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Sorry to disappoint, but it doesn't look like America will be invading Iran after all, I'm happy to say.....

May peace prevail in the Middle East. hf

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U.S. Set to Establish Diplomatic Presence in Iran:
Report 2008-07-17


The United States is set to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran, the Iranian capital, for the first time in 30 years, a British newspaper reported Thursday.

The Guardian said Washington would open a U.S. interests section next month, the first step in establishing an embassy.

"The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a U.S. interests section in Tehran, a halfway house to setting up a full embassy," the unsourced report said.

"The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country," it said.

Senior U.S. diplomat William Burns told Congress last week the U.S. was examining the possibility of opening an interests section in Iran but had not yet made a commitment to do so.

The Guardian said the development was "a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush who has pursued a hawkish approach to Iran throughout his time in office."

The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Iran when a mob of students led by Muslim extremists took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, holding 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days.
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Are we looking at a new, united, world??? All the superpowers are rallying around this particular situation - it looks to me like the Balance of Power has shifted somewhat:



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Chinese diplomat to attend int'l talks on Iranian nuclear issue in Geneva


www.chinaview.cn 2008-07-17
Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
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BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- China will send a senior diplomat to attend international talks on the Iranian nuclear issue in Geneva on Saturday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao announced here that Liu Jieyi, assistant foreign minister, would participate in the talks between Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and diplomats from the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union.

China has always advocated to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue "through diplomatic negotiations and by peaceful means," Liu said, reiterating China's stance.

He hoped all relevant parties would seize the opportunities and show flexibility so as to to gear up dialogue and negotiations at an early date and comprehensively and properly resolve the issue in the long run.

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PHI is the direct result and first Ratio produced by this arrangement as it Cycles." Junglelord, www.thunderbolts.info

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awwwwwwwwwwwwww....finally...no bombs on iran....it was a distraction anyway. they really wanna go into pakistan. i bet 100 bucks on that chuckle
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There are no coincidences. This appalling U.S.A. Administration leaves behind a legacy of failure in every respect, at home and abroad. No longer are they influencial in the Middle East that they and Israel have held in a stranglehold for years. Seems like the Middle East Heads of State are now doing very nicely in their attempts to seek peace (at last) without America's pervasive influence.

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Bush's Mid-East legacy
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By Jonathan Marcus
BBC diplomatic correspondent


US President George Bush's war to eliminate Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq is a graphic example of the law of unintended consequences.


President Bush turned to the Mid-East 'late in the day'
Its outcome, quite apart from the chaos in Iraq itself, has been a fundamental shift in the geo-strategic balance in the Middle East.

Iran is resurgent. Iran's allies like Hezbollah and Hamas are the main beneficiaries of their patron's ascent. And pro-western Sunni Arab regimes are worried.

That at least is the conventional wisdom.

So with the end now in sight for the Bush administration, it seemed like a useful exercise to see how leading Israeli experts view Mr Bush's legacy in the region.


Perhaps surprisingly, they seemed far less pessimistic than many of their European and American counterparts.

Ehud Yaari, one of Israel's most respected regional commentators, sees a significant underlying shift for the better.

"I think what we have now in the Middle East is a tectonic movement of the basic plates of the region, moving quietly towards each other," he said.

And running through a catalogue of current problems, Mr Yaari chose to accentuate the positive.

"I see the possibility of some sort of a bargain - probably a partial bargain - between the major powers and Iran. We have already seen a deal over Lebanon between the Iranians, the Syrians, the Saudis and the West.

"I believe that we are going to see in the next few months a reconciliation of sorts between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

"I think that the trend in the region is towards some sort of new arrangements between the adversaries, not towards a confrontation," he concluded.



Increased stability

This positive view was endorsed by Shlomo Avineri, professor of political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a former director general of Israel's foreign ministry under the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"Leaving Iran aside, the Middle East today is much more stable than it was when Mr Bush came into power," he said.


Iraq now is an "internal situation" rather than a regional threat

Like many Israelis, he sees the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime as being of fundamental importance.

"Saddam Hussein's regime went to war with practically all its neighbours: with Kuwait; with Iran; it sent missiles against Saudi Arabia; and against Israel - this danger does not exist any more.

"I know this sounds paradoxical, because everyone is concerned about the Iraqi situation, but this, today, is an internal situation.

"Yes, it is a humanitarian disaster; it's a political disaster; but in terms of its strategic threat to the Middle East, it is much less today than it was before," Mr Avineri said.


But what of Iran and its nuclear programme?

Even here, Mr Yaari believes there are some grounds for optimism.

"I think the possibility of a bargain, a freeze-for-a-freeze deal with the Iranians, [where Iran halts its uranium enrichment programme and UN economic sanctions are suspended] is not against the interests of Israel and I believe that in this respect the Israelis will be extremely co-operative, even if some of the statements that some of our politicians will make in public will carry a different message," Mr Yaari said.

In Lebanon too, Mr Yaari thinks that there are some grounds for optimism.

He believes, for example, that Hezbollah's behaviour may be moderated by its stronger role in government: "We may have a situation in Lebanon in which Hezbollah is more restricted and restrained because they have a formula which is so comfortable for them."

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bump for peace
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yeah they'' open an American Embassy and then there will be a 'staged' repeat of 1979.

Pretext for war...
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We were told by China and Russia to play nice.

But first we talk a lot of shit to run up oil.

Now it's time to bring oil down and do as
we're told at the same time..


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...and the Russia connection....makes you wonder whether world trade is going to supersede world war, doesn't it?

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Gazprom's delegation visits Iran 15/07/2008 15:21 (2 Day 09:32 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- Led by Alexey Miller, the Management Committee Chairman, a Gazprom delegation paid a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to Gazprom, within the visit the delegation met with Gholamhossein Nozari, Iranian Oil Minister and Seifullah Jashnsaz, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company.


The parties discussed the top-priority steps towards cooperation deepening in the oil and gas area including the creation of a joint venture to implement oil and gas fields exploration and development projects, the construction of oil and gas processing and transport facilities in Iran. The meeting members also agreed to set up a joint venture dealing with oil and gas projects in Iran, Russia and third countries. A possible execution of swap transactions was also under discussion. The Iranian party raised an issue concerning Russian gas supplies to northern Iran based on long-term agreements.


Following the negotiations results, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Gazprom and the National Iranian Oil Company. To implement the Memorandum provisions a joint working group will be formed.


A working meeting between Alexey Miller and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran was held. During the meeting the parties exchanged their opinions in relation to the possible development of the mutually beneficial long-term partnership between Gazprom and Iran.


The parties discussed the interaction within the preparation for the next meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. The development of the global gas balance was named as a major challenge of the Forum. A requirement to further develop the Forum as a standing international organization was emphasized.

[link to finchannel.com]
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PHI is the direct result and first Ratio produced by this arrangement as it Cycles." Junglelord, www.thunderbolts.info

"It's never too late to have a happy childhood" - Ahim-sa

"Thought being a given is the first assertion of self-awareness; the remaining truth is simply "I am, therefore there is". Self and other, subject and object." Eyeam

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yeah they'' open an American Embassy and then there will be a 'staged' repeat of 1979.

Pretext for war...
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Exactly, hell they probably won't even open an embassy, it's probably just lies their feeding out so they can make up another lie to use an excuse to go to war with them.

They can say they built an embassy and it got attacked, how would we ever know if it was true or not? The true news from countries such as Iran does not make it through our media bubble.
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No, guys, this is the real deal although it's early days. It amounts to the fact that the U.S. Administraton have given up trying to manufacture another War. This is GREAT news for the world and it's a shame your media isn't reporting it.
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PHI is the direct result and first Ratio produced by this arrangement as it Cycles." Junglelord, www.thunderbolts.info

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Europeans Welcome US Participation in Iran Nuclear Talks:

European officials have hailed a decision by the US to send a senior envoy to weekend talks in Geneva with Iran aimed at resolving the dispute over Tehran's nuclear work.


The decision by the United States to send William Burns, the under secretary of state for politicial affairs, to nuclear talks with Iran on Saturday, July 19, in Geneva has has been welcomed by many as a shift in Washington's hard-line stance towards Iran.

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What's Going On With Iran?

Am I off base, or is it sort of weird that there's been so little followup to the news that the Bush administration plans to open an "interests section" in Tehran? None of the big U.S. newspapers has so much as mentioned this story yet, which either means they don't think it's a big deal (unlikely) or that not a single one of them has been able to confirm the original Guardian report (also unlikely). Over at The Corner, where I figured they'd be going ballistic, the news has been met with nothing more than a shrug.

Now, sure, an interests section is not an embassy (we already have one in Cuba, for example), but this would still be a pretty stunning turnaround, wouldn't it? Especially since the rapprochement appears to be mutual. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has indicated he's open to a U.S. proposal and an Iranian spokesman later confirmed that Iran is open to direct talks. How cordial! So why the radio silence?

At the very least, shouldn't the talking heads be talking about the political implications of this news? Barack Obama favors direct talks with Iran and John McCain doesn't, and now here comes George Bush apparently clearing the way for direct talks. So what does McCain do now? He'll tap dance a bit, of course, claiming that Bush is not doing precisely what Obama proposed (which is true), but he's certainly moving in that direction. Doesn't this cut McCain's legs out from under him? Doesn't it make Obama look more prescient and presidential? Shouldn't this at a minimum be a fascinating topic for fact-free cable news speculation and talk radio bloviation? I think so!

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Obama welcomes direct talks between U.S., Iran:

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama welcomed Wednesday the Bush administration's decision to have direct talks with Iran.

"I welcome news that the Bush Administration has shifted course and will send an envoy for direct talks with the Iranians in Geneva this weekend," he said in a statement.

"I commend our European allies and other friends on this effort. Now that the United States is involved, it should stay involved with the full strength of our diplomacy," said Obama.

"A united front with our friends and allies directly calling on the Iranians to stand down on their illicit nuclear program will maximize the international pressure we can bring to bear and will show the Iranian people that Iran's isolation is a function of its government's unwillingness to live up to its obligations," he said.

"Iran should live up to its obligations now; by waiting, it will only face greater isolation," added Obama.

Earlier in the day, the White House confirmed that Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns will attend international talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva on Saturday.

Burns is the State Department's third-ranking official. His scheduled meeting with Jalili will be the highest-level contact since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979.

The United States severed its ties with Iran in 1980. From then on, Washington has been trying to beef up its sanctions against Tehran for alleged developing secretly nuclear weapons and involving in anti-U.S. coalition forces activities.

Obama had said that he will meet Iran's president without preconditions if elected president.

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Flexibility points to Iran breakthrough:

"Negotiations can advance as long as the threat environment does not dominate it."
- Iran's Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei

The United States' decision to set aside its previous preconditions for direct negotiation with Iran by taking part in multilateral diplomacy involving Tehran in Geneva at the weekend is a long overdue and welcome step forward. It could culminate in a significant breakthrough in the stalled relations between the countries should both sides take advantage of the moment and build on the momentum generated toward civility in their hitherto confrontational approach.

The Geneva meeting between Iran's nuclear negotiator, Saeed
Jalili, and the "Iran Six" delegation led by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has now acquired a new level of importance as a result of Washington's sudden policy shift, reportedly steered by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who could count this as a key legacy of her tenure in office should the talks reach tangible results. William Burns, the State Department's third-ranking official, will be in Geneva along with representatives from France, China, Russia, Britain and Germany for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will likely harvest the benefits of this shift as well, by denying his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, a major foreign policy issue that has been a thorn on the side of the George W Bush administration for the past seven years.

With Iran's supreme spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, putting his seal of approval on the negotiation path, and reports of a near deal between Tehran and Washington regarding the opening of a US Interest Section in Tehran, the next stage in US-Iran diplomacy is about to materialize.

This thawing began in Iraq when the taboo of direct dialogue between the two traditional adversaries was broken, and comes at a time when other tensions in the region are subsiding - the Israel-Hezbollah prisoner exchange, the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, Syria-Israel peace (pre) talks, and Iraq's security improvements.

These warrant a similar improvement with respect to Iran's nuclear crisis.

Tehran does not wish to remain isolated or be perceived as "the odd man out" in the region's seeming evolution along peaceful tracks. And now that Iran's military has projected power (through maneuvers and missile tests), providing a background buffer for its diplomacy, Tehran is properly positioned to reach a new understanding with the "Iran Six" regarding its nuclear program.

In an article on Irandiplomacy.com, Iran's former ambassador to France, Sadegh Kharazi, admitted that United Nations and other sanctions had harmed Iran and he criticized certain "radical stances" that had proved counter-productive for Iran. This echoes the views of Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister and now advisor to the Supreme Leader, who recently criticized the foreign policy rhetoric and inflexible nuclear stance of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's administration.

But Khamenei has now put his weight behind Ahmadinejad by stating unequivocally that the "nuclear file" is handled by the Supreme National Security Council "headed by the respected president". This sends an important signal to the outside world that Iran is internally united behind the president and his nuclear negotiation team, just as the US's decision to participate in the Geneva talks is meant to "show the unity of the 5 +1 ["Iran Six"] nations", to paraphrase Rice.

With both Solana and French officials urging Iran to provide a "constructive response", and Iran showing extra sensitivity toward President Nicolas Sarkozy's new assertive diplomacy in the Middle East, the chances are that the Geneva meeting will bring about the interim result of a "six-week suspension-for-suspension" whereby Iran refrains from expanding its uranium-enrichment program and (perhaps) puts it on standby mode in exchange for a freeze on new sanctions against Iran.

Such an outcome will have its detractors on both sides. In the US, the neo-conservative critics of the Bush administration are angered, such as former UN ambassador John Bolton, who has labeled as a "concession" to Tehran the administration's turnabout from its past "preconditions" for direct nuclear talks. In Iran the conservative daily Jomhoori Eslami ran an editorial on the "mirage" of a new US policy, criticizing a US State Department spokesman's reference to suspension of Iran's uranium-enrichment program during the interim talks. Another conservative daily, Kayhan, has on the other hand put the accent on the Supreme Leader's emphasis on "Iran's red lines".

However, the Geneva talks represent a mini-victory for the flexible diplomacy spearheaded by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who has identified "seven common grounds" between Iran's package of proposals and the "incentive package" presented to Iran by the "Iran Six" in June. Recently, at a luncheon at the Iran mission to the United Nations, the foreign minister told the author that he was optimistic over the talks between Solana and Jalili.

From Iran's vantage point, already familiar with the nuances of the Bush administration, it is better to strike a deal with the outgoing US president than to deal with the anxious-prone uncertainties of the next US president, be it Barack Obama or John McCain.

Simultaneously, various Iranian officials, including a high-ranking military leader, have openly admitted that the "Western threat against Iran is serious", warranting Iran's war-prevention diplomatic efforts, given the economic fallout of the current state of the crisis. This includes a stream of bad news regarding foreign investment, particularly in the oil and gas sector, in light of the announcement by French giant Total SA to abandon plans to develop a liquefied natural gas project in Iran.

Such setbacks could be costly to Iran since, to give an example, Iran and Qatar share the giant Pars Gas field in the Persian Gulf and Iran already lags far behind Qatar in exploiting the field and will be even further behind if international sanctions continue to retard Iran's energy sector.

Other Iranian rights, chiefly economic ones, overlap its national security interests, and they are being trumped by the so-called nuclear rights. A balanced pursuit of all of Iran's rights and interests is required - one set of rights and interests should not be sacrificed for the sake of another set.

In the absence of tangible results at the conclusion of nuclear talks, it is highly doubtful that Russia would fulfill its promise to complete the much-delayed Bushehr power plant in Iran or provide the necessary elements for the conversion of Iran's low-enriched uranium for use at the power plant. The absence of progress in the country's energy plans, allied with a growing power grid, will adversely impact Iran's near and long-term economic plans. This is what Iran faces should Tehran and the "Iran Six" fail to reach a compromise.

Such a failure, reopening the possibility of a military threat with the attendant negative impacts on the ailing world economy, is not in anyone's interests, all the more reason for both sides in the delicate negotiations to remain steadfast on the terrain of flexible diplomacy.

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Iran optimistic on talks over nuclear row, but plays down rapid solution

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday the U.S. presence in the talks on his country's nuclear program is positive and signals good developments ahead, but played down expectations for a rapid solution. Iran and Western countries will hold a meeting on Saturday. (UPDATED)

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Iran says talks with US possible on outpost:

Iran is open to the idea of talks with the United States on establishing a US interests section in Iran and launching a direct air link, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Friday.

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Condi's coup: how the neo-cons lost the argument over Iran:

Condoleezza Rice was George Bush's handmaiden for the war in Iraq but she is now emerging as the best hope for avoiding a military conflict between the United States and Iran.

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It's because they expect a Regime Change soon after they attack. Its what all the covert operations has been working for. This is the calm before the storm.

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America will not invade or attack Iran, they will reopen their dipomatic missions, as normal adults states do since ever. Do not forget that it was Rockenfeller and Co who smashed the Sha of Persia, and as a result the nuts of Mullahs came to power.
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GREAT post!

What's Going On With Iran?

Am I off base, or is it sort of weird that there's been so little followup to the news that the Bush administration plans to open an "interests section" in Tehran? None of the big U.S. newspapers has so much as mentioned this story yet, which either means they don't think it's a big deal (unlikely) or that not a single one of them has been able to confirm the original Guardian report (also unlikely). Over at The Corner, where I figured they'd be going ballistic, the news has been met with nothing more than a shrug.

Now, sure, an interests section is not an embassy (we already have one in Cuba, for example), but this would still be a pretty stunning turnaround, wouldn't it? Especially since the rapprochement appears to be mutual. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has indicated he's open to a U.S. proposal and an Iranian spokesman later confirmed that Iran is open to direct talks. How cordial! So why the radio silence?

At the very least, shouldn't the talking heads be talking about the political implications of this news? Barack Obama favors direct talks with Iran and John McCain doesn't, and now here comes George Bush apparently clearing the way for direct talks. So what does McCain do now? He'll tap dance a bit, of course, claiming that Bush is not doing precisely what Obama proposed (which is true), but he's certainly moving in that direction. Doesn't this cut McCain's legs out from under him? Doesn't it make Obama look more prescient and presidential? Shouldn't this at a minimum be a fascinating topic for fact-free cable news speculation and talk radio bloviation? I think so!

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Stunning...to say the LEAST. Stunningly, painfully, evident that the Neocons are trying to play down the fact that they're retreating with their tails between their legs.

gdub jihad2 dubya
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[link to news.bbc.co.uk]

Timeline: US-Iran ties
A chronology of key events:


1999 Twentieth anniversary of US embassy siege. Hardliners celebrate the occasion, as reformists look to the future rather than the past.

2000 18 February - Iranian reformists win landslide victory in general election. Shortly afterwards, President Clinton extends ban on US oil contracts with Iran, accusing it of continuing to support international terrorism.

2000 March - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright calls for a new start in US-Iranian relations and announces lifting of sanctions on Iranian exports ranging from carpets to food products. Iranian foreign ministry initially welcomes the move, but Ayatollah Khamenei later describes it as deceitful and belated.

2000 September - Mrs Albright meets Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi at UN in New York - the first such talks since diplomatic ties were severed in 1979.

2001 June - The US alleges that elements within the Iranian Government were directly involved in the bombing of an American military base in Saudi Arabia in 1996. Tehran angrily rejects the allegations.


Bush branded Iran as part of an "axis of evil"
2001 September - Report by Central Intelligence Agency accuses Iran of having one of the world's most active programmes to acquire nuclear weapons. The CIA report says Iran is seeking missile-related technology from a number of countries including Russia and China.

2002 29 January - US President George W Bush, in his State of the Union address, describes Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil". He warns that the proliferation of long-range missiles being developed in these countries is as great a danger to the US as terrorism. The speech causes outrage in Iran and is condemned by reformists and conservatives alike.

2002 September - Russian technicians begin construction of Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr despite strong objections from US.

2002 December - The US accuses Iran of seeking to develop a secret nuclear weapons programme and publishes satellite images of two nuclear sites under construction at Natanz and Arak.

2003 February-May - The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducts a series of inspections in Iran. The country confirms that there are sites at Natanz and Arak under construction, but insists that these, like Bushehr, are designed solely to provide fuel for future power plants.

2003 June - White House refuses to rule out the "military option" in dealing with Iran after IAEA says Iran "failed to report certain nuclear materials and activities". But IAEA does not declare Iran in breach of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.


Iran's account of its nuclear programme failed to satisfy the US
2003 September - Washington says Iran is not complying with non-proliferation accords but agrees to support proposal from Britain, France and Germany to give Iran until end of October fully to disclose nuclear activities and allow surprise inspections.

2003 October-November - Tehran agrees to suspend its uranium enrichment programme and allow tougher UN inspections of its nuclear facilities. An IAEA report says Iran has admitted producing plutonium but adds there is no evidence that it was trying to build an atomic bomb. However, US dismisses the report as "impossible to believe". The IAEA votes to censure Iran but stops short of imposing sanctions.

2003 December - US sends humanitarian aid to Iran after earthquake kills up to 50,000 people in city of Bam. US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Iran's permanent envoy to UN, Mohammad Javad Zarif, hold telephone talks in a rare direct contact.

2004 January - President Bush denies that US has changed its policy towards Tehran and says moves to help Iran in the wake of earthquake do not indicate a thaw in relations.

2004 March - A UN resolution condemns Iran for keeping some of its nuclear activities secret. Iran reacts by banning inspectors from its sites for several weeks.

2004 September - The IAEA passes a resolution giving a November deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment. Iran rejects the call and begins converting raw uranium into gas.

A US nuclear monitor publishes satellite images of an Iranian weapons facility which it says may be involved in work on nuclear arms.

2004 November - Iran agrees to a European offer to suspend uranium enrichment in exchange for trade concessions. At the last minute, Tehran backs down from its demand to exclude some centrifuges from the freeze. The US says it maintains its right to send Iran unilaterally to the UN Security Council if Tehran fails to fulfil its commitment.

2005 January - Europe and Iran begin trade talks. The European trio, France, Germany and the UK, demand Iran stop its uranium enrichment programme permanently.


Condoleezza Rice says the US is looking for a diplomatic solution

2005 February - Iranian President Mohammed Khatami says his country will never give up nuclear technology, but stresses it is for peaceful purposes. Russia backs Tehran, and signs a deal to supply fuel to Iran's Bushehr reactor.

New US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says attacking Iran is not on the US agenda "at this point in time".

2005 March - President George W Bush signals a major change in policy towards Iran. He says the US will back the negotiation track led by the European trio - EU3 - and offer economic incentives for the Islamic state to give up its alleged nuclear ambitions.

Mr Bush announces the US will lift a decade-long block on Iran's membership of the World Trade Organization, and objections to Tehran obtaining parts for commercial planes.

2005 June - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Tehran's ultra-conservative mayor, wins a run-off vote in presidential elections, defeating cleric and former president Hashemi Rafsanjani.

2005 July - The US concludes that President Ahmadinejad was a leader of the group behind the 1979 hostage crisis at its embassy in Tehran, but says it is unsure whether he took an active part in taking Americans prisoner.

2005 August - President George W Bush makes the first of several statements in which he refuses to rule out using force against Iran.


Ahmadinejad says Iran has a right to peaceful nuclear technology

2005 August-September - Tehran says it has resumed uranium conversion at its Isfahan plant and insists the programme is for peaceful purposes. The IAEA finds Iran in violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

2006 March - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the US faces "no greater challenge" than Iran's nuclear programme.

2006 April - A report in the New Yorker suggests the US is planning a tactical nuclear strike against underground nuclear sites - a claim Washington denies. Iran says it will retaliate against any attack and complains to the UN.

Iran announces it has successfully enriched uranium - prompting Ms Rice to demand "strong steps" by the UN. An IAEA report concludes Iran has not complied with a Security Council demand that it suspend uranium enrichment. Mr Ahmadinejad insists the pursuit of peaceful nuclear technology is Iran's "absolute right".

Tehran offers to hold direct talks with Washington on the situation in Iraq, in what would have been the first such talks since 1980. Tehran later withdraws the offer.

2006 May - The US, Britain and France table a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment or face "further action".

In response, Iran's parliament threatens to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if pressure over its nuclear programme increases.

Later that month, the US offers to join EU nations in direct talks with Iran if it agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and reprocessing work.

2006 December - The UN Security Council unanimously passes a resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

2007 January - Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns says that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard had been arrested in Iraq. He said they had been "engaged in sectarian warfare".

In his State of the Union address on 24 January, Mr Bush lumps Iran with al-Qaeda: "It has also become clear that we face an escalating danger from Shia extremists who...take direction from the regime in Iran," he says. "The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat."

A few days later, seeking to ease concerns about a future military confrontation with Iran, the US president says he has "no intent" to attack the country.

2007 February - US officials say they have proof that Iran has provided sophisticated weapons which have been used to kill American soldiers in Iraq.

This is rebuffed by President Ahmadinejad in an interview with an American television station. He dismisses the claims as an "excuses to prolong the stay" of US forces.

2007 March - The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, holds a meeting with an Iranian team at a conference of Iraq's neighbours in Baghdad.

The talks are the first formal encounter between the two sides for more than two years.

2007 May - The US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Kazemi Qomi hold the first high-level talks between the two countries in almost 30 years.

Iraq's security was the only item on the agenda at the event in Baghdad, hosted by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.


2007 June - The US threatens to get much tougher with international energy companies that do business with Iran.


2007 July - The US Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Kazemi Qomi, hold a second round of talks during which the US says Iran has increased support for militia groups in Iraq in recent months.

2007 July - The US military accuses Iran of training militias firing rockets and mortars on Baghdad's heavily protected Green Zone.


2007 August - Officials from Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) denounce reported US plans to designate the force as a foreign terrorist unit as "worthless".

2007 August - President Bush warns Iran to stop supporting the militants fighting against the US in Iraq.

2007 September - Iran has met a key target for its nuclear programme and now has 3,000 centrifuges enriching uranium, President Ahmadinejad announces.

2007 September - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he is sure President Bush will be tried in an international court for what had happened in Iraq.


2007 September - The New York authorities reject a request from President Ahmadinejad to visit the site of the 11 September 2001 attacks.

2007 September - President Ahmadinejad says Iran is not heading for armed conflict with the United States.


2007 September - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attacks the head of the UN nuclear watchdog for urging caution in the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme.


The criticism came after IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said force should be a last resort in the Iran dispute.

He dismissed talk of military action in Iran as "hype" and urged people not to forget the lessons of war in Iraq.

2007 September - Iran releases on bail the last of three Iranian-Americans whom it had detained on security grounds.


2007 October - Washington's military commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan would hamstring an attempt to wage war on Iran, the Iranian foreign minister says.

2007 October - Top US military commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, accuses Iran's ambassador of belonging to an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Gen Petraeus said Hassan Kazemi-Qomi was a member of the Quds Force, which the US believes backs foreign Islamic militant movements.


2007 October - The US steps up its sanctions on Iran for "supporting terrorists" and pursuing nuclear activities.

The new measures target the finances of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and three state-owned banks.

2007 November - The US military in Iraq releases nine of the 20 Iranian citizens it had detained there, including two held on suspicion of helping Shia militants.

2007 November - In a new report, the UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has supplied transparent data on its past nuclear activities but adds it has limited knowledge of its current work.

The US vowed to push for further UN sanctions against Iran, following the IAEA report.

But Iran's President Ahmadinejad says the report showed Iran had been truthful about its nuclear activities - and the US and its allies should apologise for their treatment of Iran.


2007 November - Iran says it has agreed to a US proposal for a new round of talks on improving security in Iraq.


2007 December - A US intelligence assessment said that Iran had halted a nuclear weapons programme in 2003. The National Intelligence Estimate assessment said Tehran was, however, continuing to enrich uranium.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the US report a "great victory" for Iran.

But President Bush said that Iran should reveal the full extent of its nuclear programme, or risk further international isolation.

2007 December - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Iran still posed a serious threat to the Middle East and the US.

Mr Gates told a Bahrain conference Iran may have restarted its nuclear weapons programme, despite a US intelligence report saying it had stopped.

2007 December - Iran sends a formal protest letter to the United States, accusing it of spying on Iran's nuclear activities.

2007 December - Washington says Iran has no need to continue its own nuclear programme after Russia started delivering fuel to the Bushehr power plant.

2008 January - Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said relations with the US could be restored in the future.

2008 January - The US says five Iranian speedboats harassed three US navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, approaching them and radioing a threat to blow them up. Iran denied this and broadcast its own video of the stand-off which shows no sign of any threat.

A senior US official later said the radio threat may have been a misread signal originating from elsewhere.

2008 January - Describing Iran as "the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism", President Bush says he is rallying friends to confront it "before it's too late".


2008 July - Reports say the US is planning to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran by opening an interests section in the capital, which would be its first diplomatic presence in the country for 30 years.
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Sorry to disappoint, but it doesn't look like America will be invading Iran after all, I'm happy to say.....

May peace prevail in the Middle East. hf

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U.S. Set to Establish Diplomatic Presence in Iran:
Report 2008-07-17


The United States is set to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran, the Iranian capital, for the first time in 30 years, a British newspaper reported Thursday.

The Guardian said Washington would open a U.S. interests section next month, the first step in establishing an embassy.

"The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a U.S. interests section in Tehran, a halfway house to setting up a full embassy," the unsourced report said.

"The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country," it said.

Senior U.S. diplomat William Burns told Congress last week the U.S. was examining the possibility of opening an interests section in Iran but had not yet made a commitment to do so.

The Guardian said the development was "a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush who has pursued a hawkish approach to Iran throughout his time in office."

The U.S. severed diplomatic ties with Iran when a mob of students led by Muslim extremists took over the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, holding 52 U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days.
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Don't worry the Russians/Jihadists will soon throw a monkey wrench into the plans.


We don't get off that easy.
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Now boarding, Chicago to Tehran? Iran backs idea.

NUCLEAR TALKS | Minister predicts Americans will add outpost, but U.S. focus is uranium:

Iran's foreign minister said Friday that he expects weekend talks with the United States to produce agreements on opening an American diplomatic outpost in Tehran and restoring direct flights between the two nations.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran backs both moves, which he said reflected a mutual ''will to do business.'

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If the last US Embassy is anything to go by, then this is an escalation imo.
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It's because they expect a Regime Change soon after they attack. Its what all the covert operations has been working for. This is the calm before the storm.

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Acolyte, in your opinion, if there is a nuclear strike on Iran, does that tie in with 'oil gets big sickness' on the other thread? Will oil be saturated somehow with something?


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If by "Embassy" you mean "Massive cloud of radiation spreading across the entire middle east" then yes, an embassy is coming soon to Iran.
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Sounds to me like you guys are looking for a War.

Can you tell me why please?

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Sounds to me like you guys are looking for a War.

Can you tell me why please?

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I'm with you Div, I believe in peace, but I just dont trust this kind of peace. I smel smoke and sense reflections in a mirror. I'l feel a lot better if peace starts in Iraq, then I will trust it as a sure thing.

ps. Isnt there already an Israelly embassy/consulate in Iran? Peace will depend on Israel not the US with these efforts.

BARAKA BASHAD
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I know, Acolyte..but wait and watch. Miracles are happening. If you check the above timeline, there was no way this could have happened without what I call Divine intervention. Hold your breath, stay sceptical if you like, but hold the faith too....

Love to you
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Maliki, Bush discuss troop withdrawal timetable over phone:

Iraqi and U.S. leaders have talked about bilateral relations in a phone conversation, including working out a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the Iraqi government said Friday.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and U.S. President George W. Bush stressed the importance of achieving a timetable to hand over security control to the Iraqi security troops so as to lay the ground for the pullout of the U.S. force.

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Acolyte wrote:

>>I'll feel a lot better if peace starts in Iraq, then I will trust it as a sure thing......>>



Maliki, Bush discuss troop withdrawal timetable over phone:

Iraqi and U.S. leaders have talked about bilateral relations in a phone conversation, including working out a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the Iraqi government said Friday.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and U.S. President George W. Bush stressed the importance of achieving a timetable to hand over security control to the Iraqi security troops so as to lay the ground for the pullout of the U.S. force.

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 Quoting: nonmaterial structure 376724


Peace will reign throughout the Middle East because the leaders themselves are taking action and meeting each other with peaceful solutions/compromises. China, Russia, Europe, America all seem to want 'in' on the Peace Action, probably because they see the importance of 'what it can do for them'.

None of that matters for the moment. What matters is there will be NO MORE WAR. Now that America has extricated herself from their internal affairs, we are next able to sort out the details, i.e. people can get on with their lives without the intervention from Israel/America.

Acolyte do not worry about Israel....once you get a strong Arab collective, as is happening now, would YOU want to be Israel?

Love Div
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