Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- Iran rejects US official`s claim on harboring al-Qaeda IRNA 29 Feb 2004 -- Iran on Sunday categorically rejected claims by a US State Department official alleging that fugitive members of al-Qaeda have taken refuge in the Islamic Republic.
- RF, Iran put off deal on spent nuclear fuel for technical reasons IRNA 28 Feb 2004 -- Moscow and Tehran have so far not signed an agreement on the return of spent nuclear fuel from Iran to Russia `only for technical reasons`, Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev said.
- Iran, Syria set to structure military cooperation IRNA 27 Feb 2004 -- Iran and Syria here Thursday night stressed the importance to organize defense and military relations.
- Iran denies engagement in P2 nuclear centrifuge research PLA Daily 27 Feb 2004 -- Iran said Wednesday that it is unnecessary to report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) outcome of its research on centrifuge P2, the official IRNA news agency reported.
- Russia vows to continue nuclear cooperation with Iran PLA Daily 26 Feb 2004 -- Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko Wednesday reiterated Russia's promise to continue cooperating with Iran in the field of nuclear energy.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 25 Feb 2004 -- Iran says it has told the International Atomic Energy Agency enough about its nuclear program, and it is under no obligation to give any further details. At the same time, Iranian officials are insisting that concerns that it may be developing nuclear weapons are the result of a misunderstanding.
- I-A-E-A / IRAN VOA 25 Feb 2004 -- The United States says Iran's report to the International Atomic Energy Agency was neither complete nor accurate and Tehran should come clean on its true nuclear ambitions.
- Russia supports Iran`s right to peaceful use of nuclear energy IRNA 25 Feb 2004 -- Russia supports Iran`s right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, and intends to continue cooperation with it in this field, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko stated on Wednesday.
- Iran says it was not necessary to give full report to IAEA IRNA 25 Feb 2004 -- Tehran said on Wednesday it did not deem it necessary to report to the International Atomic Energy Agency outcome of its research on centrifuge P2.
- Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Report by the Director General International Atomic Energy Agency 24 Feb 2004 [PDF]
- BUSH / IRAN VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- President Bush is adding his voice to those criticizing the recent parliamentary elections in Iran from which reformist candidates were excluded.
- I-A-E-A / IRAN VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- An International Atomic Energy Agency report says its inspectors have uncovered highly sensitive nuclear technology in Iran that was not included in the declaration Iran made last year. The declaration was supposed to reveal all of Iran's nuclear capabilities.
- IRAN / ELECTION VOA 24 Feb 2004 -- Iran's government press agency is reporting that Islamic hard-liners won a parliamentary majority in last week's controversial election, which was boycotted by most reformist parties. As vote-counting draws to a close, conservative leaders have begun to speak out about their agenda for Iran.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 08 23 Feb 2004 -- PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS START TO COME IN / TEHRAN RAMPS UP VOTER PARTICIPATION / ROCK THE VOTE / TOP IRANIAN OFFICIALS DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF ELECTIONS / IRANIAN NOBEL LAUREATE SAYS SHE WON'T VOTE / PAPERS CLOSED FOR PUBLISHING LEGISLATORS' APPEAL TO SUPREME LEADER / IRANIAN BAHAIS RELEASED AFTER 15 YEARS IN JAIL / IRANIAN POLICE LAUNCH WEB-BASED PROJECT / IRANIANS PARTICIPATE IN KABUL DRUG-CONTROL CONFERENCE / IRANIAN, KAZAKH, TAJIK, CHINESE OFFICIALS DISCUSS COUNTERNARCOTICS COOPERATION / TEHRAN HOSTS D-8 SUMMIT / EGYPTIAN SUMMIT PRESENCE UNDERLINES TENSIONS / HARD-LINE CLERIC CALLS U.S. TIES 'TREASON.' / IRAN-U.S. WRESTLING DIPLOMACY CONTINUES / TEHRAN HOSTS CONFERENCE ON PERSIAN GULF / IRAN ENCOURAGES IRAQ-BASED MUJAHEDIN TO RETURN
- Moscow-Tehran atomic energy cooperation positive: Asefi IRNA 22 Feb 2004 -- Atomic energy cooperation between Moscow and Teheran is positive, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said at a Sunday press conference.
- IRAN NUCLEAR VOA 22 Feb 2004 -- Iran has admitted that it has acquired some components for its nuclear program from dealers in South Asia, but it stopped short of saying they were part of a nuclear proliferation ring led by Pakistan's top nuclear scientist. The Iranian government says it has reported all of its purchases to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- IRAN/ELECTION VOA 21 Feb 2004 -- Early results suggest Iran's Islamic conservatives will likely win an easy victory in Friday's parliamentary election. The poll was preceded by weeks of political feuding, and was boycotted by several reformist parties.
- IRAN / ELECTION VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- Iranian officials say preliminary results of Friday's parliamentary elections are expected early Saturday. Iran's reformist and conservative camps will be watching to see how many people came out to cast their votes in the controversial ballot.
- U-S / IRAN ELECTIONS VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- The United States expressed disappointment Friday that many Iranian reformist politicians were barred from running in Friday's parliamentary elections, which the State Department said did not meet international standards for fairness.
- IAEA finds undeclared uranium-enrichment parts in Iran PLA Daily 20 Feb 2004 -- Diplomats here said Thursday that the UN nuclear inspectors uncovered undeclared uranium-enrichment equipment in Iran, a finding that casts doubts over the Islamic nation's pledge to scrap its atomic ambitions.
- Asefi denies existence of P-2 centrifuge in Iran IRNA 19 Feb 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Thursday categorically denied reports on existence of P-2 centrifuge at a military center in Iran, describing the reports as `unfounded`.
- JAPAN / IRAN OIL VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Despite official U-S concern, ally Japan has gone ahead with a major deal to develop an oil field in southwest Iran. Negotiations had gone on for three years and stalled for a time after President Bush included Iran in what he called the "axis of evil."
- Iran: Reformists Fire Unprecedented Criticism At Supreme Leader RFE/RL 18 Feb 2004 -- In Iran, reformist lawmakers have taken the unprecedented step of challenging the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a letter, the lawmakers ask Khamenei to explain his role in the massive disqualification of reformist candidates ahead of parliamentary elections this week.
- Russia defies US pressures to halt cooperation with Iran IRNA 17 Feb 2004 -- Russia will never yield to US pressures to stop nuclear cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, said a Russian atomic energy official here Tuesday.
- Russia stresses continuation of nuclear cooperation with Iran IRNA 17 Feb 2004 -- Russian minister of atomic energy reiterated here Tuesday Moscow`s intention to continue nuclear cooperation with Tehran.
- Kharrazi: IAEA informed of Iran`s research on centrifuges IRNA 17 Feb 2004 -- Iran stressed on Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was informed of the country`s research on uranium-enrichment centrifuges.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 07 16 Feb 2004 -- IRANIANS TO VOTE IN SEVENTH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS / NEW PARTIES AND COALITIONS EMERGE BEFORE ELECTIONS/ PROMINENT CANDIDATES PULL OUT OF ELECTION/ LEGISLATORS NOT ALLOWED TO QUIT/ MEDIA COVERAGE BEFORE THE ELECTION/ IRAN AT A CROSSROADS AS IT COMMEMORATES REVOLUTION'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY/ MARTYRS FOUNDATION BACKS FATWA AGAINST RUSHDIE/ BRITISH ROYAL VISITS IRAN/ IRAN DENIES LINK WITH TOP PAKISTANI NUCLEAR SCIENTIST/ NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AS A MARKETING OPPORTUNITY
- Asefi comments on Iran`s nuclear fuel IRNA 16 Feb 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is potentially capable of producing nuclear fuel.
- Iran to sell nuclear fuel on int'l market PLA Daily 16 Feb 2004 -- Iran will sell processed nuclear fuel to foreign countries in a bid to show its ability in the nuclear energy technology despite mounting US pressure, a senior Foreign Ministry official said here on Sunday.
- UN finds secret Iran nuclear documents PLA Daily 16 Feb 2004 -- U.N. inspectors sifting through Iran's nuclear files have discovered drawings of high-tech equipment that can be used to make weapons-grade uranium - a new link to the black market headed by the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, diplomats said Thursday.
- Kharrazi says production of nuclear fuel is `strictly peaceful` IRNA 15 Feb 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi hailed Sunday production of nuclear fuel by Iran as an `important achievement` but stressed that it was `strictly` intended for peaceful purposes.
- IRAN-ELECTION VOA 15 Feb 2004 -- Five hundred and fifty pro-reform candidates have decided to drop out of Iran's coming parliamentary election. The decision further reduces the number of reformist candidates seeking office in this week's parliamentary election.
- Foreign Minister: Iran May Sell Nuclear Fuel To Others RFE/RL 14 Feb 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said today that Iran has the capacity to produce nuclear fuel and is ready to sell it to international buyers.
- Delay of atomic energy minister`s visit to Iran purely technical IRNA 14 Feb 204 -- The decision to postpone the Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev`s visit to Iran has no political background and the reasons for the decision are purely technical.
- IRAN / NUCLEAR VOA 14 Feb 2004 -- Iran's foreign minister says his country may be prepared to sell nuclear fuel to international buyers. The disclosure comes amid increased international scrutiny of Iran's nuclear capabilities.
- U-S-Iran-Nuclear VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The United States Friday again accused Iran of concealing its nuclear activities and of having continued nuclear weapons ambitions. But the State Department said the Bush administration is not yet prepared to try to have the matter referred to the U-N Security Council for possible sanctions.
- RUSSIA/IRAN VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- The Russian minister in charge of atomic energy says he believes outstanding issues regarding the transfer of nuclear fuel to Iran starting next year can be settled soon. The minister has postponed a trip to Iran to sign an agreement, but, according to the Itar-Tass news agency, the decision was not political.
- Iran: U.S. Pressures Tehran Over Reported New Nuclear Findings RFE/RL 13 Feb 2004 -- A senior U.S. official says there is no doubt Iran is continuing to pursue nuclear weapons.
- IAEA report on Iran to be released next week IRNA 13 Feb 2004 -- The IAEA is to release its latest report on the Iranian nuclear programs as well as a number of other states next week.
- Iran and Russia to sign deal on Bushehr Plan`s nuclear fuel in near future IRNA 13 Feb 2004 -- Iran and Russia might sign the protocol on exporting Russian nuclear fuel to Iran`s Bushehr Nuclear Plant and return of the use fuel to Russia within the next two weeks, according to a concerned Russian official.
- Asefi rejects Bush`s anti-Iran remarks, says Iran not after nukes IRNA 13 Feb 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here on Thursday rejected recent charges by US President George W. Bush against Iran, and refreshed pledges that nukes have no place in Iran`s defense doctrine.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 13 Feb 2004 -- Iran says it has made advances in the field of nuclear fuel technology, but again denies it has a nuclear weapons program.
- State's Armitage Says Iran Continues to Pursue Nuclear Weapons Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said the U.S. government is sure that Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons programs.
- U-S / IRAN VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- The United States accused Iran Thursday of continuing to try to acquire nuclear weapons. U-S Undersecretary of State John Bolton said it is clear Iran is not complying with a deal it made last year to suspend enrichment of its uranium supplies. Mr. Bolton spoke at a conference on business and security.
- IAEA/IRAN VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Diplomats in Vienna say I-A-E-A inspectors in Iran have found evidence of a nuclear capability that the country did not reveal in its recent disclosures, which it said included all aspects of its nuclear program.
- Iran, Russia study nuclear cooperation IRNA 12 Feb 2004 -- The Russian Federation Minister of Nuclear Energy Alexander Rumyantsev and Iran`s Ambassador to Moscow Gholamreza Shafei here Wednesday reviewed cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy.
- Iran: 25th Anniversary Of Islamic Revolution Commemorated Amid Serious Political Crisis RFE/RL 11 Feb 2004 -- Iran today is marking the 25th anniversary of the 1979 revolution that ended 2,500 years of monarchy and established the world's first modern theocracy. But this year's anniversary is being overshadowed by Iran's political crisis over the disqualification of more than 2,000 pro-reform candidates for parliamentary elections later this month.
- Iran: Tehran Denies Link With Top Pakistani Nuclear Scientist RFE/RL 09 Feb 2004 -- Iran is denying it received nuclear technology from top Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who recently said he had passed secrets to Tehran. The denial is the latest twist in a complex story of nuclear proliferation that centers on Khan but the details of which may never become fully clear.
- Iran, North Korea discuss expansion of bilateral relations IRNA 09 Feb 2004 -- New Ambassador of Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to Iran Kim Chong Ryong here Monday conferred with Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on issues of mutual interest.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 06 09 Feb 2004 -- STUDENTS 'WATCH IN SILENCE.' / THE SHOW MUST GO ON -- MORE CANDIDATES GRUDGINGLY REINSTATED / QUITTERS THREATENED WITH PROSECUTION -- OR WORSE / DISQUALIFIED LEGISLATORS MEET WITH KHATAMI / ...BUT DON'T GO QUIETLY / LEGAL SYSTEM CONTINUES TO TARGET PRESS / TEHRAN ARMS EXPORTED WORLDWIDE / IRANIAN GRAIN IMPORTS ON UPSWING? / IRANIAN OFFICIALS MISS MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE / THOUSANDS OF IRANIANS DEMONSTRATE AT HAJJ / KHARRAZI CONTINUES TO SEEK WORD ON OFFICIALS MISSING IN LEBANON / HIZBALLAH PRISONER SWAP INSPIRES HAMAS
- Iran, unfazed by nuclear storm, stresses close ties with Pakistan IRNA 08 Feb 2004 -- Iran on Sunday dismissed media accounts of nuclear leaks by Pakistani scientists to Tehran, stressing that the Islamic Republic had acquired certain equipment from middlemen.
- Iran did not name Pak scientists for proliferation: PML-N IRNA 07 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Acting Parliamentary Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said that Iran as not named any Pakistani nuclear scientists over proliferation allegations.
- Iran builds border outposts in Afghanistan IRNA 07 Feb 2004 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran has completed the construction of ten border outposts in Harat province of Afghanistan, said an Iranian official Saturday.
- IRAN / ELECTION VOA 07 Feb 2004 -- Iran's president has said he objects to the conservative Islamic Guardian Council's decision to disqualify more than two-thousand reformist candidates from the coming parliamentary election. But even so, he says the elections will proceed on schedule.
- Minister says lab model of Mesbah satellite to be launched IRNA 03 Feb 2004 -- Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ahmad Motamedi said here on Tuesday that Mesbah miniature satellite is going to be launched into space within the next one year and four months.
- Iran on brink of self-sufficiency in missile industry: Official IRNA 03 Feb 2004 -- Iran has taken fundamental steps for self-sufficiency in its nascent missile industry with the domestication of much of the technology used in projectiles, the head of the country`s aerospace organization said here Tuesday.
- Asefi rejects US official`s anti-Iran statement on nuclear program IRNA 03 Feb 2004 -- Anti-Iran statement of US Under-Secretary of State Richard Armitage has nothing to do with reality and runs counter to the internationally recognized principles, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Tuesday.
- US sure Iran develops nuclear program: newspaper PLA Daily 03 Feb 2004 -- A senior US official said that Washington is certain that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program, Russia's daily newspaper Vremya Novostei reported on Monday.
- British intelligence review includes Iran IRNA 03 Feb 2004 -- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Tuesday announced a wide-ranging review of British intelligence on weapons of mass destruction (WMD), focusing on the failure to find arms in Iraq, but also extending to other `countries of concern`, including Iran.
- NUCLEAR FREE MIDDLE EAST VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- Faced with the possibility of United Nations sanctions, in late 2003 Iran agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment program and allow nuclear inspections. A few weeks later, Libya renounced its W-M-D aspirations and began to provide information to U-S, British and U-N officials about its suppliers. Arms control specialists say the outlook for a nuclear-free Middle East is much better than it was one year ago. But as V-O-A's Serena Parker reports, complicating matters is a double-standard in the region: Israel's possession of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
- MPs` mass resignation draws mixed reactions IRNA 02 Feb 2004 -- One hundred and sixteen Iranian parliament members extended their resignations on Sunday in protest to mass disqualification of candidates from standing in the parliamentary elections on February 20.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 05 02 Feb 2004 -- KHATAMI WILL HOLD ELECTIONS -- REGARDLESS... / ...BUT WILL ANYBODY COME? / SPEAKER PREDICTS GOOD NEWS ON PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS / KHATAMI REJECTS OFFICIALS' RESIGNATIONS / ELECTED OFFICIALS CONCEDE THAT TALKS WITH UNELECTED ONES WERE WASTE OF TIME / GUARDIANS REJECT EMERGENCY-ELECTION LEGISLATION / SPEAKER SAYS ASSEMBLY OF EXPERTS BY-ELECTIONS ARE MEANINGLESS / ANTIREFORM HEADQUARTERS AT WORK IN IRAN / KHATAMI INVESTIGATES SOUTHEASTERN RIOT / 'TEN DAYS' OF DAWN BEGINS / DESPITE TOUGH TALK, IRAN STILL SEEKS RELATIONS WITH U.S. / IRAN INVOLVED WITH ISRAEL-HIZBALLAH PRISONER SWAP / TEHRAN BANS ASIAN BIRDS IN FACE OF FLU
- Iran challenges Paul Bremer`s claims about al Qaeda movements IRNA 01 Feb 2004 -- Iran challenged on Sunday Iraq`s US governor Paul Bremer`s allegations that members of al Qaeda had fled to Iran from Iraq, calling on him to back up his claims with proof if there was any.
- Iran, Russia don`t disagree in atomic energy cooperation IRNA 01 Feb 2004 -- Iran and Russia do not have major differences in the atomic energy cooperation, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday, referring to the forthcoming visit of Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev to Teheran.
- Iranian Political Crisis Deepens as 123 Reformist MPs Quit VOA News 01 Feb 2004 -- Iran's political crisis between reformists and conservatives deepened Sunday when 123 members of parliament submitted their resignations. Iran's reformists say they reached a dead-end in the standoff and had no other choice but to step down.
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