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Executive Summary Iran News/Articles Update-January 12, 2006

 
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EU Presses for Emergency IAEA Session on Iran

January 12, 2006
The Financial Times
Roula Khalaf in London and Daniel Dombey in Brussels
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/5abee4ee-82eb-11da-ac1f-0000779e2340.html

British, French and German foreign ministers meeting in Berlin on Thursday are expected to call for an emergency session this month of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’s nuclear watchdog, which would then discuss a referral of the dispute to the Security Council.

Iran's Nuclear Decision Starts Shock Wave


January 11, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Carla Anne Robbins and David Crawford
After breaking the seals on its once-secret nuclear facility at Natanz, Iran has now set the stage for a long-threatened showdown with Europe and the U.S.

The move brings Tehran an important step closer to producing nuclear fuel either for power plants or, as some U.S. and European officials fear, nuclear weapons. It also poses a critical test of Europe's decision to try negotiation with Iran first, rather than confrontation, to wean the country of its nuclear ambitions -- and a test of the Bush administration's wary support of that effort.


Reining in Iran

Message must be decisive and swift
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-vpirn124584161jan12,0,7774578.story?coll=ny-editorials-headlines

January 12, 2006

Iran's decision to resume its nuclear program, breaking the United Nations seals on a key research facility, has sent shivers of serious alarm across the world. The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran - equipped with missiles it recently contracted from Russia for $700 million - is too daunting to consider in the volatile cauldron of the Persian Gulf.

Western leaders must join British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his urgent call for action against Iran. It will take a tough, coordinated effort by major powers to block Iran's push to develop nuclear weapons that could destabilize the region. While Israel repeatedly says Iran's nuclear program is an international problem, the possibility of unilateral action cannot be dismissed.



EU3 to discuss UN sanctions on Iran

Thu Jan 12, 2006 By Louis Charbonneau
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-01-12T095746Z_01_WRI144357_RTRUKOC_0_UK-NUCLEAR-IRAN.xml
BERLIN (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany will call for Iran to be hauled before the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear programme when they meet in Berlin on Thursday, EU diplomats said.

Russia backs U.S. on Iran

By Dafna Linzer
The Washington Post
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002734781_nukes12.html
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, working intensely to galvanize international pressure on Iran, has secured a guarantee from Russia that it will not block U.S. efforts to present the case against Iran's nuclear development to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions, American and European officials said Wednesday.

The Best Way to Deal With Iran

January 10, 2006
Newsweek
Christopher Dickey
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10792967/site/newsweek/ آ

Iraq has taught us that 'unknown unknowns' make lousy targets. Will Washington heed that lesson when it responds to Tehran breaking its nuclear seals?

Lest we forget amid all the second-guessed accusations and explanations in the air these days, the Bush administration did not launch its invasion of Iraq some 2,200 dead Americans ago because it knew Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It invaded because it did not know. We went to war—and remain mired in that war—because of a hunch.

We're Fighting Iran in Iraq

January 11, 2006
National Review Online
Michael Ledeen
http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200601110825.asp

Of all the confusions surrounding the war in Iraq, perhaps none has clouded so many minds as the phony question, "are we fighting domestic insurgents or foreign terrorists?" The people who purport to answer this question with "data," should look again at the demographics of Iraq, Syria, and Iran, and they can start by asking themselves, "who's an Iraqi"?


Iran Crosses Last Red Line; UN Sanctions Ahead?

January 11, 2006
The Christian Science Monitor
Peter Ford
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0112/p01s04-woeu.html

PARIS -- Iran's abrupt resumption of its nuclear program this week, throwing Tehran's clerical regime into open conflict with the rest of the world, appears to have doomed current diplomatic efforts to curb the country's nuclear ambitions.


The World After Sharon: What to Do About Iran?

January 11, 2006
The New York Observer
Richard Brookhiser
http://www.observer.com/printpage.asp?iid=12191&ic=Brookhiser

Ariel Sharon pauses at the gate of life and death. Is there such a thing as Sharonism that will outlast him? Do leaders make history, or are they made by the flow of events?

No one in Israeli politics seemed less like the blunt general than Shimon Peres, dove for all seasons. Yet when Mr. Sharon formed his new centrist party, Kadima, to fight the upcoming election, Mr. Peres joined it—because he and Mr. Sharon had a friendship that was old as dirt. Chalk that up to the personal. With Mr. Sharon out of the picture, where will Mr. Peres—and everyone else in Kadima—go?


Iran: EU To Break Off Talks

January 11, 2006
Reuters
Parisa Hafezi
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyid=2006-01-11T155932Z_01_WRI144357_RTRUKOC_0_UK-NUCLEAR-IRAN.xml

TEHRAN -- Prime Minister Tony Blair called on Wednesday for the U.N. Security Council to consider action against Iran after it resumed nuclear fuel research, but Iran's hardline president said his country would pursue its course regardless. Iran removed U.N. seals at uranium enrichment research facilities on Tuesday and announced it would resume "research and development" on producing uranium fuel, prompting angry reactions from Washington, the European Union and Russia. Blair told parliament he aimed to secure international agreement to haul Iran before the Security Council, which can impose punitive measures.


Unserious Consequences

January 11, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Review & Outlook
Iran's decision yesterday to resume what it dubs "nuclear research" is garnering stern criticism in unexpected quarters. Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says he's "running out of patience" with Tehran. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy urges the mullahs to "immediately and unconditionally reverse the decision." His German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, warns that matters cannot continue this way "without consequences," citing Iran's actions as a violation of the November 2004 Paris Accord in which Tehran agreed to suspend its nuclear programs.


Ahmadinejad: Iran Not Afraid of Uproar Over Nuclear Moves

January 11, 2006
Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Monsters and Critics
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/article_1075156.php/Iran_not_afraid_of_uproar_over_nuclear_moves_Ahmadinejad

Teheran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Iran would forge ahead with its nuclear programmes and was not afraid of the uproar it had caused in the West. 'The Iranian government and nation has no fear of the Western ballyhoo and will continue its nuclear programmes with decisiveness and wisdom,' Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.


Iran Policy is Calculated Risk

January 11, 2006
The Washington Times
Tony Blankley
http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20060110-085251-6115r.htm

"Blocking research activities is similar to blocking the light" was the poetic phrase used by Iran's head of nuclear research, Hossein Ghafourian, on Iranian radio last weekend to defend Iran's plans to restart their nuclear centrifuge research.


Iran has Built 5,000 Centrifuges

January 11, 2006
AFP
Breitbart.com
http://www.breitbart.com/news/na/060110192759.h9j5801h.html

Iran has secretly built thousands of centrifuge machines for its nuclear plant at Natanz, an exiled opposition figure alleged. The claims by opposition figure Alireza Jafarzadeh could not be independently verified, but if confirmed, they would likely enflame the worsening standoff over Iran's nuclear program.


China Offers to Help Rein in Iran

January 11, 2006
Reuters
Chris Buckley
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=politicsNews&storyID=2006-01-11T141356Z_01_DIT149825_RTRUKOC_0_US-CHINA-USA-IRAN.xml

BEIJING -- China has offered to help rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions and ease U.S. complaints about pirated goods ahead of a Washington visit by President Hu Jintao expected in mid-April, visiting U.S. congressmen said on Wednesday.



Larijani's Pragmatist Reputation Faces Severe Challenge

January 10, 2006
The Financial Times
Gareth Smyth in Tehran
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/d8de28f0-8203-11da-aea0-0000779e2340.html

While President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad has drawn world headlines with fiery remarks about Israel, Ali Larijani, Iran’s top security official, has in recent months quietly pursued the more pressing issue of Tehran’s nuclear programme.


US Diplomats Ready to Go to United Nations

January 10, 2006
The Financial Times
Guy Dinmore
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/bf281cb0-820b-11da-aea0-0000779e2340.html

Iran s plan to start enriching uranium – albeit on a small scale and under UN supervision – has helped clear the way for the US to move to the next stage of diplomacy at the United Nations. But diplomats and analysts say the Bush administration remains circumscribed in its ability to rally a coalition willing to take serious actions.


Time is Running Out to Halt Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

January 11, 2006
The Financial Times
Mark Fitzpatrick
https://registration.ft.com/registration/barrier?referer=http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2006&m=01&d=11&a=6&location=http%3A//news.ft.com/cms/s/46d0b386-820f-11da-aea0-0000779e2340.html

Iran’s defiant decision to resume what it calls “research into nuclear enrichment spells the end of the negotiation strategy the Europeans have so persistently pursued for two and a half years. Having bent over backwards to pursue every possible compromise and receiving nothing for their efforts, the Europeans should persuade the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency to report immediately Iran’s transgressions to the United Nations Security Council.


Blair Aiming to Refer Iran to Security Council

January 10, 2006
The Financial Times
Gareth Smyth, Daniel Dombey and Frederick Studemann
Tony Blair on Wednesday said it was likely that the UK, US, France and Germany would together seek to refer Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme.

Iran on Tuesday precipitated a fresh crisis over its nuclear programme by removing UN seals at a facility in the town of Natanz and announcing that it would begin research involving nuclear enrichment – which can produce weapons grade material.



7 years for al Qaeda link Iraqi

MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- A German court on Thursday convicted an Iraqi national of aiding militants in his home country and sentenced him to seven years in prison.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/01/12/gwermany.iraqi.ap/index.html
Amin Lokman Mohamed, 33, was convicted of membership in a foreign terrorist organization and human trafficking for helping Ansar al-Islam, a group linked to al Qaeda, said presiding judge Bernd von Heintschel-Heinegg.

German leader on first U.S. trip


آ January 12, 2006
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/01/12/merkel.us.ap/index.html
BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington on Thursday for a visit expected to display a new, warmer tone in U.S.-German ties after the tense relationship between President George W. Bush and her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder.
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