Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5828 June 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).    
Total joins petrol embargo of Iran as sanctions loom
The Financial Times
Carola Hoyos and Javier Blas in London and Daniel Dombey in Washington
28 June 2010

Total has become the latest big oil company to halt petrol sales to Iran, just days before Barack Obama, the US president, signs into law sanctions targeted at Tehran's reliance on imported petroleum.
The French energy group joined BP, Royal Dutch Shell and all the big oil traders in shunning Tehran before the unilateral US sanctions came into force.
The legislation, which won final approval last week by overwhelming margins in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, imposes penalties on international groups that help provide Iran with refined oil, and on banks that do business with blacklisted Iranian institutions.
Both Mr Obama and Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, have welcomed the measure, although the administration had sought more latitude in implementing the sanctions.
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Russia alarmed by CIA view of Iran's weapons
Reuters
Guy Faulconbridge
27 June 2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday he was alarmed by U.S. assertions that Iran may have enough fuel for two nuclear weapons and warned that if confirmed the Islamic Republic may face new measures.
Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta told ABC's "This Week" television program that the agency thinks Iran has enough low-enriched uranium now for two weapons, but that Tehran would have to further enrich the material first.
"As to this information -- it needs to be checked," Medvedev told reporters in Toronto, where he was attending the Group of 20 summit of rich and emerging nations.
"In any case, such information is always alarming because today the international community does not recognize the Iranian nuclear program as transparent," Medvedev said
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CIA's Panetta: Iran has enough uranium for 2 bombs
The Epoch Times
Angela Wang
27 June 2010

Leon Panetta, director of Central Intelligence Agency warned that Iran has now enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear bombs. Panetta made his comments in an exclusive interview on ABC´s "This Week" aired Sunday.

Panette said further that Iran would need at least two more years to produce fully operational weapons, if they were to go in that direction. He thinks the recent United Nations sanctions would have some impact, possibly imposing financial difficulties on Iran, but he doubts if they can ultimately put an end to the country´s production of nuclear weapons. "Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not," said him.
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Clinton welcomes Iran sanctions proposed by Congress
AFP
Susan Cornwell
26 June 2010

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday hailed the US Congress for endorsing a sweeping package of tough new energy and financial sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.
Clinton issued a statement saying she and President Barack Obama welcomed the passage of legislation Thursday to "strengthen sanctions against Iran," adding the pair support the "broad aims" of the Congressional action.
The new Congressional measures aimed to choke off Iran's access to imports of refined petroleum products like gasoline and jet fuel and curb its access to the international banking system.
"We are committed to fully implementing this legislation in a manner that advances our multilateral dual-track strategy of engagement and pressure," Clinton said.
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Congress OKs sanctions on Iran's energy, banks
Reuters
Susan Cornwell
25 June 2010

Congress on Thursday approved tough new unilateral sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's energy and banking sectors, which could also hurt companies from other countries doing business with Tehran.
House of Representatives passed the bill 408-8 and sent it to President Barack Obama for signing into law. The Senate had approved it 99-0 earlier in the day.
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In This Issue
Total joins petrol embargo of Iran as sanctions loom
Russia alarmed by CIA view of Iran's weapons
CIA's Panetta: Iran has enough uranium for 2 bombs
Clinton welcomes Iran sanctions proposed by Congress
Congress OKs sanctions on Iran's energy, banks
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