Thursday, January 26, 2006

Meanwhile, On the Iranian News Front


Gas flares from an oil production platform at the Soroush oil fields while an Iranian flag flies in the foreground in the Persian Gulf, 776 miles south of Tehran, July 25, 2005. OPEC power Iran wields a potent weapon -- oil -- which if fired to ward off international pressure over its nuclear programme could blast prices to record levels last seen during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi COMMENTLINE
While we're waiting to hear from Iran's president about the Palestinian election, we'll explore some other tension ebbing through the Middle East.

In today's headlines, it looks like India has now been pulled into the nuclear fray.

U.S. Ambassador David Mulford said Wednesday that if India does not vote next month to refer Tehran to the Security Council, which could impose sanctions, it would be "devastating" to the [U.S. - India civil nuclear] deal currently before the U.S. Congress.

India Protests U.S. Nuke Statement
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India on Thursday protested a suggestion by the U.S. ambassador that a landmark nuclear deal between the two countries would fall apart unless New Delhi backed Washington's effort to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council because of its atomic program.

Bush says US will 'exhaust all diplomacy' on Iran nuclear issue
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President George W. Bush said his government will "exhaust all diplomacy" and work with US allies as it seeks to address Iran's disputed nuclear program, according to a newspaper interview.

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