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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Iran sanctions: where we go from here
The Wall Street Journal
STUART E. EIZENSTAT
2 July 2010

The overwhelming international support for the new U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran represents one of the most tangible successes of the Obama administration's foreign policy. While not mandatory, these new sanctions call upon states to prevent any financial service-including insurance and reinsurance, freezing any assets, and prohibiting new banking relationships-that contributes to Iran's nuclear proliferation program.
The question now is whether the European Union and the United States can use the legal umbrella of U.N. sanctions to create a coordinated sanctions strategy to put the squeeze on Iran.
Following the U.N. vote on June 9, the Obama administration broadened its sanctions regime to target a state-owned bank and a score of state-owned petroleum, petrochemical and insurance companies. And yesterday, the president signed into law new congressional sanctions banning international firms that aid Iranian banks sanctioned by the U.N. from conducting business in this country.
Now the key test moves to the EU. It must put aside its traditional commercial relations with Iran and take firm action to prevent Tehran from going nuclear..
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Obama signs toughest-ever US sanctions on Iran
AFP
Stephen Collinson
2 July 2010

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed into law the toughest ever US sanctions on Iran, which he said would strike at Tehran's capacity to finance its nuclear program and deepen its isolation.
The measures, on top of new UN Security Council and European sanctions, aim 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.
"With these sanctions -- along with others -- we are striking at the heart of the Iranian government's ability to fund and develop its nuclear programs," Obama said at a White House ceremony, before signing the sanctions into law.
"We are showing the Iranian government that its actions have consequences, and if it persists, the pressure will continue to mount, and its isolation will continue to deepen.
"There should be no doubt -- the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."
The US Senate and House of Representatives approved the legislation -- which backers described as the toughest ever unilateral US sanctions against the Islamic republic -- by crushing 99-0 and 408-8 margins last week.
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A power struggle in Iran
The Economist
Richard Spencer
30 June 2010

A ROW is brewing over control of Iran's biggest university. With 1.5m students, campuses all over the country and tens of billions of dollars in assets, Azad University, a semi-private institution, is a rich prize. Since its establishment nearly 30 years ago, it has been a bastion of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wealthy and influential former president and bitter rival of the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr Ahmadinejad's supporters claim that Mr Rafsanjani channelled money from Azad University to finance opposition candidates during last year's election campaign, charges the university denies. Since the election, it has been the site of continuing protests against Mr Ahmadinejad's government.
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Iran's nuclear smugglers raided
The Vancouver Sun
Richard Spencer
30 June 2010

Shipments of illegal nuclear and weapons-building material have been intercepted in Dubai and other ports in the United Arab Emirates, local authorities have admitted.
Officials have accepted for the first time that the country is being used as a transit point for smuggling money and -illegal goods.
The admission comes as part of a drive to crack down on underground trade ties with Iran.
In the past week, the authorities have staged raids on dozens of companies regarded as fronts for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in Dubai, and frozen 41 Iran-linked bank accounts.
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Iran arms Syria with radar
The Wall Street Journal
CHARLES LEVINSON
30 June 2010

Iran has sent Syria a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel's ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, say Israeli and U.S. officials, extending an alliance aimed at undermining Israel's military dominance in the region.
The radar could bolster Syria's defenses by providing early warning of Israeli air-force sorties. It could also benefit Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group based in Lebanon and widely believed to receive arms from Syria.
Any sharing of radar information by Syria could increase the accuracy of Hezbollah's own missiles and bolster its air defenses. That would boost Hezbollah defenses, which U.S. and Israeli officials say have been substantially upgraded since 2006, the last time Israel fought the southern Lebanon-based group.
The mid-2009 transfer was described in recent months by two Israeli officials, two U.S. officials and a Western intelligence source, and confirmed Wednesday by the Israeli military. Though they didn't name the system's final recipient in Syria, these and other officials described it as part as a dramatic increase in weapons transfers and military coordination among Iran, Syria and Hezbollah
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In This Issue
Europe must impose tough oil sanctions on Iran: US
Iran sanctions: where we go from here
Obama signs toughest-ever US sanctions on Iran
A power struggle in Iran
Iran's nuclear smugglers raided
Iran arms Syria with radar
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