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Iran warns EU against imposing sanctions

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the European Union (EU) on Sunday against imposing unilateral sanctions, saying Tehran would react swiftly and cause “remorse.”

“We do not welcome any tension or a new resolution. We seek logic and friendship,” Ahmadinejad said in remarks directed at the EU, which were translated into English by the Press TV channel.

“I should tell you that anyone who adopts a measure against the Iranian nation, such as inspection of our ships and planes, should know that Iran will react swiftly,” the hardliner said.

“Experience shows that such a reaction by the Iranian nation will cause remorse to it (the EU),” he added.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pictured in June 2010,

The EU will impose tough sanctions against Iran’s vital oil and gas industries on Monday in a bid to lure Tehran back to the negotiating table over its disputed nuclear programme.

EU leaders and the United States decided to impose their own penalties against the Iranian energy sector soon after the UN Security Council levied its fourth set of punitive measures on June 9.

The sanctions are part of a twin-track approach with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton seeking to revive moribund talks between Iran and six world powers — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Western powers have demanded that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment programme, fearing that Tehran would use the material to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran says its atomic programme is a peaceful drive to produce energy.

The new EU sanctions reportedly include a ban on the sale of equipment, technology and services to Iran’s energy sector, hitting activities in refining, liquefied natural gas, exploration and production.

The EU will also ban dual-use goods that can be used for conventional weapons, and step up vigilance of Iranian banking, barring banks connected to Iran from opening branches.

Ahmadinejad warned that countries supporting the United States in its anti-Iran agenda will be considered as “hostile” towards the Islamic republic.

“Anyone who participates in the (anti-Iran) US scheme, we will consider them as hostile… and Iran will strongly respond to any threat” from them, the hardliner said.

Ahmadinejad, under whose presidency Iran’s relations with the West have deteriorated, said that the US and its aides are “worried by Iran’s progress.”

“By launching a psychological war, they think they can halt the Iranian nation’s progress,” he said, adding that imposing sanctions was also part of a move to halt the nation’s progress.

“They do not want Iran to reach the status it deserves,” he added.

Source: SGGP

Imposing Murray coasts into Open second round

In Vietnam Sports on January 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Andy Murray waves following his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their men’s singles first round match on day one in Melbourne on January 18, 2010 (AFP photo)

MELBOURNE, Jan 18, 2010 (AFP) – Scotland’s Andy Murray was in imposing form as he breezed into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over qualifier Kevin Anderson on Monday.

Murray, fancied to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles titles since 1936, could scarcely have been more impressive as he destroyed the South African world number 148 in just 97 minutes, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

The match wasn’t quite as one-sided as the score suggested, with Anderson genuinely testing the Scot at times.

But the fifth seed showcased an array of winners that backed his unwavering personal belief that he can take out the year’s first Grand Slam.

Murray reeled off 37 winners in his brief time on court, and also showcased his improved volleying game by losing just two points from the 18 times he ventured to the net.

However, one area of concern was his first serve percentage, which was just 35 percent for the match.

The tall Anderson tried to serve and volley his way out of trouble against the 22-year-old, but each time he seemed in a dominant position at the net, Murray would come up with a crisp passing shot.

Down 0-40 in the second game of the second set, Murray reeled off a string of winners to hold serve and then immediately broke the Anderson serve in a period of play that reflected the tone of the whole match.

When Anderson finally broke the Murray serve in the third set, the Scot simply broke back as he reeled off the next three games to take the match.

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Federer’s imposing claim for another Slam win

In Vietnam Sports on January 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

MELBOURNE, Jan 13, 2010 (AFP) – A resurgent Roger Federer is again the man to beat in next week’s Australian Open as he shoots for his 16th Grand Slam crown in the year’s opening major.

Just when his rivals appeared to have closed the gap on the Swiss, the world number one had another stellar season in 2009, winning his first-ever French Open and a sixth Wimbledon title.

(File) Roger Federer (AFP photo)

The 28-year-old great became the all-time Grand Slam leader in men’s tennis in the process, passing the 14 won by American Pete Sampras.

Federer was duly crowned the International Tennis Federation (ITF) champion for the fifth time and finished the year-end ATP top-ranked player for the fifth time in six years.

Underlining his incredible consistency, Federer has only missed playing in one of the last 18 Grand Slam finals, his sole slip-up coming when he lost to Russian Marat Safin in the semi-finals of the 2008 Australian Open.

When it comes to determining the likely winner of this year’s tournament it is hard to go past Federer.

“If I’m healthy this year I can win many more tournaments and that could also help get me more confidence, more momentum,” he said ahead of the Open.

Federer will be chasing his fourth Australian Open victory and takes a 47-7 match record into the Melbourne event.

If there is to be an upset it looks likely to come from defending champion Rafael Nadal, the 2008 champion Novak Djokovic, British hope Andy Murray or Federer’s conqueror at last year’s US Open final, Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.

Nadal, who toppled Federer from the number one ranking in August 2008 and held it for 46 weeks until handing it back to the Swiss last July, admits to suffering a crisis of confidence heading into his title defence.

He has had increasing problems with arthritic knees, suffered from an abdominal injury, and reportedly been affected by the recent break-up of his parents’ marriage.

“I have had a lot of problems in the head,” Nadal said. “But that’s life. You have to accept problems and you have to come back. I am trying. We will see what happens in the next six months.”

Nadal, who will be seeded to face Federer in the 2010 Australian final, holds an impressive 13-7 record over him, but a disrupted 2009 season may count against the Spaniard over the next two weeks.

Djokovic finished third on the year-end rankings by a big space ahead of Del Potro and Murray, and has shown a liking for the court and the conditions of Melbourne with his win here two years ago.

“Last year I ended my title defence in the quarter-finals with the retirement (against Andy Roddick),” Djokovic said.

“That was what you would call the ugliest way that I could have finished that tournament.

“I always try to set up in the best possible shape and form for the Grand Slams and I have all the reasons to believe I can perform my best tennis this year.”

Del Potro has leap-frogged Murray into the fourth ranking spot and although his Australian Open record is modest with just a quarter-final appearance at three attempts, his epic win over Federer at Flushing Meadow last year earns him respect.

Murray is burdened with the national expectation of becoming the first British player to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry’s 1936 US Open triumph.

“I think I’m ready to win it,” Murray said at last week’s Hopman Cup in Perth.

“I feel like I’m serving well, moving well and playing the ball better than I have done for a long time at the back of the court and I am volleying well.”

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