Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Latest Iran headlines

  • Gulf News-Iran, Syria and Al Qaida 'Trying to Tear Iraq Apart' America's civilian and military leaders in Iraq linked Iran and Syria with Al Qaida yesterday as forces trying to tear the country apart and prevent the United States from establishing a stable democracy. The comments from ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and General George Casey were among the strongest US officials have levelled against Iraq's two neighbours over alleged support for armed groups behind much of the bloodshed.

  • The Financial Times-Sanctions Will Help Regime Change in Iran, Says Bolton Imposing economic and political sanctions against Iran and North Korea will help democratic forces in those countries as Washington pursues its "ultimate objective" of regime change, John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said yesterday. Mr Bolton's comments, to Fox News, reflect the views of hardliners in the Bush administration who doubt that the threat of nuclear proliferation can be dealt with through negotiations. Although the US denies it is pursuing a "regime change" policy towards what it calls the "axis of evil", Mr Bolton's linking of sanctions with "democratic forces" are likely to complicate delicate coalition-building efforts by Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state.

  • AP-Rice Says 'Axis of Evil' Proven Right WASHINGTON -- Recent events in Iran and North Korea support President Bush's 2002 claim that those nations were part of an "axis of evil," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday. After discussions of the North Korean nuclear test and the anti-Semitic remarks of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, radio host Sean Hannity asked Rice about the axis remark. "You think of some of the world reaction to the president's use of the word 'axis of evil,' and then you see how events have been unfolding," Hannity remarked. "It was a pretty good analysis, wasn't it?" Rice replied. "It really was."

  • AP-U.S., Allies Urging Ban on Sales of Nuclear Material to Iran VIENNA, Austria -- The U.S. and its allies want the U.N. Security Council to ban the sale of missile and atomic technology to Iran and end most U.N. help for its nuclear programs—moves diplomats said Tuesday are narrowly focused in hopes of winning Russian and Chinese backing for sanctions. The diplomats, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the draft resolution was not yet public, said the proposal also would commit U.N. member nations to denying entry to Iranian officials involved in developing missiles or nuclear systems. A Security Council resolution passed last week imposed similar sanctions on the sale or transfer of technology that could contribute to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs after that nation's test explosion of a nuclear bomb.

  • The Washington Times-Iran, Syria Rebuild Hezbollah Iran and Syria are rapidly rearming Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon as an international peacekeeping force has failed to carry out a U.N. mandate to disarm the Shi'ite militia group, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said yesterday. Mr. Mofaz, a former defense minister and chief of general staff in the Israeli Defense Force, also warned that time was growing short for the international community to implement effective sanctions to halt Iran's drive for nuclear weapons. "We know the policy of the Iranian regime is to buy time by talking" while it pursues a nuclear bomb, Mr. Mofaz said in an interview in his suite at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington. "So far they have been very successful."