Necessary Tough Talk with Iran

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Rice Firm on Demand that Iran Suspend Uranium Work
by Sue Pleming (Reuters)

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday it would be a big mistake to drop a demand that Iran suspend uranium enrichment and more pressure should be piled on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

The U.N. atomic watchdog agency’s chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, annoyed the United States and others last week when he called for a face-saving compromise that could cap Iran’s uranium enrichment at current levels rather than demand full suspension of a program the West says is aimed at building an atomic bomb.

Iranian Rejects Enrichment Suspension
by Nasser Karimi (Associated Press)

On the eve of talks with the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Iran’s nuclear negotiator Wednesday rejected the possibility of Iran suspending its uranium enrichment program.

3 Iranian-Americans Charged With Spying
by The Associated Press

Three Iranian-Americans, including U.S. academic Haleh Esfandiari, have been charged with endangering national security and espionage, Iran’s judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.

Votes on Iran Highlight Capitol Hill Divide
by Nathaniel Popper (The Forward)

Attempts to limit President Bush’s ability to wage war against Iran were narrowly defeated in Congress last week, in a legislative debate that underscored differences between House Democrats and pro-Israel activists on Capitol Hill.

The tussle revolved around two separate legislative amendments aimed at ruling out the possibility of the White House ordering preventive military action against Iran without prior consent from Congress.

Setting the Record Straight

Realistic Engagement

“There are a growing number of voices arguing for the United States to engage Iran and even to enter into negotiations with its regime. I believe that this would be a disastrous mistake.”
–Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Iranian Challenge,” March 6, 2007

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The top U.S. commander in the Middle East said Iran is a major player in the area and cannot be ignored, but the United States has no intention of leaving the region, as Iran would like to see happen: "We have to figure out a way to come to an arrangement with them.”
–The Associated Press, quoting Adm. William Fallon, Commander, U.S. Central Command, May 27, 2007

CORRECTION: In Friday’s edition of the Bulletin we referred to Gilad Sharon as a Member of Knesset, which he is not. We apologize for the error.

Necessary Tough Talk with Iran

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