Monday, April 27, 2009

"Report on IRAN 'coincides with AIPAC's annual policy conference ..."

In the CABLE, here

"... Frantz's travel to the UN atomic watchdog agency, the IAEA, in Vienna, looks at a number of financial entities in Europe and elsewhere that help Iran conduct overseas financial transactions that allegedly finance its nuclear activities.

The report's release coincides with the influential annual policy conference of the pro-Israel group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which opens this weekend in Washington. Sources had earlier told The Cable that AIPAC officials had met with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) shortly after he became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee to recommend that the committee's investigative energies could be usefully directed into looking into the Iran sanctions busting issue.

The report's release also roughly coincides with the completion of the Obama administration's Iran policy review. It also emerges as legislation is being introduced on the Hill pushing for tougher sanctions on Iran..."

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