Saturday, March 31, 2007

The board is set... the pieces are moving


Saber Rattling all around!

SLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan successfully tested an indigenous short-range, nuclear- capable missile on Saturday, the military said.

The surface-to-surface Abdali ballistic missile—with a range of 125 miles—was launched from an undisclosed location inside Pakistan. The missile "can carry all types of warheads," the military said in a statement issued from Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital, Islamabad.

The military did not provide any further details, but Pakistan and its nuclear-armed rival, neighboring India, routinely test missiles.

Pakistan's latest comes about a week after India tested its indigenously developed air-to-air Astra missile, with a range of up to 50 miles.

Aswell as:
RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Railways Shaikh Rashid Ahmed while expressing fear of a US attack on Iran has categorically stated that Pakistan would never offend a Muslim neighbour at the cost of a fair-weather friend, the US.

“We would support Iran if attacked by the United States and would not provide airbases to America,” he stated in categorical terms.

Addressing a ceremony held in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations at Lal Hawaili here on Friday, Rashid said it is now Iran's term after the US attacked Iraq and Afghanistan. “The US is sitting ready to attack Iran but Pakistan will never allow Washington to use its territory for launching an attack,” he added.

Being a nuclear state, the responsibility of Pakistan has increased manifold as far as conflicts in the region are concerned. “Pakistan is in a leading position for the Muslim Ummah and it would be impossible for Pakistan to support America in this regard.”

But wait, there's more!
WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he should not underestimate the US military threat on Iran, Newsweek reported late on Friday.

Ahmadinejad met with King Abdullah on March 4 in Riyadh, and publicly the two leaders agreed to fight growing Sunni-Shia strife in the region. Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal told Newsweek in an interview that the king meanwhile warned Ahmadinejad to take seriously threats of US military strikes over Iran’s refusal to halts its uranium enrichment programme.

“On the nuclear issue, we warned him: ‘Don’t play with fire. Don’t think the threat [of an American attack on Iran] is a nonexistent threat; think that it’s a real threat, maybe even a palpable threat,’” Faisal said in the interview posted on the Newsweek website on Friday.

Blair: Iran must free naval prisoners in days
By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
Last Updated: 1:53am BST 26/03/2007

Tony Blair warned Iran last night that it has only a few days to find a diplomatic solution to the escalating crisis over the 15 missing British sailors and Marines

Interesting Side note:

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state-run Zhuhai Zhenrong Corp, the biggest buyer of Iranian crude worldwide, began paying for its oil in euros late last year ...

"Most of China's purchases have shifted to euro. It's not difficult so long as our banks can handle that," said a Chinese state oil trader.

Japanese buyers, including top refiner Nippon Oil Corp., said they had all received inquiries from Iran to pay on non-U.S. dollar terms, but were awaiting an official request.

As if our Administration hasn't harmed Americas Reputation in the world, it's also gone ahead and ruined our economic future too. congratz Shrubby, Congratz.

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