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article imageMideast crisis continues as Russia protects Assad

By Eliot Elwar     Jun 10, 2012 in World
Muslim cleric says Jerusalem will be Egypt's new capital, Iranian general says our fingers are on the war trigger, and terrorist groups in Syria are armed with chemical weapons.
Additionally, Russia says we won’t oppose Assad's departure, Ahmadinejad says Iran has no fear, and North Korea says it has no plan for nuclear test. reports: If the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Mursi, wins the presidential election, Egypt’s new capital will no longer be Cairo, but Jerusalem, according to Safwat Hagazy who is a prominent Egyptian Cleric. These statements were made at a presidential convention broadcast on the Egyptian Al-Nas TV station on 1 May and later re-posted on YouTube by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute. In the video, masses are observed waving Egyptian and Hamas flags. Hagazy’s oration called for millions of Muslim martyrs in the march to take Jerusalem.- reports: While Western pressure increases on Bashar Assad over the most recent mass execution of defenseless women and children in Syria, Iranian officials intensify their warning to the Western world against any military action on the Syrian dictator. The pro-Assad resistance combatants are ready to fight the enemy aggressors and they will not endure the engagement, according to a senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazaeri. Iranian officials often refer to Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon as the resistance front. Iran’s armed forces had formed a joint war room, which included officers from Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah to respond to any attack on Syria. The civil war in Syria could engulf the Mideast region and its main victims will be the Syrian people, according to Jazaeri. The Zionists regime and all the Syrian enemies are within the resistance fire range, according to Jazaeri.
The Fars News Agency reports: Terrorist groups in Syria are currently equipped with chemical weapons, and these groups received the necessary trainings on how to employ these deadly weapons in Turkey. These chemical weapons were transferred to Syria from Libya. Recently, the press reported on the deployment of chemical weapons in Syria. However, according to a few analysts, the Syrian Army's suspected deployment of the chemical weapons is meant to create confusion so the Sunni Muslim terrorists can use these weapons against the Syrian people to blame Assad’s government of criminal actions.
The Jerusalem Post reports: “Russia will not challenge Syria's President Bashar Assad's departure if his exodus resulted from dialogues among the Syrian people and is not enforced by external Western pressure,” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “If the Syrians agree about Assad’s departure among themselves, we will be happy to support such a solution,” said Lavrov. “However, we believe it is wrong to enforce the circumstances for such a dialogue from the outside,” said Lavrov. Additionally, Russia emphasized its request for an international conference on Syria, saying sanctions or military intervention will aggravate the challenging atmosphere. “Our logic is that it is not necessary now to apply additional pressure, to introduce sanctions or use the threat of force,” according to Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov. The Russian Federation used its UN Security Council veto to shield Assad from coordinated condemnation and sanctions to maintain its Mideast influence among the Islamic community.
Israel National News reports: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran has no plans to develop nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad made his comments ahead of the discussions scheduled with Western powers over Tehran's nuclear enrichment program. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany want Iran to deactivate its primary uranium enrichment facilities. Ahmadinejad's remarks imply Iran would reject Western desires. The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran is pursuing the develop nuclear weapons based on the West assessment of various intelligence sources. Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful objectives involving energy generation and medical therapy. However, nuclear proliferations analysts say Iran's uranium enrichment to 20 percent purification far exceeds what Teheran would require for any medical study. Additionally, recent International Atomic Energy Agency reports have charged Iran has conducted nuclear weapons research.
BBC News reports: While North Korea says it has no plans for conducting another nuclear test, it has provocation from South Korea. Seoul was attempting to ‘shake the nerves of the DPRK to cause it to conduct a nuclear test, according to a foreign ministry spokesman. The remarks were carried by Pyongyang's official news agency, KCNA. They came after satellite images confirmed that a major upgrade was underway at North Korea's rocket launch facility. Work on the Musudan-ri launch facility progressed rapidly since mid-2011, according to imagery analysis by a U.S. institute. Following the U.N. Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang for the North's unsuccessful rocket launch, analysts judge the North would conduct another nuclear test. When the U.N. imposed sanctions against its rocket launches, North Korea responded with atomic tests in 2006 and 2009.
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