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Four abducted soldiers back in Iran

Four Iranian soldiers abducted by Sunni extremists have returned home after being held for two months in neighbouring Pakistan, state media on Sunday cited the intelligence ministry as saying. The ministry did not address the fate of Jamshid Danayifar, a fifth soldier abducted alongside his fellow border guards on February 6. The Jaish-ul Adl ("Army of Justice", in Arabic) rebel group, which says it is fighting for the rights of Shiite-majority Iran's Sunni Muslim population, said Danayifar was executed in late March.

Iran says nuclear expert talks 'useful'

Nuclear talks between technical experts from Iran and world powers preparing for a third round of talks next week on a lasting deal were "useful", Iran's lead negotiator said Saturday. "The technical positions help us to understand better our respective positions," Hamid Baeedinejad told the IRNA news agency after three days of discussions in Vienna. The meeting came ahead of talks between political directors from Iran and the six powers -- the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany -- in Vienna from Tuesday, the third such round this year.

Boeing, GE say get U.S. license to sell spare parts to Iran

By Andrea Shalal and Tim Hepher WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co <BA.N>, the world's biggest airplane maker, and engine maker General Electric Co <GE.N> said on Friday they had received licenses from the U.S. Treasury Department to export certain spare parts for commercial aircraft to Iran under a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January.

US allows Boeing to sell plane parts to Iran

The United States has issued a license allowing Boeing to do business with Iran for the first time since the US embargo of 1979, a company spokesman told AFP Friday. The license covers a "limited period of time" and allows Boeing only "to provide them spare parts that are for safety purposes." Boeing will still not be allowed to sell new planes to Iran, the spokesman said. The license was granted by the US Treasury Department in the context of an interim deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program signed in November, the spokesman added.

Chinese man, Iranian indicted in US over Iran exports

A Chinese man, an Iranian and two Iranian firms were charged in the United States with conspiring to export devices to Iran that can serve to enrich uranium, an indictment unsealed Friday said. Sihai Cheng, 34, was arrested on February 7 at London's Heathrow Airport. London's Metropolitan Police force said Cheng had already appeared at a court in the capital and was awaiting his next appearance.

Boeing says it received US license to export certain aircraft spare parts to Iran

CHICAGO - Boeing Co. said Friday that it received U.S. government approval to export certain spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran. A Boeing spokesman said that the parts were needed to ensure safe flight, but he declined to describe them further or put a dollar amount on them. The spokesman, Marc Birtel, said Boeing's last delivery to Iran was a 747-100 jumbo jet in August 1979 — three months before American hostages were seized at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Chinese national indicted in US over exports to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Chinese citizen faces U.S. criminal charges that he conspired to export to Iran products that could be used in that country's nuclear program, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Sihai Cheng supplied thousands of parts that have nuclear applications to Eyvaz, a company involved in Iran's nuclear weapons program, in violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran, federal prosecutors said.

Iran oil exports will be in line with sanctions target: U.S.

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Friday dismissed suggestions that Iran was exporting much more oil than it is allowed to sell under a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers and predicted that aggregate Iranian oil sales would meet targets set for Tehran.

Abducted Iranian border guards freed in Pakistan: lawmaker

ANKARA (Reuters) - Four Iranian border guards have been freed in Pakistan two months after they were seized by al Qaeda-linked militants on the countries' lawless frontier, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency quoted a lawmaker as saying on Friday. The abduction in early February heightened regional and sectarian tensions. Iran had said the guards were taken into Pakistan and threatened to send troops over the border to retrieve them.

US voices concern about Iran envoy

The United States said Thursday it has voiced concern to Iran on its potential selection of a UN ambassador with alleged links to the 1979 seizure of the US embassy. Iran has not announced a nominee to be its ambassador in the United Nations. But a US senator critical of US outreach to Iran said that the Islamic republic has sought a visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, who joined a student group behind the hostage-taking. "The US has raised it with the Iranian government, our concerns about this," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.
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