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Iran Escalates Military Rhetoric in Nuclear Face-off

June 29, 2018
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Iran warned that it could easily close a critical Persian Gulf waterway for oil shipments and claimed possession of a new long-range naval weapon that could sink enemy ships nearly 200 miles away. (New York Times — 5 August, 2008)
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Iran and the representative of six world powers talked by telephone about Tehrans disputed nuclear program but the Iran said it would press ahead despite a demand to halt the work. (New York Times — 4 August, 2008)
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Six major powers agreed Monday to seek new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program after it failed to meet a weekend deadline to respond to an offer intended to defuse the dispute. (MSNBC — 5 August, 2008)
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Iran’s response to incentives aimed at defusing a dispute over its nuclear program is unacceptable, U.S. officials said Tuesday, making the prospects of new sanctions more likely. (MSNBC — 6 August, 2008)
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UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 5 — The Iranian government said Tuesday that it is ready to respond to an incentives package that the United States and five other world powers have offered in exchange for suspension of its uranium-enrichment program. But Iran insisted that the big powers “simultaneously”…

(Washington Post — 6 August, 2008)
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UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6 — Russia said Wednesday that Iran should be granted more time to respond to a package of incentives that the United States and five other powerful nations have offered Tehran to freeze its uranium enrichment efforts, a stance that may slow U.S. and European efforts to impose…

(Washington Post — 13 hours ago)
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TEHERAN, Aug 3 AP – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saidtoday diplomacy is the only way out of his country’s standoff withthe West over its disputed nuclear program and insisted he wasserious about negotiations. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 4 August, 2008)
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The Bush administration said Tuesday that Irans response to an offer of incentives by six world powers seeking to rein in Tehrans nuclear ambitions was unacceptable. (New York Times — 6 August, 2008)
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Israel is building up its strike capabilities amid growing anxiety over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and appears confident that a military attack would cripple Tehran’s atomic program. (MSNBC — 7 August, 2008)
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