Thursday, March 30, 2006

WAR RUMBLINGS... IRAN DEFIANT AS WEST ALIGNS OVER NUKE ISSUE

After a few weeks of cooling off, the Iran nuke situation seems to be ramping up again.  Yesterday, the UN security council finally approved a resolution ordering Iran to stop its nuke development.  They have given 30 days for Iran to comply (what happens after 30 days...?  Yeah, I'm skeptical too!).  Today, Iran roundly rejected that request.

So what now? Looks like Iran is ready for some sable rattling of its own, as they announced a massive gulf military 'exercise'.
Thousands of Iranian troops will on Friday start a week-long military maneuver in the Gulf to ready armed forces for warding off "threats", a senior commander announced on state television.

The commander of the navy of Revolutionary Guards Corps, Rear Admiral Mostafa Safari, did not specify the nature of the threat although the maneuver comes amid increasing tensions with the West over Tehran's nuclear programme.

"The Revolutionary Guards Corps navy and air force in collaboration with (Iran's regular) army, navy, (the volunteer militia) Basij, and the Iranian police will start a maneuver from 31 March until 6 April in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman," he said.


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