Volume: 1 - Issue:  520
23 December 2013
Iran Update


We are delighted to present you with the current issue of Iran Update, a publication of International Solidarity for Democratic Change in Iran (ISDCI).  You can see ISDCI's latest events on our website at: International Conferences 

Obama's Iran Sanctions Veto

Wall Street journal

The veto threat means the President is siding with Iran against a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Congress. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claims the bill would kill the "interim" accord recently signed in Geneva, which sounds like either an excuse or a bluff. 

Yet White House spokesman Jay Carney immediately echoed the Iranian by saying "it is very important to refrain from taking any action that would potentially disrupt the opportunity for a diplomatic resolution."...Read On

Zarif had been involved in duping West in nuclear talks, says ex-colleague


Mr Eslami wrote: "I was working in Foreign Ministry at the same time as Javad Zarif, in the NPT section related to the nuclear program. 

"In Khatami's time, when Zarif was deputy foreign minister for international affairs, he had meetings with IRGC and Intelligence in the Defence Ministry in Lavizan in which I was also present...Read On

US wants Iran deal to have sanctions triggers


If Tehran were to resume bomb-making after striking nuclear deal, US would impose sanctions again, says Rice...Read On

Iran slams European parliamentarians for meeting dissidents

The National

The Greek embassy had arranged for the visiting MEPs to meet Ms Sotoudeh and Mr Panahi, who were both detained in connection with the unrest in 2009 that followed the reelection of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad...Read On

Repression of musicians under Hassan Rouhani


In a letter to Ali Jannati , Minister of Guidance (responsible for press and arts censorship) a group of Iranian musicians called for an end to repression of musicians in Iran...Read On

Senator Schumer: Time to ratchet up sanctions on Iran

The Hill

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday refused to back away from his bill to impose harsh sanctions on Iran. Schumer, who's leading a bipartisan effort to hit Iran with stricter sanctions, stood his ground, despite President Obama's recent plea not to interfere in negotiations aimed at stopping Tehran's nuclear program...Read On

Senators must stand up to Obama on Iran sanctions

New York Daily News

After the U.S. added some companies and individuals to the sanctions list, the Iranians walked out of the talks on the baby-step arrangement. At the same time, hard-liners there have pronounced the entire enterprise a non-starter...Read On

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