Saturday, March 24, 2007

Iran in the News

Iran in the News

". . . those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven . . . (I Samuel 2:10)

1. Tehran braces for strike on nuclear reactors - ICEJ News

As the United Nations Security Council prepares to vote Saturday on a new resolution imposing stiff economic sanctions on Iran, foreign embassies in the Iranian capital are updating their emergency evacuation plans in anticipation of a US or Israeli-led attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities.

2. UN debates sanctions as window for diplomacy narrows - Reuters

Meanwhile in New York, Security Council members were negotiating last minute changes yesterday to a resolution aimed at targeting companies, individuals and institutions deemed to be assisting the Iranian nuclear program. The resolution, which the US and Britain hope will be agreed over the weekend, demands that Iran halt all uranium enrichment – including operations that Tehran claims are for peaceful purposes. Iranian diplomats have been unsuccessful in convincing the United States and her western allies that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian program. "Our intention is there should be a vote on Saturday. We will meet tomorrow [Friday] for one final consideration," Britain's UN Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry told Reuters.

3. Iranian Leader Says Pursue Nukes at All Cost - ICEJ News

Iran’s top leader said Wednesday [March 21] that the Islamic Republic will continue to enrich uranium and develop its nuclear power regardless of which actions the international community takes. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated statements made by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran will defy any mandate by the United Nations Security Council to cease its nuclear development programs. Khamenei claimed that until now Iran has acted in accordance with UN regulations.

4. Britain's Demand to Iran: Give Us Our Sailors Back - AP

Iran seizes 15 Britons from frigate HMS Cornwall who were conducting smuggling investigation off Iraq.