia's state nuclear regulator is handing over operations at the Bushehr plant; Russian nuclear specialists have been working at the plant, which is now "operating at 100% capacity."
A letter purportedly signed by over 50 prominent political prisoners, most of whom are currently incarcerated, was sent to President Obama urging him to seek dialogue with new president Rouhani, to remove sanctions, and to seek a "dignified" solution to the issue of Iran's nuclear program. Two days ago, in his first press conference, President Rouhani called for direct talks with the US on the nuclear issue, but said the US must take the initiative; the US said the ball was in Iran's court. The Ansar Iran Movement, a Sunni jihadist group based in Balochistan, released a message about its July 9 suicide bombing in Chahabar and threatening more attacks.
Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and former nuclear negotiator for Iran, officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has endorsed the election of Rouhani, who was an Islamic activist prior to the 1979 revolution. Two days before his inauguration, Rouhani reportedly said that Israel "is a wound ... on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed"; state media later claimed he was misquoted.