Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  829 September 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).    
Iran 'constructing vast underground nuclear complex'
The Telegraph
Damien McElroy
9 September 2010

Iran has been secretly constructing a vast underground complex to hide a nuclear facility in the mountains east of Tehran in a development that would violate the UN sanctions regime, it has been claimed.
The site, code-named 311, is set inside a military base near Abyek, 75 miles outside the capital, and consists of a series of four bombproof tunnels made from reinforced concrete set 656ft (200m) deep inside a desert ridge.
The People's Mujahedeen of Iran, an opposition group with an extensive network inside the country, said Tehran launched construction at the facility in 2005 and had spent $100 million (£65 million) on the tunnels.
"This is controlled, run and operated... by the ministry of defense," Alireza Jafarzadeh, former media spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told a press conference in Washington
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Dissident group says Iran has secret nuclear facility
The Washington Post
9 September 2010
An Iranian dissident group said on Thursday that it has identified a previously undisclosed nuclear facility under construction northwest of Tehran, claiming to have evidence that shows the Islamic nation is deceiving inspectors and moving forward in its pursuit of a bomb.
Details about the facility were scant, and experts said the allegation that construction at the site is nuclear-related could not be confirmed.
The information was presented by the People's Mujaheddin Organization of Iran, a group that has been on the mark in the past in exposing Iranian nuclear activities, including the identification in 2003 of a large centrifuge installation at Natanz...

A spokeswoman for the Iranian group, Soona Samsami, said the new compound was 85 percent complete and could prove to be "far more important than the Qom site," a facility that Iran worked on in secret for years before it was exposed by the Obama administration in 2009.
The dissident group's information came from an "internal network of sources" inside the country, Samsami said, adding that details had been shared with U.S. government agencies, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency, which carries out United Nations-mandated inspections of Iran's nuclear sites.
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Political prisoner Ali Saremi's letter from Gohardasht Prison
ISDCI
9 September 2010

A prominent political prisoner, Ali Saremi, arrested after the post-election upheavel in Iran last year, has written a letter on the anniversary of the founding of the main opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Below is the translated text of the message:
In the name of God,
During its 45 years of persistent and untiring struggle to achieve democracy, freedom, justice, and progress and to uproot poverty and illiteracy, the PMOI has found a place in the hearts of the suppressed and freedom-seeking people of Iran.
Although in this unequal battle, they have faced off with a tyranny that is armed to the teeth, it must be remembered that it is humans who determine their final destiny and not weapons. We shall triumph.
Every one in this country is looking for an answer that only lies in your hands.
The charlatans and deceitful beings did their utmost to take you away from us. But, we are holding on to a mountain that no storm can disturb.

Iran sanctions momentum
The Wall Street Journal
9 September 2010
When it comes to doing business with Iran, the countries that usually come to mind are China, Russia, Turkey and North Korea. Yet democracies like South Korea, Japan and India also boast hefty trade flows with Tehran. That economic lifeline matters as the clock ticks down to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's bomb.
That's why South Korea and Japan's recent announcements that they'll implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 is worth cheering. Both U.S. allies have billions of dollars of energy investments and do a thriving goods trade with the Iranian regime. They have tried to straddle both sides of the fence for decades.
Putting Resolution 1929 into place doesn't constitute a full severing of ties, but it's still a significant step.
The question now is whether South Korea and Japan's courageous actions will put pressure on countries like India to follow suit. If so, the Obama Administration could finally get the international traction it needs on sanctions on Iran.
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EU: Suspension of Iran stoning case not enough
Associated Press
9 September 2010
BRUSSELS - The European Union presidency said Thursday that Iran's suspension of a stoning sentence against a woman convicted of adultery is not enough and demands it be completely overturned.
Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere of Belgium, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said that Iran's concession that the punishment against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could be eased did not meet the human rights conditions the EU is insisting on.
He said the Belgian presidency would work hard "to achieve that the punishment will be unequivocally repealed." This week, several European Union nations and the continent's biggest human rights organization have criticized Iran for its plan to stone the 43-year-old mother of two even if Tehran has put the plan on hold for now.
The plight of Ashtiani has caused a global outcry and widespread criticism of Iran's justice system, which still includes stoning...
Earlier this week, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called stoning "barbaric" and several EU nations also criticized Tehran for its stand. They were joined by the European Parliament and the 47-nation Council of Europe human rights organization.
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In This Issue
Iran 'constructing vast underground nuclear complex'
Dissident group says Iran has secret nuclear facility
Political prisoner Ali Saremi's letter from Gohardasht Prison
Iran sanctions momentum
EU: Suspension of Iran stoning case not enough
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