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Gates Threatens ‘Tough Sanctions’ Against Iran

by Jason Ditz, (source: Anti War.Com) July 28, 2009

GatesGatesFollowing meetings with top Israeli officials, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the US would seek tough new sanctions against the Iranian government if it rejected the US offer for talks. Gates vowed that such measures would not be incremental. ››read more

Iran insists it has no plans to build nuclear arms

(source: AFP) July 27, 2009

TEHRAN — Iran reiterated on Monday it has no plans to build nuclear weapons, after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tehran that any pursuit of atomic arms was futile. ››read more

Iran rejects Clinton's nuclear defense umbrella

(source: AP) July 27, 2009

Dimona nuclear plantDimona nuclear plantForeign ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi told reporters Monday that "there is no need" for a U.S. defensive umbrella, just for Washington to tell Israel to "dismantle its own 200 nuclear warheads."
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What Hillary Missed at the NAM Summit

by Gordon Prather (source: Anti War.Com) July 26, 2009

Non-Aligned MovementNon-Aligned MovementWhile the Presidents and Heads of States of the Non-Aligned Movement – which counts Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Yemen among its 118 active members and Brazil, China and Mexico among its most notable actively participating "observers" – were having their Fifteenth Summit this week in Egypt, our Secretary of State was in Thailand. ››read more

Clinton's 'defense umbrella' has murky history

by MATTHEW LEE (source: AP News) July 26, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton set off tremors in the Middle East this week when she said a nuclear Iran could be contained by a U.S. "defense umbrella" — an offhand remark that appears to have emerged from obscure Washington policy debates and her own presidential campaign rhetoric. ››read more

Obama’s Dilemma on Nuclear Iran

by Nader Bagherzadeh (source: CASMII) July 25, 2009

Although post election turmoil has been dominating the news coming out of Iran, what is important for this White House, as in the previous one, is not the cry for democracy but the churning of centrifuges, spinning at close to the speed of sound in the underground Hall A of Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP). According to the latest confirmed report by nuclear inspectors, 7000 centrifuges have been installed, and progress is being made to raise the total to 9000 centrifuges or 3 modules (i.e., units A24, A26, and A28) by late fall. ››read more

Iran vows to hit Israel's atomic sites if attacked

by Parisa Hafezi (source: Reuters) July 26, 2009

JafariJafariTEHRAN (Reuters) - The Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that Iran would strike Israel's nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacked it, state television reported. ››read more

Senate urges president to prepare Iran sanctions

(source: JTA) July 24, 2009

The Senate approved legislation calling on the president to implement stiffer sanctions on Iran if it does not stop its nuclear program by late this year. ››read more

US Vice-President in Georgia to revive role as anti-Iranian hub

(source: Arab Monitor) July 24, 2009

In a bid to revive Georgia's assigned role as a logistical hub for a possible military campaign against Iran, US Vice-President George Biden arrived in Tbilisi yesterday evening for talks with President Mikhail Saakashvili and parliamentarian speaker David Bakradze. ››read more

U.S. Officials Negotiated With Iraqi Insurgent Groups Twice in Spring

(source: Washington Post) July 24, 2009

US soldier in IraqUS soldier in IraqAt the negotiating table, Jubouri said, the groups had four main demands: an official apology to the Iraqi people for the 2003 invasion and the occupation that followed; the release of all their prisoners; a pledge to rebuild Iraq; and U.S. support for reforms that would bring the groups into the political mainstream. "Our demands were not impossible," Jubouri said. "But we think that the Americans lost their influence and power inside Iraq to countries like Iran." ››read more

Aborted rocket test: A chink in Israel’s anti-Iran armor?

by Joshua Mitnick (source: CSM / global news blog) July 24, 2009

The highly touted Arrow 2, which has been operational for about a decade, is considered a central element in Israel’s defense against a nonconventional attack. Local defense analysts said the launch failure marked a developmental setback for the system, but added that Israel still has ample deterrence against an attack from Tehran. ››read more

US touts 'defence umbrella' against Iran

by Lachlan Carmichael (source: AFP) July 22, 2009

BANGKOK — The United States is ready to help its Gulf allies establish a "defence umbrella" if Iran does not back down over its nuclear programme, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.
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Patience with Iran

by Robert Dreyfuss (source: The Nation) July 22, 2009

You know things are off kilter when the Wall Street Journal supports industrial strikes, including a general strike by workers and merchants, but in yesterday's edition the paper did so, albeit in the context of Iran ››read more

Clinton sends warning to Iran

by Jim Lobe (source: Asia Times Online) July 19, 2009

WASHINGTON - In her first comprehensive policy address since becoming secretary of state nearly six months ago, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called for a "multi-partner'' - as opposed to a "multi-polar" - world and defended President Barack Obama's policy of engagement with adversaries, including Iran.
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West must close Iran nuclear file: new atomic chief

(source: AFP) July 19, 2009

SalehiSalehiTEHRAN (AFP) – Iran's new atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the West should close the Islamic republic's nuclear file and cease its hostility towards Tehran.
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Iranian Planes and the Hidden Toll of Economic Sanctions

by AFSHIN RATTANSI (source: Counterpunch) July 18, 2009

U.S. foreign policy is being felt in Iran’s aircraft hangars, just as it is in the hearts of the millions of Iraqi refugees a few hundred miles from the crash site. They are fleeing the chaos unleashed by what was called Operation Iraqi Liberation, before the State Department realized the resulting acronym spelled “OIL”. Iran may have been the deciding factor when it came to deposing the U.S.-created Taliban from Afghanistan but as British soldiers die in Helmand, Iran is not the ally. ››read more

Obama’s War Signals: Iran in the crosshairs

by Justin Raimondo (source: Anti War.Com) July 17, 2009

The evidence that Obama is ramping up the US effort to encircle and eventually strike at Iran is building: added deployments to Afghanistan and our increasing intervention in Pakistan can always be attributed to the vagaries of the Af-pak front, but one can’t blame the Iranians from looking at it differently. The US military presence, to the south and the east, is looming larger. This, in tandem with an apparent hardening of the US stance – e.g. the "muscularity" of Hillary Clinton’s most recent peroration – can only be seen by Tehran as prefiguring war. ››read more

West Offering to Endorse Israeli Attack on Iran as Part of Settlement Deal

by Jason Ditz (source: Anti War.Com) July 17, 2009

The Times of London is citing unnamed Western diplomats as saying that the deal between Israel and the West on the issue of Palestinian statehood is taking shape, and that Western officials are offering to back an Israeli attack on Iran in return for certain concessions, including the recognition of some of the Palestinians’ land claims. ››read more

Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran

by Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem (source: Times on line) July 16, 2009

Two Israeli missile class warships have sailed through the Suez Canal ten days after a submarine capable of launching a nuclear missile strike, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. ››read more

Clinton: US Won’t Hesitate to Use Military Against Iran

by Jason Ditz (source: Anti War.Com) July 16, 2009

In a high-profile policy address before the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that the US wouldn’t not hesitate to use its military to “defend our friends, our interests, and above all, our people” during the segment discussing Iran. ››read more