The Iranian foreign minister blamed unrest in Syria on a US plots to destabilize the country. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps received two no-bid contracts to develop natural gas in the Pars fields.
US legislators proposed adding a human rights component to Western-backed sanctions against Iran. Iran claimed that GCC complaints over its “interference” in Bahrain are “baseless”. The lawyer for two imprisoned US hikers is hopeful for verdict in the next week.
The minister of Mines and Industries said Western-backed sanctions against Iran are ineffective. Iranian wheat consumption is expected to drop with the cutting of farm subsidies. Iran pressed Syria over a missing Al Jazeera journalist.
Senior Iranian clergy warned President Ahmadinejad not to overestimate his power. Turkey rejected US and EU sanctions on doing business with Iran’s Bank Mellat.
Tehran warned it would retaliate for Bahrain’s expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Manama. Security forces discovered a second cyber attack against infrastructure. Two jailed American hikers may get a court date in May.
The UAE’s foreign minister stated that Iran must treat its neighbors with “responsibility and respect.” Kuwait’s foreign minister accused an Iranian spy cell of planning attacks against US infrastructure in the country. Iran and Egypt signed cooperation agreement on tourism.
An Iranian general announced that any foreign attack on Iran would be “suicidal.” The US sanctioned a North Korean bank for an arms deal with Iran. Iran’s governor for OPEC said that oil prices are expected to rise throughout FY 2011.
The European Union sanctioned 32 Iranian officials for human rights abuses. Tehran warned the UN that unrest in Bahrain would spread to the entire Gulf region.