Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- Iran hopes Europe will show more flexibility in next talks IRNA 01 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Sunday that Iran hopes that Europe would show more flexibility in its upcoming talks with Tehran in order to reach an ideal conclusion.
- Majlis approves outlines of bill on peaceful nuclear technology IRNA 01 Nov 2004 -- Majlis on Sunday approved with a strong majority the outlines of the bill on gaining access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
- Peaceful nuclear bill urges gov`t to defend nation`s right: Majlis speaker IRNA 01 Nov 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said here Sunday that the bill on getting access to peaceful nuclear technology urged the government not to ignore nation`s right to use the technology for peaceful purposes.
- 3rd round of talks between Iran, EU3 to be held in Paris IRNA 01 Nov 2004 -- The third round of talks between Iran and the European Union (EU) on Iran`s nuclear programs is to be held on Friday, November 5, in Paris, it was announced here on Sunday.
- FM spokesman welcomes Europe`s offer of nuclear fuel to Iran IRNA 01 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi welcomed Europe`s offer of nuclear fuel supplies but said it would not nonetheless deter Tehran from pursuing its legitimate right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
- Chief of UN atomic watchdog reiterates call for Iran's nuclear compliance UN News Centre 01 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency's top official today called on Iran to do its utmost to build confidence by suspending activities related to uranium enrichment and reprocessing-related activities.
- IAEA/IRAN VOA 30 Oct 2004 -- Diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency say the agency is considering offering Iran a guaranteed supply of nuclear fuel to facilitate European talks with Tehran on suspending its uranium enrichment efforts.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 27 Oct 2004 -- Talks between key European countries and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program broke up after five hours of negotiations with no definite conclusions. Diplomats agreed to meet again soon for further discussions.
- Iran-EU talks over without tangible result IRNA 27 Oct 2004 -- Iran and European `Big 3` wrapped up marathon nuclear talks here on Wednesday, failing to reach any agreement on a European proposal for an end to Tehran`s uranium enrichment program.
- EU-Iran Nuclear Talks End Without Agreement RFE/RL 27 Oct 2004 -- Talks between Iranian negotiators and French, British, and German officials aimed at freezing Tehran's uranium-enrichment program ended today with no apparent agreement.
- Bush Administration Remains Skeptical of Europe's Iran Strategy Washington File 25 Oct 2004 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage expressed his doubts that European negotiators will be able to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions but said that the Bush administration is willing to let the Europeans pursue their proposed negotiations.
- MP urges construction of 9 more nuclear power plants in Iran IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- Chairman of Majlis Energy Commission here Sunday evening urged the government to plan construction of nine more nuclear power plants in the country in addition to one under construction in Bushehr.
- Iran has every right to enrich uranium: Blix IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- Iran has every right to conduct a uranium enrichment program, former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix was quoted as saying Monday on the website of the German television network Ard.
- Reformists to discuss Iran`s nuclear case with Khatami soon IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- The rotatory head of the central council of 2nd Khordad Front Mohammad Salamati said here Monday that a group of members of the Front are going to have a meeting with President Mohammad Khatami to discuss Iran`s nuclear case with him.
- Iran-Europe dialogue, best way to achieve consent: IAEA IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- Spokeswoman of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Melissa Fleming said here on Monday that the agency considers dialogue between Iran and the European trio as the best possible way to achieve a consent on Iran`s nuclear activities.
- Rowhani: Iran to cooperate with IAEA to prove US claims are baseless IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- Iran is voluntarily cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog to show to the world that US allegations on Tehran`s secret programs to develop nuclear weapons are totally baseless and sheer lies, said a top security official here Monday.
- Iran denies having shut the door to European nuclear proposal IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh refuted Monday reports that Iran had categorically rejected a European proposal to end standoff over Tehran`s nuclear program.
- EU hopes to reach agreement with Iran on nuclear issue IRNA 25 Oct 2004 -- The current President of the European Union Council of Ministers, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, Monday said that the European bloc recognizes the right of countries to benefit from a peaceful nuclear program.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 37 25 Oct 2004 -- DATE PROPOSED FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION / DISUNITED REFORMIST FRONT SEEKS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE / PROPOSAL TO IMPOSE AGE LIMITATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES MET WITH CRITICISM / KHATAMI SPEAKS OUT FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN / LEGISLATURE CONSIDERING GENDER AND EDUCATION? / LEGISLATOR DIES / ONLINE JOURNALISTS CAUGHT IN 'SPIDERWEB.' / NORWEGIAN FIRMS AMONG BIDDERS ON IRANIAN OIL FIELD / IRANIAN MUJAHEDIN SURRENDER TO GOVERNMENT / AZERBAIJANI CONSULATE OPENS IN TABRIZ / INDIAN SECURITY OFFICIAL VISITS IRAN IN FACE OF U.S. SANCTIONS / IRAN-HERAT CONTRACTS AWAIT ELECTION RESULTS / TEHRAN TESTS STRATEGIC MISSILE / EUROPE'S NUCLEAR DEAL DOESN'T APPEAL TO IRAN / IRAN VOWS NOT TO HALT NUCLEAR-FUEL PRODUCTION
- Rafsanjani stresses need for Iran`s production of nuclear fuel IRNA 24 Oct 2004 -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here Sunday stressed the need for production of nuclear fuel by Iran.
- Iran criticizesEU nuclear proposal as `unbalanced` IRNA 24 Oct 2004 -- Iran on Sunday criticized a European proposal seeking the in definite suspension of its uranium enrichment activities as `unbalanced`, indicating that it intends to reject the proposal.
- Iran seeks clear-cut assurance from Europeans on nuclear proposal IRNA 24 Oct 2004 -- Iran described Sunday a European proposal to halt its uranium enrichment activities as `preliminary` and `unbalanced`, saying the Europeans are first required to assure Tehran of fulfilling what they promise.
- Iran cannot be induced to halt uranium enrichment for good: MP IRNA 24 Oct 2004 -- A senior MP said here Sunday that Iran will not accept Europe`s call to permanently halt uranium enrichment activities in return for receiving limited nuclear technology.
- Iran Says EU Nuclear Proposal Unacceptable RFE/RL 24 Oct 2004 -- Iran today turned down a European proposal that it stop enriching uranium in return for nuclear technology.
- Velayati: Iran never drops peaceful use of nuclear energy IRNA 23 Oct 2004 -- Ali Akbar Velayati senior advisor to Supreme Leader on international affairs said here Saturday the Islamic Republic of Iran will never drop peaceful use of nuclear energy in the field of industry, agriculture and science.
- Iranian Lawmaker: Europe Nuclear Demands Unacceptable RFE/RL 23 Oct 2004 -- A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected Europe's call for Tehran to halt all uranium-enrichment activities in return for civilian nuclear technology.
- Chinese FM stresses Iran`s right to use peaceful nuclear energy IRNA 22 Oct 2004 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing here Thursday underlined Iran`s right to use peaceful nuclear energy.
- Germany to continue Iran nuclear talks before Nov.25 IAEA meeting IRNA 22 Oct 2004 -- The German government here Friday called for continued political talks on Iran`s nuclear programme ahead of the November 25 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) Board of Governors.
- Iran To Consider European Offer On Nuclear Technology RFE/RL 22 Oct 2004 -- Iran has said it will consider a proposal by three European Union countries to receive nuclear technology if Tehran abandons its uranium-enrichment program.
- IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 21 Oct 2004 -- Iran is considering an offer by key European nations to resolve the stalemate with the International Atomic Energy Agency on its uranium-enrichment program. Senior European diplomats met with their Iranian counterparts.
- Iran, European trio to hold nuclear talks Thursday evening IRNA 21 Oct 2004 -- Senior officials from the European trio -- France, Britain and Germany -- will confer with their Iranian counterparts on Thursday to discuss Tehran`s nuclear programs.
- Iran, EU trio to proceed with nuclear talks IRNA 21 Oct 2004 -- Senior officials from the European trio of France, Britain and Germany and their Iranian counterparts, after three hours of talks behind the closed doors, agreed to continue their dialogue on Tehran`s nuclear programs.
- France, Britain, Germany To Offer Iran Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 21 Oct 2004 -- Representatives from France, Britain, and Germany are expected to meet Iranian officials today and offer the Islamic Republic incentives to end uranium-enrichment plans or face UN sanctions.
- EU seeks Iran`s cooperation on nuclear program IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- Senior officials from Britain, France and Germany will travel to Tehran for talks on Iran`s nuclear program, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announced Tuesday.
- Khatami stresses Iran`s peaceful nuclear activities IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Wednesday stressed the peaceful nature of Iran`s nuclear activities, saying Iran`s nuclear program is completely transparent.
- Iran to study EU plan if it respects nuclear rights: speaker IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel said here on Wednesday that if European proposal respects Tehran`s right to master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, Iran would discuss it.
- Iran to offer proposals to European trio IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Wednesday announced that Iran, during its meeting with the European trio on Thursday, will offer some proposals.
- Iran, European trio to discuss proposal on Thursday: Diplomat IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- The European proposal on Iran`s nuclear activities will be discussed during Thursday afternoon meeting between Iran and the European trio in Vienna, it was announced here on Wednesday.
- EU urged to engage with Iran before US elections IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- Iran will top the US agenda after next month`s presidential elections and the European Union will lose out if it does not seek to use its influence now, former UK Foreign Office Minister Tony Lloyd has warned
- Khatami: US aims to deprive Iran of nuclear technology IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Wednesday said that the US policy towards Iran`s nuclear activities aims to deprive the country of its undeniable right to nuclear technology.
- Shahab 3 latest prototype test fired IRNA 20 Oct 2004 -- The Defense Ministry successfully test fired the latest prototype of Shahab 3 missile, Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday.
- Europeans Reportedly Offer Light-Water Reactor To Iran RFE/RL 20 Oct 2004 -- Three European countries will offer to support Iranian construction of a light-water nuclear reactor as part of a deal aimed at persuading that country to stop enriching uranium, international news agencies report.
- Iranian President: Talks Only Way To Resolve Nuclear Crisis RFE/RL 20 Oct 2004 -- Iranian President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami has said that talks and negotiations are the only way to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.
- Kuwait FM praises on Iran over nuclear file IRNA 19 Oct 2004 -- Arabic Daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat said here in its Monday edition that Iran has taken a prudent and cerebral approach in its contacts with the International Atomic Energy Agency
- Russia calls for Iran`s nuke activities file to become normal IRNA 19 Oct 2004 -- Russian foreign ministry by issuing a statement on Monday referred to Tehran`s constructive cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and called for normal supervision of IAEA on Iran as other state members of NPT.
- RF-Iran nuke cooperation develops under IAEA rules - official IRNA 19 Oct 2004 -- Cooperation between Russia and Iran in nuclear power engineering is developing in compliance with the IAEA rules, said Alexander Rumyantsev, head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency.
- G-8 to continue efforts to find decisions on Iran nuclear program IRNA 19 Oct 2004 -- Efforts of Russia and its Eight partners to find decisions on Iran`s nuclear program will be continued in the run-up to the November summit of Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), the Russian Foreign Ministry`s official said.
- Iran and European trio officials to hold nuclear talks IRNA 19 Oct 2004 -- Directors general for political affairs from France, Britain and Germany will meet Iran`s top nuclear negotiator in Vienna on Thursday, said an informed political source Tuesday.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 36 18 Oct 2004 -- WANTED: A REFORMIST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE / MORE CABINET MEMBERS COULD BE INTERPELLATED / VICE PRESIDENT'S RESIGNATION ACCEPTED / UNEMPLOYMENT REACHES 27 PERCENT / EXPATRIATES' INVESTMENT ENCOURAGED / EU HUMAN RIGHTS CRITICISM UNWELCOME / IRANIAN INTELLIGENCE IS ACTIVE INTERNATIONALLY / IRAN, IRAQ REPORTEDLY SIGN BORDER-CONTROL AGREEMENT / KAZAKHSTAN AND IRAN CONSIDER COUNTERTERRORISM AND COUNTERNARCOTICS / INTELLIGENCE MINISTER VISITS TAJIKISTAN / TEHRAN TALKS OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF ITS MOUTH ON AFGHAN ELECTION / TEHRAN DISSATISFIED WITH PROGRESS AT NUCLEAR FACILITY / MAJORITY OF IRANIANS BACK NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT / TEHRAN REJECTS KERRY NUCLEAR PROPOSAL / RUSSIA TREADS FINE LINE ON IRANIAN NUCLEAR ISSUE / IRAN ANNOUNCES POSITION ON CASPIAN LEGAL REGIME / ENERGY GEOPOLITICS IN THE CASPIAN SEA BASIN
- Iran stresses bid to continue nuclear cooperation with IAEA IRNA 18 Oct 2004 -- Hassan Rowhani, Iran`s pointman on nuclear issues, reiterated Monday the country`s determination to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, but cautioned against holding the issue `hostage` to political motivations.
- Iran, well-prepared for any scenario over nuclear program IRNA 18 Oct 2004 -- Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Monday that he believes that Iranian case will not be referred to the UN Security Council adding that Iran is well-prepared beforehand for any scenario in this respect.
- Iran Ready To Negotiate Enrichment Suspension Length RFE/RL 18 Oct 2004 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator said today his country is prepared to negotiate the length of its uranium-enrichment suspension but will never renounce its right to carry out the process which can be used to make nuclear weapons.
- Iran Reiterates Nuclear Position RFE/RL 17 Oct 2004 -- Iran today reiterated that it will make no agreements with European envoys relating to nuclear technology without the Europeans first acknowledging Iran's right to have such technology for peaceful purposes.
- U.S. Hosts G-8 Meeing On Iran's Nuclear Programs RFE/RL 16 Oct 2004 -- Senior officials from the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized nations met in Washington to discuss Iran's controversial nuclear program.
- U.S.-Iran Nuclear VOA 15 Oct 2004 -- Key European allies told the United States Friday they will offer Iran a package of inducements next week in an effort to persuade Tehran to end its drive for nuclear weapons. U.S. officials say if the bid fails, the matter will go to the U.N. Security Council.
- Attacking Iran`s nuclear facilities `dangerous,` says UK magazine IRNA 14 Oct 2004 -- Any attempt by the US or Israel to attack Iran`s nuclear facilities would not only be more difficult but much more highly perilous than the 1981 bombing of Iraq`s unfinished plant by Israel, according to Britain`s New Statesman magazine.
- First generating unit of Bushehr nuclear power plant ready IRNA 14 Oct 2004 -- All the construction jobs of Russian and Iranian specialists on the first generating unit Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran have been completed Itar-Tass was told at the Federal Agency on Nuclear (Rosatom) here on Thursday after the end of the meeting between Alexander Rumyantsev, the Rosatom head, and Alaeddin Boroudjerdi, the visiting chairman of the Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security of the Iranian Parliament.
- MP cautions IAEA on nuclear file, says Iran may withdraw from NPT IRNA 14 Oct 2004 -- Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said here Thursday that if Iran`s nuclear case is referred to the UN Security Council, Iran will end it cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) inspectors and withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
- Analysis: Russia Treads Fine Line On Iranian Nuclear Issue RFE/RL 13 Oct 2004 -- At a press conference during his recent visit to Tehran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia does not support the idea of referring Tehran's nuclear case to the United Nations and will continue nuclear cooperation with Iran.
- US ARMITAGE IRAN VOA 13 Oct 2004 -- The Group of Eight industrialized nations is set to discuss Iran's nuclear program Friday In Washington. A top U.S. official says Iran can avoid possible sanctions if it cooperates with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
- IAEA inspectors to stay in Iran till Saturday: Fleming IRNA 13 Oct 2004 -- The one-week visit to Iran of inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue till Saturday, October 16, it was announced here on Wednesday.
- Russia terms Iran-IAEA cooperation as `positive` IRNA 13 Oct 2004 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kisliak on Wednesday termed Iran`s cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as positive.
- EU, US to discuss Iran`s nuclear program IRNA 13 Oct 2004 -- European and American diplomats are expected to meet at the end of the week in Washington to discuss a possible deal with Iran on its nuclear program, European diplomatic sources told IRNA in Brussels Wednesday.
- IRAQ/DONORS VOA 13 Oct 2004 -- Donors funding Iraq's reconstruction have gathered in the Japanese capital - following up on the 13-and-a-half billion dollars of aid pledged in Madrid last year. The conference marks the first time Iraq's interim government is directly appealing for help.
- US / IRAN NUCLEAR VOA 12 Oct 2004 -- Senior officials of the United States and other members of the G-8 grouping of industrialized nations will meet in Washington Friday on the Iranian nuclear program. U.S. officials say they're willing to listen to European ideas for incentives to Iran to stop enriching uranium.
- Rowhani,Lavrov stress Iran`s right to use peaceful nuclear technology IRNA 11 Oct 2004 -- Secretary General of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Hassan Rowhani in a meeting with the visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his condolences to the families of the recent terrorism incidents in Russia.
- EU Offers Dialogue If Iran Halts Uranium Enrichment RFE/RL 11 Oct 2004 -- The European Union today offered to renew its dialogue with Iran on a number of issues if Tehran suspends its uranium-enrichment activities.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 35 11 Oct 2004 -- PLANS PROLIFERATE FOR INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY MINISTRY REORGANIZATION / IRAN GETS NEW TRANSPORT MINISTER / VICE PRESIDENT SUBMITS RESIGNATION / PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENTS IN ARMED FORCES / IRAN CONDEMNS ISRAELI ACTIVITIES IN GAZA / IRAN AND SYRIA TO CONFRONT U.S. / IMPLICATIONS OF NEW INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS ON LEBANON / KHATAMI VISITS ALGERIA, SUDAN, AND OMAN / PLANNED IRAQI ELECTION INTERESTS IRAN / IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REMAINS POROUS / IRAN MISSILE PROGRAM WORRIES U.S / TEHRAN 'NOT HAPPY' WITH U.S. PRESIDENT / U.S. REITERATES THAT IT WILL BLOCK NUCLEAR IRAN / WORLD EYES IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM / RUSSIAN RUMINATIONS ON THE PROSPECT OF A NUCLEAR IRAN
- Iranian official denies to have welcomed Kerry`s nuclear offer IRNA 10 Oct 2004 -- senior Iranian official Sunday denied a report which said Tehran would welcome Senator John Kerry`s proposal for a `great bargain` to solve dispute over Iran`s nuclear program.
- Iran and Russia say deal on return of spent fuel close IRNA 10 Oct 2004 -- Iran and Russia announced Sunday that a deal for return of spent fuel from Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran to Russia was at the final stage.
- Russia to continue atomic energy cooperation with Iran - FM IRNA 10 Oct 2004 -- Russia will continue atomic energy cooperation with Iran, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Tehran on Sunday.
- Russia welcomes progress in Iran-IAEA relations - Lavrov IRNA 10 Oct 2004 -- Russia welcomes progress in relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a Sunday meeting with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi.
- Iran, Russia to sign contract on nuclear fuel IRNA 10 Oct 2004 -- Visiting Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi here Sunday announced that the two countries are finalizing the deal on providing Iran with nuclear fuel by Russia and the return of the spent fuel from Bushehr nuclear power plant.
- IAEA Head Says Iran Must Halt Enrichment RFE/RL 08 Oct 2004 -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Muhammad el-Baradei said today that Iran must freeze all its uranium-enrichment activities by the IAEA board meeting on 25 November.
- Iran plans to have independent nuclear technology IRNA 07 Oct 2004 -- Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Thursday that despite the opposition of the U.S and Europe, Iran plans to have independent nuclear technology. He made the remarks in a question/answer meeting at the 20th conference of preachers from various seminaries.
- Iran: U.S. Cautious On Progress Toward Enriching Uranium RFE/RL 07 Oct 2004 -- The United States is responding carefully to Iran's announcement that it has taken a major step toward enriching uranium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons. The State Department merely repeated a statement it gave two weeks ago, saying it is not surprised at Iran's defiance of International Atomic Energy Agency demands. A former U.S. nonproliferation official calls the development disturbing, saying she hopes that Iran plans to use any enriched uranium not for a weapon but as a bargaining chip with the international community.
- Iran`s issues with IAEA being solved: Khatami IRNA 06 Oct 2004 -- Visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said here Wednesday that Iran`s issues with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are getting solved.
- Iran Confirms Producing Materials For Nuclear Fuel RFE/RL 06 Oct 2004 -- Iran has announced it has produced a gas needed to enrich uranium -- confirming it has taken a necessary step toward producing nuclear fuel for atomic weapons.
- Rafsanjani believes US would never dare invade Iran IRNA 05 Oct 2004 -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday that he was confident the US has learned from experience never to try to enter dangerous Iranian territory.
- Former president says Iran has missiles with 2,000 km range IRNA 05 Oct 2004 -- Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced here Tuesday that Iran has now missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers, saying there are `next stages` to the capability.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 34 04 Oct 2004 -- IRANIAN MUJAHEDIN FACE UNCERTAIN FUTURE / SELF-STYLED PROPHET FORESEES REGIME'S END / SECURITY OFFICIAL DISMISSIVE OF REGIME OPPONENTS / INCIDENTS OF PUBLIC UNREST AROUND IRAN... / ...AS JOURNALIST ARRESTED, STUDENTS JAILED / HAMAS ACTIVIST ASSASSINATED IN DAMASCUS / REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS CHIEF WARNS UNITED STATES / KIDNAPPED DIPLOMAT FREED IN IRAQ / IRAQI KURDISH LEADER VISITS TEHRAN / IRAQI SHI'A LEADER MEETS SENIOR CLERICS IN QOM / RUSSIA DOESN'T WANT IRAN REFERRED TO SECURITY COUNCIL / LEGISLATURE CONSIDERS LEAVING NONPROLIFERATION TREATY / COURT PARTIALLY OVERTURNS CORRUPTION CONVICTION / TRADE LEGISLATION AFFECTS FOREIGN RELATIONS
- Iranian FM sees Israel as a threat, denies nuke arms program IRNA 04 Oct 2004 -- Iran is seeking fuel for its nuclear power plants and sees Israel as a threat to those nuclear facilities, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi says.
- Confronting Iran Over Nuclear Weapons VOA 02 Oct 2004 -- Iranian officials say they have a right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. But the United States and others believe that Iran is secretly working to build nuclear weapons. U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke out on this issue
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