Iran Nuclear Program

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Ap071127022490 Iranian plot against Saudi ambassador uncovered Obama administration announces it has uncovered a plot orchestrated by Iran to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States. Iranian agents allegedly tried to hire a Mexican drug cartel hit squad to kill Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.
Ap12031102525 IAEA reports signs of Iranian nuclear weapons ambitions. International Atomic Energy Agency reports several experiments conducted by Iran appear to be directed at developing a nuclear weapon. The experiments included testing of high-explosives and computer modeling which would be only applicable to nuclear weapons research. <a href='' target="blank">See the story here.</a>
Ap100622121422 West increases pressure on Iran with sanctions. US and allies attempt to isolate Iran's financial system after IAEA report finds evidence of Iran's nuclear ambitions. <a href='' target="_blank">See story here.</a>
Ap111128190704 UK embassy raided in Tehran The United Kingdom’s embassy in Tehran is raided by an angry mob after London announced new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The UK closed its embassy in response and expelled Iranian ambassadors from London. France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands also closed their embassies temporarily.
Ap111130020501 West reacts to UK embassy attack EU freezes assets of 180 Iranian officials and companies. Britain and France call for an oil embargo.
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Ap11120816481 Iran reports capture of U.S. drone aircraft. The United Kingdom’s embassy in Tehran is raided by an angry mob after London announced new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The UK closed its embassy in response and expelled Iranian ambassadors from London. France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands also closed their embassies temporarily.
Ap060723016196 Signs of nuclear arms race in Middle East Saudi Prince says Saudi Arabia might be forced to develop nuclear weapons should both Iran and Israel build atomic arsenals.
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Timeline Turkey intercepts nuclear weapons materials destined for Iran Turkey says it has intercepted materials being sent to Iran to supply its nuclear program but does not reveal what the materials were or where they were being sent from.
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Ap070312028411 U.S. imposes sanctions against Iran's Central Bank U.S. Congress passes tough sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank and other financial institutions that do business with it.
Timeline Iran invites IAEA to nuclear talks An Iranian envoy extends an invitation to International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. Western nations view the invitation skeptically as a ploy to buy time and ease international pressure and sanctions.<a href='' target="_blank">See story here.</a>
Ap120101019798 Iran rattles saber in Straight of Hormuz. Iran begins 10 days of naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz to practice closing the strait, a critical chokepoint of international oil trade.
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Ap120205032085 Iran announces progress in nuclear program Iranian scientists announce progress after successfully producing Iran's first nuclear fuel rod.
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35 Iranian nuclear scientist killed Iran reports killing of nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan in terrorist bombing. Many believe Roshen's death was an attack against Iran's nuclear program by Israeli Mossad. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denied any U.S. involvement in the killing.
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Ap041003017427 Israeli journalist predicts Israel to attack Iran Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman predicts Israel will attack Iran in 2012.
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23 Iran endures financial consequences of international sanctions President Ahmadinejad announces a raise in bank interest rates from 12.5 to 21 percent. The value of the rial to the American dollar dropped almost 50 percent from December until January as sanctions against the imports of Iranian oil tightened and Iranians traded rial for Amerian dollars and gold. At 21 percent, the interest rate is barely above Iran’s official inflation rate of 20.6 percent.
Timeline IAEA talks in Iran The International Atomic Energy Agency holds talks in Tehran from January 29 to 31. IAEA expresses concerns over ambiguities as to the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program. No agreements were reached during talks.
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2 Ahmadinejad looks to Palestine Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya meet in Tehran. Ahmandinejad says it is every Muslim’s duty to support Palestine resistance movement.
Ap120215048345 Iranian nuclear program goes increasing underground Iran's uranium enrichment program is revealed to have increased its production capacity at Fordo underground facility. The facility is said to increase the speed at which Iran would be able to produce nuclear warheads. <a href='' target="blank">See the story.</a>
Timeline Oil exports stopped to England, France Iranian government orders a halt on oil exports to Britain and France in retaliation to their participation in the EU's tightening sanctions against Iran's nuclear enrichment ambitions.
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Timeline U.S. intelligence says no nuclear proof U.S. intelligence analysts say there is no "hard evidence" that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
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Ap12022208929 Inspectors say uranium missing International inspectors say a discrepancy in Iran's laboratory figures might indicate some uranium is missing. The unaccounted for amount is too small to build a weapon, but some speculate the missing material might have been used for weapons research. <a href='' target="_blank" >Read this story</a>
Timeline U.S. touts bunker-buster bombs The U.S. claims its newest weapon, called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, could break through Iran's subterranean bunkers.
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31 Ahmandinejad losing grip on political power? Elections are held for 290 parliamentary seats in Iran. With 75 percent of the seats going to supporters of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, some analysts say Ahmandinejad, a secular leader, might be losing power to religious hardliners. Many members of the reformist Green Party abstained from voting because only nonconservative candidates were not allowed onto the ballot.
Ap120306063997 Iran's advanced cement might be inpenetrable The Economist reports on the toughest building material in the world: Iran's cement. Against this, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Massive Ordnance Penetrator might not be effective against Iranian underground bunkers.
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Ap120305134534 Obama and Netanyahu meet Netanyahu visits Washington to drum up support for drawing harder line on Iran. Obama encourages Israel to give sanctions more time and discourages "Loose Talk of War."
9 Supreme Council of Cyberspace created Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei creates the Supreme Council of Cyberspace to oversee internet usage in order to protect Iranians from dangers on the Web.
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Ap080905051621 Netanyahu addresses Jewish-Americans Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. Describing what he sees as the clear ambitions of Iran’s nuclear program to develop weapons, he says, “If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, what is it? What is it? It’s a duck.”