Saturday, December 17, 2005

News from Iran 12/17/2005

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005
State Department: Iran's referral to UNSC "just a matter of time"
Reporting Iran to the UN Security Council for defiantly pressing ahead with its suspect nuclear program is just a matter of time, a senior US State Department official suggested Monday.

"Clearly our patience is limited. We're now talking 'when' or 'how' rather than 'whether' we will report them to the Security Council," which has the power to slap Iran with sanctions, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with journalists. [Read more].

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005
State Dept. Rules Out Guarantee on Iran
The Bush administration is ruling out a guarantee not to attack Iran to induce it to halt development of nuclear weapons. Iran must first act like a responsible member of the international community and stop violating its agreements, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said Monday.

"That would represent a sea change in its behavior," Ereli said. "Then maybe other kinds of notions might be more palatable." [Read more]

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005
Iran's President Suggests Israel move north to Alaska...
Should Israel move to Alaska? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again called for Israel to be moved on Wednesday. And this time, he went ahead and denied the Holocaust as well. But why? SPIEGEL ONLINE went to Iran expert Ali Ansari for answers. ...

At issue, once again, are comments made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Israel, Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, should be moved out of the Middle East -- a reiteration of similar comments made a week ago which earned him a rebuke not only from world leaders, but also from the United Nations. This time, though, he went a step further and referred to the Holocaust as a "myth."

Speaking before thousands in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan, Ahmadinejad said, referring to Europeans, "Today, they have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it to be above God, religion and the prophets." In reiterating his demands from last week that Israel be moved, he said, "This is our proposal: give a part of your own land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to (the Jews) so that the Jews can establish their country." [Read more]

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