The spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Behrooz Kamalvandi, said on Monday that his country would be able to continue the production of stable isotopes ‘‘without the Russian help’’.
Kamalvandi told Iran’s state television: ‘‘Our technical knowledge has reached such a position that if we decided to continue this production, we could do it. There is no limit to what we want to do in our nuclear industry.’’
On 5 December, Russian state nuclear company, Rosatom, announced that it was suspending the modernizing of a unit of Iran's Fordow nuclear complex because of an issue with uranium compatibility.
‘‘Uranium enrichment and the production of stable isotopes cannot be carried out in the same room’’, Rosatom said in a statement, adding that the implementation of the project was ‘‘technologically impossible currently’’.
According to a report published in November by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has been enriching uranium at its Fordow site and is now accelerating its enrichment. This activity is Tehran’s latest breach of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Deputy Minister of Health: Coronavirus has not entered Iran
Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi declared that Coronavirus has not entered Iran yet, and said: “The Ministry of Health along with the law enforcement observe and look for the symptoms of the disease in all the passengers arriving from China.”
IRGC drone crashes in Khuzestan province
An IRGC drone crashed in the Molla-Sani area in Khuzestan province. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that the drone was forced to land due to technical problems.
The IRGC statement reads: “At 12:25 pm, while on a mission between Isfahan and Khuzestan province, the drone faced technical problems and landed in Molla-Sani town of Khuzestan province.”
According to the images, the drone suffered some damages during its crash landing.
State-TV refused to broadcast President Rouhani’s speech
President Rouhani’s head of communications reported that the state-TV has refused to broadcast the president’s speech on Monday.
Moezzi told ISNA: “Despite all the preparations being done in advance, the News Network suddenly refused to live-broadcast the speech even though the technical crew was present at the scene.”
He added: None of the IRIB officials have responded to the inquiries made by the office of the president.
Richard Ratcliffe urges UK government to be tougher with Iran
In a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British citizen incarcerated in Evin Prison, asked the government to be tougher on Iran.
Mr. Ratcliffe said Mr. Johnson is "personally committed" to her case, and was "touched" when he gave him a wallet that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had made in prison.
However, he added: “I don't stand here hopeful if I'm honest. I stand here with my wife still in prison and things aren't moving."
"I will think carefully about what I tell her on the phone on Saturday,” he said.
Mysterious death of 500 migrant birds in Mazandaran province
After the discovery of the bodies of over 500 migrant birds in Miankaleh swamp, the director of the Environmental Protection Organization of Mazandaran said the bodies belong to four different types of immigrant birds, and the reason for their deaths is currently unknown.
According to Hossein-Ali Karnami: “After witnessing the corpses of the migrant birds on Wednesday in Miankaleh swamp, agents of the Enviornmental Protection Organization were deployed to the area for closer investigation.”
Josep Borrell: Like Americans, Europe is concerned about Iran’s role in the region
While talking about the rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell said Europe is just as concerned as the United States about Iran’s role in the countries of the region.
Borrell added: “Just imagine if Iran had nuclear weapons right now, in what position would we be? It was only the nuclear deal that prevented it. The same deal that Trump calls it a bad one.”
Borrell went on to say that the European Union has many options in preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons, clarifying that he is not only referring to military options.
11 arrested in Fars province for Instagram activities
The police chief of Marvdasht city in Fars province announced that 11 citizens have been arrested for running an Instagram page that “created an atmosphere of negativity toward the city officials”.
He continued: “The admins published some material against some government offices and organizations and made some accusations” He added: “They were creating a lack of trust for the officials and organizations in their audience and disrupted the security and the political atmosphere of the city.”
Most social media are blocked in Iran and many activists have been arrested for activities on social media.
IRGC: we have not separated the victims of the November protests
The commander of Mohammad Rasulullah said that the victims of November’s protests have not been separated and there are no statistics available.
Yazdi said on Wednesday: “We have not yet separated those who were martyred and those who were there by accident or those killed by the thugs and agitators, or the thugs and agitators who were killed.”
There is still no official report of the number of protesters killed in November protests in Iran.