21 Feb '12, 3am

Iran boosts nuclear site defences, warns EU on oil

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran deployed warplanes and missiles on Monday in an 'exercise' to protect nuclear sites threatened by possible Israeli attacks and warned it could cut oil exports to more European Union nations unless sanctions were lifted. The European Union said it could cope with any halt in Iranian supplies. Teheran's stance marked a hardening of its defiance in an international standoff over its nuclear programme - and suggested it was readying for any eventual confrontation. The moves came the same day as officials from the UN nuclear watchdog agency arrived in Teheran for a second round of talks they said were focused on 'the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear programme.' Iran, while holding out hope of reviving collapsed negotiations with world powers, has underlined it will not give up its nuclear ambitions, which it insists are purely peaceful. Please...

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