Tuesday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 5.30.2006:
Iran raises the stakes again: resumes its nuclear fusion research.
- Reuters reported that Iran is pressing ahead with research tests on nuclear fusion, a type of atomic reaction which has yet to be developed for commercial power generation, but is used to produce thermonuclear bombs.
- Yahoo News reported that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying that the world's major powers are ready to guarantee Iran's right to develop nuclear energy provided Tehran cooperates fully with the UN nuclear safety agency.
- CTV reported that U.S., Russian, Chinese and European officials plan to sign off this week on a package of incentives and penalties meant to reward Iran if it gives up uranium enrichment -- and punish it if it doesn't.
- Yahoo News reported that Iran said it had no intention of moving all of its uranium enrichment work to Russia.
- The Financial Times reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad will need to spend an extra 5 Billon Dollars this year to pay for subsidies on sales to motorists of imported petrol.
- Reuters reported that Israel will fully participate in a NATO naval exercise for the first time, bolstering its defense ties with the Western military alliance in the face of arch-foe Iran's nuclear program.
- The Christian Science Monitor argued that ethnic tensions could crack Iran's firm resolve against the world.
- Reuters reported that the exiled son of Iran's late shah on Monday called on the Bush administration to put action before rhetoric in ousting Tehran's Islamic regime.
- The Price of Freedom reported that Abed Tavanche an Iranian dissident blogger in Iran has supposedly been arrested.
- The Washington Times reported that an international Jewish human rights group again urged Germany to bar Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from attending soccer's World Cup finals.