Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Iran in the News

"Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him...let the wicked perish at the presence of God." (Psalms 68:1-2)

1. U.S. Defense Sec.: Stronger penalties against Iran needed 'right now' - Ha'aretz

Stronger penalties are needed against Iran not next year or the year after, but right now because of the uncertainty over how soon Tehran may acquire a nuclear weapon, U.S. President George W. Bush's defense secretary said in Singapore Saturday.

2. Ahmadinejad: The Iranian People Are "Invincible"- New York Post

In a defiant speech yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: "Even if all the world powers are slitting their own throats, the Iranian people are invincible and will remain invincible.

"Iran is not trying to make aggression against other countries. It only wants that its right be accepted and will not accept the injustice of the great powers," he said.

3. Iranian Flow Of Weapons Increasing, Officials Say - Washington Post

Iran has increased arms shipments to both Iraq's Shiite extremists and Afghanistan's Taliban in recent weeks in an apparent attempt to pressure American and other Western troops operating in its two strategic neighbors, according to senior U.S. and European officials.

4. Compromise on nuclear disputes possible in weeks, Iranian official says - AP

Iran on Sunday said disputes over its nuclear program could be settled in the coming weeks if the U.N Security Council dropped preparations to debate another round of sanctions against the country and turn over its case to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The announcement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini comes after an official in Spain said Iran had pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers about past suspicious nuclear activities to the IAEA, the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency.