Friday, April 28, 2006

Saturday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 4.29.2006:

Iran "doesnt give a damn" about UN resolutions.
  • Yahoo News reported that Iran's president said: "Those who want to prevent Iranians from obtaining their right should know that we do not give a damn to such resolutions."
  • Islamic Republic News Agency reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran has potentials to become an international superpower speedily.
IAEA released its Iran Report. Full text.
  • Vital Perspective published the long awaited IAEA report on Iran and an analysis. Full text of IAEA report.
  • My Way News reported that the IAEA said ran has defied a U.N. Security Council call for a freeze on enriching uranium and its lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors was a "matter of concern."
So how does the West respond?
  • The Washington Post reported that President George W. Bush said about the Iran crisis after a meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Bush said his desire is "to solve this problem diplomatically and peacefully."
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said in a statement. "We continue, nevertheless, to say to Iran that the door to negotiation is not closed."
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "We maintain that the only solution is a diplomatic one."
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that China's UN Ambassador Wang Guangya "All we want is to work for a diplomatic solution because this region is already complicated, there are a lot of problems in the region, and we should not do anything that would cause the situation (to be) more complicated."
But McCain warns Russia and China.
  • Reuters reported that Senator John McCain warned Russia and China on Friday of damage to their relationship with the United States if they refused to go along with sanctions against Iran. "There will be a reaction in the U.S. Congress."
The world ignores Iran's threat to share its nuclear technology with other nations.
  • Peter Brookes, reported on the implications of Tehran offering to share its nuclear know-how with others.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that a funny thing happened on the way to the Iranian bomb: The more alarming the mullahs' behavior, the more nonchalant the rest of the world seems to be about it. But one development may give even the most adamant pooh-poohers pause.
So what are the next steps on Iran?
  • reported on the next steps in attempts to pressure Iran.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Mercury News reported that Iran's U.N. ambassador denounced Israel's election as a vice-chair of the U.N. Disarmament Commission. The same commission that Iran was elevated to last week despite its ignoring the UNSC call to halt its nuclear enrichment and offering to share its nuclear technology with other nations.
  • The Guardian reported that the Simon Wiesenthal centre called on Germany to ban the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from attending the World Cup.
  • Iran Press News republished a statement by political prisoners in Iran who condemned, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, saying that her interviews, speeches, articles and reports have taken on a very conservative tone.
  • Amir Taheri, Asharq Alawsat compared a self-styled “holy warrior” who made a bit of a splash in the 19th century by launching a “Jihad” and Osama Bin Laden.
  • A cartoon: Ahmadinejad's Peaceful Nuclear Program.
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