Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 4.5.2006:
Still more on Iran's military war game tests.
- Bill Gertz, The Washington Times referring to Iran's tests of an older Scud missile variant last week reported that the Pentagon said Iran often exaggerates its military developments.
- MosNews reported that the chairman of the Russian State Duma said that the latest demonstration of military force by Iran "is not quite appropriate now."
- India Defence reported that Iran successfully tested a "super-modern flying boat" which Iran claimed: "no radar at sea or in the air can locate it. It can lift out of the water... and can launch missiles with precise targeting while moving."
- Iran Focus reported that Iran test-fired a shoulder-launched rocket.
- CNN News reported that Iran tested a second missile equipped with remote-control designed to sink ships.
- SeattlePI reported that experts said of Iran's weapons tests that it appears much of the technology came from Russia.
- Dow Jones Newswires reported that a top commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said the current maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea aim to prepare the troops in case of attack by the U.S.
- The Guardian reported that a top Iranian military official said Iran can now defend itself against any invasion.
- Mehr News Agency reported that public talks between Iran and the United States on the security and stability of Iraq will take place on Saturday, April 8.
- Mehran Riazaty said that the Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq will be held next few days but whether these talks are to be public or not depends on the agreement reached by both sides.
- The Sun reported that Iran's nuclear bomb plans will be unstoppable by 2007.
- The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran said it is willing to negotiate with world powers on the large-scale enrichment of uranium but will never give way on their key demand - to cease all enrichment.
- Voice of America reported that in a Congressional hearing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended plans to step up U.S. broadcasting and democracy-promotion efforts in Iran, saying she believed that subtlety in trying to promote reform in Iran is not the proper course.
- Telegraph reported that Iran has set up a sophisticated intelligence gathering operation in southern Lebanon to identify targets in northern Israel.
- Mehran Riazaty reported that Iran will activate Hezbollah’s Satellite Broadcast called “Kabar” and will cover North Africa, Central Europe, and North America.
- AxisGlobe reported that a former CIA undercover agent claims: KGB and GRU former intelligence operators are assisting Hezbollah to penetrate the US.
- Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council reported that listening devices have reportedly been found in a number of key regional and federal offices that have close contact with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet.
- Reuters reported that there is growing concern over the welfare of tens of thousands of children affected by a series of quakes in western Iran last week.
- Countdown reported on a petition against the US plan to allocate funds for democracy promotion in Iran.
- SMCCDI reported that Iranians defied the Islamist regime and taboos in massive cultural outdoor event, the end of Persian New Year.
- Deutsche Welle Online reported that German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier held talks with US officials in Washington on the Iranian nuclear crisis.
- Reuters reported that the United States confirmed that two Iranian navy ships had visited Indian ports last month, but played down the contact.
- The Right Brothers, You Tube, released a music video: Bush Was Right.