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IRAN – UNITED STATES
US open to dialogue but still wants Tehran to stop nuclear programme
Secretary Clinton’s response to Ahmadinejad’s nuclear proposal is conciliatory but firm on Iran’s nuclear programme. US Defence secretary warns Israelis against attacking Iranian nuclear facilities.
23/09/2009 IRAN – ISRAEL – UNITED STATES
Ahmadinejad urges US to see Iran as a potential friend, not a threat
The Iranian president adopts a peaceful tone on the eve of his UN address. This comes a few days after uttering bellicose words concerning his country’s capabilities to repel any attack and Israeli defence chief’s statement that faced with the Iranian threat, “all the options are on the table” for Israel.
27/04/2009 IRAN – UNITED STATES
Roxana Saberi on hunger strike in Iranian prison
The journalist’s father says his daughter is not in a bad condition but is “physically frail and desperate”. Following appeals by Obama and Clinton some hope looms. For Reporters Without Borders her arrest is “warning” to journalists working in the country.
02/06/2009 ISRAEL – UNITED STATES
As Obama travels to the Middle East Israel gets ready for war with Iran
Israel conducts war games and emergency drills involving its population and schools. Its exercises include possible missile attacks from the north and the south. Israeli air force gets ready to block air strikes and missiles from Syria and Iran. Obama is growing impatient with Iran.
22/06/2010 UNITED STATES – IRAN
US military pressure increasing in the Persian Gulf
Some 12 US warships transited through the Suez Canal a few days ago. Three naval squadrons are currently in the region. Forces appear to be in position for a possible attack against Iran’s nuclear sites. Late July and early August could provide a window of opportunity for action. Iran threatens chaos in Saudi Arabia if it is attacked. Economic factors are determining the timing of the crisis.
01/03/2012 IRAN - US - ISRAEL
US and Hizbollah call for restraint, no attack on Iran
For Hizbollah, an Israeli attack against Iran would set the region on fire. For the United States, it would put Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq in harm's way. In Israel, the relative merits of an attack are being discussed. In Iran, parliamentary elections pit Ahmadinejad against Khamenei.
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