June 15, 2013
Mow that we now the USA and Iran facing off in Syria, you wonder what does this mean.
And what about Iran’s nukes?
Reformist-backed cleric Hassan Rouhani has won Iran’s presidential election, securing just over 50% of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off.
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was well behind in second place.
Turnout was estimated at 72.2% among the 50 million Iranians who were eligible to vote to choose a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was ineligible to stand again.
Mr Rouhani has pledged greater detente and engagement with world powers.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is scheduled to ratify the vote on 3 August. The new president will then take the oath in parliament.
May 5, 2013
There are those that act, and there are actors.
Israeli jets bombed Syria on Sunday, rocking Damascus for hours and sending pillars of flame into the night sky in what a Western source called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Local people reported massive explosions and internet video showed the capital’s skyline lit by flashes; Syrian opponents of President Bashar al-Assad rejoiced at Israel’s third raid this year, and second in 48 hours, while anger in Tehran highlighted how Syria’s civil war risks spinning further beyond its borders.
February 17, 2013
The Iranian regime blamed Israel for the assassination of a top Iranian Guard commander in Syria. (Fars)
The Iranian parliament warned Israel that Iran will give a crushing response to the assassination of Revolutionary Guard leader Hassan Shateri in Syria.
Fars News reported:
Members of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission in a statement issued on Saturday warned the Israeli regime that Tehran will give a crushing response to the assassination of the head of the Iranian delegation in charge of developmental projects in Lebanon Hassan Shateri.
“The Zionist regime of Israel will receive a crushing response for the savage assassination of General Shateri in due time and place,” the parliament commission said in the statement.
They also strongly condemned the move, and added that such crimes will speed up collapse of the criminal Zionist regime.
The statement further praised General Shateri’s services to Iran, and said his assassination will stimulate other Iranians to pave his path.
The Iranian mission in Beirut on Thursday confirmed the assassination of Hassan Shateri by the terrorist groups in Syria.
The embassy said in a statement that Hassan Shateri was assassinated by terrorist groups in Syria while he was on his way back to Lebanon from the Syrian city of Aleppo.
November 12, 2012
Let The War Games Begin… Roll over, sit up, now bark, now bow.
Less than a week after the re-election of Barack Obama, Iran launched its largest-ever air drills today across 850,000 square kilometers.
Iran launched military drills across half the country on Monday, warning it would act against aggressors less than a week after Washington accused Iranian warplanes of firing on a U.S. drone.
The maneuvers will take place this week across 850,000 square kilometers (330,000 square miles) of Iran’s northeast, east, and southeast regions, Iranian media reported.
Some 8,000 elite and regular army troops will participate, backed by bombers and fighter planes, while missile, artillery and surveillance systems will be tested, various media said.
Played out against a backdrop of high tension between the United States and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program, the ‘Velayat-4′ maneuvers will involve the biggest air drills the country has ever held, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported.
Want a laugh??? Read this next drivel.
“These drills convey a message of peace and security to regional countries,” Shahrokh Shahram, the spokesman for the exercises, told the broadcaster on Monday. “At the same time they send out a strong warning to those threatening Iran.”
October 21, 2012
Back to the future on Iran negotiations without preconditions
Big Obama Whup…Yawn… Does anybody think this is serious???
Take note of the latest “non-leak leak maybe who knows” regarding supposed direct negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program.
The NY Times reports:
The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.
Iranian officials have insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, a senior administration official said, telling their American counterparts that they want to know with whom they would be negotiating.
News of the agreement — a result of intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials that date almost to the beginning of President Obama’s term — comes at a critical moment in the presidential contest, just two weeks before Election Day and the weekend before the final debate, which is to focus on national security and foreign policy.
It has the potential to help Mr. Obama make the case that he is nearing a diplomatic breakthrough in the decade-long effort by the world’s major powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but it could pose a risk if Iran is seen as using the prospect of the direct talks to buy time.
The White House denies the story, and The Times “quietly edited” the story to pull back from the original report that talks were agreed upon, now using the term “in principle.”
This is all back to the future, and a result of Obama’s pre-presidential pledge to hold negotiations without preconditions, principally the precondition that Iran halt enrichment while negotiations are ongoing. Without such a precondition, the negotiations simply are a stalling mechanism while Iran advances.
So he can say ….
May 28, 2012
New report by Institute for Science and International Security suggests Tehran has been able to stash enough enriched uranium in recent years to produce multiple nukes
Iran has significantly stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and its total production in the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further, a US security institute said.
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a think-tank which closely tracks Iran’s nuclear program, made the analysis on the basis of data in the latest quarterly UN watchdog report which was issued on Friday.
I Wonder, did Obama read the reports?
Progress in Iran’s nuclear activities is closely watched by the West and Israel as it could determine how long it could take Tehran to build atomic bombs, if it decided to do so. Iran denies any plan to and says its aims are entirely peaceful.
During talks in Baghdad this week, six world powers failed to convince Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment program.
They will meet again in Moscow in mid-June to try to defuse a decade-old standoff that has raised fears of a new war in the Middle East that could disrupt oil supplies.
Just buying time, which appears to be all Iran needs to get the bomb. Is there any doubt what’s going on?