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Spokeswoman Reiterates Iran's Sovereignty over Trio Persian Gulf Islands
« Reply #1160 on: November 15, 2013, 06:06:42 AM »
Spokeswoman Reiterates Iran's Sovereignty over Trio Persian Gulf Islands

Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:21
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920824000238



TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Friday deplored the territorial claims raised by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf, and reiterated that the three islands are inseparable parts of the Iranian territory.

Addressing a news conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the UAE Foreign Minister Abdallah Bin Zayid Al-Nahayan repeated his unfounded claims about the sovereignty of the trio islands.

“The three Iranian islands have been and will remain part of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Iran’s historical ownership of the islands is an undeniable fact,” Afkham said today.

Iranian officials have on many occasions rejected the claims raised by the UAE on the three Iranian islands, underlining that such statements are baseless and unfounded.

International documents clearly show that the three islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa which were historically owned by Iran, temporarily fell to British control in 1903. The islands were returned to Iran based on an agreement in 1971 before the UAE was born.

Iran has repeatedly declared that its ownership of the three islands is unquestionable.

Under international law, no state can defy any agreement, which came into being before its establishment.

Yet, the UAE continues to make territorial claims against the Islamic Republic despite historical evidence and international regulations.
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« Reply #1161 on: November 15, 2013, 10:42:36 AM »
Official: Russia to Help Iran Build 2nd N. Power Plant Next Year



Nov 13, 2013 5:19

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said that Russia will cooperate with Iran in the construction of its second nuclear power plant in the early months of 2014.

“We hope to see the construction of the country’s second nuclear power station start at the beginning of the (Iranian calendar) year 1393 (starting March 21, 2014) by the Russians,” said Salehi in a televised interview on Tuesday.

Under a protocol signed between Tehran and Moscow, said Salehi, power plants with a capacity of up to 4,000 megawatts could be constructed in Iran.

Earlier this week, Salehi had said most of Iran's new power plants will be built near the country's coasts in the South and the North.

Salehi said a majority of Iran’s new nuclear facilities will be on the Southern coasts of the Persian Gulf and Northern coasts of the Caspian Sea while another part would be in Central Iran.

“The power plants should have access to a huge source of water. The new power plants will be supported by desalinations, mainly located in Southern parts of the country,” the top Iranian nuclear official pointed out.

Also in October, Salehi announced that Iran has plans to generate more electricity through the nuclear energy in the coming years.

“We are considering construction of power plants along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea as well as the Central parts of Iran, but priority is given to the Persian Gulf coasts because we want to pave the way for (construction of) water desalination facilities to supply drinking water for the Southern provinces of Iran,” Salehi told reporters at the time.

Iranian officials say the Persian Gulf country needs enough atomic reactors to generate a total of 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020.

Deputy Head of AEOI Mohammad Ahmadian announced in mid-September 2012 that Iran has identified 34 potential sites for building additional nuclear power plants.
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« Reply #1162 on: November 15, 2013, 11:06:29 AM »
Lavrov Calls on West to Understand Importance of Reaching Agreement with Iran



Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:38

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the western powers to come to realize the significance of reaching an agreement with Iran on the standoff over the latter’s nuclear program.

“We hope that our partners realize the importance of an agreement with Iran and prepare a document on Iran’s nuclear program based on colossal agreement,” Lavrov said, addressing a press conference.

He said that the Group 5+1 did not prepare a joint document, but the US prepared a plan and Iran agreed with that.

The next round of talks between Iran and the six powers – the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany – will resume on November 20.

Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.
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« Reply #1163 on: November 15, 2013, 11:11:17 AM »
Lavrov Calls on West to Understand Importance of Reaching Agreement with Iran

I haven't reported much on the effort to reach an agreement on what is already a right for Iran. I don't beleive that anyone involved in the negotiations on the western/israeli side are the least bit sincere in this effort. Whatever comes of it they will disavow or ignore or find some legal loophole through which they will drive a war.
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« Reply #1164 on: November 15, 2013, 12:55:09 PM »
Whatever comes of it they will disavow or ignore or find some legal loophole through which they will drive a war.

More than likely they will do whatever is in their own best interest, we know that there are no friends in politics, only alliances.



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US under growing Israel lobby pressure over Iran
« Reply #1165 on: November 16, 2013, 09:33:11 PM »
US under growing Israel lobby pressure over Iran

Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:11AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/17/335079/us-under-israel-lobby-pressure-over-iran/


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Falling short of convincing Washington to impose additional sanctions against Iran, Israeli officials are making their last efforts in the United States to disrupt the upcoming nuclear negotiations.

Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer will meet with American lawmakers in a series of congressional briefings next week, The Hill reported.

The ambassador is set to have meetings with both the Republican Israel Caucus and the Democratic Israel Working Group.

Israel began its lobbying efforts after it found out that the latest talks in Geneva were coming close to an agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Last week, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett pressed US lawmakers to pass tough new sanctions on Iran.

The White House, however, is resisting increasing pressure from the Congress over Iran sanctions.

White House press secretary Jay Carney warned that imposing tougher sanctions against Tehran could lead to war.

"This is a decision to support diplomacy and a possible peaceful resolution to this issue," Carney said. "The American people do not want a march to war."

On Friday, a senior Obama administration official said a nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers is "quite possible."

"I don't know if we will reach an agreement. I think it is quite possible that we can, but there are still tough issues to negotiate," the unnamed official said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the US, Britain, France, Russia and China -- plus Germany ended nuclear negotiations without a deal last week in Geneva, but they are set to meet again on November 20.

RW - Since any further sanctions would likely have no real affect this play for negotiations makes for positive press and serves to lull the peacemakers into a sense of false hope. And let's be frank - it is false. No one who has followed what passes for diplomacy between the US and Iran over the last decade would accept this sudden concern for war with Iran as anything more than token tears - such talk means nothing. Meanwhile the new cadre of generals and naval commanders are poring over the plots and plans and the strategic overview in the war rooms of the Pentagon. By way of deception...
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US Military Option against Iran, Reality or Bluff?
« Reply #1166 on: November 16, 2013, 09:38:47 PM »
US Military Option against Iran, Reality or Bluff?

Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:8
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920825001380



TEHRAN (FNA)- Every now and then American statesmen warn that the military option against Iran is still on the table, while facts on the ground show Washington incapable of even conducting a limited war, or surgical military operation, against Tehran.

As Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are preparing for the next round of talks in Geneva on November 20, once again senior US officials have upped their dissuading statements about Iran.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that 95 percent of the sanctions imposed against Iran will remain intact after the upcoming talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 and only a tiny portico of Iran’s frozen assets will be released if negotiations prove successful and end in a deal.

In similar remarks, Obama has said that the main body of the US sanctions against Iran, including those in the oil, financial and banking sectors, will be extended.

Hence, it seems that the US does not intend to make a considerable change to its Iran sanctions policy, at least, in the short-run, and if the situation is analyzed on the basis of the rules of power, it will be quite evident that a structural change in Washington's sanctions will have a little chance in the long-run as well.

On the contrary, as we are approaching the next round of talks between Iran and the six major world powers on November 20, what attracts everyone's attention more than anything else is the emphasis laid by the US president on the military option as Obama is making use of his catch-phrase 'the military option is on the table' repeatedly.

But, once one pays due attention to the three following points, he or she would realize that the military option has no place even near, let alone on, the table of the Americans:

First, as renowned American scholar, author and founder of the US think-tank, Stratfor Global Intelligence, George Friedman has stated, Washington has excluded large-scale military operations from its military doctrine and replaced them with “surgical military operations”. Surgical military operation is a label for hit-and-run operations similar to drone attacks. The US military strategists surely know better than anyone else that a conflict with Iran will be tantamount to a continuous regional war and can by no means be performed in the form of a hit-and-run operation.

Secondly, not long ago, Israel very zealously initiated what later came to be known as the Israeli-Palestinian 8-day war, and everyone remembers how desperately the Israelis were looking for a truce with the Palestinians - that had a very limited military power - only a few days after the start of their offensive, and how Israel was eventually saved by the mediation of the US and the deposed Egyptian President, Mohamed Mursi, after signing a political agreement. Friedman’s remarks referred to the US inability to launch a full-fledged war against Iran, while the lessons of the 8-day war display that Washington cannot run a proxy war against Iran through Israel. Israel is incapable of striking Iran’s nuclear facilities; had Tel Aviv enjoyed the ability and capability to do so, it would not have sustained such a grave defeat against the Palestinian resistance movement in Gaza.

Thirdly, the Syrian crisis and allegations that President Bashar Al-Assad’s government has used chemical weapons against its citizens and the United States' later change of mind and abstention from waging a war on Syria is another evidence testifying Washington’s inability to begin a new war in the region. It is quite evident that had the US been ready to pay the costs of a limited war, it would have staged heavy strikes on the Syrian army before accepting the Russian proposal for the chemical disarmament of Syria. But, the US preferred not to pay such expenses, meaning that the White House cannot pay the costs of a war even at a limited scale.

To put it in a nutshell, Obama could not have been serious when talking about his available options on the table, but of course such a witty attitude concurrent with the Iran-G5+1 talks can have its costs for the US government.

The White House is well-aware that even a not so serious agreement with Iran can help the Democrats win the upcoming US Congress mid-term elections, and if they lose the present opportunity, the Democrats should then pay the price.

So, it is now up to President Obama to think twice before November 20 arrives because the ball is now in the US court.
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« Reply #1167 on: November 16, 2013, 09:57:54 PM »
It will be interesting to see how O'Bummer will play his cards knowing that Russia too has a voice. 

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Saudis Deny Secret Plan with Israel to Attack Iran
« Reply #1168 on: November 18, 2013, 06:25:17 AM »
Saudis Deny Secret Plan with Israel to Attack Iran

Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:50
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920827001384



TEHRAN (FNA)- The Saudi Foreign Ministry denied Monday any contact between the kingdom and Israel for a joint plan to attack Iran.

The ministry was referring to a report on the UK-based Sunday Times newspaper this week highlighting a secret joint plan between the two countries to attack Tehran, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The British newspaper noted that Israel and Saudi Arabia are secretly working together on plans for a possible attack against Iran in case the Geneva talks fail to roll back its nuclear program.

According to the report, the two countries had to join forces as the United States seeks agreement with Iran to ease sanctions in a deal over the latter's nuclear program.

Under the alleged agreement, Israel will use Saudi Arabia's air space and Saudi will provide the required assistance in terms of drones, rescue helicopters and tanker planes.
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Iran Blames Israel for Beirut Blasts
« Reply #1169 on: November 19, 2013, 06:56:19 AM »
Iran Blames Israel for Beirut Blasts

Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:31
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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the terrorist bomb blasts in Beirut on Tuesday on "the Zionists and their mercenaries".

23 people were killed and 146 others were injured in twin bomb explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday.

A few hours later, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Marziyeh Afkham strongly condemned the attack as "an inhuman action", and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran takes the Zionists and their mercenaries responsible for this action."

Afkham said since the attack targeted an area in the vicinity of the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut, Tehran will pursue the incident.

The attack targeted just 10 meters away from Iranian embassy in Beirut’s Southern neighborhood of Jinah, inflicting much damage to the compound.

Early reports said the Iranian embassy staff in Beirut, Ebrahim Ansari, has been killed in the attack, but Afkham rejected the reports, stressing that the Iranian cultural attaché is still alive.

In similar remarks earlier today, Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Qazanfar Roknabadi also said that Zionists have been behind the bombing.

Roknabadi said none of the embassy staffers has been harmed in the attack, but he confirmed the death of Ansari.

The main gate of the Iranian Embassy was blown out by the first explosion, and the second blast happened just meters away from the embassy.

A Lebanese government source said Ansari was entering the embassy as the blasts took place, adding that the Iranian official died of his wounds at a Beirut hospital.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati described the bombings as "a cowardly terrorist act".

Mikati was quoted by Lebanese NNA news agency as saying that the aim of the attacks was to "stir-up the situation in Lebanon".

"We have asked the security apparatuses to speed up the investigations to uncover and arrest the perpetrators."
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« Reply #1170 on: November 19, 2013, 01:35:15 PM »
Iran Blames Israel for Beirut Blasts

Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:31
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920828001467



TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the terrorist bomb blasts in Beirut on Tuesday on "the Zionists and their mercenaries".




Hollande and fellow Jews party in Jerusalem 11-18-13: Hollande on right

This takes place dueing the French President Hollande's visit to Tel Aviv, where he publicly performed an act of corprophilia, i.e. eating Israeli shit, and scuppering an agreement among France. UK, US, Russia and Iran regarding 'Iranian Nuclear problem'....I watch a segment on French TV last night involving this 'nuclear issue' featuring 3 Jews and one 'Arab'...Jews were 'hand wringing' and 'Arab' never mention Israeli illegal nuclear program...Jews don't seem to realize the hatred directed toward them because of their congenital lying, but perhaps this is simply part of what they consider 'theatre'.

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Iran Angry at US Negative Moves after Geneva Deal
« Reply #1171 on: November 27, 2013, 05:23:59 PM »
Iran Angry at US Negative Moves after Geneva Deal

Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:57
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920906000599



TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian officials are angry at their US counterparts for rocking the boat and publicizing a changed text of the agreement signed between Tehran and the world powers in Geneva on Sunday.

“The Americans are not allowed to release the White House statement (fact sheet) and show double-standard behavior and repeat this attitude to deprive us of our rights, while the cancerous tumor of the region (Israel) will be able to use nuclear bombs,” member of the Iranian parliament Alireza Zakani said, addressing an open session of the Legislature in Tehran on Wednesday.

“The Americans should today answer this question and say if they accept this (Geneva) statement (agreement) or the remarks and prattles of the White House and certain western leaders,” he added.

In relevant remarks today, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif lashed out at the White House for attempting to misrepresent the Geneva agreement between Tehran and the world powers last week by releasing a fact sheet alleged to be the text of the nuclear deal.

“While we were negotiating (in Geneva), the White House released a text as a fact sheet of the negotiations,” Zarif said, briefing the Iranian lawmakers in an open session of the parliament in Tehran on Wednesday.

“This is while they could release the original text of the negotiations, but they released that fact sheet because they wanted to make their desired changes in it,” he added.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday also called invalid a press release by the White House alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement struck by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva on Sunday.

“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action (the title of the Iran-powers deal), and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday.

She said that the four-page text under the name of the Joint Plan of Action (which has been released by the Iranian foreign ministry) was the result of the agreement reached during the Geneva talks and all of its sentences and words were chosen based on the considerations of all parties to the talks. In fact one of the reasons why negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 took so long pertained to the accuracy which was needed for choosing the words for the text of the agreement, Afkham said, explaining that the Iranian delegation was much rigid and laid much emphasis on the need for this accuracy.

Afkham said that the text of the Joint Plan of Action was provided to the media a few hours after the two sides agreed on it.

After the White House released a modified version of the deal struck by Iran and the six world powers in Geneva early Sunday morning, the Iranian Foreign Ministry released the text of the agreement.

RW - This agreement has only one goal for the west - more rules that will be used to claim 'red lines' crossed.
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Iranian Forces Establish Full Security at Eastern Borders by Crushing Outlaws
« Reply #1172 on: November 27, 2013, 05:51:11 PM »
Iranian Forces Establish Full Security at Eastern Borders by Crushing Outlaws

Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:59
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920906001137



TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran’s Border Guard Force General Hossein Zolfaqari announced that his forces have managed to establish calm along the country’s Southeastern borders after thwarting tens of infiltration attempts.

General Zolfaqari’s remarks came after 14 Iranian border guards were killed and 6 more were injured during the terrorist attack by outlaws in Saravan border region in Southeastern Iran last month.

“The country’s Southeastern borders have come under relative control, and internal securities have also been harnessed through the measures taken,” General Zolfaqari said on Wednesday.

He pointed to 33 armed clashes between Iranian border guards and outlaws along Iran's Eastern borders, and said, “Outlaws constantly clash with border guards units at our zero border point and they take position and target us from the other side of the border.”

Last month, General Zolfaqari announced that his forces had thwarted the infiltration of 10 terrorist groups into Iran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s border guards have blocked the penetration of 10 terrorist grouplets into the country by now,” Zolfaqari said in a ceremony in memory of the Iranian border guards killed by terrorists in the Southeastern Sistan and Balouchestan province on October 26.

The terrorists who have reportedly been members of the outlawed Jeish Al-Adl radical Sunni Wahhabi movement affiliated to the terrorist Jundollah group fled into Pakistan after the operation in Iran's Sistan and Balouchestan province.

After the attack the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement vowed to take action against.

“Under the present crucial juncture that the Islamic establishment is going through a sensitive historical juncture and is trying to gain a major achievement in area of nuclear talks strategic achievement, terrorist actions under the command and support of the spy agencies of the arrogant and colonial powers will not be able to harm the sincere and determined will of the Iranian nation,” parts of IRGC statement read.

“The Sirkan (in Saravan of Sistan and Baluchestan) crime should remind the alleged advocates of global terrorism and those interested in establishing ties with the Islamic Republic that the Iranian nation has never been unaware of the masterminds of plots who direct terrorist acts by the counterrevolutionary forces against it and it will consider it in its strategic calculations through monitoring and realistic analysis,” the statement added.

The statement further reminded the positive security measures taken by the IRGC in the last several years in Sistan and Balouchestan, which could improve the security conditions in the area, and said, "Foes and enemies of the Islamic Revolution should rest assured that such attacks can never harm the unity and solidarity of the ruling system and the people in Southeastern Iran, and would rather strengthen their unity."

"Defenders of the Islamic Revolution and borders of the country will continue combating the anti-revolutionaries, outlaws and aggressive terrorists decisively and powerfully in future," the IRGC underlined in its statement.
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US, Israel to threaten Iran with war game
« Reply #1173 on: November 28, 2013, 07:55:06 AM »
US, Israel to threaten Iran with war game

Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:55PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/28/337135/usisraeli-war-game-to-threaten-iran/


US President Barack Obama (L), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)

The US and Israel are planning to conduct a joint military drill in an effort to threaten Iran towards the end of the six-month period when an interim deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany expires.

The drill is aimed at sending a threatening message to Iran while US President Barack Obama says “we cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict.”

Time magazine broke the story of the planned US-Israeli military exercise on Thursday, citing a top Israeli official who said, “The strategic decision is to continue to make noise.”

“In May there’s going to be a joint training exercise with the Americans,” said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It’s going to be big.”

The planned war game comes after the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 intensely angered Israelis.

As part of the interim deal, which was announced on November 24, Iran has agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, and the United States and its allies have agreed to lift some of the economic sanctions and offer access to a portion of the revenue that Tehran has been denied through these sanctions. No additional sanctions will be imposed.

The deal infuriated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who called it “a historic blunder.”

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-advocacy group in the US, also called on US Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran.

Meanwhile, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll has shown that the American people support the deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program by a 2-to-1 margin.
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US congresswoman says Iran’s nuclear facilities 'must be bombed'
« Reply #1174 on: November 29, 2013, 05:43:29 AM »
US congresswoman says Iran’s nuclear facilities 'must be bombed'

Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:20AM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/28/337205/us-rep-iran-facilities-must-be-bombed/



Republican member of the House of Representatives Rep. Michele Bachmann says Iran’s nuclear facilities “must be bombed” despite a nuclear agreement between Iran and six major powers.

“It may be incumbent upon the Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to make a decision he has no desire to make, and that would be to bomb facilities, that must be bombed, in Iran,” Bachmann said during a speech at a Zionist Organization of America gala.

On November 24, a six-month accord was sealed in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the US, Britain, Russia, France and China -- plus Germany.

The House Intelligence Committee member said the nuclear deal was a deliberate effort to harm Israel’s security interests.

“That decision that was made by the P5+1 in Geneva had more to do with Israel than it had to do with Iran,” she said.

“Because, you see, the decision that was made could be the biggest cudgel that our president, and that the nations of the world, could use to prevent Israel from defending not only herself, but her right to exist,” the congresswoman claimed.

The Jewish group, the Zionist Organization of America, had earlier condemned the agreement and described it as “an appeasement deal.”

The former US presidential candidate pointed out that the deal has left Israel isolated.

Israel “may be forced now, when the greatest nations of the world have abandoned her, in her time of greatest need… to stand alone,” Bachmann said.

“It is one thing to be a friend of Israel when the sun is shining, and when times are good… it is another to be a friend of Israel and to make the case that Israel not only has the right to exist but the right to defend herself, and that right may possibly include the right to be able to bomb nuclear facilities and potential nuclear facilities in Iran,” she argued.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded angrily after the accord was struck, calling it a “horrible mistake.”

"For the first time the leading world powers agreed to allow Iran to continue enriching uranium, totally ignoring the UN sanctions,” Netanyahu said. “Israel is not obligated by this agreement.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama defended the agreement, pushing back against rising criticism from Israel and Congress.

“We cannot close the door on diplomacy, and we cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems," Obama said.

"We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict, and tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing for our security," he added.
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« Reply #1175 on: November 30, 2013, 12:26:41 PM »
It's surprising that there hasn't been any Jew reprisals against Obama in the media for not taking military action against Iran.  He's already in deep enough with the Affordable Care Act, but the Chosen don't appreciate it when they don't get their way.

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One Killed, 6 Others Wounded in Terrorist Operation in Southeastern Iran
« Reply #1176 on: December 03, 2013, 11:00:59 AM »
One Killed, 6 Others Wounded in Terrorist Operation in Southeastern Iran

Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:58
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920912000673



TEHRAN (FNA)- Terrorists attacked a border checkpoint in Southeastern Iran on Monday night, killing one soldier and injuring 6 people, a provincial official said on Tuesday.

“One border guard soldier was killed and 6 others were wounded in the Monday night clashes between the Iranian military troops and the armed outlaws at Saravan border (with Pakistan in Iran's Sistan and Balouchestan province),” Deputy Governor-General of Sistan and Balouchestan province for Political and Security Affairs Rajabali Sheikhzadeh told FNA.


Rajabali Sheikhzadeh

He said that the clashes lasted for several hours, and added that the Iranian border guards in cooperation with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) managed to pushed back the outlaws, forcing them to escape Iranian territory and shelter in a neighboring country (which he meant Pakistan as Saravan is located along Iran's border with Pakistan).

Sheikhzadeh didn’t name the neighboring country, but in many similar incidents in the past terrorists have taken refuge in Pakistan.

He said that the terrorist attack was waged from inside Pakistan and the outlawed Jeish Al-Adl radical Sunni Wahhabi movement affiliated to the terrorist Jundollah group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a similar event late October, 14 Iranian border guards were killed and 6 more were injured during the terrorist attack by outlaws in Saravan border region, Southeastern Iran.

The terrorists who have reportedly been members of Jeish Al-Adl fled into Pakistan after the operation.

The Jundollah group has built a safe haven in Pakistan and it escaped to this Eastern neighbor of the Islamic Republic each time it staged a terrorist operation in Iran before it was disbanded and its leaders were arrested and executed.

In its last operation in Iran, the Pakistani-based Jundollah terrorist group claimed responsibility for December 15, 2010 attack at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Iran's Southeastern port city of Chabahar in Sistan and Balouchestan Province where people were commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shiite Imam.

At least 38 mourners were killed and more than 89 others, including women and children, were injured in the attack.

The Jundollah group has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in Iran. The group has carried out mass murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, acts of sabotage and bombings. They have targeted civilians and government officials as well as all ranks of Iran's military.

In one of the worst cases, the terrorist group killed 22 citizens and abducted 7 more in the Tasouki region on a road linking the southeastern city of Zahedan to another provincial town.

In 2007, Jundollah kidnapped 30 people in the Sistan and Balouchestan province and took them to the neighboring Pakistan.

Jundollah claimed responsibility the same year for an attack on an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) bus in which 11 IRGC personnel were killed.

In another crime in October 2009, the Pakistan-based terrorist Jundollah group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Sistan and Balouchestan province which killed 42 people among them a group of senior military commanders, including Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Nourali Shoushtari.

RW - The Syria option being used against Iran on it's eastern borders. Much the same as their use of Polish (jew?) terrorists against Germany prior to WW2. The more things Obama changes the more they remain the same.
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« Reply #1177 on: December 07, 2013, 12:23:11 PM »
What’s at Stake with the Iran Nuclear Treaty?
Intrusive Measures on Iran’s Sovereignty




Global Research, December 07, 2013

The six-month nuclear agreement among Iran and the “5+1” countries has been described as a breakthrough, a departure, a disaster or a betrayal, depending on the speaker. Much of the language of the agreement reached in Geneva on Nov. 24 reeks of imperialist arrogance.

Whatever one’s attitude toward the agreement, however, it is essential first and foremost for all progressive forces to unite and make a clear call to end all the criminal sanctions and attacks on the sovereignty of Iran and the imperialists’ targeting of the Iranian population.

In examining this interim agreement, we should first look at the reasons why Iran and the U.S. signed it, and who benefits.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany are the “5+1.” The U.S. and its allies based their approach on the repeated charge that Iran’s developing nuclear energy leads to production of nuclear weapons, which they allege is an ominous threat to world peace.

All six nations involved in the talks with Iran have used nuclear energy for more than 50 years. All but Germany have a nuclear weapons arsenal. The U.S. has the largest such arsenal “ready to deliver,” is the only one that has ever used nuclear bombs on people, and U.S. imperialism continues to routinely threaten first nuclear strikes against countries that have no such weapons.

There is a clear meaning to the term every U.S. president since Truman has used: “All options are on the table.” U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers and Trident nuclear submarines, capable of destroying all life on earth in one launch, prowl the seas, including the waters directly off the coast of Iran.

The Geneva talks were based on the premise that the U.S. and its allies would ease sanctions strangling Iran’s economy; in return, Iran would freeze and then roll back its nuclear technology development. This is the imperialists’ goal, even though the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran has signed, guarantees each country the right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

U.S. sanctions legislation has demanded that every country in the world participate in a blockade of Iran or face severe U.S. trade, banking and insurance sanctions. The global blockade resulted in undermining Iran’s currency by more than 60 percent and oil production by more than 50 percent.

No demands are made on Israel, the U.S. proxy in the region. Israel possesses 100 to 300 nuclear weapons and has not signed the NPT nor ever submitted to an inspection.

Terms of the agreement

It is worth reading the short, 1,500-word “Joint Plan of Action” signed with Iran. It begins with this outrageous assertion: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons.” Of course, none of the 5 +1 have ever agreed to any similar pledge.

In order to gain access to $7 billion of the more than $100 billion of its own funds seized and frozen in accounts around the world, Iran must agree to undergo daily and unannounced inspections of its modest nuclear energy program. This includes its reactors, production workshops, storage facilities, uranium mines and mills, and all records of these facilities.

Developing nuclear weapons requires enriching uranium to more than 90 percent of the fissionable U-235 isotope. Iran must agree to not enrich its uranium to more than 5 percent and to dilute its limited stock of uranium already enriched to 20 percent.

The agreement stipulates that accepting these intrusive measures on Iran’s sovereignty will lead to a six-month pause in efforts to further reduce Iran’s crude oil sales and suspension of U.S. sanctions on Iran’s auto industry and spare parts for Iran’s civil aviation.

The agreement will allow Iran to purchase, with funds the U.S seized, food and agricultural products, medicine, medical devices and pay the tuition of Iranian students studying in universities abroad.

Lifting even a little of the thick, strangling web of sanctions shows just how invasive and targeted the sanctions are.

Sanctions began with 1979 Revolution

In evaluating this agreement, it is essential to know that U.S. hostility and U.S.-imposed sanctions began long before Iran revived its nuclear energy program.

After the revolutionary overturn of the brutal U.S.-imposed monarchy in 1979 fundamentally decreased U.S. influence in the entire region, the first U.S. sanctions on Iran began. The anti-imperialist upheaval — with a radical Muslim religious current playing a leading role — transformed Iranian society. It also liberated Iran’s oil and gas resources from the unequal contracts serving the giant oil corporations of Exxon, Mobil and Shell.

U.S. strategy since 1979 has been to destabilize the Iranian state and sabotage Iran’s economy in order to again dominate the country’s rich resources. Washington has used industrial sabotage, assassinations of political leaders and scientists, and military encirclement.

In 1979, Washington seized $10 billion of Iran’s own money held in U.S. banks. Over the years, Wall Street has seized billions in other Iranian assets that now total more than $100 billion in frozen funds. U.S. pressure included economic ruptures through the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Export-Import Bank and cancellation of hundreds of contracts.

Long before Iran revived its nuclear energy development to meet growing energy needs, the U.S. made every attempt through sanctions to block Iran’s ability to build oil refineries to refine its own oil and gas. Iran was a major exporter of crude oil, but was forced to import refined oil products at far higher costs.

Finally in 2011, after completion of seven new refineries, Iran ceased being a gas importer. But sanctions blocked Iran’s plans to export refined gas.

By developing its economy independent of Wall Street theft and domination and controlling its own resources, Iran was transformed within three decades from an underdeveloped country into a modern state with a highly educated population. While capitalist relations prevail, the population was still able to win guaranteed, comprehensive, free medical care; free education, including university; a modern infrastructure; and housing with full electrification.

Women’s education has improved from majority illiteracy to full literacy. More than 60 percent of university students are now female.

The Iranian revolution has enraged Wall Street and all the forces of reaction and feudal power in the region by providing political and material support to the Palestinian liberation struggle, the Lebanese resistance to Israeli occupation and the Syrian government resisting regime change.

Along with failing to destabilize Iran, the U.S. has utterly failed to stabilize its rule in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, despite massive destruction. Its plans for a quick overturn in Syria have also met determined resistance, despite billions of dollars in funds, equipment and training of mercenary forces.

As its economic position declines, Washington planners are trying to shift their overextended military power further east to confront China’s growing economic position. Overwhelming sentiment in the U.S. against another war has also pressured Washington to try new tactics.

Washington’s broken treaties

The U.S. government’s record of 200 years of unequal and broken treaties with the Indigenous nations of North America shows that diplomacy and talks have always been used as a form of warfare. For Wall Street, intervals of peace are preparatory periods for the next war.

More recently, in 2003 the U.S. agreed to relax pressure on Libya if that country gave up nuclear ambitions. By 2006, all sanctions on Libya were ended and many economic deals with the West opened up. Yet in 2011, the U.S. and NATO engineered the destruction of Libya.

The outcome of the continuing nuclear talks in Geneva won’t change the basis of U.S. corporate power’s decades of hostility towards Iran.

That Washington actually did sign this interim agreement with Iran, however, has shown that imperialist plans to totally destroy an oppressed country have fallen short. If the imperialists can’t outright steal what they want, it means at least a limited victory for the oppressed.

These treaties have similarities to the class struggle represented in every union contract. Even with a strong union, workers are never paid the full value of their labor under capitalism. Nevertheless, it is a struggle and a victory to win even a minimal, signed union contract.

The Iranian government has years of experience in U.S. duplicity. In 2003, Iran’s then President Khatami, with current President Rouhani as the chief negotiator, voluntarily suspended nuclear enrichment and for two years allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to make intrusive inspections, with the expectation that the imperialists would cut back on sanctions. President George W. Bush nevertheless ratcheted up new sanctions, listed Iran as part of the “Axis of Evil” and one of the three nations targeted for regime change.

Sections of the U.S. ruling class might well look to sign an agreement with some Iranian forces that U.S. strategists believe might make an accommodation with imperialism or that they could utilize to open up a deeper struggle inside Iran. Washington would seize on any internal instability in Iran as an opportunity for a new offensive.

Other powerful U.S. corporate forces that have a far more profitable stake in war and militarism will attempt many ways to sabotage even this short-term agreement. Israel and Saudi Arabia, as dependent U.S. proxies in the region and whose position and billions of dollars in military equipment is based on their role promoting war and instability, are both threatened by any form of agreement with Iran. New U.S. congressional sanctions may put an end to even this minimal thaw.

What does Iran gain?

Immediately following the agreement, France’s Peugeot, Citroen and Renault auto manufacturers, along with representatives of German, South Korean and Japanese car makers, announced they were sending executives to an automotive conference in early December in Tehran, considered the starting gun in a race for post-sanctions business.

Before the latest round of U.S.-imposed international sanctions, France shipped semibuilt cars to Iran as “kits” for assembly by Iranian companies such as Iran Khodro and SAIPA.

More than 100,000 autoworkers were laid off as sanctions hit Iran’s biggest manufacturing industry, forcing plants to operate at less than half capacity.

The six-month agreement “will have a pretty swift impact in a sector that is a big source of Iranian jobs — so this is more than just symbolic,” said Thierry Coville, an Iran specialist at IRIS, a French international relations think tank.

Iran is planning how to get beyond the six-month interim agreement and is looking to expand its contacts beyond Peugeot and Renault to prevent future trade restrictions. There are also contacts at the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. India announced plans to accelerate an Indian port project at Chabahar to access Iranian goods coming via Afghanistan. The leading Turkish pharmaceutical company, Abdi Ibrrahim, is looking at sales of medicine and medical devices. (Reuters, Nov. 29)

Iran’s long struggle for sovereignty over its resources and its own future will at least gain some breathing space in this round of diplomatic war. If the continued talks are sabotaged, then the people of Iran will again learn by their own experience what imperialism is.

By raising the many difficulties imposed by past sanctions, the anti-war movement here can stay focused on demands to end all the sanctions and war threats against Iran.
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Source Blames Al-Qaeda for Killing of 20 Iranian Experts in Iraq
« Reply #1178 on: December 14, 2013, 08:00:10 AM »
Source Blames Al-Qaeda for Killing of 20 Iranian Experts in Iraq

Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:14
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920923000273



TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq are responsible for the Friday attack which killed 20 Iranian oil and gas experts in the country, an Iranian source said on Saturday.

“The Iraqi forces have informed us that the terrorist attack was plotted by the al-Qaeda,” the informed source close to the Iranian oil ministry told FNA on the condition of anonymity.

He said that based on the latest information provided to Tehran, 20 Iranians have been among the 22 people killed in the attack and 6 others were wounded.

The source accused the Iraqi officials of neglecting the safety and security of the Iranian experts working on the gas pipeline in Iraq, and said the Iranians were heading towards their camp after work when their cars were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades.

He, meantime, underlined that the attack will not stop the construction of the pipeline which is due to transfer and export Iran’s gas to Iraq.

Earlier reports said on Friday that masked gunmen shot dead 22 people near the village of Balad Ruz, situated 90 kilometers (55 miles) Northeast of Baghdad.
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Iran Arrests MI6 Spy
« Reply #1179 on: December 14, 2013, 08:05:04 AM »
Iran Arrests MI6 Spy

Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:52
source: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920923000740



TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Saturday that it has arrested a member of the British spy agency, MI6.

“With God’s assistance and power, the spy was arrested after some months of complex intelligence activities,” Head of Kerman’s Revolutionary Court Dadkhoda Salari told FNA today.

He said that the accused person has had contacts with British intelligence officers in and out of Iran 11 times, providing them with the needed intelligence and receiving instructions for harming Iran’s national interests.

Noting that the arrested agent has had contacts with 4 British intelligence officers, Salari said his trial is underway while he has confessed to his crimes.

In 2010, Former Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar underlined that the US, Israeli and British spy agencies have been directly involved in the terrorist attacks against the country's scientists.

"As regards the recent terrorist moves, the involvement of Mossad, CIA and MI6 can clearly be seen," Najjar told reporters at the time.

"In the same regard, we have arrested a number of elements and are doing the necessary follow-ups to arrest the main culprits behind these terrorist acts," he noted.

In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the door of 32-year-old Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast's car in the capital in January 2012. His driver was also killed.

Roshan Behdast was the fifth Iranian scientist assassinated since 2007. The January 2012 blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

The assassination method used in the bombing was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani, and his colleague Majid Shahriari. Abbasi Davani survived the attack, while Shahriari was martyred.

Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.

Iran has blamed the CIA, MI6 and the Israeli Mossad agency for the terror attacks on the lives of its scientists.
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