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Eye On Iran: EU, U.S. Flag Support for Iran Sanctions

March 3, 2010

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Did You Know? “US-Iranian relations have been strained since a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979 and held it until 20 January 1981.”

Top Stories

AP: “The U.S. and Europe said Wednesday they share U.N. fears that Tehran may be secretly working on developing nuclear missiles, expressing support for new sanctions if Tehran continues to defy Security Council demands.”
Dow Jones: “Ingersoll-Rand PLC (IR) is being targeted over its ties to Iran by a lobby group that has already helped push other industrial groups to sever their business interests in the country.  Washington D.C.-based United Against Nuclear Iran has called on the diversified industrial company to stop servicing Iran’s energy sector and accused the company of failing to adequately disclose its business activities in the country.”
FOX News Poll: “A majority of American voters think military force will be necessary to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons program, and many think it will be ‘a disaster’ if Iran gains nuclear capabilities.  A Fox News poll released Tuesday finds that 60 percent of voters think force will be required to stop Iran, while 25 percent think diplomacy and sanctions alone will work.”
Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

AP: “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces an uphill battle as she tries to win support from a skeptical Brazil for new United Nations sanctions against Iran.”
BBC News: “China says diplomacy should be given further time in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, as US officials press for new sanctions on Tehran.
China’s latest statement came as a senior US diplomat, James Steinberg, arrived in Beijing on the highest level visit since a series of bilateral rows.”
Reuters: “The president of the U.N. Security Council said on Tuesday it was ready to tackle proposals for new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, while U.S. diplomats worked to persuade China that action is needed.”
The Guardian: “Italian detectives have arrested seven people, including two alleged Iranian intelligence officers, on suspicion of plotting to procure arms for Iran.  Arrest warrants have also been issued for two more Iranians who were said to be on the run after a round-up of suspects ordered by prosecutors in Milan. Five Italians were also arrested.”

Human Rights

AP: “An Iranian appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a student who took part in an anti-government rally in December that left eight people dead, an opposition Web site reported.”

WSJ: “U.S. technology companies came under fire on Capitol Hill Tuesday for bowing to pressure by foreign governments to censor or block Internet sites in countries like Iran or China.”


Star Tribune Editorial Board: “Ticking time bombs imperil the Middle East and the world. All are linked to Iran and its nuclear ambitions. But several could go off long before those ambitions are realized.”
The National Editorial Board: “Should Iran obtain nuclear weapons, the potential consequences would probably affect the Gulf nations more than any other, even including Israel. The regional shift in power could force difficult decisions: a drastic expansion of the Arab Gulf states’ military capabilities and/or requesting a nuclear security umbrella from the US. Neither is an ideal scenario. The UAE designs to be a bridge between the East and West, not to take sides in a game of nuclearised power politics.”
George Friedman in Stratfor: “The United States apparently has reached the point where it must either accept that Iran will develop nuclear weapons at some point if it wishes, or take military action to prevent this. There is a third strategy, however: Washington can seek to redefine the Iranian question.  As we have no idea what leaders on either side are thinking, exploring this represents an exercise in geopolitical theory. Let’s begin with the two apparent stark choices.”


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.comUnited 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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