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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.

Iran says drugs seizures up over past year

Iran said Tuesday it has seized more than 530 tonnes of illegal drugs since March 2013, an almost 20 percent increase over the previous year. "In the past 11 months, we have seized 532 tonnes of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and opium, which is 17 percent more" than the same period the previous year, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said at a news conference. Opium comprised 77 percent of all seizures.

Factbox: Enrichment, Arak among key hurdles in Iran nuclear talks

(Reuters) - The future scope of Iran's uranium enrichment program and the fate of its Arak reactor - projects the West fears could yield atom bomb fuel - must be agreed if a decade-old dispute over Tehran's atomic activity is to be finally settled. Both issues are expected to be on the agenda during a March 18-19 meeting between Iran and six world powers - the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia - in Vienna. Iran says its nuclear work is peaceful.

U.N. anti-drugs chief praises Iran fight despite executions

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. anti-drugs chief has praised Iran's fight against narcotics trafficking despite what human rights groups describe as a surge in executions in the country, many of people convicted of drug-related offences. Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the Vienna-based agency opposes the death penalty and he planned to raise the issue again with Iranian officials later this week.

Iran's comprehensive nuclear accord -- a big deal

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany began talks on Tuesday in Vienna on reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal. Iran is under UN and Western sanctions because of suspicions -- denied by Tehran -- that it wants to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme. It already has enough low-enriched uranium for several nuclear bombs if it decided to purify it to weapons-grade, something which would be quickly detected by UN inspectors.

Austrian Airlines to resume flights to Iran in March

Austrian Airlines announced on Sunday it will resume flights to Iran in March after it stopped flying to the country early last year for what it said were commercial reasons. The airline confirmed local media reports that flights to Tehran would resume from March 11, attributing the decision, in a statement on its website, to the "current stability" in the country. Iran's Arman daily quoted the deputy head of the Civil Aviation Organisation, Mohammad Khoda Karami, as saying flights by Austrian Airlines "will be operated five times a week to Tehran".

US official says 'significant' Iran sanctions still in place, warns against business deals

ANKARA, Turkey - Companies should "hold off" doing business in Iran because many of the sanctions against the country are still in place despite an interim nuclear deal, the top U.S. Treasury official warned Monday. Speaking in Turkey, which is looking to expand business opportunities with its neighbour Iran, David Cohen, the U.S. secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said a significant portion of sanctions against Iran remained, including in the banking, energy and shipping sanctions.

UN watchdog confirms Iran nuclear freeze

The UN atomic watchdog has confirmed that Iran's partial nuclear freeze, part of a landmark deal with world powers struck in November, began on Monday as planned. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report passed to member states that Iran "has ceased enriching uranium above five percent" fissile purities at the Natanz and Fordo facilities.

UN watchdog confirms Iran nuclear freeze

The UN atomic watchdog has confirmed that Iran's partial nuclear freeze, part of a landmark deal with world powers struck in November, began on Monday as planned. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report passed to member states that Iran "has ceased enriching uranium above five percent" fissile purities at the Natanz and Fordo facilities.

Iran, world powers resume nuclear talks

Closed-door talks resumed Monday between Iran and world powers on implementing a landmark deal to rein in Tehran's controversial nuclear programme in exchange for easing sanctions. European Union foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann told AFP that the Geneva meeting began at 8:30 am (0730 GMT) but that no further details would be available immediately.
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