The language from both Tehran and Washington seems as bellicose as ever. This week, an Iranian general said aggression against his country will start a "world war" and Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama vowed that if elected he would not allow Iran to box Israel "into a corner.
Sarkozy Says Iran Takes 'Major Risk,' May Cause Israeli Attack
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Iran is taking a ``major risk'' in developing a nuclear program that may provoke an attack by Israel. ``Iran is taking a major risk in continuing its process of obtaining nuclear weapons, which we are certain is happening,'' Sarkozy said today in Damascus, Syria. ``One day, whatever the Israeli government is, we can imagine ourselves one morning with an Israel which would have attacked. That would be a disaster.''Sarkozy spoke after meeting Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, an Iranian ally, pressing an effort to urge leaders in Tehran to cease its uranium-enrichment program and welcome international inspectors. The French president is stepping up efforts to deepen France's political influence in the Middle East and North Africa. The resumption of diplomatic ties with Syria followed Assad's help ending an 18-month-long political deadlock in Lebanon in May.Sarkozy and Assad met today as part of a four-way summit with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Jacques Chirac, Sarkozy's predecessor, cut ties to Syria following the assassination of his friend, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, in 2005. A United Nations investigation into the killing implicated Syrian officials. Syria has denied any involvement.Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons and says it's developing civil nuclear energy.
|Posted 2/9/2008 @ 9:21:7 GMT|
Iran and Bolivia Seek More Energy, Other Cooperation
TEHRAN -- Iran wants to expand ties with Bolivia in oil, gas and other fields and is expected to sign agreements on Tuesday to boost cooperation during a visit by Bolivian President Evo Morales, Iranian media reported. more
|Posted 2/9/2008 @ 8:41:52 GMT|
Iranian Delegate Touts McCain's Tough Stance
John McCain has been a staunch critic of Iran for its sponsorship of sectarian violence in Iraq, its reported nuclear weapons program, and the radical ideology of its controversial president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Although critics accuse McCain of saber-rattling, plenty of Republican delegates applaud his hard line -- and none more enthusiastically than Hossein Khorram, a native of Iran who is a delegate from Washington state. more
|Posted 2/9/2008 @ 8:28:54 GMT|
Progress Towards Women's Rights in Iran
“Flexibility and ingenuity is what makes us a true social movement” more
|Posted 2/9/2008 @ 8:22:57 GMT|
Iran's Most Useful Idiot?
Barack Obama may genuinely believe, as he promised in last week's accept ance speech, that he can prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. First, though, he'll have to overcome his running-mate's resistance. more
|Posted 1/9/2008 @ 19:5:22 GMT|
Georgia Crisis Plays to Iran's Advantage - For Now
Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad has been unusually cautious in reacting to Russia’s battle with the west over Georgia. more
|Posted 1/9/2008 @ 8:24:55 GMT|
Iranian Conservative Attacks President on Economy
TEHRAN, IRAN -- A top conservative cleric close to Iran's supreme leader criticized the economic policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying they threaten to keep Iran from its goal of becoming a regional superpower by 2025. more
|Posted 1/9/2008 @ 8:16:21 GMT|
Iran's Supreme Leader Calls for Air Force Fleet Upgrade
TEHRAN -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on the newly-appointed Iranian air force chief to further enhance the fleet's equipment, the English-language Press TV satellite channel reported. more
|Posted 1/9/2008 @ 8:13:17 GMT|
Iran's 'Perfect Storm'
Is the Persian proverb "Don't do the worst you can to your enemy, for perchance he may become your friend" relevant to Iran's challenge to the international community? more