Iranian Nuclear Crisis Timeline/2006
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Iranian Nuclear Crisis Timeline
The Iranian Nuclear Crisis Timeline details the events that have led to the contemporary crisis surrounding the Iranian uranium enrichment program.
December 31, 2006
Different messages for different audiences. In a first day of Eid al-Adha speech at Tehran University former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani comments: "The problems will not be limited to Iran. Many (countries) will suffer from the smoke from this fire." Later in a sermon on Iranian state television he states: "We are ready to resolve the accusations with logic, negotiations and inspections. We are ready to cooperate with international bodies under their regulations." Source: Nasser Karimi. "Rafsanjani: U.N. Sanctions Will Backfire." Washington Post. December 31, 2006.
December 30, 2006
In a speech at at Baqiyatollah Medical University, Commander of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC) Major Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi explains: "Their major concern is to see the Islamic Republic of Iran becoming a regional superpower...Our enemies are determined to prevent us from attaining such a goal...Due to our access to scientific and technological know-how, the nation can take significant strides toward progress." Source: n.a. "Safavi: Enemies Fear Iran's Regional Clout." IranMania. December 30, 2006. News Report
December 29, 2006
Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin comments: "We hope the Iranian leadership will properly assess the situation and take concrete measures to implement Resolution 1737 in order to restore [international] trust in Iran's nuclear program." Source: n.a. "Russia Hopes Iran Will Act to Restore Trust in Nuclear Program." RIA Novosti. December 29, 2006.
December 28, 2006
Shopping around for someone to fight Isreal's war against Iran? The Jerusalem Post quotes a senior Israeli Defense Force (IDF) source as saying: "There are people who want this issue to come up and want NATO to start talking about Iran...This should be on NATO's agenda." Source: Yaakov Kaatz. "'NATO Interested in Iran's Nuke Program'". Jerusalem Post. December 28, 2006.
December 27, 2006
December 24, 2006
Defiance from Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells a group of war veterans: "This [UN sanctions resolution] will not damage the nation of Iran, but its issuers will soon regret this superficial and nil act." In a better quote Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani states: "From Sunday morning, we will begin activities at Natanz, the site of 3,000-centrifuge machines, and we will drive it with full speed. It will be our immediate response to the resolution." Source: Nasser Karimi. Iran Rebuffs U.N., Vows to Speed Up Uranium Enrichment." Washington Post & Associated Press. December 25, 2006.
December 23, 2006
UN Security Council votes to appove Resolution 1737 imposing limited economic sanctions following two months of intense negotiations between the U.S., EU 3, Russia and China. U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns complains: "We don't think this resolution is enough in itself. We want the international community to take further action. We're certainly not going to put all our eggs in the U.N. basket...We want to let the Iranians know that there is a big cost to them." Source: Jennifer Loven. "U.S. Hails U.N. Resolution Against Iran." Associated Press. December 23, 2006.
December 21, 2006
December 20, 2006
December 19, 2006
December 16, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells Mohammad Dhaifullah Sharar, special envoy of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah: "Iran is ready to give its valuable experiences and achievements in peaceful nuclear technology to the countries of the region." Source: n.a. "Iran Offers Nuclear Technology to Gulf Nations-TV." Reuters. December 16, 2006. News Article.
December 14, 2006
December 13, 2006
December 12, 2006
December 11, 2006
December 9, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has begun installing 3000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment at a plant in central Iran and crows that the the U.S., Britain, France and Germany were caving to Iranian resistance: "Resistance of the Iranian nation in the past year forced them to retreat tens of steps over Iran's nuclear issue." Source: n.a. "Iran Prez: Nuclear Program Moving Forward." CBS News and Associated Press. December 9, 2006.
December 8, 2006
Britain, France and Germany agree to the text of proposed sanctions against Iran to be introduced on December 11 that would "grandfather" or not cover Russian construction, supply and operation of the light-water reactor in Bushehr, Iran. Source: Warren Hoge. "Europeans Limit Scope of Iran Nuclear Resolution." The New York Times. December 8, 2006.
December 6, 2006
December 5, 2006
December 4, 2006
December 3, 2006
December 1, 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismisses criticism of U.S. leadership in preventing Iranian nuclear proliferation: Unity is not an end in itself. I'm all for maintaining unity, but I'm also all for action." Source: Helene Cooper. "Dissent Weakens Coalition Pressing Iran on Nuclear Program." The New York Times. December 1, 2006. A17.
November 29, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publishes letter making unprecedented, direct appeal to the American people, urging them to reject current U.S. foreign policy. "If the U.S. government meets the current domestic and external challenges with an approach based on truth and justice, it can remedy some of the past afflictions and alleviate some of the global resentment and hatred of America." Source: n.a. "Iran Leader Appeals to US People." BBC News. November 29, 2006.
November 24, 2006
November 22, 2006
More of the same from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "They think that the government and nation of Iran are like some other courtiers, whom crack down in front of them even with the smallest threat or pressure, but they should know that the nation of Iran will never kneel in front of their demands. Today, the knowledge of our people and our nuclear policies progress daily, and it is the enemy which is stepping back. Today, the U.S. policies have been defeated in the international arena, and they are no longer able to decide." Source: ISNA November 22, 2006. Also from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "[T]he evil president of the U.S visited Indonesia and you saw how people of Indonesia opposed the thoughts of this person...We will first have to break the horn of the big head so that justice can be done...Some bullying countries impose their illegal demands on independent and free countries while enjoying the support of some international organizations, which they founded for defending their own interests." Source: n.a. "Iranian President Describes Bush as Evil, Says Iran Must Thwart US Arrogance." Associated Press. November 22, 2006.
November 21, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to express belief that nuclear power is the key to the future: "Initially, they (the US and its allies) were very angry. The reason was clear: They basically wanted to monopolize nuclear power in order to rule the world and impose their will on nations. Today, they have finally agreed to live with a nuclear Iran, with an Iran possessing (the whole) nuclear fuel cycle." Source: n.a. "Ahmadinejad: Iran Continues N. Work until Launching 60 thousand Centrifuges." FARS News Agency. November 22, 2006. News Report
November 20, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad displays apparent exuberance when he declares: "We intend to install 100,000 centrifuges and, God willing, Iran will be able to provide for its needs in nuclear fuel by next year." Source: n.a. "Agency Says Iran Wants 100,000 Atomic Centrifuges." Reuters UK. (from ISNA) November 20, 2006.
November 18, 2006
ISNA quotes Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Director Gholamreza Aghazadeh states: Whether the IAEA helps or not, the research reactor in Arak will continue its work. If the IAEA denies the assistance, it will be harmful for the IAEA...It is the IAEA that insists on Iran cooperating with it on the security dimension of the reactor." Source: Alireza Ronaghi. "Iran Vows to Press On With Arak Reactor." Washington Post & Reuters. November 18, 2006.
November 16, 2006
November 15, 2006
Yet more nationalist and nuclearist rhetoric from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "The Iranian nation stands for its nuclear right and will go ahead until the end...Time is on the Iranian nation's side. With each passing day, (the West) must retreat one step and acknowledge the rights of the Iranian nation and with each passing day the Iranian nation goes ahead toward the summits of victory...By the grace of God, we will hold a great nuclear celebration before the end of this year, all over Iran." Source: Alireza Ronaghi. "Iran Vows to Pursue Atomic Plans 'Until the End'." Reuters. November 15, 2006.
November 14, 2006
November 12, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrives in Washington for meetings with important Bush adminisration decision makers and U.S. President George W. Bush on the Iranian nuclear crisis, the aftermath of the Lebanese-Israeli War and the Isreali-Palestinian War. Safely benath the American miltiary unbrella Olmert appears to threaten Iran: "I don't believe that Iran will accept such compromise unless they have a very good reason to fear the consequences of not reaching it. In other words: Iran must start to fear." Source: n.a. "Iran Must Start To Fear: Israeli PM." Peoples Daily Online. November 12, 2006.
November 11, 2006
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds meeting with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov states that Russia and Iran will work to see the resumption of international negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program: "We think it’s possible, if there is a goodwill, to find mutually acceptable basis for the resumption of talks on the basis of the proposals of the six and Iran’s response to them." Sources: n.a. "Iran’s Top Nuclear Negotiator Meets With Russian President." Boston Herald & Associated Press. November 11, 2006; n.a. "Russia, Iran will Push for Resumption of Talks - FM Lavrov." RIA Novosti. November 11, 2006.
November 9, 2006
Interfax quotes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani will be in Russia on November 10, 2006. Source: n.a. "Iran's Larijani to Visit Russia on Friday." Reuters. November 9, 2006.
November 8, 2006
November 7, 2006
U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton experiences steep learnign curve. "We don't think the Russian text is consistent with what foreign ministers had agreed previously,: he complains. "I don't know how we are going to work it out because the Russian version is very different than what we think the foreign ministers agreed to. But we are going to discuss that this afternoon." Source: Irwin Arieff. "U.S. Says Moscow Backing Off Commitments on Iran." Reuters. November 7, 2006. Multilateralism is hard and not the kind of thing a presidential administration should put off trying to learn until late in its second term. Otherwise problems become intractable.
November 6, 2006
November 5, 2006
UN IAEA in spectors spent 4 hours at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Source: n.a. "UN Inspectors Visit Iran Natanz Facility." Gulf News. November 6, 2006.
November 4, 2006
Iranian government stages mass demonstration at 10:00 a.m. to "celebrate?" the anniversary of the November 4, 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy by Iranian militants.
November 3, 2006
November 2, 2006
November 1, 2006
Is the U.S. government using the New York Times as a propaganda organ for disinformation? Kaveh L. Afrasiabi writes in an Asia Times Online article that Noah Feldman misrepresented statements by Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa to suggest that the Arab world is more worried about Iranian nuclear ambitions than Israeli nuclear weapons. See Asia Time Article.
October 30, 2006
October 29, 2006
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Ali Hosseini described the Leading Edge anti-nuclear proliferation naval training exercise in the Persian Gulf saying, "We are watching their movements very carefully." Iranian Admiral Sajjad Kouchaki commented that the presence of U.S. warships in the Gulf, "indicates the hostile nature of the U.S. policy" and that Iran "is completely ready to confront any possible threat." Ships from Italy, France, Australia, Bahrain, the United States and Britain are taking part. Saudi Arabia is notably absent. Sources: Jim Krane. "Iran Criticizes U.S.-Led Nuke Exercise." Associated Press. October 29, 2006; n.a. "Iran Calls Adventurous a U.S.-Led Nuclear Interception Navy Exercise in the Gulf." Associated Press & The International Herald Tribune. October 29, 2006.
October 28, 2006
Something else Iranians have in common with Americans! Reform activist Mohammad-Reza Khatami, the younger brother of former President Mohammad Khatami, tells ISNA: "We reformists are worried whether the elections would be healthy or not and whether there would manipulations on elections day and vote counting." Source: n.a. "Iran Reformers Worried About Election Fraud." Deutsche Presse-Agentur. October 28, 2006.
October 27, 2006
ISNA reports that the Iranian government has begun a second series of cascades for centrifuges in its unranium enrichment program. The second cascade of 164 centrifuges is reported to produce uranium fuel at a 4.5% level of enrichment. Enrichment Source: Christine Hauser. "Iran Said to Take New Step to Enrich Uranium." The New York Times. October 26, 2006.
October 25, 2006
October 23, 2006
October 20, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responds to threat from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Ahmadinejad describes Israeli leaders as "a group of terrorists" after Olnmert threatens that the iranian government would have a "a price to pay" unless it ends its nuclear program. Source: Ali Akbar Dareini. "Israel, Iran Exchange Threats." San Jose Mercury News and Associated Press. October 21, 2006.
October 19, 2006
In a telvised speech to a Tehran rally Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again calls for negotiations on the nuclear crisis but insisted that Iran was within its rights: "Our nation does not want one iota more than its right...Our nation is in favor of talks and negotiations, but the world should know that the Iranian nation will not retreat one iota from its right." Source: n.a. "Iran Wants Talks on Atomic Rights." Reuters. October 19, 2006. He also predicted that Israel would fail because it was artifical: "Our nation has previously announced that this regime is illegitimate from its foundation. It is fabricated. It has been imposed on the nations of the region and it cannot survive." Source: Jack Kim. "Iran President Says Israel Illegitimate, Won't Last." Malaysia Star. October 19, 2006. Article Text
October 18, 2006
October 17, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister (president) Ehud Olmert meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss Iranian nuclear proliferation.
October 16, 2006
Israeli Foreign Minister Mark Regev announces that Israeli Prime Minister (president) Ehud Olmert will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow: "Both countries are involved in a series of issues where there are concerns about the Iran nuclear program, what's going on in Lebanon and the Middle East peace process and we're eager to engage with the Russians on these issues...There are mutual interests and mutual concerns." Source: Corinne Heller. "Olmert to visit Putin to discuss nuclear Iran." Washington Post. October 15, 2006.
October 14, 2006
October 13, 2006
October 12, 2006
Fantastically strained logic. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert comments that the North Korean nuclear weapons test illustrates the need for the international community to deal in an urgent, determined, courageous and united manner with the nuclear issue. Source: Ronny Sofer. "Olmert Urges Action Against Iran." October 12, 2006. Text. So the international community (i.e. the U.S., Britain, France and Germany) should respond to the nuclear test in North Korea by punishing Iran? The Neo-Conservative's Next War of Preference
October 11, 2006
October 9, 2006
There is no parallel betwen North Korean and Iranian nuclear declaration claim some in the West. U.S. President George W. Bush says: "North Korea is a different case...I don't expect our strategy on Iran will change. Iran certainly won't get put on the back burner." (Obviously.)
An unnamed British source says: "Iran is a democracy, however odious parts of the regime may be. North Korea is a dictatorship led by a man who people don't know very much about." Source: Louis Charbonneau. "Western Powers Dismiss Iran-N.Korea Comparisons." Reuters UK. October 9, 2006.
October 8, 2006
North Korea conducts its first nuclear weapons test.
October 6, 2006
London meeting of the UN Security Council Five plus Germany is delayed because U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have trouble catching a flight. The excuse is that her flight was delayed in Iraq because her plane had problems. Source: Robin Wright. "Decision Delayed on Sanctions Against Iran Over Nuclear Issue." The Washington Post. October 6, 2006. (Sure. That's entirely plausible. Why wouldn't that ne true?) U.S. sources say a decision about sanctions will be made via conference call on October 9th or 10th.
October 4, 2006
October 3, 2006
September 30, 2006
U.S. Pres. George W. Bush signs the Iran Freedon Support Act, saying, "I applaud Congress for demonstrating its bipartisan commitment to confronting the Iranian regime's repressive and destabilizing activities by passing the Iran Freedom Support Act...This legislation will codify U.S. sanctions on Iran while providing my administration with flexibility to tailor those sanctions in appropriate circumstances and impose sanctions upon entities that aid the Iranian regime's development of nuclear weapons." Source: n.a. "U.S. Legalizes Sanctions for Iran Atom Aid." Agence France Preses and International Herald Tribune. October 1, 2006.
September 29, 2006
Suspicious natural gas pipeline explosion just inside the Iranian border with Turkey.
September 28, 2006
September 27, 2006
Avner Cohen, author of "Israel and the Bomb," remarks on the parallels between Iranian and Israeli nuclear proliferation: "Whether deliberately or inadvertently, there are elements of resemblance between the way Iran is pursuing its nuclear program today and the way Israel was pursuing its own program in the 1960s...This is a great irony of history but Iranian policymakers and nuclear technocrats may be strategically mimicking the Israeli model." Source: Bernd Debusmann. "Iran seen borrowing nuclear strategy from Israel." The Washington Post. September 27, 2006.
September 26, 2006
Sergei Shmatko, president of Russia’s state-run company Atomstroiexport, and Mahmoud Hanatian, vice president of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization sign deal for the Russian vendor to supply fuel for the Iranian reactor at Bushehr in March 2007. Reactor start-up is planned for September 2007 and electric generation by November 2007. Source: n.a. "Russia Agrees to Send Fuel for Iran Nuclear Plant." Associated Press and The New York Times. September 26, 2007.
September 25, 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice makes pessimistic noises about diplomacy producing a result desired by the second Bush administration: "It is important in keeping a coalition together to--if people want to explore something that doesn't move you very far off course, to go ahead and explore it. And I think you get into a stronger position that way." Source: n.a. "Rice Says Time is Running Out for Iran to N-halt." IranMania. September 29, 2006.
Iranian Vice President and Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Chief Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh arrives in Moscow to discuss the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant by Atomstroiexport. Sources: n.a. "Iran Vice Pres. To Discuss Bushehr NPP Construction in Moscow." RIA Novosti September 24, 2006; n.a. "Iran’s Top Nuclear Negotiator to Meet Russian Counterpart in Moscow." MosNews. September 24, 2006. Article
September 23, 2006
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov states, "Russia has never set factitious terms to reach conflict settlement. Our goal is to ensure the inviolability of the non-proliferation regime....Russia is not sitting idle and waiting for how the EU High Representative Javier Solana’s talks on Iran will end. It is actively working with the Iranian counterparts to ensure a maximally favourable result of such contacts...All partakers in the talks call for pooling efforts to settle the problem by political and diplomatic means. There are enough possibilities for finding such solution to the problem." Source: n.a. "Russia FM Says No Reason to Impose Sanctions On Iran." Iran Focus. September 24, 2006.
September 22, 2006
September 21, 2006
September 19, 2006
September 18, 2006
September 15, 2006
French Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jean Baptiste Mattei states that Iranian diplomats have expressed a willigness to negotiate suspension of uranium enrichment. Source: n.a. "Iran Ready to Discuss Enrichment Suspension: Paris." Reuters. September 15, 2006.
September 14, 2006
September 13, 2006
French Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jean Baptiste Mattei expreses dislike for sanctions: "We generally prefer measures that are decided in the framework of the United Nations, or the European Union...We have never liked unilateral sanctions." French banks have 24% of the value of outstanding loans to Iran. Source: Celestine Bohlen. "France Cool to U.S. Pressure to Cut Bank Ties to Iran (Update1)." Reuters. September 13, 2006.
September 11-12, 2006
Planning for a post-American future status as an Iranian client state. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets Iranian leaders in Tehran. Source: n.a. "Iraqi PM to Visit Iran on Monday." The Washington Post. September 9, 2006.
September 11, 2006
September 9-10, 2006
Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and EU "foreign minister" Javier Solana meet in Vienna. Source: Mark Heinrich. "Iran, EU Set Crunch Atom Talks; U.S. Seeks Sanctions." The Washington Post. September 9, 2006. On September 10, it is reported that Ali Larijani offers a 2 month suspension of the Iranian nuclear enrichment. Source: n.a. "Iran Offers 2-Month Atomic Enrichment Halt-Diplomat." Reuters September 10, 2006.
September 7, 2006
EU "foreign minister" Javier Solana announces that negotiations with Iranian chief nuclear neotiatiator Ali Larijani will resume on Saturday, September 9, 2006. Source: n.a. "Key Iran Talks 'Set For Saturday'." BBC News . September 7, 2006.
September 6, 2006
September 5, 2006
September 3, 2006
September 2, 2006
September 1, 2006
Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold notes that the U.S. invasion of Iraq gave the Iranian government the chance to develop nuclear weapons. Source: Lisa Rossi. "Feingold: War in Iraq gave Iran Opportunity" The Democratic Senator Blames the Administration and Says the U.S. is Weaker Militarily and Diplomatically." The Des Moines Register. September 1, 2006.
August 31, 2006
August 30, 2006
U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson responds to an article in The Washington Times that the Pentagon assumes Iran is 5 to 8 years from having a nuclear weapon by saying that it never comments on contingency planning. Source: n.a. "Pentagon Sees Iran With Bomb in 5 Years- Report." Reuters. August 30, 2006.
August 29, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad challenges U.S. President George W. Bush to a televised debate on world issues. Bush runs away from the opportunity. (Would JFK have refused such a chance? But then JFK was intelligent, well educated and eloquent.) Ahmadinejad also challenges the veto power of the U.S. and Britain on the UN Security Council, an issue that resonates in Japan, India, the Muslim world, Africa and Latin America.
August 26, 2006
Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani states: "Iran will continue its uranium enrichment. We want to produce our own nuclear fuel...We will never stop it...Those who threaten us with sanctions know perfectly that we have obtained a home-made atomic programme under international sanctions. And it is irreversible." Source: Parisa Hafezi. "Iran to Pursue Atom Work Despite Deadline." Reuters UK. August 27, 2006.
August 25, 2006
August 24, 2006
Israeli officials consider an attack on Iran without the U.S. Source: Yaakov Katz, Herb Keinon and Nathan Guttman. "Israel Feels US Will Not Attack Iran." Jerusalem Post. August 24, 2006.
August 23, 2006
August 22, 2006
August 21, 2006
August 20, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 17, 2006
Open letter from 21 former generals, diplomats and national security officials of the United States argues that the administration's "hard line" in Iran has undermined U.S. security. Included are Army Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph P. Hoar and Morton H. Halperin. Gard commented that, "It's not a crisis...To call the Iranian situation a 'crisis' connotes you have to do something right now, like bomb them." Source: Peter Speigel. "Group Says Iran Is 'Not a Crisis'." Los Angeles Times. August 16, 2006.
August 14, 2006
August 13, 2006
August 12, 2006
Seymour Hersh accuses the second Bush adminitration of preplanning the Israeli-Lebanese War with the Israeli government as a trial run for a larger war against Iran: "Let Israel attack Hezbollah, we'll watch and see how it works, learn from it, and if we do decide to go to Iran, we can't go to Iran anyway as long as Hezbollah has rockets." Source: "Report: The U.S. Pushed Israeli Plan New Yorker's Hersh Reports U.S. Encouraged Israel's Strikes As Prelude To Iran." CBS Evening News August 13, 2006. Transcript
August 10, 2006
Iranian ambassador to Russia Gholamreza Ansari stated that his country does not, "recognize the demand that we suspend uranium enrichment in view of absence of violations." Source: n.a. "Iran Will Continue Nuclear Work "To The Maximum Scope:" Ambassador." China View. Augsut 10, 2006.
August 9, 2006
August 8, 2006
U.S. State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack states that, "There have been a variety of public statements from the Iranians, but we haven't seen any evidence yet that they are complying with the demand and requirement of the international community." Source: Barry Schweid. "U.S.: No Sign Iran Will Comply With U.N." Washington Post August 8, 2006. By "international community, McCormack may mean the UN Security Council, a 15 member with only 1 predominantly Islamic country or perhaps he means the UN Security Council "Permanent Five" members with Vetoes, none of which is a predominantly Islamic country. Not much of a "community" really.
August 6, 2006
Western bluff is called, again. Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani states at a news conference that, "We will expand nuclear technology at whatever stage it may be necessary and all of Iran's nuclear technology including the cascades will be expanded...We do not want to end the supervision of the agency (IAEA), but you should not do anything to force Iran to do so....If they do, we will react in a way that would be painful for them....Do not force us to do something that will make people shiver in the cold....They should not think that they can hurt us and we would stand still without a reaction." Sources: Simon Tisdall. "Iran Threatens to Use 'Oil Weapon' in Nuclear Standof." Guardian Unlimited Augsut 7, 2006; n.a. "Iran Vows More Atom Work, To Hit Back At Sanctions." Reuters. August 6, 2006,
August 4, 2006
August 3, 2006
August 2, 2006
August 1, 2006
July 31, 2006
July 28, 2006
July 26, 2006
Stratetgic coordination. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Russian President Vladimir Putin discuss Israeli-Lebanese War in telephone conversation. Source: n.a. "Ahmadinejad and Putin Discuss Conflict in Lebanon." July 26, 2006.
July 25, 2006
Q: Why did the neo-conservative count his chickens before they were hatched? A: Because the second Bush administration desperately needs some good news from the Middle East. U.S. Ambassador the UN John Bolton said that the big six were close to agreement on the etxt of a resolution about Iran: "We made a lot of progress today. This was probably the most productive session. This bring us very close." He also said that under the draft resolution being considered, "Iran is bound mandatorily to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities." Source: Evelyn Leopold. "UN Negotiators Close to Deal on Iran Nuclear Draft." Washington Post July 25, 2006.
July 24, 2006
Iranian government spokesperson Gholam-Hossein Elham states that Iran will use "all legal and diplomatic ways" to oppose the Israeli attack on lebanon rather than send military forces. Source: n.a. "Iran Not to Send Troops to Join Conflict in Lebanon: Spokesman." People's Daily Online. July 25, 2006.
July 23, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes ethnic cleansing, urges Israeli evacuation of the Middle East: "I suggest that they (Israelis) bale and move out of Mideast before the fire they have launched in Lebanon catches them...Israel has pushed the button of its own destruction by attacking Lebanon...Israel and its allies must apologize for their policies, or the people in the region will respond." n.a. "Iranian President Urges Israel to Move Out of Mideast." People's Daily Online. July 23, 2006. (And what does this religious fanatic have in mind for the Lebanese Maronites, Egyptian Coptic Orthodox and Armenians?)
July 22, 2006
Russian diplomats declien support for language in a UN resolution threatening sanctions against Iran for non-compliance. Source: n.a. "Russia's Balk Strains Iran Resolution: Russian Politicians Pulling Away From U.S.-Backed UN Resolution." CBS News July 22, 2006. (Did U.S. President George W. Bush succeed in completely alienating Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G-8 Conference in St. Petersburg?)
July 21, 2006
Former Iranian President and Chair of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani denounces the United Nations Security Council: "On our nuclear issue, we are now witnessing a cruel act...They are going to commit another historic act of tyranny against Iran, despite Iran announcing several times that it is ready to negotiate...If Iran accepts, that would mean putting our hands up and surrendering." Source: n.a. "Iran Cleric Accuses UN of Tyranny." Reuters, July 21, 2006.
July 20, 2006
July 19, 2006
Economic nationalism campaign on Iranian state television with messages urging the boycott of products sold by "Zionist" firms, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Marks and Spencer, Nestle, McDonalds, Timberland, Revlon, Garnier, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and L’Oreal. Souirce: n.a. "Iran TV Urges Boycott of "Zionist" Products." Agence France Presse and Khaleej Times Online July 19, 2006.
July 18, 2006
Israeli attack on Lebanon continues to divert focus from Iranian nuclear proliferation issue. Iranian Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel warns Israeli government that, "The towns you have built in northern Palestine (Israel) are within the range of the brave Lebanese children. No part of Israel will be safe." Source: n.a. "No part of Israel is Safe, Iranian Lawmaker Says Despite Comments, Tehran Denies Behind-the-Scenes Role in Fighting," Associated Press and Newsweek. July 18, 2006.
July 17, 2006
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki delivers letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressing support for Syria against any threat (Israel). Source: n.a. "Iran Foreign Minister in Syria, Discusses Lebanon." Reuters. July 17, 2006.
July 15, 2006
Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani leads delegation to Saudi Arabia: meets Saudi Public Security Organization Mogren bin Abdal-Aziz; scheduled meeting with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdal-Aziz. Source: n.a. "Larijani Arrives in Saudi Arabia." Islamic Republic News Agency. July 15, 2006.
July 14, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking on state television dismisses decision to refer Iranian nuclear proliferation to the UN Security Council: "The people of Iran will not give up their right of exploiting peaceful nuclear technology. They are not intimated by the arrogant uproar and propaganda today." Source: n.a. "Iran Shrugs Off Threat." The Hindu. July 14, 2006.
July 13, 2006
U.S. President George W. Bush reveals what he fears while in Germany: "I truly think they're trying to wait us out, that it's only a matter of time before people lose their nerve. And I think they are going to be sorely mistaken....The Iranians must understand that they can't wait us out and can't hope to split a coalition - and so the first step is to go to the United Nations and speak with as common a voice as possible." Source: n.a. "Bush Seeks Diplomacy Move on Iran." BBC News. July 13, 2006. Has any post-WWII U.S. President ever been so out of his depth in foreign affairs?
July 11, 2006
Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani commands patience. ""We have discussed a wide range of important issues together, consultations will now be done by both sides. We will be in contact together in order to see how to proceed. We have to go into a long process, we must be patient." Source: Slobodan Lekic. "Iran Dashes Hope for Breakthrough." The Washington Post. July 11, 2006.
July 9, 2006
July 7, 2006
July 6, 2006
EU foreign affairs spokesperson Cristina Gallach describes the meeting between EU foreign minister Javier Solana and Iranian chief negotiator Ali Larijani in positive terms: "It's a good start for what we expect will be a positive meeting on July 11." Source: Mark John. "EU Upbeat After First Iran Nuclear Talks." Washington Post. July 7, 2006.
July 5, 2006
Iranian chief negotiator Ali Larijani agrees to meet EU foreign minister Javier Solana in a private dinner. Larijani had cancelled a meeting the previous day because the EU was playing footsie with an Iranian exile leader. Source: Mark John. "EU's Solana to Hold Rescheduled Talks with Iran." Reuters. July 5, 2006.
July 4-5, 2006
North Korea conducts multiple ballistic missile tests but elicits only condemnation from the second Bush administration. North Korea is not deemed much of a "threat" to U.S. national interests by the second Bush administration because it lacks large oil deposits and is not a threat to Israeli security.
July 3, 2006
Seymour Hersh reports that the U.S. Military has removed the nuclear strike option from military planning against Iran. The New Yorker, July 10, 2006
June 29, 2006
Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki politiely but firmly declines demand that his government respond to the profered package of incentives by July 5: "Different committees are considering different segments of this proposed package." They supposedly seek to deal the "questions and ambiguities" in the package. Mottaki reiterates that the Iranian response will come in August, either in early or mid-month. Source: Helene Cooper. "G-8 Leaders Set Deadline for Iranian Response." The New York Times. June 29, 2006.
June 27, 2006
June 25, 2006
(Don't try to rush us!) Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hamid Reza Asefi comments that, "The package contains legal, political and economic dimensions. All its dimensions have to be studied." (Or we will mess with the oil markets by issuing threats!) Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh warns again that his country could disrupt the world's oil supply if the standoff leads to open conflict. Source: n.a. "Tehran on Nukes: Be Patient." Chicago Tribune. June 26, 2006.
June 22, 2006
Gen. George W. Casey accuses the Iranian government of covert support of Shi'a "extremist groups" and predicted partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year. Source: Michael R. Gordon. "Iran Aiding Shiite Atacks Inside Iraq, General Says." The New York Times. June 23, 2006.
June 21, 2006
Folksy threat issued by U.S. President George W. Bush, who comments that, "It seems like an awful long time," to respond to a "reasonable proposal." This is met with a frostily pious response from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who syas this his country will "review the proposals on the basis of our legitimate right and, God willing, we will give our opinion regarding the proposals toward the end of Mordad," (or the Iranian month ending on August 22). Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki joins in by saying that Bush "should not be in a hurry" for a response. Source: n.a. "Bush: 2 Months Is Too Long For Iran's Answer." Fre Press News Service. June 22, 2006.
June 12-16, 2006
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hold discussion during the regional summit in Shanghai. Source: n.a. "China and Iranian Presidents To Meet Next Week." Associated Press. June 8, 2006.
June 9, 2006
June 8, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states in televised speech that, "If they (the international community) think they can threaten and hang a stick over the head of the Iranian nation and negotiate at the same time, they should know the Iranian nation will reject such an atmosphere." Source: Edmund Blair. "Iran Says Threats Will Not Work In Nuclear Talks." Reuters. June 8, 2006.
June 7, 2006
Weak position of the Six Powers is exposed. World learns that the package of ince ntives would require Iranian government to suspend uranium enrichment only during negotiations and that it might resume afterward. George Jahn. "Diplomats: Package Gives Iran Some Leeway." Associated Press. June 7, 2006.
June 6, 2006
June 5, 2006
June 4, 2006
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clarifies his regime's positions on the use of nuclear weapons and who has whom by the energy supply: "We have not threatened any neighbor... accusation that we are seeking nuclear bomb is wrong, a sheer lie." "We have no target to use a nuclear bomb. It's against Islamic teachings." "If you make any mistake [invade Iran], definitely shipment of energy from this region will be seriously jeopardized. You have to know this." "You will never be able to protect energy supply in this region. You will not be able to do it." Source: n.a. "Iran: We Will Not Cease Enrichment: Iran's Top Leader Warns Of Energy Disruption If U.S. Attacks." CBS News. June 4, 2006.
June 3, 2006
Russia rules out military froce against Iran. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov states that, "Tehran will not face a deadline to respond to the six nation proposal." He emphasized that the package does not include the use of a military force. Source: Suleyman Kurt. "Ankara Steps in for Iran." Zaman Daily Online. June 3, 2006.
June 2, 2006
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes U.S. offer of direct talks with Iran: "This is a very important step, which gives the whole process a new dimension. It is necessary to conduct a thorough discussion with the Iranian leadership." Alissa J. Rubin. "Iran Says Pressure Won't 'Bear Fruit'". Los Angeles Times and Bioston Glode. June 3, 2006.
June 1, 2006
May 30, 2006
FLIP-FLOP! Second Bush administration foreign policy becomes even less coherent as a visibly tense U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announces on television that the U.S. is wiling to negotiate directly with Iran if it agrees to a verified suspension of uranium enrichment: "The Iranian people believe they have a right to civil nuclear energy. We acknowledge that right." Glenn Kessler. "Analysis: Shift in U.S. Stance Shows Power of Seven-Letter Word." Washington Post. June 1, 2006.
May 29, 2006
May 28, 2006
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin speaks through his Security Council Chief Igor Ivanov commenting that, "Unlike the U.S., Russia believes Iran's nuclear program needs to be resolved only through dialogue. Any use of force will further complicate the issue and will cause tension in the region." n.a. "Russia: No Use Of Force Against Iran: Russia Opposes Any Use Of Force Against Iran Over Its Nuclear Program." CBS News & Associated Press. May 28, 2006.
May 26, 2006
May 25, 2006
May 24, 2006
May 23, 2006
Iranian government closes a Farsi language newspaper for publishing a cartton offensive to the Azweri minority and jailing the editor and cartoonist. Source: Ali Akbar Dareini. "Iran Closes Newspaper Over Cartoon Furor." Seattle-Post Intelligencer. May 23, 2006.
May 21, 2006
May 20, 2006
May 19, 2006
News report in The New York Times complains that the Iranian government is increasingly secretive about its nuclear fuel/weapons production facilities. Source: William J. Broad & Elaine Sciolino. "Iran Pulls Curtain On Atom Sites." The New York Times. May 19, 2006. The article does not mention the "normal" secrecy at U.S., British, French, Russian, Chinese, Israeli, Indian or Pakistani nuclear weapons facilities. Do as we say, not as we do.
May 18, 2006
While in Tokyo, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has cooking in mind when urges caution by saying that there is, "a need to lower the temperature and refrain from actions and rhetoric that could further inflame the situation." Source: n.a. "Annan Warning Over Iran 'Crisis'." Guardian Unlimited. May 18, 2006.
May 17, 2006
Candy for gold. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismises quid pro quo of halting uranium enrichment for EU economic incentives, saying that Iran was being offered "candy for gold". Christian Oliver. "Iran Scorns EU Atomic Incentives." Swissinfo and Reuters. May 17, 2006. His full statement was: "Do you think you are dealing with a 4-year-old child to whom you can give some walnuts and chocolates and get gold in return?" Source: Karl Vick. "Iran Defies Offer From Europeans: Anti-Nuclear Incentives Called Laughable." San Jose Mercury News. May 18, 2006.
May 16, 2006
May 15, 2006
High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union Javier Solana describes incentives for Iranian cooperation: "It will be a generous package, a bold package that will contain issues related to nuclear, economic matters and maybe if necessary security matters." Source: n.a. "EU promises "generous, bold" Iran nuclear offer." Reuters. May 15, 2006.
May 14, 2006
May 13, 2006
In a display of sensitivity typical of majority Islamic states, the D-8 (Developing 8) hold meeting on majority Hindu island of Bali. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono states that, "Our people need to do more to help one another," and adds that "proud" Islamic nations should work together to develop renewable and alternative energy sources. Source: n.a. "D-8 Group Makes No Comment On Iran Nuclear Dispute." Reuters. May 13, 2006. The D-8 include Indonesia (large Christian and Hindu minorities) Iran (Zoroastrian minority), Pakistan (Christian minority), Nigeria Vhirsitan and animist minorities), Turkey, Malaysia (large Christian, Hindu and Buddhist minorities), Egypt (large Christian minority).
May 11, 2006
May 10, 2006
May 9, 2006
In response to a question about the U.S. response to his 18 page personal letter to U.S. President George W. Bush, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states that, "We will wait to see the reaction of the recipient and we will act based on the reaction." Source: n.a. "Iran President Says Awaits Reaction To US Letter." The Washington Post. May 9, 2006.
May 8, 2006
May 7, 2006
May 5, 2006
April 29, 2006
April 28, 2006
IAEA issues report stating that Iran has defied the UN Security Council call for a freeze on enriching uranium and that its lack of cooperation with nuclear inspectors is a "matter of concern." Anticipating the IAEA report, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded that, "The Iranian nation won't give a damn about such useless resolutions. Today, they want to force us to give up our way through threats and sanctions but those who resort to language of coercion should know that nuclear energy is a national demand and by the grace of God, today Iran is a nuclear country." George Jahn. "Nuclear Agency Says Iran Defying U.N." The Washington Post. April 28, 2006. Poor diety, always being dragged out to take the blame for the bad behavior of politicians.
April 27, 2006
At a political rally in Tehran Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states defiantly that, "If you think by frowning at us, by issuing can impose anything on the Iranian nation or force it to abandon its obvious right, you still don't know its power. "We have obtained the technology for producing nuclear fuel ... No one can take it away from our nation." Edmund Blair "Iran President Rejects UN Call To Halt Enrichment." Reuters. April 27, 2006.
April 26, 2006
Iranian domestic politics presents a rhetorical arms race between Iranian leaders. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei states that, ""The Iranian nation will respond to any blow with double the intensity." Source: n.a. "Iran Leader Issues Warning To US." BBC News. April 26, 2006. "The Americans should know that if they assault Iran their interests will be harmed anywhere in the world that is possible." Source: n.a. "Iran Threatens Retaliation If America Attacks." The Guardian Unlimited. April 26, 2006.
April 25, 2006
April 24, 2006
Consistency is important. Iranian oil ministry announces that it is cancelling the 960 million euro Olefin 11 contract with French, German and South Korean firms to build new petrochemical plant to allow domestic Iranian firms to do the work. Source: n.a. "Iran to cancel 960 mln euro petrochemical deal with Linde, Hyundai, Technip." AFX News Limited. April 24, 2006.
April 23, 2006
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hamid Reza Asefi states that, "Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear research and development activities are irreversible". Source: n.a. "Iran Nuclear Work 'Irreversible'." BBC News. April 23, 2006. The Iranian spin is that the fait est accompli.
April 22, 2006
While in Russia, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, states that Iran and Russia have a basic deal to enrich uranium in a joint venture but still have details to work out. Source: n.a. "Iran Has "basic" Enrichment Deal in Russia." Reuters. April 22, 2006.
April 21, 2006
April 20, 2006
Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar dismisses possibility of a U.S. attack: "The United States has been threatening Iran for 27 years and this is not new for us. Therefore we are never afraid of U.S. threats," reporters during a visit to neighboring Azerbaijan. If you take into account the fact that they are not doing anything, this shows it is just talk." Source: Edmund Blair. "Iran Scoffs At US Strike Talk." The Washington Post. April 20, 2006.
April 18, 2006
Stiff response. When American diplomats use phallic imagery they mean war! Or are having fantasies of getting them some war. Commenting on three hours of negotations between the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns states that diplomats recognized the, "need for a stiff response to Iran's flagrant violations of its international responsibilities." Source: Henry Meyer. "U.S. Envoy: Iran Sanctions Discussed." Associated Press. April 19, 2006.
April 17, 2006
April 16, 2006
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani travels to Kuwait to reassure Gulf states about the Iranian nuclear program. Source: n.a. "Iran's Rafsanjani In Kuwait To Reassure On Nuclear Crisis." Agence France Presse. April 16, 2006.
April 15, 2006
Iranian television reports that Chinese diplomat Cui Tiankai met with Iranian Supreme National Security Council chief Ali Larijani and nuclear negotiator Javad Vaidi. Source: n.a. "Chinese Official Holds Nuclear Talks With Iran - Report." Forbes and AFX News. April 16, 2006.
April 14, 2006
April 13, 2006
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad states emphatically, "Our answer to those who are angry about Iran achieving the full nuclear fuel cycle is just one phrase. We say: Be angry at us and die of this anger," the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. We won't hold talks with anyone about the right of the Iranian nation (to enrich uranium)." Ali Akbar Dareini. "Iran Touts Itself As a Nuclear Power." The Washington Post. April 13, 2006.
April 12, 2006
April 11, 2006
April 10, 2006
April 9, 2006
April 8-11, 2006
Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll reveals that 54% of respondents answered "No" to the following question: "Do you trust George W. Bush to make the right decision about whether we should go to war with Iran?" Of the remaining respondents, 42% answered "Yes" and 4% answered "Don't know."
April 7, 2006
April 6, 2006
Is this the sound of a neo-con climp-down? U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton states that if the Iranian government defies a statement from the Security Council which urges suspension of its nuclear enrichment activities by the end of this month, the Security Council is likely to issue a stiffer warning demanding such compliance. "Then we will consider the next step, which may well be a Chapter 7 resolution that imposes sanctions of some kind." Source: n.a. "U.S.: Iran May Face Sanctions After Two UN Warnings." Reuters. April 6, 2006. At this rate, Bolton may pull ahead of Rice in the race for the title of least effective neo-con diplomat.
April 5, 2006
April 4, 2006
April 3, 2006
Iranian Rear Admiral Dehqani boasts that, " A powerful torpedo made by experts of the Revolutionary Guards will be test fired today in the Persian Gulf. Tomorrow, we will see other missile test firings by the Revolutionary Guards in the 'Great Prophet' war games." n.a. "Iran Says Will Test More Weapons in Wargames." Reuters. April 3, 2006. Amusingly, the torpedo is called the "Hoot" or "whale", neither or which appears calculated to strike terror in the hearts of Americans although it might sound ferocious to a people without a naval or maritime tradition like the Iranians. Source: Ali Akbar Dareini. "Iran Rolls Out Yet Another Missile." The Washington Post. April 4, 2006.
April 1, 2006
Iranian Revolutionary Guard air services Gen. Hossein Salami announces successful test of the Fajr-3 missile, claiming it is capable of delivering multiple warheads accurately and avoiding anti-missile missiles: "Today, a remarkable goal of the Islamic Republic of Iran's defense forces was realized with the successful test-firing of a new missile with greater technical and tactical capabilities than those previously produced." Ali Akbar Dareini. "Iran Says Test-Fire of Missile Able To Avoid Radar a Success: Fuels Suspicion Over Tehran's Plan". Associated Press and Boston Glode. April 1, 2006. Military posturing seems to have no national of ideological identity: Shiite Islamist miltiary posturing is indistinguishable from the military posturing of Italian fascists, Japanese miltiarists, Chinese communists, Israeli zionists, American conservatives, secular Baathist Arab nationalists and even that by the officers of the ancien regime of the Pahlavi Dynasty. "Look world! We are proud of our new killing machinery! Fear us for we have nothing else to offer."
March, 2006
March 31, 2006
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki states that His country would not use oil as a weapon or withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Iran was prepared for diplomacy or war: "I wish to stress that Iran's nuclear question can be approached from two perspectives: Cooperation and interaction or confrontation and conflict. I underline that my country has prepared itself for both possibilities." Maggie Farley. "Iran Minister Downplays Chances of Nuclear Face-Off." The Los Angeles Times. April 1, 2006.
March 30, 2006
March 29, 2006
March 28, 2006
The military bluff has failed. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw says military action against Iran would be neither "appropriate or conceivable." Matthew Tempest. "Straw Rejects Military Action Against Iran." The Guardian Mach 28, 2006.
March 27, 2006
Iranian Ambassador to Russia Gholam-Reza Ansari tells reporters that the Iranian and Russian governments are still negotiating: "We remain in contact with our Russian partners and will continue the talks." n.a. "Russia, Iran Uranium Talks Sre Still On." United Press International. March 27, 2006. How serious these neotiations are remains unclear.
March 26, 2006
Speaking to the group of the Bisij, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei states that the "enemies" of Iran would be "disappointed" after any confrontations. Source: n.a. "Khamenei: Iran Will Resist Pressure On N-Programme." The Hindu. March 27, 2006.
March 25, 2006
March 23, 2006
March 22, 2006
Putting the best face on a bad situation, Gregory Schulte, U.S. representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), tells Reuters TV that, "I would expect in the coming days we'll see a statement coming from the Security Council." The Russians and Chinese insist on deleting lots of the text in the Franco-British draft statement about the Iranian nuclear program. Source: Mark John. "U.S. Still Expects UN Statement on Iran - Envoy." Reuters. March 22, 2006.
March 21, 2006
Russia and China appear to making common cause on Iran, in effect giving the emerging Southwestern Asian regional power a chance to develop nuclear weapons and become to power that the neoconservatives worry about. PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang states that, "China and Russia have common views on how to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue." Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin is in Beijing and talking about a strategic partnership between Russia and China. Source: Lindsay Beck. "China, Russia United On Iran." Washington Post. March 21, 2006.
March 20, 2006
March 17, 2006
Neo-conservatives still suffering from a responsibility deficit. When the second Bush administration isn't blaming the U.S. news media for its incompotence in Iraq it is blaming the Iranians. U.S. officials complain about the "unhelpful activities" of the Iranians. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (Formerly to Afghanistan) Zalmay Khalilzad is authorised by the White House to enter into talks with Iran on the issue. Source: n.a. "U.S. Accuses Iran of "unhelpful activities" in Iraq." Reuters. March 17, 2006.
March 16, 2006
March 15, 2006
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hamid Reza Asefi states that the Iranian government stop its research on nuclear fuel even if instructed to do so by the United Nations Security Council. Source: n.a. "Iran Will Resist Any UN Call To End Atomic Research." Reuters. March 15, 2006.
March 14, 2006
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rules out any retreat on nuclear development, equating it with Iranian national independence: "Any retreat at this point will bring an unending chain of pressures and further retreats. Therefore, this path is irreversible and the foreign policy establishment has to bravely defend Iran's right." Source: Ali Akbar Dareini. "Iran Leader: Nuclear Path 'Irreversible'." The Washington Post and Associated Press. March 14, 2006.
March 12, 2006
March 11, 2006
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hamid Reza Asefi tells the press that, "The Russian proposal is not on our agenda any more." Source: n.a. "Russia Deal 'Off Iran's Agenda'." BBC News. March 12, 2006. Perhaps it never was seriously considered by Teheran.
March 10, 2006
March 9, 2006
The United Nations begins consideration of the text of a resolution urging Iran to comply with IAEA demands. The U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton wants more than admonishment: "I think we all feel a sense of urgency, and that's certainly been communicated, but we're going to proceed in a deliberate and orderly fashion as well. How long and to what extent we pursue this in the Council, I think, principally rests in the hands of Iran." Source: Warren Hoge. "U.N. Council to Chastise Iran but May Sidestep Sanctions." The New York Times. March 10, 2006. Bolton flails away but convinces none of the other important players.
March 8, 2006
March 6, 2006
The Times reports that official Washington is divided over how to repsond to Iran's defiance of the IAEA. Source: Tom Baldwin. "Washington Splits Over Best Policy to Halt Iran's Nuclear Plan." The Times. March 6, 2006.
March 5, 2006
Fearing that a perfectly good interantional crisis, not to mention his only opportunity to make history, is now slipping away, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton told the annual Policy Conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that there is an urgent need to confront Iran's "clear and unrelenting drive" for a nuclear weapons program. Source: Foster Klug. "Bolton: World Must Confront Iran." March 5, 2006. Why didn't Bolton and his neo-conservative clique foresee this problem before they occupied Iraq. Now that the U.S. military is tied down in the Iraqi quagmire a war against Iran would be very difficult.
March 3, 2006
March 2, 2006
In Washington, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Edward Markey commented that the double standard nuclear deal, "is a disaster for the nuclear non-proliferation regime on the planet." Steve Holland. "Bush Defends Controversial Nuclear Pact With India." Washington Post. March 3, 2006.
February, 2006
February 28, 2006
February 27, 2006
Russian nuclear energy chief Sergei Kiriyenko stated that, "Russia's proposal for creating such a joint venture with Iran is only one element of a complex approach. Work needs to be done on this." Source: Daniel Dombey (Brussels), Negar Roshanzamir (Tehran) and Arkady Ostrovsky (Moscow). "Moscow Disputes Tehran Claim of Nuclear Deal." Financial Times. February 27, 2006.
February 26, 2006
Speaking at a news conference in the Iranian city of Bushehr, Iranian nuclear chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh says that Iran agrees "in principle" to allow Russia to enrich uranium for fuel for use in the Iranian civil nuclear power program. Source: n.a. "Iran and Russia in Joint Venture." BBC News. February 26, 2006.
February 25, 2006
February 23, 2006
February 21, 2006
Ali Hosseinitash, deputy secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security deputy secretary and chief of the Iranian delegation in Russia, described negotiations between Iran and Russia in diplomatically oblique terms as "positive and constructive." Source: n.a. Iran says Russia Nuclear Talks Constructive." Reuters. February 21, 2006
February 20, 2006
France and India sign agreement on bilateral civil nuclear cooperation with possible contracts for reactor vendor Aveva SA. Source: Emma Vandore. "France, India Sign Civil Nuclear Agreement on Chirac's Visit." Bloomberg. February 20, 2006. This demonstrates to everyone watching, and presumably the Iranians, that fait accompli nuclear weapons proliferation under cover of a civil nuclear program will be forgiven eventually. India thus accomplished what Iran is now attempting in the 1970s.
February 18, 2006
IAEA chief Mohamed El Baradei decides to make no recommendations in a February 27 report to IAEA board members, a week prior to their meeting to consider the course of action recommended to the UN Security Council. Source: Mark Heinrich. "West May Have To Live With Low-Level Iranian Atom Work." Washington Post. February 19, 2006.
February 17, 2006
Iranian Embassy officials in Paris say that Iran only wants to produce low grade uranium, i.e. not weapons grade, and that the Iranian government is ready to ask the Iranian parliament to ratify an accord allowing United Nations inspectors to resume snap checks of its nuclear facilities under certain conditions. Source: n.a. "Iran Sets Terms for UN Nuclear Checks." Aljazeera. February 17, 2006.
February 16, 2006
February 14, 2006
Iran confirms that it has resumed uranium enrichment but agreed to talks with Russia to outsource its uranium enrichment beginning February 20. Source: Gareth Smyth "Russia-Iran Nuclear Talks Back On." February 14, 2006. Financial Times.
February 13, 2006
Newsweek graces its cover with a photo of flinty eyed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejab and the question: "How Dangerous is Iran?"
February 8, 2006
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said that an international response short of military action was still possible once Iran achieved the capability of making nuclear weapons. Madeline Chambers. "Military Action On A Nuclear Iran Not Inevitable: UK." ABC News. February 8, 2006.
February 6, 2006
February 5, 2006
Pres. George W. Bush blusters that the IAEA decision sends, "a clear message" to Iranian government officials in Teheran. Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "re-blustered" that, "Our enemies cannot do a damn thing. We do not need you at all." Souce: Parisa Hafez. "Iran and US Square Up After IAEA Vote." Reuters. February 5, 2006. Bush and Ahmadinejad seem to have adopted the same high minded tone.
February 4, 2006
The IAEA Board votes 27 to 3 with 5 abstentions to report Iran to the UN Security Council. Syria, Cuba and Venezuela vote against the measure while Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa abstain. Anticipating the adverse vote, Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the world's nuclear powers of attempting to impose a "scientific apartheid." Source: John Ward Anderson & Karl Vick. "U.N. Nuclear Agency Reports Iran to Security Council: Move Signals Growing Unease About Nation's Nuclear Program." Washington Post. February 4, 2006.
February 2, 2006
First day of the 2-day meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sceduled to file a progress report before the next general meeting of its 35 member board of governors in Vienna. Source: n.a. "UN Nuclear Agency to Report on Iran." Agence France Presse; George Jahn. "Nuclear Watchdog Group Considers Iran Referral." Associated Press. February 2, 2006.
February 1, 2006
Iranian government is unrepentent. Iranian IAEA representative Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh threatened that in the event the IAEA refres the matter to the UN Security Council, "We Iran would immediately stop voluntary co-operation with the Additional Protocol (spot-check regime). It would mean many areas covered by inspections now would no longer be covered. This would a serious historical mistake." Speaking to an Iranian crowd chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "I am telling those fake superpowers that the Iranian nation became independent 27 years ago... on the nuclear case will resist until fully achieving its rights." Source: George Jahn. "Nuclear Watchdog Group Considers Iran Referral." Associated Press. February 2, 2006. As ever, nationalism makes humans violent and stupid.
January, 2006
January 31, 2006
January 30, 2006
January 29, 2006
January 28, 2006
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw makes conciliatory noises at the World Economic Forum in Davis, Switzerland saying that diplomacy is the only way forward to resolving the problem. Source: n.a. "Britain Says Diplomacy, Not Force, Only Way Forward on Iran." Agence France Presse. January 28, 2006.
January 27, 2006
Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns is quoted as saying that the U.S. would be no dialogue between U.S. representatives and Iranian representatives at an upcoming Afghan donor conference in London. Burns also noted that the Iranians had not fully embraced the Russian enrichment offer. Source: David Gollust. "U.S. to Shun Iranians at Afghan Donor Conference." Voice of America. January 27, 2006.
January 26, 2006
January 25, 2006
January 23, 2006
January 20, 2006
January 19, 2006
January 1, 2006
Iran threatened a "crushing reponse" if the United States and/or Israel attacked its nuclear and military facilities.
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