Yes to Democratic
Change in Iran
for Comprehensive Sanctions Against Iranian Regime
for Democratic Change in Iran BERKELEY, Calif., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- Following is a release from the Iranian- American Community of
Northern California (IACNC): Iran's 60-day grace period for it to
stop enriching uranium expired on Wednesday, February 22, 2007.
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in addressing the people
of Gilan (Northern Province of Iran) insisted on enrichment and
ridiculously said, "If we are supposed to suspend (our nuclear
activities) for the sake of negotiations, then you should suspend
your nuclear activities as well." On the same day, Iran's negotiator
with the IAEA, Ali Larijani was dispatched to Vienna to buy time
through talks with the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei.
Press reports today confirm that Iran has expanded its uranium enrichment
program instead of complying with a UN Security Council ultimatum
to freeze it. IACNC, in echoing the view of the majority of the
Iranian, reiterates that giving the leaders of the Iranian regime
a chance to maneuver would be a dangerous game and it will only
give the religious fascism enough time to pursue its nuclear weapons
program. Negotiating with the fascists in Tehran has been tried
in past many times and proved to be ineffective. The international
community has only one way to stop the Iranian regime form obtaining
an atomic bomb and that is the imposition of comprehensive sanctions
against it. This will limit Tehran's ability to meddle in Iraqi
affairs and will also send a clear signal to the people of Iran
to rise against the dictatorial regime and bring about democracy
in their country. This is the only way to avoid another war in the
Britain must admit navy trespassed
By Jeffrey Stinson, USA TODAY
LONDON Britain froze the country's relations with Iran on
Wednesday and reacted angrily to Iranian TV pictures of 15 British
sailors and marines taken captive last week in the Persian Gulf.
The footage on Iranian state TV showed some of the troops eating.
It was the first sighting of the seven marines and eight sailors
since they were captured Friday while conducting anti-smuggling
operations off the Iraqi coast.Iran's embassy in London said in
a statement that the crew was captured just inside Iranian waters.The
embassy released a letter allegedly from Turner addressed to her
parents in which she wrote that the British crew had "apparently"
entered Iran's territorial waters."We were out in the boats
when we were arrested by Iranian forces as we had apparently gone
into Iranian waters," said the letter, a copy of which was
sent to the Associated Press. "I wish we hadn't because then
I'd be home with you all right now."
Iranian TV footage showed Turner, 26, in a headscarf talking with
someone off camera and, later, smoking a cigarette.Britain strongly
denied Iran's assertions that the crew had entered its waters. British
military officials released satellite coordinates that they said
showed the crew was 1.7 nautical miles inside Iraqi waters when
it was surrounded by six Iranian gunboats.Vice Adm. Charles Style
said the crew was "ambushed" after conducting "an
entirely routine" inspection of a merchant ship. He said the
coordinates were confirmed by the Iraqi government and the merchant
said the Iranian government had given British officials two different
locations for where the incident occurred. Iran's initial account
Saturday placed it in Iraqi waters; Iran revised the location Monday,
giving another position that placed it 2 nautical miles inside Iranian
waters, Style said. Wednesday's statement from the embassy said
only that it occurred one-quarter of a nautical mile inside Iranian
waters.Admissions similar to Turner's were made by British naval
personnel taken captive by Iran in June 2004 and freed after three
days. They recanted after their release.British Foreign Secretary
Margaret Beckett said Britain was freezing all official business
with Iran until the crew is released. That includes suspending any
government support for trade missions to Iran and halting visits
between the two nations by government officials, with the exception
of those needed to resolve the situation with the captive crew.
said she was concerned about the TV footage of the crew "and
any indication of pressure on, or coercion of, our personnel."
Ansari, director of Iranian studies at St. Andrews University in
Scotland, said British Prime Minister Tony Blair was right to step
up pressure on Iran. "You do have to send a very, very strong
signal that they can't carry on in this way," Ansari said.
"If you fudge, you simply could prolong the agony."Iran
seized the crew right before the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously
for new economic sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt
its uranium enrichment program. The United States and its European
allies say Iran is trying to development nuclear weapons. Iran says
it wants to use nuclear power for energy alone.The capture damages
Iran's credibility and recalls the 1979-81 hostage crisis in Tehran,
when militants held dozens of Americans at the U.S. Embassy, Ansari
said. "This is not helping anything," he said. "This
is really the wrong time for Iran to portray itself to the world
as having another hostage crisis."
foreign minister said Wednesday that Britain must admit that its
15 sailors and marines entered Iranian waters in order to resolve
a standoff over their capture by the Mideast nation.Manouchehr Mottaki
also said Iran would allow British consular officials to visit the
troops, but he didn't say when.
Iran continues uranium enrichment
TEHRAN (AFP) -
Iran on Wednesday ordered the country's Atomic Energy Organisation
to limit cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog in response to
new UN sanctions on its disputed nuclear programme.
decision to reduce cooperation will be effective today. The Atomic
Energy Organisation will inform the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) today," deputy government spokesman Mohammad
Paryab told AFP.Iran had announced on Sunday that it would limit
its cooperation and would no longer inform the IAEA of new nuclear
installations until six months before they are brought into service
move came after the UN Security Council imposed tougher sanctions
on Tehran for its continued refusal to freeze uranium enrichment,a
process at the centre of Western concerns it may be seeking to build
atomic weapons.The resolution, agreed after days of behind-the-scenes
bargaining, blocks all Iranian arms exports and freezes the overseas
assets of 28 additional officials and institutions linked to Iran's
nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
also restricts financial aid or loans to Tehran, and sets a fresh
60-day deadline for Iran to comply with UN demands or face "further
appropriate measures."Government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham
said Iran had four years ago agreed to an arrangement whereby it
would inform the IAEA of any decision to construct a new nuclear
installation.It was not immediately clear how this would affect
attempts to monitor work on a plant at Natanz, where Iran is building
an industrial-scale plant to make enriched uranium, which can be
used for nuclear fuel or as atom bomb material.
says it only wants to enrich uranium to make nuclear fuel, denying
allegations that it seeks to secretly develop atomic weapons.
unfreezes Iran group's funds
By Alex Kroeger
BBC News, Strasbourg
The EU's second highest court has overturned a freeze on the funds
of an Iranian group which was on the EU's list of banned terrorist
organisations. The People's Mujahideen of Iran was added to the
list four years ago, and its funds were frozen.
On Tuesday the European Court of First Instance ruled that the EU
did not sufficiently justify its decision on freezing the funds.
The People's Mujahideen has always protested at its inclusion on
the list. The opposition group says it has renounced violence since
2001. The People's Mujahideen, which is in exile from Iran, is also
on the British and American lists of banned organisations. The European
Court of First Instance ruled in favour of the People's Mujahideen
and ordered the money to be unblocked.
The EU is still studying the ruling and has not yet decided whether
But a spokesman admitted it would have serious implications for
the way the banned list is established.
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