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Mousavi: The nuclear issue is similar to the oil nationalization issue
In his first press conference in the new Iranian year, presidential hopeful Mir Hosein Mousavi, drew an analogy between the issue of Iran’s quest for nuclear energy technology and its struggle for the nationalization of its oil industry over fifty years ago.
According to the reports obtained by WashingtonTV from Tehran, Mousavi dated the inception of Iran’s nuclear activities back to his own government and said: “We must note that we may not back down in the nuclear issue, because it is as momentous as a possible retreat in claiming our rights in the oil nationalization campaign in the 1950s.” He added: “We are committed to peaceful use of nuclear energy.”
Showered by questions from foreign correspondence about Iran-US bonds in the Obama administration, Mousavi re-affirmed that Iran awaits concrete changes in US policies.
Iran prevents university professor from leaving the country
Iran’s Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported today that Iranian officials stopped human rights university professor Mehdi Zakerian from leaving the country to attend a conference on Palestinians due to be held in Italy.
Zakerian’s lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, told ILNA that his client was heading for Florence, Italy, on March 25 when he was turned back.
Zakerian was arrested last summer on charges of espionage but ILNA’s report did not mention his charges and the date of his arrest.
Zakerian is a member of Iran’s Center for Scientific Research and Strategic Studies of the Middle East, an NGO and the head of the Israeli Studies at that Center.
Parents of Iranian-American journalist visit her in Evin prison
The parents of the Irainain-American journliast, Roxana Saberi, managed to visit her in Evin prison north of Tehran, today, according to her attorney, Abdulsamad Khorramshahi.
AFP reports that Khorramshahi who accompanied Reza and Akiko Saberi as far as the gate of the prison said they found their daughter in good health after the visit.
A family friend said the Saberi family visited their daughter for 20 minutes in the presence of a warden.
The Saberis arrived in Tehran yesterday to see their daughter, 31, who has been held since January without announcing the charges against her.
US may drop key demand for nuclear talks with Iran – newspaper
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the United States and its European allies are considering dropping a longstanding US demand that Iran immediately shut down its nuclear facilities before it enters nuclear talks with the West.
The proposals, still under discussion, would allow Tehran to continue its uranium enrichment activities for some period during the talks, a break from the policy of the Bush administration, which had demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium.
Citing officials involved in the strategy sessions, the newspaper said that the proposals were aimed at drawing the Islamic Republic into nuclear negotiations, which it had shunned.
A senior Obama administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that any new American policy would ultimately require Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment.
Egypt says Iran using Hezbollah to “gain presence” in Egypt
In an interview published Tuesday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit accused Iran of using the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah, to gain a foothold in Egypt.
His remarks come less than a week after Cairo announced the arrest of 49 members of a Hezbollah cell accused of plotting attacks inside Egypt and trying to spread Shiite ideology there.
Claiming that Iran will be “astonished” at what Egypt’s public prosecutor will include in his report, Abul Gheit told the pan-Arab daily, Asharq Al-Awsat: “(Iran) used (Hezbollah) to gain a presence in Egypt and to say to Egyptians: we are here.”
Asked about the Egyptian arrests, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hassan Qashqavi, told reporters today that Cairo’s stance was “not reasonable”.
Iran puts US-Iranian journalist on trial for spying
Imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has gone on trial in Tehran on charges of spying for the United States, and a verdict is expected soon, a judiciary official said on Tuesday.
Judiciary spokesperson Alireza Jamshidi told reporters: “The charge against Roxana Saberi is spying for foreigners; the indictment has been issued and the dossier taken to court; her first court hearing was held yesterday and her final defense [argument] was also read.”
Washington has said that the charges against the 31-year-old dual citizen are “baseless and without foundation”, and has demanded Saberi’s release.
Asked about Washington’s comments, Jamshidi said: “It is ridiculous for an individual or a government to give opinions without being informed, and you cannot comment on whether an individual is innocent or guilty.”
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Today's Top Stories (June 15, 2009) - World reactions to disputed Iran election results
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today: “The position of me and the United Nations is that the genuine will of the Iranian people should be fully respected.”
He added: “I have to watch ... this situation, how it evolves.”
European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, also said today that he was “concerned by the latest images and news that arrived from Tehran. I hope very much that at the end of the day the will of the people will be respected.”
He added that although there was little expectation of a change in Iran’s nuclear policy as a result of the election, the EU was still hoping to continue discussing the issue.
British Foreign Secretary David Milliband also said today:
“The very serious doubts that have been raised about the free and fair nature of the election counting process are obviously of major concern to many people in Iran.”
He added: “I think that in the very short term people will continue to focus on what seems to be state violence against its own people in Tehran and elsewhere.”
On Sunday night, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that "the actions of the Iranian security forces were completely unacceptable,” and he called on Iran to look into the allegations of irregularities of the election "immediately and without delay".
Today, Steinmeier summoned Iran's ambassador to Berlin, protesting at the crackdown against protesters, the following results.
France’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Eric Chevallier, said yesterday that Iran’s ambassador to France was summoned in view of the situation in Iran.
“We hope that the ambassador will bring explanations regarding the events in Iran and will listen to our concerns,” Le Figaro newspaper quoted Chevallier as saying in a released statement.
The statement continued: “While the campaign showed the vitality of democratic debate and the mobilization of Iranian civil society, France equally condemns the brutal repression of peaceful protests and the repeated attacks on press liberty, expression, and communication.”
At the same time Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak said: "I'm not sure if the results reflect the real will of the Iranian people," adding: "The triumph of the extremists is bad news, as any kind of victory of extremists should be defined."
Also on Sunday, the Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, said in a statement: “The legitimacy of the election has been undermined by reports of fraud during the poll and vote counting."
Iranian reaction world wide
Iranians have been protesting the disputed re-election victory of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in many cities around the world, from Los Angeles to New York, Dubai, The Hague, and Kuala Lumpur where, according to AFP the police fired tear gas at the protestors.
A crowd of around two hundred protestors also gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London.
While singing nationalist and early revolution songs, such as “O Iran…” and “My Elementary School Comrade”, they also chanted slogans such as:
“Ahmadi, the Pinochet: Iran will not become Chile”
“Artillery, Tank, Fraud: Will not be effective anymore”
“An Iranian will die but not accept abjection”
Addressing Ahmadinejad: “You who professes justice; [give us] justice, justice”
“Oh sweeper-brother, sweep off Mahmoud”
“Dr. pay a visit to a Doctor”
“God’s victory is close at hand; Death to the government that cheats its people”
Today's Top Stories (June 16, 2009) - International reactions to Iran elections – Tuesday 16 June
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived at the Russian city of Yekaterinburg today to attend the ninth annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Iran has an observer status in the SCO, which includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgystan.
A spokeswoman for Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters that: “the heads of SCO member states congratulated Ahmadinejad on his reelection.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today that: "We welcome the fact that the elections have taken place, and we welcome the newly re-elected Iranian president on the Russian soil."
Ryabkov added that: "It's quite symbolic that the Iranian president arrived in Russia on his first foreign visit since re-election. We see that as a sign that the Russian-Iranian relations will advance further."
In Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said today: “The elections are a matter for the Iranian people, but if there are serious questions that are now being asked about the conduct of the elections, they have got to be answered.”
Brown said “There must be no violence in response to peaceful protests,” adding that: “the relationship they will have and the respect they will have from the rest of the world will depend on how they respond to what are legitimate grievances that are being expressed and have to be answered.”
At the same time Japan’s foreign minister, Hirofumi Nakasone, said today in a press conference: “We are extremely concerned about the confusion in Iran. We are carefully monitoring the situation.”
He added: “We hear about shootings. We hope that the situation will come to an end as soon as possible.”
Also today, Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith told that country’s parliament: “We are of course gravely concerned about both the reports and the images of serious human rights abuses that we’ve seen on camera and in photos in the last 24-36 hours in Tehran.”
He continued: “We call for restraint by the Iranian authorities.”
He added: “That is why we are not placing any hope in what’s happening there.”
In Holland, the Dutch foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires to the Netherlands, Majid Qahremani today, to protest post-election violence in Tehran.
“It cannot be that peaceful demonstrations are broken up violently,” Verhagen said in a statement, AFP reports.
Another part of that statement reads: “People in Iran must be able to protest peacefully and the Netherlands has asked that the arrested demonstrators be immediately freed.”
Iran summons Czech diplomat over EU statements on election
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned a Czech diplomat, representing the European Union, to protest against what it called “interference” by the 27-nation bloc following Iran’s presidential election.
On Monday, the European Union called on Iran to clarify the election results, which showed a landslide victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance today banned foreign media journalists from leaving their offices to report on the protests throughout Tehran.
“No journalist has permission to report or film or take pictures in the city,” a ministry official told Reuters.
At least seven people were reported to have been killed since protesters took to the streets on Saturday.
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