Iran claims it has launched a rocket into space, just ahead of Monday's meeting between the Security Council's Permanent-5 members and Germany regarding additional sanctions on Iran. While Iran is calling for more negotiations on its nuclear crisis, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran's nuclear quest will not end, saying "A while ago, we threw away the reverse gear and the brakes of the train and we announced to them that this Iranian train has no reverse gear or braking."
Meanwhile, Iraq's national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said that Iran has stopped much of their 'interference' in Iraq, telling CNN "In the last few weeks, they have changed their position, and they stopped a lot of their tactics and a lot of intervention or interference in the Iraqi internal affairs." He added that he truly believes Iran wants to see a secure Baghdad and Iraq. Ammar al-Hakim, the son of SCIRI leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, told Iran's al-Alam satellite network that US claims of Iranian interference in Iraqi internal affairs are "unfounded and mere propaganda." He was previously arrested by US forces and held briefly upon entering Iraq from Iran.