Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 6.7.2006:
Iran receives the Perm-5 +1 Proposal.
- Yahoo News reported that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana handed Iran an international proposal on the nuclear crisis and the two sides held "good" talks.
- Bloomberg reported that President George W. Bush said Iran's response to a U.S.-backed initiative aimed a resolving a standoff over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is a "positive" first step.
- New York Post reported that while the Bush administration offered to join the negotiations with Iran, Ahmadinejad quickly rejected any cessation of enrichment. But the U.S. government is refusing to take no for an answer.
- Reuters reported that oil dipped, then steadied below 73 dollars a barrel after Iran said world powers had made positive proposals to end a crisis over its nuclear program.
- Yahoo News reported that a package of incentives presented Tuesday to Iran includes a provision for the United States to supply Tehran with some nuclear technology.
- Reuters reported that U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said the world economy could handle any theoretical cutoff of Iranian oil exports "for a while."
- Rooz Online reported that Rafsanjani was subjected to so much criticism while speaking in Qom that he left the stage and has since canceled all public events.
- Rooz Online reported that a large number of writers and journalists were among those arrested during the recent popular protests in the province of Azarbaijan.
- Kuwait News Agency reported that a prominent Austrian security official said Austrian custom authorities have busted highly sophisticated missile equipment stranded for Iran.
- The Washington Post reported on the legal case against Iran.
- Amir Taheri, Gulf News examined why Condi Rice pushed for direct talks with Iran and considered the question: Will the Rice gambit work in Iran?
- Rooz Online reported on Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji's acceptance speech in Moscow where he received the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom award.
- Ha'aretz reported the US is "cementing" the plans for an assault on Iran.
- Ian Bremmer, RealClearPolitics examined the question: Are there limits to the Iranian leadership's resolve?