Spokesman: Iran ready to negotiate with U.S.
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Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis

Iran said Tuesday it is ready to hold talks with other countries, including the U.S.
But that direct talks with Washington could only take place when the time is right.
The comments came after reports that U.S. is willing to open an interest section in Tehran.

    TEHRAN, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Iran's government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Tuesday that Tehran is ready to hold talks with other countries, including the United States, Iran's satellite Press TV reported.

    "Iran, as a influential power, is ready to hold talks with other countries," Elham was quoted as saying, "but this willingness should not be interpreted as a need or a form of passivity."

    He also pointed out that direct talks with Washington could only take place when the time is right.

    The two countries severed diplomatic ties in 1979 when the Islamic revolution took place in Iran.

    "The time for unilateral talks and pressure has ended. You can not talk to a great power like Iran using that kind of language," Elham added.

    Elham's comments came after recent reports that the United States is willing to open an interest section in Tehran for issuing visas and carrying out cultural activities.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said recently in New York that Tehran will consider the plan if the United States presents the proposal officially.

    On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he was ready to talk with U.S. President George W. Bush directly.  

Army chief: Iran to hold another air force war game soon

    TEHRAN, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Commander of Iran's Army Air Force, Amir Pilot Ahmad Mighani, announced on Tuesday Iran's army will hold a great wargame soon in a bid to present the defense and battle power of its Air Force to practice protective mechanisms.

    In the wargame dubbed "the protectors of Velayat air," "we will demonstrate our strength and will give the message to our enemies that in case they have the dream of any offense, they will receive a very crushing blow," he told reporters. Full story

Ahmadinejad: U.S. comments on Iran missile tests "meaningless lie"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad adjusts his earphone during a news conference after the Eight Developing Islamic Nations summit in Kuala Lumpur July 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    TEHRAN, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the U.S. claim that Iran poses a threat to the Gulf states is nothing but "a meaningless lie," Iran's English-language Press TV reported on Monday.

    "Iran's stance toward its neighboring countries is one of leniency and mutual respect," said Ahmadinejad when addressing a meeting of the country's envoys to the Gulf countries. Full story

Iran vows to fight back amid mounting speculation on war

    TEHRAN, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Iranian officials vowed on Sunday that the Islamic Republic would fight back against any attacks on it and "cut off the hands" of the invaders, amid heightened speculation that Israel and the United States would attack Iranian targets for Tehran's suspicious nuclear programs.

    "Before the enemies touch the trigger, the Iranian armed forces will cut off their hands," the official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying.   Full story

Iran to target heart of Israel, 32 U.S. bases if attacked

    TEHRAN, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Tehran would target the heart of Israel and 32 U.S. bases in the Middle East if Iran is under attack, an aide to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday.

    "In case the United States and Israel dare to shoot a bullet, Iran will target the heart of Israel and 32 U.S. bases in the region imminently," said Mojtaba Zolnoor, vice representative of Khamenei to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.   Full story

News Analysis: Tensions mount in Mideast as Iran test-fires missiles

    BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran has successfully test-fired both medium- and long-range missiles in two consecutive days, in what many analysts described as a move to trigger grave concerns over stability in the region.

    By testing a long-range missile capable of reaching targets in Israel as well as U.S. military facilities in the region, Iran has delivered a signal that it is capable of hitting back in case of an Israeli or U.S. attack, analysts say. Full story

TV: Iran tests more missiles in Gulf

    TEHRAN, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran tested more medium and long-range missiles in the Gulf for a second day early Thursday, Iran's satellite Press TV reported.

     In the third day of its military maneuvers dubbed Great ProphetIII in the Gulf, The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully test fired various classes of missiles including shore to sea, surface to surface and sea to air rockets.   Full story

Iran test fires new long- and mid-range missiles

    TEHRAN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully test fired new long- and mid-range missiles in response to threats from the United States and Israel, Iran's satellite channel Press TV reported Wednesday.

    In military exercises dubbed Payambar-e Azam 3 (Great Prophet 3), the IRGC test fired a Shahab 3 missile, which can hit any target within a range of 2,000 km, Press TV said. Full story

Editor: Yan Liang
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