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Iran's civil defense organization detected the Duqu computer virus. Similar to the Stuxnet computer virus, Duqu is aimed at sabotaging Iran's nuclear sites.
A massive explosion at a base in Bid Ganeh on the outskirts of Tehran killed 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The blast is thought to have been an caused by an accident that occurred as ammunition was being moved.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei denounced the UN nuclear report as a fabrication and said any invader would "receive a strong slap and iron fist." US Defense Secretary Panetta warned of the consequences of military action against Iran. France threatened "unprecedented sanctions." The US planned to sell "bunker buster" bombs to the UAE.
In the aftermath of the IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program, Iran said it will not retreat "one iota" from its nuclear program. France, Britain and Germany called for tougher sanctions. Russia rejected new sanctions. China favored continued negotiations. Israel said it could carry out strikes on Iran with under 500 civilian fatalities. The US was silent.
Details emerged on the IAEA report on Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons including the use of computer models and foreign experts. The Israeli president warned that an attack on Iran was becoming more likely. Russia warned against military action and France said such actions would be destabilizing.
The IAEA will release a report next week on Iran's efforts to develop nuclear weapons. There are two different views on the outcome: the report will be damning and drive several nations to consider military action; or the talk of war is "overheated rhetoric" and diplomatic efforts to restrain Iran's nuclear program will likely continue.
US Justice Department officials indicted five people and four companies for exporting radio equipment to Iran for use in roadside bombs in Iraq. The US Secretary of State encouraged the Iranian opposition to seek international support "as Libya rebels did."
Iran's nuclear program has suffered more serious setbacks recently. The US and the UK have frozen the assets of five men accused of an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador. Iran has secretly executed hundreds of prisoners.
Iran acknowledged that the American accusation of an Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Washington might not be a total fabrication. The UN Secretary-General sent the case to Security Council.
President Obama is pressing United Nations nuclear inspectors to release classified intelligence information showing that Iran is designing and experimenting with nuclear weapons technology. Saudi Arabia has taken a first step to have Iran reported to the UNSC over allegations it plotted to kill a Saudi ambassador.
Saudi officials advised Argentina four months ago of an alleged Iran-backed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador. Iranian oil sales are down and its foreign exchange access is being hampered by US and UN sanctions. The US said it was "actively" considering sanctioning Iran's central bank, a move that could severely damage Iran's economy. Iran's supreme leader called the assassination allegations "meaningless and absurd."
US officials provided additional details about the plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's US ambassador. The US launched an international campaign to punish Iran. Saudi Arabia vowed that Iran would "pay the price" for the plot.
The EU expanded sanctions against Iran. Iran rejected a US direct "military hotline" proposal. Opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi was briefly freed from house arrest, a move indicating that authorities might ease conditions for him.
An Iranian graduate student at the University of Texas went on trial in Tehran on charges of having relations with a hostile country and receiving illegitimate funds. Iran has announced the deployment of ship-based missiles that can target American shorelines from international waters. Iran rejected Palestine's UN statehood bid.
The IAEA reported that Iran has enhanced its enrichment of uranium and has installed more sophisticated centrifuges. "We believe if Iran broke out now they could have a bomb in six months," said a former weapons inspector. President Ahmadinejad visited Sudan to expand trade and political ties, and the Industries minister emphasized mutual cooperation with Venezuela.
President Ahmadinejad said Iran would stop producing enriched uranium if it is guaranteed fuel for a medical research reactor. At the same time, Tehran is holding talks with Russia about building another nuclear power plant. Iran's nuclear efforts are hit by sabotage. The Revolutionary Guards have stolen dozens of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles from Libya and smuggled them to neighboring Sudan.
Iran freed two US hikers jailed for spying. Venezuela and Cuba defended Iran's right to run a nuclear program. The EU gave a blanket offer to resume Iran nuclear talks. US-based Iranian opposition groups said Iranians will take to the streets on Friday.
US officials are considering establishing a direct military hotline with Iran. Iranian forces would finish off the Kurdish rebel group, PJAK, "in the coming days", said Iran's ground forces commander. Iranian authorities have arrested a group of filmmakers and accused them of working for the BBC Persian service, which is banned in the country.
Iran has provided sniper units to kill Syrian protesters targeted by the regime of President Bashar Assad. Belarus is the latest country that Western powers suspect of helping Iran to skirt UN sanctions aimed at preventing Tehran from expanding its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
The head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization said Iran needs to work out a new paradigm and model for defense against cyber attacks. A court set a $500,000 bail for two US hikers in custody for spying.