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Clinton Iran does not want peace deal

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on January 11, 2011

Ten Indians convicted for smuggling in Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 23, 2010

The men, all from Gujarat, worked in a UAE-based marine service company.

MirHossein Mousavi: Wikileaks exposed Iran’s ‘vulnerability’

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 13, 2010

Iranian opposition leader, MirHossein Mousavi says he supports the formation of a unified front that includes all the opposition movements in Iran.

In an interview with Ghalam Sabz internet newspaper, Mousavi, who has always resisted ideas of a centralized opposition organization and insisted that the opposition has the shape of interconnected social networks, said that he would now support a unified organization so long as “it has the form of a coalition front, and from its very formation, considers itself a companion to the Green Movement and other grassroots organizations such as the labour, women’s, student and teachers movements and it is not after weakening any other organization.”

Mousavi maintained that his insistence on the social networks model was due to the widespread arrest and violence exercised against the reformists.

Mousavi went on to refer to the sermon of Tehran Friday Mass Prayers Leader this week, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati who stated that the reform movement (which the conservatives refer to as sedition) are not sitting idle; they are like a fire under the ashes.”

Mousavi claimed that “The continued oppression and failure of the government to recognize the truth in addition to state lies, violations of the law, corruption and incompetence in domestic and international policies” will spread the reach of this burning fire from under the ashes.

The opposition leader also touched on the recent documents released on Wikileaks and maintained that while the Islamic Republic has been “imagining that it is convincing the Vatican, the US and European leaders, it has missed out on honing constructive relationships with its regional neighbors.”

Wikileaks documents state that a number of Arab nations in the region have supported the option of a military attack on Iran.

Mousavi also referred to the documents revealing “Israeli policy of fomenting ethnic differences in Iran” and warned the people to remain alert against such provocations.

Full Briefing on Security Alert – White House

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 30, 2010

President Obama, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, and Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan give a briefing about the security alert issued after suspicious packages were found on cargo planes bound for the United States.

Inside Story – Cutting ties with Iran?

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 23, 2010

With countries following the sanctions and others dragging their feet, what impact are the sanctions having on the economies of Iran’s trading partners? And are the sanctions designed to drag Iran back to the negotiating table?

The Bolster Games

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 23, 2010

The U.S. State Department has announced plans to sell up to $60 billion in high-tech military aircraft to Saudi Arabia.

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story in September offering details of the deal, reported that it is the largest U.S. overseas arms deal and will require congressional authorization for the acquisition of 84 new F-15s and upgrades to Saudi Arabia existing fleet of 70 F-15s.

The F-15 is manufactured by McDonnell Douglas.

The purchase, say military analysts and diplomats, aims to bolster the region’s defenses against Iran.

In addition, the arrival of F-15s to Saudi Arabia wouldn’t begin until 2015, the same year Tel Aviv is to take delivery of more advanced F-35s.

The State Department’s announcement of the deal also revealed that it would include up to 1,000 1-ton, bunker-buster bombs that would “enhance the capability of Saudi Arabia’s air force to bomb hardened bunkers and tunnels such as those that the West believes are used by Iran to hide nuclear and ballistic programs,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

The United States has sold up to $37 billion in arms to Persian Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait from 2005 to 2009.

On the other hand, Iran has reported advances in uranium exploration and mining. Officials said the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has overseen a project to accelerate uranium exploration and mining. They said the Tehran regime has considered this a national priority in an effort to bolster Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran has produced more than 60 pounds of 20 percent enriched uranium for a research reactor in Tehran, an Iranian atomic energy official said.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said his country has produced around 66 pounds of 20 percent enriched uranium for research purposes, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reports.

What I believe is for sure there will be very horrifying days to come especially for Iran’s people and Middle Easterns in general.

Hal Lindsey – The Jewish Bomb

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 16, 2010

Hal comments on the accusation by Iranian Government that the United States helped Israel build it’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

BBC Middle East Business Report: RAK and Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 20, 2010

Ras Al Khaimah is the closest emirate to Iran. Historically they have strong trading ties. But increasing international sanctions have placed a stain on trade so has business been hurt?

Sanctions are working!

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 9, 2010

South Korea listed 126 Iranian companies and individuals for economic sanctions, including a major banking operation, despite Iran’s warnings that the penalties would endanger growing trade and energy ties.

The South Korean actions included effectively hamstringing the Seoul office of Bank Mellat, which handles transactions for 70 percent of South Korean exports to Iran. The United States has accused the bank of facilitating hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions for Iranian nuclear, missile and defense entities.

The United States hailed new sanctions imposed by South Korea against Iran as increasing pressure on Tehran to return to the negotiating table to address concerns about its nuclear aims.

“These actions strengthen the growing international resolve to prevent proliferation and Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and to press Iran to return to serious negotiations on its nuclear program and meet its international obligations,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a joint statement.

The United States tries to support democratic forces in Iran but in a way that does not undermine or endanger them, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

China on Thursday expressed its opposition to unilateral sanctions against Iran.

“We hope relevant parties can stick to diplomatic efforts and seek an effective resolution through dialogue and negotiations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told a regular press briefing.

On the other side, most banks in the United Arab Emirates, an important trading partner for Iran, have stopped money transfers there after the latest round of sanctions on the Islamic republic, bankers said last week.

A Dubai-based Iranian businessman said that the latest sanctions have halved trade with Dubai, an important re-export centre for Iranian goods.

“We stopped transfers to Iran in all currencies in July,” an executive from an international bank, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

UAE acts on money tranfers to Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on September 7, 2010

It is no surprise that financial transactions with countries like the United States are banned as part of sanctions to do with Iran’s nuclear programme, but now a key regional partner is also clamping down.