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Eye On Iran: Obama to Sign Iran Sanctions Bill Today

July 1, 2010

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AP: “President Barack Obama will sign legislation Thursday imposing tough new sanctions against Iran as further punishment for the country’s unwillingness to give up its ambitions of becoming a nuclear power.” http://bit.ly/cNuJWn

WSJ: “Iran has sent Syria a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel’s ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities, say Israeli and U.S. officials, extending an alliance aimed at undermining Israel’s military dominance in the region.” http://bit.ly/cHwcCp

Daily Telegraph: “Officials have accepted for the first time that the country is being used as a transit point for smuggling both money and illegal goods.  The admission comes as part of a drive to crack down on underground trade ties with Iran.” http://bit.ly/bnQROk

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

WSJ: “A new American law aimed at ratcheting up financial pressure on Iran could hit a handful of Japanese energy and financial firms.  Reports issued by U.S. researchers attempting to document activity by multinational companies in Iran have named oil-and-gas producer Inpex Corp. and units of Japan’s three largest banks-Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group Inc.-as doing business that could possibly run afoul of the new U.S. rules.” http://bit.ly/dpfyDv

LAT: “The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, flatly stated in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times that a once much-touted deal between Iran and the international community on Tehran’s nuclear program wasn’t going to happen without big changes.” http://bit.ly/9ZcuEL

LAT: “Manouchehr Mottaki, the foreign minister of Iran, says the U.S., England and France all deserved to be eliminated before the World Cup quarterfinals because the three countries supported a new round of sanctions against his nation over its nuclear program.  We thought they deserved to eliminated because the other teams were simply better. Hmmm. Well, glad to have that cleared up.” http://bit.ly/cNlRjk

AFP: “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voiced support Wednesday for the efforts of Brazil and Turkey to broker a diplomatic solution to the international tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. Under a May accord, Iran agreed to send some of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in return for higher grade nuclear fuel from Russia and France for a medical research reactor.” http://bit.ly/cIFjNS

Commerce

Dow Jones: “Inpex Corp.’s (1605.TO) top official said Thursday that the Japanese energy producer will await developments stemming from a new U.S. sanctions bill that targets companies dealing with Iran that President Barack Obama is expected to sign later in the day.  Meanwhile, Inpex has no plans to sell its stake in the Azadegan oil field in southwestern Iran, Inpex President Toshiaki Kitamura told Dow Jones Newswires.” http://bit.ly/aLUynz

Human Rights

AP: “The mothers of three Americans held in Iran marked 11 months of their captivity Wednesday with a letter to the country’s supreme leader pleading for their release.  The letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was signed by the mothers of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Iranian officials have accused the three of espionage after they were taken into captivity along the Iran-Iraq border last July during what their families say was a hiking trip.” http://bit.ly/bHtvY0

AP: “An Iranian military court has convicted and sentenced to death two suspects charged with torturing and killing three anti-government protesters in prison, the country’s judiciary said Wednesday.  The announced verdicts were the first in a case that significantly embarrassed Iranian authorities and drew some of the fiercest criticism against the government over its treatment of protesters in the turmoil following last June’s disputed presidential election.” http://bit.ly/9li2cj

Radio Farda: “Some 50 houses owned by members of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority have been demolished in a village northeast of Tehran, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports.  The incident took place on June 26 in Ivel, not far from the city of Sari in Mazandaran Province.” http://bit.ly/c1vEQ3

Opinion

Dr. Michael Swaine for the Carnegie Endowment: “In dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran, as with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China confronts yet another exquisite dilemma, albeit of a somewhat different type. Unlike Pyongyang, Tehran is not a long-time ally and critical security buffer along the Chinese border. It is, however, a major political and economic player in a region of increasing importance to Beijing, a significant source of vital oil supplies, and a close friend among developing nations.” http://bit.ly/bBlanb

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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