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The further sign that Iran’s recent attempts at outreach to other Asian powers-Pakistan

In a further sign that Iran’s recent attempts at outreach to other Asian powers are motivated by an attempt to secure long term alliances against the US and other Western democracies, Ayatollah Khamenei welcomed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his visit to Tehran, and promptly warned him against perceived threats from those countries.

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Iran's Khamenei says West's calls to limit missiles "stupid"

(Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Western expectations for the Islamic Republic to limit its missile programme were "stupid and idiotic".The Supreme Leader also called on the country's Revolutionary Guards to mass-produce missiles.

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Iran has a significant role in Sudan's arms industry

Your Middle East: Evidence suggests Iran has played a key role in supporting war-torn Sudan's weapons production and that Tehran has also been Khartoum’s second-biggest supplier of arms, a study said Monday. Some of those imported arms, along with others from China, have reached rebel groups in Sudan as well as South Sudan, said the Small Arms Survey report based on more than two years of investigation.

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Iran claims copy of captured US drone will soon take test flight

The Guardian: Iran said on Sunday it had succeeded in copying a US drone it captured in December 2011. State television broadcast images apparently showing the replicated aircraft.Iran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel while it was in its airspace, apparently on a mission to spy on the country's nuclear sites, US media reported.

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'Iran owes al Qaeda invaluably,' ISIS spokesman says

Long War Journal: In a response to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri's latest attempt at reconciliation with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al Adnani made a startling admission: Al Qaeda has ordered its fighters and branches to refrain from attacking the Iranian state in order to preserve the terror group's network in the country.

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Iran: No visa for a kidnapper-diplomat implicated in assassination

Town Hall: By Raymond Tanter- A kidnapper-diplomat is an oxymoron—words with contradictory meanings. In this case, the terms suggest that an ambassador has operated outside the rules of diplomacy. Now tack on evidence that he is linked to an assassination of another envoy; then surely there are grounds for his exclusion from the United States.

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