Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 11.23.2005:

EU may resume Iran nuclear talks-diplomats

Louis Charbonneau and Mark Heinrich, Reuters:
The EU is ready to resume talks with Iran on its nuclear program provided it agrees to discuss a Russian proposal that it shift plans to enrich uranium to a joint venture in Russia, diplomats said on Tuesday.

The talks could take place on December 6, even though Iran has failed to meet an EU demand that it stop uranium conversion -- a stage before enrichment in the nuclear fuel cycle. READ MORE
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Iran Press News reported that a group of teachers from Qazvin protested in front of the Islamic Parliament’s Assembly.
  • Iran Press News reported that a Kurdish journalist sewed his mouth up in the Marivaan Prison in protest.
  • Iran Press News reported on the gruesome murder of a Sunni cleric and his son in Kermanshah.
  • Iran Press News reported that with the sum total of the regime’s debts exceeding $40 billion and the decrease of oil prices this leaves the regime with 8 months worth of monetary reserves.
  • Iran Press News reported that a group of the Evin prison guards stormed ward 350 of the prison and beating the prisoners confiscated their books, tapes and personal belongings.
  • George Jones, The Telegraph UK reported that Tony Blair said: Iran would pose a serious threat to world stability and peace if it developed a nuclear capability.
  • Bronwen Maddox, The Times UK reported that Iran’s new President has sidestepped a fight with the rest of the world Thursday.
  • Ha'aretz reported that Germany's Angela Merkel's new government will supply two German-built Dolphin submarines to the Israel Navy. This will offer Israel the most reliability when it comes to second-strike capability.
  • Mehdi Khalaji, The Washington Institute produced a concise review of Tehran's renewed war on culture. A must read.
  • ABC News reported that Iran's Supreme Leader urged visiting Iraqi officials to ask U.S.-led forces to leave their country.
  • Amy Kellogg, FOX News released the first of her reports from inside Iran: A Country at a Crossroads. Video also available.
  • Claude Salhani, United Press International provided details of North Korea's aid to Iran's secret tunnels reportedly used for their nuclear weapons program.
  • The Middle East Quarterly reported on the Iranian security forces arrest of 28-year-old Iranian journalist and weblogger Arash Sigarchi and other bloggers.
  • Adnkronos International reported that Iran's religious authorities officially invited Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, to convert to Islam.
  • And finally, Advarnews published photos of a ceremony held to remember the victims of the chain murders of Iranian dissidents.