Archiv für den Tag 4. März 2012

Iran’s Nuclear Threat Increasing as Leaders Meet: AEI Critical Threats Quick Take by Maseh Zarif

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet on Monday for the first time since May 2011. The Iranian nuclear threat has grown steadily since then, despite additional sanctions. Iran has begun developing a rapid nuclear weapons breakout capability. Its increased enrichment activities have further reduced the time it would need to produce fuel for a bomb–the most challenging element of a nuclear weapons program.
It has continued to enrich and stockpile uranium to 3.5% (fuel-grade) and 20% (research-grade) levels and begun producing the latter at a second hardened enrichment facility. The growing stockpile of research-grade uranium–which can be converted to 90% (weapons-grade) uranium in short order–has reduced the time Iran would need to produce fuel for a bomb. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last month a sharp increase in the number of centrifuges enriching at Natanz and confirmed that Iran is enriching and stockpiling uranium at research-grade levels at Natanz and, as of December 2011, at Fordow. Iran has nearly doubled its stockpile of research-grade enriched uranium since May 2011Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

VOA: Obama, Netanyahu to Hold Critical Talks on Iran Options

(L photo) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser in New York City, March 1, 2012 (R photo) Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Ottawa, March 2, 2012

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(L photo) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser in New York City, March 1, 2012 (R photo) Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Ottawa, March 2, 2012

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the White House on Monday to discuss Iran. President Obama made his strongest comments yet about options regarding Iran amid ongoing intense global concerns about a possible pre-emptive Israeli military strike against Iranian nuclear sites. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Ahmadinejad Rivals Lead in Parliamentary Vote

Torn electoral posters are seen on a wall in central Tehran, Iran, March 3, 2012.

Photo: Reuters
Torn electoral posters are seen on a wall in central Tehran, Iran, March 3, 2012.

Partial results Saturday from Iran’s parliamentary elections show that conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appear on course to gain firm control of the 290-seat parliament, after winning in several constituencies across the country.

Early returns from provincial towns suggest that loyalist supporters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei are in the lead and that the president’s supporters were losing ground in the legislative body. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

Iran Special Analysis: The “Invented” ElectionP

On Thursday, as EA prepared to cover Iran’s Parliamentary vote, a well-placed correspondent said, “The 2009 Presidential election was stolen. This one will be invented.”

Three years ago, the task was not to “adjust” the 85% turnout. It was to ensure that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his faction prevented reformists and the Green Movement from taking the Presidency. This time, the immediate challenge was not to shift votes amongst candidates; it was to create those votes, if necessary. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

The Latest from Iran (3 March): After the Vote

Khatami and Neda: Former President Mohammad Khatami is criticised for his “betrayal” in voting in Friday’s elections

2235 GMT: Elections Watch. Partial returns from Tehran indicate that only a few candidates will be elected to Parliament in the first round.

With more than a million ballots counter, only four candidates — former Speaker of Parliament Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard, former Minister of Health Alireza Marandi, and leading cleric and MP Morteza Agha Tehrani — are above the 25% threshold for election. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

White House, State Department condemn Iran on pastor’s execution orders

By Dan Merica, CNN

 

Washington (CNN) - Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian charged with leaving Islam, has received a local trial courts final verdict, according to sources close to his legal team, and may now be executed for leaving Islam.

Jodran Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, said he was informed on Monday by the pastor’s legal team that the final execution order had been issued. At this point, said Sekulow, the pastor could be executed without the legal team’s knowledge.

The White House issued a pointed statement on Thursday, strongly condemning the reports and renewed calls for Iranian authorities to release the pastor. Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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