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« Reply #45 on: October 12, 2007, 07:14:07 PM »

By my clock it is just past 7pm ... and I am on "pins and needles" wondering and waiting to what this "Final Response" to the US and Israel  will be? I thought that maybe I had fallen asleep and missed it!
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« Reply #46 on: October 12, 2007, 07:45:19 PM »

That may be the whole point of this ...   to keep everybody on the edge of their seats. That is the tactics of terrorists. Threaten, threaten and threaten to point that everyone says nothing is going to happen and then at the point when everyones guard is down then they hit.

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« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2007, 09:10:45 PM »

Every year now, it seems, we go through the big Iranian Armageddon scare. Last year it was the August 22nd debacle, this year it was a report from Iranian media about the “final response” that was coming to Israel and its supporters on world Quds Day, listed in the Iranian news story as falling on October 12. Tips have been trickling in all week quoting this passage:

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    “The US loses all opportunities to cooperate with regional and other world states by trying to support a regime (the Zionist regime) which is now at its weakest political and social position,” [Iranian spokesman Gholam-Hossein] Elham said.

    He warned that Washington’s insistence on its wrong policies and arrogant approaches would have no result “but further political disgrace” for itself.

    Referring to the approaching World Qods Day, the spokesman stressed, “Supporters of the Zionist regime will definitely receive the final response for their support on that day.”

Websites have been pimping this bluster for the past month and it was even picked up by Fox News, which quoted the “final response” line — without also quoting the lead from the Iranian story: “Supporters of the Zionist regime will receive their response during the world Qods Day’s rallies, government spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Elham, said Wednesday.” That makes it sound like they were talking about a verbal response, not some surprise attack. And the punchline? As far as I can tell, the Iranian story got the date of Quds Day wrong. It was last Friday, not today, unless they’re doing some special Quds thing in Tehran. Which, judging from the newswires, they aren’t.

Hawks need to do better about crying wolf over this stuff. The media, thankfully, mostly held off on this one but every time some saber-rattling gets tagged as the signal for the Iranian Pearl Harbor and then doesn’t pan out, it gives the left something new to point to as “evidence” that the threat doesn’t exist at all. It cuts to the heart of the debate over Iran: are they so fanatic that they’d telegraph the date of a surprise attack by either announcing it beforehand or coordinating it with some Shiite holiday, or are they pragmatic enough that they’d keep mum in order to retain the advantage of surprise? I’m guessing the latter but your mileage may vary.
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« Reply #48 on: October 17, 2007, 03:55:06 PM »

Bush warns of World War III if Iran has nukes 
Emphasizes need to prevent Tehran from gaining knowledge to make weapon

US President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he had warned world leaders they must prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons "if you're interested in avoiding World War III."

"We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel," Bush said at a White House press conference after Russia cautioned against military action against Tehran's supect atomic program.

"So I've told people that, if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," said Bush.
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« Reply #49 on: October 24, 2007, 04:59:45 PM »

Iran to buy 24 jet fighters from China
By Yossi Melman

Iran has signed a deal with China to buy two squadrons of J-10 fighter planes that are based on Israeli technology, the Russian news agency Novosti reported yesterday.

The 24 aircraft are based on technology and components provided to China by Israel following the cancellation of the Lavi project in the mid-1980s. The engines of the J-10 are Russian-made.

The total cost of the planes is estimated at $1 billion, and deliveries are expected between 2008 and 2010.

The estimated operational range of the aircraft, with external fuel tanks, is 3,000 kilometers, which means Israel falls within their radius of operation.

During the 1980s, Israel Aircraft Industries, along with U.S. firms, developed a multi-role aircraft that was considered the most advanced of its type at the time.

Following the development of a prototype, the Reagan administration stopped funding, bringing about the cancellation of the joint project.

Israel then began selling some of the systems it had developed to various countries, including China.

Experts point out that even with these aircraft, Iran's air force is no match for Israel's or even Saudi Arabia's.

Some analysts expressed criticism at what they called Israel's "short sighted" and lax export policies.

This is not the first time Israeli components were part of weapons systems aimed at Israel. Some reports claimed that China sold Saudi Arabia long-range missiles containing Israeli know-how.

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« Reply #50 on: October 24, 2007, 05:10:35 PM »

Iranians, Solana to meet with Prodi

By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press Writer 30 minutes ago

ROME - Iranian negotiators said Wednesday that progress could be made on resolving the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, even as their president vowed to keep enriching uranium and dismissed U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions as "worthless papers."
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Iran's delegation held two days of talks with Western officials in Rome that marked the international debut of its newly appointed top negotiator, Saeed Jalili, a 42-year-old diplomat seen as a loyalist of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Jalili was accompanied by his predecessor, Ali Larijani, who is considered more moderate within Ahmadinejad's hard-line camp. It was Larijani who spoke to reporters Wednesday, not Jalili, and he appeared to take the lead in the closed-door nuclear talks, officials said.

Larijani said constructive ideas that could yield progress over the impasse on his country's nuclear program had been introduced during talks Tuesday with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and at a meeting Wednesday with Italian Premier Romano Prodi.

"In the last part of the talks with Mr. Prodi and Mr. Solana, ideas were introduced that were constructive and that might lead to further progress," Larijani said. He did not elaborate.

After Tuesday's EU-Iran session, Larijani did almost all the talking, answering several questions from reporters. Jalili said only that Tehran was committed to dialogue but also would not change its stance in the talks.

Solana also characterized Tuesday's session as "constructive," and said more talks would probably be held by the end of November.

While Wednesday's talks were under way in Rome, the Iranian president belittled the two Security Council resolutions that imposed sanctions on Iran for failing to obey a U.N. demand to halt uranium enrichment.

"The so-called dossier at the Security Council is a pile of papers that have no value. They can add to those worthless papers every day because it has no effect on the will of the Iranian nation," Iranian state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Saying sanctions only make Iran more self-reliant, he vowed Iran would not give up its right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel.

"We are for talks, but we won't negotiate over our rights because it means giving up part of the rights of the nation," Ahmadinejad said.

The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons in violation of its commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran says it is enriching uranium only to produce fuel for nuclear reactors that would generate electricity.

The replacement of Larijani as Iran's top nuclear negotiator raised questions about whether Tehran had decided to take an even more defiant position in the standoff with the West.

The U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, which are leading negotiations with Iran, agreed last month to delay until November any new U.N. resolution to toughen sanctions, giving Tehran more time to cooperate with a U.N. investigation into its past nuclear activities.

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« Reply #51 on: October 24, 2007, 05:13:02 PM »

Iran says U.N. decisions on atomic plans worthless
Oct 24, 2007

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not abandon its atomic goals because of U.N. sanction resolutions that are "just a pile of papers", President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

The Security Council has imposed two sets of limited sanctions because of Iran's failure to heed a demand to halt nuclear work the West believes is aimed at building atomic bombs. Tehran denies any such military plans.

"Some people tell us Iran's case is at the (U.N.) Security Council but we tell them those (decisions by the Council) are just a pile of papers. They don't have any value for us," Iran's ISNA news agency reported Ahmadinejad as saying.

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, held talks in Rome on Tuesday with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who is representing world powers in a bid to end the atomic row.

Both sides described those talks as "constructive". Further discussions are expected by the end of November.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran works in the framework of the law. As we have said we want to talk and negotiate and we are ready to answer if there are any questions or ambiguities," Ahmadinejad told reporters after a cabinet meeting, ISNA said.

Six world powers have agreed to delay any further U.N. penalties until at least November. They want to see if Iran is cooperating with the U.N. watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, in answering questions about Tehran's nuclear intentions and to await a report by Solana.

In comments carried by Iran's Mehr News Agency, Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to consider "constructive" proposals from Europe but said they should not adopt the "devilish behavior" pursued by the United States, Iran's arch foe.

The United States says it wants a diplomatic solution to the standoff but has not ruled out military action if that route does not work.

The president does not have the final say in nuclear policy or other matters of state in Iran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ultimate authority and has also said in the past that the Islamic Republic would not buckle under pressure.

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« Reply #52 on: October 25, 2007, 06:01:35 AM »

Iranian delegation holds joint press conference with Solana and Prodi
Rome, Oct 24, IRNA

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Iranian high ranking delegation held a press conference here Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana.

At the beginning, Prime Minister Prodi said, "Dialogue is the only way to find a solution for Iran's nuclear program in the UN Security Council and Italy encourages this way."
He invited Iran to determine a date for agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), so that ElBaradei can present a positive report on the case in November.

Prodi asked Saeed Jalili and Ali Larijani to consider the UN Security Council requests on stopping uranium enrichment as a prelude to acceptance of Additional Protocol of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

He said meeting with Iranian delegation here in Rome is very important and useful for peace in the region.

The Italian PM underlined, "Tehran should accept that it is a regional power and play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region." Ali Larijani, for his part, said, "At the end of today's discussions, new points of views were presented which may cause advancement in the talks." He noted that IAEA's inspectors are in Tehran now.

Former Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said, "Mr. Prodi has a deep and vast knowledge on international and regional issues and we have always benefitted from his viewpoints."
He also appreciated Italian government for hosting the talks.

European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana also thanked Italian government for its role in mediating the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

He called relations between Rome and the Middle East 'important' and noted that Iran's government intends to advance the talks.

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« Reply #53 on: October 25, 2007, 06:06:13 AM »

Iran to give crushing response to possible attacks: minister
Kuwait City, Oct 25, IRNA

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Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi here on Wednesday warned against any possible military attack against Iran, promising that Iran's response would be crushing.

"Any country or power which invades Iran will face a crushing response. We will defend our security and our country in the strongest way in case of any possible military attack," he added.

His remarks were made during a press conference held on the margins of the fourth meeting of interior ministers of Iraq neighboring countries.

The meeting began with participation of interior ministers from Iran, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait as well as Egypt and Bahrain on Tuesday to discuss the security situation in Iraq.

Asked if US was likely to carry out military action against Iran, Pour-Mohammadi said, "If you ask US authorities, they will tell you that there is a remote possibility for such an action since both US domestic and international status would not allow Washington to invade Iran."

"US is well aware that it might be easy to start such an action against Iran but ending that would not be then in the hands of US officials. Such action will definitely end up in US collapse," Pour-Mohammadi warned.

Stressing that regional states have explicitly voiced their opposition to such an action, the Iranian minister said that "officials of regional countries including Kuwait have decisively announced" that they would not assist any country enjoying hostile attitude toward Iran.

"We are sure that regional states, by no means, would help the enemies of Iran," Pour-Mohammadi added.

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« Reply #54 on: October 27, 2007, 03:05:48 PM »

Iran's Revolutionary Guard controls embassy in Baghdad

Iran's Revolutionary Guard is using Iran's Embassy in Baghdad to coordinate covert operations in Iraq, an Iranian opposition group has claimed.

Mohammad Mohadessin, a spokesman for the Paris-based National Council Resistance of Iran, or NCRI, also said the guard had taken over some of Iran's most lucrative companies and was profiting from trade with the European Union.

"The Iranian regime is run by senior (Revolutionary Guard) officers and their role is growing," Mohadessin said in a statement received Saturday.

Citing information obtained by resistance sources in Iran, Mohadessin claimed the Guard had transformed Iran's embassy in Baghdad "into the most important center for coordinating its terrorist and intelligence activities against Coalition forces."

He named five diplomats at the embassy who, he said, were actually senior Guard officers.

An official at the Iranian Embassy in Brussels declined to comment on Mohadessin's allegations.

It was not possible to independently verify the NCRI claim, but the group has provided relatively accurate information on developments in Iran over the past several years, including details on the country's secretive nuclear program.

The NCRI is the political wing of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, an opposition group that advocates the overthrow of government in Tehran.

The Mujahedeen have been designated a terrorist group by Iran, and by both the United States and the European Union.

"Over the years the (Guard) has created financial sources which do not fall under the control of the government," Mohadessin said.

Because large chunks of Iran's non-oil exports and imports are conducted by companies controlled by the Guard, "a major portion of the US$40 billion in EU trade is now done with (the Guard), its affiliates and its front companies."

But Christiane Hohmann, spokeswoman for EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, noted that the 27-nation bloc had not slapped sanctions on Iran.

"There is no economic embargo against Iran in place and no economic sanctions, (but) there are export restrictions in place with regard to dual-use goods," Hohmann said.

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« Reply #55 on: October 28, 2007, 04:52:59 PM »

Iran accuses US, Israel of supporting Kurdish rebels

Islamic republic's foreign minister tells reporters in Tehran at that 'terrorist activities' have increased in northern Iraq since 'foreign forces' arrived there

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Iran's foreign minister on Sunday accused the US and Israel of supporting Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq, but his Turkish counterpart distanced himself from the claim, saying he didn't think Washington was behind the Iraq-based rebels but stressed that Ankara would do what was necessary to stop them.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters in Tehran at a news conference with Ali Babacan, Turkey's foreign minister, that "terrorist activities" have increased in northern Iraq since "foreign forces" arrived there.

"From our point of view, efforts by Israel and the US are behind some terrorist activities. Most probably, some secret agreements have caused a lack of confrontation against terrorism," Mottaki said, referring to Iraq-based Kurdish rebels.

"We hope this part of the US policy would be corrected," he said.

But Babacan, who was in Iran to lobby for support for the Turkish side in its conflict with the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, expressed gratitude for Iran's cooperation but did not back Mottaki's accusations against the US and Israel, which are allies of Ankara. "I don't like to think that the US supports a terrorist group," Babacan said.

The Turkish foreign minister instead stressed that Turkey would use whatever necessary to combat the PKK. "Turkey in fighting against terrorism and will use and support all mechanisms," Babacan said. "International cooperation and solidarity is the only way to fight terrorism."

Mottaki offered vague support for Turkey against the PKK but did not elaborate on exactly what Iran would support. "Iran insists on the necessity of using required activities for stopping such terrorist operations," Mottaki said.

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Babacan's comments echoed those of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who on Saturday said Turkey will fight the Iraq-based Kurdish rebels when it is needed, regardless of international pressure.

Erdogan said he would not be constrained by other nations - despite concerns from the United States, Iraq and other countries that an incursion would destabilize northern Iraq. The conflict in southeastern Turkey between government forces and guerrilla fighters has claimed nearly 40,000 lives since 1984. PKK fighters have killed at least 42 people in the past month, including some 30 Turkish soldiers killed in ambushes.

In recent months, Turkey has demanded more action from the US and Iraq in the fight against the PKK - which Washington and the European Union have labeled a terrorist group. The sharp escalation in the fighting has brought Turkey to the brink sending troops south across the border into Iraq.

Iran has its own problems with Kurdish opposition groups, particularly the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, known by its Kurdish initials PEJAK.

An offshoot of the PKK, PEJACK is struggling for autonomy for Iran's Kurds due to alleged government discrimination, and the mountainous Iran-Iraq border region has been the scene of sporadic clashes between PEJAK and Iranian forces in recent years.

PEJAK and PKK bases in Iraq's Mount Qandil region, right on the border with Iran and Turkey, have long been a sore point in relations between the three countries. Babacan also visited several Arab countries in recent weeks to gauge their support for a Turkish offensive into northern Iraq.

Both the Egypt and Jordan have cautioned Turkey against unleashing a troop offensive against the rebels and urged dialogue. Alone among Arab countries was Syria, an Iran ally which has come out in support of Turkey.

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« Reply #56 on: October 28, 2007, 05:05:39 PM »

Iran steps up preparations for US war

Tim Shipman in Washington and Kay Biouki in Teheran
Last Updated: 1:03am GMT 28/10/2007

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is stepping up preparations for possible war with America by replacing a string of moderate regime officials with hardliners who more closely share his views.

After months in which his government has played down the risk of war over Iran's nuclear programme, officials have also begun making bellicose pronouncements in an apparent attempt to ready public opinion for a military clash.

Last week's resignation of Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, and his replacement by Saeed Jalili, an Ahmadinejad ally who is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, was merely the most visible of a series of discreet personnal changes, diplomats have revealed.

In recent weeks Mr Ahmadinejad has fired ministers responsible for oil and heavy industry, and forced out the governor of Iran's central bank for refusing to back his policies. Last week he also quietly brought in hardliners to the justice and foreign ministries. "We don't need people with specialities, we need people who are devoted," he said.

But the lack of worldly experience among his appointees has unnerved US officials.

The new nuclear negotiator speaks little English and had not travelled to the West before Mr Ahmadinejad was elected president, according to Mehdi Khalaji of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Western diplomats have also been alarmed by the appointment of General Mohammad Ali Jafari, who took part in the storming of the US Embassy in Teheran in 1979, as head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, one of the most powerful institutions in Iran. A Pentagon adviser compared him to the US general in charge of forces in Iraq. "He is the Iranian Petraeus. He has studied counter-insurgency warfare."

CIA and Pentagon analysts are fearful that Gen Jafari's views are reflected among the other senior appointments made by Mr Ahmadinejad. He has declared his wish to identify "martyrdom-seeking individuals in society" and warned: "Each of our suicide volunteers equals a nuclear bomb."

Last week, Gen Jafari announced changes in the structure of the Revolutionary Guards and the feared Basij paramilitary forces, to make them better able to "defend the revolution against any kind of threat, whether domestic or foreign".

At the same time a Revolutionary Guards general, Mahmoud Chahar Baghi, threatened to "fire 11,000 missiles at US targets in the region in the first few minutes of the conflict", and it was announced that Iran has signed a deal with China to purchase 24 J-10 fighter jets by 2010, which have the range to hit Israel.

Michael Rubin, who was an adviser on Iran to the former US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said: "I don't think they fully understand the West.

They have become overconfident about their strength and underestimate the US."

Mr Rumsfeld's successor, Robert Gates, confirmed that "routine" planning was under way to give President George Bush options for striking at Iran. At the same time the president sought $88 million of congressional funding to modify B2 stealth bombers to carry a 30,000lb bunker-buster bomb, capable of damaging Iran's underground nuclear facilities.

Iranian police has also shut and sealed several Teheran bookshops which also provide coffee and snacks to readers, telling one owner: "All the corruption in the country comes out of these cafés."

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« Reply #57 on: October 30, 2007, 09:11:53 PM »

Iran defiant ahead of nuclear talks with Russia
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:40am EDT

By Fredrik Dahl

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not back down in a nuclear dispute with the West and is not interested in talks with the United States, its president said on Tuesday ahead of a previously unannounced visit by Russia's foreign minister.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking hours before he was due to meet Russia's Sergei Lavrov in Tehran, dismissed U.S. offers of broader negotiations between the two foes if Tehran first halts atomic work which Washington fears is aimed at building bombs.

"This nation will not negotiate with anyone over its obvious and legal rights," Ahmadinejad told student members of the Basij religious militia, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"We are not even interested in negotiating with you (the United States) and the Iranian nation does not need America."

In Moscow, a spokesman said Lavrov would discuss nuclear and bilateral issues during a working visit to the Iranian capital. Iranian officials said he would meet Ahmadinejad.

Russia says dialogue, not more penalties or military action as mooted in the United States, is the way to ease an escalating international stand-off over Tehran's atomic ambitions.

The Lavrov visit coincides with a crucial round of talks in Tehran between officials from Iran and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency watchdog on implementing an August deal meant to resolve questions about past secret Iranian activity.

The current talks were meant to clarify Iran's efforts to develop centrifuges which enrich uranium.

IAEA Director Mohamed ElBaradei will report to the agency's 35-nation board of governors in mid-November. If Iran has not answered sensitive questions by then, Western powers say they will move to have harsh U.N. sanctions adopted against Iran.

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"We are now collecting remaining information and doing the assessment for the report," said a diplomat close to the IAEA. "There's little time for more meetings. But we have a number of issues beyond centrifuges so we might still have to meet again."

Tension has been rising between Iran and the United States, which has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails in stopping Iran's sensitive atomic work.

But visiting Tehran two weeks ago, President Vladimir Putin told Washington that Russia would not accept military strikes against Iran.

Putin, who was the first Kremlin leader to travel to Iran since World War Two, has also criticized new U.S. sanctions on the Islamic republic.

The United States last week broadened its own longstanding sanctions on Iran to include part of the Revolutionary Guards and accused the most important wing of Tehran's military of spreading weapons of mass destruction.

Putin said on Thursday that such moves only forced Iran into a corner over its nuclear program.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Lavrov's trip to Tehran was planned in advance but only announced earlier on Tuesday for technical reasons.

"The visit is being seen as a continuation of the high-level contacts that took place in Tehran between the Russian president and the Iranian president," Kamynin said.

"It is for synchronizing watches, and developing (what was discussed) at the recent summit," he said.

It was not clear whether Lavrov and Ahmadinejad would hold a news conference after their discussions, which Iranian official said were due to start at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

The U.N. Security Council has already imposed two sets of limited sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt enrichment, a process to make fuel for nuclear power plants that can also, if refined further, provide material for bombs.

Ahmadinejad made clear Iran would defy Western pressure:

"The enemies have retreated step by step and the Iranian nation is getting closer to the peaks of glory step by step ... Today, from our viewpoint, the nuclear issue has ended."

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« Reply #58 on: October 31, 2007, 02:14:18 PM »

Supreme Leader: Bright prospects awaiting Iran
Tehran, Oct 31, IRNA

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that prospects of the country is bright and promising.

The Supreme Leader said in his address to several thousand students and members of Basij (volunteer forces) that Iran's dignity, independence and strength are dependent on boosting might, religious faith, scientific efforts in parallel with initiative of every individual especially the youth.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized the need for national solidarity and unity between the nation and government.

The Supreme Leader recalled the events which took place on November 4 including speech of late Imam Khomeini in 1963 and his exile, opening fire on students rally on November 4, 1978 by deposed Shah's secret police and said that though the US puppet regime inflicted blows on the Iranian nations twice on November 4, the revolutionary students took over the US embassy which was den of espionage on November 4, 1979.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that fate of nations always depends on their own decision whether to bow to hegemony and keeping silent to bullying or stand up to the arrogant powers.

"The Iranian nation opted for the second way and that victory of the Islamic Revolution led by late Imam Khomeini dealt a blow to US bullying and its humiliating approach," the Supreme Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Iranian nation has already paid hefty price for its independence and dignity during the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988) and Iranian youth are proponent of dignity and independence for the Islamic nations. So Iran's status and prestige are incomparable to the past, he added.

The Supreme Leader appreciated hard work of Basij members and said that the Basij has undertaken to serve independence and prosperity of the nation and it is in full alert to insure the invulnerability of the country.

The Supreme Leader made it clear that the US opposition to Iranian nuclear program is because it is an example of progress for Iran and that it does not like to see the Iranian nation making advances. "A nation acquiring scientific power can no longer be bullied."
Ayatollah Khamenei ruled out alleged Iranian complicity in killing of US troop as 'great lie' and said that it is the madness of the US administration which sends US troops to abyss.

The Supreme Leader once again strongly dismissed the US allegation about death of US troops and said that the US administration is under fire in the international community for its wrong policy, so it is accusing Iran in desperation.

The Supreme Leader said that US is responsible for lack of security in the Middle East and intervention in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.

"The world nations are aware of the US administration's practices and US officials face public protest wherever they visit. It is clear example of their isolation in the international community," the Supreme Leader said.

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« Reply #59 on: October 31, 2007, 02:16:23 PM »

I don't think the bright prospects awaiting Iran, are the bright prospects Iran wants.
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