Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Military Space News .




NUKEWARS
Iran must alter strategy to counter sanctions: Ahmadinejad
by Staff Writers
Tehran (AFP) Jan 16, 2013


Swedish man on trial for breaking Iran sanctions
Stockholm, Sweden (AFP) Jan 16, 2013 - A man went on trial in the southern Swedish town of Lund on Wednesday for breaking international sanctions against Iran, after he tried to send equipment out of the country that could be used for uranium enrichment.

Shabab Ghasri, a 31-year-old Swede of Iranian origin, is charged with trying to sell advanced valves to Iran through his company.

"He doesn't consider himself guilty of having committed a crime," prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnstroem said.

Ghasri is alleged to have planned to circumvent international sanctions against Iran by first sending the equipment to Dubai.

The number of valves deemed to be in breach of international sanctions had been reduced from 11 in the original indictment to two, Qvarnstroem said.

Analysts have said that although it is technically possible to use the non-corrosive valves in the oil and gas industry, they are of unnecessarily high quality to be used for anything but uranium enrichment.

The shipment was discovered by Swedish customs officials in 2011.

Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful but many in the international community suspect its real aim is to develop nuclear weapons.

The country's economy is struggling to cope with punitive measures adopted by the US and the EU targeting its vital oil income and access to global financial systems.

Iran must fundamentally tailor its economy to overcome Western sanctions since Tehran's current approach is a losing strategy, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

"Continuation of the current trend of defending against West's (economic) offensive ... is damaging," Ahmadinejad said in a speech before the parliament.

"He who attacks will always end up winning and one that has to defend always ends up losing something."

His remarks come as Iranian officials have for months called on the government to establish a front against what they say is an "economic war" targeting Iran's vital oil income and access to global financial systems.

Iran "must make a fundamental transformation of its economy to use its national capacity to circumvent the sanctions," Ahmadinejad said.

He explained that one of the main solution would be to "ultimately decide to once and for all cut the government's dependence on oil revenues," warning that it would create "pressure as the result."

Iran lost a substantial part of its oil revenues in 2012 due to sanctions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme, Iranian officials have said.

Estimated at around five billion dollars per month according to experts, the loss in oil revenues has led to a contraction of the 2013/2014 budget being prepared by the government, according to some MPs.

The sanctions have also had a role in the collapse of the Iranian currency and thus soaring prices, exerting "pressure on a large part of the people," Ahmadinejad said.

He also defended plans to go ahead with implementing his much touted scheme of cutting subsidies on food and energy and pay stipends to the population, which began in 2010.

"One of the best solutions to ensure stable economic growth and to circumvent sanctions is the subsidy cut plan," Ahmadinejad said of the scheme which has garnered criticism at home for alleged hike in inflation.

The second phase of the plan is being blocked by the parliament.

.


Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





NUKEWARS
Iran judge condemns American to death for spying
Tehran (AFP) Jan 9, 2012
An Iranian judge sentenced a US-Iranian man to death for spying for the CIA, media reported Monday, exacerbating high tensions in the face of Western sanctions on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme. Amir Mirzai Hekmati, a 28-year-old former Marine born in the United States to an Iranian family, was "sentenced to death for cooperating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and try ... read more


NUKEWARS
Raytheon supports 40 years of Fleet defense through AEGIS system development

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract for Production of PAC-3 Missiles

Turkey Patriot missiles operational by Feb: NATO

Russia to add 3 new anti-missile radars

NUKEWARS
Raytheon awarded contract for HARM upgrade

Short-range ballistic missile again fired in Syria: NATO

Iran develops new missile launcher

Thatcher 'warned France to cut off Exocets in Falklands war'

NUKEWARS
Northrop Grumman, Cassidian Fly First Sensor-Equipped Euro Hawk

TerraLuma Selects Headwall's Micro Hyperspec for UAV Applications

Elbit Systems to Supply Long-Range Observation Systems to the Israeli Ministry of Defense

US Army Awards AeroVironment Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract

NUKEWARS
TS Receives Funding For SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems Equipment

MUOS Waveform Will Improve Secure Communications Capabilities

DARPA selects SwRI's K-band space crosslink radio for flight development as part of System F6 Program

BAE pulls out of Australian comms tender

NUKEWARS
Lockheed Martin Receives USAF Approval For Sniper Pod Full-Rate Production Under ATP-SE Program

Operators use JLENS for IED warfare simulation

Northrop Grumman to Provide Hand Held Precision Targeting Devices to US Army

Elbit Systems to Supply the Israeli Ministry of Defense with Cardom Artillery Systems

NUKEWARS
Russia, Bangladesh seal $1 bln arms deal

Anglo-Italian helicopter firm wins $567 mln S. Korea deal

Bulgaria cancels privatisation of defence group VMZ

US military ordered to prepare for fiscal 'perfect storm'

NUKEWARS
Senate to hold Hagel confirmation hearing Jan 31

Japan mulling military equipment near disputed isles

Japan, Vietnam vow to cooperate on regional challenges

China's army told to prepare to fight: state media

NUKEWARS
New nanotech fiber: Robust handling, shocking performance

Southampton scientist develops strongest, lightest glass nanofibres in the world

Nanoparticles reach new peaks

Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement