Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  7411 August 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).    
Toyota suspends auto exports to Iran
AFP
11 August 2010

TOKYO - Toyota has suspended auto exports to Iran indefinitely in line with global sanctions against Tehran's nuclear programme, the company said Wednesday.
The world's largest carmaker said in a statement it has halted auto shipments to Iran since early June, "considering the international environment".
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Clinton urges Iran to release political prisoners
Associated Press
11 August 2010

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday called on Iran to release all political prisoners and expressed alarm about the fate of several specific detainees.
Clinton said the U.S. believes that several Iranians are in danger of imminent execution for speaking out against the disputed June 2009 presidential election. She named three: Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Haj Aghaei and Javad Lari.
"The United States urges the Iranian government to halt these executions in accordance with its obligations to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners and imprisoned human rights defenders," she said.
In her written statement, Clinton urged solidarity with the Iranian people, saying the U.S. is deeply concerned that Iran is denying its citizens their civil rights.
Clinton did not say why she was speaking out on this issue now.
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It's Time to Update the American View of the PMOI/MEK
The Huffington Post
Lord Robin Corbett
10 August 2010

On your desk now is a decision of the DC Circuit Court handing victory to the PMOI, part of the coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran, in its campaign to remove its designation as a foreign terrorist organization. The Court wants you to reconsider your predecessor's refusal to lift this ban. Please let me tell you what your officials will now argue. I heard them do just that during a meeting at the State Department two years ago. I'd gone there following a successful court action here in 2008 by an all-party group of 35 Members of Parliament and the House of Lords about our government's refusal to remove a similar ban.
Shortly, as here, your officials argued "once perceived as a terrorist, always a terrorist". When they tell you this, please remind them that our courts and that in Washington accepted that "dramatically changed circumstances" included the fact that the PMOI renounced violence in 2001 and voluntarily handed over its defensive arms to US forces at Camp Ashraf, Iraq, near the Iran border in 2003.
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard 'digging mass graves for US soldiers'
The Telegraph
Richard Spencer
10 August 2010
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is digging mass graves for American soldiers in preparation for a war over its nuclear programme, according to a former senior commander.
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Iran's Khamenei aide denies comments on US talks
AFP
10 August 2010
TEHRAN - An advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied on Tuesday expressing Tehran's readiness for nuclear talks with the United States, the official news agency IRNA reported.
"This report that 'we are ready for talks with America about the nuclear programme' is denied," the office of Ali Akbar Velayati said in a statement.
Velayati had told reporters at a news conference in the Iranian embassy in Damascus on Monday: "While we do not have any faith in the American government... Iran is ready for talks on its nuclear programme."
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Berman, Ros-Lehtinen Announce Launch of Bipartisan Working Group on Iran Sanctions Implementation
American Chronicle
Congressional Desk
10 August 2010
Congressman Howard L. Berman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Ranking Republican Member of the Committee, released the following statement regarding their initiation of a bipartisan Working Group on Iran Sanction Implementation:
"Today we are initiating a working group that will help ensure that U.S. and international sanctions on Iran are fully implemented, effectively enforced and, ultimately, have the intended effect of bringing about Iran┤s termination of all activities contributing to its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability."
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IAEA: Iran activates enrichment equipment
Associated Press
VERONIKA OLEKSYN
10 August 2010

VIENNA - Iran has activated equipment to enrich uranium more efficiently in a move that defies the U.N. Security Council, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday.
The Vienna-based nuclear watchdog said Iran has started using a second set of 164 centrifuges linked in a cascade, or string of machines, to enrich uranium to up to 20 percent at its Natanz pilot fuel enrichment plant. Another cascade there has been producing uranium enriched to near 20 percent since February.
If enriched to around 95 percent, uranium can be used in building a nuclear bomb. At 20 percent, it can be turned into weapons-grade material much more quickly than less-enriched uranium.
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Iran: 7 Bahai leaders are sentenced to 20 years
The New York Times
9 August 2010
An Iranian court has sentenced seven leaders of the Bahai faith to 20 years in prison, two Bahai activists said Monday. The Iranian news media reported in January that the leaders, who were arrested in 2008, had been tried on charges of spying and collaborating with Israel. The defendants, five men and two women, deny the charges, the activists said, and are likely to appeal the decision.
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Tensions escalate among top Iranian leaders
VOANews
9 August 2010
Iran's top leaders appear to be quarreling in public, as pressure mounts on the government due to deteriorating economic conditions.   
A war of words broke out between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani during the weekend and the Iranian press has taken the unusual step of publicizing their quarrel.
President Ahmadinejad reportedly slammed Sadegh Larijani in a speech to religious leaders Sunday, calling a suspended sentence against a top aide "strange."  Mr. Ahmadinejad's deputy chief of staff, Jafar Behdad, was punished for writing an article criticizing Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, the brother of the judiciary chief.
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Reaching out to the Ayatollahs: Jack Straw's Iran legacy
Iran Focus
Jubin Katiraie
9 August 2010

...As Foreign Secretary, "he [Jack Straw] played a central role in the decision to commit British troops to the US-led invasion of Iraq", which he later described as a "profoundly difficult political and moral dilemma", according to the BBC.
But, the veteran British politician came under harsh criticism for other morally questionable and perhaps distasteful decisions. Both as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, he was perhaps the staunchest advocate in the Labour government for making concessions to Iran in order to befriend the clerical rulers...
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In This Issue
Toyota suspends auto exports to Iran.
Clinton urges Iran to release political prisoners
It's Time to Update the American View of the PMOI/MEK
Iran's Revolutionary Guard 'digging mass graves for US soldiers'
Iran's Khamenei aide denies comments on US talks
Berman, Ros-Lehtinen Announce Launch of Bipartisan Working Group on Iran Sanctions Implementation
IAEA: Iran activates enrichment equipment
Iran: 7 Bahai leaders are sentenced to 20 years
Tensions escalate among top Iranian leaders
Reaching out to the Ayatollahs: Jack Straw's Iran legacy
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