Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  17 26 March 2010
Iran Update
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U.S. softens sanction plan against Iran 
The Wall Street Journal
DAVID CRAWFORD, RICHARD BOUDREAUX, JOE LAURIA and JAY SOLOMON
25 March 2010

VIENNA-The U.S. has backed away from pursuing a number of tough measures against Iran in order to win support from Russia and China for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.
Among provisions removed from the original draft resolution the U.S. sent to key allies last month were sanctions aimed at choking off Tehran's access to international banking services and capital markets, and closing international airspace and waters to Iran's national air cargo and shipping lines, according to the individuals.
The U.S. and allies are trying to force Iran to rein in a nuclear program that they worry is aimed at developing atomic weapons. Tehran says its nuclear activities are peaceful. The U.K. and Germany, concerned that Russia and China would reject the resolution outright and preferring to turn up pressure on Iran gradually, persuaded U.S. officials to drop or soften several elements, including some of the document's harshest provisions, the individuals said.
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Embassy Row: Message to Iraq 
The Washington Times
James Morrison
25 March 2010
A leading Iranian exile in Washington is praising Congress for a resolution demanding that Iraq fulfill its promises to protect Iranian dissidents held in a former rebel camp north of Baghdad and guarantee that none will be deported to Iran to face certain execution.
"Since the June uprising in Iran, this is the first major act of support for the Iranian democracy movement by a majority of members of Congress," Alireza Jafarzadeh told Embassy Row.
The bipartisan resolution is endorsed by 125 Democrats and 96 Republicans, guaranteeing its passage by the full House when it comes up for a vote. The supporters include nine committee chairmen, two committee chairwomen and 30 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"This will certainly get the attention of Tehran, Baghdad and Washington, and, most importantly, the Iranian streets," said Mr. Jafarzadeh, president of Strategic Policy Consulting and the Iranian dissident who exposed Iran's secret nuclear facilities in 2002.
Twelve congressional leaders last week announced they had reached 221 supporters for the House resolution that "deplores the ongoing violence by Iraqi security forces" against the Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf and calls on the Iraqi government to "live up to its commitment to the United States to ensure the well-being" of the camp's 3,400 residents, who include 1,000 women. The resolution also urges President Obama to take "necessary and appropriate" measures to prevent inhumane treatment against the camp residents who are recognized as "protected persons" under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
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Iran: people's vitality, regime's paleness 
Huffington Post
Ali Safavi
25 March 2010

...The Iranian people know that democracy can only be obtained through regime change. This explains why during the Fire Festival they not only mocked the Supreme Leader's religious decree but also ignored calls by Moussavi to refrain from politicizing the event.
Instead, tens of thousands heeded calls by the main organized Iranian opposition in exile, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and came out in protest. In short, the celebrations perfectly capped off an unprecedented Iranian calendar year laden with unrelenting protests. The revolt also revealed the importance of a dedicated organization and strong leadership to guide protestors to their true destination.
Washington should heed the spirit of the Iranian people's Festival of Fire celebrations and once and for all throw the ill policies of the years past, including the terror label against the MEK, into the fire and recognize the vitality of the Iranian people's resolve to bring about democratic regime change. That would be the most pragmatic and sensible way to thwart a nuclear-armed Iran and avoid foreign military action. The choice lies with President Obama.
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China, Russia seen pressing Iran on U.N. uranium plan 
Global Security Newswire
24 March 2010

...The head of an Iranian exiles' group, though, said yesterday that "even minimal sanctions" could pressure Tehran.
"(U.S.) President (Barack) Obama and leaders in Europe should make their judgments based on this past year's experience and no longer call for negotiations with this regime," Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, told United Press International.
"For years, the United States and Europe have tried to go this way without getting anything in return. The appeasement course has only given the Mullah regime time to get closer to the nuclear bomb," Rajavi said.
Speaking to German lawmakers, she encouraged Western powers to impose new penalties on the Middle Eastern state. "We received credible information from inside the regime that even minimal sanctions against the banking sector will seriously handicap the regime," she said.
Rajavi encouraged the international community to support Iran's internal resistance, but she cautioned against taking military action on the country (Stefan Nicola, United Press International
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FTO listing of People's Mujahedin of Iran political
New World Order Daily
Patrick Clawson
18 March 2010

The 2009 decision to continue listing PMOI was striking on several grounds. First, according to the New York Times, the State Department's top counterterrorism official, Ambassador Dell Dailey, pushed to have PMOI delisted, but Secretary Rice overruled Dailey and other counterterrorism professionals. Second, the secretary's decision came after the European court cases won by PMOI, in which the group prevailed against repeated efforts by European governments to continue listing it - listings widely perceived to be for foreign policy purposes rather than based on counterterrorism principles. Third, the State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism contain numerous nonterrorist allegations against PMOI without offering any indication that the group continues to engage in terrorism. The most recent episodes cited are several years old, and those incidents arguably fit the Geneva Conventions' criteria for irregular warfare rather than terrorism.
In light of these factors, and given that the original designation was described by the official then serving as assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs as an action taken after the Iranian government raised the matter, one can only wonder if the secretary's decision was based on foreign policy considerations outside the criteria set out in the law.
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