Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
May 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- Kharrazi hopes IAEA would meet Iran`s reasonable expectations IRNA 31 May 2004 -- Visiting Foreign Minister Dr. Kamal Kharrazi expressed here his optimism that Iran`s full cooperation and consultations with the IAEA would merit realization of its meritrious expectation for normalization of ties with the nuclear watchdog.
- Iran denies reported transfer of missile test data to North Korea IRNA 29 May 2004 -- The Iranian Embassy in Japan on Friday denied a recent report that North Korea may be getting missile test data from the Islamic Republic.
- MP: Israel's threat to raid Iran`s nuke facilities a political show-off IRNA 27 May 2004 -- An Iranian lawmaker said here on Thursday that Israel`s likely air raid on Iranian nuclear facilities is a mere political show-off.
- U-S / IRAN NUCLEAR VOA 27 May 2004 -- The United States Thursday accused Iran of trying to "intimidate" the International Atomic Energy Agency. The comments follow an Iranian threat to resume uranium enrichment and end snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, if the I-A-E-A does not acknowledge its cooperation with the agency.
- I-A-E-A/IRAN VOA 27 May 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna says it will soon circulate a new report on Iran's nuclear ambitions, but says this might not close the file as Tehran wants.
- Iran Threatens To Reduce IAEA Cooperation RFE/RL 27 May 2004 -- Iranian President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami said today that his country might resume uranium enrichment and end unscheduled inspections of its nuclear sites if the UN's nuclear agency fails to recognize its cooperation of the recent past.
- Iran's embassy refutes Interfax report on Iran`s nuclear programs IRNA 25 May 2004 -- Iran`s embassy in Vienna on Monday refuted a report by Interfax news agency on Iran`s nuclear programs.
- Asefi: Iran to continue cooperation with IAEA IRNA 23 May 2004 -- Tehran will continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with sincerity and full transparency and expecting the agency to consider the issue in its upcoming meeting technically and free from any prejudice so that the case could be closed.
- Iran rejects 'baseless' US intelligence charges IRNA 23 May 2004 -- Iran Sunday described as `baseless and unfounded` Washington`s accusations that the Iraqi National Council chief Ahmad Chalabi had passed sensitive US intelligence to Tehran.
- Iran submits nuclear declarations to IAEA IRNA 22 May 2004 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran has submitted the declarations of its nuclear programs to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran`s Ambassador to the UN`s nuclear watchdog Pirooz Hosseini here Saturday.
- Iran to submit a comprehensive report on its nuclear activities to IAEA IRNA 21 May 2004 -- Iran`s former representative to IAEA and an advisor to the foreign minister, Ali-Akbar Salehi, here Friday announced that a comprehensive report on Iran`s nuclear programs will be submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the coming days.
- TURKEY: Special report on Iranian refugees from Iraq IRIN 19 May 2004 -- Dressed very smartly in a black suit and a pale pink shirt, Hamid (not his real name) started to tell the story of how he fled Iran in 1990 due to his political activities and lived in northern Iraq until 2002.
- Iran's navy to launch 5 war games in territorial waters IRNA 19 May 2004 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran`s Navy will launch five war games in various parts of the country to mark the liberation anniversary of southwestern city of Khorramshahr on May 23.
- Russia, Iran arrive at political agreement on return of spent N-fuel IRNA 18 May 2004 -- Russia and Iran have arrived at a political agreement on the return of spent nuclear fuel from Iran to Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday after ending talks with his Iranian counterpart, Dr Kamal Kharrazi.
- EU, PGCC welcome Iran`s signing of Additional Protocol IRNA 18 May 2004 -- The European Union and Persian Gulf Cooperation Council welcomed Monday the signing by Iran of the Additional Protocol to the NPT and also Tehran`s suspension of its uranium enrichment program.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 17 17 May 2004 -- IRANIAN JUDICIARY CHIEF'S MEASURES AIM TO SATISFY THE PUBLIC / TEHRAN AIRPORT CLOSURE BECOMES NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT / UN NUCLEAR CHIEF UNSURE ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM... / ...AND IRANIAN AMBASSADOR VOWS TO PROVIDE UN WITH FULL REPORT ON NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES SOON / SUPREME LEADER ORDERS REVIEW OF DISSIDENT'S DEATH SENTENCE / TURKEY WARNS IRANIAN AIRPORT CLOSURE MIGHT AFFECT BUSINESS RELATIONS / IRANIAN COURT SAYS 55 ARRESTED ON 'POLITICAL' CHARGES IN ONE MONTH / REGIONAL PARLIAMENTARIANS WANT TO PUT HUSSEIN ON TRIAL / IRANIAN JUDICIARY CHIEF ADDRESSES POLICE ABUSE / IRANIAN PRESIDENT CONDEMNS IRAQI ABUSES... / ...AS DOES IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER / OFFICIAL SAYS IRAN WILL RESPOND TO ISRAELI STRIKES / IRANIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES BETTER INHERITANCE RIGHTS FOR WOMEN / IRAN LOOKS FORWARD TO NUCLEAR BODY'S JUNE SESSION
NUMBER OF HIV-POSITIVE IRANIANS RISES / IRANIAN RELATIVES OF IRAQ-BASED REBELS DEMAND THEIR RETURN / IRAN URGES MORE EU INVOLVEMENT IN MIDEAST... / ...BUT IS TOLD BY THE EU TO BE MORE COOPERATIVE / IRANIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES DEVELOPMENT PLAN, RIGHTS BILL / IRANIAN PRESIDENT DEFENDS REFORMS BEFORE YOUTH AND POSTERITY / IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER WANTS 'SERIOUS' DIALOGUE WITH EUROPE / NEXT IRANIAN PARLIAMENT MAY CHANGE RATIFIED DEVELOPMENT PLAN
- Muslims wont keep silence against US 16 May 2004 -- Particular Shiites, will not remain silent in the face of such aggression. The US is currently pursuing dangerous policies that are threatening peace in the region and the entire world more than at any other time, President Khatami stressed.
- Iran`s Navy submarine manoeuvre starts IRNA 13 May 2004 -- The first phase of submarine manoeuvre titled "Unity 83 " started on Wednesday by Islamic Republic of Iran Navy in the third marine zone of the armed forces in Chahbahar port.
- Russia, Iran nuclear officials to discuss work at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant IRNA 12 May 2004 -- Completion of (power) Unit No. 1 of the Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr and a number of other aspects of cooperation in the field of atomic energy will be the central issues in talks between Russian Atomic Energy Agency Director Alexander Rumyantsev and Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Deputy Director Asadollah Saburi on Wednesday.
- Iranian access to atomic weapons impossible: Russian official IRNA 12 May 2004 -- Iranian access to the atomic bomb is "impossible," said a Russian Foreign Ministry official who was quoted here Wednesday by a local paper.
- Iran`s army insists on keeping new airport shut IRNA 09 May 2004 -- Deputy chief of the Joint Armed Forces stressed here Sunday that the Iranian army will remain firm in its decision to keep a new airport closed as long as `security requirements` for carrying out flights from it are not met.
- Iran`s Rafsanjani: Humanity is ashamed by US crimes in Iraq IRNA 09 May 2004 -- Chairman of Iran`s Expediency Council and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani added his voice Sunday to the international outcry against a prisoner abuse scandal by US troops in Iraq, describing their taunting behavior as `abominable`.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 16 05 May 2004 -- KHATAMI RESHUFFLES CABINET AMID CONSERVATIVE COMPLAINTS / U.S. REPEATS NUCLEAR-BOMB CHARGES AGAINST IRAN... / ...AND IRAN REJECTS THEM / IRAN SAYS IT HAS SUPPLIED 'COMPLETE' NUCLEAR INFORMATION / INTELLIGENCE MINISTER DENIES NUCLEAR SECRETS LEAK / FOREIGN MINISTER TOURS EUROPEAN CAPITALS / FOURTH IRANIAN LEGISLATOR RESIGNS / IRANIAN PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER DENOUNCES ELECTION INJUSTICES / PARTY WANTS FORMER PRESIDENT TO RUN AGAIN / PRESIDENT ADMITS IRAN HAS POLITICAL PRISONERS... / ...BUT CHIEF JUSTICE DISAGREES... / ...THOUGH HE ORDERS AN END TO PRISONER ABUSE... / ...AND POLICE CHIEF URGES FORCE TO SATISFY THE PUBLIC / PRESIDENT DEPLORES VIOLENCE IN IRAQ... / ...KARRUBI AGREES... / ...AND OPPOSES U.S. PLANS FOR REGION / IRGC HEAD CALLS U.S. PLANS 'DIABOLICAL.' / GENERAL SAYS IRAQ ABUSED IRANIAN WAR CAPTIVES / TEHRAN COURT FINES U.S. FOR HELPING SADDAM / IRAN REPORTS 2 MILLION DRUG ADDICTS / TOTAL CLOSE TO IRANIAN GAS DEAL / STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES IRAN AS TOP TERROR SPONSOR / IRAN TO SPLIT LARGEST PROVINCE IN THREE / IRAN HOLDS NAVAL MANEUVERS IN PERSIAN GULF
- Iraqi official rejects reports on Iran`s intervention in Iraq IRNA 02 Apr 2004 -- an Iraqi official on Saturday rejected reports that Iran was interfering in Iraq`s internal affairs saying the anti-Iran allegations were politically motivated.
- Iran slams US for reinstating Ba`athists in Iraq IRNA 02 Apr 2004 -- Iran upbraided the United States Sunday for deciding to bring thousands of Saddam Hussein`s disbanded Ba`ath Party members back to office, saying this shows a lack of strategy on the US part.
- Iran denies having parallel nuclear program IRNA 02 Apr 2004 -- Iran strongly denied Sunday accusations that it was running a secret nuclear weapons program parallel to the country`s civilian one.
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