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Iran Holds Elections as Washington Mulls Tougher Action Against Its Nuclear Program

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Iran Holds Elections as Washington Mulls Tougher Action Against Its Nuclear Program

On 03.04.12 08:13 AM posted by James Phillips

Iran held sham elections for its faux parliament Friday, with several thousand heavily vetted candidates vying to win 290 seats. The results will reflect the will of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneiówho ultimately decides who is allowed to run and who is allowed to winómore than they reflect the will of Iranís people, many of whom are boycotting the vote. Khamenei undoubtedly would agree with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin that ďItís not the people that vote who count. Itís the people who count the votes.Ē

These are Iranís first elections since the disputed 2009 presidential elections, in which Khamenei ordained that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be re-elected, despite early results that suggested otherwise. Now that the Supreme Leader has soured on Ahmadinejad after a series of political disagreements, Ahmadinejadís faction is likely to suffer a setback at the polls.

Meanwhile, Iran continues to accelerate its production of enriched uranium and steadily advance its nuclear weapons program. The International Atomic Energy Agency is particularly concerned about activities at Iranís facility at Parchin, which Tehran blocked inspectors from visiting earlier this month.

The Obama Administration, which has failed to halt Iranís nuclear program, is under growing pressure to take stronger action ahead of President Obamaís meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. Disagreements over how best to stem Iranís nuclear advance have led to increased tensions between the White House and Netanyahuís government.

Netanyahu is understandably determined to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear capability, which he has declared to be an existential threat to Israel. President Obama should make it clear that he fully shares that determination and pledge to take strong action.

See: The ObamaĖNetanyahu Summit: Time to Present a Common Front Against Iran

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