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Finding a way out of the nuclear dispute with Iran: back to basics

The international diplomatic, economic and intelligence conflict over Iran’s nuclear program has now been in full flow for over a decade. Few crises have lasted this long at such tempo. It has involved complex games of diplomatic poker, missed opportunities and overplayed hands. Proposals have come and gone involving careful balancing of red lines and attempts to find common interest.

Iran earthquake: a catalyst for confidence building at Bushehr?

On April 16th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Iran causing tremors that could be felt in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, and western Saudi Arabia. This is only a week after a worrying 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Kaki, a southern Iranian town located just 60 miles from Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station.

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Blix warns in Qatar of "grave danger" from nuclear proliferation

Doha, Qatar - Hans Blix, the former chief UN weapons inspector for Iraq, has warned in Doha of the “grave danger” that Iran’s nuclear programme may lead other states in the region to follow the same course.

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Iran Update: Number 154

Iran will not stop enrichment, even if attacked

“If the United States genuinely think that it will only be pressure on Iran that forces a compromise, they will not offer anything substantial at this stage, preferring to stick with the sanctions route, and are likely to stymie any deal.”

Paul Ingram, BASIC's executive director, was quoted in Euronews. To read more:

http://www.euronews.net/2011/01/21/iran-will-not-stop-enrichment-even-under-military-strike/


Iran Update: Number 144

  • Talks over Iran's nuclear enrichment could resume in the fall
  • More sanctions levied on Iran; Tehran vows to continue enriching uranium
  • Utility and impacts of sanctions questioned
  • Tehran pushes uranium enrichment progress; United States and Russia warn Iran closer to weapons capability
  • G8 and D8 summits
  • Case of Iranian nuclear scientist adds more controversy to Iran-U.S. relations; Canadian convicted of trying to export dual-use technology to Iran

     

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Iran Update: Number 139

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