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DATE=3/17/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=IRAN REACT / U-S SANCTIONS (L ONLY)
NUMBER=2-260302
BYLINE=DALE GAVLAK
DATELINE=CAIRO
INTERNET=YES
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  Iran's Foreign Ministry has welcomed 
Washington's decision (on Friday) to lift 
economic sanctions on key non-oil goods.  The 
ministry said Tehran would respond by importing 
U-S grain and medicine.  VOA's Dale Gavlak 
reports from Cairo.
TEXT:  Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza 
Asefi called the U-S decision positive.  He spoke 
to reporters within hours of Secretary of State 
Madeleine Albright's announcement that Americans 
would now be allowed to import Iranian non-oil 
goods such as carpets, dried fruits, nuts and 
caviar.  In exchange, Mr. Asefi said, Tehran 
would permit the United States to export grain 
and medicine to Iran.  The country is currently 
the world's largest wheat importer after a series 
of droughts cut domestic production.
Mr. Asefi pointed out that although Mrs. Albright 
repeated past U-S accusations about Iran's 
involvement in terrorism, she also admitted 
America's past mistakes.  He added that her 
speech presented a new and different American 
attitude toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Mr. Asefi said Tehran was studying her remarks 
and would provide a more thorough response at a 
later time.
Ordinary Iranians are hailing the U-S move as a 
means of restoring relations more quickly and 
helping their country's ailing economy.  A 
political analyst for several reformist 
newspapers, Saeed Laylaz, told the Associated 
Press that President Mohammad Khatami's reform 
program is now bearing fruit.  He said the 
warming of ties between Tehran and Washington is 
irreversible and would continue to move ahead.
Since coming to power nearly three years ago, 
President Khatami has encouraged increased 
people-to-people contact with the United States, 
but has stopped short of calling for talks. 
Washington cut its ties with Iran in 1979,after 
radical students seized the American Embassy in 
Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage.
NEB/DG/KL 
17-Mar-2000 17:27 PM EDT (17-Mar-2000 2227 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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