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Archive for November, 2007

Iranian President: Annapolis a Failure

Posted by alanmirs on November 28, 2007


Iranian President: Annapolis a Failure

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI – 1 hour ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday the U.S.-hosted Mideast peace conference was a "failure" and that Israel is doomed to "collapse." He also suggested it was a mistake for his closest Arab ally, Syria, to participate

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5haGwpwH-lgXNSnFnxMqiJkaAXwWQD8T6O15O1

 

 

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Iran’s Secret Weapon: The Pope

Posted by alanmirs on November 27, 2007


Iran’s Secret Weapon: The Pope

Monday, Nov. 26, 2007 By JEFF ISRAELY/ROME
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Pope Benedict XVI
The diplomatic chess game around Iran’s nuclear program includes an unlikely bishop. According to several well-placed Rome sources, Iranian officials are quietly laying the groundwork necessary to turn to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican diplomats for mediation if the showdown with the United States should escalate toward a military intervention

 

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opinion: Reality check in Iran —Dilip Hiro

Posted by alanmirs on November 27, 2007


opinion: Reality check in Iran —Dilip Hiro

The best course for the international community is to accept the argument of IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei. Now that the Iranians have mastered enrichment of uranium we should focus on persuading them to refrain from producing enriched uranium on an industrial scale

The US Mission seems to have overlooked the IAEA statement: “Iran has provided sufficient access to individuals and has responded in a timely manner to questions.”

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C11%5C26%5Cstory_26-11-2007_pg3_6

 


 

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NAM members of IAEA Board of Governor laud Elbaradei’s Iran report

Posted by alanmirs on November 23, 2007


Vienna, Nov 22, IRNA – Non-Aligned Movement
(NAM) at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna issued a
statement on Thursday, thanking IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei
for his report on implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in
Iran
The Heads of State or Government also
strongly believed that diplomacy and dialogue through peaceful means
must continue to find a long term solution to the Iranian nuclear
issue. They expressed their conviction that the only way to resolve the
issue is to resume negotiations without any preconditions and to
enhance cooperation with the involvement of all necessary parties to
promote international confidence with the view to facilitating Agency’s
work on resolving the outstanding issues

The full text of the statement reads as follows:

http://www.payvand.com/news/07/nov/1216.html

 

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Iran calls for US nuclear apology

Posted by alanmirs on November 17, 2007



Iran calls for US nuclear apology

President Ahmadinejad speaks at Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, April 2007

President Ahmadinejad says Iran’s nuclear programme is peaceful

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the US and its allies
should apologise for their treatment of Iran over its nuclear programme.

Mr Ahmadinejad said the latest report by the UN’s
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) showed Iran had been truthful
about its nuclear activities

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7098751.stm

 

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UN mixed on Iran nuclear report

Posted by alanmirs on November 15, 2007


The UN nuclear watchdog has said Iran has provided it with information about its past nuclear activities as agreed under a work plan made in August
 

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US military leaders march to a softer beat on Iran

Posted by alanmirs on November 15, 2007


  

              

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — US military leaders are marching to a noticeably softer drumbeat on Iran than President George W. Bush, hoping to dispel fears that US military action against Tehran is imminent.

Bush startled the world last month by raising the prospect of a "World War III" if Iran

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5juejTq3NIMj8QoCG4zQ0JzIrmKaA

 

 

 

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Iraqi fighters ‘grilled for evidence on Iran’

Posted by alanmirs on November 11, 2007


Iraqi fighters ‘grilled for evidence on Iran’

Interrogator says US military seeks evidence incriminating Tehran

David Smith in Baghdad
Sunday November 11, 2007
The Observer

Micah Brose, privately contracted interrogator working for US forces in Iraq
Micah Brose, privately contracted interrogator working for US forces in Iraq. Photograph: David Smith
 

US military officials are putting huge pressure on interrogators who question Iraqi insurgents to find incriminating evidence pointing to Iran, it was claimed last night
He denied ever being asked to fabricate evidence, adding: ‘We’re not asked to manufacture information, we’re asked to find it. But if a detainee wants to tell me what I want to hear so he can get out of jail… you know what I’m saying.’

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America’s Shocking Nuclear Hypocrisy

Posted by alanmirs on November 9, 2007


America’s Shocking Nuclear Hypocrisy
This time it was not, as it usually is, the divergence between the rules of the game for countries like Iran (nuclear weapons permitted: zero) and for countries like ourselves (nuclear weapons presently possessed: 10,000-plus … with concrete plans already unrolling to design, develop and deploy new and improved nuclear weapon models fully a third of a century down the road
 

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Bush Is Stuck on Iran

Posted by alanmirs on November 8, 2007


Bush Is Stuck on Iran
It’s also somewhat unlikely that Iran would move to attack Israel. As Fareed Zakaria observed recently in Newsweek: "Iran has an economy the size of Finland’s and an annual defense budget of around $4.8 billion. It has not invaded a country since the late 18th century….

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