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Foreign Minister Zarif said Iran will never participate in talks with Israel. Iran's ambassador to Turkey noted that cooperation has improved between the Iranian intelligence and security services and Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation, and said Iran has offered to help Turkey mend ties with Syria.
Iranian officials and the EU announced that a deal has been reached between Iran and the six world powers on the Iranian nuclear program. It provides that Iran will suspend enrichment of higher-grade uranium for six months in exchange for $6 billion to $7 billion in US sanctions relief as well as renewed trade in metals, aircraft parts, and petrochemicals. Israel sharply criticized the deal as giving Iran time to move closer to developing nuclear weapons.
Iran signed a pact yesterday with the IAEA giving it "managed access" to some of the country's nuclear facilities, but not to its most sensitive sites, including the Parchin complex. President Rouhani transferred the work of the "modesty project," which attempts to enforce Islamic dress codes on women, from the police to the Ministry of the Interior.
Iran and the US blamed each other for failing to come to an agreement about Iran's nuclear program in recent talks. An investigation shows that the business empire controlled by Supreme Leader Khamenei is worth about $95 billion, some 40% more than Iran's total oil exports last year, which amounted to $67.4 billion.
A lawmaker claimed that Iran has "hundreds" of troops in Syria assisting Assad regime forces; the IRGC countered that "Iran has only advisers in Syria to transfer its military experience to the Syrian army." Iran entered talks with world powers in Geneva about its nuclear program. The Sunni militant group Jaish-ul Adl claimed the recent assassination of a prosecutor in Zabol.
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered outside the former US Embassy in Tehran on the 34th anniversary of its seizure, chanting "Death to America," in the largest such gathering in years. President Rouhani said he was "not optimistic" about negotiations with the West on Iran's nuclear program, and Supreme Leader Khamenei said, "No one should see our negotiating team as compromisers."
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.
Mojtaba Ahmadi, the head of Iran's Cyber Warfare command, was found dead in a woods outside Karaj over the weekend. He had been assassinated at close range. Iran is preparing a proposal for upcoming talks on its nuclear program; the proposal will insist on the ability to enrich uranium domestically and to take advantage of nuclear technology.
President Rouhani claimed that the greatest danger in the Middle East is that of chemical weapons in Syria falling into the hands of terrorists, and warned against a military intervention in Syria. He also said Iran is ready to engage on talks about its nuclear program as long as Iran's right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes is respected.
President Rouhani said Iran would never develop nuclear weapons and that it was seeking only "peaceful nuclear technology." Earlier this week, Supreme Leader Khamenei spoke of the need for "heroic flexibility" and said it was "not necessary" for the Revolutionary Guards to be politically active.
President Rouhani said Iran wants "the swiftest solution" to the impasse on its nuclear program, but warned that the peaceful character of the program could be guaranteed only "if there is political will, if there is mutual respect and mutual interest, and only if the rights of Iran's people are ensured." Iran has been expanding its uranium enrichment capacity in recent months. Iran launched a new TV channel aimed at preventing religious extremism among the 1.5 million Sunnis in Khuzestan province.
Supreme Leader Khamenei warned that a US military intervention in Syria would have disastrous consequences for the region, and also said civil war in Egypt would be a catastrophe. The IAEA's latest report says Iran is set to test about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and has started making fuel assemblies for a nuclear reactor. Ansar Iran, a Sunni jihadist group based in Balochistan, issued a statement declaring the Iranian city of Chabahar a "military target" and praising the liberation of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Taji by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Iran warned that the US would face "harsh consequences" if it intervened in Syria, in the wake of allegations that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in a recent attack. Foreign Minister Zarif said Syria's foreign minister assured him that Syria will cooperate with the UN chemical weapons inspection team. The Sultan of Oman is visiting Iran; his last visit was in 2009.
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.