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A new report from the UN's atomic energy agency said Iran is significantly expanding its nuclear program, and has started work on an alternative approach to developing a nuclear weapon. Advanced equipment for the enrichment of uranium is being installed at an accelerating pace at the Natanz plant, and work is progressing at other sites as well. The US State Dept. called the report an "unfortunate milestone."
Two alleged spies were hanged this morning. Iranian courts had convicted Kourosh Ahmadi of passing information to the CIA, and Mohammad Heydari had been convicted of passing information to Israel's Mossad.
The paramilitary Basij force of the Revolutionary Guard announced that it was the target of a cyberattack. The force alleged that the attack originated in Poland and was timed to have an effect on the June 14 presidential election.
After a fruitless Six Powers meeting with Iran on its nuclear program, US Secretary of State Kerry said that President Obama "has determined to continue to pursue the diplomatic channel." Although the Israeli strategic affairs minister had advocated a deadline of weeks for military action to persuade Iran to halt nuclear enrichment, no such deadline was set. The head of an Iranian parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy called the talks "effective" and said "Iran will never stop uranium enrichment activities."
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran was not opposed to direct talks with the US to resolve issues over its nuclear program but he was not optimistic. He also said Iran would destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear infrastructure.
Iran indicted 18 suspects on charges of involvement in the assassination of its nuclear scientists. At least five nuclear scientists have been killed since 2010.
Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei criticized Western powers for not offering concessions in last week's talks over Iran's nuclear program. He said the West was using the program as a pretext to impose economic sanctions.
US General Mattis said sanctions over Iran's nuclear program were not working. US Secretary of State Kerry said Iran was getting closer to building a nuclear bomb. The US delegate to the UN's nuclear agency accused Iran of "deception, defiance and delay". In a joint statement, the EU said Iran was stonewalling the UN agency.
Iran announced it planned to build 3,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges while it phased out 12,000 older generation centrifuges. In February, Iran began installing the new centrifuges at its main Natanz uranium enrichment facility. An Iranian dhow carrying Chinese antiaircraft missiles was seized off the Yemeni coast.
Iran's Arak nuclear plant, capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, became fully operational. At nuclear talks in Almaty, Western nations offered to relax financial sanctions on Iran in exchange for a halt in the development of its Fordow uranium enrichment plant.
Talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program restarted after eight months. Little progress is expected in negotiating an end to the program.
Iran announced it had found new deposits of uranium ore and had identified the sites for 16 more nuclear power plants. The Revolutionary Guard began a three-day ground and air military exercise, and claimed it captured a foreign "enemy drone" near the city of Sirjan.
Iran began installing a new generation of high-speed uranium enrichment centrifuges at its nuclear plant in Natanz. UN inspectors confirmed that nearly 200 "IR-2m" centrifuges have been fully or partially installed so far.
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.