Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Did Dems send official on secret mission? DBI

Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Did Democrat leaders send official on secret mission to Iran?
  • Iran Focus reported that a senior Clinton administration official has fueled rumors among Iranian political pundits that some Democratic Party leaders may be attempting to establish unofficial channels of communication with Tehran.
The US talks tough on Iran in the UNSC but...
  • The News reported that the UN Security Council was Tuesday to formally discuss European proposals for targeted sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work, US Ambassador John Bolton said.
  • Reuters reported that the United States on Tuesday accused Russia of backing away from earlier commitments by its foreign minister in framing the international response to Iran 's nuclear program.
China says "we are not in serious discussion."
  • The International Herald Tribune reported that China said that the five veto-wielding Security Council members are so divided over a resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran that some differences cannot be bridged.
More unrest inside of Iran.
  • Iran Focus reported that rebels in south-eastern Iran have killed three agents of the paramilitary Bassij force, affiliated to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Islamic Republic calls for Saddam’s execution. Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The Korea Times reported that Iran ’s military commander publicly acknowledged Monday that his country had obtained missiles from North Korea during its war with Iraq.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that a senior United States official said Iran 's nuclear facilities are too vast to be destroyed by a single air attack so Israel is unlikely to bomb it to forestall Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.
  • Xinhua reported that Iran 's Oil Minister said that a further oil output cut by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) would be possible if its latest cut decision fails to boost the oil price.
  • reported that Reporters Without Borders (RSF) listed Iran among 13 countries it labeled as "enemies of the Internet" ahead of a 24 hour campaign in favor of free access to the web.
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