Iran claims to decrypt enemy confidential data
The chief of the
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy says the IRGC cyber forces
have decrypted the most confidential data of enemy states.
“Today, our cyber forces have easily accessed the most confidential
information [encrypted] by the enemy and [our] cyber warfare
capabilities have been effectively improved,” Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi
said on Sunday as he inaugurated IRGC Navy Information Technology (IT)
Underscoring the “daily increasing activities of enemies in the
cyber space”, the admiral said: “Counterrevolutionary [circles] have
remarkably added to their Farsi-language satellite channels in the past
one month. In the light of this trend, we have to enter this sector by
relying on our own experts with more determination and seriousness.”
Iraq to stop Iran flights over suspicions of Syria arms
Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran
over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria,
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday.
"We have assured US
officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian)
flights and carry out random searches," Zebari said, quoted by Arabic
The Iraqi minister added that his government had
told Tehran "to stop the flights and stop arming or financing the
(Syrian regime) or any other party to the conflict." Zebari said Iraq
would not "not accept being a transit point or passage way for... arming
or financing" the Syrian conflict.
UN Chief to visit Iran's enrichment facility this week
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility on the sidelines of his presence at a summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran, sources said on Monday.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International Affairs Mehdi Akhoundzadeh told FNA that "the UN secretary-general will visit Isfahan province during his stay in Iran", while other sources said his presence in Isfahan will be aimed at a visit to the Natanz facility. 27.08.12 More
Iran ready to cooperate with other states in building nuclear power plants
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi underlined Iran's preparedness to build new nuclear power plants in joint venture with those countries which enjoy the necessary standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"We are ready to cooperate with those states which have the necessary IAEA standards to build nuclear power plants," Abbasi told reporters at the end of a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday. 22.08.12 More
Iranian Navy thwarts pirate attacks on cargo vessels
Attempts by pirates to hijack two Iranian cargo ships in waters South of India were foiled after timely action by Iranian naval forces.
Iran's Navy thwarted attempts by pirates to seize two Iranian merchant vessels near Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.The two vessels were attacked by 30-50 pirate speedboats respectively at 15 and 26 miles northwest of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, Iran's Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi said Saturday. 20.08.12 More
Iran to build atomic power stations with new generation reactors
Iran plans to build atonic power stations with fourth generation reactors, member of Iranian parliament's energy commission Jalil Jaffari said, Fars reported.
Jaffari noted that existing power stations have low-efficiency reactors, which need to be upgraded to higher standards. He said the light water reactors (LWR) of second generation have 30 to 35 percent of efficiency. 16.08.12 More
Iran returns Turkey’s aid for earthquake victims
Iranian government has not accepted Turkey’s assistance to the earthquake victims, Xinhua agency reported referring to ISNA.
The rescue aid from Turkey was sent to Iran without coordination with the government. Previously Iran said it would not accept international assistance, thus Turkey’s rescue aid was returned.
Earlier ISNA agency said the first consignment of humanitarian aid was sent by Azerbaijan. On Monday Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations offered its assistance to the Iranian government. 14.08.12 More
Iran to open new port in Caspian Sea
Iran will commission new port Astara in the Caspian Sea in two weeks, Iranian Gilan Province Shipping Office Head Farhad Muntasar Kuhsari said.
The new port will have 3.5 million tons of cargo bandwidth but initially it will accept and deliver 2.5 million tons of cargo. Iranian KAVEH organization has signed the agreement on building Iranian port in Azerbaijan’s Astara city still in 2007. It was intended to be completed in 5-6 years. Some $78 million was intended to be spent on the construction. 10.08.12 More
Iran sets up research centers for Malware analysis
Iran's Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology Ali Hakim Javadi announced on Wednesday that the country has set up a number of research centers to analyze the malwares designed and developed specifically to sabotage Iran's important infrastructures.
"In addition to producing home-made anti-malwares, some good research, training and academic centers have been established in this field," Hakim Javadi told FNA.
"These institutes are not just tasked with producing domestic anti-malwares but they also analyze malwares and anti-virus programs, specially certain viruses which have been specifically designed and developed to harm countries like Iran," he added. 08.08.12 More
Iran plans to build a new power transmission line
Iran plans to increase exports of electricity to the neighboring states after building a new power transmission line.
Managing-Director of Azarbaijan Power Company Ali Baharivand said on Monday that Iran will boost its power exports to the neighboring nations once Parsabad's fourth transmission line in Northwestern Iran completes.
He said that the construction of 230.63kw line, which is among Iran's huge national projects in the Parsabad region, is in its final stage. Meantime, Governor of Parsabad Vali Karimi announced that the project has had 97% physical progress. 06.08.12 More
Private companies to export Iranian oil
250 private companies will export Iranian oil, Trend cites Hasan Hosrojerdi, head of the Association of Oil, Petroleum and Gas Exporters of Iran.
Three consortiums will be founded. One has already been established with 65 private companies.
OPEC said that Iran exported 2.537 million barrels daily in 2011, 2.583 in 2010 and 2.406 million in 2009.
The Iranian parliament permitted private companies to export oil. They were allowed to sell 20% of all petroleum exports, about 400,000 barrels daily. 03.08.12 More
Iran denies nuclear plants hit by virus playing AC/DC
Iran denied that its nuclear facilities suffered a cyber attack that shut down computers and played music from the rock band AC/DC, the state-run Iranian Students News Agency reported, citing the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Fereidoun Abbasi.
Reports of the cyber attack are “incorrect,” Abbasi told local reporters on the sidelines of a government meeting, without elaborating, according to the Tehran-based news agency.
A new worm targeted Iran’s nuclear program, closing down the “automation network” at the Natanz and Fordo facilities, the F-Secure Security Labs website said this month, citing an e- mail it said was sent by a scientist inside Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. 02.08.12 More
Iran stops imports of super gasoline
National Iranian Oil Refining And Distribution Company (NIORDC) Managing-Director Alireza Zeiqami announced that the country has stopped imports of super gasoline after it launched several optimization units to improve the quality of Shahid Tondgouyan (Tehran) oil refinery's products.
"After launching the (Shahid Tondgouyan refinery's) gasoline production unit, we will save 1.5 to 2mln liters of gasoline per day and there is no more need to import super gasoline from foreign countries," Zeiqami said, addressing a ceremony held on Tuesday to mark the launch of operation of Shahid Tondgouyan (Tehran) oil refinery's optimization units. 31.07.12 More
Iran building oceangoing research vessel for exploration in Antarctica
Managing-Director of the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography (INIO) Vahid Chegini said the country is building an oceangoing research vessel to conduct exploratory missions in the South Pole.
Speaking to FNA on Tuesday, Chegini said that 35% of the construction phase of the 50-meter long oceangoing research vessel has so far been completed.
He added that the Defense Industries Organization of the Iranian ministry of defense has started construction of the vessel since spring 2011. 24.07.12 More
US to deploy carrier to Persian Gulf 4 months earlier than planned
The United States has decided to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf four months earlier than previously planned, citing "naval force requirements in the Middle East."
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said on Monday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta approved a request last week to carry out the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis strike group four months earlier. 17.07.12 More
Iran seeks to establish security in region -Navy Commander
Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic seeks to establish security in the region and not disturb it.
“We do not seek to disturb the security of the region, we want to establish security in the region…,” Sayyari said Sunday. The Iranian commander added that “we can stand against any threat and protect our interests and the country’s maritime borders.” 16.07.12 More
Iranian Deputy FM to visit Azerbaijan soon
An Iranian deputy foreign minister is due to visit Azerbaijan in the near future.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister will take a trip to the republic of Azerbaijan to discuss issues of mutual interest, Iran's Education Minister Hamid Reza Haji Babayee told Azeri news agency, Trend, on Friday
According to the Iranian minister who is currently in Azerbaijan to discuss bilateral educational ties, the fate of two Azeri nationals who have been arrested on charges of spying in Iran will be an agenda of the talks during the upcoming visit of the Iranian deputy foreign minister to Baku. 13.07.12 More
Iran's ballistic missiles improving, Pentagon finds
Iran’s military continues to improve the accuracy and killing power of its long- and short-range ballistic missiles, including designing a weapon to target vessels, according to a Pentagon report to Congress.
“Iran has boosted the lethality and effectiveness of existing systems by improving accuracy and developing new submunition payloads” that extend the destructive power over a wider area than a solid warhead, according to the June 29 report signed by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. 12.07.12 More
Iran invites Armenia president to upcoming NAM summit
Iran has invited Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to take part in the forthcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
During a Monday meeting with Sargsyan, Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar extended President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s invitation to his Armenian counterpart to attend the NAM summit. The 16th NAM summit will be held in Tehran on August 26-31, during which the Islamic Republic will also assume the rotating presidency of the movement for three years.
Accepting the invitation, the Armenian leader said consultations between the two countries’ officials will help further strengthen bilateral ties. 10.07.12 More
Iran will duplicate captured US RQ-170 drone -Commander
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran has gained enough information from the US drone it captured last year to duplicate the aircraft.
“The American RQ-170 drone will be undoubtedly duplicated,” Commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh noted on Tuesday.
Rejecting foreign media reports about Iran's inability to decode drone’s information, the IRGC commander said the Islamic Republic has already proven its prowess by sending codes which made the drone land on the Iranian soil. 03.07.12 More
Tehran, Ankara discuss plan to set up joint industrial town
Iran and Turkey have discussed details of a plan to set up a joint industrial town on the borderline between the two neighbors in a recent meeting of the delegations of the two countries.
The plan was on the agenda of the talks between the Iranian delegation headed by Vice President for International Affairs Ali Saeedlou and the Turkish team.
Turkey's Trade and Industry Minister Nihat Ergun told reporters on Thursday that several areas of cooperation were discussed in the meeting. 29.06.12 More
Iran is capable of exporting nuclear reactors: Iranian FM
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the country is a pioneer in various scientific fields and is capable of exporting research nuclear reactors to other countries.
Addressing Iranians living in Cyprus during a luncheon on Tuesday, the minister who is currently in Nicosia noted that in addition to exporting nuclear reactors, Iran is also producing 20-percent enriched uranium as fuel for those reactors.
“Iran is currently a pioneer country in the field of biotechnology, and in space science, it is the sole country in the Islamic world and among developing countries which has sent three satellites into the orbit,” he said. 26.06.12 More
OSCE PA members to vote on Iran nuclear program
The same week that the European Union oil embargo against Iran takes effect parliamentarians from the world’s largest regional security organization, the OSCE, will gather to vote on how to peacefully prevent the nation from becoming a nuclear power.
Akhtar Chaudhry, head of the Norwegian delegation to the OSCE PA, has introduced a resolution calling on the 56 nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to work for a diplomatic solution to the threat of a nuclear armed Iran. 21.06.12 More
Iran plans to build nuclear-fueled submarines
A senior Iranian Navy commander stressed Iran's high capabilities in designing and manufacturing different types of submarines, and announced the country's move towards manufacturing nuclear-powered submarines.
Speaking to FNA on Tuesday, Lieutenant Commander of the Navy for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini pointed to the navy's plan to manufacture super heavy nuclear-powered submarines, and stated, "Right now, we are at the initial phases of manufacturing atomic submarines." 12.06.12 More
Ahmadinejad meets with Chairman of Chinese National People's Congress
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday met with the Chairman of Chinese National People's Congress Wu Bangguo.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 12th Summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing. Wu described Beijing-Tehran ties as favorable and explained about the parliamentarian system of his country. The National People's Congress holds its sessions in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China, and has 3000 members. It is the largest parliament in the world. 07.06.12 More
Iran, Armenia reach agreement on building Meghri power plant
Iran and Armenia have reached an agreement for the construction of Meghri hydroelectric power plant over the Aras River which forms the common border between two countries.
The agreement was reached during Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou’s one-day trip to Armenia on Saturday.
During the trip, Namjou conferred with his Armenia counterpart, Armen Movsisian, and the two sides agreed to begin the construction of the joint power plant on August 22, 2012. 04.06.12 More
Iran displays advanced naval capabilities after overhauling heavy submarines
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari lauded Iranian experts' success in repairing heavy submarines, saying their outstanding capabilities and mastery of the hi-tech used in naval vessels display the failure of enemy sanctions and pressures.
Addressing at a ceremony to launch a heavy submarine after the subsurface vessel was overhauled by Iranian experts, Sayyari said that Iran is among the very few world countries with the ability to carry out full or partial repairs for submarines. 30.05.12 More
Iran targeted by 'Flame' espionage virus
Iranian computer networks have been targeted by a cyber espionage virus many times more complicated than any malicious software ever seen before, security experts have said.
The virus, named Flame or Skywiper, could only have been created by a state, according to analysts who have investigated it and the pattern of infection. The results of our technical analysis support the hypotheses that Skywiper was developed by a government agency of a nation state with significant budget and effort, and it may be related to cyber warfare activities,” said Crysys Lab, a unit that investigates computer viruses at Budapest University. 29.05.12 More
Iran nuclear power plant full launch facing further delay
The full capacity launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran’s first, may be rescheduled to June from May, a source in Russia's civilian nuclear power corporation, Rosatom, said on Tuesday.
"An approval from the Iranian party to launch [the plant] at 100 percent capacity has not yet been received. This phase is most likely to be postponed to June from late May," the source told RIA Novosti.
Under a bilateral agreement approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Russia will operate the plant, supply its fuel and take away all the spent fuel for the next two or three years, but will eventually hand over full control to Iran. 29.05.12 More
Iran rejects West's proposal on nuclear curbs
Iranian negotiators today rejected proposals by six world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program, and demanded answers to their own counteroffer meant to alleviate concerns about Iran's ability to build atomic weapons.
The stance underscored the difficulties facing the nuclear talks as both sides stake out their terms and agendas for a second day in the Iraqi capital. Still, the negotiations did not appear in danger of collapse as envoys convened again in Baghdad. The talks were expected to wrap up later Thursday. 24.05.12 More
World powers and Iran start nuclear talks in Baghdad
World powers will test Iran's readiness under pressure of sanctions to scale back its nuclear programme at talks on Wednesday aimed at easing a decade-old standoff and averting the threat of a Middle East war.
The stakes could scarcely be higher: global oil markets are edgy over toughening sanctions on Iran's vital crude exports and the possibility of Israeli strikes against its defiant arch-foe, which has threatened reprisals if it comes under attack. 23.05.12 More
Tehran recalls envoy to Baku over insults
Iran has recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan over insults against the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during a planned gathering in front of the Iranian embassy in Baku.
On May 16, about 100 members of the Southern Azerbaijan Independence Party, the International Diaspora Center, and the World Congress of Azerbaijanis gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in the Azeri capital. 22.05.12 More
Iran to double power supplies to Turkey
Iran's electricity exports to Turkey will witness a remarkable increase by the end of this month after the country increased the capacity of its new power transfer line to the neighboring state.
Iran's Deputy Energy Minister for Electricity and Energy Affairs Abdolhamid Farzam Behboudi said on Tuesday that the capacity of newly-installed 230-kilovolt electricity transfer line in the Northwest of Iran will increase to 400 kilovolts by late May. 16.05.12 More
Iranian Azeris set up national council in Turkey, aspire for independence
Representatives of Azerbaijani Turks living in Iran have announced the establishment of an “International South Azerbaijani Turks' National Council,” which ultimately aims to become independent from Iran.
“Our ultimate aim is the independence of Turks living in ‘Southern Azerbaijan.' But we seek independence by democratic, peaceful means, not through the use of weapons,” Cemal Mehmethanoğlu, the spokesperson of the council, declared at a press conference held at the Azerbaijani Cultural Association in Ankara on Monday. 15.05.12 More
Military helicopter crashes in Iran
An Iranian helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near the Iraqi border killing four Guards on Saturday, the force's website Sepahnews reported.
It did not specify the type of aircraft, saying only that the helicopter suffered "technical failure" while on a mission in Sardasht border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority. 27.08.12 More
Iran starts construction of largest air defense base
Iran's Air Defense Force has commenced the construction of the Islamic Republic’s largest air defense site in the southern Iranian city of Abadeh.
At a Tuesday ceremony, marking the commencement of the construction project, Mohammad Hosseini, a deputy commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, underscored the importance of air defense as one of Iran's major requirements under the prevailing circumstances. 23.08.12 More
Iran unveils upgraded short-range missile
Iran’s president on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, the country’s state-media reported.
At the ceremony for Fateh-110, or Conqueror, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of defense officials that Iran wants to advance its defense technology "not in an aggressive context, but as a deterrence."
"We do not seek it for conquest, domination of neighboring countries and the world. We do not want it because of defiance," said Ahmadinejad, according to state TV. 21.08.12 More
Iran's retreat from the international energy sector
Domestic demand for gasoline in Iran was driving growth in the energy sector for the year. OPEC, in its latest report, said retail gasoline consumption in Iran was up more than 20 percent for the first five months of the year, though overall oil demand was relatively flat. Inflation, meanwhile, was up from stable levels reported last year. Iran has struggled to find a reliable consumer base given international sanctions pressure and the recent levels suggest the Islamic republic is retreating somewhat from the international energy sector. 17.08.12 More
More insurance companies join Iranian consortium to insure oil shipping
Managing-Director of Iran's Razi Insurance Company Younes Mazloumi voiced his company's readiness to provide insurance cover for the oil tankers which carry Iranian oil.
Speaking to FNA on Wednesday, Mazloumi said that Razi is currently working with Iranian oil ministry's companies and is active in the oil and gas sector.
"As regards providing insurance cover for oil tankers in times of sanctions, we have also voiced our preparedness to provide part of the share for oil tankers' insurance," he stated. "We are ready to join the consortium of domestic companies in this field," he noted. 15.08.12 More
Iran to add 10 new passenger planes to civil air fleet
Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization Hamidreza Pahlevani says his country will add 10 new passenger planes to the national fleet by the next few months.
Pahlevani said on Sunday that two passenger planes have already joined the Iranian civil air fleet, and the rest will be in service in the coming months. Iran has several private and public airline companies in operation. The oldest is state-run Iran Air. 13.08.12 More
Iran to build own helicopter
Iran's first domestically built helicopter is scheduled to fly by the end of this Iranian year (March 2013).
The managing director for the Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (PANHA) said the helicopter, called PANHA 1, is being built with the Isfahan University of Technology, IRIB News reported. PANHA 1 is being built jointly by Iran's Defense Ministry and the Science, Research and Technology Ministry. Once the craft has been certified, it will begin production. 09.08.12 More
Suspected murderer of Iranian nuclear specialists admits training in Israel
14 Iranians suspected of killing nuclear specialists have admitted training in Tel-Aviv, Interfax reports.
Maziar Ibrahimi said that three groups of terrorists had been formed for the plot. One terrorist was driving in front of a scientist to slow him down. Two bikers were following the scientist with bombs.
One of the suspects said that the operation was financed by the US and Israel. He went to Turkey first, then to Cyprus and then to Tel Aviv. 07.08.12 More
Iran, Turkey discuss bilateral ties
Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ambassador to Turkey Bahman Hosseinpour conferred with the new secretary of Turkey’s National Security Council, Muammer Turker, here on Thursday.
The Iranian envoy and Turkish official discussed the enhancement of bilateral ties, talks between Iran and Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), and Syria’s political developments.
Referring to the developing bilateral ties in all areas over previous years, Hosseinpour underlined the determination of Iranian and Turkish officials for expansion of mutual cooperation. 03.08.12 More
Iran set to launch bio-capsule into space
Head of Iran’s Space Agency (ISA) Hamid Fazeli says the country is set to lift off its first bio-capsule with a living creature into space soon.
Fazeli told reporters on Wednesday that the final tests in the national project have been conducted and it will be launched after the end of the month of Ramadan which ends later in August. Earlier in May, Fazeli said Iran would soon send a living organism into space onboard the country’s domestically-made Kavoshgar 5 (Explorer 5) satellite carrier. 01.08.12 More
Iran to develop new satellite, radar-evading coatings
Iran's Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology is projected to build a new home-made satellite and radar-evading coatings for aircraft, an official with the university tells Press TV.
The director of the university’s public relations department, Farshad Fotovvat, told Press TV on Monday that his university is planning hi-tech projects, including the production of a new satellite called 'Saar' (Starling) as well as radar-evading coatings for aircraft. 30.07.12 More
Iran has capability of producing N-fuel for vessels and submarines -AEOI
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi says the country has the know-how to produce nuclear fuel for submarines and commercial ships.
“We have the capability to design nuclear fuel for ships and submarines, but currently no plan to enrich uranium beyond 20 percent is on our agenda,” Abbasi said on the sidelines of a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday. 23.07.12 More
Iran to export gas to Europe via Turkey
Iran announced that the necessary grounds have been paved for the export of the country's gas supplies to the European countries via Turkey, despite the new EU sanctions against Tehran.
"In addition to the agreement signed for the export of gas to Pakistan and Iraq, the permission to export gas to Europe via Turkey has also been taken," Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said on Sunday.
The plan to transit Iran's gas to Europe through Turkey came after the failure of negotiations on the construction of the Nabucco gas pipeline, which prompted some European companies to officially ask for importing Iran's natural gas. 16.07.12 More
Iran expects Russia to fulfill its obligation of S-300 delivery
An Iranian lawmaker says delivery of Russia’s S-300 air defense system to Iran is a solvable problem, expressing hope that Moscow will finally fulfill its contractual obligation by delivering the system to Tehran.
Mohammad-Reza Mohseni-Sani, told Majlis official news agency, ICANA, on Friday that Iran expects Russia not to support “unjust” UN Security Council sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The lawmaker, who is member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added that the delivery of Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran is not against the UN sanctions imposed on the country and the issue can be resolved. 13.07.12 More
Iran completes air-defense drills
The Iranian Army has successfully completed three-day air-defense exercises, downing several mock pilotless aircraft, Press TV reported on Wednesday.
Air defense units in northwestern Iran effectively engaged the mock enemy’s stealth, pilotless aircraft, “after detecting them electronically”, Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram, deputy commander of the Iranian Army’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, said. 11.07.12 More
Iran fires medium range missiles on the second day of wargames
On the second day of the missile exercises of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, which started on Monday, tens of domestically manufactured missiles, with a range of 300 to 1300 kilometers, were fired and hit designated targets.
On Tuesday, tens of Shahab 1 to 3, Fateh, Tondar, Zelzal, and Qiam missiles were fired from different missile sites across the country at bases modeled on airbases of the extra-regional powers, which had been constructed in the heart of the Semnan desert in north central Iran, and destroyed mock enemy targets. 03.07.12 More
Iran to fire missiles in desert war games
Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced they are to fire ballistic and other missiles at desert targets during three days of war games starting Monday in a warning to threats of military action by Israel and the United States.
"Long-, medium- and short-range surface-to-surface missiles will be fired from different locations in Iran... at replica airbases like those used by out-of-region military forces," the head of the Guards aerospace division in charge of missile systems, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said. 02.07.12 More
Iranian submarines renovated with super modern systems -Commander
A senior commander of the Iranian Army Navy announced on Wednesday that all Iranian Navy vessels, including its submarines, have been renovated with super modern systems and hi-tech equipment.
"Our old units have been renovated and updated and meantime our newly-built units are also equipped with the world's most up-to-date technologies which are suitable for our region," Lieutenant Commander of the Navy for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini told FNA. 27.06.12 More
Iran heading toward self-sufficiency in building onshore drilling rigs
Iranian deputy oil minister has said that the country is heading toward self-sufficiency in building onshore drilling rigs, adding that the oil ministry will soon ink a deal with domestic companies for manufacturing 12 new rigs.
Mohammad-Reza Moqaddam told the Shana News Agency that Iran has the potential to be an exporter of drilling rigs in 2015. Two of the 12 drilling rigs will be built completely using Iranian expertise and parts, he noted.
On June 8, Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) of Iran announced that it will offer a $40m-package of incentives to domestic contractors for building drilling rigs in a bid to counter sanctions against the country’s oil sector. 22.16.12 More
Iran to take part in 12th Moscow international oil, gas equipment fair
The four main subsidiaries of the Iranian Oil Ministry will take part in the 14th International Fair of Equipment and Technologies for the Oil and Gas Industries (Neftegas 2012) to be held in the Russian capital, Moscow, on June 26-29.
During the four-day event, Iran's Oil Ministry will seek to boost strategic cooperation between Iran and Russia for the implementation of the long term oil, gas and petrochemical projects, and the establishment of a common fund and energy bank. 20.06.12 More
Iran has capacity to manufacture Iran-140 planes in 6 months -Iranian official
Managing-Director of the Iranian Armed Forces' Aviation Industries Organization Manouchehr Manteqi underlined Iran's capabilities in aviation and aerospace technologies, and said his organization can manufacture any number of home-made Iran-140 planes in 6 months. "When the plane is ordered to us (for production), we prepare it in about 6 months," Manteqi told FNA on Monday, dismissing media reports that Iran has faced problems in manufacturing Iran-140 planes. 11.06.12 More
Iran to start gas exports to Iraq in 18 months
Iran will start exports of natural gas supplies to Iraq in the next 18 months, a senior Iranian energy official announced on Wednesday.
Elaborating on the outcomes of a recent visit to Iraq by Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi, Managing-Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Javad Oji said that based on an agreement with Iraqi minister of energy, a daily volume of 25 million cubic meters of natural gas will be supplied to Iraq through the Ilam border in western Iran in a bid to supply fuel for Iraq's Baghdad and al-Mansoureh power plants. 06.06.12 More
IAEA says to meet with Iran over access to Parchin site
The United Nations nuclear watchdog and Iran have scheduled a meeting for June 8 as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seeks to secure access to investigate activities at Iran's Parchin military site, Radio Free Europe said on Monday.
IAEA chief, Yukiya Amano, announced the meeting in Vienna, as the IAEA governing board opened its closed-door meeting, where it is expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear program. Amano urged Iran to provide "early access" to Parchin, where international experts suspect Iran is carrying out nuclear tests. The IAEA has cited new satellite images it says suggest "extensive activities" at Parchin, include the razing of two buildings, in what experts say could be signs of a clean-up following explosive tests. 04.06.12 More
Tehran, Ankara eager to finalize preferential trade pact
Iranian and Turkish officials in a meeting in Ankara explored avenues for the further bolstering of the two countries' economic relations, specially the finalization of a preferential trade pact.
The issue was raised in a meeting between Iranian Deputy Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Hamid Safdel and Turkish Deputy Undersecretary for Foreign Trade Cemalettin Damlaci on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the two officials discussed ways of promoting Iran-Turkey trade ties in Ankara in a bid to finalize the preferential trade pact between the two countries. 31.05.12 More
Iran's Defense Minister unveils several electronic, electro-optical projects
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi unveiled a series of new military electronic and electro-optic projects, including search and detection, tracking and fire control systems.
Vahidi on Sunday inaugurated 23 electronic and electro-optical projects aimed at expanding the defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The projects include 6 search, detection, tracking and fire control systems capable of detecting, firing and intercepting air and sea targets, he said. 29.05.12 More
Iran to launch copper cathodes plant
Managing Director of the National Iranian Copper Industry Company (NICICO) has announced the production launch of copper cathodes at Iran's Meidook Complex in the southeastern province of Kerman.
Ardeshir Sa’ad Mohammadi said the Meidook Copper Cathodes Plant, which has already started production, will be officially inaugurated in the near future with the presence of senior Iranian officials. 25.05.12 More
Iran Navy conducts 85 anti-piracy missions in 3 years
A high-ranking Iranian naval official says Iran's Navy has conducted at least 85 anti-piracy missions in international waters over the past three years.
Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Ali Akbar Marzban, said on Friday that more than 2,000 cargo vessels have also received Iranian naval escorts through the pirate-infested waters during the mentioned period. 18.05.12 More
Iran, Oman to hold joint drills in winter
TIranian and Omani armed forces are scheduled to hold joint rescue and relief drills in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas next winter, a senior Iranian military commander announced on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Iran-Oman Joint Military Committee meeting here in Tehran today, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Operational Affairs Brigadier General Mostafa Salami said that the joint exercises will be held in the Iranian calendar month of Dey (December 21,2011- January 19, 2013). 15.05.12 More
Bushehr to host Persian Gulf conference
The Persian Gulf Conference will be kicked off in the southern Province of Bushehr on Sunday (April 29), focusing on cultural and tourism potentials of the Persian Gulf.
The landmark conference will mark the National Day of Persian Gulf to promote the cultural and historical identity of the Persian Gulf, a major national character.
While historical documents show that the Persian Gulf belongs to the Persian Empire, certain Arab states are refusing to refer to its full name in blatant violation of the cultural standards. 27.04.12 More
Iran to transfer technology to Tunisia: FM
Visiting Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi pointing to Iran’s technological capabilities, declared here Monday, Tehran’s preparedness for transfering its technological achievements to Tunisia.
Salehi made the remark in a meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali.
“The continuation of confers between the Iranian and Tunisian officials can accelerate the expansion of bilateral relations; the real agents of division among Muslims have no faith in Islam.” 24.04.12 More
Iran Reiterates "Indisputable Sovereignty" over Persian Gulf Islands
Tehran once again rejected the baseless claims raised by the UAE and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) on the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb, reiterating that the three Persian Gulf islands are indispensible part of the Iranian territory.
Following a recent statement issued by the 39th PGCC extraordinary session in Doha, Qatar, about the ownership of the three Persian Gulf islands, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast expressed regret over the unfounded and baseless claims of the council, and condemned the allegations as a "blatant meddling in the Islamic Republic of Iran's internal affairs". 19.04.12 More
Iran starts $1-bn project to bring water to desert
Iran on Monday officially launched a $1-billion first phase of an ambitious project to pump water from the Caspian Sea to a city in its vast and expanding central desert, state media reported.
The initial phase will see a desalination plant and pipes built over the next two years to supply water to the desert city of Semnan, population 200,000, according to officials. "The desert is growing... therefore we need to control its growth," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern city of Sari, near the Caspian shore. 16.04.12 More
Iran deploying new home-made radar system
Iran will start using a new home-made powerful radar system in coming days, a senior Iranian commander announced on Monday.
"Samen Radar System will come online in the next ten days," Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli told FNA.
"We are now deploying it," the commander said, adding that Samen's range is "good" and is able to detect and identify targets with very low Radar Cross Section (RCS). Esmayeeli stated that the radar will be stationed in the most far-fetched and remote areas first and will later be deployed throughout the country. 09.04.12 More
International demining, mine sweeping conference ends work in Tehran
The three-day International Conference on Demining and Mine Sweeping ended up work here in Tehran on Thursday.
An exhibition of indigenous achievements in the field of demining and mine-finding robots was held on the sidelines of the conference. The conference was sponsored by the Defense Ministry's Department for Civil Defense, Iran's Demining Center and Malek Ashtar Industrial University in order to increase knowledge about the importance of demining in health care, transportation, environment, economy, to suggest new ways and technologies on demining, to expand of contribution and exchange of knowledge and information in this regard, to know the latest achievements and advanced know-how for demining in the world and to elucidate Iran's stance in this regard. 05.04.12 More
Iran, China developing "strategic ties"
Trade and security ties between China and Iran have reached a point that their leadership is declaring the relationship to be "strategic," a development that no doubt will further complicate relations between Washington and Beijing, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
Trade volume between China and Iran is expected to increase to $100 billion in the near future as an outgrowth of agreements struck between the two countries at the latest summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana, Kazakhstan. 30.03.12 More