Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  451 June 2010
Iran Update
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Iranian foreign minister visit sparks EU Parliament outcry
DPA
1 June 2010

Brussels - A visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki sparked an outcry Tuesday in the European Parliament in Brussels, with one lawmaker calling him "a murderer." British conservative Struan Stevenson launched his verbal attack before Mottaki entered the foreign affairs committee for a closed-door hearing. He was holding a picture of Neda Agha Soltan, a student killed last year during demonstrations against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.
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France urges rapid adoption of Iran sanctions
Reuters
Reporting by Vicky Buffery; Editing by James Mackenzie
1 June 2010

A report by a U.N. watchdog saying Iran is stepping up uranium enrichment measures leaves world powers no alternative but to push for new sanctions, France's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
"In light of the report, the Six (five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) have no choice but to seek the rapid adoption of a new sanctions resolution," ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters at a regular news briefing.
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Habibollah Golparipour unconscious as a result of hunger strike
Persian2English
1 June 2010

According to Kurdish Perspective, on May 30, 2010, death row prisoner Habibollah Golparipourlost consciousness as a result of his hunger strike. Habibollah Golparipour and Mahialdin Azadi have both been on a complete hunger strike since May 12th and 13th respectively.
According to the Foundation for Kurdish Human Rights, Golparipour's physical condition has seriously deteriorated and he is no longer conscious..
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Iran remembers founding father... with free juice
Iran Focus
1 June 2010

If there ever was the slightest doubt about the mullahs' unpopularity among the Iranian people, the recent desperate, albeit amusing, gambit by authorities to entice people to visit the shrine of the regime's founder should prove as a clear indication. As one example, the official news agency IRNA reported on Sunday that over five million half-litre juice bottles will be distributed at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on the 21th anniversary of his death on 3 June.
An organiser for the observance of the anniversary of Khomeini's death, Mohammad Reza Mahmoudi, told IRNA that organisers plan to dole out millions of juice bottles to attract visitors. Additionally, make-shift stations will be equipped with nine huge water tankers and an 800-metre square water storage facility, he said.
In addition to juice and water, these stations will also hand out free cookies, biscuits and fruits to potential visitors.
Throughout the years, Khomeini's mausoleum has attracted embarrassingly low numbers of visitors due to mounting resentment towards the clerical regime and its unpopular policies, including suppression of freedoms and liberties, misogynistic laws, draconian punishments.
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Iran moves to thwart protests ahead of election anniversary
The New York Times
NAZILA FATHI
31 May 2010

Moving to thwart any protests on the anniversary of a disputed election, the authorities in Iran have ordered at least two million paramilitary members into Tehran, re-arrested dissident activists furloughed from prison and aggressively enforced public bans on mingling of the sexes and un-Islamic women's clothing.
The paramilitary deployment, reported in recent days by Iranian news agencies, and the other measures, reported by dissident Iranian Web sites and witnesses reached by telephone, come less than two weeks before the June 12 anniversary of the lopsided re-election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The opposition contends his re-election was rigged by Iran's Islamic religious establishment.
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Iran braces for June protests as opposition mounts digital offensive
Iran Focus
31 May 2010

Tehran, May 31 - Iranian state media warned Monday that the country's main organised opposition group was making a concerted effort to bring people to the streets in June to mark the anniversary of the nationwide protests that rattled the regime last summer. "Since yesterday, the Monafeqin [People's Mojahedin] have been contacting residents of Tehran and other cities on their mobile phones from an unknown number and playing back a voice recording of a message by Massoud Rajavi and urging people to take to the streets on 12 June", Raja News, a website close to Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reported Monday.
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U.N. report says Iran has fuel for 2 nuclear weapons
The New York Times
DAVID E. SANGER and WILLIAM J. BROAD
31 May 2010

WASHINGTON - In their last report before the United Nations Security Council takes up sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors declared on Monday that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that experts say would be sufficient to make two nuclear weapons.
The report, by the International Atomic Energy Agency, a branch of the United Nations, appears likely to bolster the Obama's administration's case for a fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran, and further diminish its interest in a deal, recently revived by Turkey and Brazil, in which Iran would send a portion of its nuclear stockpile out of the country.
When Iran tentatively agreed eight months ago to ship some of its nuclear material out of the country, the White House said the deal would temporarily deprive Iran of enough fuel to make even a single weapon. But Iran delayed for months, and the figures contained in the inspectors' report on Monday indicated that even if Iran now shipped the agreed-upon amount of nuclear material out of the country, it would retain enough for a single weapon, undercutting the American rationale for the deal..
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Human rights abuses and executions of opposition members in Iran are still unresolved issues
NCRI
29 May 2010

EP Foreign Affairs Chair: Human rights abuses and executions of opposition members in Iran are still unresolved issues NCRI - The Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Gabriel Albertini, has rejected plans for formal ceremonies and receptions during a potential visit by the Iranian regime's Foreign Minister, saying, "The Iranian regime's authorities are trying to obtain legal legitimacy by visiting the European Parliament, but the issues of their nuclear program, human rights violations and execution sentences for opposition members have yet to be resolved."
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In This Issue
Iranian foreign minister visit sparks EU Parliament outcry
France urges rapid adoption of Iran sanctions
Habibollah Golparipour unconscious as a result of hunger strike
Iran remembers founding father... with free juice
Iran moves to thwart protests ahead of election anniversary
Iran braces for June protests as opposition mounts digital offensive
U.N. report says Iran has fuel for 2 nuclear weapons
Human rights abuses and executions of opposition members in Iran are still unresolved issues
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