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Frost Over the World – Has US politics become too vitriolic?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 15, 2011

Iran’s nuclear tour proposal almost collapsed

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 14, 2011

Iran’s proposal for a tour of its nuclear sites floundered yesterday (13 January) after China effectively rejected the invitation and Russia cautioned that such a trip could never replace UN inspections or talks between Tehran and world powers.

The European Union turned down Iran’s offer to allow selected ambassadors accredited to the UN’s nuclear watchdog to visit two nuclear installations but snub those from the United States, Britain, France and Germany.

Diplomats from Britain, France, Germany and the United States were not invited. But China, Russia and Hungary, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union until July, were invited, leaving the EU in a quandary over what to do.

In the end, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton rejected Tehran’s offer and claimed that the responsibility of inspection lies in the hands of the United Nations.

China, ahead of President Hu Jintao’s state visit to the United States next week, said it would be “difficult” for its ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to go on the proposed tour.

“The Vienna representative is still in China right now, so it will be difficult for him to go to Iran,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news briefing, without elaborating.

Without the European Union, China and possibly Russia, Tehran’s trip proposal could collapse before Istanbul talks next week between Iran and the so called P5+1 group – the five permanent members of the Security Council along with Germany.

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EU says up to IAEA to inspect Iranian nuclear facilities

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 6, 2011

The European Union’s executive said on Wednesday it was up to the U.N. nuclear watchdog to inspect Iranian atomic facilities, after Tehran invited EU envoys to tour the sites this month.

The European Commission said it had yet to reply to the invitation sent to some ambassadors, including the EU’s, accredited to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, weeks before a second round of talks between Iran and six world powers on its disputed nuclear ambitions.

Iran invited the EU as well as China, Russia and others to visit, in a move that raised questions in the West as to whether it constituted a genuine step towards more nuclear transparency or a public relations stunt meant to divide major powers and buy time for further atomic advances.

The West suspects Iran’s nuclear programme is directed at developing bombs.

The EU said inspections should be carried out by specialists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), rather than ambassadors to the U.N. watchdog who were invited by Tehran.

“We haven’t answered the letter,” a European Commission spokesman told a regular news briefing on Wednesday, after being asked whether the EU had accepted or rejected Tehran’s offer.

“But what we want to underline is that there is a process going on and it is for the IAEA to inspect the Iranian nuclear facilities … They have people to inspect them.”

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Iran & North Korea Working Together (1.2.11)

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 5, 2011

Iran invites EU, others to nuke sites after barring IAEA constantly

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 4, 2011

Iran has invited Russia, China, the European Union and its allies among the Arab and developing world to tour its nuclear sites, in an apparent move to gain support ahead of a new round of talks with six world powers.

In a letter made available Monday to The Associated Press, senior Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh suggests the weekend of Jan. 15 and 16 for the tour and says that meetings “with high ranking officials” are envisaged.

While no reason was given for the timing of the offer, it comes just weeks before Iran and the six powers follow up on recent talks that ended with agreement on little else but to meet again.

The new round between Tehran, and the permanent U.N. Security Council members — the U.S. Russia, China, Britain, France — plus Germany, is tentatively set for Istanbul, Turkey in late January.

It is meant to explore whether there is common ground for more substantive talks on Iran’s nuclear program, viewed by the U.S, and its allies as a cover for secret plans to make nuclear arms — something Tehran denies.

As we all know there is an International Atomic Energy Agency which barred from Iran for investigations and Islamic republic probably has a show going on after barring over 40 investigators which wanted to investigate the sites that they suspect not the ones that the regime plans to demonstrate.

Islamic regime plays with world to extend the time to reach to their aims. Last month the head of Iran’s atomic energy organization said on television that Iran had achieved the ability to produce its own yellow cake, uranium powder that is a step in the process for creating nuclear fuel.

He said the breakthrough, using uranium ore mined in southern Iran, signified the country’s full self-sufficiency in the production of uranium, cutting out the need for imported material.

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Burry me in IRAN!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 19, 2010

Iran violates arms embargo again and again

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 11, 2010

A U.N. committee has investigated two apparent violations of the Iranian arms embargo, the head of the committee told the Security Council Friday.

Tsuneo Nishida, the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, said both violations occurred in the past three months, CNN reported.

In one case, a country reported finding 13 shipping containers of arms apparently originating in Iran, he said. In another case, a country seized a container of explosives being shipped from Iran to Syria.

The Security Council, in a 2007 resolution, banned the export of arms from Iran. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said Nishida’s report shows Iran’s behavior is unchanged.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to Iran’s actions, not much has changed since we last met,” she said. “Iran continues to violate its obligations.”

Gary Samore, President Barack Obama’s top adviser on non-proliferation, said in a speech to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies that the United States and its allies will ratchet up sanctions if Iran continues on its present course. He said they will “test how high Iran’s pain threshold is.”

“I’m glad to hear that they are having problems with their centrifuge machines,” he told a conference in Washington, referring to the centrifuges used to enrich uranium. “The US and its allies are trying to do everything that we can to ensure that we complicate matters for them.”

“It’s important that we take additional measures,” Mr. Samore said. “That’s a way of correcting any impression that the Iranians might have that just talking for the sake of talking is going to in any way get out of them out of the sanctions noose that is tightening around their throats.”

In a report on Stuxnet issued this week, the US Congressional Research Service said: “States appear to possess a motive to develop Stuxnet because, unlike other forms of malware, the worm is not designed to steal information, but rather to target and disrupt control systems and disable operations.”

There are some experts who believe the main Stuxnet’s target was China and not Iran but the mainstream media likes to turn the attentions to Iran.

U.S. Lawmakers Angry over Chinese Regime’s Links with Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 4, 2010

Royce: China’s Illicit Aid to Iran Must Stop

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 2, 2010

Rep. Ed Royce highlighted China’s illicit aid to Iran during today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on implementing tougher sanctions on Iran.

Iran obtained advanced N-capable missiles from North Korea

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 29, 2010

US intelligence believes Iran has obtained advanced missiles from North Korea that could strike Europe, according to US documents divulged by WikiLeaks and cited by the New York Times.

The documents also show frustration among US diplomats who have been pressing for China to block shipments of missile parts from North Korea to Iran, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported.

The New York Times, citing a diplomatic cable dated February 24, said “secret American intelligence assessments have concluded that Iran has obtained a cache of advanced missiles, based on a Russian design.”

Iran obtained 19 of the North Korean missiles, an improved version of Russia’s R-27, from North Korea, the cable said, and was “taking pains to master the technology in an attempt to build a new generation of missiles.”

“The North Korean version of the advanced missile, known as the BM-25, could carry a nuclear warhead,” said the newspaper, adding it had a range of up to 2,000 miles (more than 3,000 kilometers).

“If fired from Iran, that range, in theory, would let its warheads reach targets as far away as Western Europe, including Berlin. If fired northwestward, the warheads could reach Moscow,” it said, referring to other dispatches.

“The cables say that Iran not only obtained the BM-25, but also saw the advanced technology as a way to learn how to design and build a new class of more powerful engines,” said the Times.

The document said diplomats were instructed to express US concerns “at the highest level possible”.