Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  6723 July 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).    
British lawmakers call for end to U.S. ban on PMOI following court ruling
The Hill
22 July 2010

On Thursday, MPs and Peers, at a meeting of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, pressed the US State Department to revoke the designation of the main Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin (PMOI) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) following the D.C. court of appeal ruling in the organisation's favour last week.
Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington, a former home secretary, said: "The U.S. secretary of state should look at the case with sympathy, and in light of the decision already made in the British courts, come to a swift and just conclusion and free the PMOI from the stigma of terrorism."
Conservative MP David Amess said: "The inclusion of the PMOI on the FTO list is a major impediment to democratic change in Iran. Restricting the force for change in Iran is a strategic mistake in confronting a regime which sponsors terror abroad and is bent on acquiring nuclear weapons.".
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EU envoys endorse sanctions against Iran
AFP
22 July 2010

BRUSSELS - The European Union reached agreement Thursday on a package of sanctions against Iran which targets Tehran's energy sector over its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear work, an EU diplomat said.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU member states met in Brussels to endorse the sanctions, which include measures against the oil and gas industry and must be approved at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday to come into force.
"The text on the restrictive measures against Iran have been adopted," the diplomat said on condition of anonymity...
EU leaders agreed at a June 17 summit to impose a ban on new investment, technical assistance and technology transfers to Iran's huge gas and oil industry, particularly for refining and liquefied natural gas.
Iran is the world's fourth largest producer of crude oil but it imports 40 percent of its fuel needs because it lacks enough refining capabilities to meet demand...
"These sanctions are suprisingly strong," said Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the nonproliferation programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. "They go much further than the UN sanctions."
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Iran now says nuclear scientist was double agent
The New York Times
WILLIAM YONG and ROBERT F. WORTH
21 July 2010

TEHRAN - Iran fired a new salvo on Wednesday in what is becoming a bizarre propaganda war over the supposed defection and later return of an Iranian nuclear scientist, with Iran's semiofficial media suggesting that he was a covert operative who had provided "valuable information" about the Central Intelligence Agency's inner workings.
American officials have said that the scientist, Shahram Amiri, was a C.I.A. informant for years in Iran, providing "significant" information about Iran's nuclear program and voluntarily defecting to the United States in 2009. Mr. Amiri returned to Iran last week, saying he had been abducted and tortured by American authorities.
Iran now appears to be turning those claims around, casting Mr. Amiri - whose fate seemed uncertain after his return last week - as the double-agent hero of a plan to outwit American intelligence agencies and provide false nuclear data. His story is being made into a television movie by a company affiliated with Iran's state network, said the semiofficial Fars news agency. "This was an intelligence war between the C.I.A. and us, which was planned and managed by Iran," said an unidentified "informed source" cited by Fars, which has close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps...
American officials say that Mr. Amiri provided details of how a university in Tehran became the covert headquarters of Iran's nuclear efforts, and that he became a source for a much disputed National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's suspected weapons program. Iran has long maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
The person cited by Fars suggested that Mr. Amiri's disclosures were a ruse or without value.
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British lawmakers call for end to U.S. ban on PMOI following court ruling
EU envoys endorse sanctions against Iran
Iran now says nuclear scientist was double agent
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