2006-02-01

Morning Report: February 1, 2006

India appoints new oil chief, kills Iran pipeline deal. Reuters: 'India has moved to secure the fate of a rickety nuclear deal with Washington by replacing its pro-Iranian oil minister with a reformist seen as having close US contacts, analysts say. Murli Deora was handed the key post on Sunday in a surprise move, pushing aside Mani Shankar Aiyar who was a strong supporter of a projected gas pipeline from Iran - something which the Indian foreign ministry was not comfortable with and which is opposed by the United States.' (Reuters)

Permanent Five resolution calls for Iran referral. Reuters: 'The U.N. Security Council's five permanent members have agreed on a resolution that asks the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency to report Iran to the top world body over its nuclear program, the document's final text showed. The resolution, obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, asks the International Atomic Energy Agency's governing board to agree at a crisis meeting on Thursday to "convey" to the council key IAEA reports raising doubts about the nature of Iran's nuclear work. It called on Iran to restore confidence in its intentions by re-suspending all nuclear-fuel research and uranium enrichment-related work and implementing transparency measures by halting restrictions on access for IAEA investigators.' (Reuters)