Friday, January 19, 2007

Some good news from Iran

"Rebuke in Iran to Its President on Nuclear Role."
Iran’s outspoken president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, appears to be under pressure from the highest authorities in Iran to end his involvement in its nuclear program, a sign that his political capital is declining as his country comes under increasing international pressure.

Just one month after the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran to curb its nuclear program, two hard-line newspapers, including one owned by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on the president to stay out of all matters nuclear.

In the hazy world of Iranian politics, such a public rebuke was seen as a sign that the supreme leader — who has final say on all matters of state — might no longer support the president as the public face of defiance to the West.
The sanctions imposed by the U.N. and the Security Council resolution passed at the end of December have apparently had some effect on the Iranian economy, Iranian politicians and leaders beyond Ahmadinejad. The prospect of being drawn into the debacle in Iraq may also be causing some sober second thought in Iran as well.