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Eye On Iran: Cleric Says Iran Should Produce Nuclear Arms

June 15, 2010

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Top Stories

AP: “The hard-line spiritual mentor of Iran’s president has made a rare public call for producing the ‘special weapons’ that are a monopoly of a few nations, which represents a veiled reference to nuclear arms.” http://nyti.ms/burBX0

NYT: “The European Union is likely to agree on tough new sanctions against Iran that cover further investment in the country’s oil and gas industry as well as its financial sector, Foreign Secretary William Hague of Britain said Monday.” http://nyti.ms/bLpy7o

BBC News: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey is still on the table, despite the adoption of new UN sanctions last week.  Mr Ahmadinejad said the deal could help defuse the conflict with Western powers over Iran’s nuclear program.” http://bit.ly/bWrSH6

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

Radio Farda: “Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has said the European Union decision to impose additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program was ‘wrong and illogical.'” http://bit.ly/dgumzp

Dow Jones: “Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, trade minister of the United Arab Emirates, said Monday that last week’s United Nations sanctions against Iran shouldn’t hurt the investment climate in the region.  ‘Iran has been a challenge to the region for a while,’ Qasimi said in answering questions following a speech to the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council.  ‘However, the drive taking place in the U.N. Security Council puts the right pressure and the right checks and balances’ in place, she said.” http://bit.ly/biW5m1

Commerce

AFP: “Iran on Tuesday signed contracts worth 21 billion dollars with local firms to develop six gas fields, some of them awarded to the elite Revolutionary Guards, state media reported.  The state television website said the ‘contracts to develop the South Pars gas fields — phases 13, 14, 19, 22, 23 and 24 — were inked with three consortia including Khatam al-Anbiya,’ the Guards’ industrial conglomerate.” http://bit.ly/b7npKx

Reuters: “Iran’s central bank will guarantee foreign investors a return of 10 percent on their capital, a newspaper reported on Saturday.” http://bit.ly/9XDYJr

Human Rights

AFP: “Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi on Tuesday called for those who ‘committed fraud’ in last year’s presidential poll to be prosecuted, as he vowed to keep the anti-government movement alive.” http://bit.ly/9m9vOc

AFP: “Seventy-one Iranian women ‘improperly’ dressed were prevented from boarding flights in recent months, an airport official said on Monday, as a police crackdown on the behavior of young people intensified.”
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Opinion

The Economist: “And yet, for all their faults, and for all of the frustration they have created, this week’s sanctions are a vital part of holding Iran to account for nuclear proliferation. That is why Iran, in spite of dismissing the sanctions as a ‘used handkerchief’, has fought them hard (see article).  Nobody could argue with a straight face that this week’s sanctions were unjustified.” http://bit.ly/bG6YbP

Reuel Marc Gerecht in NYT: “In 1985 – when no case officer could even dream of widespread pro-democracy demonstrations in Tehran like those that occurred a year ago this week – I first arrived on the Iran desk in the C.I.A.’s Directorate of Operations. One of my colleagues was an older man who had entered the agency in its early days, when liberal internationalists and hawkish socialists ran most of America’s covert-action programs.” http://nyti.ms/bwyML8

Nir Boms and Shayan Arya in WSJ: “Just over a month ago, on May 9, five political prisoners, including female activist Shirin Alam Holi, were executed in secret. Not even their families or lawyers were notified beforehand. At least 25 other men and women await the same fate.  Female activists, who are growing in numbers, emerged as the new arch enemy of the ayatollahs. After all, as we recently learned from Iranian cleric Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, women cause widespread death and destruction.” http://bit.ly/9pFb1f

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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  1. June 15, 2010 9:03 am

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