Ominous rumblings from Iran

It must be said: Iran Focus is a fountain of info with regard to the growing Iranian crisis. Take this series of tidbits.
Iran President: Enemies can take their desires “to the grave”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that the Islamic Republic’s enemies will take their “desire to harm the Iranian nation” and stop it from pursuing its nuclear ambitions “to the grave”.

“Our enemies will take their desire to harm and stop the Iranian nation to the grave”, Ahmadinejad said at a rally in the north-western town of Fariman. The official news agency carried his comments.

“This nation is determined to continue the path of advancement. The enemies can never create a gap in its determination by creating commotion”, he said.

“For as long as be stand firm, no power can harm the Iranian nation in the slightest way”.

He added that Iran’s “enemies” would fail in their “psychological warfare” against Iran.
Ahmadinejad also announced that Iran to make nuclear declaration shortly
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that the Islamic Republic would give soon give “good news” about its nuclear advancements, the official state news agency reported.

“During the visit to the holy city of Mashad we will give the Iranian nation good news on the issue of nuclear energy”, Ahmadinejad told a gathering in the north-eastern city of Mashad.
All of this is just another days worth of news ever since Ahmadinejad ascended to presidency, isn't it? Except in conjunction with this morsel: Iran officials send their children abroad for studies
A large proportion of current and former officials of Iran’s Foreign Ministry have sent their children to study abroad, according to a study carried out by the state-run news agency Fars.

Among the senior officials and ex-officials at the ministry whose children are studying abroad are the former Foreign Minister, three current chiefs of operations, and two former deputy Foreign Ministers, the study, which was reported on Monday, stated.

Some nine current and former ambassadors were also on the list along with a current departmental chief in the ministry.

The officials have sent their children to countries such as the Untied States, Canada, Britain, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Malaysia, and South Africa, the report said, adding that in many cases the children were not studying in the same country where their parents were based.

The report described the number of Foreign Ministry officials whose children were studying abroad as “unnatural”.
So, people in the loop are sending their kids out of harms way? Looks like it, doesn't it? Whatever else you draw from this, it seems eminently clear Iran is bent on open conflict. Hate to say I told you so, but I did...

On a somewhat brighter side, it seems the Iranian resistance is coming together and let itself be heard on the international state:
Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi called on the West on Monday to end all efforts at negotiating with the hard-line government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and instead support the “Iranian Resistance”.

Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was speaking at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where she had been invited by the Liberal Party Group to make an address about how to tackle Tehran’s challenge to the West and outline her visions for a “future democratic Iran”.

“Once again, I call on the [international community] to make this choice in support of the Iranian people and their Resistance”, Rajavi said, as she held up pictures of hangings carried out in Iran.

She called on the international community to offer the Iranian Resistance an official observer status at the United Nations. “The time has come for the international community to recognise the Iranian people's Resistance and grant it an observer seat in the United Nations”.

“Today, Europe is facing a choice: A choice between firmness [against Tehran] or compromise, which would allow the mullahs to arm themselves with nuclear weapons”, she said.

She added that the West had to support the “Iranian people’s demand for democratic change” to prevent the otherwise inevitable outcome of “tragedy and war” with Iran.

Rajavi urged the European Union to end its blacklisting of the main Iranian opposition group – Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK/PMOI) – as a terrorist organisation. “Five hundred pre-eminent lawyers and more than 1,000 parliamentarians in Europe have declared their opposition to the terror label against the Mojahedin, because it allows the mullahs to suppress a legitimate resistance”, she said.

The MeK, a member organisation of the NCRI, was listed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union in mid-2002, in what the EU’s then-Spanish leadership called “a goodwill gesture to Tehran”.

In her presentation, Rajavi announced a ten-point plan for a “future Iran” where citizens’ rights would be respected and “peaceful coexistence” with its neighbours would be sought.

Among other items in the plan was an Iran “free of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction”.
I wish you all the support you need to complete your ten-point plan, Maryam. But remember who it is you are speaking to.

[UPDATE001] Apparently this is the bit of "good news" Ahmadinejad was hinting at:
Iran Might Have Enriched Uranium To 3.5 Per Cent (h/t Gateway Pundit). This would mean Iran has completed it's fuel cycle and can now start working on weapons grade uranium (which Iran still denies is one of the objectives). Well, that is good news, isn't it?

[UPDATE002]It's official: Iran has joined the nuclear club.

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