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U.S. Military: Iran supporting Iraq militias

March 4, 2008
By ANNE FLAHERTY and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press 

WASHINGTON – Military officials accused Iran on Tuesday of continuing to train and arm insurgents in Iraq, while U.S. lawmakers said they were disappointed that Baghdad opened up its doors to the Islamic Republic’s top leader.

“I think it’s offensive,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s two-day trip to Iraq this week.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks during ...
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Baghdad, March 3, 2008.(Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

Iraq has “got every right to invite whomever they want. They’re sovereign. But we have a right to express an opinion about it,” added Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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U.S. wants new Iran sanctions expedited

November 3, 2007

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press Writer

LONDON – U.S. officials said Friday that Russia and China were keeping the U.N. Security Council from moving quickly enough toward a third set of sanctions over Iran’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said there was an urgent need to ratchet up pressure over the issue, despite agreement Friday among the five permanent Security Council members, plus Germany, to come up with a new sanctions resolution if November reports by the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency do not show improved Iranian cooperation.

“The U.S. believes very strongly there is a need to accelerate the diplomacy, to strengthen the sanctions,” Burns told The Associated Press….
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US pushes for tougher sanctions on Iran

November 2, 2007

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press Writer

LONDON – A top American diplomat pressed for harsher U.N. sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program on Friday, while Iran’s former president said talks with the U.N. atomic watchdog were progressing and warned against threatening his country.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns was meeting diplomats from the four other permanent Security Council members and Germany to rally support for a tougher track with Iran, which has a deadline next month to fully disclose details of its nuclear program.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and France support new sanctions if Iran continues to refuse to suspend uranium enrichment, though fellow permanent U.N. Security Council members Russia and China remain skeptical.

The U.S. and allies accuse Iran of using a civilian power program as cover to develop ….

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US official warns Iran on nuke program

November 2, 2007

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria – A senior U.S. official challenged Iran’s hard-line president Thursday over his claim that Iranians are immune from further U.N. sanctions, saying such action is in the works unless Tehran meets demands to curb its nuclear program.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered his own warning in Tehran, saying his government would make unspecified economic retaliation against any European country that followed the U.S. lead in imposing sanctions on some Iranian banks and businesses.

A Saudi Arabian official, meanwhile, said Arab states in the Persian Gulf had proposed to Tehran that they set up a consortium to provide Iran with enriched uranium as way to defuse the nuclear fight.
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U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns

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