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US President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran - which has repeatedly voiced its intention to see Israel wiped off the map - is on course to obtain nuclear weapons after all.

Speaking to the New York Times, Obama said he was convinced “the current course they [the Iranian leadership] are on would provide them with nuclear weapons capabilities.”

As a consequence of Obama's appeasement approach to Tehran, America can do nothing to prevent it.


Iran has said it will host a nuclear disarmament conference later this month as part of an efforts to ease fears Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Iranian officials announced the two-day conference, entitled "Nuclear energy for everyone, nuclear arms for no one", on Sunday.

Officials said that 60 countries had been invited to attend the meeting, which will run from April 17-18.

Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said the conference aims to show that Tehran wants to promote nuclear disarmament while encouraging peaceful nuclear energy production.


As Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, Masoud Mirkazemi faces mounting sanctions from the West, a decline in the price of crude oil, and an aging energy infrastructure that threatens Iran’s production levels. In view of these challenges, Mirkazemi is asking foreign investors to supply $200 billion in capital to renovate Iran’s oil, gas, and refining capacities.


Iran said on Thursday the talk of sanctions by world powers against the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme is just an empty threat that has been ineffective against Tehran for the past 30 years.

"The nuclear programme of the Islamic republic is fully peaceful and the talk of sanctions is a threat that has been ineffective over the past 30 years," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.


Recent developments in Iran have prompted fears that the Iranian authorities are once more using executions as a tool to try and quell political unrest, intimidate the population and send a signal that dissent will not be tolerated.

There was a noticeable surge in the rate of executions at the time of mass protests over last year's disputed Presidential elections. Although many of the executions were for criminal offences committed before the unrest, they sent a chilling message to those involved in protests.


Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday said China wanted more dialogue over Iran’s nuclear program, as the United States and European nations continued to push for new UN sanctions against Iran.
China hoped all parties would “push for dialogue and negotiation” with Iran by adopting “more constructive measures,” state media quoted Yang as telling British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in Beijing, DPA reported.


EU foreign ministers have vowed to "act" against the Iranian state's unacceptable jamming of satellite broadcasts and internet controls, showing the bloc's increasing impatience with Tehran.

Europe "calls on the Iranian authorities to stop the jamming of satellite broadcasting and internet censorship and to put an end to this electronic interference immediately", the European Union's 27 foreign ministers said in an agreed statement on Monday.

Ministers are "determined to pursue these issues and to act with a view to put an end to this unacceptable situation", they insisted.


Iran’s Supreme Leader yesterday rejected a renewed offer of dialogue with Washington from President Obama, and accused the US of continuing to plot against Tehran while offering peace.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Mr Obama of arrogance for using a Persian new year message to repeat his offer of talks — intended to defuse mounting international concern that Iran is building a nuclear bomb.


IRAN said on Tuesday it can deter attacks over its nuclear drive, as China and Turkey raised doubts about sanctions and the United States reassured Israel of its will to stop Teheran getting atomic arms.

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar made the defiant statement after signing a security agreement in Doha with Qatar - a major ally of his country's arch-foe, the United States.

'We are highly confident about our capacities, and our great means of deterrence,' Mr Najjar said.


(CBS) Dilip Hiro is the author of Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World's Vanishing Oil Resources, among other works. His forthcoming book, After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World, will be published in January 2010, also by Nation Books. His piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.