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Eye On Iran: Treasury Levey: US, Allies Must Go Beyond UN Sanctions To Pressure Iran

June 23, 2010

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Dow Jones: “The U.S. and other countries should explore what economic measures can be taken beyond the recent United Nations sanctions to force Iran to abandon its nuclear program, a senior Treasury official said Tuesday.  Stuart Levey, undersecretary for terrorism and international financial intelligence, said the fourth round of sanctions marked an ‘inflection point’ in the effort to pressure Iran. But he warned that the country’s leaders will attempt ‘work-arounds’ to avoid the impact of the moves.”

AP: “Iran’s nuclear chief said Wednesday his country has produced 17 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent, defying U.N. demands to halt the controversial program.”

AFP: “China and major international financial institutions have been increasingly willing to cut off Iran over its suspect nuclear program, top US officials assured skeptical lawmakers Tuesday.  ‘China is increasingly aware of its own stake in effective international action against Iran and its nuclear ambitions,’ the number three US diplomat, William Burns, told the Senate Foreign relations Committee.”

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AFP: “Canada is prepared to implement more sanctions against Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said Tuesday.  ‘Canada has implemented all decisions of the (UN) Security Council to date,’ Cannon told a press conference.”

WP: “Uzi Arad, central in the crafting of Israel’s stance on the Palestinians and on Iran’s nuclear program, also argued that new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran are inadequate to thwart its nuclear progress. A preemptive military strike might eventually be necessary, he said.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday to make the state Treasury and pension funds dump stock worth more than $400 million in Royal Dutch Shell and dozens of other foreign companies.  ‘If they want to do business with Pennsylvania’s pension funds, they’ll have to cut their ties to Iran,’ the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who represents Abington and Upper Dublin, told me.”

AFP: “Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday branded new sanctions slapped on Tehran as ‘confused acts’ which showed the helplessness of world powers in dealing with the Islamic republic.”

The Epoch Times: “A group of international scholars, politicians, and activists issued a scathing report in Ottawa on Tuesday condemning Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for what they describe as his flaunting international norms regarding nuclear arms, human rights, and terrorism.  The report’s authors claim the document contains the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative witness testimony and documentary evidence to date regarding Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

AFP: “Israel on Tuesday launched a spy satellite from a base in the south of the country, the defense ministry said, with the device reportedly capable of monitoring arch-foe Iran.  ‘A few minutes ago the State of Israel launched the Ofek-9 (Horizon-9) satellite from the Palmachim base,’ the ministry said. ‘The results of the launch are being examined by the technical team.'”

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Reuters: “Ten suspects went on trial in Iran on Tuesday accused of belonging to a Sunni Muslim rebel group whose leader was executed two days ago for his involvement in attacks on the predominantly Shi’ite Islamic state.”


Meir Javedanfar in The Guardian: “However, if we look at Iran’s behavior, it is in fact the Iranian leadership that has missed an opportunity to engage the United States. Since coming to office, Barack Obama has tried to reach out to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, through his private message, sent in May 2009, calling for ‘co-operation in regional and bilateral relations’ between the US and Iran.”

Scott Peterson in CS Monitor: “The Israeli drumbeat for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program grew louder this week as former intelligence chief Shabtai Shavit said the Jewish state must not ‘sit idly and wait until the enemy comes to attack you.'”

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  1. June 25, 2010 2:32 am

    Abandoning the nuclear program will save more human beings.Already we have examples in Japan about the effects of (hiroshima & Nagasagi) nuclear issues.It is the duty of the nation to save the people of the earth.

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