DEBKAfile 1.17.14: Briefs on Israel, Iran & Mid-East Issues

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White House: Iran starts eliminating high-grade uranium stocks Jan. 20:

“Beginning January 20th, Iran will   for the first time start eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of   enriched uranium and dismantling some of the infrastructure that makes such   enrichment possible,” the White House said. Under the landmark deal   reached in November, Iran will also halt parts of its enrichment program for   six months in exchange for modest relief from international sanctions.  1/12/14

 Tehran denies ‘dismantling’ its program:

Tehran contradicted as “misleading” the White House statement purporting an agreement with Iran to start dismantling its enrichment infrastructure on Jan. 20.  1/14/14

US agrees to separate Iran’s nuclear issues for its regional conduct:

The US and Iran have agreed to treat Tehran’s regional policies as separate from nuclear diplomacy and so prevent obstacles which such opponents as Saudi Arabia and Israel may raise. Monday, Jan. 14, senior US sources admitted: “The US and Iran have sought to insulate the nuclear negotiations from the tensions over Iran’s regional policies.” On the Syrian issue, governments near and far will attend Geneva 2, but Israel is not invited, although events in next-door Syria and Lebanon directly impinge on its security. Sharon would not have taken this snub lying down.  1/13/14

The EU conceals nuclear implementation agreement with Iran:

The text of an agreement reached   Sunday to implement the interim nuclear deal with Iran is not available to   the public because the European Union is not releasing it, the White House   says. Asked to explain why this is so, the EU foreign policy spokesman   Michael Mann said that he will “have to ask about that.”  1/14/14

Same plane delivers Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers in Moscow to meet Putin: 

rouhani w putin7x128Iran’s Javad Zarif and Syria’s Walid Moallem disembarked in Moscow from the same flight out of Damascus. They went straight into a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, following Zarif’s consultation with Bashar Assad and a government-building exercise in Beirut.

Iran is acting out a new division of tasks agreed with the US and Russia, which allots Iran the role of senior Middle East power for setting up political deals with local leaders, fixing disputes, and presenting the results to Putin for approval. He sends them on to the White House.  1/16/14

 [Freeallthree: Hoping the last entry is not true, but it does mirror Iran’s true goals in Mideast]

Putin accepts invitation to visit Tehran. King of Morocco invites Iran to “Jerusalem Committee” – with Kerry’s approval

Tehran’s offensive for establishing itself as the leading Middle East power bar none is in full flight. Foreign Minister Javad Zerif used his Moscow visit to invite Vladimir Putin to visit Tehran, which the Russian President accepted.

The King of Morocco’s offer to Iran of full membership in the Al Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of the Organization of Islamic States, with the approval of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Iran also sent out invitations to Gulf rulers for a tour of its nuclear reactor at Bushehr combined with a round table discussion on regional nuclear cooperation.  1/17/14

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