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The US is willing to consider a weaker regimen of sanctions on Iran. Top US military leaders said Iran could have nuclear fuel for a weapons program in a year and a nuclear weapon in 2-5 years. A Pentagon report said that Iran has the military resources to barricade the Persian Gulf. The UN Security Council will consider an arms embargo on Iran.
US Secretary of Defense Gates said Iran is at least a year away from producing a nuclear weapon. The US intelligence community said Iran won't be capable of a nuclear weapon for 3-5 years. Iranian military officials defied the clerical leadership over punishing anti-government protesters.
Russian President Medvedev said the US Congress' proposals for sanctions on Iran will not receive international support. China does not back additional sanctions on Iran. Defense Minister Vahidi said Iran has plans to develop a long-range missile defense system.
Iran's envoy to the IAEA questioned the objectivity of the nuclear watchdog. US Secretary of Defense Gates said Iran has not yet assembled a nuclear weapon but that it would be difficult to verify. Russia's president said he would not support sanctions that target Iran's oil exports.
Iran will file a formal complaint against the US over President Obama's "threatening remarks" made while outlining the new US nuclear strategy. Secretary of State Clinton said Iran™s "belligerence is helping to make our case every single day." Iran has built the Mersad, a mid-range missile defense system. The Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces said the US is in a "deep quagmire" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization said Iran has designed and tested its own nuclear centrifuges. The intelligence minister claimed he has "compelling evidence" that three US citizens detained after crossing the border with Iraq are connected to foreign intelligence services. Opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi told reformist politicians that dissent must continue.
Iran's army chief said that Tehran will attack US troops in the Middle East if attacked. The United States, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, and China will meet in New York this month to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei offered support for President Ahmadinejad's plan to cut federal subsidies to the economy. Ahmadinejad called President Obama an "inexperienced amateur" and criticized the new US nuclear force posture.
Iran's foreign spokesman said that Tehran is ready to renew negotiations. President Obama said that Iran and North Korea are "outliers" to his new nuclear posture review. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called for "unity and harmony" among government figures in Tehran.
A foreign ministry spokesman said sanctions "will only boost Iran's nuclear ambitions." Russia is hopeful that a diplomatic solution for Iran's nuclear program can be reached. Turkey's prime minister rebuffed Germany's call to join a sanctions regime. The IRGC may have obtained British speedboats that can be converted into fast attack craft.
An Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the US after disappearing in Saudi Arabia last year said the CIA's efforts to disrupt the program have showed progress. The current sanctions regime have had no impact on Iran's bottom line. A former vice president and opposition leader has been re-arrested.
President Ahmadinejad taunted the US and warned that sanctions will strengthen its nuclear program. Iran used a Chinese firm to obtain nuclear equipment. A senior cleric said Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. The Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Pakistan held the US responsible.