Monday, August 25, 2008

Georgia crisis may ease pressure on Iran; Iranian Supreme Leader backs Ahmadinejad's second term



Georgia crisis may ease pressure on Iran

Reuters reports, 24 August 2008:

"Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, has long been a reluctant backer of the U.S.-led push to pressure Iran with sanctions, although Moscow has eventually backed three sanctions resolutions after watering them down.

"The daily Iran News said the Georgia conflict, which has heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow, may now make it more difficult for the United States and its Western allies to secure Russian backing for a fourth round of sanctions."

Report: Iranian Supreme Leader backs Ahmadinejad's second term

"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to prepare for a second term in office, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday."

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