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DATE=3/18/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=IRAN CONSERVATIVES (L-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-260329
BYLINE=DALE GAVLAK
DATELINE=CAIRO
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO:  Washington's decision to lift a ban on certain 
imports from Iran is sharpening the struggle between 
conservatives and the reformers there who favor better 
ties with the United States.  Though a government 
spokesman has welcomed the U-S decision, some Iranian 
hard-liners are calling it interference in the 
country's internal affairs.  Dale Gavlak reports from 
Cairo.
TEXT:  Conservatives in Iran are not happy about the 
U-S move to improve relations with Iran by lifting an 
American import ban on carpets, caviar and nuts.  The 
head of the Supreme National Security Council, Hassan 
Rouhani, criticized the measure, saying that U-S 
policy is just as hostile as before.  He called the 
move an improper attempt by Washington to reward 
certain forces inside Iran.  He added that Americans 
have no right to encourage or persuade any political 
trend in his country.  Mr. Rouhani lost his seat in 
parliament when reformists swept last month's 
elections.
Rouhani's sentiments are echoed by Iran's hard-line 
Revolutionary Guard. It has promised to give an 
appropriate response to what it described as American 
plots.  But it hasn't said just how intends to react 
to the U-S move.  The Guard has hundreds of thousands 
of men in arms, and its own air force and weapons 
industry.
By contrast, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Hamid 
Reza Asefi, says the government welcomes the lifting 
of non-oil sanctions.  He adds that Tehran would 
respond by importing American grain and medicine.
Iran's merchant class said the U-S decision would have 
little immediate effect on their business.  They said 
the move will help dealers in Europe and Canada that 
already have a stockpile of Persian rugs ready to 
flood the U-S market.  They added that sellers in Iran 
would only begin to enjoy the new market once those 
stocks abroad have been sold. (SIGNED)
NEB/DG/JP
18-Mar-2000 15:05 PM EDT (18-Mar-2000 2005 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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