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Eye On Iran: Congress Strikes Deal on Tougher Sanctions for Iran’s Suppliers

June 22, 2010

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WP: “U.S. lawmakers on Monday reached agreement on legislation that would penalize Iran’s business partners for selling the country gasoline, investing in its refineries, or providing financial services to firms linked to its political and military elite.”

AFP: “Iran’s barring of two nuclear inspectors serves as ‘notice’ to the chief of the UN atomic body to manage the agency professionally, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday.   ‘This action (banning the inspectors from entering Iran) is in reality a regulatory notice to (Yukiya) Amano to be careful so that the agency’s inspectors do not violate the international entity’s charter,’ state news agency IRNA quoted Mottaki as saying.”

AP: “Iran’s state TV says the country has more than doubled the face value of its largest banknote. The report Tuesday said the new 100,000 rial bill (worth roughly $9.6) is aimed at facilitating financial transactions. The new bills will go into circulation starting Wednesday.”

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

AP: “Brazil’s foreign minister says his country’s active support of Iran in its dispute with the West over its nuclear program is being scaled back after the U.N. Security Council decision to move for a fourth set of sanctions.”

AP: “Defying a warning from Washington, Pakistan’s prime minister promised Tuesday to go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the U.S. levies additional sanctions against the Mideast country.”

Domestic Politics

Radio Farda: “Iran’s parliament has rejected a university reform bill backed by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.  The legislators rejected the bill on June 20 in an education debate that is closely linked to political rivalries in the country, pitting supporters of Ahmadinejad against the reformist camp and one of its main leaders, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.”

Foreign Affairs

AP: “The Foreign Ministry summoned the German Ambassador Tuesday to protest over a scuffle at the German Embassy that sent an Iranian woman to hospital, state television reported.”

AP: “Iran’s state television says the country will send an aid ship to the blockaded Gaza Strip with 1,100 tons of relief supplies.  Iran is Israel’s archenemy and supports Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Dispatching a ship to Gaza risks a high-seas confrontation with the Israelis.”


Abbas Milani in WSJ: “Ten days before the June 12 anniversary of last year’s contested presidential election, Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi called for his supporters to protest in the streets as they had one year before. Then he rescinded his own message. Many Iranian democrats derided this about-face as defeatist. Here in America, observers took Mr. Mousavi’s gesture-and the fact that only 400 people were reportedly arrested in Tehran on the anniversary-as the death knell of the Green movement.”

Robert Tait for Radio Farda: “It is the friendship Western policymakers wish they could have prevented: Turkey — secular, Western-leaning, and a key member of NATO — drawing close to a resurgent theocratic Iran whose nuclear program and geopolitical ambitions present a full-frontal challenge to the established international order.”

Reza Kahlili in Forbes: “Last week, Iran’s opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi canceled anti-government demonstrations timed to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s disputed presidential election. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton called the cancellation ‘regrettable,’ but missed the larger point. The reform these two men offer is not what the majority of Iranians want: They want an end to the current Islamic regime.”

Jim Sciutto and Bruno Roeber: “One year ago Sunday, a single, violent death captivated the world. 27-year-old Neda Agha Soltan was shot during an anti-government protest in Tehran on June 20, 2009 – her death caught on camera and broadcast around the world on YouTube . Neda quickly become a symbol of the protest movement in Iran.”

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