A rally in Iran turned violent Friday as opposition supporters defied warnings and thronged the streets. Meanwhile, President Ahmadinejad repeated his claim that the Holocaust was a lie.
The Obama administration is expected to announce Thursday it will shelve Bush-era plans to erect a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, after Iran’s long-range missiles were deemed less of a threat than previously believed.
Administration cites technological advances and a shifting threat from Iran. But many in Eastern Europe worry the US is simply appeasing Russia.
Germany, France, and UK are ready to impose oil and gas sanctions on Iran to stave off military strikes. But Oct. 1 talks about Iran's nuclear program will likely delay any moves.
Historic negotiations set for Oct. 1 will showcase an emboldeneded Tehran angling to buy more time to develop its nuclear capabilities, European analysts say.
But the Oct. 1 meeting may simply set the stage for the US to seek tougher sanctions against Tehran for its nuclear program.
President Obama had hoped to pressure Iran by building international consensus on tougher sanctions.
Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN, sounded less strident Friday in addressing Iran’s nuclear program than Secretary of State Clinton has.