Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


August 2004 Iran Special Weapons News



  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 29 31 Aug 2004 -- HAS ANYBODY REALLY THREATENED IRAN? / IRAN CLAIMS TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR DEFENSE EQUIPMENT / BUSHEHR NUCLEAR PLANT HAS COST MORE THAN $1 BILLION / IRAQI VICE PRESIDENT, DEPUTY PREMIER VISIT IRAN / LEGISLATORS MAKE CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS ON AL-SADR / QUESTIONS PERSIST OVER IRANIAN OFFICIAL'S KIDNAPPERS IN IRAQ / IRAQI SECURITY FORCES ARREST IRANIAN SABOTEURS / BAGHDAD REJECTS IRAN'S CALL FOR OIC INVOLVEMENT IN AL-NAJAF / TEHRAN WELCOMES CALM IN IRAQI HOLY CITY / IRAN WANTS TO EXCLUDE FOREIGNERS FROM REGION / IRANIANS TOP ASYLUM SEEKERS IN U.K. / EXECUTIVE BRANCH REPORTS ON JOB CREATION / UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES BELIE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS / SUBSIDIES BECOMING COSTLY / KHATAMI CRITICIZES VIGILANTISM AND CORRUPTION / LEGISLATURE TO QUESTION EDUCATION MINISTER / SENIOR CLERIC'S PASSING IGNORED / RIGHTS WATCHDOG PROTESTS EXECUTION OF TEENAGE GIRL / STUDENT ACTIVIST EATS DURING 'HUNGER STRIKE.' / TABRIZ TO GET AZERBAIJANI CONSULATE SOON / IRAN GETS ANOTHER NEWS AGENCY
  • IRAN / SPIES VOA 31 Aug 2004 -- Iran says it has arrested dozens of alleged spies, including several it accuses of sending nuclear secrets abroad to Iran's enemies.
  • Iran arrests several nuclear `spies` IRNA 31 Aug 2004 -- Iran`s Information (Intelligence) Minister Ali Younesi said here Tuesday that several people had been arrested for spying on the country`s nuclear program.
  • Iran plays down US mud-slinging ahead of IAEA board meeting IRNA 29 Aug 2004 -- Iran Sunday put a brave face ahead of an IAEA board of governors` meeting in Vienna, saying it was confident the country`s nuclear dossier would not make a case for examination at the UN Security Council.
  • IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM: TEHRAN'S 'OBSTRUCTIVE POLICY' MUST END US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 27 Aug 2004
  • Regional states cooperate with Iran within IAEA: Kharrazi IRNA 27 Aug 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here Friday that regional states cooperate with Iran within the frameworks of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • US warplanes violate Iran`s air space: press report IRNA 24 Aug 2004 -- Five US warplanes entered Iran`s air space last Thursday night from the southwestern Shalamcheh border and flew over the city of Khorramshahr for a while, press reports said Tuesday.
  • Iran: Tehran Threatens To Retaliate If Israel Strikes Nuclear Facilities RFE/RL 24 Aug 2004 -- Iran has reiterated that it will retaliate if Israel carries out a preemptive strike against its nuclear program. The escalating war of words comes as a top U.S. arms-control official has charged that Tehran may have nuclear weapons within three years if left unchecked.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 28 23 Aug 2004 -- IRANIANS CONSIDER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES / ISLAMIC COALITION PARTY GETS NEW LEADER / REFORMIST ACTIVISTS FACE LEGAL TROUBLES AND VIGILANTISM / JUDICIARY MAINTAINS HARD-LINE COURSE / IRANIAN OFFICIAL SAYS OPEC MEMBERS EXCEEDING QUOTAS / STATOIL'S IRANIAN INVESTMENT CRITICIZED / LEGISLATURE REVISES FIVE-YEAR PLAN, REVERSING GROWTH PLANS... / ...AND GIVES INTERNET AUTHORITY TO STATE BROADCASTER / WESTERN PROVINCES SEE 30 PERCENT INCREASE IN SUICIDE ATTEMPTS / BAM AFTERSHOCKS STILL BEING FELT / WASHINGTON CALLS FOR IRAN'S ISOLATION / MILITARY OFFICIALS WARN OF REPRISALS IF NUCLEAR CENTER IS ATTACKED / IRGC, AL- QAEDA, REPORTEDLY PLOTTED TOGETHER AGAINST U.S. PERSONNEL / IRANIAN OFFICIAL REJECTS ACCUSATIONS OF INTERFERENCE IN IRAQ / DRUGS CONTINUE TO BEDEVIL IRANIAN AUTHORITIES
  • Iran says Bushehr nuclear power plant delayed by another year IRNA 22 Aug 2004 -- Iran said Sunday its first nuclear power plant, being built with Russian assistance in southern Bushehr, will become operational in October 2006, a year behind schedule.
  • Iran demands 'professional' work from IAEA at September meeting IRNA 22 Aug 2004 -- Iran on Sunday urged the world nuclear watchdog to act `professionally` and not be influenced by certain powers at next month`s meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna.
  • Iran denies it may deliver preventive strike on aggressors IRNA 22 Aug 2004 -- Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani has denied mass media reports saying his country might deliver a preventive strike on potential aggressors, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.
  • Iran denies developing missiles to reach US IRNA 22 Aug 2004 -- Iran Sunday repudiated US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld`s allegations that Tehran may be working to develop missiles capable of reaching the United States.
  • IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 22 Aug 2004 -- Iran says its first nuclear reactor, being built with the help of Russia, will not go on line until October 2006, a year later than planned. The International Atomic Energy Agency's governing body will be discussing the question of Iran's nuclear program at a meeting in September, amid international concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions.
  • Iran To Build More Nuclear Reactors RFE/RL 22 Aug 2004 -- Iran said today it is planning to build more nuclear power plants with Russian help, ignoring U.S. concerns that byproducts from the plants could be used to manufacture nuclear bombs.
  • FM urges IAEA to act "professionally" toward Iran nuclear case IRNA 20 Aug 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here on Thursday called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to act professionally and not to be impressed by US pressure in dealing with Iran`s nuclear energy case in the September meeting of its Board of Governors.
  • Berlin rejects US official`s claim on Iran`s nuclear weapons program IRNA 20 Aug 2004 -- The German government dismissed remarks by US Undersecretary of State John Bolton alleging that Iran had admitted to Germany, France and Britain that it could build nuclear weapons in three years.
  • White House Report, August 19: Iran, Iraq Washington File 19 Aug 2004 -- IRAN MUST COMPLY WITH INTERNATIONAL LAWS / IRAQ GOVERNMENT TOUGH ON AL-SADR
  • Preventing Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons US Dept. of State 17 Aug 2004 -- John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 27 17 Aug 2004 -- PROTESTS MARK JOURNALISTS DAY / TEHRAN BARS BAHAI STUDENTS FROM UNIVERSITY STUDIES / POLITICAL ORGANIZATION BANNED / IRANIAN STATE ENTERPRISES AUDITED / NEW PROVINCE GETS A GOVERNOR / GUARDIANS COUNCIL WANTS CLEAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS / STUDENT ORGANIZATION FACES FOUR-MONTH SUSPENSION / PARLIAMENT WANTS NUCLEAR PURSUITS TO CONTINUE / TEHRAN VOWS RESPONSE IN EVENT OF 'U.S. OR NON-U.S. AGGRESSION.' / PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS TEHRAN / KHATAMI CALLS FOR CLOSER TIES ON AZERBAIJAN VISIT... / ...AND SIGNS AGREEMENTS / IRAN ALLOCATES CREDIT FOR AZERBAIJANI ENERGY PROJECT / SUPREME LEADER'S ADVISER MEETS LEBANESE HIZBALLAH / IRAN ENCOURAGES NORWEGIAN INVESTMENT / IRANIANS SEE CONSPIRACY BEHIND DIPLOMAT'S KIDNAPPING IN IRAQ / TEHRAN SAYS IRAQI POLICE HOLDING CORRESPONDENTS AND BUSINESSMEN / IRAQI PREMIER GETS OFFICIAL INVITATION TO TEHRAN / AN IRANIAN CALL TO ARMS IN IRAQ
  • EDITORIAL: IRAN MUST STOP NUKE PROGRAM VOA 13 Aug 2004 -- Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran agreed that it would pursue the peaceful applications of nuclear energy in strict compliance with its obligations under that treaty. This includes permitting the application of safeguards by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or I-A-E-A. But for at least eighteen years, Iran has secretly pursued the capability to make fissile material needed for nuclear weapons, without declaring those activities as required by the treaty. In short, Iran violated its legal obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by conducting a clandestine program to manufacture fissile material for nuclear weapons.
  • U-S/IRAN MISSILE VOA 12 Aug 2004 -- Iran's recent test firing of a medium range ballistic missile is raising more concerns about the country's proliferation efforts, especially in light of its alleged efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • U.S. Has "Serious Concerns" About Iran's Missile Programs Washington File 12 Aug 2004 -- Following is the response to a question taken at the August 11 daily State Department briefing
  • Iran: Tehran's Test Of New Missile Stirs Concern RFE/RL 12 Aug 2004 -- Iran has caused fresh concern with its test this week of a new version of its Shihab-3 ballistic missile. Top Iranian officials say the missile is for purely defensive purposes, but experts note it is capable of striking targets in Israel as well as U.S. targets in the Middle East. At the same time, Iranian leaders have said they intend to press on with what they say is a peaceful nuclear-energy program, despite international mistrust of their intentions. Just why is Iran taking this uncompromising line?
  • DO IRAN'S NUCLEAR ASPIRATIONS MAKE IT NEXT U.S. TARGET? US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 10 Aug 2004
  • Khatami: Use of nuclear weapons conflicts with Islamic principles IRNA 11 Aug 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Wednesday reiterated the peaceful nature of Iran`s nuclear activities and said that using them is against Islamic principles and the Iranian morale, even if such weapons are used against the country.
  • Khatami: US should give momentum to dialogue with Iran IRNA 11 Aug 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Wednesday said that the US should take the initiative in giving momentum to dialogue with Iran.
  • IRGC commander warns Zionist regime against targeting Iran IRNA 11 Aug 2004 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi said here Wednesday that if the Zionist regime targets Iranian nation, "we will broke them into pieces."
  • Iran test-fires latest version of Shahab-3 missile IRNA 11 Aug 2004 -- Iran`s Defense Ministry announced here on Wednesday that it has test-fired the latest version of `Shahab-3` missile.
  • FM attends Majlis session to clarify Iran`s nuclear dossier IRNA 10 Aug 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Tuesday attended Majlis open session to answer the questions raised by five lawmakers on Iran`s nuclear dossier.
  • Majlis regards peaceful nuclear use as Iran`s right: speaker IRNA 10 Aug 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said Tuesday that Majlis believes peaceful use of nuclear energy is the right of Iranian nation, saying Majlis defends national interest.
  • White House Report, August 9: Iran Washington File 09 Aug 2004 -- The international community, guided by leadership from the United States, "recognizes that we cannot afford to let Iran move forward on nuclear weapons," White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters August 9.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 26 09 Aug 2004 -- WANTED: AN ORDERLY, MORAL PRESS / COURT ACQUITS SUSPECT IN CANADIAN JOURNALIST'S KILLING / JAILINGS, TRIALS, AND BEATINGS / COURT RELEASES AGHAJARI / PARLIAMENT FOCUSES ON 'IRRELEVANT' ISSUES / IRAN BANS UNDERAGE SMOKING / IRAN TO RESUME BUILDING CENTRIFUGES / IRAN-EU TALKS ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM INCONCLUSIVE / TEHRAN DISMISSES LIKELIHOOD OF ISRAELI STRIKE... / ...AND WARNS OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL COUNTERSTRIKE / TURKISH PRIME MINISTER VISITS TEHRAN / MUJAHEDIN KHALQ SAYS IT HAS COALITION PROTECTION IN IRAQ / IRAN REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING OPENING CONSULAR OFFICES IN THREE IRAQI CITIES / IRAQ-IRAN BUSINESS TIES STRENGTHENED... / ...BUT POLITICAL TIES STRAINED
  • BUSH/IRAN VOA 08 Aug 2004 -- The White House says it will continue to rely on international diplomatic pressure to deal with Iran's nuclear intentions. But there are signs the administration is considering other approaches.
  • IRAN'S NUCLEAR BRINKSMANSHIP VOA 08 Aug 2004 -- Iran's foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi announced that Tehran has restarted its effort to build uranium-enriching centrifuges. The enriched uranium from those centrifuges could be used to make nuclear weapons. The move comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency condemned Iran for breaking a string of promises to limit its nuclear program. British, French and German negotiators met with Iranian diplomats in Paris at the end of July, but gained no new assurances. "It is our judgment that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon," said U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell. "The world has to take note of this." President Bush said, "We are working with our friends to keep the pressure on the mullahs to listen to the demands of the free world."
  • Iranian diplomat terms Iran`s nuclear program as peaceful IRNA 07 Aug 2004 -- Iran`s nuclear program is peaceful and nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Moscow is concentrated on its peaceful application, said Iran`s Ambassador to Russia Gholam-Reza Shafei on Saturday.
  • Iranian nuclear program fully in line with NPT: Shamkhani IRNA 07 Aug 2004 -- Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani said on Saturday that Iranian nuclear program is fully in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • Uranium enrichment, Iranian nation`s legitimate right, Kharrazi IRNA 04 Aug 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday that uranium enrichment is the Iranian nation`s legitimate right in the context of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • Iran: U.S. Vows Tough Stance On Tehran, But Will Europe Follow? RFE/RL 03 Aug 2004 -- The Bush administration is warning that Iran will come under increasing pressure and be internationally isolated if it refuses to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear program. U.S. President George W. Bush says he hopes to get the support of France, Britain, and Germany for a tough stance on Iran. But analysts say the European trio, wary of confrontation, might not be prepared to end their bid to engage Iran on programs Washington says are meant to build nuclear weapons.
  • Security official says Iran may rethink its nuclear commitments IRNA 02 Aug 2004 -- A senior security official says Iran may reconsider its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if Tehran is declared to have fallen foul of the agency`s resolutions during a next month IAEA meeting in Vienna.



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