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February 8th, 2010

iran nuclear facility Global powers call for new Iran sanctions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tours a nuclear facility (AFP)

  • United States, United Kingdom, France and Russia call for new sanctions on Iran after government announces intensification of uranium enrichment programme.
  • International condemnation of Iranian move, amidst fears of weapons-grade uranium being goal of the regime; French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner slams Iran “blackmail.”
  • Analysts question Iran’s capability to expand enrichment programme in short-term, but point to ratcheting tensions.

Global Expert Finder analysts standing by for comment:

MEIR JAVEDANFAR is a Middle East analyst specializing in Iranian Affairs. He is the director of the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company, which carries out analysis of sixteen Middle Eastern countries from its offices in Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr. Javedanfar is the co-author of The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and The State of Iran. He was born in Iran and lived there for eight years following the revolution in 1979. Read more…
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Meir Javedanfar

GARETH EVANS is former foreign minister of Australia and co-chair of the International Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission, a joint initiative of Japan and Australia which seeks a world free of nuclear weapons. Mr. Evans was elected to the Australian parliament in 1978, and served as foreign minister from 1988-1996. He was instrumental in concluding the International Chemical Weapons Convention and initiating the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. He is the former co-chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), which established the concept of a ‘responsibility to protect’, and is the former president of International Crisis Group. Read more…
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Gareth Evans

ROBIN NIBLETT is the director of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) the UK’s leading foreign policy thinktank. He is based in London. Chatham House was founded in 1920 and provides independent analysis of current developments in international affairs. He previously served as executive vice president of the Center for Strategic and Intelligence Studies, Washington D.C. Read more…
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Robin Niblett

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