Iran still a pain

Iran Bars 38 U.N. IAEA Inspectors

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Monday it has barred 38 members of a U.N. nuclear inspection team from entering the country, in what appeared to be retaliation for sanctions imposed last month over its contentious atomic program.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said some inspectors were admitted, but maintained that Iran could decide who should be turned away.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency submits a long list of inspectors to member countries and the countries have the right to oppose the visit by some inspectors,” Mottaki told the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The head of the parliamentary committee of national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Borojerdi, had been quoted by a students’ news agency as saying Iran had barred 38 inspectors.

Iran Plans 3 Days of Missile War Games

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran plans three days of military maneuvers, including short-range missile tests, beginning Sunday – its first since the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against it in late December, state-run television said.

“The elite Revolutionary Guards plans to begin a three-day missile maneuver on Sunday near Garmsar city,” said the broadcast. The city is located in northern Iran on the edge of Kavir desert, about 60 miles southeast of Tehran.

“Zalzal and Fajr-5 missiles will be test fired in the war game,” the television quoted an unnamed commander of the guards, as saying. Both are considered short-range missiles.

Iran conducted three large-scale military exercises last year as tensions with the West and the United States rose.

In November, for example, it test-fired dozens of missiles, including the Shahab-3 that can reach Israel, in military maneuvers that it said were aimed at putting a stop to the role of world powers in the Persian Gulf region.

Sunday’s maneuvers are to be the first by Iran since the U.N. Security Council imposed limited sanctions on the country on Dec. 23, banning selling materials and technology that could be used in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and freezing assets abroad of 10 Iranian companies and individuals.

Iraqi Police Detain 3 Iranians in Mosul

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi police detained three Iranians who were found without documentation in the northern city of Mosul, a provincial commander said Sunday.

The three were seized Saturday after they were found without passports while riding with a Kurdish driver, said Maj. Gen. Wathiq al-Hamdani, the police commander for Ninevah province.

He said they claimed they had authorization to travel in the adjacent Kurdish-controlled region but mistakenly entered Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad. Al-Hamdani said the three were under investigation.

The Iraq Foreign Ministry said it had no immediate information on the incident, which came just over a week after six Iranians were detained in a U.S. raid on a liaison office in Kurdish-controlled Irbil, although one was later released.

The U.S. has linked those still in custody to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents and militias in Iraq.

The Iranian regime obviously has no intention of living up to its international obligations, and is adament in preventing freedom from taking hold in neighboring Iraq. The Iranian Regime must be replaced. How it is removed from power is open for debate and discussion but the bottom line is that Ahmadinejad needs a new line of employment.. Frankly I would not object to see him dangeling from the end of a rope. 


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