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February 2000 - Iran Special Weapons News

  • IRAN-U-S Voice of America 29 February 2000 -- The general who commands all U-S troops in the Middle East says even though Iranian voters have elected a reform-minded majority in parliament, Iran is still the biggest threat facing Americans in the region.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 9 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 28 February 2000 -- PUBLIC EXPECTATIONS HIGH FOR REFORMIST VICTORS / ELECTION RESULTS AND VIOLATIONS / FOREIGN REACTIONS GENERALLY POSITIVE / WASHINGTON AND THE ELECTION / A PAT ON THE HEAD? / DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO ADDRESS AGRICULTURAL SHORTCOMINGS / CZECH PARTICIPATION IN BUSHEHR BLOCKED... / ...BUT NOT IN SUGAR SECTOR / CORRECTION
  • IRAN STUDENTS Voice of America 28 February 2000 -- Reformers won an overwhelming victory in Iran's recent elections, thanks in large part to the major role students played in the elections.
  • IRAN'S NEW LOOK Voice of America 27 February 2000 -- The reformers swamped the conservatives in Iran's recent parliamentary elections. But President Mohammed Khatami cautioned Iran would not change its goals, no matter what other nations may want.
  • BIG VICTORY FOR REFORMERS IN IRANIAN ELECTION Voice of America 24 February 2000 -- Reports from Tehran say that after run-off elections in April, the reform movement backing President Khatami could have as much as an 80 percent majority in the legislature.
  • SENATE-IRAN Voice of America 24 February 2000 -- With little debate and no disagreement (98 to zero), senators approved what they call a powerful message about transfers of missile parts, technology or expertise.
  • IRAN / KADIVAR PROFILE Voice of America 24 February 2000 -- The landslide victory by reformist candidates in Iran's parliamentary election is being called a turning point in Iranian politics. Voters turned out most of the incumbents and elected a legislature that will be dominated by people under 40-years of age.
  • AFTER REFORMIST WIN, 'EMBRACING IRAN, BUT NOT TOO EAGERLY' Foreign Media Reaction 23 February 2000 -- A prevailing view, expressed by Ottawa's conservative National Post, suggested that "Western countries should...make clear that they will reward better international behavior with trade and investment on favorable terms--but that they will not give the reward without the reforms." The U.S. was viewed as cautiously watching developments in Iran, awaiting "concrete signals...on the crucial dossiers of terrorism and stability in the Gulf region" before venturing into a rapprochement with its erstwhile enemy.
  • U-S-IRAN Voice of America 23 February 2000 -- In the wake of the victory of reform candidates in Iran's parliamentary elections, the Clinton administration is renewing its call for dialogue with Tehran to try to end the two-decades of estrangement.
  • SENATE-IRAN Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- The U-S Senate is again taking up the issue of missile technology transfers to Iran from Russia and elsewhere. A proposal designed to stop the transfers could affect the international space station.
  • REFORMERS WIN BIG IN IRAN VOTE Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- The votes are still being counted in Iran, but it is clear that reform candidates have won a substantial victory, assuring them of a majority in the Majlis or parliament.
  • IRAN REFORMIST PROFILE Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- Official returns from Iran's parliamentary elections show a coalition of reformist candidates winning three-fourths of the seats.
  • IRAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- In Iran, the nearly completed count of votes from parliamentary elections confirms that reformists advocating greater freedom in Iran will dominate the next parliament.
  • FUTURE US/IRAN RELATIONS Voice of America 22 February 2000 -- The strong showing by reformist candidates in Iran's just-concluded parliamentary elections is being interpreted as a resounding call for greater freedoms after 20 years of strict Islamic rule.
  • IRAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 21 February 2000 -- Election officials in Iran say about one-third of the votes have been tallied for the remaining 30 parliamentary seats in the Iranian capital, and reformist candidates are winning most of these races.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 8 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 21 February 2000 -- LARGE TURNOUT IN THE ELECTION... / ...BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / ELECTION COVERAGE BY STATE BROADCASTING / TEHRAN DENIES JAMMING FOREIGN BROADCASTS / THE FINAL DAYS: CANDIDATES, PARTIES, AND RALLIES / ...PUBLIC URGED TO VOTE... / ...AND GUARDIANS COUNCIL SPEAKS OUT / 'IT WASN'T ME.' / WHY COLOMBIAN BEEF? / TEL AVIV BLAMES TEHRAN FOR HIZBALLAH ACTIONS
  • IRANIAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 20 February 2000 -- Although election returns from the populous Tehran district have yet to come in, Iranian observers following the tally say the margin of victory for the reformist coalition appears to be widening.
  • IRAN ELECTION Voice of America 19 February 2000 -- In Iran, supporters of President Mohammad Khatami's reformist policies appear headed for a major victory.
  • IRANIAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 18 February 2000 -- Huge numbers of Iranians have taken part in elections for a new national parliament.
  • IRAN ELECTIONS / VOTERS Voice of America 17 February 2000 -- More than five-thousand candidates affiliated with two dozen political parties and groups are running for the 290 seats.
  • IRAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 17 February 2000 -- The centrist coalition led by the Construction Party is likely to wield considerable influence in the next parliament and could become the main power broker.
  • Panel Discusses Upcoming Iranian Elections USIA 17 February 2000 -- On the eve of the Majlis or Parliamentary elections in Iran, a panel of scholars on Iran addressed the issue of what the February 18 election will mean to Iranian voters and how it might affect future U.S.- Iranian relations.
  • IRAN ELECTION Voice of America 15 February 2000 -- Although the campaign has been short and subdued by most standards, there have been moments of excitement, particularly among young voters.
  • IRAN ELECTION OVERNIGHTER Voice of America 15 February 2000 -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke Tuesday at a mosque in Tehran and advised the people to send a devout person to the parliament to show support for the Islamic system. A good choice, he said, will disappoint America, arrogant powers and Zionist centers.
  • CLINTON-IRAN Voice of America 14 February 2000 -- President Clinton has reiterated his hopes for improved U-S relations with Iran, while expressing concern about the fate of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 7 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 14 February 2000 -- SILENCE IS GOLDEN / MEDIA WARNED TO ENFORCE UNITY AND AVOID TENSION / ELECTION REGULATIONS, MONITORING, AND SECURITY / PARTIES AND FACTIONS IN THE FEBRUARY ELECTION / KHATAMI CAMPAIGNING IN KHUZESTAN... / ...BUT NOT IN GILAN? / CAMPAIGNS IN TABRIZ, ARDABIL, AND ISFAHAN... / ...AND IN MASHHAD AND TEHRAN / UNEMPLOYMENT HIGH BUT EVEN THOSE WITH JOBS NOT PAID
  • IRAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 11 February 2000 -- Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have rallied in cities across the country to mark the 21st anniversary of the Iranian revolution
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 6 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 7 February 2000 -- KHATAMI URGES YOUTH TO UNDO CANDIDATE REJECTIONS / CANDIDATE LISTS ANNOUNCED / WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PRECLUDES REVOLUTION'S 'IMPLOSION.' / THREE JEWISH PRISONERS RELEASED ON BAIL / MILITARY 'SELF-SUFFICIENCY.' / TEHRAN AT ODDS WITH ISLAMIC COMMUNITY ON CHECHNYA / RFE/RL IN IRANIAN PRESS
  • IRAN/BLASTS Voice of America 06 February 2000 -- Iran's opposition People's Mujahedin says it has stepped up attacks in two provinces in western Iran, following a mortar attack in Tehran that killed one person.



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