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(Reprinted from PressTV online article, 15 Feb 2010.)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has started drilling its first exploratory well in the Caspian Sea to search for oil in the resource-rich body of water.

“The Amir-Kabir semi-submersible drilling rig has started exploration drillings in the Caspian Sea. It will drill the country’s first exploratory well at a depth of 1,550 meters under the seabed,” North Drilling Company Managing Director Hedayatollah Khademi told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.

In light of the great potential of the region, there is a very good possibility that the Amir-Kabir (formerly known as Iran-Alborz) semi-submersible drilling rig will help find new reserves of crude oil in the Caspian Sea, he added.

The drilling rig weighs 14,000 tons without its attachments and will facilitate exploration in deep waters in the southern part of the Caspian Sea.

According to estimates, the southern part of the Caspian Sea holds at least 32 billion barrels of oil reserves. Iran’s exploration efforts have so far led to the discovery of 46 oil fields in the Caspian Sea.

Iran has the world’s third-largest proven reserves of crude oil, mainly located in the southwest of the country and offshore in the Persian Gulf. (emphasis added)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=118561&sectionid=351020103

Why does this matter enough for me to reprint it here? Because of where the Caspian Sea is, who the countries are that surround it, and what they are doing there as we speak. See my earlier articles about the Caspian Sea and oil.

How soon they forget…

Fars News 16 Feb 2010

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is no threat to the regional countries, including the Persian Gulf littoral states, and this has been proved to everyone, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Tehran Majdi Ahmad Ebrahim Al-Zafiri stressed here on Tuesday.

“Some neighboring countries might have different views in this regard but generally speaking, all of them unanimously say that Iran does not pose a threat to any other country,” Al-Zafiri said in a meeting with Iranian officials in the southern province of Bushehr.

http://bit.ly/9bS1Tl

Iran tests new generation of centrifuges
Fars News 16 Feb 2010

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Tuesday that it has tested a new generation of centrifuges to promote the country’s nuclear fuel production capability.

“We have tested a new generation of centrifuges that is now in its final phases. Their capacity (to enrich uranium) is 5 times more than that of the existing centrifuges,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, speaking at a news conference with Iranian and foreign reporters here in Tehran today. “We will use them for (supplying) our power plants’ fuel in the near future,” the president went on to say.

http://bit.ly/b9AzHE

(Bette: I doubt if I’ve ever agreed with anything this man has said in the past, but he may be right about one reason for the world’s interest in his region… gas and oil reserves from the Caspian Sea, especially considering which countries control them.)

Fars News 28 Jan 2010

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted the world arrogant powers for their attempts to dominate the resources in the Middle Eastern countries.

“The arrogant powers are after the precious resources of the Middle East region and that is why they interfere in this region’s affairs,” Ahmadinejad said… Referring to the arrogant powers’ meddling in Iran’s post-election events, President Ahmadinejad said, “The main objective of their interference and conspiracies was to dominate the Middle East region as it is the center of the world’s energy.”

“Middle East is the cradle of the world’s major civilizations and the crossroads of the world’s political relations. It is also the rich source of world’s energy and that is why the arrogant powers are to dominate it,” he added.

http://bit.ly/9Vn9RO

Here are a few current and very recent articles from Fars News that I think are interesting. These and similar articles over the last month or so indicate how seriously Iran is working to surround itself with allies, militarily and economically. Worried about anyone flying over neighboring territories?

Tehran, Islamabad (Pakistan) Finalize Gas Pipeline Deal

Iran and Pakistan finalized an agreement to build a gas pipeline which is due to take Iran’s rich gas reserves to his energy hungry nation, a Pakistani official announced.

US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke had earlier urged Islamabad to avoid the deal with Iran. Holbrooke said the US would help Pakistan secure liquefied natural gas supplies, should it abandon the planned gas deal with Iran. (Pakistan declined)

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8811010626

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Iran to Increase Gas Imports from Azerbaijan

Iran is forced to import gas for its northern territories because the country’s terrain obstructs supply routes from the energy-rich south.Azerbaijan and Iran are linked currently via the 1474.5 kilometer Kazi-Magomed-Astara gas pipeline.

In December, 2009 the Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Mohammad Baqer Bahrami, said that a new pipeline is needed to supply Iran with the 5 billion cubic meters of gas that it would like to import from Azerbaijan every year.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8811010677

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Qatar Stresses Reinvigoration of Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani underlined his country’s resolve to strengthen relations with Iran. Also in a meeting with Qatari Chief of Staff of Armed Forces Major General Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah, the two sides discussed ways for fostering bilateral cooperation.

“Iran’s policy seeks help to peace and security in the world and strategic Persian Gulf region,” Sohrabi said. Qatar’s Chief of Staff of Armed Forces on his part expressed the hope that bilateral relations could be expanded further.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8811010548

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Iranian FM Underlines Security in Caucuses

“Security and stability in the Caucuses region should be strengthened through a regional approach,” Mottaki said in a meeting with Armenia’s ex-president Robert Kocharian here in Tehran today.

Kocharian, for his part, pointed to the age-old ties between the two neighboring states, and said, “I will spare no effort to expand (Armenia’s) ties with Iran.”

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8810301588

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Iran’s Speaker to Visit Kuwait, Kenya, Uganda

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is scheduled to pay visits to Kuwait, Kenya and Uganda next week, an advisor to Larijani announced on Wednesday.

Official Stresses Iran, Turkey’s Vital Role in Region

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei on Tuesday said that Iran and Turkey play significant roles in regional developments.

Tajik FM Highlights Positive Results of Ahmadinejad’s Visit to Dushanbe

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister Hamrohkhon Zarifi said that the visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Central Asian state in early January helped the two countries to identify fresh grounds for mutual cooperation.

MEANWHILE……

Iran Mulling Measures to Downgrade Ties with Britain

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said on Tuesday that Tehran is studying downgrading of its relations with Britain and will take action if it finds it necessary.

“Follow the money” is always good advice. Money / power / control… lots to be had in and around the Caspian Sea. It’s not only Middle Eastern nuclear power (weaponry) they’re interested in controlling.

Iran to drill Caspian Sea for oil soon
Tehran Times 8 Dec 2009

According to estimates, the southern part of the Caspian Sea holds at least 32 billion barrels of oil reserves.

http://bit.ly/5OGLzQ

Iran to privatize northern oil exploration rights
Tehran Times 11 Aug 2009

Photo caption: Recently launched Iran-Alborz oil exploration platform in the Caspian Sea.

The Iranian Privatization Organization has been given the rights to privatize 80 percent of the rights to explore oil in the country’s northern sector and the Caspian Sea.

http://bit.ly/8hj1O5

“Privatize,” right.

Here are two articles about Iran’s nuclear activities that I came across today.

Nuclear detector set up on Iran border
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2009

… UN agency completing a nuclear test detection station in Turkmenistan, just a few kilometers from the Iranian border.

The PS44 installation is the 337th facility of the International Monitoring System. It was set up by the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), a network of stations across the globe that monitors the atmosphere to detect nuclear blasts by countries secretly testing nuclear weapons. PS44 is expected to be operational by 2010, once it has been tested.

http://bit.ly/7GD5wb

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

DEBKAfile Special Report 4 December 2009

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea’s head earlier this year.

DEBKAfile’s Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

http://bit.ly/7GlNAi

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
November 23, 2009, 10:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
Image: USS Chosin off Yemen faces Iranian flotilla

The Yemeni conflict is fast evolving from a Houthi insurgency against the Abdullah Salah regime in Sanaa to a broad regional conflagration drawing in Saudi Arabia and Egypt as major players and increasingly the United States, whose involvement is building up into a direct confrontation with the rebels’ sponsor, Iran.

DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that over the weekend, the Aegis class cruiser USS Chosin was designated the flagship of Combined Task Force 151 which is patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.

Responding to this signal, Iran’s navy commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari announced Monday, Nov. 23, that Ghadir-class submarines would be joining the four Iranian warships already in position opposite the Yemeni coast. He did not say how many subs were to be deployed.

http://bit.ly/6hkAAT

Aljazeera 11 Nov 09

yemensoldiersIran has said that it is ready to help restore security in Yemen, which is currently engaged in a deadly conflict with an armed Houthi opposition group.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Hossein Shobakshi, a columnist with the Arabic Asharq Alawsat newspaper, was critical of Iran’s offer to help.

“It is a very odd situation that Iran threatens anybody that interferes in Yemeni affairs. This is an internal issue between the Yemenis. Saudi Arabia is protecting its borders. What business does Iran have stating what it has stated?”

“But it falls in sync with what Iran has been doing, interfering in other countries’ affairs – we have seen it in Jordan, Sudan, Palestine, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Iraq – creating pockets of influence and trying to control its puppets in every part of the Arab world.”

http://bit.ly/4aZO4J

DEBKAfile Special report
October 25, 2009, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00)

minisubThe US Congressional Research Service reveals that Iran has helped Syria obtain “various forms of weapons of mass destruction” and missiles, as well as buying midget submarines – all from North Korea. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the North Korean miniature subs are capable of dropping small teams of commando forces on enemy shores, damaging large warships and mining the approaches of naval bases and harbors.

They are capable of sowing EM-52 “rising mines” originally developed by China, which lurk on deep sea beds until triggered by a passing ship to release a missile which shoots up to strike its hull. This weapon substantially enhances the Syrian and Iranian navies’ menace, a development Israel will have take into account in the defenses of its Mediterranean naval bases and commercial ports.

http://www2.debka.com/headline.php?hid=6339