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Iranian Alert - January 19, 2006 - The Nuke Crisis: More Splits, Caution, Denial, Warnings & Lunacy
Regime Change Iran ^ | 1.19.2006 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/19/2006 12:18:08 AM PST by DoctorZIn

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The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Splits, Caution, Denial, Warnings, Insight and more Lunacy from Ahmadinejad

Permanent 5 Unity Short Lived.

  • The Times reported that the EU3 will seek an emergency meeting of the IAEA on February 2-3.
  • Reuters reported that a meeting of European, Russian, Chinese and U.S. officials in London on Monday did not produce a full consensus.
  • BBC News reported on why, as the west presses for punitive international action against Tehran, one of its most difficult tasks will be to win China's support.
  • Herald Sun reported that UN nuclear chief Dr Mohamed ElBaradei held a secret meeting with Iran's chief negotiator.
  • The Guardian reported that while Javier Solana, the EU foreign affairs chief, said he was "confident" Russia and China will back the referral, both countries expressed serious reservations.
  • RIA Novosti reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I fully support the appeal to resume talks but believe it would be possible only under the generally recognized conditions that assume Iran's observance of the uranium enrichment moratorium."
  • Asia Times argued the Russian position on Iran.


The Iranian Response.

  • The New York Times reported that Iran on Tuesday proposed a resumption of nuclear talks with the Europeans.
  • Iran Press New reported that an Iranian MP, Mohammad-Nabi Roudaki, said: "The American and German view is obnoxious and these two countries are breaking all kinds of rules with regards to their stances."
  • Iran Press News reported that Ahmadinejad in an interview regarding the nuclear issue said: "we are the ones who do not trust certain western countries... I have at least 20 proposals and I've only divulged 2 so far. ... We recommend that these western countries cease using their philosophies of Fascism and tyranny... Western countries must learn to live by the rule of law."



  • Reuters reported that the U.S. Energy Information Administration warned world can't afford to lose Iran's oil.
  • Iran Focus reported that US Vice President Dick Cheney held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak regarding the crisis over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.
  • ABC News reported that the Arab world's two major powers urged Vice President Dick Cheney to give negotiations more time in the growing diplomatic conflict over Iran's nuclear program.



  • Simon Jenkins, The Guardian thinks the west has picked a fight that it cannot win.
  • Evelyn Leopold, Reuters argued that Iran can be embarrassed into complying with the west’s demands to end nuclear enrichment.


The Options.

  • The Christian Science Monitor reported that current diplomatic efforts are prompting some officials and analysts to lay out a range of Plan B's, but not regime change.
  • The Times reviewed the options for the world towards Iran.
  • The Editors, The National Review published an excellent statement on the Iran crisis and the poor options facing the west, but they seem to have forgotten the opportunity for the west to support a regime change in Iran.
  • Iran Press News reported that European nations have ordered their private commercial companies and banks to suspend their issuance of contracts with their Islamic Republic counterparts.
  • Iran Press News reported that German deputy Foreign Minister Gernot Erler said he favored imposing travel restrictions on Iranian politicians.
  • Frederick Kempe, The Wall Street Journal pondered the Iranian "Tipping Point."
  • Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post lamented the recent statement by the new chancellor of Germany that the EU3/Iran negotiations were a success because the allies stuck together!


The Warnings.

  • Frank J. Gaffney Jr., The Washington Times is one of the few to reminded us that one of Mr. Ahmadinejad's other stated objectives: "a world without America."
  • Con Coughlin, Telegraph warned that Iran 'could go nuclear within three years.'
  • Amir Taheri, Korea Herald reminded the world that Ahmadinejad hopes he will emerge as the unrivalled master of the Islamic republic and the de facto leader of the Muslim world.


Support for Real Democracy in Iran,The Under-reported Option.

  • Jonathan Gurwitz, San Antonio Express-News argued that the world can't ignore the cries calling for change in Iran.
  • Mark Steyn, Telegraph asked: Would it not be feasible to turn the tables on the Iranian regime and upgrade Iran's somewhat lethargic dissidents?
  • The New York Sun reported that the strong showing for Iranian-backed Islamists in last month's Iraqi election are prompting backers of the Bush Doctrine of spreading democracy in the Middle East to call for refinements in implementing the policy - but not for its wholesale abandonment.


Here are a few other news items you may have missed.

  • Iran Press News reported that a political activist from the town of Oshnoviyeh was returned to prison for another 3-year sentence.
  • Iran Press News reported that "The Servants of Allah Hezbollah of Kurdistan" have issued a bulletin for the physical "elimination" of journalists, civil and human rights activists.
  • BBC News reported that at least eight Iraqi coastguards have been detained by Iran after a clash on the Shatt al-Arab waterway.
  • And finally, Iran Press News reported that Hamed Karzai’s trip to Iran was canceled. The reason for the cancellation is the "unfavorable climate and conditions".



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1 posted on 01/19/2006 12:18:15 AM PST by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 01/19/2006 12:19:30 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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I wonder if Iran's oil weapon is the nuking of Saudi Oil Fields/Iraqi oil fields....

3 posted on 01/19/2006 2:56:43 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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Rome, 17 Jan. (AKI) (Marco Liconti) Iran may be much closer than previoulsy thought to possessing significant quantitites of enriched uranium, according to revelations to Adnkronos International by a source who has had direct access to the research laboratories of A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's bomb and now in disgrace for selling nuclear secrets to states with nulcear ambitions. To date, the only means to establish whether Tehran already possessed enriched uranium to make atomic bombs, have been intelligence reports, suppositions and denunciations by Iranian dissident groups, keen to curry favour with the West.

It was the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the People's Mujahdeen, that in 2002 gave a decisive contribution to revealing the existence of the secret plant at Natanz, used by the Iranians to enrich uranium, though some of their subsequent claims have been proven incorrect.

In Vienna, in November 2004, Farid Soleimani, the Council leader, alleged that in 2001 Khan had handed over to Iran a significant quantity of enriched uranium. The government of Islamabad swiftly issued a denial. However, a high-level source, who asked to remain anonymous, says that the allegation was founded and that the transferral of enriched uranium (as well as components for building centrifuges for enrichment and of designs for building missile heads able to transport the bomb) dated back much earlier.

Our source recounts an anecdote of which he was a direct witness. The location is Islamabad, the date 11 February 1999, the 20th anniversary of the Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Khomenini in Iran. Pervez Musharraf, head of the armed forces but not yet president [the coup which toppled the government of Nawaz Sharif was still six months away] pays a visit to the Iranian embassy.

The international community is watching Pakistan with concern and consternation. The previous year it had carried out its first nuclear tests in the remote areas of Baluchistan, the nuclear trafficking activities of Dr A.Q. Khan were already known in part to the US intelligence establishment and suspicion was mounting that Pakistan may have lent a hand to other countries in the race for nuclear weapons.

The attitude of the Islamabad government at the time was dismissive, reflecting ithe words of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistans president from 1971 to 1973, when Pakistans nuclear programme was just getting off the ground. "There is a Christian Bomb, a Jewish Bomb and a Hindu Bomb. There must be an Islamic Bomb!"

On his way out from meeting the Iranian ambassador, Musharraf is greeted by a small group of Pakistani journalists. One of them asks whether it is true that Pakistan is helping Tehran in building a nuclear weapon. With a knowing wink at the ambassador Musharraf smiles. "It's natural that friends help one another" he says.

That episode was never reported in the media because agents of the powerful ISI intelligence apparatus approached the journalists and "asked" them not to write even a line on what they had heard.

"I am recounting this episode to illustrate what everyone knows and no-one in Pakistan will ever admit officially, that is, Khan was a scape goat, he was sacrificed to pay for everyone because his network was under the control of the government and the military" our source explained.

In those years, he continued, the network had a vast reach and two specific aims: to fund and develop Pakistan's nuclear programme and to line the pockets of the intelligence and military hierarchy which should have controlled it.

"Saudi Arabia provided money. North Korea, with China's blessing, gave us missile technology in exchange for our information on centrifuges. Libya gave us more money in return for designs of the bomb and the centrifuges for uranium enrichment, and even Iran, in return for cash, received its fair share of technology and material."

"On various occasions, Tehran received plans and component for the centrifuges, uranium and even some enriched uranium. Technology and materials were often moved across the border with Baluchistan, or through Afghanistan, all areas where the controls of "enemy" intelligence services were almost impossible" he added.

"When Musharraf made that comment at the Iranian embassy, it was not just a quip, it was a picture of what was going on in those years" he said.

Several months after those never–reported comments, on 12 October 1999, Musharraf overthrew prime minister Nawaz Sharif and became Pakistan's new strong man.

Two years on, to be precise 12 September 2001, the general-and-president who had been treated as a pariah by the international community for his explicit support for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, made an abrupt about-face becoming a key ally of the West in George W. Bush's "war on terror".

After the Khan network's trafficking became public at the start of 2004, Musharraf received various high level and far from cordial visit from the then head of the CIA, George Tenet, and agreed to collaborate with Washington.

Gradually it emerged that the terminals of Khan's network involved: Libya, Iran, North Mkorea, but also Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

A glance at a list of countries visited by Khan in the last years of activity includes Kazakstan, Ivory Coast, Mali, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocc, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, UAE and Tunisia Islamic countries and uranium producing countries.

For two years Khan has been under house arrest in his home in Rawalpindi and to date Islamabad has allowed neither the Americans not the inspectors of the UN's atomic watchdog the IAEA, to interrogate Khan.

Certain journalistic reconstructions of events, inspired by Khan's friend and biographer, Zahir Malik, describe a man who is hurt, depressed and unable to understand how he, who claims always to have acted "in good faith", has been downgraded from national hero to outlaw.

But the network he put in place has not been dismantled because of his arrest. "The thing goes on even if very discreetly because controls are tighter, the CIA could have infiltrated the laboratories, but the network is so vast that no-one canstop it, not even Musharraf" the source said.

"There are parts of the intelligence services and military over which he has no control and despite the efforts of the CIA and the Pakistani government to stop the smuggling, they (intelligence and military chiefs) are not prepared to give up on the money.

What has moved puppets and puppetmasters in a high stakes game has not been the suggestion of creating a pan-Islamic bomb but the much more mundane question of cash. "It was simply a question of money" he concluded.
4 posted on 01/19/2006 3:50:51 AM PST by AdmSmith
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"the U.S. Energy Information Administration warned world can't afford to lose Iran's oil."

Should that be true, and I have no reason to believe it is not, then there will be an attitude adjustment coming, one way or the other.

Either Iran, and all the Mid-East countries shall supply oil, or it will be taken from them.

I may be naive, but I don't see the world going into darkness because of several millions of Islamist fanatics.

Should that take nuclear war, then that's what it will take. However, faced with nuclear war, or assasination of rogue leaders, (regime change) which action would be more likely?

5 posted on 01/19/2006 4:16:51 AM PST by G.Mason (Gagging is a reflex action caused by Democrats and Rino's. The only known cure is avoidance.)
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Despite technological advancements, several of these western countries live in the dark ages, intellectually and philosophically speaking; these forces are trying to prevent us from continuing our research. We recommend that these western countries cease using their philosophies of Fascism and that they are not further isolated by the world. Western countries must learn to live by the rule of law."

Yeah, they are ENLIGHTENED!
They are the MOST modern country on the planet!
Iran has ALWAYS lived by the RULE of LAW. /sarc2
If they were sometime in the past, their current government is primitive in it's outlook, and if in charge of the world would lead to the darkest period in mankind's history...
6 posted on 01/19/2006 5:31:54 AM PST by Edgerunner (Proud to be an infidel)
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7 posted on 01/19/2006 9:01:08 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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8 posted on 01/20/2006 9:38:35 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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