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In nuclear shadow, EU reviews Iran ties

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AP: The European Union said Friday that Iran’s nuclear program has cast a shadow over its relations with Europe, which has been at pains to forge closer trade and other ties in recent years.
“We want to send out a very strong signal that we mean business,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot, whose  country holds the EU presidency. “We cannot accept … the development of weapons grade uranium” by Iran.

Iran hardliners demand clampdown on women’s dress

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Reuters: About 500 hardline vigilantes have taken to the  streets of Tehran, demanding authorities crack down on women who wear colourful headscarves and figure-hugging coats which they denounce as “prostitution”.

Four forced to watch their father’s hanging

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 3 – A man by the name of Mohammad N. was hanged in public in the city of Arak, (central Iran) on Sunday, August 29.
Mohammad’s four young children were brought to the scene to watch the execution of their father.

EU anxious about Iran’s nuclear non-compliance

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Iran Focus: Brussels, Sep. 3 – As he arrived in the Netherlands to attend a meeting of the ‘EU three’ today, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the EU was concerned over Iran ignoring its nuclear obligations. “We have all been perplexed and saddened that the Iranian government has not completed all the tasks it said it would,” Straw noted.

Straw says EU upset with Iran on nukes

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Reuters: European Union foreign ministers, including Jack Straw, have voiced disenchantment at Iran’s failure to cooperate more fully with U.N. efforts to ensure its nuclear programme is not a front for developing atomic weapons.
“We have all been perplexed and saddened that the Iranian government has not completed all the tasks it said it would,” Straw said on arrival for an EU meeting in the Netherlands.

Iran acknowledges plans to process uranium

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Associated Press: Iran is acknowledging it’s planning to process tons of raw uranium that could be used to make nuclear weapons.
A U-N report obtained Wednesday says Iran plans to enrich 40 tons of uranium which could be used to make nuclear warheads or to generate electricity. The report doesn’t specify what Iran plans to do with the processed uranium.

US to Pursue Referral of Iran’s Nuclear Program to UN

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Voice of America: The United States confirmed Thursday it will press for a referral of Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions against Tehran. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begins a critical meeting on Iranian compliance with nuclear agreements September 13 in Vienna.

EU: Patten Says Iran Entails One Of His ‘Biggest Regrets’

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RFE/RL: The EU’s outgoing external relations commissioner, Chris Patten, has said Iran’s “backward movement” on human rights and unwillingness to fully meet UN nuclear demands constitute one of the biggest regrets of his career. Patten, who will step down at the end of October, made the remarks in a farewell talk to members of the European Parliament’s foreign relations committee in Brussels yesterday.

Bam tremor toll revised upward to 31,000

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Iran Focus: Paris – Iran on Wednesday revised upwards to 31,000 from an earlier estimate of 26,000 the number of people killed in a devastating tremor in the southern Iranian city of Bam last December.
“Based on the latest statistics, 30,948 were killed in the catastrophic disaster in Bam,” Kerman Governor General Mohammad Ali Karimi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

Man hanged in public in Arak

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Iran Focus: Tehran – A man was hanged in public in the city of Arak, (central Iran) on Sunday, August 29.
As the unnamed man was being taken to the gallows, the crowd on the scene called for his life to be spared. Officials, however, went ahead with the hanging.