Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Surprise! Russia, China Retreat from UNSC Referral

Asked in a news briefing in Moscow when Russia would be willing to refer Iran to the Security Council, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was vague, saying: "This is a very schematic approach. Politics allow no such approach." He added, "I don't think the I.A.E.A. board of governors has run out of possibilities."

China called today for a resumption of negotiations as the best way to defuse the crisis.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Beijing favored diplomacy and urged all sides to "keep patient and make utmost efforts to resume negotiations" between the Europeans and Iran. Previously: Source: Iran's Referral to UNSC "A Done Deal"

Source: "China Is the Major Obstacle"

He added that China, which has a veto on the security council, felt squeezed between pressure from the west and dependency on Iranian oil....

China, speaking before the London meeting, said resorting to the security council would "complicate the issue", citing Iran's threat to hit back by halting snap UN inspections at its atomic plants. Related: China's GDP Up 9.8% in '05

UK, Russia Reject Further Talks with Iran

The senior British official dismissed the offer, saying: "That is vacuous because the Iranians have created the conditions to make (further talks) impossible."

Likely PM Olmert: We Won't Let Them Have the Bomb

"Under no circumstances, and at no point, can Israel allow anyone with these kinds of malicious designs against us, to have control of weapons of destruction that can threaten our existence."

Counter-Terror Head: WMD Attack a Matter of Time

"If we look at the threat posed by Iran, they have links with Hizbollah [the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militia], which is a terrorist organisation with global reach, and they are actively pursuing WMD. And the leadership has made a conscious decision to defy international treaties. I am deeply troubled by this."

Egypt: What About Israel's Nukes?

Israelis Head to Moscow to Talk Iran

Regev declined to comment on whether Israel would also send a delegation to China. But he did say that Israel is speaking with everyone.

Israeli Experts Urge Covert Ops Strikes on Iranian Nukes

An air raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, he said, would ultimately fail since some of the reactors are hidden deep in underground bunkers. Therefore Israel had the best chance at thwarting the program by sabotaging one of the reactors and causing nuclear fallout, he said.

"The goal is not to stop the plan since that is almost impossible," the former security official said. "We need to delay it by five years and hope that within that period the current Iranian government will be overturned."...

Former IDF deputy chief of staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan backed up Shoval's call on Israel to engage in covert operations but also hinted that the government needed to act "on a personal level" against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran, CNN Resolve Lovers' Quarrel

The Jomhuri-e-Eslami newspaper said Tuesday that CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour was a "CIA and Mossad agent with a bad record" who should be barred from Iran.

Wrath of Allah? IDF Intel Unit Struck by Lightning

The highly skilled unit is involved in a variety of activities aimed at gathering information from different sources regarding the plans of various groups. The unit is also tasked with formulating an "intelligence map" on the activities of different organizations....

IDF officials confirmed that the unit's operation was halted, but refused to talk about intelligence damages.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Former IDF deputy chief of staff Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan... hinted that the government needed to act 'on a personal level' against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."

Music to my ears.

"Therefore Israel had the best chance at thwarting the program by sabotaging one of the reactors and causing nuclear fallout, he said."

Oh, man, I can hardly wait for that. I could well tolerate nuclear research by muslim countries, if every attempt ended like that.

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