Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran
DoctorZin reports, 5.4.2005:
Mr. "R": A Candidate with a Record!
Iran va Jahan:Please forward a copy of this report to the mainstream media.
They remind the western media that former Iranian President Rafsanjani has "a record." While the Europeans vainly hope that Rafsanjani will transform himself into a "pragmatic moderate," writer Shaheen Fatemi reminds us what his record consists of. READ MORE
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
- Iran Focus reports that Ali-Akbar Velayati, Iran's former Foreign Minister and a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and a candidate in the forthcoming June 17 presidential elections, hinted at official responsibility for terrorist operations abroad against its opponents.
- The Scotsman reports that Iran denies any involvement in an assassination attempt on Saddam Hussein in his prison cell.
- Michael Ledeen once again pleads with the U.S. administration not to be fooled by the repackaging of Rafsanjani and the threat of the Iranian regime to U.S. security.
- Reporters Without Borders exposes the regime's recent efforts to silence Iranian bloggers.
- Reuters is reporting that White House spokesman Scott McClellan has warned Iran that resuming enrichment would break its deal with the EU3.
- The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the EU3 are requesting more help from the U.S. in its negotiations with Iranians on Iran's nuclear enrichment program. A U.S. official said the request was vague.
- The Islamic Republic News Agency reported Prime Minister Tony Blair as saying: "I've got no intention of bombing their nuclear installations or anything else."
- The WSJ reports that Iran has given the EU3 until early June to permit Iran to restart its uranium enrichment program. "They're always probing for weaknesses," one European diplomat said.
- Radio Free Europe is explains why Iran is meddling in Nigeria.
- ABC News is reporting that they received a copy of a "non-paper" that served as they basis of the recent discussions between the EU3 and Iran in London and explains why Iran wants 3,000 more centrifuges.
- The Weekly Standard reports that Iran is supplying Zimbabwe financial, military, and commercial support and asks what the Iranians are getting in return?
- And finally, The New York Times reports that Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said: "We will resume some nuclear activities,'' ... ''What activities or when is still under study."