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CIA Director Leon Panetta said Iran can produce nuclear weapons by 2012. The Iranian Red Crescent claimed Egypt has blocked one of its ships that is designated to run the Gaza blockade. The deputy oil minister claimed US sanctions are benefiting Iranian petroleum industries by making them self-sufficient.
The G8 members said its members "are profoundly concerned by Iran™s continued lack of transparency regarding its nuclear activities." Three US hikers declared as spies may have been captured inside Iraq. The deputy oil minister said Iran would be able to fully refine its own gasoline by 2013.
Tehran took steps to prepare for fuel sanctions from the West. Brazil told Iran that it must address Western concerns over the proposed fuel-swap deal. UAE trade authorities shut down 40 local companies for doing business with Tehran.
Tehran scientists announced that they produced another 17 kg of uranium to 20 percent enrichment. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said negotiations for a fuel swap with Iran are still on the table. Pakistan's parliament stressed the importance of the pipeline deal with Iran.
Tehran issued a warning to the IAEA. Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani ignored US warnings and agreed to a deal to import natural gas from Iran. Turkey will continue with a nuclear fuel-swap deal despite a new sanctions regimen on Iran.
US Defense Secretary Gates said the UN Security Council sanctions have a chance of halting Iran's nuclear program and said the US is not prepared to switch to a policy of containment. Iran executed Jundallah leader Abdulmalik Rigi by hanging him at Evin prison.
A member of parliament said Iran would reduce cooperation with the IAEA. According to a poll, most of the world supports military strikes to deny Iran a military nuclear program. Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi claimed Iran's ballistic misiles are for defensive purposes only.
Secretary Gates testified that Iran could fire "hundreds" of missiles against Europe in an attack. Russian President Medvedev criticized additional US and EU sanctions on Iran. Tehran argued that new sanctions against Iran prove the world powers maintain a double standard.
The European Union followed the US' lead to press for tighter sanctions on Iranian corporations. Iraq said it will not allow Kurdish terrorist groups to perpetrate attacks against Iran. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said Turkey is not Iran's ally.