Iran Raps French FM’s Irresponsible Comments

Ramin Mehman-Parast

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast dismissed the recent remarks by the French foreign minister on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, and reiterated that such allegations, which have been made under political pressures, are “irresponsible”.

The Islamic Republic of Iran considered France as an advocate of the role of international organizations and their affiliated institutions, but now it seems that the French government is moving away from its traditional stands in the international arena, he stressed on Wednesday.

How can the French foreign minister speak of the danger of Iran’s access to nuclear weapons while fully ignoring the inspections of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the past years that have rejected Iran’s diversion from peaceful purposes,” Mehman-Parast asked.

Mehman-Parast expressed the hope that Fabius would not repeat the mistakes of some former French officials who had adopted “radical and unrealistic” stands against Iran.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on October 21 that Iran looked to be on course to what he called as reaching its goal of producing nuclear weapons by mid-2013.  Continue reading

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US will not apologize to Israel over Iran: Ex-Obama advisor

Former national security advisor to the US President Barack Obama, retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones. (file photo)

A former national security adviser to the US President Barack Obama says Washington has no reason to apologize to Israel for its handling of the Iranian nuclear energy program.

“The Israelis have been given very very strong assurances about their security by the United States, and I don’t think the United States has to apologize for anything on that score,” retired General James Jones said in an interview with the Washington Times.

Jones comments underscore an increasingly public conflict between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear energy program.  Continue reading

IAEA Chief praises Iran as a peace-seeking country

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has praised Iran as a “peace-seeking” country, in the face of increasing allegations by Western powers against Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Yukiya Amano made the remark at a Friday ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of the victory of Iran’s Islamic revolution at the country’s embassy in the Austrian capital of Vienna. The ceremony was attended by high-ranking Iranian and foreign diplomats.  Continue reading

Magnetic Car Bomb Kills Nuclear Scientist, US-Israel Blamed

A nuclear scientist who is also a Chemical Engineering professor at a university in Tehran was killed on Wednesday after a magnetic bomb attached to his car exploded near Ketabi square in northern Tehran in an attack blamed at US and Israel.

“This terrorist act was carried out by agents of the Zionist regime (Israel) and by those who claim to be combating terrorism (the United States) with the aim of stopping our scientists from serving Iran,” Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi told state television.

However, he said, the attack would not stop Iran forging ahead with its peaceful nuclear program. “They should know that Iranian scientists are more determined than ever in striding towards Iran’s progress.”

Two other people were injured in the explosion which came in the same vein as previous assassinations against Iranian nuclear scientists.

Safar Ali Bratloo, the deputy governor of Tehran province, was quoted by ILNA news agency as saying that: “This morning a motorbiker attached a bomb to a Peugeot 405, which exploded.”  “Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a scientist and lecturer at the university, was killed and the two injured passengers were taken to hospital,” he indicated.

Fars news agency said that the professor was also a nuclear scientist. “Roshan had been working on a project to make polymeric membranes used to separate gas,” Fars quoted a colleague of his.

“Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was a graduate of Oil Industry University and supervised a department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province,” it said.

Source: Al Manar

Obama warned of dumb war with Iran

US President Barack Obama for yet another “dumb war”?
A group of former US intelligence officials have issued a memorandum to US President Barack Obama, advising him against starting another long “dumb war”, this time against Iran.

“Another Long War is not in America’s or Israel’s interests, whatever Israel’s apologists claim,” US Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) wrote in the letter published on the consortiumnews.com website on Wednesday.

In 2002, Obama, then a fierce opponent of the war, delivered a speech lambasting the Iraq war as “dumb,” “rash,” and a “cynical attempt” by the George W. Bush administration to “shove their own ideological agendas down our throats.”

The intelligence officials said the militarists, who “represent one Muslim country after another as major threats to US security,” this time are using a “dubious report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)” to portray Iran as a major threat to the US.

The White House has stepped up its anti-Iran war rhetoric after the IAEA released a report in November, accusing Tehran of activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons before 2003 and speculating that these activities “may still be ongoing”.

Iran, however, has categorically refuted the allegations as “baseless”, saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The accusations come despite the fact that the IAEA makes regular inspection visits to Iran’s nuclear facilities and has TV cameras monitoring those facilities around the clock.  Continue reading