Saturday, February 11, 2006

Regional Aspirations of Iran: Sat. 11 Feb.


An Iranian couple protest whilst decorated with defaced U.S and Israeli flags as they attend a demonstration to mark the 27th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Saturday Feb. 11, 2006. The Iranian president on Saturday rejected Western pressure to freeze the country's nuclear program and issued a veiled threat to walk away from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian) COMMENTLINE
For your contemplation, the latest regional tension courtesy of Iran. In this post:

Iran's president continues to reject efforts to control nuclear ambitions and threatens to renounce the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

A report that Iran has restarted equipment that could produce nuclear warheads.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad steps up anti-Israel rhetoric.

Fear of Iran growing.

"An extremist with a microphone can be dangerous enough; an extremist with nuclear weapons poses a danger to the entire world."

Iran Rejects Call to Freeze Nuke Program
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president on Saturday rejected U.S. and European pressure to freeze the country's nuclear program and hinted that Iran may withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Iran may reconsider nuclear NPT membership
TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran may reconsider its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if it feels its enemies are using the accord to put unfair pressure on it, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.

Iran plant 'has restarted its nuclear bomb-making equipment'
(news.telegraph) -- Iran's controversial Natanz uranium processing plant has successfully restarted the sophisticated equipment that could enable it to produce material for nuclear warheads, according to reports received by Western intelligence.

Ahmadinejad: Israel 'will be removed'
Tehran (dpa) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that the Palestinians and "other nations" will eventually remove Israel from the region.

Ahmadinejad repeats Holocaust is a 'myth'
TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeated his view that the Holocaust of Jews under Nazi Germany was a "myth" and argued that Palestinians and Iraqis were suffering from "the real Holocaust."

Poll: Growing Number of People Fear Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' fears about Iran have grown sharply over the last few months as efforts by the United States and Europe to slow Tehran's nuclear program have been firmly rejected, a poll found.

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