Sunday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 5.21.2006:
EU3 Draft Resolution on Iran - What it contains.
- USA Today citing a draft proposal being considered by the five Security Council nations plus Germany said the draft of the resolution on Iran includes: bans on travel visas, freezing assets and banning financial transactions of key government figures and those involved in Iran's nuclear program; an arms embargo, and other measures including an embargo on shipping refined oil products to Iran.
- The New York Times reported that the United States and Europe are divided over the latest phase of their negotiating strategy on Iran, with the Bush administration resisting a new European offer that includes a proposal for a Middle East security "framework" for Iran.
- DEBKAfile reported that many in Washington are concerned that the EU3 incentive program for Iran has too many hidden dangers.
- Yahoo News reported that Senate Democrats sent President Bush a letter urging him to direct the nation's intelligence agencies to prepare an updated National Intelligence Estimate on Iran.
- Michael Ledeen, The Corner distributed a link a video of the leader of Tehran's bus drivers' organization (it is forbidden to call it a union) after a torture session in an Iranian prison. He apologized for having to send it. Not for children.
- Hillel Fradkin, Weekly Standard gave his reasons why the letter that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, sent to President Bush is a declaration of war on the United States.
- The Jerusalem Post reported that since Iran is denying reports that it has passed legislation requiring its religious minorities to wear cloth strips to single them out from the rest of the Muslim population, can the world breath a sigh of relief? Hardly.