Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα IRAN. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα IRAN. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Κυριακή, Νοεμβρίου 26, 2017

Ιράν: Θα αυξήσουμε το βεληνεκές των πυραύλων μας αν η Ευρώπη απειλήσει την Τεχεράνη

Ιράν: Θα αυξήσουμε το βεληνεκές των πυραύλων μας
Ο ταξίαρχος Χοσεΐν Σαλαμί, αναπληρωτής επικεφαλής των Φρουρών της Επανάστασης του Ιράν προειδοποίησε την Ευρώπη ότι αν απειλήσει την Τεχεράνη, οι Φρουροί θα αυξήσουν το βεληνεκές των πυραύλων άνω των 2000 χιλιομέτρων, μετέδωσε χθες το ιρανικό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Fars.

Παρασκευή, Νοεμβρίου 21, 2014

Iran says no proposals from P 5+1 negotiators to Iran that require coordination

P 5 + 1 negotiators /five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany/ have not made any considerable proposals that would require coordination with Teheran, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told reporters on Friday.

The past several days have seen intensive negotiations and the sides have held good discussions but P 5 + 1 didn’t make any really considerable proposals that should have been taken for coordination to Teheran, he said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has decided to stay in Vienna to take part in the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of international mediators, a source in the U.S. delegation told TASS on Friday.

The source said Kerry had changed his plans to opt for staying in Vienna instead of flying to Paris.

According to earlier reports, Kerry and France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius were to go to Paris on Friday evening to have additional consultations on the Iranian talks.

But after multi-lateral consultations on Friday, coordinator Catherine Ashton, the former EU foreign policy chief, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Kerry had several meetings in the three-party format. The contacts are planned to be continued into the night.

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/761092
21/11/14

Τρίτη, Αυγούστου 12, 2014

Iraq's new PM backed by US, Iran

Iraq's new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran today as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country.
Haider al-Abadi still faces opposition closer to home, where his Shi'ite party colleague Nuri al-Maliki has refused to step aside after eight years as premier that have alienated Iraq's once dominant Sunni minority and irked Washington and Tehran.

However, Shi'ite militia and army commanders long loyal to Maliki signalled their backing for the change, as did many people on the streets of Baghdad, eager for an end to fears of a further descent into sectarian and ethnic bloodletting.

As Western powers and international aid agencies considered further help for tens of thousands of people driven from their homes and under threat from the Sunni militants of the Islamic State near the Syrian border, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would consider requests for military and other assistance once Abadi forms a government to unite the country.

Underscoring the convergence of interest in Iraq that marks the normally hostile relationship between Washington and Iran, senior Iranian officials congratulated Abadi on his nomination, three months after a parliamentary election left Maliki's bloc as the biggest in the legislature. Like Western powers, Shi'ite Iran is alarmed by Sunni militants' hold in Syria and Iraq.

"Iran supports the legal process that has taken its course with respect to choosing Iraq's new prime minister," the representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the Supreme National Security Council was quoted as saying.
"Iran favours a cohesive, integrated and secure Iraq," he said, adding an apparent appeal to Maliki to concede.

Abadi himself, long exiled in Britain, is seen as a far less polarising, sectarian figure than Maliki, who is also from the Shi'ite Islamic Dawa party. Abadi appears to have the blessing of Iraq's powerful Shi'ite clergy, a major force in the land since U.S. troops toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iraqi state television said Abadi "called on all political powers who believe in the constitution and democracy to unite efforts and close ranks to respond to Iraq's great challenges".
One politician close to Abadi told Reuters that the prime minister-designate had begun contacting leaders of major groups to sound them out on forming a new cabinet. The president said on Monday he hoped he would succeed within the next month.
Maliki angrily dismissed Abadi's nomination on Monday as illegal. But there was no further sign of opposition on Tuesday.

A statement from a major Shi'ite militia group, Asaib Ahl Haq, which has backed Maliki and reinforced the Iraqi army as it fell back from the north in June, called for an end to the legalistic arguments of the kind used by Maliki to justify his retaining power and urged "self-restraint by all sides".
It said leaders should "give priority to the public interest over the private" and respect the guidance of clerical leaders - a clear reference to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's indication that he favours the removal of Maliki to address the national crisis.
 http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/166930/iraqs-new-pm-backed-by-us-iran
12/8/14
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***Photo: Iraqi President Fuad Masum (2nd L) shakes hands with deputy parliamentary speaker Haidar al-Abadi (R) after he was tasked with forming a government during a brief ceremony broadcast on state television.

Τρίτη, Ιουνίου 24, 2014

ISIS positions in Iraq bombed by unknown planes (a new reality and a new Iraq)

The positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim were bombed by unknown fighter planes on Tuesday.

The White House denied U.S. planes carried out the airstrikes after an Iraqi television station reported that U.S. jets were behind the bombings.

Tribal sources told Al Arabiya News that Syrian fighter planes carried out the raids.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s air force has bombed Baiji - about 200km north of Baghdad, where ISIS fighters seized an oil refinery, according to Al Arabiya's correspondent.


Also on Tuesday, Iraq’s ambassador to Tehran said that the Iraqi government has not asked Iran for help against Sunni militants, Agence France-Presse reported.

The remarks by Mohammad Madjid al-Sheikh came after Iranian leaders repeatedly said they were ready to assist Baghdad against the insurgency that has taken control of a large swathe of Iraqi territory.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of the waves of insurgency gripping the country.

  • During his visit, Kerry was warned by Kurdish President Massoud Barzani that the rapid advances made by insurgents had already created “a new reality and a new Iraq,” signaling that the U.S. faces major difficulties in its efforts to promote unity among the country's divided factions, the Associated Press reported.
The U.N., meanwhile, said more than 1,000 people, most civilians, have been killed in Iraq so far this month, the highest death toll since the U.S. military withdrew from the country in December 2011.
Last Update: Tuesday, 24 June 2014 KSA 21:19 - GMT 18:19 
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/24/U-S-planes-bombs-ISIS-positions-on-Iraqi-Syria-border.html
24/6/14
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Κυριακή, Ιουνίου 22, 2014

Pétrole: Téhéran prêt à compenser la baisse de la production en Irak

Téhéran est prêt à compenser la baisse de la production pétrolière en Irak due à l'aggravation de la situation dans ce pays, rapporte samedi l'agence IRNA, citant le ministre iranien du pétrole Bijan Namdar-Zangheneh.

D'après le ministre, suite aux opérations armées lancées par le groupe djihadiste Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL), les prix du pétrole ont augmenté de 5%. Selon des informations publiées la semaine dernière, les islamistes ont attaqué une grande raffinerie de pétrole dans la ville de Baïdji (nord de l'Irak). Ils ont pénétré sur le territoire de l'entreprise et détruit plusieurs réservoirs de pétrole. 


Evoquant les sanctions décrétées par Washington contre l'industrie pétrolière iranienne, M. Namdar-Zangheneh a souligné que Téhéran "cherchait à maintenir le niveau stable de production de pétrole".

Le ministre a également espéré que malgré les sanctions américaines, les compagnies pétrolières étrangères reviendraient en Iran et que des projets portant sur le gaz seraient également relancés. 

Appuyé par des sunnites irakiens et par d'anciens militaires de l'armée de Saddam Hussein, le groupe EIIL s'est emparé en une semaine d'une région irakienne englobant la province de Ninawa, dont Mossoul, deuxième ville du pays, ainsi que d'une partie de la province de Salah ad-Din. Les islamistes menacent d'attaquer Bagdad, ce qui pousse les étrangers à quitter massivement la capitale irakienne.

Dans les régions occupées, les djihadistes pratiquent des exécutions sommaires, contraignant des milliers d'habitants à fuir leurs foyers.

[RIA Novosti]21/6/14 
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Σάββατο, Ιουνίου 21, 2014

Pétrole: Téhéran prêt à compenser la baisse de la production en Irak

Téhéran est prêt à compenser la baisse de la production pétrolière en Irak due à l'aggravation de la situation dans ce pays, rapporte samedi l'agence IRNA, citant le ministre iranien du pétrole Bijan Namdar-Zangheneh.

D'après le ministre, suite aux opérations armées lancées par le groupe djihadiste Etat islamique en Irak et au Levant (EIIL), les prix du pétrole ont augmenté de 5%. Selon des informations publiées la semaine dernière, les islamistes ont attaqué une grande raffinerie de pétrole dans la ville de Baïdji (nord de l'Irak). Ils ont pénétré sur le territoire de l'entreprise et détruit plusieurs réservoirs de pétrole. 


Evoquant les sanctions décrétées par Washington contre l'industrie pétrolière iranienne, M. Namdar-Zangheneh a souligné que Téhéran "cherchait à maintenir le niveau stable de production de pétrole".

Le ministre a également espéré que malgré les sanctions américaines, les compagnies pétrolières étrangères reviendraient en Iran et que des projets portant sur le gaz seraient également relancés. 

Appuyé par des sunnites irakiens et par d'anciens militaires de l'armée de Saddam Hussein, le groupe EIIL s'est emparé en une semaine d'une région irakienne englobant la province de Ninawa, dont Mossoul, deuxième ville du pays, ainsi que d'une partie de la province de Salah ad-Din. Les islamistes menacent d'attaquer Bagdad, ce qui pousse les étrangers à quitter massivement la capitale irakienne.

Dans les régions occupées, les djihadistes pratiquent des exécutions sommaires, contraignant des milliers d'habitants à fuir leurs foyers.

[RIA Novosti]
21/6/14

Τετάρτη, Ιουνίου 04, 2014

Kerry urges Assad's allies to end Syria war

BEIRUT: US Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed Syria's election as a "great big zero" on Wednesday, urging President Bashar al-Assad's allies Iran, Russia and Hezbollah to end the country's three-year war.

His remarks during a surprise trip to Beirut came ahead of the publication of official results from the election, dubbed a "disgrace" by Washington.

Kerry also announced US$290 million in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbouring countries hosting refugees, key among them Lebanon.


Assad is expected to win in a poll that was not even held in the roughly 60 percent of the country out of government control.

"With respect to the elections that took place, the so-called elections, the elections are non-elections," Kerry told journalists in the Lebanese capital.

"The elections are a great big zero. They're meaningless, and they're meaningless because you can't have an election where millions of your people don't even have an ability to vote, where they don't have an ability to contest the election, and they have no choice."

He said that "nothing has changed" as a result of the poll, adding: "The conflict is the same, the terror is the same, the killing is the same."

Syrian state media has trumpeted a high turnout, with pro-government newspaper Al-Watan saying "millions" had cast ballots and estimating 70 per cent participation in some provinces, a figure dismissed by activists who charged that people voted out of fear rather than conviction.

Nationwide violence, however, killed 209 people on polling day, including 71 civilians, a monitoring group said.

  • Despite the criticism from Kerry and other senior American officials, Syrian opposition activists have slammed Washington for failing to take more decisive action on the years-long conflict.
Former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford joined in the criticism, telling CNN he had retired last month after almost three years working with the opposition because he could no longer defend US policy.

Kerry urged key backers of the Syrian president to end the war.

  • "I particularly call on those nations directly supporting the Assad regime ... I call on them -- Iran, Russia, and I call on Hezbollah, based right here in Lebanon -- to engage in the legitimate effort to bring this war to an end."
The trio have been repeatedly criticised by Western countries for backing Assad, with Moscow in particular coming under fire for vetoing draft resolutions in the UN Security Council four times in defence of its ally Damascus.

Russia earlier called for the speedy appointment of a new UN envoy after Lakhdar Brahimi, who brokered two rounds of abortive peace talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition, stepped down over the weekend saying his mediation had reached a stalemate.

  • Brahimi had infuriated Damascus by criticising Tuesday's election as an obstacle to his peace efforts.
Kerry meanwhile pledged to boost humanitarian aid to people affected by the Syrian war.

"Today, I am pleased to announce on behalf of the American people and on behalf of President Obama another US$290 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict, both inside Syria and the communities throughout the region where they have taken refuge," he said.

"With the newest contribution that I've announced today, the United States has now committed more than US$2 billion to support refugees and the nations that have opened their doors to them," he added.

"A large portion of the assistance that I just announced today, US$51 million, will go directly to refugees in Lebanon and the communities that I just mentioned that host them here," he said.

  • At more than one million, Lebanon hosts the highest number of Syria's nearly three million refugees.
"It's important for all of us to recognize the human catastrophe that is unfolding before our eyes, and that is why we in the United States have worked so hard to try to push for a political solution, which is the only real solution to this conflict," Kerry said.

A peaceful revolt demanding political change broke out in Syria in March 2011, but the crackdown by the Assad regime was so brutal that protesters later took up arms.

The war that ensued has killed more than 162,000 people and forced nearly half the population to flee their homes.
- AFP

channelnewsasia.com
4/6/14
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Κυριακή, Μαΐου 04, 2014

Iran offers gas supply to Europe. - The South Pars field

Iran is ready to supply natural gas to European countries, the country's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Saturday.

"As a country that has the capacity to supply gas in large volumes, Iran is always willing to export natural gas to Europe via pipeline or in the form of liquefied natural gas," Zanganeh was quoted as saying by Press TV.

The Europeans are willing to diversify their sources of energy, and Iran's offer has nothing to do with Russia's differences with Europe over Ukraine crisis, he said.


Development of different phases of South Pars gas field will allow Iran to increase its natural gas exports from the next Iranian calendar year, beginning in March 2015, Zanganeh said.

  • The South Pars or North Dome field is a natural gas condensate field located in the Persian Gulf. It is one of the world's largest gas fields, shared between Iran and Qatar.

  • The field holds an estimated 51 trillion cubic meters of in- situ natural gas and some 7.9 billion cubic meters of natural gas condensates, according to the International Energy Agency.

The gas field covers an area of 9,700 square km, of which 3,700 square km is in Iran's territorial waters called the South Pars, while the rest 6,000 square km belongs Qatar's territorial waters referred to as the North Dome.

  • Although Iran possesses one of the world's largest gas reserves, it has struggled for years to develop its oil and gas resources due to the withdrawal of foreign investors from its energy sector under Western pressure.

The European Union and the United States are in negotiations with Iran to ease oil and natural gas embargo which is part of the sanctions aiming to pressure Tehran to halt sensitive parts of its controversial nuclear program. 

 [globaltimes.cn]
4/5/14
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Δευτέρα, Μαρτίου 31, 2014

Iran: près de 14.000 personnes bloquées par des chutes de neige

Près de 14.000 personnes ont été bloquées sur les routes du nord de l'Iran à la suite de fortes chutes de neige, un épisode rare pour la saison, ont annoncé lundi les services de secours iraniens.

"Depuis hier (dimanche), nos équipes ont porté secours à près de 14.000 personnes bloquées par la neige", a déclaré le porte-parole du Croissant rouge iranien, Hossein Derakhshan, cité par l'agence officielle Irna. Les services météorologiques iraniens avaient annoncé samedi l'arrivée du mauvais temps dans les provinces de la mer Caspienne et sur les contreforts du mont Alborz, mettant en garde contre la possibilité de violents orages et de pluies diluviennes.      


Un hébergement d'urgence
Selon le porte-parole, 32 personnes ont été blessées, en majorité dans des accidents de la circulation, et 1.600 autres ont bénéficié d'un hébergement d'urgence.

 Ce mauvais temps coïncide avec les vacances du Nouvel an iranien, qui célèbre l'arrivée du printemps et voit chaque année des millions d'automobilistes prendre la route. 
http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1080262/iran-pres-de-14-000-personnes-bloquees-par-des-chutes-de-neige
31/3/14
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Σάββατο, Δεκεμβρίου 07, 2013

US reassures Gulf allies wary over Iran Defence. -Secretary Chuck Hagel's remarks come at a time of rising tensions in their relationship with the GCC.



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US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the United States will maintain a wide array of military forces in the Middle East to ensure security in the region despite diplomatic overtures toward Iran over its nuclear program.
Hagel, in prepared remarks to the Manama Dialogue security forum in Bahrain, said on Saturday that the Pentagon had no plan to adjust its military presence or planning in the region as a result of an interim accord on Tehran's nuclear enrichment program.


"We have a ground, air and naval presence of more than 35,000 military personnel in and immediately around the Gulf," he said.
Hagel further added that the interim deal with Iran to roll back its nuclear programme was a risk worth taking but that Western diplomacy should not be "misinterpreted."
"We know diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum," he said.  "Our success will continue to hinge on America's military power, and the credibility of our assurances to our allies and partners in the Middle East."
The Pentagon "will not make any adjustments to its forces in the region – or to its military planning – as a result of the interim agreement with Iran," he added.
In a trip meant to reassure Gulf allies wary of America's diplomatic opening with Iran, Hagel enumerated an array of US weaponry and resources deployed in the region.
The military footprint includes 10,000 US Army troops with tanks and Apache helicopters, roughly 40 ships at sea including an aircraft carrier battle group, missile defence systems, radar, surveillance drones and warplanes that can strike at short notice, he said.

US not in 'retreat'
A senior US defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters the speech sent a message of solidarity to Gulf allies while also conveying a warning to adversaries "that any sort of mythology of American retreat is just wrong-headed."
Gulf allies, especially Saudi Arabia, are concerned over a November 24 interim agreement between world powers and Iran that offers limited relief from Western sanctions in return for Tehran rolling back elements of its nuclear programme.
  •  The nuclear deal has strained US relations with the mostly Sunni Gulf Arab states that view Shiite Iran as a dangerous rival.
Hagel acknowledged "anxieties" in the Gulf were running high. "Questions have been raised about America's intentions, strategy, and commitment to the region," he said.
But he promised the US  "will remain fully committed to the security of our allies and our partners in the region."
Although the Pentagon faced the prospect of steep budget cuts, Hagel suggested the big presence in the Middle East would remain a top priority and largely shielded from spending reductions.
In addition to keeping a robust US force in place, Hagel vowed to bolster the military strength of Gulf states, urging regional cooperation on missile defence.
Hagel said he would travel on to Qatar and Saudi Arabia after the Bahrain conference for further talks.
 aljazeera.com
7/12/13 
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Κυριακή, Νοεμβρίου 24, 2013

Iran and six world powers meeting in Geneva say they have reached a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Iran is to curb its nuclear activities, initially for six months, in return for limited relief from sanctions. 
US President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, saying it included "substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon".
  But Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has insisted Iran retains its right to enrich uranium.

Tehran denies repeated claims by Western governments that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. It insists it must be allowed to enrich uranium for power stations. 'Reciprocal measures' After four days of negotiations, representatives of the so-called P5+1 group of nations - the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany - reached an agreement with Iran in the early hours of Sunday morning. A final text of the deal has yet to be released, but EU foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton said it included "reciprocal measures by both sides". She said the deal would be co-ordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In a televised address from Washington, US President Barack Obama said the measures agreed would "help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon". Mr Obama outlined what the deal contained, including a commitment by Iran to halt "certain levels of enrichment and neutralising part of its stockpiles" - an apparent reference to uranium enrichment above 5% purity, which is needed to create a nuclear bomb. In return, he said Iran would "halt work at its plutonium reactor and new inspections will provide extensive access to Iran's nuclear facilities and allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments". In his news conference in Geneva, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was an opportunity for the "removal of any doubts about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme". But he insisted that Iran had not given up its right to enrich uranium. "We believe that the current agreement, the current plan of action as we call it, in two distinct places has a very clear reference to the fact that Iranian enrichment programme will continue and will be a part of any agreement, now and in the future," he said. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the agreement was "good news for the whole world". 'Significant agreement' Sanctions on Iran would be relaxed, the US State Department said.................http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-2507472924/11/13
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  • Iran will freeze up the whole country’s nuclear programme for six months and will suspend the construction of a heavy water reactor in Arak, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday. 
“We agreed that this will be the first stage of advancement to this goal, it will take six months, during which Iran will freeze up the whole country’s nuclear programme, will not add new centrifuges and will not take any steps related with the construction of a heavy water reactor in Arak, so, the whole volume of the Iranian nuclear programme, which, by the way, the IAEA is controlling fully and the agency will keep its control over it for next six months,” Lavrov noted.
http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/708780
24/11/13

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  • Diplomats say an interim agreement has been reached in Geneva regarding Iran's nuclear programme. -Iran will freeze up the whole country’s nuclear programme for six months 

Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.The deal between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down early on Sunday after more than four days of negotiations.
President Barack Obama says a nuclear deal with Iran is an "important first step" toward addressing the world's concerns over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme.Obama says the deal includes "substantial limitations'' on Iran and cuts off the Iran's most likely path to a bomb.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the deal does not recognise Iran's right to enrich uranium. Speaking after the deal was struck, Kerry said the nuclear deal makes Israel and other US allies in the Middle East safer. Tehran will halt progress on enrichment capacity and stop advancing on the heavy water reactor at Arak, in return there will unprecedented transparency and open access to international weapons inspection.The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, "I hope we can start restoring the lost confidence. The Iranian people demand respect for their rights and dignity, it is important to restore their confidence and I hope this process can do that." European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said "I'm delighted that we have got there, we are confident for a long term deal, this is the first step as you will see its very much within the framework of reaching a comprehensive agreement."Speaking from Tehran Al Jazeera's Soraya Lennie said "Iranians have been waiting over a decade for a positive outcome."They are waking up to the news in a much more positive mood than at any other time during any of these talks," she added.
Frozen fundsThe talks were aimed at finding a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and banish the spectre of a Middle East war over Tehran's nuclear aspirations.The Western powers' goal had been to cap Iran's nuclear energy programme, which has a history of evading UN inspections and investigations, to remove any risk of Tehran covertly refining uranium to a level suitable for bombs.Tehran denies it would ever "weaponise" enrichment.The draft deal that had been under discussion in Geneva would see Iran suspend its higher-grade uranium enrichment in exchange for the release of billions of dollars in Iranian funds frozen in foreign bank accounts, and renewed trade in precious metals, petrochemicals and aircraft parts.
  • Iran will get access to $4.2 bn in foreign exchange as part of the agreement, a Western diplomat said on Sunday.
Refined uranium can be used to fuel nuclear power plants - Iran's stated goal - but also provide the fissile core of an atomic bomb if refined much further.
Diplomacy was stepped up after the landslide election of Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate, as Iranian president in June, replacing bellicose nationalist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Rouhani aims to mend fences with big powers and get sanctions lifted. He obtained crucial public backing from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, keeping powerful hardline critics at bay.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/diplomats-strike-deal-iran-talks-201311242333773209.html
24/11/13

Τετάρτη, Νοεμβρίου 20, 2013

La position de l'Iran sur la France et Israël "complique la négociation" (Paris)...

La position du guide suprême iranien, l'ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sur la France et Israël complique la négociation sur le programme nucléaire de l'Iran, rapportent mercredi les médias français, se référant à la porte-parole du gouvernement français, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.

"Les propos de Khamenei sont inacceptables et compliquent la négociation", a déclaré lors de son point de presse hebdomadaire Mme Vallaud-Belkacem, ajoutant que la position de Paris dans cette négociation était "ferme mais pas fermée".

L'ayatollah a désigné la France comme le responsable numéro un de l'échec des pourparlers de Genève sur le nucléaire iranien entre Téhéran et les Six (Etats-Unis, Chine, Russie, Grande-Bretagne, France et Allemagne), le 10 novembre dernier.


Tout comme Israël, la France a jugé prématuré de signer à ce stade un accord avec l'Iran.

Selon le guide suprême, la France a montré ainsi qu'elle était prête à céder à la pression non seulement des Etats-Unis, mais aussi d'Israël. Quant à l'Etat hébreu, il est "voué à la disparition", d'après l'ayatollah Khamenei qui refuse tout recul sur les "droits nucléaires" de Téhéran et sur les "lignes rouges".

Des discussions bilatérales se sont poursuivies toute la matinée avec une rencontre entre les diplomates en chef de l'Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif et de l'Union Européenne, Catherine Ashton, qui préside les négociations. Une discussion plénière entre l'Iran et les Six (est programmée en début d'après-midi. Les Six et l'Iran tentent une fois encore de finaliser un premier accord d'étape sur le programme nucléaire iranien, soupçonné par les Occidentaux et Israël de cacher un volet militaire, malgré les démentis de Téhéran.
http://fr.ria.ru/world/20131120/199831664.html
20/11/13

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  • Μπήκαν για συνομιλίες και βγήκαν αμέσως. -Ιράν και οι χώρες της Ομάδας 5+1.

Ήταν ίσως η πιο σύντομη διαπραγμάτευση, μόλις δέκα λεπτών και προφανώς δεν είχε αποτέλεσμα...
Ο λόγος για τις συνομιλίες του Ιράν με την Ομάδα 5+1 (ΗΠΑ, Κίνα, Ρωσία, Βρετανία, Γαλλία και Γερμανία). Ο προηγούμενος κύκλος διαπραγματεύσεων στη Γενεύη είχε δημιουργήσει προσδοκίες, αλλά αποδείχτηκαν αβάσιμες. Το Ιράν είχε ζητήσει η συνάντηση να επικεντρωθεί στη διαδικασία των διαπραγματεύσεων προτού προχωρήσει η εξέταση μιας συμφωνίας, εκτιμώντας ότι «χάθηκε η εμπιστοσύνη» στη διάρκεια του προηγούμενου κύκλου των συζητήσεων.

  • Υπενθυμίζεται ότι μεταξύ των δύο αυτών διαπραγματεύσεων, είχε ξεκινήσει ένας δημόσιος κύκλος ανταλλαγής απόψεων από τους ηγέτες των ΗΠΑ, της Γαλλίας, της Ε.Ε. και του Ισραήλ,, για το αν πρέπει στο μεσοδιάστημα αυτό να υιοθετηθούν νέες κυρώσεις εναντίον του Ιράν, ή όχι.
Οι υποστηρικτές των κυρώσεων, εκτιμούσαν ότι οι μέχρι τώρα κυρώσεις οδήγησαν το Ιράν να είναι πιο διαλλακτικό, ενώ οι αρνητές των νέων κυρώσεων, εκτιμούσαν ότι θα κατέστρεφαν το θετικό κλίμα που είχε αρχίσει να διαφαίνεται. Οι εξελίξεις μάλλον τους δικαιώνουν.
 
Νewsroom enet, με πληροφορίες από ΑΜΠΕ, Γαλλικό http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.article&id=399636
20/11/13

Παρασκευή, Νοεμβρίου 08, 2013

Israeli PM to Kerry: We won't be bound by agreement with Iran.


JERUSALEM, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Israel will not be bound to any agreements reached between Iran and the six world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prior to his departure from Israel on Friday.

Netanyahu met with Kerry at the airport on Friday morning, just before Kerry was to continue on to Geneva to join the talks between Iran and the Western countries.

The meeting was described as "tense" with Netanyahu saying before it that Israel vehemently opposes the apparent deal that seems to come into play on the Iranian nuclear plan.

"I hear that the Iranians are walking in Geneva with a smile on their faces, and they have good reason for it," Netanyahu said, according to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office.

"They got everything they wanted and gave nothing. They'll get a decrease in sanctions but they won't reduce their enrichment capabilities, so Iran got the deal of the century," the prime minister added.

"Israel rejects this plan completely... Israel will not be committed to such an agreement and will do whatever is necessary to protect itself," he said.

Netanyahu also tied that sentiment to the peace process with the Palestinians, and said that Israel, on this topic as well, will "not compromise on its safety and vital interests up against international pressure."

"No amount of pressure will make me or the Israeli government compromise on the security and national interests of Israel," he said in that respect.

Kerry expanded his stay in the Mideast on Thursday to try and salvage the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but decided to join world powers in Geneva after an invitation by the European Union's Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton.

Kerry's eighth visit to the region started on Wednesday with shuttle diplomacy between Jerusalem and Ramallah to overcome major roadblocks in the talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Another topic on the agenda was the Iranian nuclear plan, with Israel insisting on the need to keep sanctions intact so Iran will back off from developing nuclear capabilities.
 xinhuanet.com
8/11/13
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  • Iran close to preliminary nuclear deal with world powers.

Al Arabiya
Iran and the world powers appeared headed Friday towards a preliminary nuclear deal that would see some of its atomic activities lifted in exchange for a limited removal of sanctions stifling its economy.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi told Iranian state TV that the six - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - “clearly said that they accept the proposed framework by Iran.” He later told CNN that he thinks negotiators at the table are now “ready to start drafting” an accord that outlines specific steps to be taken, Associated Press reported.
Though Araghchi described the negotiations as “very difficult,” he told Iranian state TV that he expected agreement on details by Friday, the last scheduled round of the current talks. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Friday in an effort to help secure a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, a senior U.S. State Department official said.
“Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva, Switzerland on Friday at the invitation of EU High Representative (Catherine) Ashton in an effort to help narrow differences in negotiations,” the official said, according to Reuters.

In an interview with NBC News on Thursday U.S. President Barack Obama that an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program would provide Iran only “very modest relief” from the sanctions.

“We don’t have to trust them. What we have to do is to make sure that there is a good deal in place from the perspective of us verifying what they’re doing,” Obama said.

“There is the possibility of a phased agreement in which the first phase would be us, you know, halting any advances on their nuclear program, rolling some potential back, and putting in place ... some very modest relief, but keeping the sanctions architecture in place.”

The president said that if necessary such limited relief from sanctions could be reversed if it was judged Iran was not living up to its end of the bargain.

“If they’re not willing to go forward and finish the job of giving us assurances that they’re not developing a nuclear weapon, we can crank that dial back up,” Obama said.

Reports from Geneva, where Iranian negotiators are in talks with key world powers including the United States, suggest an interim deal will include limits on Iran’s enrichment capacity, verification steps and restrictions on its stockpiles of atomic material and its nuclear facilities, AFP reported.

Such an agreement would be designed to build confidence on both sides with a view to concluding a final deal that would verifiably convince the West that Iran is not building nuclear weapons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to reports of the close agreement saying in a Twitter post: “If the news from Geneva is true, this is the deal of the century for #Iran.” Netanyahu had launched a campaign on twitter to uncover “The Real face of Iran” coinciding with the ongoing talks in Geneva.
 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/11/08/Iran-close-to-preliminary-nuclear-deal-with-world-powers.html
8/11/13
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  • Kerry: No nuclear deal with Iran yet, important gaps remain...

GENEVA - Iran and six world powers have not reached any deal yet that would end Tehran's decade-long standoff with the West over its nuclear program, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

"I want to emphasize there is not an agreement at this point," Kerry told reporters shortly after arriving in Geneva. "I don't think anybody should mistake that there are some important gaps that have to be closed."
http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Kerry-No-nuclear-deal-with-Iran-yet-important-gaps-remain-331004
8/11/13

Τρίτη, Αυγούστου 27, 2013

Carla del Ponte: Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Carried Out by Rebels. -May 2013 (VIDEO YT 27/8/13)

As the Syrian revolt continues to tear the country apart, the international community has been eager to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even as it became clear that the rebels do not, in fact, represent a popular uprising against the oppression of the Assad regime. According to UN diplomat Carla del Ponte, however, it appears that the recent chemical weapons attack was carried out by the Syrian rebels and not the regime, as it had been widely assumed. Speaking to a Swiss television channel, del Ponte said that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels had carried out the attack. She also said UN investigators had seen no evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons, but that further investigation was needed (May 2013***).

A spokesman for the rebels denied responsibility for the attack, which allegedly involved the deployment of sarin nerve gas. He pointed out that the Free Syrian Army does not possess the missiles necessary to deliver the chemical agent. Sarin gas, however, can be delivered in a number of ways. Additionally, while the rebels claim that the chemical agent was delivered by missiles, there is no evidence of a missile strike in any of the many videos that have been uploaded to the internet in the wake of the alleged attack.

After swift initial progress in the more than two-year-old conflict, the rebel advance was stalled as Lebanese terror group Hezbollah sent fighters to the regime’s aid. Whilst a number of towns have been taken and then retaken by each side, Assad’s forces have gradually gained the upper hand. With his army making gains and the eyes of the world upon him, it seems unlikely that the Syrian President would risk carrying out a chemical attack – particularly against an urban area. The Syrian government has flatly denied responsibility for this latest alleged chemical weapons attack and although not widely reported in the western media, there is broad suspicion that it was, indeed, carried out by the rebels. Ultimately, it may prove impossible for UN inspectors to determine who was responsible for the incident. Further, their investigation may be curtailed by the seemingly imminent military action – possibly in the form of cruise missile strikes – by the United States and the United Kingdom.

US President Obama has sent out mixed messages, regarding his intentions towards Syria; whilst he has stated that the US would not take military action against Syria without a UN mandate, it appears that preparations for an attack are already well underway, with American and British naval forces massing in the region. There is widespread speculation that strikes could be carried out within a week, despite strong and repeated warnings from both Russia and Iran, as well as the Syrian regime itself.
One of the most ominous repercussions of US intervention against the Syrian government is the possibility that Iran and it’s surrogate in Lebanon, Hezbollah, will launch strikes against Israel, in retaliation. This, in turn, could lead to a regional war, with Russia and the US lined up on opposing sides.

The United States government has been quick to condemn the Syrian government for the latest chemical weapons attack. Now that most of the evidence suggests it may have been carried out by the al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels, President Obama should remember that he, along with his supporters and political allies, devoted much time to condemning his predecessor for leading the US into war based on questionable intelligence.
An Editorial by Graham J Noble
 http://guardianlv.com/2013/08/syrian-chemical-weapons-attack-carried-out-by-rebels-says-un/
27/8/13
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 ***VIDEO: Carla del Ponte, a leading member of the UN inquiry team in Syria said in May 2013 that they had "strong concrete suspicions" that the Western-backed Syrian rebels, aka 'al-qaeda' had used chemical weapons on civilians in Syria.
 
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    Τρίτη, Απριλίου 16, 2013

    Ισχυρός σεισμός 7.7Ρίχτερ στο Ιράν/M 7.7 - IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION - 2013-04-16


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    Ισχυρός σεισμός 7.7 R στο Ιράν....ΣΤΗ ΜΕΘΟΡΙΟ ΜΕ ΤΟ ΠΑΚΙΣΤΑΝ


    Το επίκεντρο του σεισμού εντοπίζεται 86 χιλιόμετρα ανατολικά νοτιοανατολικά της πόλης Κχας του Ιράν, ενώ το εστιακό του βάθος υπολογίζεται στα 15,2 χιλιόμετρα.
    Μέχρι στιγμής δεν έχουν αναφερθεί ζημιές ή θύματα.
    Σεισμικές δονήσεις έγιναν αισθητές στην περιοχή του Κόλπου και στο Νέο Δελχί.
    Φόβοι εκφράζονται και για τις πυρηνικές εγκαταστάσεις οι οποίες βρίσκονται στο κεντρικό Ιράν και στα δυτικά της χώρας, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του πυρηνικού σταθμού Μπουσέρ στον Κόλπο.
     
    Ωστόσο, η ρωσική εταιρία η οποία έχει κατασκευάσει το πυρηνικό εργοστάσιο στο Μπουσέρ ανέφερε ότι ο ηλεκτροπαραγωγικός σταθμός είναι «ασφαλής».



    Magnitude Mw 7.6
    RegionIRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION
    Date time2013-04-16 10:44:22.0 UTC
    Location28.14 N ; 62.09 E
    Depth100 km
    Distances611 km NE of Muscat, Oman / pop: 797,000 / local time: 14:44:22.0 2013-04-16

    192 km SE of Zāhedān, Iran / pop: 551,980 / local time: 15:14:22.0 2013-04-16
    86 km E of Khāsh, Iran / pop: 69,603 / local time: 15:14:22.0 2013-04-16
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    Κυριακή, Φεβρουαρίου 03, 2013

    Turkish PM slams Israel over Syria attack

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of waging "state terrorism" after it struck targets in Syria.
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of waging "state terrorism" as he condemned the air
    strike on Syria as an unacceptable violation of international law.

    "Those who have been treating Israel like a spoilt child should expect anything from them, at any time," said Erdogan on Sunday.
    "As I say time and again, Israel has a mentality of waging state terrorism. Right now, there is no telling what it might do and where it might do it," he told reporters.

    Erdogan, a harsh critic of the Jewish state, was speaking after Israel's outgoing Defence Minister Ehud Barak implicitly confirmed that it had staged Wednesday's bombing raid which Damascus said targeted a military complex near the capital.
    "We cannot regard a violation of air space as acceptable. What Israel does is completely against international law... it is beyond condemnation," Erdogan said.
    "I am worried that in a situation like this, any scenario can play out in the future."
    Earlier on Sunday, Barak refrained from a direct confirmation as he brought the issue up at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
    "I cannot add anything to what you have read in the newspapers about what happened in Syria several days ago," Barak told participants.
    But he added: "It's another proof that when we say something we mean it. We say that we don't think that it should be allowable to bring advanced weapon systems into Lebanon, the Hezbollah from Syria, when [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad falls."
    According to US officials, Wednesday’s attack hit a convoy of anti-aircraft weapons inside Syria bound for the Lebanese Hezbollah group but Israel has not publicly acknowledged the air strike.
    The Syrian military said the target of Israeli jets was a scientific research centre. The facility is in the area of Jamraya, northwest of the capital.
    'Destabilising Syria'
    Following Barak's comments, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria and said Damascus was able to confront "current threats ...and aggression" against it.
    Syria's state news agency SANA said Assad made the remarks in a meeting with Saeed Jalili, Iran's national security council secretary, at meeting in Damascus. It was Assad's first reported response to the attack.
    Since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, Israeli leaders have repeatedly expressed fears that if Syria were to disintegrate, Assad could lose control of his chemical weapons and other arms.
    Purported images of the targeted site, aired by Syrian state television on Saturday, show destroyed cars, trucks and military vehicles. A building has broken widows and damaged interiors, but no major structural damage.
    Meanwhile, Syrian opposition leaders and rebels on Friday slammed Assad for not responding to the air strike, calling it proof of his weakness and acquiescence to Israel.
    On Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is in the process of forming a new ruling coalition, said his new government would have to deal with weapons "being stockpiled near us and threatening our cities and civilians" - an apparent reference to the deteriorating situation in Syria.
    Barak said "Hezbollah from Lebanon and the Iranians are the only allies that Assad has left".
    He said in his view Assad's fall "is coming imminently" and when it happens, "this will be a major blow to the Iranians and Hezbollah."
    "I think that they will pay the price," he said.
    .aljazeera.com
    3/2/13
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