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An Iranian envoy called for further negotiations on its nuclear program while in Beijing. Tehran hosted two Shia Iraqi political delegates. Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton criticized the Obama administration's Iran policy.
China agreed to make steps toward supporting new sanctions on Iran. Tehran sent its chief nuclear negotiator to Beijing to discuss the threat of new sanctions. The US navy reportedly test-fired Trident missiles in a military exercise with the Saudi military; the US Navy denied the report.
An Iranian nuclear scientist defected to the US and has provided intelligence to the CIA. President Obama demanded a new sanctions deadline of "weeks, not months" for Iran. A US official said that "Iran is not leaving China much room to stand on."
Turkey disagreed with the US and EU's decision to implement new sanctions. A new CIA report said that Iran is capable of producing nuclear weapons. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei urged new steps toward industrializing Iran.
Iran sanctions are "at the top of the list" for the G8 meeting. French President Sarkozy visited United States to discuss Afghanistan and Iran with President Obama. Iranian leaders pressed for nuclear disarmament.
UN inspectors and Western intelligence specialists suspect Iran is covertly building two new nuclear sites. A key Obama aide claimed the world has united against Iran's becoming a nuclear power. A leading member of parliament said Iran is spearheading the "fight against US unilateralism."
The West softened its sanction proposal against Iran to garner support from Russia and China. A Washington think-tank said Israel could use tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran's nuclear program. NATO urged the establishment of a missile defense pact to deter Iran's missile program.
Russian foreign minister said his country may support additional sanctions against Iran. The Russian oil company Lukoil will stop work in Iran due to US sanctions. Iran urged Western governments to punish Israel over the construction of additional settlements in Jerusalem.
Russia and China pressed Iran to accept a UN nuclear fuel swap deal. Tehran freed former President Rasfanjani's grandson from imprisonment. Osama bin Laden's daughter was released from house arrest in Iran and relocated to Syria.
A US Army officer said Iran is training Taliban fighters within its borders. The US Congress will launch final actions to implement new sanctions on Iran. Brazilian President Lula called for Iran to be part of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The grandson of former President Rafsanjani was detained for involvement in opposition protests. Secretary of State Clinton told AIPAC that the US will not "compromise on its commitment" to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. Pakistan will investigate AQ Khan's ties to Iran's nuclear program.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said US officials "talk about peace and friendship and at the same time plot and plan sedition" while supporting Iranian dissidents and protesters. British diplomats downplayed the report that Iran is providing training and EFPs to the Taliban in Afghanistan
The Bushehr nuclear plant should be operational by the summer. Hezbollah's deputy leader said Israel would pay a "heavy price" if it attacked Iran's nuclear facilities. Russia said it would back "smart sanctions." President Obama delivered a message to the Iranian people.
Opposition leader Mousavi said the Green Movement will persevere despite a government crackdown. Iran's opposition is pleased with the US' decision not to enforce sanctions on Internet sites they use for protest. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said new sanctions will not stop Iran's nuclear program.
The US State Department announced that it "feels a sense of urgency" about addressing the Iranian nuclear program. President Obama stated that thwarting Iran's nuclear program is a top priority. Tehran said it is ready for a nuclear fuel swap on its own soil, an offer which has been previously rejected by the West.
US officials said progress in Iran's nuclear program has slowed, leaving room for continued pressure. Police and the Basij militia cracked down on the celebration of the "fire festival." Iran asked OPEC to provide a $200 billion investment in its energy industry.
China is concerned about Iran's nuclear program, but does not believe sanctions will resolve the problem. Iran described Western pressure on China to agree to sanctions as "ineffective." Tehran plans to reduce "cultural relations" with Great Britain.
China has become Iran's number one economic trading partner, surpassing the West. France announces that it is considering unilateral sanctions against Iran. Osama bin Laden's son, Khalid, called for Iran to release bin Laden family members from custody.
The European Union may consider unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. UN sanctions against Iran may not be ready until June. Security forces detained more than 30 people claimed to be linked to a cyber network providing support for the Iranian opposition.
US Secretary of Defense Gates pressed Emirate leaders to support stronger sanctions against Iran. A US State Department report is critical of Iran's human rights record. Britain said China will risk isolation if it refuses to support sanctions against Iran.