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Eye On Iran: 20 Kilos of 20% Enriched Uranium Ready: Iran

July 12, 2010

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AFP: “Iran said on Sunday it has produced around 20 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, in defiance of the world powers who want Tehran to suspend the controversial nuclear work.  ‘We have produced around 20 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium and we are working to produce the (fuel) plates,’ Iran’s atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi told ISNA news agency.” http://yhoo.it/99bh6p

Reuters: “‘Irrational regimes’ like Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear arms and it is a mistake to think Tehran’s ambitions can be contained, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on U.S. television.  Netanyahu, who met President Barack Obama last week during a visit to Washington and New York, told ‘Fox News Sunday’ that Iran was ‘just moving on with its efforts’ to develop nuclear weapons — a prospect he called ‘very, very dangerous.'” http://bit.ly/9RCyWJ

Itar-Tass: “Iran plans to begin production of its own fuel in late August-early September of 2011, vice-president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, told Iran’s news agencies on Monday.  ‘We are working on the task and I hope we will provide the Tehran research reactor with fuel by the Iranian month of Shahrivar (from August 23 to September 22),’ he said.” http://bit.ly/9tLwYn

Iran Disclosure Project

Nuclear Program

AFP: “Iran is close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in the clearest indication of Moscow alarm over Tehran’s atomic drive.  ‘Iran is nearing the possession of the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of a nuclear weapon,’ Medvedev said at a meeting with Russian diplomats quoted by Russian news agencies.” http://bit.ly/cSyCdR

CNN: “A top Iranian lawmaker says newly found documents back up Tehran’s claims that the CIA is responsible for the disappearance of one of its nuclear scientists, Iranian media reported Sunday.  Shahram Amiri, a researcher at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, mysteriously disappeared in June 2009 while on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, according to Iranian media reports.” http://bit.ly/9wULbU

Commerce

Times of India: “After a two-year lull, India has proposed to resume talks with Iran on importing gas through a pipeline passing through Pakistan, but the Persian Gulf state wants the meeting to happen in Tehran.  India in April proposed a meeting of the India-Iran Joint Working Group (JWG) between May 23 and 28 in New Delhi to discuss the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, but Tehran has not yet confirmed the dates.” http://bit.ly/9MLpsh

Human Rights

NYT: “Iran’s educational authorities will send 1,000 religious clerics into schools in Tehran to tamp down Western influence and political opposition, newspapers reported on Sunday.  The newspapers quoted the deputy director of Tehran’s education department, Mohammad Boniadi, as saying that the clerics would start work at schools in the capital in September to make students ‘aware of opposition plots.'” http://nyti.ms/a6td1G

AP: “The controversial death sentence by stoning for an Iranian woman convicted of adultery will not be implemented for now, said a judicial official on Sunday.  The world outcry over the death sentence has become the latest issue in Iran’s fraught relationship with the international community.” http://bit.ly/dwW0vK

Domestic Politics

LAT: “All eyes in Iran are on the bazaar, the nation’s traditional marketplaces, where tensions have peaked over a proposed tax hike that has fused with other strains of discontent against the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Since Tuesday, strikes in Tehran’s old bazaar rage on as merchants still refuse to accept the government’s proposal for an increase on their income tax.  By some accounts, the bazaar protest is gathering momentum.” http://bit.ly/cUt7yU

Opinion

Meir Javedanfar in The Diplomat: “Building deep-water ports at home and abroad has been a hallmark of many of the world’s emerging powers…Yet despite all these potential benefits, it’s an area in which the Islamic Republic of Iran has been falling behind. Its southern ports can only accommodate 100,000 ton ships, meaning any ship above that capacity carrying goods for Iran has to dock in United Arab Emirates ports such as Fajirah and Jabal Ali, whereupon their cargo is loaded onto smaller ships and brought to Iran.  So does all this really matter? When a diplomat from one of the states that provides your country a trading lifeline floats the possibility of war with you, then it most certainly does.” http://bit.ly/b5VXop

News Analysis

Reuters: “Arch foes Iran and Israel have taken their diplomatic rivalry to Africa, courting the continent with everything from trade to security ties in their search for support in the United Nations.  Both nations are sending politicians and business leaders across the continent to forge or revive contacts, clinching a string of deals ranging from arms and agriculture to promises of dams, oil and protection.” http://bit.ly/dnqzTt

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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