Iran on high alert
- Four foreign boats seized on Iran waters
Thu, 03 Jul 2008
The police commander of Iran's Bushehr province says four foreign
fishing boats with 17 crew onboard were seized in Persian Gulf
"Bushehr sea-guard patrols stopped four foreign fishing boats on the
strength of border violation and illegal fishing on Iranian waters,"
Reza Mohmmadi-Yeganeh told reporters.
The official pointed out that the boats were from Saudi Arabia and
had 17 Indian nationals onboard.
The documents of the boats were confiscated and the vessels are
being held in Bushehr's naval police headquarters in Southern Iran,
Iran ready to strike at Israel's nuclear heart
Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv
June 29, 2008
The London Times
Iran has moved ballistic missiles into launch positions, with
Israel's Dimona nuclear plant among the possible targets, defence
sources said last week. The movement of Shahab-3B missiles, which
have an estimated range of more than 1,250 miles, followed a large-
scale exercise earlier this month in which the Israeli air force
flew en masse over the Mediterranean in an apparent rehearsal for a
threatened attack on Iran's nuclear installations. Israel believes
Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at acquiring nuclear weapons. The
sources said Iran was preparing to retaliate for any onslaught by
firing missiles at Dimona, where Israel's own nuclear weapons are
believed to be made.
Major-General Mohammad Jafari, the commander of the Revolutionary
Guard, told a Tehran daily: "This country [Israel] is completely
within the range of the Islamic Republic's missiles. Our missile
power and capability are such that the Zionist regime despite all
its abilities cannot confront it."
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The sabre-rattling coincided with a visit to Israel yesterday by the
chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen,
for talks with his Israeli opposite number, Lieutenant-General Gabi
Ashkenazi. This intensified speculation that Israel was seeking US
approval for a possible attack on Iran.
"Although the visit had been planned well in advance, we got the
feeling he was coming to make sure we'll obey the strict timetable
agreed with the US," said an Israeli defence source. He refused to
President George Bush has approved the linking of Israel to a US
infrared satellite detection system that could spot Shahab missile
launches within seconds.
This should enable the Israeli air force to destroy such missiles in
the booster stage. The system will also give the Israelis about 15
minutes to seek shelter before any warhead hits.
Letter tells 5+1 Iran ready to negotiate: MP
Tehran Times Political Desk
July 7, 2008
TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki's letter to the
foreign ministers of the 5+1 group and EU foreign policy chief
Javier Solana was the expression of Iran's readiness to negotiate on
the nuclear issue, said Alaeddin Borujerdi, the Majlis National
Security and Foreign Policy Committee chairman, here on Sunday.
Responding to a question on how Mottaki's letter was delivered to
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he said, "Ordinarily, Iran-
U.S. connections are through the Swiss Embassy."
Saeed Jalili, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)
secretary and chief nuclear negotiator, is set to meet Solana in the
next two weeks for nuclear negotiations.
Stressing that Jalili and Solana's talks will be "preliminary",
Borujerdi went on to say "Since both parties have (presented)
packages, the negotiations are balanced and there are many common
"In contrast to the current propaganda campaign, the atmosphere is
ready to enter into a serious debate with a positive approach."
An EU spokeswoman said on Saturday Solana is willing to meet Iran's
chief negotiator soon.
She said EU foreign policy chief held first telephone consultations
on Saturday on Iran's written response to a letter he delivered to
Tehran last month on behalf of the United States, Britain, France,
Germany, Russia, and China.
"One of the things to decide is to meet Jalili, and if so when. In
principle, the position is to respond favorably," Solana's
spokeswoman, Cristina Gallach, told Reuters.
She said Jalili had requested such a meeting in a telephone call
with Solana on Friday in which he stressed "common ground".
Gallach declined to give details of the content of the Iranian
reply, saying the major powers were still studying the four-page
letter from the Iranian foreign minister and holding consultations.
The Islamic Republic insists its nuclear program is purely for
civilian energy purposes and has said it will never give up what it
regards as its legal right to enrichment.
Enemies of Iran should know that they would face Iranians' iron fist
in case of making any mistake against the country,' Revolutionary
Guard's Deputy Commander Hejazi says
Iran says will decide scope of retaliation if attacked
Mohammad Hejazi, deputy commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard,
said Monday his country will be the one to determine the gravity and
scope of a military reaction if Iran is attacked.
Iran says will dig hundreds of thousands of graves of 'invaders' /
Senior Revolutionary Guard commander quoted in Iranian media warning
Tehran will begin digging 320,000 grave plots on country's borders
for slain soldiers of enemy armies, should they attack Islamic
"The era of hit-and-run is over. Possible beginners of any threat
against Iran should notice that Iran reserves the right to determine
the scale and scope of response to any threat," Hejazi was quoted by
the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) as saying during a ceremony
of the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Isfahan.
The deputy commander added that Tehran would hold the White House
and the US administration responsible for any threat against Iran.
"Enemies of Iran should know that they would face Iranians' iron
fist in case of making any mistake against the country," Hejazi
said. "Iranians would destroy enemies' glass palace with their fire
balls if they even think of playing with the fate of Iranian youth.
"The US and its Zionist allay are mired in Afghanistan and Iraq,"
said the deputy commander, adding that the US and Zionist regime's
threats against Iran were a result of their "desperation".
Iran's rhetoric regarding a possible Israeli attack has become
increasingly fiery since the New York Times reported recently of an
Israeli Air Force drill simulating an attack against the Islamic
Republic. A senior Revolutionary Guards commander announced on
Sunday that Iran would dig 'some 320,000' graves for the bodies of
the slain enemy soldiers killed in a hypothetical military campaign
against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Brigadier General Mir-Faisal Baqerzadeh, whose title was given by
the Iranian FARS news agency as 'the Head of the Foundation for the
Remembrance of the Holy Defense,' said that every border province
would dig 15,000 to 20,000 graves.
Iran to ready thousands of graves for enemy soldiers
TEHRAN (AFP) Iran is to dig 320,000 graves in border districts to
allow for the burial of enemy soldiers in the event of any attack on
its territory, a top commander said on Sunday.
"In implementation of the Geneva Conventions... the necessary
measures are being taken to provide for the burial of enemy
soldiers," the Mehr news agency quoted General Mir-Faisal
Bagherzadeh as saying.
"We have plans to dig 15,000 to 20,000 graves in each of the border
provinces or a total of 320,000," the general said, some of them
mass graves if necessary.
Bagherzadeh said Iran was keen to "reduce the suffering of the
families of the fallen in any attack against our country... and
prevent any repetition of the long and bitter experience of the
His comments came as the United States continued to refuse to rule
out an eventual resort to force against Iran over its contested
nuclear programme, which the West fears is cover for a drive to
build an atomic weapon.
They also came as Israeli officials spoke of their determination to
prevent Iran developing a nuclear capability at all costs.
A former head of Israel's Mossad foreign intelligence agency said in
comments published on Sunday that the Jewish state had one year to
destroy Iran's nuclear programme or face the risk of coming under
Shabtai Shavit told a London weekly that the "worst-case scenario"
was that Tehran would have a nuclear weapon within "somewhere around
"The time that is left to be ready is getting shorter all the time,"
he told the Sunday Telegraph.
Israel is the only, if undeclared, nuclear armed power in the Middle
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