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Eye On Iran: EU Targets Iran Despite Members’ Trade Ties

June 20, 2010

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WSJ: “European Union leaders on Thursday authorized a significant widening of the 27-nation bloc’s sanctions against Iran because of concerns over Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program, in a move that will likely reinforce a slow but steady trend toward weakening economic relations between Europe and Iran.”

CS Monitor: “But the EU and US measures, which go beyond the new sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council last week, drew a blast of condemnation from Russia, which said the separate measures undermine the major powers’ joint effort to influence Tehran over its nuclear program.  In a statement calling the US and EU actions ‘unacceptable,’ the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the US and EU for putting themselves above the Security Council and weakening “the foundations for our dialogue and interaction.”

AP: “Iran’s top security body on Friday railed against the latest U.N. sanctions imposed over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, saying they show world powers are applying a double standard.”

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

AFP: “US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with ‘scores or hundreds’ of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.”

Human Rights

Radio Farda: “A lawyer and activist close to the case of an Iranian woman convicted of adultery say she may soon be stoned to death, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.  Women’s rights activist Soheila Vahdati spoke to Radio Farda on June 17 about the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Ashtiani, who has two children, has been imprisoned in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz since 2005.”

AFP: “A leading hardline cleric on Friday defended Iran’s crackdown on improperly veiled women, after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he opposed the clampdown.
‘Nobody has the right to prevent the police from acting against bad hijab (veil),’ Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in a sermon at the Muslim weekly prayers in Tehran.”


The Economist: “Why has the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stuck its neck out so far for Iran?  The short answer is that Lula, a former trade-union leader, fancies himself as the man who can talk Iran into obeying the world’s nuclear rules, and thinks sanctions will bring that effort to nought.”

Erich Follath and Holger Stark in Der Speigel: “In the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program, the UN Security Council has imposed new sanctions. Is Iran truly building a nuclear bomb as Western countries claim? Or are countries playing up the dangers to bring Iran to its knees? SPIEGEL traces the history of Tehran’s nuclear program — with stops in Washington, Vienna and Isfahan.”

Wahied Wahdat-Hagh in WSJ: “For more than two years, seven Bahai leaders have been imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison in northwestern Tehran. After a series of show trials which concluded on June 14, the so-called Iranian ‘court’ is expected to rule shortly against Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm who stand accused of, amongst other things, ‘espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.'”

News Analysis

Glenn Kessler in WP: “On Thursday, European Union governments agreed to ban companies from investing in or otherwise assisting Iran’s oil and gas industry — measures that went well beyond a U.N. Security Council resolution last week that reiterated international demands that Iran forswear nuclear weapons. Along with the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and other countries are set to adopt or strengthen their own sanctions against trading with Iran.”

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

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