Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 3.30.2006:
UN Security Council gives Iran 30 days to stop.
- The Times Online reported that the UN Security Council has given Tehran a month to halt its uranium enrichment program.
- The Washington Post reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the US Senate that Iran was a menace for reasons other than its alleged drive to build a nuclear bomb and that the U.S. and its allies have "a number of tools" if Tehran does not change its ways. She said: "I think there's no doubt that Iran is the single biggest threat from a state that we face."
- Insight Magazine reported that the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that U.N. Security Council sanctions would fail to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.
- The Christian Science Monitor argued why they believe Iran's threat to use its new oil bourse to weaken the US dollar is a fantasy.
- The Guardian reported that Jack Straw today insisted that military action against Iran would be neither "appropriate or conceivable."
- The New York Times reported that German prosecutors claimed that several million dollars' worth of equipment that could be used for a nuclear program had been shipped from Germany to Iran, via a Russian company.
- USA Today reported that blogs are now under attack by Iran's hard-line regime.
- Ha'aretz reported that Palestinians have for the first time fired the powerful Katyusha rocket believed by many to be of Iranian manufacture.
- Yahoo News reported that thousands of Iranian troops will on Friday start a week-long military maneuver in the Gulf to ready armed forces for warding off "threats."
- Reuters reported that three members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards were killed in a clash with Kurdish separatists.
- CNSNews reported that the head of the Arab League called on the world's Arab states to pursue "peaceful" nuclear energy programs.
- World Tribune reported that Nigeria has sought Iranian help in establishing a defense industry.
- Middle East Economic Survey reported that the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress issued a report which states that "support for terrorism and economic mismanagement by the government have damaged oil and gas development in Iran." Full text of the report.
- Amir Taheri, The Wall Street Journal reported how Iran's Hassan Abbasi, the principal foreign policy voice in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes the US will be forced from the Middle East. A must read.