Saturday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 7.8.2006:
Ahmadinejad warns Jews in Israel to leave Israel.
- JTA reported that Ahmadinejad said Israel is a "fabricated regime... I think the only solution would be for those who created it to wrap it up and take it away."
- Amir Taheri, Arab News reported that recently Iranian exiles have held a series of meetings, most recently in Berlin and London, to harmonize their activities. The emerging consensus within the opposition appears to be based on at least six points. A must read.
- Yahoo News reported that the European Union said talks with Iran late on Thursday on a package of incentives to end a nuclear standoff were constructive and laid the basis for a fuller response by Tehran at a second meeting due next week.
- Reuters reported that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said he had a "positive impression" of the proposal for Iran to halt nuclear enrichment.
- BBC News reported that an EU official said that talks between the EU and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program have got off to a good start.
- Bloomberg reported that Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Iran won't be held to a deadline over an EU package of economic and political incentives to cease enriching uranium.
- Geostrategy-Direct reported that since Ahmadinejad has said Tehran would submit an answer by Aug. 22, the U.S. intelligence community thinks it may have figured out why Ahmadinejad chose that date.
- The Southern reported that President Bush expressed frustration with the slow pace of diplomacy in dealing with North Korea and Iran.
- Yahoo News reported that Condoleezza Rice spoke with Solana after his meeting with Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani and that "no response to the P5 plus one proposal was given."
- Khaleej Times Online argued that while the crucial talks between the European Union and Iran on Teheran’s nuclear program and incentives aimed at ending the stand-off have been postponed for a week, should Iran lose this opportunity and think that Baghdad and Pyongyang will take care of its problems, it would be making a grave mistake.
- The New York Times reported that U.S.-led forces arrested a regional commander for a pro-government Shi'ite militia, Adnan al-Unaybi, suspected of smuggling SA-7 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles and spying for Iran.
- Iranian.ws reported that Iran may run out of gasoline by the end of August, one month earlier than expected.
- The Japan Times argued that Iran's decision to include Tehran's prosecutor general, Saeed Mortazavi, in that country's delegation to the new United Nations Human Rights Council sends a wrong message and demonstrates the need for a mechanism within the Human Rights Council to prevent a similar thing from happening in the future.
- Mehran Riazaty pondered why some 60,888 Iranian tourists visited Lebanon in the first half of 2006.
- The Jerusalem Post reported that among the missiles that North Korea test-fired this week were short-range Scud-C missiles and intermediate range Rodong missiles North Korea has sold to Iran.