Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 4.26.2006:

Ahead of Friday's UNSC deadline, Iran does everything possible to create a crisis.
  • The New York Times reported that Iran has told the IAEA that it will refuse to answer questions about a second, secret uranium-enrichment program.
  • Reuters reported that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larjani, said Iran would suspend its relations with the IAEA if sanctions were imposed.
  • BBC News reported that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said Iran is ready to share its nuclear technology with other nations.
  • The Guardian reported that Ali Larijani, the top Iranian nuclear negotiator threatened to hide its nuclear program if the West takes ``harsh measures.''
Why? Because is confident the UN will NOT impose sanctions on Iran.
  • Rooz Online reported that Dr. Ali Zabihi, Mahmoud a presidential advisor to Ahmadinejad claims that the international community would not impose sanctions on Iran.
The World's Response.
  • Casper Star Tribune reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the credibility of the U.N. Security Council will be in doubt if it does not take clear-cut action against Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.
  • SFGate.com reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States is concerned over Iranian threats to share the nuclear technology it is developing with other countries.
  • UPI reported that British Prime Minister Tony Blair again refused to rule out the possibility that he would support military action against Iran.
  • TVNZ reported that China rejected a US proposal to order Iran to suspend uranium enrichment work under a legally binding measure under the Chapter 7 provision of the UN Charter.
US Covert Operations inside Iran?
  • Asia Times claimed a former Iranian ambassador and Islamic Republic insider provided intriguing details about alleged US covert operations inside Iran aimed at destabilizing the country and toppling the regime.
  • REGNUM News Agency reported that Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said in an interview said US “Reconnaissance units are acting in Azerbaijan, their activity is aimed against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Russia helps Israel launch a satellite to spy on Iran?
  • Reuters reported that Israel successfully launched on Tuesday a highly accurate imaging satellite which will enhance its ability to spy on Iran.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Iran has given close to 10 million dollars to Palestinian terror groups in Israel since the beginning of the year.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Iran's new Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh said that the country may ease the restrictive rules under which foreign oil companies can invest in the nation.
  • Kathryn Jean Lopez, The National Review published a valuable interview with Iran expert Michael Rubin on how the US should deal with Iran.