Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
March 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 12 29 Mar 2004 -- 'YEAR OF ACCOUNTABILITY' BEGINS IN IRAN / KHAMENEI WARNS OF 'IMPERIALIST CENTERS.' / 'DIVINE INTERVENTION' AT THE IRANIAN BALLOT BOX? / PARLIAMENTARIAN FORBIDDEN TO LEAVE COUNTRY AFTER RESIGNATION / A RECENT FLOURISHING OF IRANIAN NEWS AGENCIES / IRAN TO GET 'RADIO DISCIPLINE.' / AGREEMENT ON IRAN-IRAQ PILGRIMAGES FORTHCOMING / TEHRAN SEES OFF HAMAS LEADER / TEHRAN CONDEMNS U.S. IN CONNECTION WITH HAMAS LEADER'S DEATH / MOSCOW SAYS NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH IRAN TO CONTINUE / NUCLEAR INSPECTORS FACE NEW CHALLENGES / EU ENCOURAGES IRANIAN NUCLEAR OPENNESS... / ...AS IT APPRAISES ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH TEHRAN / JAPANESE BANKS CONSIDER BILLION-DOLLAR LOAN TO NIOC
- IAEA inspectors arrive in Iran IRNA 28 Mar 2004 -- The first group of inspectors of
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived here Saturday to resume their inspection of Iran`s nuclear facilities in Isfahan and Natanz.
- Nuclear fuel repatriation protocol with Iran to be signed soon IRNA 24 Mar 2004 -- A Russian-Iranian protocol on the return of spent nuclear fuel from Bushehr nuclear power plant will be signed in Tehran or in Moscow in the near future, Iran`s Ambassador to Russia Gholam-Reza Shafei told Tass in an interview on Tuesday.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 11 22 Mar 2004 -- KHATAMI WITHDRAWS 'TWIN BILLS' / CHANGES IN ELECTION RESULTS CAUSE UNREST / 'ANY ACTION THAT WEAKENS...THE ISLAMIC REPUBLICAN STATE IS NOT PERMISSIBLE' / ANOTHER IRANIAN LEGISLATOR'S RESIGNATION ACCEPTED / KHATAMI CALLS ON JUDICIARY TO LEAVE LEGISLATORS ALONE / STATE INSPECTORATE ATTRIBUTES RAILWAY DISASTER TO NEGLIGENCE / RED CRESCENT SOCIETY RECEIVES MONEY FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS / TEHRAN ANGERED BY IAEA RESOLUTION / IAEA CALLS ON IRAN TO BUILD CONFIDENCE / WHITE HOUSE THROWS COLD WATER ON TALKS WITH TEHRAN / TEHRAN DISCOURAGES PILGRIMS FROM VISITING IRAQ / TEHRAN INSISTS THAT BORDER WITH IRAQ IS SECURE / IRAN PARTICIPATES IN CASPIAN STATUS TALKS / IRAN, CHINA ENTER GAS AGREEMENT / IRAN ENCOURAGES AFGHAN REFUGEES' DEPARTURE
- Iran: Tehran Reportedly Offered To Talk To U.S. Over Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism RFE?RL 19 Mar 2004 -- The British "Financial Times" daily reported on 17 March that Iran in May 2003 offered to hold talks with the United States on nuclear weapons and terrorism. The paper claims Washington has not yet responded to the offer because of deep divisions within the administration of George W. Bush. Tehran has yet to react to the newspaper article, prompting doubts about whether the Iranian offer was in fact made, and why.
- Russian official says no obstacle in completing Bushehr power plant IRNA 19 Mar 2004 -- A Russian nuclear official said here Friday that Russia is determined to continue cooperation with Iran on completion of the under-construction Bushehr nuclear power plant.
- U-S / RUSSIA /IRAN VOA 18 Mar 2004 -- U-S lawmakers and State Department officials in Washington today (Thursday) discussed the future of relations with Russia following the country's recent re-election of incumbent president Vladimir Putin. Despite concerns about the state of democratic institutions in Russia, U-S officials are optimistic that Russia and the United States will still work closely together on strategic issues - including Russia's controversial involvement in Iran's nuclear program.
- UN atomic watchdog renews call to Iran for transparency on nuclear activities UN News Centre 18 Mar 2004 -- The United Nations atomic watchdog agency today emphasized the need for transparency and proactive cooperation by Iran to resolve outstanding questions over its nuclear activities following omissions in information Tehran provided in accordance with treaties seeking to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
- BUSH / I-A-E-A VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- The head of the U-N nuclear agency is backing calls for direct talks between Iran and the United States. President Bush met Wednesday with International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
- IRAN / KHATAMI VOA 17 Mar 2004 -- Iran's president has conceded he didn't carry out two major elements of his reform plan, aimed at curtailing the powers of the hard-liners.
- Iran: Tough New Measure Imposed To Encourage Afghan Refugees To Return Home RFE/RL 17 Mar 2004 -- Iran has announced it is imposing tough new restrictions on hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees living in the country in an effort to accelerate their repatriation. More than 650,000 Afghans living in Iran have returned home under a voluntary repatriation program launched in 2002. Almost 2 million Afghans are still in Iran, but many are reluctant to return because of poor living conditions.
- Construction of Bushehr plant faces difficulties - Russia IRNA 17 Mar 2004 -- Head of the Federal Service for Nuclear Supervision Andrei Malyshev said the construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr faces organizational and financial difficulties.
- Cooperation with IAEA to close Iran`s nuclear dossier - Lavrov IRNA 17 Mar 2004 -- Iran`s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the sole way of closing the Iranian nuclear dossier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- Iran, Lebanon review expansion of defense cooperation IRNA 17 Mar 2004 -- Iran`s Ambassador to Beirut Massoud Edrisi conferred on Wednesday with the Lebanese Defense Minister Mahmoud Hamud on expansion of defense cooperation between the two countries.
- Khatami: Iran dissatisfied with IAEA resolution KCNA 17 Mar 2004 -- President Seyed Mohammad Khatami said here on Wednesday, that though Iran is dissatisfied with the resolution issued by the IAEA Board of Governors, neither did US succeed in achieving its objective.
- No conditions for IAEA inspectors to enter Iran: Rowhani IRNA 16 Mar 2004 -- There are no conditions for inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency to enter Iran, said Secretary of Iran`s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here Tuesday.
- Rowhani: Iran to unconditionally admit IAEA experts IRNA 16 Mar 2004 -- Iran will unconditionally admit experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency as of March 27, said the Secretary of Iran`s Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani here on Tuesday.
- U.S. Assesses Iran's Delay of IAEA Nuclear Inspections Washington File 16 Mar 2004 -- A State Department official said the U.S. government is assessing the implications of Iran's refusal to accept inspections of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) until after March 27.
- U-S / IRAN / NUCLEAR VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- A U-S diplomat says Iran has a long way to go to convince the International Atomic Energy Agency and the rest of the world that its nuclear program is for civilian purposes, as it claims. The U-S ambassador to the I-A-E-A says Iran has been deceiving the world and is not cooperating with the U-N nuclear watchdog agency.
- Iran accepts new UN inspections starting next week, IAEA chief reports UN News Centre 15 Mar 2004 -- Iran will accept the return of weapons experts from the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency later this month, its Director-General announced today in Washington, D.C.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 10 15 Mar 2004 -- ELECTION RESULTS CHANGED IN IRAN / VETTING BODY REJECTS STATE BUDGET / ELECTED INSTITUTION WON'T INFORM PUBLIC / FOREIGN AID TO BAM EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS DISAPPEARS / IRAN COMMEMORATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY / IRAN COPES WITH WORLD'S HIGHEST RATE OF BRAIN DRAIN / AFGHAN OFFICIAL DISCUSSES DRUGS AND BORDERS IN IRAN VISIT
/ U.A.E. PROCLAIMS SOVEREIGNTY OVER IRANIAN ISLANDS / IRAN'S FUTURE COOPERATION WITH IAEA ON HOLD / WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES 'NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN'
- IRAN / NUCLEAR VOA 15 Mar 2004 -- Iran said Monday it will allow the resumption of nuclear inspections, which were suspended last week. The inspections are to resume by the end of the month.
- POWELL / IRAN VOA 14 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says Washington is worried about Iran's nuclear program after that country canceled the return of international inspectors.
- Iran says IAEA not to refer its nuclear case to Security Council IRNA 14 Mar 2004 -- Iran on Sunday voiced confidence that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would not refer its nuclear dossier to the Security Council, citing its serious and transparent cooperation with the agency.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 14 Mar 2004 -- Iranian officials say it is not clear when international nuclear weapons inspectors will be allowed to return to the country. And they say there could be a change in Iran's level of cooperation with the inspectors.
- Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran International Atomic Energy Agency 13 Mar 2004 -- Resolution adopted by the Board on 13 March 2004 [PDF]
- Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Report by the Director General - EXCERPT FROM THE RECORD OF THE 1094th MEETING OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS GOV/OR.1094 13 March 2004
- Statement on the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran by Director-General for International Political Affairs, Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Amir H. Zamaninia - 13 Mar 2004 -- Those who have for long set their policy and approach on the false perception that Iran seeks weapons of mass destruction cannot change course with ease. Their negation is naturally a first psychological reaction before accepting the truth. Yet the truth remains the same. Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.
- IAEA adopts resolution on Iran IRNA 13 Mar 2004 -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) here Saturday approved a resolution, deferring progress in verifying Iran`s declarations about its nuclear activities until the watchdog`s next meeting in June.
- Rowhani describes IAEA resolution as unfair IRNA 13 Mar 2004 -- The resolution adopted by the UN nuclear watchdog on Iran`s nuclear activities is unfair, declared Secretary General of Iran`s Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani here on Saturday.
- Rowhani criticizes IAEA for its stance toward Iran IRNA 13 Mar 2004 -- Secretary-General of Iran`s Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani here on Saturday criticized the UN nuclear watchdog for its stance on Iran.
- NAM states resist IAEA`s tough resolution on Iran IRNA 13 Mar 2004 -- The non-aligned countries squared up here Saturday against a strong-worded resolution on Iran, saying there is no evidence to date to show that Tehran`s nuclear program is related to an atomic weapons program.
- Iran Rejects IAEA Resolution As 'Propaganda' RFE/RL 13 Mar 2004 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "propaganda" a resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today that criticizes Iran for hiding some of its nuclear activities.
- IAEA/IRAN VOA 13 Mar 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has criticized Iran for hiding nuclear activities, but put off sending the matter to the United Nations Security Council.
- Iran: U.S. Says It's Confident IAEA Will Get Tough With Tehran RFE/RL 11 Mar 2004 -- The United States says it is confident the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will get tough with Iran over its nuclear program.
- IAEA/IRAN VOA 11 Mar 2004 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to fly to Washington early next week for talks with President Bush on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.
- IAEA/NUCLEAR VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- A U-S official says Libya's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency sets a good example for Iran that is in breach of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
- Powell-Iran VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States is not easing its insistence that Iran should give up nuclear weapons ambitions, despite its support for a compromise resolution on Iran at this week's meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. The compromise between the United States and European allies would put off any possible referral of the issue to the U-N Security Council for sanctions against Iran until June.
- Rebuilding Contracts Proceeding Well, Nash Reports AFPS 10 Mar 2004 -- Iraq's reconstruction is proceeding smoothly and on schedule, the U.S. head of reconstruction in Iraq told Pentagon reporters today.
- Iran: Tehran Threatens To End Cooperation With UN Nuclear Watchdog RFE/RL 10 Mar 2004 -- Iran today threatened to end its cooperation with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency.
- FM: IAEA should not make situation more complicated IRNA 10 Mar 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here on Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should keep on its commitments towards Iran and avoid making the situation more complicated.
- EU urges Iran to continue cooperation with IAEA IRNA 10 Mar 2004 -- The European Commission, the EU`s executive arm, called on Iran Wednesday to continue its cooperation with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Official: US wants to dictate its policies to IAEA Board IRNA 10 Mar 2004 -- The US wants to dictate its views to the International Atomic Energy Agency`s Board members in the process of drafting a resolution by the Board, said an advisor to the foreign minister, Hossein Fereydoun here on Wednesday.
- Iran`s envoy says IAEA resolution `one-sided and tough` IRNA 10 Mar 2004 -- Iran`s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday denounced a draft nuclear resolution on Iran, saying it was `tough and one-sided`.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 10 Mar 2004 -- Iran says it will resume nuclear enrichment activities, once relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency are normalized.
- U-S / IRAN / NUCLEAR VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- U-S officials say the United States and Western European countries have reached agreement on a draft resolution that criticizes Iran for not being fully forthcoming about its nuclear program, but puts off a referral of the issue to the U-N Security Council. The measure is to be submitted at this week's meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the I-A-E-A, in Vienna.
- IAEA Board of Governors postpones discussion on issues surrounding Iran`s nuclear programs IRNA 09 Mar 2004 -- The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) postponed discussions on issues pertaining to Iran`s nuclear programs on Tuesday upon a request by the head of the Group of 77 (developing countries).
- IAEA/IRAN VOA 09 Mar 2004 -- Iran says the International Atomic Energy Agency should not adopt a harshly critical resolution regarding the country's nuclear program.
- UN nuclear watchdog 'seriously concerned' over gaps in Iran's declaration UN News Centre 08 Mar 2004 -- While noting with satisfaction marked progress in cooperation by Iran, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency today voiced serious concern over gaps in Tehran's declaration of nuclear activities and called on it to take the "vital" initiative to provide all relevant information fully and promptly in the coming months.
- U-S/IRAN NUKES VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- The United States says Iran's account of its nuclear program keeps changing when new facts are discovered, and many outstanding issues still need clarification.
- UN: IAEA Opens Session On Iranian, Libyan Nuclear Programs RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today opened its meeting focusing on violations by Iran and Libya in pursuing their nuclear programs. Iran's top national security official yesterday called on the UN's nuclear watchdog to finish its probe of Iran's nuclear activities and confirm that the country has not secretly pursued a nuclear weapons program.
- Iran Defends Nuclear Program In Face Of UN Criticism RFE/RL 08 Mar 2004 -- Iran says it has been providing full disclosure of its nuclear program to the UN watchdog agency and has been abiding by agreements in force.
- Iran has fully cooperated with IAEA: FM spokesman IRNA 08 Mar 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Monday that Iran is optimistic over the possible results of today`s meeting of the IAEA Governing Council on Iran`s nuclear activities since the country has been fully cooperative with the agency.
- ElBaradei pleased with Iran`s growing cooperation with IAEA IRNA 08 Mar 2004 -- The Head of the UN nuclear supervisory body Mohamed ElBaradei here on Monday voiced pleasure over considerable progress in Iran`s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Iranian official gives upbeat assessment of ElBaradei`s remarks IRNA 08 Mar 2004 -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official here on Monday sounded upbeat as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, presented a report at a closed-door session of the IAEA board of governors about Tehran`s nuclear program.
- IAEA Chief Expresses Dissatisfaction With Iran's Cooperation VOA 08 Mar 2004 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday he is seriously concerned at Iran's failure to provide full details of its nuclear program, and says outstanding issues must be resolved soon.
- Contending with a Nuclear-Ready Iran US Dept. of State 07 Mar 2004 -- By Paula A. DeSutter, Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance: Conference Held at the Wyndham City Center Hotel
- Rowhani: US has created difficulty for Iran`s nuclear program IRNA 07 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Sunday that the United States has created difficulty for Iran`s national nuclear program.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 07 Mar 2004 -- One day before U-N discussions about Iran's nuclear program open in Vienna, senior Iranian officials are repeating statements that their nuclear efforts are peaceful. They are calling for the International Atomic Energy Agency to close its 13-month investigation into Iran's nuclear activities.
- IAEA/LIBYA/IRAN VOA 06 Mar 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency opens several days of top-level meetings Monday, and Iran and Libya will be high on the agenda. The agency's board of governors also is expected to discuss the nuclear technology network run by Pakistan's top nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan.
- Communication of 5 March 2004 from the
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran concerning the Report of the Director
General contained in GOV/2004/11 INFCIRC/628 Date:5 March 2004
- Iran's N-programme peaceful, indigenous - Dr Aref IRNA 05 Mar 2004 -- The visiting Iranian First Vice President Dr Mohammad Reza Aref said Thursday that Iran was pursuing peaceful nuclear programme and its atomic technology was indigenous.
- El-Baradei: Iran Cooperating With IAEA RFE/RL 02 Mar 2004 -- The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency today said Iran is cooperating more with the agency.
- ElBaradei : Iran moving in the right direction IRNA 02 Mar 2004 -- The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, Tuesday welcomed the European initiative on Iran`s nuclear program and noted that the Islamic Republic was moving ahead in the right direction.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 09 01 Mar 2004 -- TEHRAN ANNOUNCES FINAL ELECTION RESULTS / SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT PULLS OUT OF BY-ELECTION / EXPECTATIONS FROM A CONSERVATIVE PARLIAMENT... / ...ON THE DOMESTIC FRONT... / ...AND IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS / WHAT ABOUT THE REFORMISTS AND THE REFORM MOVEMENT? / REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS ACCUSED OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE / IRANIANS DIE IN PROVINCIAL UNREST / LEGISLATOR'S DEATH GREATLY EXAGGERATED / STATE AGENCIES TRADE ACCUSATIONS OVER ELECTION REPORTING / TEHRAN INVESTIGATES RAILROAD DISASTER / TEHRAN SAYS IT IS NOT OBLIGED TO MAKE NUCLEAR DECLARATIONS / U.S INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ASSESSES IRAN / IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE HEAD MEETS WITH ARMENIAN OFFICIALS / IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS ASHGABAT / WASHINGTON UNTROUBLED BY TEHRAN-TOKYO OIL CONTRACT / IRAN SIGNS GAS DEAL WITH FRANCE AND MALAYSIA / ...AND REFUSES TO DISCOUNT TURKISH GAS
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