Report: Iran hiding identities of ships that contain excess oil

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Iranian state TV Tuesday that the new sanctions were the “strongest” yet imposed on Iran, according to The Associated Press.

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The sanctions are designed to drive Iran to make concessions on its nuclear program, and negotiations have been under way this year between Tehran and the P5+1 group, the five permanent United Nations Security Council countries plus Germany.

There have been multiple rounds of talks, but so far they have not produced substantive gains, such as Iran halting the enrichment of its uranium to 20 percent, one of the P5+1 group’s requirements.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, while the United States and its allies suspect Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.

President Obama has said he is not taking any options off the table, including military ones, to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But he’s pushed for a diplomatic solution and argued the sanctions have been effective, as he’s attempted to dissuade Israel from launching its own attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The Times report said that in addition to repainting ships, some Iranian vessels have turned off their GPS tracking devices. The Neptune carried no flag and its home port was changed twice.

It now reads Funafuti, the capital of Pacific Ocean island nation of Tuvalu, according to the Times.