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U.S. Says Iraqis Are Helping Iran to Skirt Sanctions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2012

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WASHINGTON — When President Obama announced last month that he was barring a Baghdad bank from any dealings with the American banking system, it was a rare acknowledgment of a delicate problem facing the administration in a country that American troops just left: for months, Iraq has been helping Iranskirt economic sanctions imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear program.

The little-known bank singled out by the United States, the Elaf Islamic Bank, is only part of a network of financial institutions and oil-smuggling operations that, according to current and former American and Iraqi government officials and experts on the Iraqi banking sector, has provided Iran with a crucial flow of dollars at a time when sanctions are squeezing its economy.

The Obama administration is not eager for a public showdown with the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki over Iran just eight months after the last American troops withdrew from Baghdad.

Still, the administration has held private talks with Iraqi officials to complain about specific instances of financial and logistical ties between the countries, officials say, although they do not regard all trade between them as illegal or, as in the case of smuggling, as something completely new. In one recent instance, when American officials learned that the Iraqi government was aiding the Iranians by allowing them to use Iraqi airspace to ferry supplies to Syria, Mr. Obama called Mr. Maliki to complain. The Iranian planes flew another route. 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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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran President, Says Country Is Ready To Resume Nuclear Talks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2012

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but suggested that Tehran’s foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again collapsing in stalemate.

Iran’s insistence that it will never give up uranium enrichment – the process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons – scuttled negotiations a year ago and still looms as a potential deal breaker even as tougher Western sanctions target Iran’s critical oil exports.

Ahmadinejad added his voice to proposals by Iranian officials to return to talks Thursday at a rally in the southeastern city of Kerman, saying a nation that is in the “right” should not be worried about holding dialogue.

Iran indicated earlier this week that it was ready for a new round of talks with the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany. Ahmadinejad – the highest-ranking official so far to make the offer – gave no further details about a potential timetable or venue.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had welcomed the proposals to restart talks – possibly in Turkey – but urged Tehran to bring “some concrete issues to talk about.”

“It is very important that it is not just about words. A meeting is not an excuse, a meeting is an opportunity and I hope that they will seize it,” she said Monday in Brussels as the 27-nation bloc adopted its toughest measures yet on Iran with an oil embargo and freeze of the country’s central bank assets. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Presses China On Sanctions For Iran, North Korea

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 21, 2010


Pressing China or seeking opinion?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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