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A parliamentary leader said Iran would never close the Fordow nuclear site in exchange for easing economic sanctions. The Fordow plant produces 20 percent enriched uranium, which can be turned into weapons material. Iran's navy plans to establish a new base near Pakistan's border.
The UN Secretary General said Iran was on the same path toward developing a nuclear weapon as North Korea. Ayatollah Khamenei denied Iran was developing nuclear weapons but warned that no state could stop Iran if it chose to do so. Iran blamed Israel for killing an Iranian general in Syria and said it would seek revenge.
A general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards was assassinated while traveling in Syria. Iran attempted to acquire 100,000 specialized magnets used in uranium enrichment machines, indicating it planned to accelerate its nuclear program. Iran denied having supplied arms to Islamist militants in Somalia.
The head of Iran's atomic agency said Iran began installing a new generation of uranium enrichment machines last month. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that Iran was nearing the red line he had drawn at the UN. A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency is seeking a deal that will enable it to visit the Parchin military site.
Iran converted some if its enriched uranium into reactor fuel, rendering it unusable for a nuclear weapon. This is the second time Iran has taken this action, having converted 100 kg of its enriched uranium into reactor fuel last year.
President Ahmadinejad said he is ready to have talks with the US if the West stops pressuring his country over its nuclear program. Hundreds of thousands of pro-government supporters celebrated the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution that ousted the shah in 1979.