Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
July 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- Iran Says It Will No Longer Honor Nuclear Promises RFE/RL 31 Jul 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said today Iran will no longer honor commitments to the EU on achieving transparency in the Iranian nuclear program.
- Rezaie says IAEA should close Iran`s nuclear dossier IRNA 31 Jul 2004 -- Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaie said here on Saturday that it is now the turn of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to close Iran`s nuclear dossier and cooperate with the Islamic state in peaceful use of nuclear technology.
- Iran/Iraq: Recent Comments Suggest Problems In Baghdad-Tehran Relations RFE/RL 28 Jul 2004 -- Some Iraqi officials are waging a war of words with neighboring Iran. Iraqi Defense Minister Hazim Shalan al-Khuza'i called Tehran Iraq's "first enemy" and accused it of seeking to "kill democracy" in the country. However, al-Khuza'i's comments do not reflect the official position of the interim Iraqi government. Analysts say the statements indicate not only problems in relations between the two countries but also a lack of unity among members of the Iraqi government.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 25 26 Jul 2004 -- 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT EXAMINES IRAN/AL-QAEDA LINKS... / ...AND TEHRAN DISMISSES THE REPORT / GUARDIANS COUNCIL LEADERSHIP UNCHANGED / REFORMERS URGE KHATAMI TO DENOUNCE PRESS CLOSURES / PARTICIPATION PARTY HOLDS THREE-DAY CONGRESS / COURT SENTENCES AGHAJARI FOR INSULTING CLERGY / CANADA RECALLS AMBASSADOR TO IRAN... / ...FOREIGN OBSERVERS ARE BANNED FROM JOURNALIST TRIAL PROCEEDINGS... / ...COURT HALTS TRIAL... / ...EU CONCERNED ABOUT SLAIN JOURNALIST'S TRIAL... / ...COURT CLEARS ACCUSED KILLER / BRITISH BANK TO OPEN BRANCH ON KISH ISLAND / KHARRAZI LEAVES TUNIS AFTER ECONOMIC SUMMIT / RAFSANJANI SAYS U.S. HAS BEEN HUMILIATED IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN / IRAN ACCUSES ISRAEL OF SEEKING IRAQ'S DISMEMBERMENT / IRAN CRACKS DOWN ON KONGRA-GEL / MKO ACCUSES IRAN OF INTERFERING IN IRAQI AFFAIRS / SCIRI HEAD DENIES IRAN SENDING FIGHTERS TO IRAQ / AL-SADR AIDE REFERS TO IRANIAN 'INTERFERENCE.' / ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS IRAN COULD POSSESS A NUCLEAR BOMB BY 2008 / RUSSIA, IRAN DISCUSS NUCLEAR WASTE / RUSSIA AND IRAN: WHO IS STRONG-ARMING WHOM?
- Iran Rejects Suggestions of Links to 9/11 Terror Attacks VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Iran has rejected as fabrication and fantasy President George Bush's suggestions Tehran may have been involved in the September 11th terror attacks on the United States.
- Iran/U.S.: Former U.S. Officials Urge Sea Change In Iran Policy RFE/RL 21 Jul 2004 -- Washington is considering tough new policies to punish Iran for its alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons -- as well as probing possible links between Tehran and the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States. But this week, a group of former senior U.S. officials urged Washington to take a different approach. They said lack of engagement with Iran is threatening U.S. interests in vital areas, including nuclear nonproliferation, Iraq and Afghanistan.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 24 19 Jul 2004 -- STUDENTS STILL IN DETENTION / EDITOR SUMMONED; DAILY AND MONTHLY BANNED / REVOLUTIONARY COURT ARRESTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION LEADERS / IRANIAN LEGISLATURE APPROVES NEW MINISTER / AGHAJARI DEFENDS HIMSELF IN COURT / TEHRAN SAYS IT CAN GENERATE ELECTRICITY FROM NUCLEAR POWER / NUCLEAR DISCUSSIONS WITH EUROPE -- BUT NOT U.S. / KHAMENEI: ISRAELI, AMERICAN 'AGENTS' BEHIND DECAPITATIONS / IRAQI SHI'A LEADER VISITS IRAN / SADDAM HUSSEIN TRIAL: IRANIANS WANT JUSTICE... / ...AS DO SUFFERING IRAQIS / SYRIANS DISCUSS IRAQ IN IRAN / SYRIAN BUSINESS DELEGATIONS VISIT IRAN / ANKARA AND TEHRAN COOPERATE AGAINST KURDS -- AND ISRAEL? / AFGHANISTAN'S HERAT PROVINCE GETS NEW IRANIAN CONSUL / IRAN SEIZES QATARI VESSELS / IRANIAN NEWSPAPER: BRITISH NAVAL INCURSION WAS PLANNED / SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA ASSOCIATE SURRENDERS IN IRAN / FORMER HIZBALLAH SECRETARY-GENERAL CONTINUES CRITICISM OF IRAN
- Iran, Russia study nuclear cooperation IRNA 19 Jul 2004 -- Iran and Russia here Monday reviewed ways of expanding mutual cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 23 12 Jul 2004 -- RENEWED UNITY AMONG IRANIAN STUDENTS / STUDENT 'UPRISING' FALLS FLAT / HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORS SPEAK UP FOR IRANIAN STUDENTS / KHATAMI NAMES SOCIAL-SECURITY MINISTER / AZERI-IRANIAN CELEBRATION BRINGS ARRESTS / IRANIAN TROOPS, KURDISH MILITIA CLASH NEAR TURKISH FRONTIER / IRANIANS ARRESTED IN IRAQ / IRAQI BORDERS STILL POROUS / IRANIAN BROADCASTS CONTINUE TO REACH BAGHDAD / LEGISLATURE BEGINS DISCUSSIONS ON URANIUM ENRICHMENT / IRAN SAYS U.S. TOES ISRAELI LINE ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM / DEFENSE MINISTER WARNS AGAINST STRIKES ON NUCLEAR SITES / EU HUMAN RIGHTS DIALOGUE IN IRAN BRINGS LITTLE PROGRESS
- Iran-EU talks on nuclear program to resume late July IRNA 13 Jul 2004 -- Iranian negotiations with the three European partners on its national nuclear program will resume late July, the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said on Tuesday.
- Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani IRNA 13 Jul 2004 -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday that Iran will fight terrorism independently and cautiously.
- WMDs have no place in Iran`s defense policy: Khatami IRNA 12 Jul 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami said here Monday that weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran`s defense policy.
- Iran enjoys defense capability against electronic warfare IRNA 12 Jul 2004 -- Iran enjoys satisfactory defense capability gainst electronic warfare, Managing Director of the Electronic Industries affiliated to the Ministry of Defense Ebrahim Mahmoud-zadeh said on Monday.
- Iran rules out probable Israeli attack on Bushehr plant IRNA 11 Jul 2004 -- Iran expressly ruled out Sunday a possible air strike by Israel on the country`s nuclear power plant in southern Bushehr, which Tehran is building with the help of Russia.
- TURKEY/IRAN/KURDS VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- Iran confirmed Wednesday that its troops had been clashing with Turkish Kurdish rebels. Iran's deputy interior minister, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, said at least two Iranian soldiers and eight rebels from the group called Kongra-Gel had died in the fighting.
- Asefi terms "Powell`s latest remarks on Iran as disgrace for U.S. IRNA 07 Jul 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Wednesday that recent remarks of the US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Iran was a source of disgrace for the US administration before world public opinion and the Islamic states in particular.
- Iran Warns Against Attacks On Nuclear Facilities RFE/RL 07 Jul 2004 -- Iran's minister of defense and armed forces logistics, Admiral Ali Shamkhani, has warned that the Islamic republic will fiercely retaliate and abandon its commitments to the UN atomic watchdog agency if its nuclear installations are attacked.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 22 05 Jul 2004 -- IRAN TO RESUME BUILDING NUCLEAR CENTRIFUGES / NUCLEAR INSPECTORS VISIT SUSPECTED IRANIAN SITE / TEHRAN DISMISSES REPORT OF NUCLEAR SPILL AT AIRPORT / IAEA HEAD SANGUINE ABOUT RUSSIAN NUCLEAR AID TO IRAN / 'THE ECONOMIST': EUROPEAN POLICY ON IRAN A 'FLOP.' / IRANIANS CRITICIZE GOVERNMENT'S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY / IRANIAN OFFICIALS EXPELLED FROM U.S. / 9/11 COMMISSION CONNECTS IRAN, AL-QAEDA, AL-KHOBAR / IRANIAN INTERFERENCE IN IRAQ REMAINS A PROBLEM / TEHRAN WELCOMES IRAQI HANDOVER / DIPLOMACY REVERSES IRANIAN INVASION / ROUGH SEAS FOR BRITAIN AND IRAN / IRAN RELEASES ARAB SAILORS / WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO FROG / GUARDIANS COUNCIL GETS CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS / DRUGS BLAZE IN IRAN / LEGISLATURE REPORTS ON STATOIL CASE / TEHRAN CONFRONTS CORRUPTION PROBLEM
- Kharrazi lambastes US for obstructing Iran`s nuclear energy plans IRNA 02 Jul 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told his Cuban counterpart Felipe Perez Roque that the US does not want Iran to obtain nuclear energy technology.
- Kharrazi says Iran determined on nuclear energy plans IRNA 02 Jul 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told Cuba`s President Fidel Castro in Havana that the US does not want Iran, as a developing country, to have access to the nuclear energy technology, stressing however that Tehran will remain determined on its legitimate right to acquire the technology.
- Iran`s plan to produce centrifuge parts, a legitimate right: FM IRNA 01 Jul 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Mexico City on Wednesday Iran`s plan to produce centrifuge parts is the country`s legitimate right in the context of the Islamic Republic`s international commitments.
- Asefi rejects Hoon`s remarks IRNA 01 Jul 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Thursday expressed his surprise at the remarks made by British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon concerning British sailors who had been detained for violating Iran`s territorial waters recently and termed them as incorrect.
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