Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5930 June 2010
Iran Update
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Europe must impose tough oil sanctions on Iran: US
AFP
29 June 2010

BRUSSELS - Europe must follow through on its pledge to impose sanctions on Iran's energy sector in order to coax Tehran back to the negotiating table over its nuclear activities, a top US diplomat said Tuesday.
Robert Einhorn, the US coordinator for Iran sanctions, said he held meetings in Brussels with European Union officials to discuss the measures being drafted after EU leaders agreed this month to impose new sanctions.
"What we hope is that stronger measures on the pressure side, on the sanctions side will give leaders in Iran strong incentives to come to the negotiating table and work with us on a solution to the nuclear issue," he told a press briefing.
"We very much welcome the declaration that was adopted on June 17 by the European Council. This was a strong statement of political intent to put in place effective measures that could raise the stakes for the Iranian regime.
"That was a political statement. Now the political statement needs to be translated into concrete, workable measures," he said at the end of a two-day visit to Brussels.
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Drums of war and doves of peace reject the mullahs
Frankfurter Rundschau
28 June 2010

Taverny- It is a gathering that would not be possible in Tehran but has been made possible in Taverny: Tens of thousands of dissidents of the Iranian regime flooded to this small town last weekend. They have come from all over the world to gather in the northwestern suburb of Paris to express their rage toward the mullahs and suggest that they are the political alternative.
The chants of "Azadi, Azadi" (freedom) fill the streets. Buses move at a snail's pace, parting the large crowds. Young people who over the past year participated in an inconclusive uprising now let out their sentiment.
Amir, a 26 year old pizza maker from Britain, wants to show the world that, "We are the alternative to the mullahs." Sahar Sanai, 24 and a graduate of education from Frankfurt, has come "to remind everyone that there is a huge exiled community yearning for a free Iran."
Shahin, a 22 year old student, who has come to Taverny from Paris by train, asks somewhat frustrated, "Why are we, an organization that seeks a secular and democratic government, not supported more by the West?
...Sweating and with a twinkle in his eyes, Amir heads toward the exit after the last performance by drums. He says, "Anyone can have their own opinion about us, but nothing can be done without our involvement."
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Hundreds stage anti-France demo outside Iran embassy
AFP
28 June 2010

TEHRAN - Hundreds of people shouted slogans on Monday outside the French embassy in protest against the holding of a rally in France by Iran's main exiled opposition group.
"Shame on (President Nicolas) Sarkozy! Death to France! Shame on you, France, let go of the hypocrites!" chanted the crowd as police set up barricades outside the embassy in central Tehran, an AFP photographer said.
Iranians call exiled opposition group the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI) "hypocrites," and Monday's demonstration was organised to protest against a PMOI rally outside Paris on Saturday...
Saturday's PMOI rally in France was attended by tens of thousands of opponents of Iran's clerical regime, as well as by prominent Western political heavyweights.
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Iran blocks IAEA inspectors
VOANews
27 June 2010

The Iranian government has banned two inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, from working in Iran. The ban was announced by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, who said the two, who were not named, had filed "false" reports on Iran's nuclear program. 
IAEA Press Officer Greg Webb said in a statement: "The International Atomic Energy Agency can confirm that on 10 June 2010 it received a letter from Iran objecting to the designation of two IAEA safeguards inspectors.
"The IAEA has full confidence in the professionalism and impartiality of the inspectors concerned.  The Agency confirms that its report on the implementation of safeguards in Iran, issued on 31 May 2010, is fully   accurate.
"The IAEA will continue to monitor the situation carefully and keep Member States informed as appropriate."
U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley called the banning of the two IAEA inspectors by Iran "worrisome" and "symptomatic of its longstanding practice of intimidating inspectors in which Iran has engaged."
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In This Issue
Europe must impose tough oil sanctions on Iran: US
Drums of war and doves of peace reject the mullahs
Hundreds stage anti-France demo outside Iran embassy
Iran blocks IAEA inspectors
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