Sunday, April 09, 2006

Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 4.10.2006:

Early responses to the Hersh report on Iran.
  • FOX News reported that a senior administration official said a magazine news story suggesting the Bush administration will go to war to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb is long on hype and short on facts.
  • The Washington Post reported that the Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to pressure Tehran, but no attack appears likely in the short term.
  • The Times reported that Jack Straw described the idea that the White House wanted a nuclear strike as “completely nuts”.
Brits tracking Iranian spies in Iraq.
  • Sunday Mirror reported that British Special Forces are tracking up to 40 Iranian agents who have slipped over the border into southern Iraq.
Tehran fire linked to secret uranium enrichment?
  • Ha'aretz reported that a fire broke out in a forest north of Tehran on Saturday, not far from an area intelligence agencies suspected illegal nuclear activity.
Iraqi leaders denounce Mubarak.
  • The New York Times reported that Iraqi leaders joined together to denounce President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt today for publicly asserting that Iraq was already engulfed in civil war and that Iraqi Shiites were loyal to Iran.
EU considering tough response to Iran uranium enrichment program.
  • The Financial Times reported that companies doing business in Iran face the prospect of a crackdown on export credits unless Tehran’s co-operation with the United Nations over its nuclear program is improved.
Iran warns it is a big mistake to try to force them to give up enrichment.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran said it was a "big mistake" for the US and its allies to think the UN Security Council will be able to force Teheran to give up uranium enrichment.
More unrest in Iran.
  • IranMania reported that armed rebels have killed two army officers, and shot a top cleric in troubled Sistan-Baluchistan province in southeastern Iran.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Bloomberg reported that an Iranian ministry of energy official said Ahmadinejad's decision to abandon the country's annual switch to daylight saving time might cost the Islamic republic as much as 3 trillion rials (R2 billion) in extra energy consumption.
  • Reuters reported that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has no plans to travel to Germany to support his country's World Cup campaign.
  • Amir Taheri, Arab News answered the question: “what does Iran want?”