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Eye On Iran: Iran Parliament Backs 20% Uranium Enrichment

June 17, 2010

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AFP: “Parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday called on Iran’s government to push ahead with its controversial program to enrich uranium to 20 percent, despite being slapped with fresh UN sanctions.”

AP: “Iran’s nuclear chief says his country is designing a new atomic research reactor in another snub of international efforts to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.”

WSJ: “European Union leaders are set to authorize a list of sectors for sanctions on Iran that goes further than those adopted in a United Nations Security Council resolution last week.  The proposed EU sanctions, which are aimed at pressuring Tehran to curb its nuclear program, include curbing investment and technology transfers in Iran’s oil and gas industry, and also target aspects of Iran’s finance, insurance, trade, banking and transport sectors.”
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NYT: “A leading figure in Iran’s opposition issued a defiant statement on Tuesday demanding prosecution of those he accused of fraud in the disputed presidential election and of human rights abuses against opposition demonstrators over the past year.”

Reuters: “Iran said on Tuesday it was undeterred by European Union plans for tighter sanctions over its disputed nuclear activities, and threatened to punish countries that backed sanctions by curbing exports of minerals.  EU members have agreed to push ahead at a summit on Thursday with plans to move beyond sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council last week, with extra measures including steps to curb investment in Iran’s energy sector.”

Australian AP: “Australia will take out its own sanctions against Iran as it seeks to help curb the regime’s nuclear program.  Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has announced Australia will impose sanctions on a bank, a shipping line, and an individual involved in a construction company.”

AFP: “Iran’s hardline president on Wednesday accused Barack Obama of meddling in his country after the US leader called for global support for Iranians in their fight for greater democracy.  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reinstated as president last year in what the opposition charged was a fraudulent election, branded the US government as ‘the most violent dictatorship.'”

Human Rights

AP: “Western nations rebuked Iran for its human rights record Tuesday after overcoming an attempt by Iran and its Muslim allies to block the statement from being read aloud in the U.N. Human Rights Council.  The United States and Norway pressured Iran to make good on its pledge to improve human rights, crafting a statement that won the backing of all 27 European Union nations and more than two dozen other countries.”

LAT: “As June 12 saw the anniversary of Iran’s contested presidential election pass, the Green Movement is once again making news. HBO’s new documentary, ‘For Neda,’ is a poignant reminder of the movement’s human cost, and Babylon & Beyond wanted to know more about the project.”

Radio Farda: “Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has dedicated a prestigious human rights prize she received to a recently detained Iranian colleague, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.  Ebadi received the Felix Ermacora Prize for Human Rights in Vienna on June 15.”


Japan Times Editorial Board: “For the fourth time, the United Nations Security Council has voted to impose sanctions against Iran to get that country to share more details about its nuclear program. Tehran’s determination to shield those efforts from international scrutiny only compounds doubt about its intentions. The new sanctions will not compel Iranian compliance, but they signal increased concern about Iranian obstinacy and consolidate the international consensus that is essential to resolve this standoff.”

Massimo Calabresi in TIME: “Like most of the major Western oil companies, British Petroleum has cut back its ties with Iran as international sanctions against the Islamic Republic have mounted in response to its nuclear program. BP several years ago halted investments larger than $20 million into Iran’s energy infrastructure, remaining below the threshold for penalties set by the 1995 Iran Sanctions Act. And in the second half of 2009, the company halted the sale of refined petroleum products to Iran, which Tehran needs because of its limited domestic refining capacity.”

Bret Stephens in Commentary Magazine: “As for the idea that Iran might actually use its weapons, containment advocates note that nuclear states-even ones as erratic as Maoist China or present-day North Korea-aren’t so crazy as to seek anything but political advantage from their bombs. Nor do the advocates believe that a nuclear Iran will necessarily set off a wave of nuclear proliferation among Middle Eastern states…All this makes for a powerful case for containment. Yet it is far from being convincing.”

Mark Hosenball in Newsweek: “U.S and European officials seem surprisingly relaxed about news that Iran is sending its own seaborne challenge to Israel’s Gaza blockade. The officials say they see no cause to doubt Iranian media reports that the first ship in what could become a small flotilla will sail from Iran this week, if it hasn’t embarked already.”

Golnaz Esfandiari in Radio Farda: “Clerics who have been critical of the brutal crackdown that followed Iran’s 2009 presidential election are coming under fresh pressure from the Iranian establishment, judging by a wave of recent attacks.  The incidents have all come since the one-year anniversary of the June 12 vote, which sparked unprecedented street protests in the Islamic republic and allegations of massive fraud.”

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