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Eye On Iran: Mullen: Iran Will Continue to Strive for Nukes

June 30, 2010

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AP: “Adm. Mike Mullen said Monday he believes Iran will continue to pursue nuclear weapons, even if sanctions against the country are increased.  Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said it would be ‘incredibly dangerous’ for Iran to achieve nuclear weapons, and that there’s ‘no reason to trust’ Iran’s assurances that it is only pursuing a peaceful nuclear program, especially after the discovery of the secret nuclear facility in Qom.” http://bit.ly/c1gsKC

LAT: “Iran set tough terms Monday for the resumption of nuclear talks, vowing to punish world powers for imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that stalled talks could continue only if the United States, Russia, China and Western Europe included other countries in the discussions, clarified their stance on Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons arsenal, submitted to the rules of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and specified whether the talks would be friendly or hostile.” http://bit.ly/aiPFQF

WP: “Iran is ready to retaliate if its vessels are searched and will postpone nuclear talks with major powers until late August in response to new international sanctions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday.” http://bit.ly/9RnHll

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Nuclear Program

Reuters: “The U.N. chief on Monday called for more talks on Iran’s atomic program, saying new sanctions against Tehran have not shut the door to a diplomatic resolution of its nuclear standoff with the West.  ‘Even with the Security Council’s resolution adopted on other sanctions, the door is still open for a negotiated settlement,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters.” http://bit.ly/a24686

Reuters: “Russia complained to the Security Council on Monday about what U.N. diplomats said was Germany’s seizure of items bound for a nuclear power plant in Iran, saying such moves were ‘not in line’ with U.N. rules.” http://bit.ly/aq6Nqo

AP: “Russia’s foreign minister is expressing little concern over U.S. claims that Iran has enough uranium to make two nuclear bombs within two years, saying the information is not new.  Speaking in Israel on Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov responded to a new CIA assessment that Iran could produce the bombs by further enriching uranium it already has.” http://bit.ly/atUxcF

WSJ: “A former lead Iranian nuclear negotiator has taken up residence at Princeton University, marking the highest-ranking member of Tehran’s political elite to relocate to the U.S. since last year’s political uprising against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. U.S. and European officials view Hossein Mousavian as particularly important, as he has spent more than two decades working on foreign-policy issues for the Islamic Republic ranging from helping secure the release of hostages held by the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon to working with the West to establish a new government in Afghanistan following the overthrow of the Taliban.” http://bit.ly/9aYg1O

Reuters: “The G8 highlighted fears over nuclear proliferation, and fingered North Korea and Iran as major threats.  ‘The governments of Iran and North Korea have chosen to acquire weapons to threaten their neighbors. The world must see to it that what they spend on these weapons will not be the only costs they incur,’ Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.” http://bit.ly/a6Qb79

Commerce

Reuters: “Iran sees no risks to its gasoline imports, an oil official said on Tuesday, a day after France’s Total TOTA.PA joined the list of Western oil companies stopping sales to Iran due to sanctions.  The head of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company told the oil ministry website SHANA that consumption was declining, helping trim Iran’s reliance on gasoline imports.” http://bit.ly/cpVPUF

Reuters: “Gazprom Neft (SIBN.MM), the oil arm of Russian energy firm Gazprom (GAZP.MM), is looking to expand its foreign operations into oil-rich Cuba and Iran, which are both hindered by trade sanctions.  The company is actively seeking to increase its resource base to meet an ambitious oil output goal of 100,000 million tonnes a year by 2020, up from around 60,000 million.” http://bit.ly/ahKUtb

Domestic Politics

Radio Farda: “Former Iranian President Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, a top Iranian cleric who has supported the opposition, has severely criticized the country’s political situation, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.  The criticism came in a letter published on Rafsanjani’s website on June 27, one day before the 29th anniversary of a 1981 blast at the Tehran office of the Islamic Republican Party that killed many political leaders.” http://bit.ly/bFaEgF

Radio Farda: “Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has called for a ‘decrease’ in ties with Russia, according to Hossein Ebrahimi, a parliament deputy and a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.” http://bit.ly/ctwyyy

Opinion

George Perkovich for the Carnegie Endowment: “Coming on the heels of a new round of United Nations Security Council sanctions on Iran, the United States and Europe have added additional measures to increase pressure and change the behavior of the Iranian regime. But, are sanctions the best option? Will the international community be able to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions? In a Q&A, George Perkovich explains that no one is under the illusion that sanctions alone will persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium, but there are other reasons to adopt sanctions and there’s no good alternative.” http://bit.ly/9hedf9

Robert Kagan in WP: “The second success was the U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran. Yes, it was too mild, badly watered down by China and Russia. Yes, the administration oversold how much Russia acceded to American desires. But the administration did get a resolution, only a little later than planned, and passage kicked off additional sanctions by Europeans and others. Will this by itself stop Iran from getting a bomb? No. But it does increase the pressure on the Tehran regime, which may indirectly help those Iranians who dare to struggle for a new kind of government.” http://bit.ly/bKwpFc

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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