Monday, September 24, 2007

iran on the brink of war

Defiant Iran warns West against attack
AFP via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 43 minutes agoIran on Sunday bluntly warned the United States against launching an attack on the Islamic republic, saying that American forces in the region were well within the reach of Iranian missiles

Iran says no obstacle for French FM visit
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Sep 23 5:31 AMIran said on Sunday there was no obstacle for French Foreign Minister to visit Tehran to clarify his comments that raised the specter of war over the country's atomic work, which the West fears is a cover to obtain atomic bomb.

Ahmadinejad wants 15-year-olds in Iran to vote
AFP via Yahoo! News - Sep 23 3:59 AMPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said he wanted to restore the vote in Iran to young people aged 15 and upwards less than a year after parliament raised the minimum voting age to 18

Iran's Ahmadinejad leaves for US
AFP via Yahoo! News - Sep 23 1:59 AMPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran on Sunday for his third trip to the United States, saying the visit was a good chance to present Iran's solutions for the problems of the world.

Iran confirms shelling Kurdish militants in Iraq
AFP via Yahoo! News - Sep 23 1:14 AMIran has confirmed for the first time it has been firing artillery shells on camps of Kurdish militants inside northern Iraq, saying the local authorities had not listened to its warnings.

Military chief: 'No war' with Iran
AP via Yahoo! News - Sep 23 2:07 AMThe commander of U.S. military forces in the Middle East does not believe current tensions with Iran will lead to war and urges for greater emphasis on dialogue and diplomacy

Iran leader warns West over perils of attack
AFP via Yahoo! News - Sep 22 11:47 AMIran on Saturday warned the West of the "serious consequences" of launching any attack against the Islamic republic after showing off a new longer-range missile in public for the first time

Iran closes key border crossing with northern Iraq
IANS via Yahoo! India News - 2 hours, 39 minutes agoBaghdad, Sep 23 (DPA) Iranian authorities closed Sunday an important border crossing between its territories and northern Iraq after US forces arrested an Iranian citizen, almost causing a diplomatic rift between Iran and the autonomous Kurdish region

No Iran war, says admiral
Financial Times - 47 minutes agoThe head of US forces in the Middle East has warned of the risks of mounting tensions between Washington and Iran, even as President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad and the west square off for a confrontation at the United Nations this week

Iran smuggling missiles into Iraq: U.S. military

Global TV Winnipeg - 1 hour, 2 minutes agoBAGHDAD -- Iran is smuggling advanced weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, into Iraq to be used by extremists against American troops, the US military charged on Sunday.

Iran parades missiles in show of might
Seattle Times - Sep 23 12:55 AMThreats and economic sanctions will not stop Iran's technological progress, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Saturday at a large parade...

U.S., France agree on Iran sanctions
Chicago Sun-Times - Sep 23 2:20 AMWASHINGTON -- The United States and France agree on how to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.

Germany opposes Sarkozy Iran sanctions idea: report
Reuters via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - Sep 23 5:33 AMGermany opposes a French call for the European Union to impose a new round of sanctions against Iran if world powers fail to agree on fresh punitive measures next week, a German magazine reported on Saturday.

Iran's Leader: U.S. Wants New Opinions
The Columbian - 13 minutes agoTEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that the American people are eager for different opinions about the world, and he is looking forward to providing them with "correct and clear information," state media reported

Defiant Iran warns West against attack
AFP via Yahoo! Canada News - Sep 23 1:36 AMTEHRAN (AFP) - Iran bluntly warned the West on Sunday against launching an attack after a defiant display of its military prowess, including a new longer-range missile that could reach Israel

Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline talks resume Monday
IANS via Yahoo! India News - Sep 23 12:48 AMTehran, Sep 23 (IANS) A new round of talks on the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project will resume here Monday, a special envoy at Iran's oil ministry has said

Iran enjoys necessary deterrent power to confront any threat
Islamic Republic News Agency - Sep 23 4:37 AMIran - Nuclear - Threats - Spokesman The Iranian Armed Forces enjoy the necessary deterrent power to confront any threat, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Sunday.

Iran, China, Malaysia near deal
AME Info - Sep 23 2:56 AMMahmud Zirakchianzadeh, the MD of the Iranian Offshore Oil Company, has said Iran, China and Malaysia should reach an agreement on the development of the Ressalat oil field in the near future, reported the Tehran Times.

Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike
Times Online - Sep 22 4:04 PMTHE United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with “fighting the next war” as tensions rise with Iran

Top U.S. diplomat: Iran gas not crucial to feed European markets
The Star Online - Sep 22 5:26 PMISTANBUL, Turkey (AP): A top adviser on foreign economic policy to the U.S. Secretary of State said Saturday that the Caspian region can provide Europe's natural gas without help from Iran