Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  2823 April 2010
Iran Update
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We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).    
Student prisoner Behrouz Javid Tehrani urges Ban Ki-moon to visit Gohardasht prison 
ISDCI
22 April 2010
According to reports from Iran, student political prisoner Behrouz Javid Tehrani writes another letter from Gohardasht Prison in Gohardasht, Karaj (Iran). This letter is addressed to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations who reportedly has been invited by Iranian regime officials to visit the country.  In his letter, Behrouz Javid Tehrani urges Ban Ki-moon  to visit Gohardasht Prison during his possible visit to Iran. 
 
Pentagon: Iran continues nuclear weapons push, supports extremists 
VOANews
Al Pessin
22 April 2010
A new U.S. Defense Department report on Iran's military power says the country continues to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities, and to sponsor violent groups in several parts of the world.
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Vice President Biden: sanctions against Iran 'by the end of this month' 
ABC News
RUSSELL GOLDMAN
22 April 2010
In a matter of days, the United Nations will impose sanctions against Iran for illegally pursuing nuclear weapons, Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview Thursday.
During a live appearance on ABC's "The View," Biden said UN sanctions, backed by the permanent members of the security council including China, will be announced by the end of this month or in the first weeks of May.
"Everyone from the Israeli prime minister straight through to the British prime minster to the president of Russia, everyone agrees that the next step we should take is the UN sanctions route," he said. "I believe you'll see a sanctions regime coming out by the end of this month, the beginning of next month."
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Iran begins war games in Persian Gulf oil route 
Associated Press
NASSER KARIMI and LEE KEATH
22 April 2010
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard held war games Thursday in the strategic Persian Gulf oil route, the Hormuz Strait, a show of its military strength at a time when the country's leaders are depicting President Barack Obama's new nuclear policy as a threat.
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Bipartisan majority in US House calls for protection of Camp Ashraf residents 
Congressional Record
Hon. Bob Filner
15 April 2010
Mr. FILNER. Madam Speaker, on March 17, 2010, Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, were joined by 10 of their colleagues, including three from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a briefing to announce the support by a bi-partisan House majority for the humanitarian rights and protection of residents of Camp Ashraf in Iraq.
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In This Issue
Student prisoner Behrouz Javid Tehrani urges Ban Ki-moon to visit Gohardasht prison
Pentagon: Iran continues nuclear weapons push, supports extremists
Vice President Biden: sanctions against Iran 'by the end of this month'
Iran begins war games in Persian Gulf oil route
Bipartisan majority in US House calls for protection of Camp Ashraf residents
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