Sunday, September 10, 2006

Monday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 9.11.2oo6

Islamic Republic's sub missile launch a fake.
  • Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. military intelligence has determined that a video released by the Iranian government purporting to show a test of a new submarine missile is bogus. it matched a video of an earlier Chinese test. "It's the identical launch," a Pentagon official said. "The plume, everything, is the same."
Ahmadinejad visits Venezuela and Cuba.
  • IranMania reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to hold talks next week in Venezuela to meet with Chavez who recently told cheering students that "we should unite and save humanity and get rid of the American empire."
  • Assorted Babble reported that Cuba is hosting a summit September 11-16 with leaders of 116 developing nations. The presidents of Iran, Syria, representatives of N.Korea, etc. are expected to attend this week.
Islamic Republic's nuclear crisis with the UNSC.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that European Union and Iranian officials met for a second day of talks Sunday which the two sides said the talks Saturday had been "constructive."
  • Reuters reported that Iran will not accept any preconditions for talks on its nuclear program. Iranian spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said: "Suspension is an issue that is in the past. We cannot return to the past."
  • International Herald Tribune reported that Condoleezza Rice insisted that the United States was not overplaying the potential threat from Iran's nuclear activities and that "The world is prepared to act."
Is Iran preparing for air strikes?
  • Ardeshir Dolat reported that Iranian press are saying that the the head of Tehran Fire Brigade, stated,There will be a necessity for volunteer fire fighters in Tehran to help the employed fire fighters.” Is the regime preparing for air strikes?
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Alan Dershowitz, The Boston Globe examined the ethical issues involved in inviting Khatami to speak in the US.
  • Reuters reported that the first official visit to Iran by Iraq's Shi'ite prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, that was due to take place on Monday may be delayed.
  • Chuck Asay, Townhall published a cartoon: Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad = Hitler?