Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 3.27.2006:
Ahmadinejad accuses Khatami of treason.
- Rooz Online reported that Iranian President Ahmadinejad accused former president Khatami of treason. “Do the frequent travels of these people to Europe with public funds, and their provision of information to them not constitute spying?”
- Rooz Online published an interview with Hassan Abbassi, Ahmadinejad's chief strategic guru, who said: "We are able to endanger both, US security and its economic interests anywhere in the world."
- The New York Times reported that the Bush administration and Russia are struggling to forge a joint strategy on Iran. Russia is concerned about a possible replay of the United States' using resolutions by the Council to confront Iran in the same way it acted against Iraq.
- Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the final victory in the nuclear dispute would be with the Iranian nation despite Western intimidation. He added: "we will even demand compensation (from the West) for the loss of the last two and a half years."
- Khaleej Times Online reported that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged Iranians to resist “the enemy’s threats.”
- The Guardian reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is cracking down on Iran's universities in an effort to crush a student pro-democracy movement.
- Rooz Online reported that in recent testimony before the Iranian parliament, the minority reformist faction in the Majlis criticized Ali Larijani, head of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, for providing the MPs with irrelevant and incorrect information.
- David R. Francis, The Christian Science Monitor examined why Iran's threat to cutoff its oil exports could be suicidal.
- Telegraph reported that Liam Fox, the [UK] shadow defense secretary, has accused Jack Straw of making a "pretty big mistake" by ruling out military intervention in Iran.
- Turkishpress.com reported that fears of an increasing Iranian role in Iraq appeared to loom over the annual summit of Arab leaders.