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Iran update: number 135

Summary

  • IAEA reports no change
  • Obama holds out a diplomatic hand to Iran
  • Iranian Presidential elections on June 12 - result in the balance
  • Sarkozy meets with Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki
  • Gates confirms Iran launch of Sejil-2 missile
  • Israelis accuse Bolivia and Venezuela of supplying Iran with uranium
  • Ahmadinejad denies collaboration with North Korea
  • US House and Senate discuss deepening sanctions
  • New Israel-US working group on Iran's nuclear program

 

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Maintaining focus in negotiations for a START successor

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's recent announcement that Russia will be upgrading its military forces in the face of Western encroachment (among other reasons) underscores the tenuousness of US-Russian relations. Despite enthusiasm shown by both sides for strengthening ties under President Obama, Washington and Moscow have very different, often conflicting, strategic interests.

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Iran update: number 131

Summary

  • United States consults Arab representatives on Iran's nuclear program
  • Condoleezza Rice asserts that U.S.-backed sanctions are having an effect
  • Iran tests new missile during naval exercises in Sea of Oman
  • Uncertainty over delivery of S-300 air defense system to Iran
  • President-elect Barack Obama announces his diplomatic approach to Iran
  • Iran's government does not expect significant policy changes from Washington
  • The United States may directly back Israel with a nuclear guarantee

 

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