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With the recent clamor of rattling sabers by the same cast of characters a decade after the illegal invasion of Iraq, it seems undeniable that those who enabled war crimes in Iraq are eager to repeat themselves. ››read more
Editor's note: Yesterday, President Obama appeared on Israel’s Channel 2 TV and said Iran is about a year away from developing a nuclear weapon and that the US is keeping the military option on the table to stop it.
“Ambassador Khazae’s statement…really indicates the key here, and I think this has been the Iranian position for a long time. [The Iranians say] that they would welcome dialogue with the United States, that they would welcome an improvement in relations with the United States, but that, at this point, it is the United States that needs to show, in some proactive way that—Khazae’s words were—it is ‘serious and honest.’ Serious in the sense that we really do want a fundamentally different kind of relationship, and that we are prepared to accept the Islamic Republic as a legitimate entity representing legitimate national interests; and honest in the sense that we are not going to be doing things, while we’re trying to have this dialogue, which actually work against an ultimate realignment of relations or that undercut any credibility to the idea that the United States would accept the Islamic Republic." ››read more
"No matter how you look at the sanctions, they are immoral and illegal – and cowardly. It would be naive to believe that their goal of these sanctions is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. I believe that there should be no mistake about the reality that sanctions are warfare without the military involvement. They have a multitude of goals. One is to convince the war weary and war wary public that there is diplomacy in place to avoid a ‘military option’. Collective punishment is illegal under international law. " ››read more
Iran has called on the members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to play a ‘serious and active’ role in an upcoming nuclear disarmament meeting of the United Nations. ››read more
A workshop at London Region CND’s AGM and Conference on 12 January
Shirin Shafaie of Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention
in Iran introduced the workshop. Shirin said that the ‘Iranian
nuclear issue’ had to be seen in the context of Iran’s quest for
national independence and sovereignty – its right to decide its own
policy in the framework of international law and under the treaties it
is a party to. ››read more
In Senate testimony on Tuesday, the US’s most senior intelligence officials reiterated their conclusion that Iran has not decided to develop nuclear weapons and that its strategy is essentially defensive in nature. ››read more
The February 21, 2013 IAEA Director General’s report on implementation of safeguards in Iran provides a good opportunity to revisit one of the points I made in a blog post last year, which has been fairly widely discussed and which was the subject of an ISIS report (read hatchet job) by David Albright and some of his friends, only one of whom is a lawyer (I responded to their report previously here). The point in question is the incorrectness of the IAEA Director General’s (and by extension the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs’) understanding of the scope and content of the IAEA’s legal mandate to investigate and assess compliance of states parties to INFCIRC/153 Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements with the IAEA. ››read more
Editor's note: Dan Joyner is professor of law at Alabama School of law.
DUBAI: Ten years after the US-led invasion on Iraq, ex-UN inspector Hans Blix has urged world powers to avoid committing the same error by going to war against Iran based on fears it is developing nuclear weapons. ››read more
Addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington on Monday, Vice President Biden claimed that Iran is on the defensive in its own neighborhood: "When we came to office...Iran was on the ascendancy in the region. It is no longer on the ascendancy." In fact, the Obama administration has "left Iran more isolated than ever." And that matters, Biden said, because "God forbid, if we have to act, it's important that the rest of the world is with us." ››read more
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected in Caracas early Friday on time to pay tribute to his late Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, who died earlier this week after a two-year battle with cancer. Ahmadinejad left Tehran for Caracas on Thursday. ››read more
The threat from Iran is overhyped and there is no evidence to suggest the Islamic Republic is even interested in developing nuclear weapons, according to UN official Hans Blix. ››read more
Having hobbled Iran’s economy, the P5+1 believe they are negotiating from a position of power. But this attitude could be dangerously delusional and may backfire. A deal is needed to address the top concerns on both sides. ››read more
Finally, we have moved closer to building the gas pipeline to import Iranian gas to our energy-starved country. It has taken about two decades and it has not been an easy journey. Pakistan has faced external pressures and internal dissent over connecting its industry and households to the Iranian gas fields. ››read more
Editor's note: Professor Rasul Rais Bakhsh teaches at Lahore University of Management Sciences.
One year ago, after his breathtakingly beautiful Iranian drama, "A Separation," won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, writer/director Asghar Farhadi delivered the best acceptance speech of the night.
"[A]t the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians," he said, Iran was finally being honored for "her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics." ››read more
Of course, we have to like any review which concludes, “The year is young but Going to Tehran is likely the most important book on U.S. foreign policy in 2013.” Madar, though, makes important points not just about our book, but also about what the book’s reception by much of the mainstream policy and media establishment says about the state of America’s foreign policy debate today. ››read more
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - After two intense days of nuclear talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Tehran issued a statement that described negotiations as a positive step forward due to a "more realistic" position adopted by the "Iran six" nations that compromise the UN Security Council's permanent five members plus Germany. ››read more
Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA – Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said the response of the 5+1 to Iran’s proposal was more realistic than before. ››read more
Review of Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett's "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran" (Metropolitan Books, 2013) - ››read more
After a long hiatus, the Godot of US-Iran diplomacy may finally arrive in 2013, in light of the reciprocal overture at the recent Munich Security Conference, featuring the signs of a new approach to Iran articulated by Vice President Joe Biden. Iran's foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, who also attended the conference, welcomed Biden's call for "serious dialogue" between the two countries and urged Washington to show its good will toward Iran. And although Iran's spiritual leader has questioned the wisdom of bilateral talks with the United States as long as it is "pointing a gun," Iran has nonetheless moved the chess pieces forward by agreeing to the next round of multilateral talks with the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany (or P5 + 1), which begin in Kazakhstan this week. ››read more
'All options remain on the table”, goes the mantra. This is code for saying that the West retains the choice of using military force to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. We’ll hear it repeated this week, as negotiations between Iran and the “P5 +1” (the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany) resume in Kazakhstan. On occasions, I’ve used the phrase myself. But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve become convinced that it is a hindrance to negotiations, rather than a help. ››read more
Editor's note: Jack Straw's new position, despite all its problems and limitation, is a damning condemnation of the US-UK hawkish policies against Iran that is fueled by Israel and the neoconservatives. In his discussions, Mr. Straw is hypothesizing about nuclear armed Iran, but it is crucial to note that Iran, by a religious edict, has condemned nuclear arms and all weapons of mass destruction and according to IAEA reports has never had diversion of declared nuclear material into weaponisation."