Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 5.3.2006:

The UNSC to consider the new US/EU resolution.
  • The New York Times reported that the United States, Britain and France have drafted a binding Security Council resolution requiring Iran to stop key nuclear activities. The Americans and the Europeans want to move swiftly.
  • Reuters reported that Iran's foreign minister claimed that Russia and China had officially informed Tehran they would not support sanctions or military action over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
  • The Financial Times reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will urge US President George W. Bush not to press too quickly for international sanctions against Iran in their meeting.
Iran will strike Israel first in response to a military strike on Iran.
  • Yahoo News reported that Israel will be Iran's first target in response to any "evil" act by the United States, a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said.
Iran: there is no need to talk with the "Great Satan."
  • Mehran Riazaty reported that Iran’s National Security Council Secretary, Ali Larijani said there is no need to negotiate with Great Satan, adding that Iran never asked to talk with the U.S. on Iraq.
Iran claims it has discovered new uranium sites in Iran.
  • Forbes reported that Iran said it had found uranium ore at three new sites in the center of the country.
Iran continues to shell Iraq.
  • The Financial Times reported that Iraqi Kurdish officials reported Iranian artillery were again shelling of positions held by fighters of the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) inside Iraq.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Joshua Muravchik, Bitter Lemons International an AEI scholar argued that the confrontation between Iran and the United States over Iran's nuclear program is likely to end in US air strikes against Tehran's nuclear facilities.
  • Joshua Muravchik, IslamOnline.net mapped out the various foreign policy schools of thought inside the United States, and offers a historical description of the various schools of thought.
  • Cox & Forkum published a cartoon: Dicey.