Editors Note – While we focus on our Presidential campaigns, Syria bloodletting, the RNC convention and Hurricane Isaac, “legitimate rape”, the horrid economy, and joblessness, Iran continues on its movement on the Chess Board that is the Middle East. The media is not keeping America informed as it should, but once again, its the internet that fills the void.
Here we have posted three key articles gleaned from Breitbart and the official web site of Iran. Of course, we all know that Fars is tainted, but it does provide us with what they want us to hear. Its always good to know what your enemy is saying and thinks, you draw the conclusion. In the three articles, we see Iran trying to offset Israel’s relations with Azerbaijan as it trains Hezbollah troops in the apparent lead up to an attack on Israel as it tries to also curry favor with NAM nations (Non-aligned nations).
It’s official: Hezbollah is training to attack Israel should Israel launch a military strike against Iran. Hezbollah held a military drill in Southern Lebanon last week as part of an “Iranian-orchestrated preparation for a confrontation with Israel.” Upwards of 10,000 members of Hezbollah participated in the drill.
According to counter terrorism expert Dr. Ely Karmon, “This is happening in full coordination with Iran,” and the targets Hezbollah could strike not only include those deep within in the Jewish state, but even those around the Galilee. In fact, Karmon believes that if the Hezbollah forces can “penetrate the Galilee” and “hold a small village for 24 hours,” they will succeed in scoring points against the IDF.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said that any group or country that attempts to attack Israel on any scale “will discover the deadly force of the IDF.” Even now, approximately 2,000 elite Hezbollah fighters continue training in Iran.
From Fars News
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has sent a deputy foreign minister to Azerbaijan to discuss bilateral ties between the two Muslim neighboring states. Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian and Pacific Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi arrived in Baku earlier this week for talks with Azerbaijani officials on bilateral ties.
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elman Abdullayev said that Araqchi is slated to meet with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov. Prior to his departure from Tehran, Araqchi stressed Tehran and Baku’s firm determination to enhance their bilateral relations, and noted that expansion of the two countries’ relations would serve the interests of the entire regional nations.
“The extensive ties between Iran and Azerbaijan obviously will benefit the regional states, in addition to their huge interests for the two countries,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian and Oceanic Affairs Abbas Araqchi told FNA on Wednesday. Araqchi further pointed out that certain states are opposed to the expansion of Iran-Azerbaijan relations, but the two sides’ determination has protected and boosted their ties.
He called on Iranian and Azeri officials to do their best to promote the ties between Tehran and Baku to such a level that it could set a role model for the other countries. Araqchi is scheduled to visit Baku in the next few days at the invitation of his Azeri counterpart.
In July, Iranian Envoy to Baku Mohammad Baqer Bahrami in a meeting with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev underlined Tehran’s enthusiasm for the further development of relations with Azerbaijan. During the meeting, Bahrami noted that the relations between Iran and Azerbaijan Republic are constantly developing. However, despite the good and dynamic relations, there is still great potential for the further development of ties, he said. The Iranian ambassador also expressed Iran’s readiness for boosting ties with Baku in all fields.
President Aliyev, for his part, thanked the Iranian ambassador’s positive role in expansion of bilateral relations. Aliyev stressed the need for the further development of ties between the two countries in all fields.
Also from Fars News
TEHRAN (FNA)- Participants in the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit meeting in Tehran are due to go on a tour of Iranian nuclear sites and facilities on the sidelines of the gathering. The world leaders and officials who are due to meet in Tehran next week to discuss the latest world issues and developments are scheduled to visit different nuclear facilities in Iran, including Natanz nuclear enrichment site in Central Iran.
Uranium enrichment has been a bone of contention in the nuclear raw between Iran and the US-led West in recent years. NAM, as the largest grouping of countries outside the United Nations which includes two-third of the world nations, has always stressed its support for Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities, including enrichment. Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. Tehran has dismissed the West’s demand as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.
The 16th NAM summit will be held in the Iranian capital, Tehran, from August 26 to 31. More than 150 world nations and organizations have underlined their participation in the Tehran summit meeting. NAM is comprised of some 120 member states and 17 observer countries.