Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  9024 December 2010
Iran Update
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GOP leaders criticize Obama's Iran policy in rally for opposition group

The Washington Post 
23 December 2010
PARIS - A group of prominent U.S. Republicans associated with homeland security told a forum of cheering Iranian exiles here Wednesday that President Obama's policy toward Iran amounts to futile appeasement that will never persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear projects.

The Americans - former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge, former White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend and former attorney general Michael Mukasey - demanded that Obama instead take the controversial Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK) opposition group off the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations and incorporate it into efforts to overturn the mullah-led government in Tehran.

"Appeasement of dictators leads to war, destruction and the loss of human lives," Giuliani declared. "For your organization to be described as a terrorist organization is just really a disgrace."...

 

The accusations against Obama, while consonant with other conservative statements on the matter, seemed particularly starkly worded.

"If the United States truly wants to put pressure on the Iranian regime, it takes more than talk and it takes more than sanctions," Townsend said, without specifying what should be done.

More explicit, Mukasey urged the Obama administration to offer "all possible technical and covert support to those fighting to end oppression in Iran." He added, "What it has done and what it is doing is nothing less than an embarrassment."

 

All four speakers equated the exile group with the Iranian opposition, saying it must be supported to help get rid of the government headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and overseen by a committee of senior Shiite Muslim scholars. Only then, they said, can the world be certain that Iran will not develop nuclear weapons and threaten the Middle East.

"The United States should not just be on your side," Giuliani said. "It should be enthusiastically on your side. You want the same things we want."

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Giuliani calls on the U.S. to delist the PMOI

ISDCIRAN
23 December 2010

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani today led a group of U.S., French and Algerian politicians to call on the U.S. to remove the main opposition to the regime in Tehran, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), from its list of terrorist organizations....

 

Also speaking to the hundreds of people in attendance was the president-elect of the PMOI's political arm, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, who described the regime in Tehran as fragile and divided by internal crises, lacking a social base and facing demands for democracy from the youths.

Rajavi said the West can choose between two options for dealing with Iran. The first is negotiations and offering "concessions" to the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an attempt to stop manufacturing the atomic bomb, and the second is to strongly support the Iranian resistance to produce regime change.

The PMOI's listing as a terrorist organization by the US Department of State has damaged the engine of change in Iran and "punishes" the only organized Muslim movement capable of stopping the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, Rajavi said. She also said the movement supports a democratic country without nuclear weapons based on a tolerant and moderate understanding of Islam.

The conference, also attended by former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali and former French Minister of State, Alan Vivian, also called for an end to restrictions against close to 3,400 PMOI refugees in Camp Ashraf in northeastern Iraq.

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British MPs, Rights activists condemn siege of Camp Ashraf

ISDCIRAN 
21 December 2010

A number of British members of Parliament and political figures have strongly denounced an unjust siege laid by the Iraqi government against the residents of Camp Ashraf near Baghdad, where 3,400 members of the main Iranian opposition reside.

British MP Matthew Offord underscored in his remarks at the session the importance of fundamental rights and freedoms for democratic countries. He added that Ashraf has become a symbol for the pursuit of freedom, which the Iranian people have been deprived of....

 

Lord Clarke, a prominent member of the House of Lords, also stressed the need to support Camp Ashraf, and added that their legal status as protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention should be recognized. "We call on the US and the UK to respect their obligations towards the residents of Ashraf," he said.

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Iran Revolutionary Guards Officer Captured In Afghanistan -NATO

AFP 
23 December 2010
KABUL (AFP)--A member of the elite al Quds force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has been captured in southern Afghanistan accused of cross-border weapons smuggling, international forces said Friday.

He was captured Saturday after being targeted "for facilitating the movement of weapons between Iran and Kandahar through Nimroz province," a spokesman for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led International Security Assistance Force said.

 

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UN shows 'deep concern' over Iran's rights record

AFP 
22 December 2010
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22, 2010 (AFP) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday approved a resolution expressing "deep concern" over "recurring" human rights violations in Iran, where authorities have been targeting rights lawyers in their ongoing crackdown on dissent....


The Assembly decried the used of capital punishment on people who were younger than 18 at the time of the crime.

The resolution also noted "pervasive gender inequality and violence against women, a continued crackdown on women's human rights defenders, arrests, violation repression and sentencing of women exercising their right to peaceful assembly."

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U.S. adds to Iran sanctions shortly after nuclear talks

 
The New york Times
21 December 2010

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday imposed new sanctions on Iran, serving notice that it will not ease the pressure on Tehran just because it has begun talking again with the West about its nuclear program....

 

"After the Geneva talks, there was a question: 'What is the policy of the United States and its allies going to be?' " said Stuart A. Levey, the under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence. "It is clear that our policy is going to be to continue to impose pressure on Iran, so long as it defies its international obligations."

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In This Issue
GOP leaders criticize Obama's Iran policy in rally for opposition group
Giuliani calls on the U.S. to delist the PMOI
British MPs, Rights activists condemn siege of Camp Ashraf
Iran Revolutionary Guards Officer Captured In Afghanistan -NATO
UN shows 'deep concern' over Iran's rights record
U.S. adds to Iran sanctions shortly after nuclear talks
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