Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2009 - Iran Special Weapons News
- Tehran's Streets Quiet After Fresh Clashes Around Mourning Ceremony RFE/RL 31 Jul 2009 -- The streets of the Iranian capital are reportedly quiet one day in the wake of clashes that erupted in several neighborhoods after police forcibly dispersed a mourning ceremony to honor those killed in Iran's postelection unrest
- Hardline Friday Prayer Leader Throws Down Gauntlet to Opposition VOA 31 Jul 2009 -- The leader of Tehran's Friday prayer sermon, hardline Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati threw down the gauntlet to Iran's opposition leaders, demanding that they apologize for inciting unrest in the country. Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister accused foreign powers of contributing to violence.
- Iranian President Denies Rift with Supreme Leader VOA 31 Jul 2009 -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is denying he has any rift with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, days after their public dispute over the dismissal of the vice president.
- Armenian Governor Says Iran Offered Nuclear Fuel RFE/RL 30 Jul 2009 -- An Armenian governor says Iran has offered to supply an Armenian power plant with nuclear fuel, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports
- Mourners Arrested, Beaten At Tehran Cemetery RFE/RL 30 Jul 2009 -- Thousands of people, including opposition leaders Mir Hossein Musavi and Mehdi Karrubi, gathered at Tehran's Behesht Zahra Cemetery to mark the 40th day since the death of Neda Agha Soltan and a number of other Iranians who were killed during protests in Tehran on June 20
- Iranian Opposition Holds Silent Memorial for Protest Victims VOA 30 Jul 2009 -- Iran's opposition movement is holding what is being described as a "silent memorial" to remember the victims of the unrest that erupted following last month's contested presidential election. The Iranian government banned the gathering, leading to fears of more violence.
- Clinton Deplores Reported Iranian Prisoner Abuse VOA 29 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she deplores the reported abuse in custody of Iranians rounded up in protests of the country's disputed June 12 presidential election.
- Iran Set to Free Prominent Reformist VOA 29 Jul 2009 -- An Iranian judiciary spokesman says a prominent reformist detained during post-election unrest will be released Wednesday.
- Iran to Release 140 Post-Election Detainees VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- Iran authorities Tuesday released 140 people who had been arrested in the country's post-election unrest.
- Gates Discusses Iran, Other Issues With Israeli Leaders AFPS 27 Jul 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed the Iranian nuclear problem and other defense issues with Israeli leaders here today.
- Iran Protests Subside, but Internal Squabbles Continue VOA 27 Jul 2009 -- The street protests in Iran have faded in the face of the government's security crackdown. But the political squabbles and bickering continue. Internal feuds that were once kept behind closed doors have erupted into the open, providing a rare glimpse of political tensions in the Islamic Republic.
- Iran's Judicial Chief Orders Decision on Detainees VOA 27 Jul 2009 -- Iranian media report the nation's judiciary chief has ordered officials to quickly decide the fate of protesters detained in the wake of last month's disputed presidential election.
- U.S. urges Iran to respond to engagement offer RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2009 -- The U.S. administration hopes Iran will respond by fall to offers for diplomacy to solve the dispute surrounding its nuclear program, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday.
- Gates: US Wants Iran Answer on Nuclear Talks by September VOA 27 Jul 2009 -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has told visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates no option is off the table as Israel prepares a possible strike against Iran's suspected nuclear facilities.
- Clinton Speaks Out on North Korea, Iran VOA 26 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a strong defense of Obama administration policy on North Korea and Iran during an extended interview Sunday on American television.
- Iran Opposition Asks For Permission To Publicly Honor Unrest Victims RFE/RL 26 Jul 2009 -- Opposition leaders in Iran have applied for Interior Ministry permission to hold a mourning ceremony for Iranians killed since protests broke out over last month's disputed presidential election
- Iran Warning: Israel's Nuclear Sites Within Reach VOA 25 Jul 2009 -- Iran's Revolutionary Guards corps is warning it will respond to any attack by Israel with a strike on nuclear sites in the Jewish state.
- Thousands Gather Worldwide In Solidarity With Iranians RFE/RL 25 Jul 2009 -- From New York to Seoul, Madrid, or Sydney, thousands of people are taking to the streets on July 25 in a worldwide show of support for Iranians
- Prominent Iranian Journalist Implicates Nokia In His Arrest RFE/RL 25 Jul 2009 -- Issa Saharkhiz, a prominent journalist and former senior Culture Ministry official, has told his family in a short phone call from prison that several of his ribs were broken during his arrest in northern Iran on July 4 in the postelection crackdown
- Iranian Opposition Leaders Call on Clerics, Launch New Charges VOA 25 Jul 2009 -- Opposition leaders in Iran are calling on the country's top clerics to help end the crackdown that followed massive protests of Iran's June 12 elections.
- Hardline Iranian Cleric Urges Ahmadinejad to Dismiss VP VOA 24 Jul 2009 -- A prominent hardline cleric in Iran is urging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to abide by the supreme leader's order to dismiss his chosen vice president.
- A British 'Friend Of Iran' Discusses Crisis RFE/RL 24 Jul 2009
- Musavi Says Green Movement Charter In The Works RFE/RL 23 Jul 2009 -- Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has said he is working on the charter of a new political front that would lay the groundwork for a large-scale social movement
- Mousavi's Brother-in-law Detained in Iran's Election Crackdown VOA 23 Jul 2009 -- The wife of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi says her brother was among the hundreds arrested during massive opposition protests following Iran's disputed election.
- Congress Ratchets Up US Pressure on Iran VOA 23 Jul 2009 -- The chairman of a key U.S. House of Representatives committee has signaled his intention to move ahead with sanctions legislation targeting Iran's refined petroleum sector, if Iran does not take up the U.S offer of direct talks on its uranium enrichment program.
- U.S. keeps door open for Iran, but warns of 'crippling action' RIA Novosti 22 Jul 2009 -- US warned Iran on Wednesday that it would take "crippling action" if it continued its nuclear weapons program.
- Clinton Says US Considers 'Defense Umbrella' to Deter a Nuclear Iran VOA 22 Jul 2009 -- Secretary of State Clinton: US may offer a "defense umbrella" for US allies in the Gulf to deter Iran.
- Iran's Ahmadinejad Under Pressure to Dismiss First VP VOA 22 Jul 2009 -- Iran's supreme leader has told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to dismiss his chosen top deputy, after selection angered conservatives.
- Can Russia Influence Iran to Curb Its Nuclear Ambitions? VOA 21 Jul 2009 -- Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions were discussed during summit in Moscow between US President and Russian counterpart.
- Rafsanjani Reacts To Khamenei's Warning RFE/RL 21 Jul 2009 -- Iran's former President Rafsanjani has posted on his website an excerpt from his memoirs titled: "The word 'fear' doesn't have any meaning for us."
- Iran's Police Chief Accuses Opposition of Provoking Instability VOA 21 Jul 2009 -- Iran's police chief accusing opposition leaders of provoking instability, after they called for referendum.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Warns Opposition About 'Instability' RFE/RL 20 Jul 2009 -- Iran's supreme leader has warned the country's opposition against any actions that could destabilize the Islamic establishment.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Calls for Politicians to Stop Fomenting Unrest VOA 20 Jul 2009 -- Group of reformist Iranian religious leaders calling for a popular referendum to determine the fate of presidential election.
- Iranian reformist leader urges referendum over political crisis RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2009 -- Former Iranian president and prominent reformist leader called for a referendum as a means of overcoming crisis.
- U.S. Political Experts Examine Impact Of Iran Crisis RFE/RL 20 Jul 2009 -- Two political experts on Iran discussed the impact that Iran's postelection situation will have on its future policies at home and abroad.
- Iranian Official Says Tehran Not Preventing IAEA Inspections VOA 19 Jul 2009 -- Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asgar Soltanieh, says Tehran is "not limiting IAEA access to its nuclear sites, according to Iranian government TV.
- New Iranian Nuclear Head Urges Mutual Trust With West VOA 18 Jul 2009 -- Iran's newly-appointed nuclear energy chief is calling for an end to hostilities between his country and the West, and renewed efforts to build trust.
- Rafsanjani Acknowledges Opposition 'Doubts' Over Election, Calls For Unity RFE/RL 17 Jul 2009 -- Former President Rafsanjani used opportunity to call for calm and unity to save Islamic establishment from danger.
- Iran's Rafsanjani challenges election results RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2009 -- Thousands of Mousavi supporters demonstrated after a powerful cleric delivered a sermon casting doubt on the recent election.
- Former Iranian President Criticizes Hard-Liners in Sermon VOA 17 Jul 2009 -- Former Iranian President Rafsanjani delivered a blistering Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University.
- Iran appoints former IAEA envoy as new nuclear chief RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2009 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has named Ali Akbar Salehi as the country's new nuclear chief.
- All Eyes On This Week's Friday Prayers In Iran RFE/RL 16 Jul 2009 -- This week's Friday Prayers in Tehran have potential to be the first nonscripted event of its kind in years.
- Iran could 'set off a uranium bomb within 6 months' - German media RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2009 -- Iran has capacity to build a nuclear bomb and conduct a nuclear test similar to North Korea's by the end of this year.
- Iran's Nuclear Chief Resigns VOA 16 Jul 2009 -- Iranian media said the head of Iran's nuclear agency has resigned.
- Iranian nuclear chief resigns RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2009 -- Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head Gholam Reza Aghazadeh has resigned.
- Clinton Warns Iran That Offer To Talk Won't Always Be On Table RFE/RL 16 Jul 2009 -- US Secretary of State Clinton warned Iran that the US offer to engage with it diplomatically "will not remain open indefinitely."
- Clinton: US Still Seeks Iran Dialogue Despite Election Repression VOA 15 Jul 2009 -- US Secretary of State Clinton: Obama administration still seeks dialogue with Iran despite use of violence to quell protests.
- Clinton: Iranian Opportunity for Engagement Limited VOA 15 Jul 2009 -- US Secretary of State Clinton: US remains ready to engage with Iran, but warns that the opportunity will "not remain open indefinitely."
- Nokia Faces Wrath Of Iran's Protesters RFE/RL 15 Jul 2009 -- Iranians who sympathize with the protests are boycotting Nokia for providing Iranian government with the capability to tap mobile telephones.
- Iran Hangs Insurgents in Sistan-Baluchistan Province VOA 14 Jul 2009 -- Iran has hanged 13 men from the Sunni insurgent group, Jundallah, after condemning them for a series of attacks.
- Iran Hangs 13 Sunni Militants VOA 14 Jul 2009 -- Iran state media say Iran has hanged 13 members of the Sunni militant group Jundallah (God's Soldiers).
- Iranian Teen Slain In Postelection Protest Laid To Rest RFE/RL 13 Jul 2009 -- 19-year-old Sohrab Arabi became the latest known victim of the backlash from protests that followed disputed presidential vote.
- Five Iranians Detained by US in Iraq for 2 Years Return Home VOA 12 Jul 2009 -- Five Iranians released from U.S. custody three days ago in Iraq, received a warm welcome Sunday at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. The United States insists the five were not released as part of a political gesture to Iran.
- Iranian Foreign Minister Says Tehran Preparing 'Package' for West VOA 11 Jul 2009 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is saying, Saturday, that Tehran is preparing to present a "new package" of proposals concerning nuclear, political and security issues to the West for talks, soon. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad also indicated that a "package" was being prepared, several months ago.
- Obama: Iran's Post-Election Violence Against Protestors 'Appalling' VOA 10 Jul 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says world leaders meeting at a global summit unanimously condemned what he called the "appalling treatment of peaceful protesters" by Iranian authorities.
- Hundreds Protest In Tehran Despite Officials' Warnings RFE/RL 09 Jul 2009 -- Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of the capital to mark anniversary of student uprising and to protest election results.
- Protests Reported in Iran, Despite Ban VOA 09 Jul 2009 -- Witnesses in Iranian capital say several hundred demonstrators defied a government warning against protests Thursday, the anniversary of a student uprising.
- Ex-Vigilante 'Shocked' At Iran Violence RFE/RL 09 Jul 2009 -- Journalist Amir Farshad Ebrahimi knows what Iran's notorious "plainclothes agents" are capable of doing. He used to be one of them.
- G8 leaders voice concern over post-election unrest in Iran RIA Novosti 09 Jul 2009 -- Group of 8 nations agreed a joint statement on Iran ‘deploring’ the crackdown on post-election protests.
- US May Move to Toughen Sanctions Against Iran VOA 08 Jul 2009 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States may call for "stricter sanctions" against Iran if U.S. diplomatic efforts with Tehran fail.
- UN Experts Seek Permission to Visit Iran VOA 08 Jul 2009 -- Six UN experts seeking permission to allow them to visit the country and independently assess conditions there, in light of post-election unrest.
- G8 Leaders Condemn Violence in Iran VOA 08 Jul 2009 -- Group of Eight leaders meeting in Italy say they deplore the deadly post-election violence in Iran and they call the arrests of journalists unacceptable.
- Top US Military Officer Sees 'Narrow Window' to Stop Iran's Nuclear Program VOA 07 Jul 2009 -- Top US military officer: Narrow window in which to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
- Russia criticizes U.S. vice president's Israel-Iran remarks RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2009 -- Russia condemns remarks by US VP Biden that Israel could attack Iran if it saw fit.
- Election Underscores Splits Among Iranian Clerics VOA 07 Jul 2009 -- The disputed Iranian presidential election has highlighted the divide in Iran's clerical establishment.
- Iran Opposition Calls for Release of Detainees VOA 07 Jul 2009 -- Iranian reformist leaders urging authorities to release those detained during unrest that followed country's disputed presidential election.
- Mass arrests in Iran spark grave concerns from UN human rights experts UN News Centre 07 Jul 2009 -- UN human rights experts voiced concerns about the mass arrests and ill-treatment of opposition supporters.
- Israel still mulls preventative strike on Iran - Russian expert RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2009 -- Israel has not yet decided if it would be right and necessary to launch a preventive strike.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Blasts Alleged 'Western Meddling' in Iran VOA 06 Jul 2009 -- Iran's supreme leader is blasting Western leaders for their alleged "meddling" in Iran's internal affairs.
- Iran sends two warships to fight piracy off Somalia RIA Novosti 06 Jul 2009 -- Iranian Navy dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden to ensure security in the pirate-infested waters.
- Iran charges British embassy staffer over post-election riots RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2009 -- An Iranian employee of the British embassy in Tehran will be charged with threatening national security over his alleged role in post-election riots, his lawyer said.
- Top Iran Religious Body Criticizes Election Results VOA 05 Jul 2009 -- Top clerics from Iran's seat of religious learning, Qom, are accusing the country's top election watchdog, the Guardian Council, of not adequately investigating charges of election fraud during the disputed June 12 presidential election.
- Top Iran Hardline Paper Calls for Mousavi Treason Trial VOA 04 Jul 2009 -- Iran's conservative Kayhan daily newspaper is calling opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi a "U.S. agent" and demanding that he be tried for allegedly collaborating with foreign governments to incite post-election violence.
- UNESCO chief backs G8 call on Iran to respect human rights UN News Centre 03 Jul 2009 -- The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding freedom of expression and press freedom today voiced his strong support for the recent call issued by the foreign ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) nations on Iran to respect fundamental human rights.
- Iran's Ultra-Conservatives May See Chance To Revive 'Wilting' Revolution RFE/RL 03 Jul 2009 -- The hard-line camp of Iran's ruling establishment has so far quashed a major challenge by reformists.
- Iran Pursuing Doctor Who Helped Neda, But Interpol Denies Knowledge RFE/RL 03 Jul 2009 -- Iran's police chief: Doctor present at the death of a young Iranian woman during opposition protests under investigation.
- EU Recalls Iranian Envoys in British Embassy Dispute VOA 03 Jul 2009 -- European Union nations have summoned Iranian ambassadors to protest the detention of British Embassy staff in Tehran.
- Crisis Response Hints At Early Stages Of Iranian Power Struggle RFE/RL 02 Jul 2009 -- Over the past month, Iran has experienced some of its worst unrest since the founding of the Islamic Republic.
- Britain Replaces US as Favorite Target of Iran VOA 02 Jul 2009 -- In the aftermath of the disputed Iranian presidential election, Tehran has hurled some of its sharpest rhetoric at Britain.
- Analysts Say Russia's Influence on Iran Very Limited VOA 02 Jul 2009 -- Iran's nuclear weapons aspirations expected to be discussed during the upcoming Moscow summit between US amd Russia.
- Obama Praises Russian Help on Nuclear Issues Ahead of Summit VOA 02 Jul 2009 -- US President praised Russia for its cooperation in trying to persuade North Korea and Iran to abandon nuclear programs.
- Russia opposes sanctions against Iran over protest crackdown RIA Novosti 02 Jul 2009 -- Russia opposed to sanctions against Iran over the crackdown on protest rallies following the disputed presidential election.
- Ex-President Khatami Slams Iran Vote As 'Coup' RFE/RL 02 Jul 2009 -- Former President Mohammad Khatami has characterized the result of Iran's recent presidential election as a "velvet coup."
- Iran Reduces Role in Iraq, But Still Having Impact VOA 01 Jul 2009 -- Top US military officer: Iran reduced its supply of weapons to insurgents in Iraq, but is still having an impact on violence there and in Afghanistan.
- Swedes Launch EU Presidency With Plea To Iran RFE/RL 01 Jul 2009 -- Sweden found diplomatic prowess tested on first morning of EU Presidency as relations between Iran and bloc appear heading into free fall.
- Brown: Iran Using Britain as Scapegoat for Political Unrest VOA 01 Jul 2009 -- The diplomatic row between Tehran and London continues to rumble.
- Former Iranian President: Election 'Coup' Against Democracy VOA 01 Jul 2009 -- Leading reformist Mohammad Khatami says the outcome of Iran's disputed presidential election is a "coup" against democracy.
- Iran's Reformist Leader Calls Election Illegitimate VOA 01 Jul 2009 -- Reformist leader Mousavi: Re-election of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "illegitimate" and urged supporters to keep fighting.
- Crackdown In Iran Spawns Creative Forms Of Dissent RFE/RL 01 Jul 2009 -- It's been more than a week since protesters last took to the streets of Tehran in their tens of thousands.
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