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Iran update: number 116

Summary

  • Iran increases nuclear capacity in spite of sanctions
  • China gives IAEA intelligence about Iran's nuclear programme
  • Bush offers Iran a "way forward" - the mixed messages from US officials
  • Sarkozy says Iran is the type of threat the new French nuclear submarine is designer to counter.

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Iran update: number 115

Summary

  • Iran's Parliamentary Elections
  • UN Security Council imposed a third round of sanctions on Iran
  • IAEA releases report on Iran's nuclear past
  • IAEA Board presented with intelligence on alleged Iranian weaponisation studies - Iran claims evidence is forged
  • Israel will not strike Iran without an ally.

On March 14th, Iran held parliamentary elections for the 290-seat, Majles-e-Shura-ye-Eslami, the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

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Oslo meeting

George Shultz and Sam Nunn are addressing the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG, clerked by BASIC) in London on Thursday after the International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament that is underway now in Oslo, Norway.

From the International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament website:

The Government of Norway, in cooperation with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Hoover Institution, is convening an international conference on Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, in Oslo 26-27 February 2008.

Getting to Zero Update

A world free of nuclear weapons

The United States should take the lead in forging a new global consensus on nuclear disarmament, married to an action plan of urgent interim steps to control and reduce nuclear weapons, according to two Cold War veterans Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr, former General Counsel and acting director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Ambassador Robert L Barry, former ambassador to the Stockholm Conference on Disarmament in Europe and member of the board of the British American Security and Information C

You see, Richard, we all have to make compromises...

And now let us return to the days of yore, February 11, 2004, when President Bush, made remarks on Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation.


President Bush actually said (no, really, I’m not kidding) some good things about how to prevent proliferation.


But, in light of what I’ve previously posted about Richard Barlow, I’m thinking that perhaps the US government might want to rethink how much it appreciates the efforts of the men and women of our intelligence community:

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