Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
April 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- Iran: Judiciary Orders Ban on Torture, But Why Now, And Will It Have Any Effect? RFE/RL 29 Apr 2004 -- Iran's conservative judiciary has banned the use of torture. The timing of the announcement is not clear, but many observers are calling it a tacit acknowledgement that torture is used in the Islamic Republic.
- Asefi dismissses Bolton`s anti-Iran allegation IRNA 28 Apr 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Wednesday dismissed anti-Iran allegation made by US Under Secretary of State John Bolton on Iranian nuclear program as being baseless.
- U.S. Official Urges Tough Stance On Iran RFE/RL 28 Apr 2004 -- A top U.S. disarmament official says the international community must prepare to take tougher measures against Iran if it continues what he calls its pattern of deception about its nuclear program.
- Statement by H.E. Gholam Ali KHOSHROO Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Before the Third Preparatory Committee of the the 2005 NPT Review Conference - New York, April 27, 2004 - The US launched a vicious disinformation campaign with allegations about Iran seeking nuclear weapons and had instigated concerns here and there about Iran's nuclear program. I
- Iran vows to honor commitments to IAEA IRNA 25 Apr 2004 -- Iran renewed its pledge Sunday to respect its commitments to the international nuclear watchdog and continue cooperation with it.
- Statement by H. E. Mr. Danesh-Yazdi Ambassador and Charge d'Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran To the United Nations before the Security Council on the draft resolution on Non-Proliferation New York- April 22, 2004 -
- U.S./Iran: Washington Extends Suspension Of Sanctions Against Iran RFE/RL 22 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. administration has extended for 90 days a temporary suspension of some U.S. sanctions against Iran. The sanctions were first eased last year to speed relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Bam. Observers say the move indicates the two might be in the mood to engage.
- Speaker stresses Iran`s impartial policy in Iraq IRNA 22 Apr 2004 -- Speaker of Iran`s Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) Mehdi Karroubi here Wednesday evening stressed Tehran`s impartial policy toward Iraq.
- Iranian Officials Discuss Iraq, Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 22 Apr 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said yesterday that instability in Iraq is a threat to Iran's security and his country wants to help the upcoming transfer of power in Iraq to succeed.
- Bush Would Not Tolerate Iranian Nuclear Weapon RFE/RL 21 Apr 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush says the development of a nuclear weapon in Iran would be "intolerable."
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 15 19 Apr 2004 -- TEHRAN CONDEMNS KILLING OF HAMAS LEADER / WHO ASKED TEHRAN TO HELP IN IRAQ? / LEADERS BLAME COALITION FOR DIPLOMAT'S DEATH / SUPREME LEADER EXPECTS AMERICAN HUMILIATION IN IRAQ / HOLDING PATTERNS ABOVE NEXT CASPIAN SUMMIT / IRAN HOSTS ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTER / TEHRAN ATTACKS U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD / NEW DATE FOR SECOND ROUND OF PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS / LEGISLATURE FORMALLY APPROVES WITHDRAWAL OF 'TWIN BILLS.' / LEGISLATURE REJECTS ONE PARLIAMENTARIAN'S RESIGNATION, ACCEPTS ANOTHER'S / TWO NEW CABINET MEMBERS INTRODUCED / KHATAMI VISITS EARTHQUAKE SITE / IRAN'S NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UNUSABLE / IRAN COOPERATES WITH GLOBAL COUNTERNARCOTICS EFFORTS / UN REFUGEE AGENCY CHIEF IN IRAN / LEGISLATURE BRIEFED ON NUCLEAR ISSUE / UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES CONTINUE TO RISE / NORTHERN TEA FACTORIES FACE CASH CRISIS
- Iraqi bandits attack Iranian cargo ship IRNA 17 Apr 2004 -- An Iranian cargo ship
was attacked by Iraqi armed bandits in Arvandroud River Friday evening.
- Iranians End Fact-Finding Visit To Iraq RFE/RL 17 Apr 2004 -- An Iranian fact-finding delegation ended its visit to Iraq today without making a planned visit to the holy city of Al-Najaf, where a radical Shi'a cleric is currently engaged in a standoff with U.S.-led forces.
- Iran: Tehran Delegation In Iraq On 'Fact-Finding' Mission RFE/RL 16 Apr 2004 -- The extent of Iran's diplomatic involvement in Iraq remains unclear. An Iranian fact-finding delegation reportedly visited the holy city of Al-Najaf today, but apparently did not meet with radical Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The United States, for its part, says -- publicly at least -- that Iran has a role to play but should not mediate directly between Washington and Shi'a insurgents.
- Kharrazi says Iran will not mediate between US, Iraqis IRNA 16 Apr 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here on Friday rejected as baseless speculations that Iran would mediate between the US and the Iraqis to resolve the crisis in the country.
- U.S Declines Iranian Mediation With Al-Sadr RFE/RL 16 Apr 2004 -- The United States government says it has advised Tehran that it would not be appropriate for Iran to try to mediate an end to the standoff between the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and militant Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
- Iraq: Iranian Delegation Tries To Help Defuse Tensions RFE/RL 15 Apr 2004 -- A delegation from Iran is in Iraq as part of an effort to help defuse tensions in that country. Analysts say it is in the interests of both countries to work together in Iraq. Meanwhile, an Iranian diplomat was shot dead today by unknown assailants near the Iranian mission in Baghdad. It is unclear, however, if the murder is connected with Tehran's mediation efforts.
- Unknown assailants gun down Iranian diplomat in Baghdad IRNA 15 Apr 2004 -- Khalil Nai`imi, cultural and press attache of the Iranian embassy here, was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Iraqi capital on Thursday.
- Iranian Diplomat Shot Dead In Baghdad RFE/RL 15 Apr 2004 -- An Iranian diplomat was shot dead by unknown assailants near the Iranian mission in Baghdad today.
- IRAN / I-A-E-A VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The head of the U-N nuclear agency says he is hopeful that Iran will stay faithful to its pledge to stop building nuclear centrifuges.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 14 12 Apr 2004 -- IS AN IRANIAN HAND STIRRING THE IRAQI POT? / IRAQI OFFICIAL CALLS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF FOREIGN FORCES / IRAQI UNREST DELAYS REFUGEES AND PILGRIMS / BAGHDAD RELEASES IRANIAN DETAINEES / IRAN ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA / IAEA CHIEF VISITS TEHRAN, INSPECTIONS TO CONTINUE / IRAN TO BUILD HEAVY-WATER REACTOR / IRANIAN MP-ELECT UNENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IAEA / CONSERVATIVES PREPARE FOR LEGISLATIVE TAKEOVER / EXECUTIVE BRANCH READIES FOR CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATURE / KHATAMI LASHES OUT AT HARD-LINERS / KARRUBI INCREASES CRITICISM OF GUARDIANS COUNCIL / CLARIFICATION ON THE 'BRAIN DRAIN.'
- Iran denies receiving `strong-worded` message from US: press IRNA 12 Apr 2004 -- Iran has denied receiving a written message from the United States, allegedly warning Tehran against interfering in Iraq`s affairs, press reports said Monday.
- IRAN/INSPECTORS VOA 12 Apr 2004 -- A team of international nuclear inspectors is in Iran attempting to determine if Tehran has made good on its promise to stop its uranium-enrichment program.
- IRAQ / IRAN VOA 09 Apr 2004 -- A U-S State Department spokesman says there is no hard evidence of any Iranian role in the unrest in Iraq. But there is considerable difference among U-S officials about Tehran's involvement in Iraq.
- Iran: IAEA Chief Says Tehran Has Agreed To Speed Up Cooperation RFE/RL 07 Apr 2004 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) yesterday said after meetings with top Iranian officials that Tehran has agreed on a timetable for speeding up cooperation with the agency. However, the United States has reiterated its belief that Iran is not fully cooperating with the IAEA
- Rowhani: Remaining issues with IAEA will be resolved IRNA 07 Apr 2004 -- Secretary for Iran`s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said Tuesday the recent agreements with the visiting chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicate that the remaining issues with the IAEA would be settled in the next two months.
- Iran, IAEA focus on action plan to bring ties on normal track IRNA 07 Apr 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday that it was a good time for the visit to Iran of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
- IRAN / NUCLEAR VOA 07 Apr 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran plans to build a heavy-water reactor in central Iran that some say could be part of a nuclear-weapons program. Iran says construction work on the reactor is due to start within months.
- Iran agrees to speed up cooperation with UN nuclear watchdog agency UN News Centre 06 Apr 2004 -- Iran has agreed to accelerate its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog told reporters today in Tehran.
- IAEA chief arrives in Tehran IRNA 06 Apr 2004 -- The head of the United Nation`s nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei arrived in Tehran early Tuesday morning to talk to some Iranian officials.
- ElBaradei: IAEA`s policy on Iran unchanged IRNA 06 Apr 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said here on Tuesday, "The IAEA has achieved tangible results in performing its duties regarding Iran, and the agencies` policy on Iran remains unchanged."
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 13 05 Apr 2004 -- PARLIAMENT AWAITS ADDITIONAL-PROTOCOL-ACCESSION BILL / TEHRAN'S NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES CAUSE INTERNATIONAL CONCERN / SUPREME LEADER'S REPRESENTATIVE HOPES ISRAELIS WILL KILL EACH OTHER / WASHINGTON EXPOSED IRANIAN SPIES / U.S. LIFTS SANCTIONS ON SOME COMPANIES SUPPLYING IRAN, APPLIES THEM TO OTHERS / TEHRAN LEVELS ACCUSATIONS AGAINST U.S. AFTER UZBEK ATTACKS / TEHRAN COMMENTS ON AL-FALLUJAH KILLINGS / IRAN, IRAQ TO BUILD RAILWAY LINKS / TEHRAN GETS TOUGH WITH AFGHAN AND IRAQI REFUGEES / DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE: TEHRAN ON HUMAN RIGHTS / SUPERVISORY BODY TO ANNOUNCE MORE ELECTION RESULTS / PARLIAMENT TO QUESTION CABINET MEMBERS / IRAN CONSIDERS A CIVIL DEFENSE ORGANIZATION / TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ON THE RISE IN NEW YEAR / TEHRAN BACKS OPEC PRODUCTION CUT / IRAN-ARMENIA GAS TALKS NEARING CONCLUSION / IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN MOSCOW FOR CASPIAN TALKS
- IAEA/IRAN VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- After meeting in Tehran with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the head of Iran's nuclear program, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, said his country will temporarily stop building and assembling nuclear equipment. The promise came after I-A-E-A chief Mohamed ElBaradei had said the agency was becoming impatient with Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
- I-A-E-A/IRAN VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is flying to Iran this week to discuss a controversial nuclear program that is causing increased concern.
- Iran denies report on discovery of bomb-grade uranium IRNA 04 Apr 2004 -- Iran on Sunday strongly denied that traces of weapons-grade uranium had been found in its nuclear sites, stressing that the report in the Reuters news agency was `baseless and false`.
- U.S. Slaps Sanctions Over Alleged Iran Nuke Supplies RFE/Rl 03 Apr 2004 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on 13 foreign companies because they are suspected of selling equipment to Iran that could be used to build nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
- TAIWAN FIRM SANCTIONED BY U.S. FOR IGNORING TRADE EMBARGO ON IRAN CNA 03 Apr 2004 -- A firm in Taiwan has been sanctioned by the United States for violating an embargo against Iran by selling it items forbidden by the United States, the State Department reported Friday.
- U-S / IRAN SANCTIONS VOA 02 Apr 2004 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on 13 foreign companies and individuals in seven countries for selling Iran equipment and expertise that could be used to make nuclear chemical and biological weapons.
- Shingarev: Moscow abides by its nuclear commitments towards Tehran IRNA 01 Apr 2004 -- Russian Nuclear Energy Organization announced on Thursday that Moscow adheres to its commitments towards Tehran in completing the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) project.
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