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Eye On Iran – Newsletter Update

February 25, 2010

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Did You Know? “U.S. officials say Iran also has an active biological weapons program, driven in part by its acquisition of ‘dual-use’ technologies-supplies and machinery that can be put to either harmless or deadly uses,” according to the Council on Foreign Relations. http://bit.ly/aXHnz9

Top Stories

AP: “Iran’s supreme leader says the opposition has lost its credibility and right to participate in politics by not accepting the June presidential elections.” http://nyti.ms/bql9kY
 
AP: “Iran was within its international obligations when it enriched some of its uranium stockpile earlier this month and should not be subjected to U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, its parliament speaker said Thursday.” http://nyti.ms/9T8Xhs
 
Reuters: “Iran accused the new head of the U.N. nuclear agency on Wednesday of issuing a misleading and unbalanced report on Iran’s atomic activities, saying he omitted important information.” http://bit.ly/8YZp13
 
Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

AFP: “Iran will study a Japanese offer to enrich uranium for Tehran to allow it access to nuclear power for peaceful purposes, an Iranian politician was quoted as saying in Tokyo Thursday.” http://bit.ly/coDLAV
 
AP: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that U.S. diplomacy has moved China closer to the American view that Iran’s continuing refusal to come clean on its nuclear program demands tough new U.N. sanctions.” http://bit.ly/be4dfv
 
Reuters: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Latin America next week, including a visit to Brazil where she is expected to seek support for new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.” http://bit.ly/aKtq0A
 
AP: “Israel brought its campaign for new sanctions against Iran to the Chinese capital on Thursday, with the arrival of a high-level government delegation aiming to persuade Beijing to agree to the tougher punishment.” http://bit.ly/dcbzfa
 
Commerce
 
LAT: “Past a state deadline for selling the investments, CalPERS hasn’t sold any of its $900 million in holdings in foreign firms working in Iran’s defense or energy industries.” http://bit.ly/bjLKlp

Foreign Affairs

AP: “Syria and Iran defended their strong ties Thursday and dismissed U.S. efforts to break up the 30-year-alliance, saying America should not dictate relationships in the Middle East.” http://nyti.ms/cXY7L8

Culture

AP: “The first Iranian woman to compete at a Winter Olympics has completed the first run of the Alpine giant slalom.  Marjan Kalhor finished in 1 minute, 36.87 seconds Wednesday, the slowest of 68 skiers who completed the foggy, snowy course. She trailed Elisabeth Goergl of Austria by 21.75 seconds before the afternoon second run.” http://bit.ly/dvBBKo

Opinion

Matthias Kuntzel in WSJ: “Although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the increase of uranium enrichment to 20%-bringing Tehran much closer to weapons-grade nuclear material-China still opposes new United Nations sanctions. The responsibility for stopping the Iranian bomb thus rests with a ‘coalition of the willing.'” http://bit.ly/dcr5mC
 
Douglas Bloomfield in the Jerusalem Post: “The latest US arms sales to the Gulf states can be part of a de facto alliance of the US, the Gulf states and Israel to deter Iran’s ambitions.” http://bit.ly/a9uBDR
 
Peter Lee in the Asia Times: “Beijing is monitoring the evolving United States-led Iran sanctions campaign with alarm and – as conflicting responses to an Israeli initiative indicate – some uncertainty.” http://bit.ly/9zyruj
 
Andres Oppenheimer for McClatchy: “Brazil’s key diplomatic support of Iran’s increasingly isolated regime is baffling the international community. There are several theories about Brazil’s behavior, some of them quite troubling.  In recent days, as the traditionally cautious United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency finally concluded that Iran is likely to be developing a nuclear weapon, and even Russia began to distance itself from Iran, Brazil announced that President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will go ahead with plans to visit Iran on May 15.” http://bit.ly/d68DpC

News Analysis
 
Howard LaFranchi in CS Monitor: “As the United States and its European partners continue to press for a fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions aimed at curtailing Iran’s nuclear activity, China has publicly maintained its preference for pursuing talks with Tehran over new economic restraints.” http://bit.ly/9alhl0

Eye on Iran is a periodic news summary from United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) a program of the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc., a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Eye on Iran is not intended as a comprehensive media clips summary but rather a selection of media elements with discreet analysis in a PDA friendly format. For more information please email Press@UnitedAgainstNuclearIran.com

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is a non-partisan, broad-based coalition that is united in a commitment to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to become a regional super-power possessing nuclear weapons.  UANI is an issue-based coalition in which each coalition member will have its own interests as well as the collective goal of advancing an Iran free of nuclear weapons.

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