Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech that people in America "were insisting that the sanctions have affected us. ... And I on your behalf, insisted and told them 'The sanctions have
had no effect, and whatever the heck you want to do in the next two
years, do it now so we see what you are capable of'." I consider that a challenge, a 'give me your best shot, fire away'. To the U.S. and Israel Ahmadinejad said, “May the undertaker bury you, your table and your body, which has soiled the world.”
The above comments come after Ahmadinejad's visit to the United States, his appearance at the United Nations and meetings with the New Black Panther Party. Iran's leaders believe a cyber-attack, the Stuxnet virus, was launched by the U.S. or Israel targeting Iran's Bushehr atomic power plant. Perhaps Stuxnet was not our, or Israel's, best shot but simply the first shot of many more, even deadly, shots to come.
What we have done:
The United Nations Security Council imposed a fourth set of sanctions against Iran on June 9, which were followed by tougher measures from the United States, the European Union and some other countries.
Some results, some good, some not. Whether any of them will change Iran's nuclear ambitions is doubtful. The world is not united against Iran's intentions, in fact many are aiding Iran:
Royal Dutch Shell among host of international companies quit Iran oil field project to escape U.S. sanctions
Royal Dutch Shell and a host of other international oil companies have ended operations in Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions aimed at halting its nuclear enrichment programme. France's Total, Norway's Statoil and Italy's ENI have announced they will stop their activities to evade the penalties which target companies doing business with the Middle East country. Japanese oil explorer Inpex Corp has also said it could pull out of an oil field project, despite not being named on a U.S. list targeted for the sanctions.
Major oil companies in Europe pledge to end Iran investments
The United States announced Thursday that four of Europe's five biggest oil companies would end their energy investments in Iran, a significant advance in the Obama administration's efforts to pressure the Iranian government to enter negotiations over its alleged nuclear weapons program.
Turkish govt says no order on TUPRAS over US Iran sanctions
Turkish Minister of Energy & Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said on Friday that Turkish oil refiner TUPRAS was included in the list of the United States regarding companies that have announced they are discontinuing their activities in Iran's energy sector.
Escalating Sectarian Conflicts
[…] In our region Sectarianism reaching boiling-point aids Iran in mobilizing the feelings of the Shiites in the Gulf States, and helps them to pick a war with the Sunnis. When fundamentalist Shiite groups come out to insult Sunni religious figures and provoke the feelings of the Sunnis community, this is something that strains the relationship between citizens of different sects.
Iran feels the heat, but won't boil over, analysts say
Iran's population is feeling the squeeze of extensive international sanctions. But analysts question whether economic pressure can truly lead to lasting political change in a country used to being isolated.
GAO: Iran still buying gas despite sanctions
The Government Accountability Office said five companies from China, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore may still be selling gasoline to Iran despite U.S. sanctions signed into law July 1. The GAO said the companies include subsidiaries of Sinopec and PetroChina, which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Another is a Beijing-based state-owned oil firm called Zhuhai Zhenrong, which has an office in Tehran and is one of four companies allowed to import oil to China.
Iran opposition party chief arrested: report
Ebrahim Yazdi, 80, leader of the outlawed but tolerated Freedom Movement of Iran, has been arrested in the central city of Isfahan, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday. It said Yazdi was detained at the same time as several other members of the opposition grouping, without providing further details.
UAE implements Iran sanctions
The UAE has implemented all UN Security Council resolutions against Iran, which includes freezing of some bank accounts, a senior UAE Central Bank official said Monday. "All UN resolutions against Iran have been implemented. They were implemented by the Central Bank of the UAE and circulated to the banking system," Abdul Rahim Mohamad Al Awadi, Executive Director and Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Cases Unit of the UAE told reporters here
Without a chair at the table, Iran seeks influence nonetheless
Iran's leadership has made clear its intent to play an enhanced role in Mideast regional affairs amid troubled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as indicated by a series of high-level visits with regional allies. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to make his first official visit to Lebanon since assuming office in 2005, according to Iranian state media. The visit is scheduled to begin October 13.
Ex-marine jailed over smuggling sniper sights to Iran
A former Royal Marine from Lincolnshire has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for attempting to export telescopic sniper sights to Iran. Andrew Faulkner, 42, of Spalding, pleaded guilty to being involved in the exportation of controlled goods at Southwark Crown Court in London. He was arrested after a shipment of 100 sights was intercepted at Heathrow Airport in February last year.
US hits Iranian energy firm with sanctions
The Obama administration on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Swiss–based Iranian company involved in Iran's oil and gas sector and claimed success in persuading several European energy firms to divest from the country.
Indonesia refreshes support for Iran's nuclear program
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia supports for Iran's nuclear program for peaceful purposes and is ready to contribute on the settlement of the dispute over the nuclear issue, local media reported Monday.
Petronas to Continue Oil, Gas Cooperation with Iran Malaysia's National Oil Company Petronas announced that it will continue cooperation with Iran in the oil and gas sectors, stressing the existing opportunities for investment in the country.
Oh how I wish the United States or Israel would hit Iran with their very best shot.