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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.
President Ahmedinejad said "even more wars" cannot save Israel from its downfall. US Secretary of Defense Gates said Iran's support for the Taliban is "pretty limited." The three US hikers imprisoned in Iran have contacted their families.
An Iranian naval vessel successfully test-fired a new anti-ship missile. The US Secretary of Defense visited Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran. President Ahmadinejad said foreign troops in Afghanistan are not a solution for peace.