Thursday, August 10, 2006

Iran Nuclear News: August 10, 2006

“If Pressure Continues, Iran Can Change Mind on NPT – President Ahmadinejad: The U.S. and the EU will regret their ‘miscalculation,’” The Hindu – Thursday, August 10, 2006

Providing the clearest indication yet of Iran's intention to resist mounting Western pressure on its civilian nuclear program, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said that any attempt to take away the rights his country had under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) could force it to reconsider its adherence to the NPT. Mr. Ahmadinejad said that he still believed in dialogue, despite last week's United Nations Security Council resolution threatening sanctions against Tehran. Iran was “in the very middle of studying'” the European package of incentives and was trying its best to come up with an answer by August 22, the date it had always said it would respond by.

“Apocalypse Now? Is Iran planning a cataclysmic strike for August 22?,” National Review Online – Thursday, August 10, 2006

Is Iran planning an apocalyptic strike against Israel and/or the United States for August 22? If so, what should the U.S. do to protect Americans and our ally? Such questions are worrying a growing number of officials in the White House, at the CIA, and at the Pentagon, and for good reason. As a devout Shiite Muslim, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is telling colleagues in Tehran that he believes the end of the world is rapidly approaching. This article argues that the Iranian nuclear threat is now far worse than the Iraqi threat of having or obtaining weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. first invaded Baghdad.

“Why don't you write? Iranian leader asks Bush,” The Buffalo News – Courtesy of the Associated Press – Thursday, August 10, 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized President Bush for failing to respond to his overture made in a letter in May, warning that "those who refuse to accept an invitation will not have a good ending or fate." In the May letter, the hard-line leader declared that liberalism and democracy had failed, and he lambasted Bush for his handling of the response to the September 11, 2001, attacks and a host of other issues ranging from the invasion of Iraq to U.S. support for Israel.

“CBS' Wallace Interviews Iran President ,” The Orlando Sentinel – August 10, 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an interview to U.S. television network CBS in which he criticized U.S. President George W. Bush's handling of the international response to Iran's nuclear program. CBS on Wednesday released two short excerpts from the interview, which comes amid heightened U.S.-Iranian tensions over Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli-Hizbollah war. A portion of Wallace's interview, conducted Tuesday at a crucial time in the Mideast with Israel fighting the Iran-backed Hezbollah, will be shown Thursday on the “CBS Evening News.” A complete report will air on Sunday's “60 Minutes.” In the interview, Ahmadinejad said of the Bush administration, “see how they talk down to my nation.”

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