Today's Top Iran Stories (June 1, 2009)





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Published on Jan 29, 2010

Today's Top Iran Stories (June 1, 2009) - Mideast peace trumps Iran nuclear threat, says Egypt

Egypts presidential spokesperson, Suleiman Awad, said yesterday that Cairo believes that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more important than confronting Irans nuclear ambitions.

Awad told reporters: With regard to attempts to say Iran is a common danger, President [Hosni] Mubaraks and Egypts priority is on the Palestinian issue.

Awad was referring to what he called Israeli media reports that Israel and Arab countries felt equally threatened by Irans nuclear program, which the West suspects has a military aim.

Five people killed in arson attack in southeastern Iran
Five people were killed in an arson attack in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan today, just days after a deadly suicide bombing at a mosque there killed 25 people.

The attack on a financial and credit building today came as Iranian authorities were rounding up more suspects in Zahedan, who were accused of sowing sectarian discord there.

The new wave of arrest comes two days after three men convicted of involvement in the mosque bombing were executed in public in Zahedan.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki today described the incidents as part of a greater effort of creating a security-threat environment of the 12 June presidential election.

Iran source denies Iranian arrested in Azerbaijan terror plot

An informed Iranian source yesterday denied media reports that Azerbaijani authorities had arrested an Iranian man in connection with a plot to attack the Israeli embassy in Azerbaijans capital, Baku.

An Azerbaijani court official said today that two Lebanese men and four Azerbaijanis are standing trail on terrorism charges. The men are suspected of being tied to the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah, and Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a number of other suspects, including Iranian nationals, had escaped to Iran when police moved in to arrest the ...


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