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The IAEA confirmed Iran has started uranium enrichment in an underground bunker. Iran imposed a death sentence on an American man accused of spying. China rejected sanctions on Iranian oil, but it cut Iranian oil purchases anyway.
President Ahmadinejad will visit Latin America in an attempt to gain local support. The US expelled the Venezuelan consul general over links to an Iranian cyberattack plot. Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor will reach full capacity within weeks.
The UK threatened military action if Iran attempted to close the Gulf of Hormuz. Western nations prepared contingency plans in case Iranian oil supplies are cut off. Iran prepared to move uranium enrichment into underground bunkers. Iran mounted a crackdown on internet cafes.
Iran warned US aircraft carriers not to return to the Persian Gulf after the USS Stennis exited the gulf. The US dismissed the warning. France said it was convinced Iran was developing nuclear weapons and called for stricter economic sanctions.
Iran test fired "long-range" shore-to-sea and surface-to-surface missiles, called Qader (Capable) and Nour (Light). The value of Iran's currency fell 10 percent following new US sanctions against Iran's central bank. Iran closed a border point with Pakistan after a Pakistani border force detained three Iranian guards for crossing the border and killing a man.
The commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps backed away from recent threats to close Strait of Hormuz. Iran postponed long-range missile tests and signaled it was ready to reopen talks on its nuclear program. The US imposed further sanctions on financial institutions that deal with Iran.
Iran's navy chief threatened again that his country can easily close the Strait of Hormuz. The US warned Iran that it will not tolerate any disruption of maritime traffic through the Strait. Iran held the first trial session of Amir Mirza Hekmati, who was recently arrested on a charge of spying for the CIA.
Iran said its navy would hold war games beyond the Strait of Hormuz. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the US military was ready to engage in a conflict with Iran if necessary. Sanctions have impacted Iran's trade ties with Arab Gulf states.
In an apparent reference to Iran, Saudi Arabia said the security of the Gulf states was being targeted. US, Europe, and key Arab states discussed how to maintain stability in the energy markets as a possible precursor to an embargo on Iran's oil exports. Iran would be unlikely to replace its exports.
IRGC General Gholam Reza Jalali says Iran will move its uranium enrichment facilities to safer locations underground if necessary. Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if attacked. Iran and Saudi Arabia held a rare high-level security meeting in Riyadh.
The US Treasury placed sanctions on Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, chairman of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Revolutionary Guard Deputy Commander Abdollah Araqi. Iran's judiciary has issued indictments against 15 "American and Zionist" spies.
A "mysterious" explosion occurred at a steel mill in Yazd, killing seven employees, including foreign nationals. Iranian authorities blamed the blast on "old munitions." Iranian experts are in the final stages of "recovering data" from the US surveillance drone captured by the country's armed forces, state TV reported.
Iran will not return a US surveillance drone captured by its armed forces, General Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Republican Guard, said in a broadcast on Iranian state television. He described the penetration of Iranian airspace by a US drone as a "hostile act" and warned of a "bigger" response.
Iran displayed footage of the US RQ-170 stealth UAV that the Iranian military claimed it downed over Kashmar. Iranian officials claimed it was brought down using "electronic warfare" and said it would reverse-engineer the aircraft.
The Iranian military claimed it shot down a US stealth RQ-170 drone in eastern Iran. ISAF said one of its UAVs crashed in western Afghanistan and said there was no indication it was shot down.
Top Iranian officials claim that the deaths of military experts at the Bid Ganeh base on Nov. 12 "had no effect on the self-sufficiency unit" of the IRGC. The blast killed at least 36 members of the IRGC, including the "Godfather" of Iran's ballistic missile program, Major General Hassan Moqaddam. France is temporarily reducing staff at its embassy in Iran.
Qods Force commander Major General Qassem Suleimani may have played a role in organizing the "protesters" that stormed the British embassy in Tehran last week. The European Union published its latest sanctions list on Iran and Syria, formalizing measures against 180 Iranian people and firms and 23 Syrian targets. The US has urged Turkey to impose new sanctions against Iran.