Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Iran Nuclear News: August 8, 2006

Congo Brands Reports of Uranium Shipments to Iran a ‘Great Big Lie,’” Resource Investor – Courtesy of Business Day – Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government strongly denied yesterday that a uranium shipment left its territory bound for Iran last year. However, a United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was “no doubt” that a shipment of smuggled uranium 238, uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania, was transported from the Lubumbashi mines in Congo. The report said the uranium came from a closed mine in Lubumbashi, was then driven via Zambia into Tanzania, and uncovered during a scan at the port of Dar es Salaam. According to Congolese government spokesman Henri Mova Sakanyi, “It’s a great big lie.”

“Kremlin Warns U.S. Arms Sanctions Could Hurt Ties,” DefenseNews.com – Courtesy of Reuters, Moscow – Tuesday, August 08, 2006

On August 8, the Kremlin branded U.S. sanctions against two leading Russian arms exporters "an unfriendly act" and warned they could rebound on U.S.-Russia relations. The United States announced sanctions on Aug. 4 on seven firms from Russia, India, North Korea and Cuba for selling restricted items to Iran, which Washington fears is trying to make nuclear weapons. The U.S. State Department said it imposed the sanctions after Washington received information the companies had transferred materials to Iran that could contribute to the development of weapons of mass destruction or missiles.

“Sharansky: The World Needs Israel to Defeat Hezbollah,” All Headline News – Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Senior Israeli politician and former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky says the fate of the Jewish state and the Western democratic world rests on the outcome of Israel's war with Hezbollah. Sharansky fears that Hezbollah may soon represent an arm Iran may use against its enemies both in the West and in Israel – and soon, these terrorists may benefit from Iran’s current nuclear research.

“Outside View: Lebanon's sectarian aftershocks,” United Press International – Outside View Commentaries – Tuesday, August 08, 2006

This article examines the manner in which America's efforts to build friendships in the Middle East have often created new enemies. According to this commentary, some Iraqi Shiite army officers have stated that they believe Sunni Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia are trying to weaken America's commitment to rebuilding war-torn Iraq because those Sunni nations are jealous of Iraq's future potential and fearful of its strength. The perception of a hostile Sunni bloc backed by the United States and arrayed against Iran could also further bolster domestic support for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's goal for moving forward on his nuclear program and more broadly increasing Iranian influence in the region.

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