Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Russia to build more nuclear reactors in Iran

November 12, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"Russia signed a contract Friday to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations. The deal comes less than two weeks ahead of the Nov. 24 deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear program with six world powers. Tuesday's contract has no immediate relation to the talks that involve Russia and the United States, but it reflects Moscow's intention to deepen its cooperation with Tehran ahead of possible softening of Western sanctions against Iran." (11/11/14)

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Iran: Blast kills two at suspected nuclear site

October 7, 2014
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USA Today    

"Iranian media report a massive blast at the military site near Tehran where nuclear detonators are suspected of having been tested years ago. State news agency IRNA reported that a fire broke out at an 'explosive materials production unit' Sunday night and killed two employees, citing Iran's Defense Industries Organization." (10/06/14)

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Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site

August 25, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country. ... Natanz is Iran's main uranium enrichment site, housing more than 16,000 centrifuges. Around 3,000 more are at the Fordo plant, buried inside a mountain and hard to destroy. Israel has often threatened to attack Iranian nuclear installations." (08/24/14)

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Iran: Regime dismisses direct talks with US

August 14, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said nuclear talks with world powers would continue, though there was no point in holding talks with the United States on other issues. The country's most senior religious leader said there was no benefit in negotiating with the US except in certain cases, a statement published on his website said on Wednesday. ... Khamenei, who has final say over all state matters in Iran and was addressing foreign ministry officials when the comments were made, criticised the US, saying direct talks with its diplomats did not help reduce sanctions or decrease its animosity towards Tehran, the AP news agency reported." (08/13/14)

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Strange bedfellows

June 22, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Steve Breen  

Cartoon. (06/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/strange-bedfellows/  

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America can’t force Iran’s surrender

June 18, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett  

"For years, we've been calling on the United States to sit down and discuss its mutual interests with Iran like adults, instead of shouting across the Atlantic. ... Now there's an opportunity to work together to face down a common threat, and even Republican leaders like Lindsey Graham, the unfailingly hawkish South Carolina senator, are starting to see things our way. The United States should engage Iran not just as an unavoidably influential player, however, but as an actor with its own concerns about terrorism -- including by jihadis involved in the U.S.-supported campaign against Bashar Assad's government in Syria. If the United States tries -- as in past episodes of cooperation with Tehran -- to elicit Iranian help in Iraq without recognizing Iran’s wider interests -- dialogue will fail." (06/18/14)

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Enemies of enemies

June 17, 2014
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Anthony Gregory Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"The Obama administration is considering working with the Iranian government to deal with the full-blown horrors currently plaguing Iraq. As a non-interventionist, I'm committed to opposing such an approach. If I were a pragmatic realist or a utilitarian I'd be tempted to agree that such an alliance would be the lesser of evils, although as clear as that might seem today, I'd still have my reservations. The terror in Iraq itself could be partly traced to a number of interventions where the U.S. government sought to ally with the lesser evil." (06/16/14)

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Iraq: Iran “open to shared role with US” as Sunni forces advance

June 13, 2014
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CNBC    

"Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters. ... Officials say Iran will send its neighbor advisers and weaponry, although probably not troops, to help its ally Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki check what Tehran sees as a profound threat to regional stability, officials and analysts say." [editor's note: Antiwar.com, citing the Wall Street Journal, reports that two battalions of Iran's Revolutionary Guards troops have already been deployed within Iraq to guard Shi'ite holy sites and defend Baghdad - TLK] (06/13/14)

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Turkey: Rohani visits for trade, relationship talks

June 10, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"President Hassan Rohani has been welcomed by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan making him the first Iranian leader to visit Turkey for 18 years. He is in the country for trade talks but also to improve bilateral ties which have become strained over the Syria conflict. Tehran is an ally of Syria’s president while Ankara is backing the rebels." (06/10/14)

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Iran: Regime hangs Rajavi cult supporter as spy over army photos

June 2, 2014
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Iranian authiorities have executed a prisoner associated with an exiled opposition group, the group's website has said. A statement from the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, and a report from the semi-official state news agency Fars, said that Gholamreza Khossravi was hanged on Sunday. ... Khossravi was sentenced to death in 2010 for providing photographs of the country's military facilities and financial aid to the exiled opposition group." [editor's note: While it's true that this organization is "exiled" and in "opposition" to the existing regime, it appears to be a violent cult of personality that's at least as, if not more, authoritarian than the regime - TLK] (06/01/14)

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Iran: Regime thugs abduct six over “Happy” video

May 21, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Police in Iran have arrested six young people for posting a video online of them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy,' showing them on state television as a public warning to youth in the Islamic Republic. The song has sparked similar videos all over the world, with people dancing down streets and smiling in choreographed crowds. But in Iran, some see the trend as promoting the spread of western culture, as laws in the Islamic Republic ban women from dancing in public or appearing outside without the hijab. The government also bans some internet websites." (05/22/14)

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The neoconservative obsession with Iran

May 14, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Americans could be enjoying cultural and commercial relations with Iranians were it not for U.S. 'leaders,' who are more aptly described as misleaders. Because of institutional, geopolitical, and economic reasons, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were not about to let that happen. They thought America needed an enemy, and Iran filled the bill." (05/14/14)

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Iran unveils duplicate of captured US drone

May 13, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"Iran has produced a duplicate of a U. S. drone it captured in 2011, Press TV reported on Monday. The RQ-170 Sentinel was reverse-engineered by IRGC experts in about two years, it said. An RQ-170 unmanned stealth aircraft, designed and developed by Lockheed Martin, was captured by Iran on Dec. 4, 2011 while flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar." (05/12/14)

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Why the US blew a chance to reconcile with Iran

May 2, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"In the late 1980s the U.S. government had an opportunity to change its relationship with Iran from hostile to nonadversarial. It had been hostile since 1979, when the Islamic revolution overthrew the brutal U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Iranians held 52 Americans hostage for more than a year. The relationship deteriorated further when the Reagan administration helped Iraq after it attacked Iran and as the Iraqi forces used chemical weapons on the Iranians. During the war, the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing the more than 200 people aboard." (05/01/14)

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The ayatollah’s overlooked WMD fatwas

April 16, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The visa denial seems strange considering that the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran about its nuclear-power program. Progress is being made, despite the vigorous lobbying of those in America who apparently will stop at nothing to scuttle the talks. But even with the hopeful negotiations, the Obama administration refuses to talk straight about Iran’s nuclear intentions. For example, in 2007 and 2011, America’s 16 intelligence agencies issued national-security estimates finding that any research the Iranians had been doing on nuclear weapons was terminated in 2003 -- perhaps not coincidentally, the same year the U.S. military overthrew Iran’s archenemy, Saddam Hussein of Iraq." (04/16/14)

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The Iranian nuclear weapons program that wasn’t

April 13, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter  

"When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new US accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons program. ... Reuters, Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune and The Independent all reported that claim as fact. But the US intelligence community, since its well-known November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, has continued to be very clear on the pubic record about its conclusion that Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since 2003. Something was clearly amiss with the Justice Department’s claim." (04/12/14)

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The roots of Iran’s nuclear secrecy

April 3, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"What possible reason could Iran have had for working in secrecy? Simply put, from the 1980s onward the U.S. government was determined to thwart Iran’s efforts to build even modest a civilian nuclear program. Why? Iran was regarded as an enemy of America because its 1979 Islamic revolution had overthrown a loyal U.S. client, the repressive shah of Iran, whom the CIA had undemocratically restored to power a quarter century earlier. In violation of the NPT, U.S. diplomats stopped other countries from supplying Iran. With no open channels from which to obtain what it needed for its nuclear program, Iran turned to covert channels." (04/02/14)

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Iran, six powers look at easier issues at nuke talks

March 19, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Iran and six world powers appear to be tackling less sensitive issues first at nuclear talks meant to curb Tehran’s atomic activities in exchange for full sanctions relief. Iran’s official IRNA news agency says Wednesday’s talks are focusing on a heavy water reactor. The six want the nearly finished reactor shut down, or converted to a type that produces less plutonium, a material that could be used to make nuclear weapons." (03/19/14)

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Iran agrees to uranium limits in deal with world powers

January 13, 2014
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New York Post    

"ran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, with its terms starting from Jan. 20, officials announced Sunday. The announcement, made first by Iranian officials and later confirmed elsewhere, starts a six-month clock for a final deal to be struck over the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program. It also signals an easing of the financial sanctions crippling Iran’s economy, though some U.S. lawmakers have called for tough measures against the country." (01/12/14)

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US regime moves to restrain trade with Iran

January 7, 2014
posted by

Austin American-Statesman    

"The United States Commerce Department has issued an emergency order using U.S. anti-terrorism export control laws against a Turkish company in an attempt to stop it from exporting two Boeing airplane engines to Iran. Commerce Department officials say that such orders are used rarely to prevent the imminent export of restricted U.S. items to certain countries, including Iran." (01/06/14)

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Iran: Lawmakers introduce bill seeking 60 per cent uranium enrichment

December 25, 2013
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"Some 100 Iranian lawmakers introduced a bill in parliament that would force the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 per cent if new sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic, state television reported Wednesday. ... The bill is likely a response to a legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate last week that would authorize new economic sanctions on Iran if it breaches the interim nuclear deal reached in Geneva last month or fails to strike a final agreement." (12/25/13)

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Iran: Regime says arrested man was MI6 spy

December 16, 2013
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Sunday Herald [Scotland]    

"Iranian intelligence authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain's MI6, the semi-official Fars news agency has reported. The head of the Kerman region's revolutionary court, Dadkhoda Salari, told the agency the suspect made contact with British agents 11 times in recent months, inside and outside the country. According to Salari, the suspect has admitted his guilt and has been put on trial. It has not been suggested the alleged spy is a Briton, and Tehran has a history of announcing the arrest of people it claims are spying without releasing further details." (12/15/13)

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Obama regime “cracks down” on foreigners doing business with each other

December 13, 2013
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Washington Post    

"The Obama administration cracked down Thursday on oil and shipping companies accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions, even as top officials continued pressing Congress to delay enacting additional restrictions while nuclear talks with Iran are underway. The enforcement actions against Asian, European and Iranian firms were announced moments before two of the administration’s top experts on Iran appeared before a Senate panel to warn again that the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran could doom any chance of a diplomatic agreement halting the country’s nuclear advances." [editor's note: How on Earth could who does business with who, outside the US, possibly be any of the US government's business? - TLK](12/12/13)

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Iran: Rouhani takes oath of office, asks West to abandon “language of sanctions”

August 4, 2013
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Washington Post    

"Iran’s new president on Sunday called on the West to abandon the 'language of sanctions' in dealing with the Islamic Republic over its contentious nuclear program, hoping to ease the economic pressures now grinding its people. President Hasan Rouhani spoke after being sworn in as president in an open session of parliament, capping a weekend that saw him endorsed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader." (08/04/13)

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Iran: Hardline candidate withdraws from election to boost conservative chances

June 10, 2013
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Fox News    

"A hardline Iranian presidential candidate withdrew Monday from the race to boost the chances of fellow conservatives, the media reported. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said on comments broadcast on state TV that he was getting out of the race because he wanted to 'avoid the defeat' of his political allies. But Adel runs last among the eight candidates in most polls and his withdrawal is not expected to change the election equation." (06/10/13)

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