Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 7.6.2006:

"Fearing assassins" Iran delays nuclear talks with EU.
  • Yahoo News reported that crucial talks due on Wednesday between the European Union and Iran on incentives to a end a nuclear stand-off have been postponed for a week.
  • Interactive Investor reported that Iran decided to delay today's meeting in Brussels with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana because of the possible presence in Brussels of an exiled opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi, leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran -- a banned opposition group.
  • Yahoo News later reported that Iran postponed key talks in Brussels between its chief nuclear negotiator and the EU foreign policy chief until July 11 for fear of hit squads according to the Iranian news agency.
North Korea wants more attention?
  • Reuters reported that U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said North Korea's test-firing of a long-range missile may have been aimed at stealing the nuclear spotlight away from Iran.
Iranian regime preps to crush possible protests this weekend.
  • Iran Focus reported that Iran’s State Security Forces (SSF) are setting up several hundred police checkpoints across Tehran. It is believed this is in response to the regime's fear of protests inside Iran starting this coming weekend. July 9th is the anniversary of the 1999 bloody crackdown of the regime against Iranian students. Each year the students have sought to commemorate the crackdown with demonstrations. . Let's hope the Western media is poised to report on any demonstrations this weekend.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Time Magazine asked: Will Hizballah Go To War for Iran?
  • The Guardian reported that the "children of the Iranian revolution" are resisting the hardline direction of the regime.
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