Iran suspended the stoning sentence for a woman convicted of adultery amid mounting international pressure, including the European Parliament's 658-1 resolution against such punishment.
Following an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that charges Iran with obstructing inspectors of its nuclear program, Iran said Tuesday that it can rightfully replace nuclear inspectors.
Iran and Russia both lashed out against new EU sanctions imposed on Monday. Despite the row, Tehran officials on Tuesday told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it will resume six-party Iran nuclear talks in September.
The EU passed sanctions today that surpass the UN's Iran sanctions and all previous European measures. As Tehran's largest trading partner, the EU is likely to make a serious dent economically.
Tehran officially informed the IAEA today that it was ready to ship 1,200 kg of enriched uranium to Turkey. Turkey and Brazil are lobbying hard to save the deal from being ruined by UN sanctions.
The Iran nuclear fuel swap deal, brokered by Turkey and Brazil, was cast by many as a confidence-building measure. But Iran would still continue enriching uranium, in defiance of the UN Security Council.
The Jerusalem clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians that injured more than 100 today, together with an unfolding crisis between the US and Israel, give beleaguered Iran an opportunity to boost its clout.
Opposition members accused the Islamic Republic of killing one of its top scientists. Meanwhile Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that “preliminary investigations” concluded that Masoud Ali-Mohammadi was murdered by Israeli and American intelligence services.