Skip to comments.Iranian Alert - November 16, 2004 [EST]- LIVE - "EU-Iran Nuclear Deal Hinges on U.S. Engagement"
Posted on 11/15/2004 10:01:21 PM PST by DoctorZIn
The US media still largely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year. As a result, most Americans are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East. In fact they were one of the first countries to have spontaneous candlelight vigils after the 911 tragedy (see photo).
There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Today in Iran, most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy.
The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.
In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.
This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.
I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.
If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.
If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.
Tue Nov 16,10:55 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has resigned as expected a day after his boss and close friend, Colin Powell (news - web sites), announced he was stepping down, a State Department official said on Tuesday.
Armitage, a barrel-chested former Navy officer who closely managed the day-to-day operations of the State Department's worldwide bureaucracy, tendered his resignation to Powell on Monday, the official said.
"He came in with the secretary and is leaving with him," said the official, who asked not to be identified.
Armitage was respected among diplomats and lawmakers for his candor. He was always expected to leave at the same time as Powell because of his fierce loyalty to him.
"I don't think she has decided on her deputy yet," the official said.
With moderates Powell and Armitage leaving and President Bush (news - web sites) poised to elevate Rice, a close confidante who often sided with the administration's hawks, U.S. diplomacy may become more hard-edged, political analysts say.
Uranium metal may suggest Iran arms plan-diplomats
16 Nov 2004 16:23:22 GMTSource: Reuters
VIENNA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Plans by Iran to manufacture uranium metal suggest Tehran could have had ambitions to develop capacity for atomic arms production, Western diplomats and a prominent nuclear analyst said on Tuesday.
A report by the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), circulated on Monday, said Iran's stated purpose for uranium metal work -- to use it in its laser enrichment programme -- was "credible".
Western diplomats acknowledged Uranium metal does have some, limited civilian applications. But they were sceptical about the explanation offered by Iran, which denies U.S. accusations its nuclear power programme is a front for atomic arms development.
The IAEA report, a summary of its two-year investigation of Iran's nuclear programme, said Iran had not diverted any of its declared nuclear materials to a weapons programme, but did not rule out the possibility that secret atomic activities existed.
Diplomats and analysts said some issues covered in the 32-page report appeared to support the U.S. view that Iran has bomb plans. They cited Iran's forays into uranium metallurgy.
The report said Tehran planned to buy uranium abroad with 19.7 percent uranium-235, the atom needed in big concentrations in weapons, and transform it into metal. The 19.7 percent enrichment level is well above what Iran needs for power plants.
"This looks like it was a programme to make weapons-grade uranium metal disguised as one focused on making 19.7 percent enriched uranium metal," David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and head of the Institute for Science and International Security think-tank, told Reuters.
Western diplomats questioned were also wary.
"There's no reason why these guys should be playing around with uranium metal, and you don't do laser enrichment to put electricity in a light bulb," said a Western diplomat on the IAEA's 35-member board of governors.
MORE SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET?
Jon Wolfsthal, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington think-tank, said Iran may have more skeletons in its closet.
"Iran could have nuclear activities hidden from the IAEA," he said. "The picture in Iran is clearer, but far from crystal."
Several diplomats agreed. They said the IAEA report included suspicious issues that have never been fully explained by Iran.
One has to do with Iran's experiments with polonium-210, a substance that has few civilian uses but can be combined with beryllium to spark a chain reaction in an atomic weapon.
Iran says it tried to make polonium over a decade ago for use in atomic batteries, like those used in U.S. space probes.
But the IAEA said it was "somewhat uncertain regarding the plausibility of the stated purpose of the experiments given the very limited applications of short-lived polonium-210 sources."
Still, Wolfsthal said that Iran's decision to suspend its enrichment programme and related activites gave it a chance to be forgiven for concealing this programme for 18 years.
"Iran can put all of its past violations behind them if they remain committed to suspension and eventual termination of its nuclear production activities," Wolfsthal said.
Iran informed that IAEA on Sunday that it would suspend its uranium enrichment programme as part of a deal worked out with European Union negotiators from France, Britain and Germany.
Diplomats said the suspension, combined with what diplomats said was IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei's partial acquittal of Iran in Monday's report, will protect Tehran from a referral to the U.N. Security Council when the IAEA board meets on Nov. 25.
But European diplomats said this protection from a Security Council referral, as Washington wants, could vanish if Iran resumed its enrichment programme as it says it will do soon.
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