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Iran Nuclear Talks: Diplomat Says Talks Show Progress

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 14, 2012

 

ISTANBUL — Nuclear negotiators for Iran and six world powers were making encouraging progress in bridging differences that have doomed previous meetings meant to reduce fears over Tehran’s atomic program, diplomats close to the talks said.

But, in a reality check reflecting the gulf dividing the United States and Iran, a powerful Iranian official said his country had rejected an overture from Washington for a one-on-one meeting between the two delegations at the talks. He spoke after the morning plenary session broke and plans were being formed for bilateral encounters between Iran and its six interlocutors.

“No bilateral talks with the U.S. will be formed,” Alaeddin Boroujeddi, head of Iran’s powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy told The Associated Press. “It is not Iran’s policy to have bilateral talks with the U.S. – Iran will talk to them on the multilateral level.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Illusion of Attacking Iran

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

By Deepak Chopra and Sir Ken Robinson

War is where illusions go to die. This was true of Vietnam and the war in Iraq. It is being ground into us every day in Afghanistan.

At this moment, those who want Israel to mount an air attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities are counting on mass amnesia. But forgetting the lessons of past wars won’t save the next bout of military adventurism.

War with Iran is a real possibility, and yet there has been no real debate on its consequences. The rest of the world may cast Iran as the villain of the peace, but Muslims are at best ambivalent. Considering the firestorm that arose from the burning of the Quran at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, it was wily religious politics for the Iranians to build the Fordow Uranium Enrichment Facility right next to “Qom,” the center of Shi’a scholarship globally and the site of the Holy Shrine of Fatema Mae’sume, sister of the Imam Reza (789-816 AD). It is a significant destination of pilgrimage.

An attack on Qom is equivalent to an attack on Mecca for the Sunni Muslims, which most people agree would be catastrophic for the West. Even if the Israelis show remarkable precision in their air strikes, as they have in the past, targeting the area will certainly galvanize and nationalize the Shi’a in a way that George Bush’s “axis of evil” speech only suggested. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trita Parsi On Iran: No ‘Military Solution’ In Nuclear Standoff (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2012


We are human being and we have brain to think and discuss to sort out problem:

WASHINGTON — The author of a recent book on the Obama administration’s efforts to solve the Iran nuclear crisis through diplomacy says he sees no “military solution” to the standoff — and suggests that military action might only serve to enhance tensions over the issue.

Trita Parsi, the author of “A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran,” spoke to The Huffington Post during a visit to the D.C. bureau earlier this week.

“Even at the best case scenario, even if it managed to set the program back two or three years, all it would do, most likely, is it would redouble the Iranian desire for a nuclear deterrence, precisely because they were attacked,” said Parsi, who is the president of the National Iranian American Council. “When people are talking about a military solution, I find that kind of ironic. I think perhaps you can say about a military option, but the idea of a military solution I think one should contest, because I have not come across any military people who truly believe that it can work.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran Unveils Nuclear Fuel As Accusations Fly Over Its Links To Bangkok Bombers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 15, 2012

For the first time, Iran has loaded nuclear fuel rods made on Iranian soil into a research reactor at a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The enriched uranium fuel was placed into the Tehran Research Reactor on Wednesday.

Broadcast on state TV, the footage shows the Iranian leader being shown around the facility in a white coat, flanked by what appear to be senior scientists of the regime.

A rod is then lowered into the cooling pool with Ahmadinejad looking on, a move that could be interpreted as a message of defiance to the west and the sanctions imposed following last year’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that concluded that Iran was fixated on producing a nuclear bomb.

“We began enriching uranium to 20% in order to make fuel rods because Western countries are not ready to help us,” said deputy head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri, according to a student news agency and Reuters.

“For the first time, fuel rods produced by Iranian scientists will be installed in the presence of the Islamic Republic’s president in Tehran’s research reactor.”

Iran says it has made the 20% enriched uranium because it wanted to make isotopes to treat cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are We on the Brink of War With Iran?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2012

This post originally appeared on The Nation.

Only 12 minutes into his presidency, Barack Obama reached out to the Muslim world and Iran, offering America’s hand of friendship if Iran would in turn unclench its fist. Yet three years later, we are closer to war than we were in the last years of the Bush administration, with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta telling the Washington Post there is a “strong likelihood” of an Israeli strike this spring. How did we get here?

Conventional wisdom in Washington is that Obama’s diplomacy with Iran failed. It did not. As I argue in my new book A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy With Iran, it was prematurely abandoned. Obama’s intention was genuine, but his vision for diplomacy was soon undermined, for four reasons: pressure from Israel and its powerful allies in Congress, and to a lesser extent from Saudi Arabia and France, to adopt a confrontational policy; the June 2009 election mayhem in Iran and the subsequent repression and human rights abuses, which hardened the regime in Tehran and narrowed Obama’s space for diplomacy; Obama’s early adoption of a contradictory “dual track” policy, combining diplomacy with escalating pressure on Tehran; and Obama’s unwillingness to create more domestic political space for diplomacy by challenging a status quo in Washington that is set on enmity. Read the rest of this entry »

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O. I. L.: The Case for a War Against Iran

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 25, 2012

By Sadia Ahsanuddin

Iran is figuring prominently in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election. In December 2011, Jon Huntsman declared that, if elected president, he would send in ground troops to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Rick Santorum recently charged on CNN that bombing Iran would be preventing a true war from starting. Mitt Romney, Wall Street’s favorite for the Republican candidacy,announced that, “If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon… If you elect me as president, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon.”

Despite the contention of international intelligence agencies that Iran shows no evidence of developing nuclear weapons, proponents of an attack on Iran continue to argue that Iran is pursuing nuclear proliferation and that this act does indeed establish a pretext for war. The rhetoric is strikingly similar to arguments preceding the invasion of Iraq.

A retired CIA officer and daily briefer to President George H. W. Bush, Ray McGovern, has been protesting the misrepresentation and misapplication of intelligence information since the 2003 War on Iraq. During Tucker Carlson’s MSNBC show on May 4, 2006, McGovern articulated the basic rationale behind American foreign policy using a simple three letter word: O, for oil; I, for Israel; and L, for logistics. In the aftermath of the campaign in Iraq, it was apparent that these three considerations did indeed establish a false pretext for the invasion of Iraq. And now, when the U.S. is involved in a “debate” over Iran and the most effective ways to halt its “ambitions,” McGovern’s warnings regarding the tripartite interests of elite policymakers, at the expense of this nation and its people, ring true — yet again. It would be judicious of the American public to consider the facts and determine whether a war against Iran, allegedly in our names, is justified. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran: ‘Keep Aircraft Carrier Out Of Gulf’ Tehran Warns US, As France Calls For Fresh Sanctions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 3, 2012

Iran has warned the United States not to return an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf after Tehran conducted 10 days of military exercises conducted by Tehran.

On Monday Iran said it had completed successful tests of surface-to-sea cruise missiles, as well as shorter range and surface-to-surface missiles.

It also conducted a series of military tests and exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, a key ‘choke point’ for oil tankers in the region through which 20% of the world’s oil travels.

Following the exercises Major General Ataollah Salehi said that Iran “advises, recommends and warns” the US to keep the USS John C Stennis away from the Gulf, adding that “Iran is not used to repeating its warnings”. The ship had left the region for Dubai during the military exercises.

Quoted by the Fars news agency, General Salehi said it would not make “any unreasonable” retaliatory action, but warned it was “ready to counter any threat”.

The US Navy has not commented on the warnings.

Meanwhile, Tehran has denied that US economic sanctions designed to counter its nuclear programme were not behind its currency falling to record lows.

On Saturday US President Barack Obama signed a bill designed to attack Iran’s central bank when it comes into force in six months’ time.

The Iranian rial has since lost 12% in value, and Reuters previously quoted officials as saying it had suspended trading.

The US has imposed the new sanctions along with the UK and Canada following a report in November by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which stated that the country had carried out development tests related to nuclear weapons

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Calls UN Nuclear Chief, Yukiya Amano, U.S. Pawn

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday criticized the head of the U.N.’s nuclear agency as an American pawn in the run-up to its expected release of a document said to document Tehran’s nuclear weapons program.

Ahmadinejad said Iran will not stop its nuclear development, adopting a defiant position in advance of the report which could spur efforts for new sanctions against his country.

“If you think you can change the situation of the world through putting pressures on Iran, you are deadly wrong. The Iranian nation will not withdraw an iota,” Ahmadinejad said.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, not weapons production.

The report, expected to be issued Wednesday, suggests that Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead and includes satellite imagery of a large steel container the IAEA believes is used for nuclear arms-related high explosives tests, diplomats told The Associated Press.

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Iran unmoved by IAEA report: ‘Won’t budge an iota’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2011

A picture released by the official website of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's office shows him speaking in the city of Shahrekord at the start of his tour of Iran's Shaharmahal & Bakhtiari southwestern province on November 9, 2011 (AFP Photo / HO / Iranian Presidency)

Unsurprisingly, Iran has refused to alter anything in its nuclear program after the UN atomic watchdog alleged that it may be being used to develop a bomb. Iran’s opponents are calling for crippling sanctions against Tehran.

Tehran denied all the allegations even before the report was officially released, because leaks from it have been circulating since the start of the week. Iran says the report is politically motivated and based on false evidence cooked up by American intelligence services. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, a pawn of the US.

On Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad reiterated Iran’s position, saying its nuclear program would not “budge an iota” in the wake of the report. He reiterated that his country has no need for a nuclear bomb.

The IAEA said in a controversial appendix to the report that Iran may have been working on a nuclear weapon before 2003 and may be doing so now. No direct evidence of the allegations was presented.

Meanwhile, France has called a UN Security Council session to discuss a new round of sanctions against Iran. Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said in an interview that Paris wants tougher sanctions that “will be able to stop its nuclear weapons program.”

Washington is reportedly considering issuing further unilateral sanctions against Iran, according to the US media. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran Nuclear Talks Fail, No New Date Set

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 22, 2011


Result as expected. For the positive result we must change our mentality
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Iran Claims Nuclear Advance: Ability To Mine Uranium

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 5, 2010


President of Iran very bold man
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Iran Nuclear Enrichment Program Stopped By Technical Troubles

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2010


If every nuclear program faces technical problem, the world could automatically be the nuclear free.
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