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March 2000 - Iran Special Weapons News

  • IRAN / RIGHTS Voice of America 30 March 2000 -- A U-N special investigator says Iran is making significant progress toward a more-fee society.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 13 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 27 March 2000 -- HOSTILE OFFICIAL REACTION TO ALBRIGHT SPEECH / IRGC LINKED TO HAJJARIAN SHOOTING / FURTHER IRGC SUPPORT FOR KHATAMI / MILITARY CONTROL OF TEHRAN POLICE CONTINUES / PROTESTS OVER POLL RESULTS / ARMS PROCUREMENT MEETS SETBACKS / IMPACT OF CZECH LEGISLATION ON BUSHEHR DEBATED / RISKY BUSINESS, PART II
  • IRAN/SHOOTING Voice of America 26 March 2000 -- Iran has arrested more than 10-people in connection with the March 12th assassination attempt on a reformist leader allied to President Mohammed Khatami.
  • U-S OFFERS OLIVE BRANCH TO IRAN Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- Reacting to the recent arliamentary elections in Iran in which reformers scored a huge victory over the anti-U-S religious hierarchy, the United States has lifted restrictions on several products from that nation.
  • U.S.-IRAN RAPPROCHEMENT: 'WASHINGTON BETS ON THE NEW IRAN' Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 20 March 2000 -- A majority judged though that the U.S. had not abandoned its "caution" toward Tehran in light of Iran's role in supporting international terrorism, its interest in weapons of mass destruction and its opposition to the Middle East peace process. The "road map" to the normalization of relations "contains more speed bumps than green lights,"
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 12 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 20 March 2000 -- SOME STICK AND SOME CARROT / DESPITE PROBLEMS, ANKARA BAKU KEEP TIES WITH IRAN / TEHRAN'S OFFERS OF CHECHEN MEDIATION UNSATISFACTORY / WIDE NET CAST FOR HAJJARIAN SHOOTERS / FLIPPER WON'T KILL / RISKY BUSINESS, I
  • IRAN CONSERVATIVES Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- 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.
  • Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright Press Briefing on American-Iranian Relations, March 17, 2000 -- It's important for us to see some changes in terms of the policies on proliferation, their desire to acquire weapons of mass destruction, their support for terrorism, and their lack of support for the Middle East Peace Process. What is most important is the direction of our relationship -- not necessarily its pace. We're prepared to move ahead, step-by-step, or more rapidly if Iran indicates a desire and a commitment to do so. If all our policies were simply based on past history, we wouldn't be speaking to the United Kingdom.
  • "American-Iranian Relations" Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Remarks before the American-Iranian Council - March 17, 2000 -- We took Iranian leaders at their word, that they viewed America as an enemy. And in response we had to treat Iran as a threat. However, after the election of President Khatami in 1997, we began to adjust the lens through which we viewed Iran. Although Iran's objectionable external policies remain fairly constant, the political and social dynamics inside Iran were quite clearly beginning to change. Despite the trend towards democracy, control over the military, judiciary, courts and police remains in unelected hands, and the elements of its foreign policy, about which we are most concerned, have not improved.
  • Text: Albright Announces Changes in U.S.-Iran Relations 17 March 2000 -- Saying that the past cannot be allowed to freeze the future, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright announced before the Conference on American-Iranian Relations, on March 17, that the United States of America would ease sanctions on Iran.
  • U-S/IRAN SANCTIONS Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- In addition to allowing Americans to purchase Iranian goods ranging from carpets to caviar, the Clinton Administration is expressing regret for some of the darker chapters in U-S relations with Iran over the past half century.
  • U-S / IRAN SANCTIONS Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- The United States is easing certain sanctions against Iran in the biggest step Washington has taken yet toward ending two decades of hostility between both countries.
  • IRAN REACT / U-S SANCTIONS Voice of America 17 March 2000 -- 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.
  • US-IRAN Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- U-S officials have suggested that Washington will loosen its sanctions on the import of three key non-oil products: Iranian rugs, caviar and pistachio nuts. The United States has imposed a ban on these imports for the past 13 years.
  • U-S - RUSSIA - IRAN Voice of America 14 March 2000 -- President Clinton has signed into law a measure aimed at punishing Russia and other countries if they help Iran acquire weapons of mass destruction.
  • U-S-IRAN SANCTIONS Voice of America 14 March 2000 -- The Clinton administration is preparing to ease some trade sanctions against Iran, with the hope of encouraging reform elements in Tehran and opening a dialogue with Iranian authorities.
  • Text: President Signs into Law "Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000" 14 March 2000 -- President Clinton March 14 signed into law H.R. 1883, the "Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000." Under the bill, penalties are imposed on countries whose companies provide assistance to Iran in its efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missile delivery systems.
  • Text: President Continues National Emergency with Respect to Iran 13 March 2000 -- The National Emergency of March 15, 1995, was declared to deal with the Government of Iran's support for international terrorism, efforts to undermine the Middle East peace process, and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them.
  • Text: Clinton's Letter to Congress Regarding Iran National Emergency 13 March 2000 -- President Clinton March 13 notified Congress that the national emergency with respect to Iran declared March 15, 1995, is to continue in effect beyond March 15, 2000.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 11 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 13 March 2000 -- DIALOGUE IN 2001 / BELGIAN COURT CONSIDERS CHARGES AGAINST RAFSANJANI / DESPITE BUSHEHR DEBATE, CZECHS WANT MORE TRADE WITH IRAN / INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY IN IRAN / STUDENT ACTIVISM CONTINUES DURING TRIAL / TEHRAN RECOUNT CONCLUDED, PROVINCIAL RESULTS ANNULLED / INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP OBSTRUCTED
  • IRAN SHOOTING Voice of America 13 March 2000 -- Iran's reformist movement has vowed to continue its campaign to open Iranian politics and society, despite the shooting Sunday of one of the architects of its sweeping electoral victory last month.
  • CZECH-IRAN-NUCLEAR Voice of America 08 March 2000 -- The Czech parliament has banned the sale of sensitive technology for a nuclear power plant in Iran. The equipment was to be supplied to a nuclear power plant being built in Bushehr.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 3, Number 10 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 6 March 2000 -- KARBASCHI DISCUSSES RAFSANJANI AND FACTIONALISM / WRONG MEN TRIED FOR UNIVERSITY INCIDENT / IS REPRESSION PART OF A PLAN? / MORE ACADEMIC PROTESTS / PREDICAMENTS WITH PRIVATIZATION / RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP / MORE MISSILE EXPORTS? / CONGRESS PASSES IRAN NON-PROLIFERATION ACT / IRAN'S NARCOTICS PROBLEM / COMPLEXITIES OF GERMAN-IRANIAN RELATIONS
  • THE IRANIAN ELECTIONS Voice of America 04 March 2000 -- Some observers say that President Mohammad Khatami is now in a position to move forward with reforms. But others warn that the key institutions in Iran are still controlled by Iran's rigidly fundamentalist supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.
  • IRAN / U-S RELATIONS Voice of America 02 March 2000 -- The leader of the reformist alliance that has swept (won) a majority of the seats in parliament, Mohammedreza Khatami, is optimistic about future relations, but still cautious.
  • CONGRESS-IRAN Voice of America 01 March 2000 -- The U-S Congress has completed action on a bill that could result in sanctions on nations, companies, or individuals that help Iran develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.



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