Iranian media on Saturday described a resolution from the U.N. nuclear watchdog expressing "deep and increasing concern" about the country's atomic programme as a victory, celebrating the fact it does not call for new U.N. sanctions
"Additional sanctions put on hold," ran the lead headline on Jomhuri-ye Eslami daily, "Global opposition to U.S. nuclear scenario," read Hamshahri.
Russia and China signed up to the resolution calling on Iran to clarify questions over its atomic activities "to exclude the existence of possible military dimensions," but they have resisted pressure from Washington for more UN sanctions.
Iran said the resolution had strengthened its determination to push ahead with the nuclear programme it says is aimed solely at power generation and medical and agricultural applications.
Mohammad Javad Larijani, a foreign affairs adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, told PBS television Iran was "100 percent away" from getting nuclear weapons but aimed to have the hypothetical capability to make them as its nuclear know-how increases.
He cited Germany and Japan as countries that had no nuclear weapons but could make them in a matter of months if they wished and said Iran aimed to be more advanced than them."
Iran is less than a year away from being unstoppable in its goal of producing a nuclear weapon, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said
"In an advance transcript of an interview to air on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" program on Sunday, Barak said Israel was focused on the prospect of a nuclear Iran and what "should and could be done about it on time."
"It's true that it won't take three years, probably three quarters before no one can do anything practically about it because the Iranians are gradually, deliberately entering into what I call a zone of immunity, by widening the redundancy of their plan, making it spread over many more sites with many more hidden elements," he said
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report confirmed long-standing concerns that Iran aims to build a nuclear weapon, which Israel sees as a threat to its existence."
Names of the Dead
"The Department of Defense has identified 4,476 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war and 1,822 who have died as part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently:
HICKMAN, David E., 23, Specialist, Army; Greensboro, N.C.; 82nd Airborne Division.
BURNETT, James R. Jr., 21, Specialist, Army; Wichita, Kan.; 25th Infantry Division.
COLIN, Matthew C., 22, Pfc., Army; Navarre, Fla.; 25th Infantry Division.
WALSH, Sean M., 21, Specialist, Army; San Jose, Calif.; 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade."
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