Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iran Nuclear News: August 9, 2006

“Russian Atomic Energy Agency Expects Delegation of Iran,” Kommersant – Russian Daily – Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iran is ready to proceed with a detailed discussion of the proposal on uranium enrichment in Russia, according to Sergey Kirienko, head of Russia's Atomic Energy Agency, said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Iran to Announce New Nuclear Policy Soon,” The Journal of Turkish Weekly – Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iran will announce its new nuclear policy within weeks, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Deputy Director for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi said, MNA reported. Commenting on a recent statement issued by the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) that Iran will reconsider its nuclear policy following the UN Security Council resolution, Saeedi said, “ The policies are being studied and will be announced in a couple of weeks.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader orders Muslims to support Hezbollah,” Iran Focus – Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered on Tuesday Muslims across the world to support the Lebanese militia Hezbollah in its ongoing battle against Israel. “Today, the most important duty of all the followers of the Islamic faith is jihad for the cause of God”, Khamenei told a gathering. “Supporting and defending Hezbollah is a duty for all Muslims”, he said.

“Wall Street Journal – Editorial - Does Iran have something in store?,” Opinion Journal – Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Bernard Lewis is said to be the greatest living Western scholar of Islam, someone with deep sympathy for the Muslim world, without forgetting its dark side. Writing in the Wall Street Journal online edition yesterday, Lewis now expresses deep concern over an apocalyptic Iran armed with nukes. This article in interesting since it offers the viewpoint that the best current guess is Iran does not yet have a nuclear device, based on the public record, although Tehran could have the ingredients of a dirty bomb. Iran’s neighbors (Israel, especially), like the Saudis, are beginning to arm themselves with anti-missile systems. According to Lewis, these neighbors should put themselves on high alert very soon.

“After Lebanon, There’s Iran – Opinion Piece,” by Vali Nasr, Yahoo! News – Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Another good opinion piece that discusses Iranian/Hizbullah ties.

“China Backs Up Russia in Iran’s Nuclear Case,” Kommersant – Russian Daily – Monday, August 7th, 2006

China has backed up Russia’s initiative on nuclear fuel reprocessing. This proposal gives the chance to ease tension around Iran’s nuclear case, said spokesman of China’s foreign ministry.

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