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A new report estimates that Iran may be only a month away from having enough weapons-grade uranium to produce a bomb; the Obama administration has estimated that Iran is six months away from that capability. In the past 12 months, Iran has nearly doubled its stockpile of medium-grade uranium and has increased its number of centrifuges to 19,000 from 12,000. Four Christians were sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. A UN report said non-Muslims in Iran are routinely punished for violating Islamic laws.
Ansar Iran, a Sunni jihadist group, released a video threatening retaliation in the event of Iranian attempts to dismantle the group's camps. EU head Catherine Ashton said the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program will begin in November. Talks today ended with no breakthrough, despite Iran's offer to allow unannounced IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi rejected the West's demand that enriched uranium be shipped out of the country. Speaking of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, US Secretary of State Kerry said that "no deal is better than a bad deal."
The exiled dissident National Council of Resistance claimed that Iran is quietly moving a nuclear weaponization research and planning center to a site in a defense ministry complex in Tehran ahead of talks with world powers on the Iranian nuclear program. Semi-official media said "counterrevolutionary armed guerrillas" killed five members of the Revolutionary Guards near the Kurdish town of Baneh, close to the Iraqi border.