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  1. Iran's president labels nuclear incentive deal a step forward

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... or intimidation against countries.' In response to a question over whether Iran feared an Israeli military strike on its nuclear facilities, Mr Ahmadinejad said he was not concerned. 'And ... yesterday said a European package of incentives aimed at curtailing his country's nuclear programme marked progress. But Mr Ahmadinejad remained defiant in the face of possible sanctions ...

  2. News - World - IRAN

    Iran still able to beat sanctions and sell oil to key markets in Asia

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by MCT

    ... the country's nuclear programme. US officials say they are not trying to choke off Iran's oil trade totally- at least not yet. In a bid to preserve bilateral relationships and minimise disruptions ... of these mechanisms violate US, EU or United Nations sanctions, according to experts. And in some cases, the buyers are using Iran's vulnerability to strike favourable deals. Independent experts believe ...

  3. Tread carefully on Iran's difficult road

    Posted Feb 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The short-term outlook for tensions over Iran's nuclear programme is bleak. The report on Thursday by the United Nation's nuclear watchdog has confirmed the worst suspicions of the international community that Tehran's nuclear activity is expanding. Flouting a UN Security Council resolution demanding Iran freeze its programme, Tehran's nuclear scientists have been busy ...

  4. Diplomacy is the best weapon against Iran

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... for target practice, might launch air strikes, as it did in 1981 on the Osirak nuclear facility in Iraq. But no matter whose finger is on the trigger, the action would mean a major war. However, ... that Iran enriches uranium to weapons grade at its Bushehr nuclear facility in violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But US President George W. Bush has honoured Pakistan, which ...

  5. Taiwan softens its defence policy in new sign of warming ties

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan would drop the terms 'active defence' and 'pre-emptive strike' from its defence policy, the island's military said yesterday in yet another sign of fast-improving cross-strait relations. 'Pre-emptive strike' and 'active defence' - meaning Taiwan would attack key mainland military bases first if armed ...

  6. US power not all it's cracked up to be

    Posted Oct 11th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... by the banking meltdown. Forget Chicago's Olympic humiliation. For an illustration of how far expectations in Washington of the reach of US power now run ahead of reality, look at the Iran nuclear question. By Washington, I refer to the demands of assorted pundits on left and right that the US somehow 'stop Iran' whether through sanctions or, if needs be, a military strike. Just ...

  7. Myanmar must not squander its riches in the rush to grow

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... in Japan, following its tragic earthquake and nuclear accident, about the pursuit of prosperity; the fact that the worst floods in living memory in Thailand were the result of economic development ... Myanmar an opportunity to look for a more sustainable development model. Travelling there last December, I observed that multiculturalism is a striking feature, yet historically at the core of its ...

  8. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Kerry not sure of need for military build-up in Asia

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 03:20am by AGENCIES

    ... to persuade Tehran to give up its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons. Tehran says its programme is solely for peaceful purposes. “He [Obama] and I prefer a diplomatic resolution to this challenge and I will work to give diplomacy every effort to succeed,” Kerry said. “But no one should mistake our resolve to reduce the nuclear threat.” Associated Press, Reuters ...

  9. Humbled Bush needs to work with Congress

    Posted Feb 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a dirty war in Iraq, unless it can find an honourable way out. The president has to strike a balance between Iraq and issues such as the wider Middle East tensions, the threat of nuclear ... peacetime authority to enable America to strike back at its enemies. He has undermined it with divisive interpretation and exercise of the pre-emptive executive powers conferred on his office- ...

  10. Campaign to 'strike hard' at Xinjiang rioters

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok Police have stepped up their anti-terrorism clampdown in Xinjiang , launching a 'strike hard' campaign to revive a manhunt for suspects involved in deadly rioting ... issues are severe'. Major clampdown 'Strike hard' will restart manhunts for suspects who rioted in Xinjiang Rioting in the regional capital, Urumqi, claimed almost this many lives ...




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