The Corner

Iran News Round Up

  • Engagement be damned: Iran rules out any enrichment suspension.
  • U.S.-Iranian Relations:
    • Tehran denies information about FBI agent seized and missing in Iran.
    • Changing evidence for diplomatic expediency? Iranian papers feature Clinton-era Defense Secretary William Perry’s revelation exculpating Iran in Khobar, despite investigation results to contrary.
    • Tehran lodges protest at U.N. accusing U.S. of sabotage.
    • Iranians seize upon Colin Powell’s comments seeking Guantanamo’s suspension.
  • “Dialogue of Civilizations” is just “soft war”, Minister of Islamic Guidance says.
  • Iran’s diplomatic and economic offensive continues:
    • Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega confers with Ahmadinejad
      • “Nicaraguan revolution ‘twin’ to Islamic Revolution”
      • Supreme Leader meets Ortega, showing Iranian seriousness.
        • Rice settled for low-ranking interlocutor for her diplomatic breakthrough.
      • Supreme Leader’s appointee: Solidifying the Latin-Iranian axis against the United States.
    • Turkmen President due in Tehran.
    • Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih to visit Iran.
    • Malaysian state oil firm on Iranian investment.
    • Iranian oil minister visits Austria for bilateral trade talks.
    • Visiting Turkish delegation.
    • Economic ties with Bosnia
    • Democratic, pro-Western Mali, ignored by U.S., reaches out to Tehran.
  • Picture of the Day: Daniel Ortega and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.