The Iranian History 2010 AD


MOSSAD Targets Iranian Nuclear Scientists

Jan, 12, 2010 AD

A Poster in memory of Iranian nuclear scientist Masood Alimohammadi who became Martyr on Jan, 10,  2010, a booby-trapped motorbike parked near his car exploded while he was leaving home in Gheytariyeh neighborhood of northern Tehran, for university.- Masood Alimohammadi, an Iranian nuclear physics professor, is killed in a bomb attack in the capital Tehran; Iran state media accused Israel and the United States of involvement. According to news media, authorities on condition of anonymity have confirmed his involvement with Iranian nuclear program
At 07:58 am on Jan, 10, 2010, a booby-trapped motorbike parked near his car exploded while he was leaving home in Gheytariyeh neighborhood of northern Tehran, for university.
- In July 2010, Shahram Amiri an Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared during a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2009 reappeared in Washington at the Iran interests section of the Embassy of Pakistan, seeking help to return to Tehran. Amiri stated that he had been kidnapped by forces in Saudi Arabia through a combined effort of American and Saudi intelligence services.
- On Nov, 29, 2010 Iranian nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari was killed and his wife injured, while another scientist was wounded during two attacks in Tehran. Shahriari was a quantum physicist who worked with the Iranian Atomic Energy Commission.
Iran's nuclear program was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The support, encouragement and participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran's nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.
After the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government temporarily disbanded elements of the program, and then tried to revive it.
The controversy over Iran's nuclear programs centers in particular on Iran's failure to declare sensitive enrichment and reprocessing activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency. World powers accuse Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons while Iranian authorities insist on peaceful purposes.
Later investigations prove that hostile countries such as US, UK, and Israel; real state sponsors of terrorism are involved in sabotaging Iran's nuclear program.
Iran also accused IAEA of releasing sensitive information which are supposed to remain confidential within the agency. Spy agencies use that information to target key figures and sabotage Iran's nuclear program; especially after Aniranian Yukio Amano became director general in 2009. (Updated: May, 20, 2011)

Iran produces unmanned helicopter

Feb, 1, 2010 AD

IRIAA Toofan ((IRNA) - Iranian researchers of Amir Kabir University of Technology successfully manufactured the first light unmanned helicopter in the country.
The helicopter weighs 10 kg and can fly for one hour with airplane fuel, according to the report.
It is equipped with automatic system and can be used for transmitting information, taking photos and movies, and, in the inter-city journey, can be used as a traffic controller and firefighter, the report said.
In May, 2010 Iran's military formally took possession of ten new Toofan attack helicopters, which are based on the Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra, with a few improvements.All the Avionics and Sensors are Iranian made.
Iran has the world's 4th largest rotary wing fleet.
IRIAA (Havanirooz) has had an exceptionally outstanding experience with the Cobra and they proved to be a nighmare for the Iraqis in the Iran–Iraq War. (Updated: Jan, 30, 2012)

Crack Seizures Increase By 159%

Feb, 1, 2010 AD

American solders guarding Opium (puppy) fields Afghanistan 2005. It's been speculated that gangsters who have penetrated within military ranks of occupation forces in Afghanistan are ring-leaders of trafficking narcotics worldwide.(FNA) - An Iranian police commander announced on Monday that the volume of discoveries and seizures of Crack (condensed heroin) in Tehran has increased by 159 percent during the last 10 months.
"430kg of Crack has been discovered during the last 10 months. The volume of discoveries in the same period last year amounted to 158 kg, that shows a 159-percent growth", Commander of Tehran's Anti-Drug Police Force Colonel Javad Kashfi said in an exclusive interview with FNA.
While Crack is known as a narcotic crystalline form of Cocaine in other countries; in US and Europe in particular, in Iran it is a Heroin based drug made of highly (17 times) condensed Heroin. Police believe that the Iranian formula has been designed to encourage addicts with cheap prices, considering that Cocaine is scarce and too expensive in Iran, while Heroin, which is produced in tons in the neighboring Afghanistan, is abundant in supply all throughout the region.
Kashfi also announced that the Tehran's law enforcement police have also discovered 81 kg of Crystal (methamphetamine) during the same period of time.
Earlier, Kashfi had said that Tehran's anti-drug officers have discovered 14 kg of Crystal in December, which is an unprecedented volume (of meth discovery) in the capital.
The anti-drug squads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Police have intensified their countrywide campaign against drug-trafficking through staging long-term systematic operations in recent months.
The Iranian anti-narcotic police have always staged periodic, but short-term, operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) have embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since the beginning of the current Iranian year (starting on Norooz March 21st).
Commander of the anti-drug squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police announced early January that the country's police forces have discovered 340 tons of different types of illicit drugs during the first 9 months of this Iranian year.
According to the statistical figures released by the UN, Iran ranks first among the world countries in preventing entry of drugs and decreasing demand for narcotics.
Iran has recently established a central database and strengthened police-judiciary cooperation in a new effort to combat organized crime.
Iran leads international efforts in fighting drug networks and narcotic traffickers. Some official estimates say that Iran's battle against drugs cost the country around $1 billion annually.
Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized narcotics as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.
Opium production in neighboring Afghanistan has been on the rise since U.S. occupation started in 2001. Based on UNODC data, there has been more opium poppy cultivation in each of the past four growing seasons (2004-2007) than in any one year during Taliban rule.
It's been speculated that gangsters who have penetrated within military ranks of occupation forces in Afghanistan are ring-leaders of trafficking narcotics worldwide. (Updated: Jan, 25, 2012)

U.K. Firm Fined For Supplying 747s To Iran

Feb, 8, 2010 AD

Mahan Air Airbus A300B4-600 (EP-MNR) Landing at Birmingham International Airport, UK 2011.Mahan Air is a private airline that operates domestic and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe since 1991.(AVIATIONWEEK) - The aviation arm of U.K. trading company Balli Group has been fined $15 million after pleading guilty to illegally exporting three Boeing 747s to Iran.
London-based Balli is headed by Iranian-born Vahid Alaghband.
Between 2005 and 2008, the U.S. Justice Dept. says, Balli Aviation purchased the U.S.-origin aircraft through its subsidiary Blue Sky Companies with financing from “an Iranian airline” and exported the aircraft to Iran without the required U.S. government licenses.
“Further, Balli Aviation Ltd. entered into lease arrangements that permitted the Iranian airline to use the U.S.-origin aircraft for flights in and out of Iran,” the DOJ says. Flag carrier Iran Air is the only Iranian airline listed as operating 747s, with a fleet of nine.
Balli has agreed to pay a $2 million criminal fine and be placed on corporate probation for five years. In addition, the company is to pay a $15 million civil penalty of which $2 million will be suspended if there are no further export control violations. The civil settlement was agreed to with the Commerce Dept.’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Dept.’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The DOJ says the fine is one of the largest for an export violation in BIS history.
A 2005 report, presented at the 36th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization, reported that the U.S. sanctions had endangered the safety of civil aviation in Iran because it prevented Iran from acquiring parts and support essential for aviation safety. It also stated that the sanctions were contrary to article 44 of the Chicago convention (to which the US is a member). The ICAO report said aviation safety affects human lives and human rights, stands above political differences, and that the assembly should bring international public pressure on the United States to lift the sanctions against Iran.
Currently U.S. sanctions against Iran include an embargo on dealings with Iran by the United States, and a ban on selling aircraft and repair parts to Iranian aviation companies. On June 24, 2010, the United States Senate and House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions which President Obama signed into law July 1, 2010. (Updated: Jan, 31, 2012)

Iran Launches New Destroyer

Feb, 19, 2010 AD

Iranian Navy Green Beret Commandos during a 10 day drill on Dec, 28, 2011 embark a warship in the Gulf of Oman connecting the Persian Gulf at the Strait of Hormoz protecting Iran's southern sea borders against enemy pileups.(CNN) -- Iran has launched a new guided missile destroyer Friday, Iran's state-run news agencies reported.
The announcement comes at a time when nuclear watchdogs have accused Iran of working to develop a nuclear warhead for a missile.
The new vessel, called Jamaran, has the capacity to carry about 120 people and is armed with surface-to-air missiles, torpedoes and modern naval cannons, Iran's Press TV reported.
The ship constitutes a major leap in Iran's naval technology and is the first in a class of ships that are being constructed, Press TV reported.
The announcement comes a day after the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency said Iran may be working secretly to develop a nuclear warhead for a missile. The assertion was part of a draft report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (Updated: Feb, 14, 2012)

Terrorist Caught In The Sky

Feb, 23, 2010 AD

Abdolmalek Rigi leader of Jondollah terrorist group: On Feb, 23, 2010, on board a plane from Dubai en route to Bishkek to meet a high ranking American offcial in US Damas base, the flight was intercepted and the fugitive was taken into custody.Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of notorious Jondollah terrorist group was caught in the air on Feb, 23, 2010. The commercial flight QH454 from Dubai en route to Bishkek was intercepted by Iran Air Force and was escorted to an airbase in Bandar Abbas. During a televised broadcast, Iranian security agents boarded the plane and arrested him. They took souvenir photos in front of the plane which continued its route to Kirgizstan.
This sophisticated operation was a major blow to Jondollah, a terrorist group that was responsible for killing hundreds of armed forces and civilians. Later on, Pakistani officials confirmed passing tips regarding Rigi's whereabouts to Iranians.
According to Rigi's own confessions, broadcast on Feb. 25 on Iranian state television he was on his way to meet high ranking American officials at the US Manas Air Base in Kirgizstan. Rigi's confessions were supported by photographs presented to the media showing him at various locations in Afghanistan and Pakistan in contact with covert US operatives. Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi claimed to have evidence that Rigi was earlier housed at a U.S. base in Afghanistan and he was set up with fake documentation by the Americans, although. U.S. officials as well as British diplomats in Tehran naturally denied any links to Rigi.
However, the fact that U.S. and its western allies have been hostile towards Iran, especially since the 1979 revolution might have been overshadowed by the power of mainstream media but it's been documented inside the Iranian History: Abdolmalek Rigi had appeared on the Persian service of Voice of America , the official broadcasting service of the United States government, on April 2, 2007 which identified Rigi as the leader of popular Iranian resistance movement and used the title of Doctor with his name. Rigi lacked any formal education. Several western media outlets have also reported that in 2007 the CIA provided funding and weapons to Jondollah. Rigi stated that Americans provided Jondollah with military equipment, bombs, machine guns, and that they promised to give them a permanent base in case of further cooperation if the group transferred its operations from the eastern border region to the capital Tehran.
Jondollah raised its profile in 2005 by kidnapping a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. They cemented their terrorist credentials with three bombings, two of which were suicide attacks. Their most recent blast, on October 2009 in the Iranian border city of Pishin, killed at least 40 people, including many civilians. It also convinced Tehran that Jondollah was Iran's greatest internal security threat. Chilling videos showed Rigi personally decapitating some captives including his brother in-law.
Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Islamabad allowed the U.S. to use two military bases in Pakistani Baluchestan, supposedly for counter-terror operations. This predictably drew Iran's ire and deepened its fears of external forces conspiring to undermine its interests both at home and in Afghanistan.
The Manas base in Kirgizstan was opened in December 2001 to support U.S. military operations in the ongoing war in Afghanistan. In February 2009 the Kirgizstan Parliament voted to close the base after the two governments failed to agree on a higher rent for the property but a settlement was reached with the government of Kirgizstan in July 2009.
On May 24, 2010, Rigi's brother was executed in the city of Zahedan. On June 20, 2010, convicted of armed robbery, assassination attempts, armed attacks on the army and police and on ordinary people, and murder; Rigi was hanged in the Evin Prison in Tehran. (Updated: Feb, 9, 2012)

Nasrollah Meets Ahmadinejad In Syria

Feb, 26, 2010 AD

The head of the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah, Seyyed Hasan Nasrollah, has made a rare public appearance in the Syrian capital, Damascus attending a dinner with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.(AFP) - The head of the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah, Seyyed Hasan Nasrollah, has made a rare public appearance in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Sheikh Nasrollah attended a dinner with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He is under an Israeli death threat and makes very few appearances in public. When he addresses Hezbollah, he does so by video from a secret location.
Both Syria and Iran provide the group with financial and military support.
Hezbollah fought a 33-day war with Israel in 2006 during which more than 1,200 Lebanese people, mostly civilians, were killed. Some 160 Israeli people, most of whom were soldiers, also died.
In November, Sheikh Nasrollah vowed to boost the capacity of its military wing and threatened to retaliate if Israel attacked Lebanon.
'Deep' ties
Since 2006, the Hezbollah leader has made few public appearances in Lebanon, even avoiding key religious and political occasions.
If the Zionist regime decides to repeat its past mistakes, the region will finish it off
His fear of an assassination attempt has been particularly heightened since February 2008, when the commander of his group's military wing, Emad Moghniyeh, was killed in a car bombing in Damascus.
Hezbollah blamed Israel for the attack, but it denied any involvement.
Before Thursday's dinner, Sheikh Nasrollah and President Ahmadinejad discussed "the latest developments in the region, and Zionist threats against Lebanon and Syria", Hezbollah's Al Manar television reported.
"If the Zionist regime decides to repeat its past mistakes, the region will finish it off," al-Manar quoted the Iranian leader as saying.
After bilateral talks on Thursday, President Assad said Syria and Iran were working together to confront "Israeli terrorism".
Both leaders dismissed US calls for Syria to distance itself from Iran, emphasizing their "deep and brotherly" ties.
The meeting came a week after the US signaled an attempt to improve ties with Syria, sending a senior official to Damascus for talks and nominating a new ambassador after the withdrawal of his predecessor five years ago. (Updated: Feb, 16, 2012)

Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Apr, 17, 2010 AD

Two rows of 31 Iranian Flags .on each side of Hakim Bridge on Shahid Bakeri intersection in Tehran July, 2010. Iran celebrated 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution with more self esteem with more development projects using domestic know-how.(Wikipedia) - Iran convened a conference titled "International Disarmament and Non-proliferation: World Security without Weapons of Mass Destruction" on 17 and 18 April 2010 in Tehran. The theme of the conference was Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No one.
The conference resulted in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for action towards elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Participants: Algeria, Arab League, Armenia, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, China, CTBTO, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Guyana, India, Indonesia, International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran (host), Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Nations, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
The New S.T.A.R.T. treaty was signed on April 8, 2010, in Prague by U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This treaty resumed the START process of reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the two nations, for the first time requiring verifiability between them.
The conference was held just days after a Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, D.C. on April 12–14 over the security of "vulnerable nuclear material." This conference was viewed as a counterpoint to the Washington summit. Its intention was to prove Iran's national and political will for the eradication of nuclear weapons, where Iran said the chemical weapons convention determined such weapons should be destroyed but the United States had chosen to ignore it.
In May 2010, the review conference for the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was held at United Nations headquarters in New York City.
In May 2009, the EastWest Institute released a joint U.S.-Russian Threat Assessment on Iran's Nuclear and Missile Potential. The report said there was no specific evidence that Iran was seeking the ability to attack Europe and that "it is indeed difficult to imagine the circumstances in which Iran would do so." It added that if Iran did pursue this capability, it would need six to eight years to develop a missile capable of carrying a 1,000 kilogram warhead 2,000 kilometers; and that Iran ending "IAEA containment and surveillance of the nuclear material and all installed cascades at the Fuel Enrichment Plan" might serve as an early warning of Iranian intentions. The report concluded that there was "no IRBM/ICBM threat from Iran and that such a threat, even if it were to emerge, is not imminent." Incoming Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano said he had not seen any evidence in IAEA official documents that Iran was seeking the ability to develop nuclear weapons.
Experts and officials from about 60 countries were invited to the conference. However, as of April 15 only 35 countries had indicated they would send delegations, 24 of which would be Foreign or Deputy Foreign Ministers. Many non-governmental organizations were also to be present.
The conference was composed of three panels focusing on the following topics:
Disarmament challenges;
International obligations of States for disarmament and non-proliferation and consequences of the continued existence of WMDs;
Practical steps for the materialization of disarmament.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said he had "stressed that nuclear energy must be for everybody. While discussed the protection of nuclear material, in this coming conference we will emphasize the necessity of disarmament."
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei sent a message to the nuclear disarmament conference clarifying that "Iran regards utilizing nuclear weapons as forbidden in Islam and it is incumbent on everyone to safeguard humanity from such weapons," while "every nation is entitled to the peaceful use of this technology." He called the U.S. the world's "only nuclear scofflaw" for its advocating of arms control while maintaining a huge nuclear arsenal of its own as well as support for Israel notwithstanding their atomic arsenal despite not being a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). (U.S. and Iran are signatories of the NPT).
Ahmadinejad said that "threatening with nuclear weapons only dishonored the American government officials and more fully exposed their inhumane and aggressive policies." He also called for more rigorous action than that outlined by the U.S. summit. His comments drew applause when he called for the destruction of all atomic weapons, starting with those in the U.S. arsenal. He further called on the U.S. to end its "blind support" for Israel, which he estimated has 200 atomic warheads but has failed to sign the NPT, of which Iran and the U.S. are both signatories. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated a religious edict he had issued earlier against the use of all nuclear weapons, and called the nuclear arsenal of the U.S. "tools of terror and intimidation." Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that a nuclear weapons-free Middle East requires "the Zionist regime to join the NPT." This was seen as a call for Israel to join the NPT and open up its nuclear facilities to international inspectors. The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, added that "Israel should ink the NPT without any waste of time," adding that the Middle East should be turned into a region free from nuclear weapons. He also called for tangible measures in this regard, and cautioned that "Either you should destroy the WMDs or they will kill us."
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi said the NPT was under threat as it currently stood. "If countries armed with nuclear weapons want to respect and bolster NPT, they should fully fulfill their pledges to this end. There is no doubt that continuation of nuclear arms race and adoption of dual-standard policies in dealing with peaceful nuclear energy will create a challenge for the world. If policies such as selective approaches, use of language of threat, unjust and dual standard polices are not halted at the earliest opportunities, NPT will lose its legitimacy and the IAEA will be deviated from its main principles." He added that "interference by certain western countries weakens the NPT's letter of association, the body now serving United Nations Security Council which pursues politically-motivated policies of few countries." In this vein, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Saeed Jalili, called for strengthening of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as the only way to stop nuclear proliferation. According to IRNA, Jalili said "preventing Major Powers from imposing their influence on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is another way of promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and strengthening of NPT." As Iranian chief nuclear negotiator, Jalili, underlined Tehran's commitment to dialogue to remove concerns through the implementation of undertakings of all the relevant sides. He put forward a proposal which consists of three pillars:

A clear timetable to be drawn up for elimination of all nuclear weapons, and international verification mechanism for nuclear activities of nuclear-weapon states. This verification mechanism should be similar to the one used to verify the fulfillment of commitments by non-nuclear weapon states under article 3 of NPT.
A fact-finding committee to be established by the IAEA to investigate the sources of proliferation of nuclear weapons to the Zionist regime and report the results of its findings to the Security Council and the General Assembly during current year.
In the framework of nonproliferation measures, nuclear-weapon states be prohibited from any kind of nuclear cooperation with non-members and commit themselves not to transfer any kind of nuclear material, equipment and technology.
Iran's ambassador to the IAEA said he had offered proposals for a better future for the IAEA.
A 15-point communiqué was released at the end of the conference.
Ahmadinejad called for "an independent international group which plans and oversees nuclear disarmament and prevents proliferation...This group should act in a way where all independent countries and governments could have a say and role in running the affairs of that group. Until now the presence and political domination of the agency has prevented them from carrying out their duties and has diverted the agency from performing its legal obligations." He also took blows at the United States in saying "Those who possess, have used and threatened to use nuclear weapons must be suspended from the IAEA and its board of governors, especially the US which has used a weapon made of atomic waste in the Iraq war." He suggested that the United States and its vast arsenal of atomic warheads was delaying the long-awaited prospect of global nuclear disarmament. He said its so-called deterrence policy had been the primary reason behind the proliferation of WMD's in recent years. "Washington has not only applied nuclear weapons against other nations, but has for years threatened to use weapons of mass destruction against world countries in order to gain the upper hand...such countries should be stripped of their membership to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). They have no place at its Board of Governors." Iran's ambassador to the IAEA said he had offered proposals to better the body in the future.
On April 18, Iran's Foreign Minister indicated that "Iran plans to hold talks with all 15 members of the UN Security Council in an effort to break a deadlock over a nuclear fuel deal." Mottaki said "The talks will focus on fuel exchange. They will be conducted by Iran's missions in those countries. In principle the issue of fuel exchange has been agreed upon ... We think ... details could be worked out."
Iranian reactions
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, saying "The estimates show that this conference will be warmly welcomed by countries", added a thinly veiled attack on the United States in saying that "The world is currently witnessing discrimination. On one hand, using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is limited while at the same time; countries which possess nuclear weapons do not allow nations to access nuclear energy. These countries allow themselves to use nuclear weapons and announce that they will not hesitate to use these arms against other nations. This can lead to a collective effort. The international community would like to set in motion a real move to enjoy nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and for national development. We are witnessing big threats by possessors of nuclear weapons. They are boldly threatening to use nukes. Any use of nuclear weapons to harm humanity is condemned." The Deputy Foreign Minister for Education and Research, Mohammad Bagher Khorramshad accusing the West of having made a hue and cry to prevent the conference from going through because they feared the conference would question their own sincerity to international community and adding that "A few colonial powers seek to monopolize production of nuclear energy and deprive other of it. It is among legitimate rights of every nation to make use of nuclear technology and no one is authorized to deprive them of such a privilege. Meanwhile, Mottaki closed the conference saying that "Those who think of attacking Iran are playing with fire. They will very well realize the consequences of their actions. "We don't believe they will attack. We do not see they have the capacity on the ground." He also called the conference a success because the participants achieved the goal of highlighting the necessity of nuclear disarmament.
Unofficial reaction came from such places as the academics at the University of Tehran, one of whom suggested that "Most countries in the world do feel that the UN Security Council as well as the IAEA board of governors is not democratic, so it is something that most people in the south have a great deal of sympathy with. The problem that Iran is facing right now is the fact that western countries are very much biased against the country. So he is using this opportunity to point out Iran's position and show that it is a very reasonable and logical one and the reason that Iran is unable to get its voice across is because these bodies are undemocratic."
External reactions
Iraq / Lebanon / Syria: The Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria also supported Iran's right to nuclear technology while condemning Israel's nuclear arsenal. Syria's Walid al Muallem said "We back Iran for pursuing peaceful nuclear technology. The major threat in the region is Israel which has nuclear warheads. Israel must join this treaty and take quick steps to destroy its nuclear weapons which number over 200 warheads." His Lebanese counterpart, Ali Al Shami, said Iran was seeking "nuclear energy for peaceful aims and it was not deviating from the treaty." Adding that Israel needed to be "stripped" off its nuclear arsenal. "There is more need to strip Israel of its nuclear arsenal, as the international community is aware of its nuclear weapons capability and that this regime has defiantly declared it will use these weapons whenever it wants. Since the atomic weapons of the Zionist regime are not inspected, there is a danger of these weapons being used in future. This regime must join the NPT without any conditions." Iraq's Hoshyar Zebari chimed in that "We reject any threat against Iran and insist on Iran's rights to use peaceful nuclear energy." On the sidelines Iran's parliamentary speaker and Lebanon's Shami also criticized Israel. Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Muslim states must try to prevent Israel from "implementing its hostile plans" because they have "a religious responsibility" to do so. "The Muslim Ummah must take serious and practical steps against the immeasurable number of atrocities carried out by Israel in various parts of Palestine especially, Al Quds." He called Lebanon "the symbol of resistance against Israel," and praised the Lebanese determination to fight Israel. Shami said the Lebanon would never forget the support Iran has shown to Lebanon's resistance movement. He added that Israel's policies toward the region were focused on expansionist policies, therefore "Islamic and Arab states in the region and around the world need to take a steadfast stance against Israel's evil policies."
Lebanon: Upon returning home after the conference Lebanon's foreign minister called for the UN to pressure Israel: "Regional and international communities should pressure the Security Council into imposing sanctions against Israel."
Russia: The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister at the conference "called for more confidence-building measures from Tehran to allay international concerns over its nuclear program". Russia added that the conference "is an excellent opportunity to have a free-flowing exchange of views on some critical issues. We are discussing scenarios and the way to go forward to this goal a set of issues that are not resolved that maybe considered satisfactory by the United States and some other countries."
Oman: Oman said the conference is indicative of Iran's peaceful nuclear programme: "The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes that it is pursuing a peaceful, and not - as certain states claim - a military (nuclear) goal. We have taken part in the Tehran conference in a bid to re-emphasize that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful."
Singapore: Singapore disavowed the statement Iran issued after the conference, saying "The ministry said there was no agreement among delegates to the Tehran Conference to issue such a document, and neither was there any discussion on the contents of the document."
United States: The U.S.A., amongst other countries, also welcomed the Iranian decision to resume talk on a nuclear fuel swap. (Updated: Aug, 29, 2012)

Iran-Iraq Border Clash

May, 13, 2010 AD

Flow of Refugees, mostly women and children from the Khuzestan area during the Iran Iraq War. Some of these people who were displaced from their homes never made it back home and they changed demographics of some of neighboring provinces.(Wikipedia) - The 2010 Iran–Iraq border clash occurred on May 13, 2010, when Iraqi and Iranian border guards exchanged fire.
2010 IranIraq border clash:
It was the first major incident between the two since December 2009, when Iran took control of a disputed oil well. The gunfight lasted 90 minutes and an Iraqi officer was captured. The clash was instigated in error, when Iranians mistook the Iraqi guard as members of an Iranian Kurdish rebel group.
The shooting took place in Shamiran, which is located in a mountainous region straddling the two countries' border. (Updated: Mar, 18, 2012)

July 2010 Iran earthquake

Jul, 30, 2010 AD

Iranian Girls from Behesht High School in the city of Shahin Shahr are given safety training in case of an Earthquake 2010. The city was founded in the mid 1960s by six sons of a bug land-owner transforming 40,000 acres of Amirabad farmland to residential(Wikipedia) - On July 30, 2010 a 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran.
Iranian media reported at least 170 people were injured as a result of the earthquake, while the Iranian Red Crescent Society reported more than 150 injured. The organization said all injured were treated on the scene, except two people who were hospitalized in Mashhad.
The earthquake reportedly caused serious damage in dozens of villages. Widespread power outages were also reported.
According to MNA, on Friday, Aug, 27th an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Damghan in northern Iran, killing 3 people and injuring 40 others.
The quake happened at 11:53 p.m. local time, Iran’s Seismological Center said.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located near Damghan, Semnan province, in Dasht-e-Kavir region about 285 kilometers east of Tehran.
The earthquake also shook Tehran and parts of Mazandaran province.
Rescue teams were dispatched to the stricken region shortly after the quake happened.
About 2000 people affected by the earthquake have been provided with temporary shelters and food supplies, said Mohammad Hasan Safi, a member of the Iranian Red Crescent Society.
The buildings have sustained 30 to 80 percent damages, Safi added.
The major earthquake was followed by 58 aftershocks, a local official announced.
Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar visited the stricken regions on Saturday and called for an immediate assessment of damages.
Mahdi Zare’, the deputy director of the Earthquake Research Center, has said the fault line which has become active as a result of the tremor will not activate Tehran’s fault lines.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines in the Earth's crust that cover at least 90% of the country.
Since 1900, at least 126,000 fatalities have resulted from earthquakes in Iran.
The worst in recent times was a 6.6 magnitude quake which hit the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing about 30,000 people, about a quarter of its population, and destroying the city's ancient adobe citadel. (Updated: Jul, 28, 2012)

President Says US Behind 9/11 Plot

Sep, 23, 2010 AD

Iran's handsome President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during UN session in New York in September 2011. As he was logically debating the 9/11 conspiracy and Israel's legitimacy, western countries walked out in shame and disgrace.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations on Sep, 23, 2010 most people believe the U.S. government was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, prompting the U.S. delegation to leave the room in protest.
9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States on September 11, 2001. According to US reports, on that day, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania,
Despite the fact that all attackers were Saudi Arabia nationals, in the afternoon of September 11, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was issuing orders to his aides to look for evidence of Iraqi involvement. The event became a tool for a broad propaganda war that triggered invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
But when the clouds disappeared, there were conspiracy theories alleging that the collapse of the World Trade Center towers were the result of a controlled demolition rather than structural weakening due to fire. Time revealed that there were several other facts supporting the 9/11 Conspiracy:
-Inside traders knew about attacks before they happened: Right before 9/11, in Wall Street an extraordinary amount of put options were placed on United Airlines and American Airlines stocks.
-The most sophisticated air defense system in the world: NORAD was told to stand down on 9/11.
-Planes didn’t make towers collapse, bombs did: Many scientists maintain that plane fuel cannot produce enough heat to melt the steel frame of the two buildings that collapsed.
-The Pentagon attack scientifically doesn’t hold up: the impact holes in the pentagon were much smaller than a commercial plane.
-Flight 93 was completely staged
-Hijackers are alive: their passports and identifications survived explosion and were presented as evidence!
-Cell phone calls made from plane seem to have been faked.
-Jewish people knew attack was going to happen in advance and took the day off.
-Black boxes found by search crew were kept secret.
-Bin Laden tapes were fake: initially, Osama Bin Laden denied any responsibility or involvement with the attacks. Soon afterwards, numerous tapes came out claiming that he took full responsibility on the attacks.
Such allegations were there for ten years but when they came out of Ahmadinejad's mouth, they made sense and it meant a lot more. The Apocalyptic atmosphere that was created by the US media had perplexed the world beyond anyone's courage to even cast a doubt. The world became black and white: either with US or against it.
Ahmadinejad asked for an independent fact-finding committee appointed by UN which was a logical request. At the same time, it must be admitted that he touched an issue which had been made sensitive as the US began to show how dare you attitudes sanctioning Iran childishly to the extent of making both states bankrupt.
In May, 2011, US announced that Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan and his body was buried at sea, like a sailor, oddly enough? Not, at all. In an army which is also the biggest drug dealer in the world
In Sep, 2011, the Obama administration accused Iran with an assassination plan against a Saudi official inside the US, somehow completely degrading Iranian capacity. Although allegations are funny enough, it is pretty hard to see reason or sense of humor in the eye of a doped cowboy riding on a mad bull running around, shooting in the air... (Updated: Oct, 14, 2011)

No Fuel For Iranian Planes In Europe

Oct, 19, 2010 AD

Iran Air, has commenced flights to Belgrade to refuel. Most of Iran Air’s services originating from Western Europe to Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport now land in Belgrade in order to refuel due to imposed sanctions.Iran confirmed that some companies at European airports were refusing to sell it fuel, and its flag carrier said planes were making unscheduled stops en route to Tehran because they could not refuel in London.
Iran has played down the impact of international sanctions over Iran's nuclear programs, which were tightened in June, and previously dismissed reports that Iranian airlines were having problems refueling abroad as part of a psychological war.
Iran has been hit by a new wave of international sanctions over its nuclear enrichment activities. The measures have reduced the number of suppliers willing to sell the country gasoline and have made international financial transactions more difficult to reach.
The United States and its European allies fear Iran is trying to build a bomb under cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran says it needs nuclear technology to generate power and is not seeking atomic weapons.
The imposed sanctions against civil-aviation are disputable, especially as they have had more impact on ordinary civilians causing non-necessary stops in alternative airports such as Athens and Belgrade, or completely abandoning some destinations. (Updated: Jun, 6, 2011)

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