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November 2004 Iran Special Weapons News



  • BUSH / IRAN VOA 30 Nov 2004 -- President Bush says Iran's decision to suspend its uranium enrichment program is just a first step and more needs to be done to curtail Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
  • Iran`s nuclear dossier on verge of closure: Rowhani IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- The secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Hassan Rowhani, said here Tuesday that Iran`s nuclear dossier is on the verge of closure, stressing that the talks on its nuclear programs have been a great success.
  • Rowhani says Iran`s nuclear case close to final settlement IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- the secretary of Iran`s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) described the Monday resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the first test of the Paris agreement.
  • Rowhani: Iran to suspend uranium enrichment only for as long as talks with EU continuing IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) secretary Hassan Rowhani said here Tuesday that Tehran`s commitment to freeze its uranium enrichment activities would be good only for as long as it was engaged in talks with Europe.
  • China backs IAEA resolution on Iran`s nuclear programs IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao said on Tuesday that China backed IAEA Board of Governors` resolution on Iranian nuclear programs.
  • Iranian diplomat: IAEA resolution, a success for those interested in logical solutions IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- A senior Iranian diplomat at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) here on Tuesday said the IAEA resolution was a success for all those looking for a logical solution in order to enjoy their legitimate right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.
  • Rowhani: Europe, US disfavor Iran`s involvement in nuclear fuel cycle activities IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) secretary Hassan Rowhani said here Tuesday that Europe and the US both believe that Iran should not get involved in the nuclear fuel cycle activities.
  • Blair welcomes IAEA endorsement of EU-Iran nuclear deal IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomes the endorsement by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the European Union`s agreement on Iran`s nuclear programme, his official spokesman said Tuesday.
  • German diplomat: IAEA resolution on Iran, very positive IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- A European diplomat here on Tuesday referred to the IAEA resolution on Iran as very positive and very important.
  • Russia says IAEA resolution on Iran`s nuclear program is balanced IRNA 30 Nov 2004 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister for Disarmament Sergei Kissilyak said here Tuesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) resolution on Iran`s nuclear program is comprehensive and balanced.
  • Official Says Iran Won't Forego Enrichment Work RFE/RL 30 Nov 2004 -- Iran's top national-security official said today that his country has only agreed to a temporary freeze of its controversial nuclear-fuel activities and will never totally abandon its uranium-enrichment work.
  • US / IRAN NUCLEAR VOA 29 Nov 2004 -- The Bush administration says the new International Atomic Energy Agency resolution on Iran shows that Tehran is increasingly isolated over its nuclear program. Officials insist the measure approved by the IAEA Monday was not a diplomatic setback for the United States.
  • UN nuclear watchdog calls for assurances from Iran about undeclared activities UN News Centre 29 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with preventing the spread of nuclear weapons today welcomed Iran's decision to suspend all uranium enrichment activities and called on it to grant the access needed to provide "credible assurances" that is has not engaged in any undeclared nuclear activities.
  • IAEA/IRAN VOA 29 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Board of Governors has adopted a resolution urging Iran to fully co-operate with the agency in monitoring a suspension of Iran's nuclear program. The resolution does not spell out what will happen if Iran ignores the call.
  • IAEA Says Iranian Enrichment Freeze Verified REF/RL 29 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today confirmed that Iran has suspended its uranium-enrichment program after agreeing to add 20 disputed centrifuges to a freeze of activities that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.
  • Iran: IAEA Passes Resolution Endorsing Nuclear Freeze REF/RL 29 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a resolution today endorsing Iran's freeze of uranium-enrichment activities that could lead to nuclear-reactor fuel or material for making nuclear bombs. The passage came after Tehran backed off an earlier demand to continue testing of 20 uranium-enrichment centrifuges despite a deal with three EU states to suspend such work.
  • Iran, EU reach agreement on Tehran`s nuclear program IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- Iran and EU troika - France, Germany and Britain - reached an agreement on Tehran nuclear program here Sunday night.
  • Iran`s 20 centrifuges not to be sealed by IAEA: Moussavian IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- Spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors Hossein Moussavian here on Monday announced that Iran`s 20 centrifuges would not be sealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • Moussavian outlines major points of EU proposed draft IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- Spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors Hossein Moussavian here on Monday outlined major points of the final draft resolution proposed by the EU countries on Iran`s activities.
  • Moussavian: Eu draft, most positive draft issued on Iran IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- Spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors Hossein Moussavian here on Monday said the EU final draft is the most positive draft resolution issued on Iran`s nuclear program ever since the crisis on Iran`s nuclear activities started.
  • 1st phase of Paris agreement has been materialized: Diplomat IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- An Iranian diplomat at the IAEA Board of Governors here on Monday said that the EU final draft has materialized the first phase of Paris agreement.
  • Gov`t spokesman: Europe`s draft resolution "appropriate" IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh described Europe`s draft resolution for deliberation by the International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) Board of Governors as "appropriate."
  • Moussavian rejects New York Times report IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- The Spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, Hossein Moussavian, here on Monday said that Tehran has not dropped its demands regarding operation of its 20 centrifuges.
  • Iran says has clinched `most positive` UN nuclear deal ever IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- Iran welcomed Monday a revised draft resolution, prepared by the Europeans which is due to be presented to the world nuclear watchdog in Vienna later in the day.
  • Iran to suspend all enrichment activities as long as talks with EU continue: Mousavian IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- The spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors here on Monday afternoon said Iran and Europe reached an agreement that Tehran would suspend all its enrichment activities as long as negotiations with the Europe continue.
  • IAEA adopts resolution endorsing Iran`s suspension of enrichment IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- The board of the UN nuclear watchdog adopted Monday a resolution endorsing Iran`s decision to suspend uranium enrichment and called for a full freeze until a comprehensive resolution is reached on the issue, sources said.
  • ElBaradei verifies Iran`s suspension of enrichment related, reprocessing activities IRNA 29 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei here Monday said the Agency had been able to complete its verification of Iran`s suspension of its enrichment related and reprocessing activities.
  • Iran Calls IAEA Draft Resolution 'Positive' RFE/RL 29 Nov 2004 -- Iran today called a draft European resolution submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "the most positive" text on the issue since the crisis over Iran's nuclear-development program started in 2003.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 42 29 Nov 2004 -- SUPREME LEADER SPEAKS OUT ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION... / ...AND POTENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE CONSIDERED / EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENCOURAGES VOTER PARTICIPATION / A REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT OR A REPUBLIC? / IRAN DISMISSES ACCUSATIONS OF LAST-MINUTE ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES / IAEA CHIEF SAYS IRAN HALTS ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES / IRAN AND U.S. OBJECT TO EUROPEAN DRAFT TEXT ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM / OFFICIAL SAYS IRAQI INSECURITY THREATENS IRAN'S SECURITY / IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER WANTS A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ / OMANI ENVOY MEETS WITH OFFICIALS IN TEHRAN
  • IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 28 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency could act to resolve a dispute over Iran's nuclear program Monday. European negotiators and Tehran have been working behind closed doors to strike a deal.
  • Asefi says Iran not to accept first part of EU proposed draft IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Iran is not to accept the first part of Europe`s proposed draft resolution and stressed that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should not built its future measures on Iran`s comprehensive and continuing suspension.
  • IAEA discriminatory in approach towards Iran: Speaker IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said here Sunday that the International Atomic Energy Agency was discriminatory in its approach towards the nuclear cases of Iran and South Korea.
  • Asefi says Iran accustomed to US pressures IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi described recent US threats as "nothing new" for Iran and said they show America`s wrath towards Tehran.
  • Europe will not compromise on Iran`s demand: say diplomats IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- The IAEA diplomats said here Sunday that the Europeans will not compromise on Iran`s demand and urged Tehran to halt its nuclear activities including the 20 disputed centrifuges.
  • Iran and EU continue talks over 20 centrifuges IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran and the Europeans took up their lengthy negotiations here Sunday afternoon to salvage an agreement before Tehran`s nuclear dossier is tabled at a UN nuclear watchdog meeting Monday.
  • Iran insists on keeping 20 centrifuges for research IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran Sunday insisted on its demand that 20 of its centrifuges be exempt from its pledged freeze of activities related to uranium enrichment, with one official rejecting news that the country had given up the demand.
  • Iran not afraid of report to UN Security Council: Asefi IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran said Sunday that it was not afraid of being referred to the Security Council even as it continued talks with the Europeans in Vienna to avoid a likely showdown at a UN meeting to discuss Tehran`s nuclear program Monday.
  • Iran, EU reach agreement, centrifuges will not be sealed: nuclear spokesman IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s nuclear spokesman said here Sunday that according to an agreement between Tehran and European Union trio the centrifuges which Iran demanded for research and development will not be sealed, but they will be under the surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Iran hands letter to IAEA on nuclear activities IRNA 28 Nov 2004 -- Iran has drafted a letter covering the future operational status of 20 centrifuges, a contentious issue between Tehran and the European Union Troika - France, Britain, Germany.
  • Iran Reportedly Drops Nuclear Demand RFE/RL 28 Nov 2004 -- Diplomats in Vienna say Iran appears to have dropped its demand to exempt research and development on uranium enrichment technology from a freeze of its enrichment program.
  • Talks Held To Save Iran-Europe Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 28 Nov 2004 -- Diplomats say further informal talks have been held aimed at saving a deal between Iran and European countries under which Iran is supposed to halt nuclear programs that can make fuel for nuclear power plants or nuclear weapons.
  • Iran, Russia resume talks on Zohreh Satellite IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- Iranian and Russian officials will resume talks on the project concerning Zohreh Satellite as of Monday, it was announced here Saturday.
  • Iran, Europe have reached new agreements: Moussavian IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- The spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors, Hossein Moussavian, said here on Friday evening that Iran and Europe have reached a new agreement.
  • EU demanding Iranian letter to drop nuclear freeze exemption IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- Europe has called on Iran to submit a formal letter withdrawing its request for a specific nuclear freeze exemption on 20 research centrifuges, a western diplomat said here on Friday evening.
  • Iran`s request that 29 centrifuges be exempt from the nuclear freeze do not violate past commitments, says Kharrazi IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi stressed that Iran`s request that 20 centrifuges be allowed to continue operating does not contradict the commitments it made during talks on its nuclear programs.
  • IAEA waiting for Iran`s letter - says IAEA spokeswoman IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- The IAEA is waiting for Iran`s letter to take back its demand on exemption of 20 uranium enrichment centrifuges from the suspension rule, the agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said here Saturday.
  • Iran mulling answer to new European resolution: diplomat IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- Iran will decide `within today and tomorrow` about a revised draft resolution, which the Europeans want to submit to the world nuclear watchdog concerning Tehran`s uranium enrichment activities, a senior Iranian diplomat told IRNA here Saturday.
  • Diplomat highlights merits of EU 3rd draft resolution on Iran IRNA 27 Nov 2004 -- A senior diplomat says the European draft resolution bears a number of positive points, including the acknowledgment of Iran`s voluntary suspension of its nuclear program, absence of legal commitments for suspending uranium enrichment and the confidence building nature of the move.
  • IAEA/IRAN VOA 27 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors has put off a resolution on Iran's nuclear program until Monday, to allow more time for European countries and Tehran to finalize a deal to freeze Iran's uranium enrichment program.
  • IAEA Awaits Final Iranian Response RFE/RL 27 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency is awaiting Iran's final decision on a deal calling for a full suspension of Iran's program that could make weapons-grade uranium.
  • Rep. Leach Says Military Action Against Iran Would Be Unwise Washington File 26 Nov 2004 -- Republican Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa says the possible use of military force by the United States or Israel to eliminate Iran's nuclear installations would be an unwise course of action.
  • Pakistan, IAEA reach primary agreement on issue of nuclear pollution IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- Pakistan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reached primary agreement on defining the source of pollution in some Iran`s nuclear installations, diplomatic sources announced here on Friday.
  • Iran-EU dispute unresolved on parts of draft resolution to IAEA IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- A senior diplomat said here on Thursday that Iran-EU differences of opinion over parts the union`s amended draft resolution about Iran`s nuclear energy program still remain unresolved.
  • Intense talks on Iran`s nuclear program continuing in Vienna: IAEA spokesman IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky here on Friday announced that intense talks on Iran`s nuclear activities are continuing behind closed doors.
  • Mousavian: Iran, EU have made very good progress in bilateral talks IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- The spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors, Hossein Mousavian, said in the Belgian capital on Friday that Iran and the EU bloc have had very good progress in bilateral negotiations.
  • Iran, EU clear main problems by agreeing on full implementation of Paris agreement: Mousavian IRNA 26 Nov 2004 -- The spokesman of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors, Hossein Moussavian, said here on Friday that Iran and the European Union have settled their major problems by stressing on full implementation of the Paris agreement in the past few days.
  • 'Jury is still out' on Iran's nuclear activities - IAEA chief UN News Centre 25 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with preventing the spread of nuclear weapons has accounted for all declared nuclear material in Iran, but still has a lot of work to do with regard to possible undeclared material or activity, the agency's chief said today.
  • Nuclear agreement with EU a model for engaging Iran: FM official IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for research said here Wednesday that the recent negotiations between Iran and the EU on the former`s nuclear program can be a model for conduct with Iran.
  • Iran denies having summoned European diplomats on nuclear spat IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- A Foreign Ministry official here Thursday rejected as `baseless` reports that Iran had summoned ambassadors of the three European heavyweights over nuclear standoff.
  • ElBaradei verifies suspension of uranium by Iran IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei here on Thursday morning officially verified suspension of uranium enrichment by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • ElBaradei cites full Iranian cooperation over enrichment IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said here Thursday that the agency`s supervisors had reported full cooperation on the side of Iran with regard to the country`s promise to suspend activities related to uranium enrichment.
  • IAEA director general verifies suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei here on Thursday morning officially verified suspension of uranium enrichment by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Iran, NAM oppose European proposed draft: IAEA spokesman IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- The IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said the Iranian delegation and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to the Board of Governors have objections to the EU three big countries draft resolution on Iran nuclear program.
  • Khatami: EU`s draft resolution on Iran `not good` IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami said Thursday that a draft resolution prepared by the European trio on Tehran`s nuclear activities is far from good.
  • Putin says Iran`s nuclear dossier should be closed IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for the closing of the Iranian dossier at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and underlined Moscow`s continued support for the Islamic Republic`s peaceful nuclear programme.
  • Normalization of Iran`s nuclear case, a time consuming process: spokesman IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky here on Thursday announced that normalization of Iran`s nuclear case is a time consuming process.
  • Iranian delegation reviewing new EU draft IRNA 25 Nov 2004 -- The Iranian delegation to the IAEA Board of Governors is currently reviewing the new proposals of the European countries, it was announced on Thursday evening.
  • IAEA/IRAN VOA 25 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has exempted some centrifuges from its commitment to freeze uranium enrichment and lacks trustworthiness because of past concealment and delays in disclosing information.
  • IAEA Says Iran's Nuclear Suspension Incomplete RFE/RL 25 Nov 2004 -- The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said before a key board meeting today that Iran has suspended its uranium-enrichment program, as promised, aside from one exception that remains the object of talks.
  • Iran: IAEA Meeting Set For Key Decision On Tehran's Nuclear Program RFE/RL 25 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) begins what could be a decisive meeting in Vienna today in the long-running dispute over whether Iran is trying to develop nuclear arms. The IAEA Board of Governors could refer Tehran to the UN Security Council for possible sanction over its nuclear program. Washington accuses Tehran of secretly seeking nuclear arms, but Iran says its program is peaceful.
  • Majlis expects EU, IAEA to prove commitments: Haddad Adel IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said here Wednesday that the parliament expects the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union to show proof that they will honor their commitments when the IAEA Board of Governors meets on Thursday.
  • Consultations on Iran`s nuclear program continuing in Vienna IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- Consultations on Iran`s nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were continuing in the Austrian capital city on Wednesday.
  • Europeans may reconsider draft resolution on Iran IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- A western diplomat said here on Wednesday that there is a possibility for the European Union (EU) members to reconsider their proposed draft resolution on Iran`s nuclear activities.
  • IRGC commander: US, Israel not in a position to attack Iran IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Rahim Safavi said on Wednesday that the US and Israel are not in a position to launch a military attack on Iran.
  • IAEA approves suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran: diplomat IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- An Iranian diplomat announced here Wednesday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has approved suspension of uranium enrichment by the Islamic Republic.
  • Fleming welcomes Iran`s initiative to suspend uranium enrichment IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- Spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Melissa Fleming here Wednesday afternoon welcomed Iran`s initiative to suspend uranium enrichment and termed it as a `major step`.
  • NAM proposes separate draft resolution on Iran`s nuclear program IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) representatives at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors here on Wednesday evening proposed a separate draft resolution on Iran`s nuclear program.
  • Iran has fulfilled its commitments on voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment: diplomat IRNA 24 Nov 2004 -- An Iranian diplomat here Wednesday stressed that Iran has fulfilled its commitments regarding voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment.
  • United States Remains "Agnostic" about EU-Iran Negotiations Washington File 24 Nov 2004 -- The United States remains "agnostic" regarding the value of negotiations between Iran and the EU 3 -- France, Germany and the United Kingdom -- aimed at ensuring that Iran does not pursue nuclear weapons capabilities, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • CIA / IRAN-NOKOR VOA 24 Nov 2004 -- The Central Intelligence Agency has restated its belief that Iran has secretly pursued nuclear weapons, and also says North Korea is continuing to develop ballistic missiles that could reach parts of the United States. The CIA posted the unclassified report on its Internet website.
  • IAEA/IRAN VOA 24 Nov 2004 -- Iran is asking to be allowed to renege on a commitment to freeze all uranium-enrichment activities and be allowed to operate dozens of centrifuges, according to news reports. The news came out of a closed-door meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency - the U.N. nuclear watchdog - where diplomats are discussing Iran's compliance to international demands involving their nuclear program.
  • IRAN: 'DEVILS APLENTY' IN THE DETAILS OF THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 23 Nov 2004
  • European trio call on Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment activities permanently IRNA 23 Nov 2004 -- The European Union troika in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) welcomed Iran`s freezing its uranium enrichment activities and called on Tehran to make the decision a permanent one.
  • Kharrazi discusses Iran-IAEA cooperation with counterparts IRNA 23 Nov 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Iran`s cooperation with the European Union big trio and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated that Iran observes international regulations.
  • Iranian diplomat sees several positive aspects in draft resolution issued by European states IRNA 23 Nov 2004 -- An Iranian diplomat here Tuesday said that the draft resolution issued by the European states on Monday includes several positive aspects.
  • Iranian diplomat says "permanent suspension" not in the European draft resolution IRNA 23 Nov 2004 -- An Iranian diplomat said here Tuesday that the term "permanent suspension" does not appear in the draft resolution prepared by European countries on Monday.
  • Iran`s voluntary uranium enrichment to leave great impact on IAEA decisions: Fleming IRNA 23 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Spokesperson Melissa Fleming said here Tuesday evening that voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran has great impact on decision to be made by the IAEA Board of Governors.
  • NAM head: Europeans demands from Iran should be within NPT IRNA 23 Nov 2004 -- Malaysian Representative and Head of Non-Aligned-Movement (NAM) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said here Tuesday that expectations from Iran on its nuclear activities should be within the framework of the Non-Proliferation-Treaty (NPT) and its Additional Protocol.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 41 23 Nov 2004 -- DR. STRANGELOVE IN IRAN / WASHINGTON VOICES ITS CONCERN / TRADING A 'PEARL' FOR A 'BONBON.' / IAEA ISSUES ITS REPORT ON IRAN / IRAN DENIES NUCLEAR ALLEGATIONS... / ...AS IT TRIES NUCLEAR SPIES / UN COMMITTEE DEPLORES IRANIAN RIGHTS ABUSES / INTELLIGENCE MINISTER WARNS OF SECTARIAN STRIFE / TEHRAN EYES ISLAMIC COMMUNITY AND IRAQ / IRANIAN INDUSTRY MINISTER LEADS DELEGATION TO LONDON
  • BUSH / IRAN VOA 22 Nov 2004 -- President Bush says it looks like some progress is being made in getting Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program, but he wants international inspectors to verify the country's compliance with a deal negotiated by European leaders.
  • Duration of uranium enrichment suspension will depend on Iran: Ramezanzadeh IRNA 22 Nov 2004 -- Iran on Monday effectively suspended uranium enrichment and will decide up to when this suspension will last, government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said here Monday.
  • Senior security official arrives in Moscow for nuclear talks IRNA 22 Nov 2004 -- A senior Iranian security official arrived here Monday to discuss Tehran`s nuclear program with Russian officials as well as the two countries` cooperation in this respect.
  • Government confirms Iran`s bid to suspend enrichment Monday IRNA 22 Nov 2004 -- Iran said it will start suspending uranium enrichment as of Monday, making good on its word which it gave at a recent agreement with the Europeans.
  • Iran begins suspending uranium enrichment program: IAEA IRNA 22 Nov 2004 -- International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors verified Monday that Iran has begun suspending activities related to a uranium enrichment program in line with an accord with Britain, France and Germany to fully stop the activities, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said.
  • EU/IRAN VOA 22 Nov 2004 -- European Union foreign ministers are pushing Iran to maintain its temporary freeze on uranium enrichment, which the International Atomic Energy Agency says began Monday. The European Union is waiting to make sure that Iran has complied with an agreement it struck with three E.U. countries before the bloc moves toward closer relations with the Islamic republic.
  • IAEA/IRAN VOA 22 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has started to supervise Iran's suspension of its uranium-enrichment program, but says it will be days before the agency can confirm that Tehran has fully complied.
  • Iran Suspends Key Nuclear Work RFE/RL 22 Nov 2004 -- Iran says it froze today sensitive nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, to meet international concerns about the intentions of its nuclear program.
  • No hidden nuclear facilities in Iran: IAEO head IRNA 21 Nov 2004 -- Head of Iran`s Atomic Energy Organization Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said here Sunday that there exists no nuclear site in Iran hidden from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Asefi: Iran to begin suspension of uranium enrichment tomorrow IRNA 21 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Sunday that Iran will suspend uranium enrichment activities starting Monday, November 22.
  • Iran to suspend production at UCF of Isfahan, Natanz voluntarily: Aqazadeh IRNA 21 Nov 2004 -- Head of Iran`s Atomic Energy Organization Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said here Sunday that Iran is to suspend Uranium activities of the Conversion Facility (UCF) of Isfahan and Natanz voluntarily based on an agreement reached with the European trio of Britain, Germany and France.
  • Asefi: Permanent suspension of uranium enrichment not negotiable IRNA 21 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Saturday said that permanent suspension of uranium enrichment activity by Iran is not negotiable and certainly not on the Iranian agenda.
  • Russia has no evidence on Iran`s nuclear warheads: says Russian FM IRNA 21 Nov 2004 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Sunday that his country has no evidence or information suggesting that Iran produce nuclear warheads.
  • MP says Iran will not abandon peaceful use of nuclear technology IRNA 21 Nov 2004 -- Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said here Sunday that the Iran will not abandon its decision to use peaceful nuclear technology.
  • NAM representatives inspect Iran`s nuclear site IRNA 20 Nov 2004 -- Representatives from Non Aligned Movement (NAM) on Saturday inspected various parts of uranium processing installations in Isfahan.
  • BUSH / IRAN VOA 20 Nov 2004 -- President Bush says the international community must stand united in its opposition to Iran enriching uranium, which the United States believes is part of a secret plan to develop nuclear weapons. President Bush is attending the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, or APEC.
  • US-IRAN-NUKE VOA 19 Nov 2004 -- U.S. officials are defending the claim by Secretary of State Colin Powell that Iran is trying to modify some missiles to accommodate nuclear warheads.
  • IRAN/EU VOA 19 Nov 2004 -- Western diplomats say Iran is producing large amounts of a gas that can be used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. The allegation emerged just days before the date Iran has pledged to freeze all such nuclear activities.
  • Asefi rebukes Powell for "baseless" claims over Iran`s nuke plan IRNA 19 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Friday said that the recent claims of the US Secretary of State Colin Powell over Iran`s nuclear programs was "baseless."
  • Major cleric: Iranians will defend their rights on nuclear energy IRNA 19 Nov 2004 -- The Iranian nation would insistently defend its legal rights on nuclear energy as forcefully as it defends its territorial integrity, stressed Tehran`s Substitute Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani here today.
  • Iran Dismisses Powell Remarks About Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 19 Nov 2004 -- Iran called "baseless" today U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's charge that Iran has been working secretly on delivery systems for a nuclear weapon.
  • EXPERTS/IRAN NUCLEAR VOA 18 Nov 2004 -- Two non-proliferation experts say the United States and the European Union must raise the stakes with Iran over its suspected efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The experts briefed members of Congress and others on Capitol Hill
  • IRAN NUKE VOA 18 Nov 2004 -- Iran's development of ballistic missiles has sparked concerns about the missiles' possible application to nuclear technology. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has cited Iran's missile program as evidence it is attempting to build nuclear weapons. There is some question about whether Iran's missiles can carry a nuclear payload.
  • British minister satisfied with recent Iran-EU agreement IRNA 18 Nov 2004 -- British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Baroness Symons here Wednesday expressed her satisfaction with signing the recent agreement between Iran and the European big trio on Iran`s nuclear programs.
  • Iran-EU agreement has proved Iran is capable of solving problems: Iranian envoy IRNA 18 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s Ambassador to Britain Mohammad Hossein Adeli here on Wednesday said the Paris agreement has proved that the Islamic Republic of Iran is capable of solving sensitive problems at international levels.
  • Russia To Continue Iran Nuclear Help RFE/RL 18 Nov 2004 -- News reports from Moscow say the head of Russia's Security Council told Iran today that Russia would continue helping Tehran carry out peaceful nuclear power projects.
  • U.S. Still Cautious About EU-Iran Nuclear Agreement, Powell Says Washington File 18 Nov 2004 -- The United States is looking at the nuclear agreement between Iran and European negotiators with caution, waiting to see whether it will produce a credible system of verification to ensure that Iran abides by its commitments, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.
  • Iran: U.S. Suggests Tehran Seeking To Adapt Missiles For Nuclear Warheads RFE/RL 18 Nov 2004 -- The United States says it has information suggesting that Iran is working on technology to adapt its missiles to carry nuclear warheads. The allegations by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell come ahead of a key meeting next week of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency to discuss Iran's nuclear program. Iran denies that it is secretly trying to make nuclear weapons.
  • PAKISTAN/IRAN NUKES VOA 18 Nov 2004 -- Pakistan has denied an Iranian opposition claim that Iran received a nuclear bomb design and enriched uranium used in such weapons from a leading Pakistani scientist. Iranian authorities also have denied the allegations.
  • U.S. Says Iran Developing Nuclear Missile RFE/RL 18 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States has information suggesting that Iran is actively working on technology to adapt its missiles to carry a nuclear warhead.
  • Iran Denies It Has Secret Nuclear Site RFE/RL 18 Nov 2004 -- A senior Iranian nuclear official, Hussein Musavian, denied today allegations by an exiled opposition group that Iran is operating a secret nuclear-weapon facility.
  • Kharrazi: Some of MPs not justified about Iran-EU deal IRNA 17 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here Wednesday that a number of deputies at the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) have not been justified about the recent Iran-EU nuclear deal.
  • Khatami defends Iran`s nuclear performance IRNA 17 Nov 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here on Wednesday decisively defended Iran`s nuclear performance and termed the recent agreement signed between Iran and the European big trio on Iran`s nuclear programs as a "great victory".
  • EU says nuclear deal with Iran "step in the right direction" IRNA 17 Nov 2004 -- Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, whose country currently holds the current European Union presidency, Wednesday said the weekend`s EU-Iran agreement on Iran`s nuclear program "is a step in the right direction."
  • Mousavian: National nuclear policies watched closely by Supreme Leader IRNA 17 Nov 2004 -- Head of the Supreme National Security Council foreign policy committee Hossein Mousavian said here Wednesday that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei has been supervising Iran`s nuclear policies from the very beginning.
  • Russia-Iran nuclear cooperation pegged to relations with IAEA IRNA 17 Nov 2004 -- Russia`s future cooperation with Iran in the nuclear sphere will depend on that country`s relations with the world community and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the chief of the Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom), Alexander Rumyantsev said in an internet conference on Wednesday.
  • Analysis: Has Iran Traded A 'Pearl' For A 'Bonbon'? RFE/RL 17 Nov 2004 -- Iran will voluntarily "continue and extend its suspension to include all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities," according to its 14 November agreement with the European Union's "Big Three" -- France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
  • Exiles Claim Iran Has Secret Military Nuclear Site RFE/RL 17 Nov 2004 -- An exiled Iranian opposition group says Tehran is working on a covert nuclear weapons program at a site unknown to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Rowhani: Unlimited suspension of enrichment out of question IRNA 16 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of Iran`s National Security Council and top negotiator with the EU Big Three Hojatoleslam Hassan Rowhani gave a press conference here on Monday, answering questions by dozens of Iranian and foreign representatives.
  • IAEA welcomes Iran`s decision to suspend uranium enrichment program IRNA 16 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog on Monday welcomed Iran`s announcement that it would suspend its nuclear enrichment program as a confidence-building measure, a press release received Tuesday from the UN Information Center here said.
  • China welcomes Iran-EU agreement on nuclear issue IRNA 16 Nov 2004 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman welcomed Iran-EU agreement on suspension of uranium enrichment here on Tuesday.
  • Japan hails Iran-EU nuclear agreement IRNA 16 Nov 2004 -- Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hatsuhisa Takashima here Tuesday welcomed Iran`s agreement with the European Union`s trio -- France, Germany and Britain -- on suspension of uranium enrichment as a "good" development.
  • Paris agreement embodies Iranian nuclear position: Rowhani IRNA 16 Nov 2004 -- The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the European Union`s Big 3 -- France, Germany, Britain -- in Paris embodies Iran`s nuclear principles, Supreme Security Council secretary Hassan Rowhani said here Tuesday.
  • Western diplomat terms IAEA`s report on Iran as realistic IRNA 16 Nov 2004 -- A western diplomat on Tuesday described the report released by the UN nuclear body`s Director General Mohammad El Baradei on Iran`s nuclear activities as `realistic and fair`.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 40 15 Nov 2004 -- TEHRAN SENDS TERRORISM ORGANIZERS TO ARAFAT'S FUNERAL / WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES 'NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN'... / ...AS SECRETARY OF STATE TO MEET IRANIANS / FOREIGN MINISTER RESUMES PERSIAN GULF TOUR / IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER AGAIN ACCUSES IRAN OF MEDDLING / IRAN REPORTEDLY TRAINING KURDS FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY / TEHRAN PREPARED TO RETALIATE IF ATTACKED / IRAN CLAIMS IT CAN MASS PRODUCE MISSILES / PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DATE DEBATED / PROVINCIAL UNREST OCCURS THROUGHOUT COUNTRY / NORTH KOREA EXPORTS NUCLEAR GOODS TO IRAN / IAEA CHIEF CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC OVER IRAN-EU DEAL / CHICKEN INDUSTRY ALL AFLUTTER / JOB CREATION FALLS SHORT OF TARGET... / ...AS CURRENCY RESERVES INCREASE / IRAN TO EXTEND CREDIT-RISK INSURANCE FOR EXPORTS TO NEIGHBORS / CHINA LOOKING TO IRAN TO FUEL ITS ECONOMY
  • US-IRAN NUKE VOA 15 Nov 2004 -- U.S. officials have reacted skeptically to Iran's latest pledge to rein in its nuclear activities. Iran says it is willing to suspend any uranium enrichment, and Iran and the European Union have hammered out the outlines of a deal on the nuclear issue. But Iran still remains under close scrutiny.
  • IAEA welcomes Iran's decision to suspend uranium enrichment programme UN News Centre 15 Nov 2004 -- The United Nations nuclear watch-dog agency today welcomed as a confidence-building measure Iran's announcement that it would suspend its nuclear-enrichment programme.
  • Iranian diplomat says Tehran has reached agreement with EU on nuclear issue IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- A senior Iranian diplomat said here Sunday night that Iran has reached an agreement with the European Union to suspend its uranium enrichment activities ending the deadlock caused by US charges it is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
  • Iran agrees with EU on nuclear program IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran submitted a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its agreement with the European Union (EU) in regards to its nuclear program.
  • Iranian spokesman says country stopping uranium enrichment IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran has given consent to a proposal by the European trio -- Germany, France, and Britain -- to suspend enrichment of uranium as part of its nuclear program in exchange for cooperation.
  • Iran agrees to suspend all uranium enrichment activities IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran promised Sunday to suspend all uranium enrichment activities in an agreement concluded the same day with Britain, France and Germany, officials said.
  • Asefi: Iran-EU short-term talks aim to reach final decision IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Spokesman for Iranian Foreign Ministry Hamid Reza Asefi said that according to the statement issued on the agreement reached between Iran and the EU trio, the negotiations will be short-term and mainly aim to reach a final decision.
  • Iran-EU agreement, best decision ever made: Asefi IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Monday referred to the agreement reached between Iran and the European Union (EU) on the Islamic Republic`s nuclear programs as the best decision ever made on the issue.
  • Rowhani elaborates on Iran-EU agreement on nuclear program IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of Iran`s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Monday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to apply nuclear energy for civilian purposes.
  • Rowhani: Suspension not Tehran`s red line IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Suspension of uranium enrichment program has never been the red line, said Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani in a press conference here on Monday.
  • Iran pledges to end uranium conversion from next Monday IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran will suspend uranium conversion activities from next Monday as part of a deal struck with the Europeans to dispel fears Tehran is seeking atomic arms, Iran`s chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said Monday.
  • No unlimited suspension of uranium enrichment: says Rowhani IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran is not obliged to overlook the benefits of nuclear energy and power plants on the justification that it is rich in oil and gas, Iran`s chief nuclear official Hassan Rowhani said Monday.
  • Rowhani: Iran, European reach agreement to voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here on Monday attended a press conference on the recent agreement between Iran and the European Union on Iran`s nuclear program.
  • Background on agreement on Iran`s nuclear programme IRNA 15 Nov 2004 -- The European Union Monday issued a backgrounder on developments reaching to the agreement between the EU and Iran.
  • IRAN / NUCLEAR VOA 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran's decision to temporarily suspend its uranium enrichment activities is being quietly welcomed in European capitals, but diplomats say a long-term agreement aimed at neutralizing fears that Iran aims to make a bomb could take several months. The deal was struck late Sunday by Iran and the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany.
  • Iran: EU Hails Nuclear Agreement With Iran As 'Qualified Success' RFE/RL 15 Nov 2004 -- Three EU member states - Britain, France, and Germany, accompanied by EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana -- have said a deal has been reached with Iran committing it to suspend its uranium-enrichment program. A senior EU diplomat told reporters in Brussels today the deal is a precursor to a longer-term agreement that will spell out all relevant details. However, the early deal could be enough for Tehran to avoid having the crisis over its nuclear program being referred to the UN Security Council, as the United States has long sought to do.
  • IAEA/IRAN VOA 15 Nov 2004 -- The International Atmoic Energy Agency says it cannot say for sure whether Iran's nuclear activities are purely peaceful, as Tehran claims, or are designed to develop nuclear weapons.
  • GOV/2004/83: Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran International Atomic Energy Agency 15 November 2004 -- Report by the Director General [PDF 224 Kb]
  • Iran Says Not Giving Way On Principle Of Enrichment RFE/RL 15 Nov 2004 -- Iran says it has not given way on its principle that it has the right to engage in nuclear processes like the enrichment of uranium.
  • IAEA Report Leaves Doubts Over Iran's Nuclear Intentions RFE/RL 15 Nov 2004 -- Correspondents in Vienna say the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has prepared a report on Iran's controversial nuclear activities that says the agency cannot rule out the existence of covert nuclear work.
  • Iran-EU Agreement on Nuclear Programme 14 November 2004 -- The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, with the support of the High Representative of the European Union (E3/EU), reaffirm the commitments in the Tehran Agreed Statement of 21 October 2003 and have decided to move forward, building on that agreement.
  • EU 3 gives answer to Iran on uranium enrichment IRNA 14 Nov 2004 -- The EU trio on Sunday delivered its answer to Iran`s Thursday proposal, a western diplomat announced on Sunday.
  • IRAN/NUCLEAR VOA 14 Nov 2004 -- Iran has agreed to a full suspension of uranium enrichment in an effort to avoid referral to the U.N. Security Council. Marlene Smith reports from Vienna diplomats are waiting for a formal letter to arrive from Tehran.
  • Iran Makes Nukes Offer To EU RFE/RL 13 Nov 2004 -- Iranian news agencies are citing Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi as saying Tehran has gone as far as it can to meet European Union demands over its nuclear program.
  • Iran Sends Terror-Group Supporters To Arafat's Funeral Procession RFE/RL 12 Nov 2004 -- Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's death will not only affect the Palestinian nationalist movement internally, but it will also have an impact on the authority's relationship with other countries, particularly Iran.
  • Rafsanjani says way open for Europeans to come to an agreement with Iran on nuke issue IRNA 12 Nov 2004 -- Tehran`s substitute Friday Prayer leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani stressed here that the way is open for the European Union to reach an agreement with Iran on the nuclear issue if its representatives act more rationally and stop being too demanding.
  • Fischer reports no breakthrough yet on Iran-EU nuclear talks IRNA 11 Nov 2004 -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Thursday there had been no breakthrough yet in the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the European Union trio (Germany, Britain and France).
  • Iran mulls 'noteworthy' response to EU`s nuclear offer IRNA 11 Nov 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi says Iran is reviewing a European proposal which offers Tehran a package of incentives in return for suspending some of its nuclear activities.
  • Diplomats say Iran might adopt harsher position on nuclear issue IRNA 11 Nov 2004 -- Diplomats in Vienna say Iran is going to adopt harsher positions in reaction to proposals of the European trio regarding its nuclear activities.
  • German FM hopes for "positive" outcome of Iran-EU nuclear talks IRNA 10 Nov 2004 -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer voiced cautious optimism on chances of a positive outcome emerging from the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the European Union Big 3 (Germany, Britain and France).
  • Iran has guaranteed right to peaceful use of nuclear energy: envoy IRNA 10 Nov 2004 -- Pakistan-based Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian has said that being a member of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has every right to develop nuclear energy for civilian purposes.
  • ElBaradei to present Iran report most probably on Friday IRNA 10 Nov 2004 -- The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei will most probably submit his report on Iran`s nuclear activities to the Agency`s Board of Governors on Friday, said an IAEA diplomat here on Wednesday.
  • Majlis speaker terms Iran`s nuclear talks as progressive IRNA 10 Nov 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel said on Wednesday that the (nuclear) talks between Iran and the EU troika has shown good progress, expressing hope that the talks will go on successfully.
  • Bush Extends State of Emergency with Respect to Iran Washington File 10 Nov 2004 -- President Bush has extended the state of national emergency with respect to Iran that was first declared by President Jimmy Carter on November 14, 1979.
  • POWELL-IRAQ-IRAN VOA 09 Nov 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he expects to meet Iranian officials later this month at the Egyptian-hosted international conference aimed at building support for elections in Iraq. At a news conference in Mexico City, Mr. Powell also defended the decision to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah from insurgents.
  • Blair hopeful of progress on EU-Iran nuclear deal IRNA 09 Nov 2004 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair says that he hopes progress can be made within the next few days on the preliminary agreement reached on Iran`s nuclear program and insists that the approach is also supported by the US.
  • Accord on repatriation of spent fuel from Bushehr to be signed soon IRNA 09 Nov 2004 -- An accord on repatriation of spent fuel from Bushehr power plant to Moscow will be signed soon, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said on Tuesday.
  • IRAN/US VOA 09 Nov 2004 -- A top U.S. arms control official says Iran has embarked on the same course as North Korea and is unlikely to stick to any deal with the Europeans to back off from nuclear weapons.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 39 08 Nov 2004 -- 'THE YELLOW DOG IS THE BROTHER OF THE JACKAL.' / IRAN CELEBRATES HOSTAGE CRISIS / HARDLINE DAILY DECRIES U.S. OFFICIAL'S IRANIAN VISIT / ALLEGED WEBSITE CLOSURE DISPUTED / TEHRAN REJECTS NEW ACCUSATIONS OF BIN LADEN LINKS / FOREIGN MINISTRY REJECTS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT'S REBUKE ON HUMAN RIGHTS / PARLIAMENT VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM / IAEA CHIEF URGES IRANIAN SUSPENSION OF URANIUM ENRICHMENT / IAEA AND EU MIGHT GIVE IRAN A PASS / EU 'BIG THREE' MEETS WITH IRAN... / ...AND AGREEMENT COULD BE CLOSE
  • ElBaradei hopes Iran-EU agreement will include suspension of enrichment process IRNA 08 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammad ElBaradei here Monday hoped that suspension of uranium enrichment will be included in the preliminary Iran-EU agreement.
  • UK considering provisional agreement on Iran`s nuclear program IRNA 08 Nov 2004 -- The British government Monday confirmed that it was considering the provisional agreement reached with Germany and France in talks with Iran on its nuclear program.
  • Iran/EU: IAEA Chief Expresses Cautious Optimism Over Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 08 Nov 2004 -- The director-general of the UN nuclear monitoring agency reacted today with cautious optimism to news Iran and leading countries of the European Union have reached a tentative deal on Tehran's controversial nuclear program. Iran said yesterday it has reached a preliminary deal that could see Tehran avert UN Security Council sanctions over its nuclear program.
  • AUSTRALIA ELBARADEI NUCLEAR VOA 08 Nov 2004 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, has warned that the world faces a real threat from nuclear terrorism. Speaking at a conference in Sydney, Mr. ElBaradei said an extensive black market in radioactive materials is increasing the danger. He also saw signs of hope in an agreement to end a dispute over Iran's nuclear programs.
  • IAEA Head Cautiously Optimistic On Iran-EU Deal RFE/RL 08 Nov 2004 -- The director of the UN nuclear monitoring agency has reacted with cautious optimism to news the European Union and Iran have reached a tentative deal on Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
  • Iran Does Not Want to Give Up Enrichment Rights RFE/RL 06 Nov 2004 -- An Iranian official says no compromise has yet been made in talks between Iran and the European Union on getting Tehran to suspend uranium-enrichment efforts.
  • Iran: EU 'Big Three' Meet With Tehran Over Nuclear Program RFE/RL 05 Nov 2004 -- Officials from Britain, France, and Germany are meeting with Iranian representatives in Paris today to discuss European incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to end activities that could lead to developing nuclear weapons. The efforts by the three EU powers are being closely watched by Washington. But it is far from clear whether any "grand bargain" to end the Iran nuclear crisis can be reached.
  • Iran does not accept "Indefinite" enrichment suspension IRNA 05 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s suspension of uranium enrichment is negotiable only for confidence-building but not for an indefinite period, said an Iranian official.
  • EU renews offer of carrots to Iran IRNA 05 Nov 2004 -- A few hours before European Union and Iranian diplomats begin a new round of talks in Paris on Iran`s nuclear programme, the 25-member European bloc renewed its offer of carrots to the Islamic Republic.
  • Analysis: For Iran, 'The Yellow Dog Is The Brother Of The Jackal' RFE/RL 05 Nov 2004 -- Before and after the U.S. presidential election Tehran indicated a surprising preference for the incumbent, President George W. Bush. In contrast, the Iranian media tended to say there is little difference between Bush and the challenger, Senator John Kerry, and their respective parties.
  • EU-Iran nuclear negotiations extremely sensitive, says UK IRNA 04 Nov 2004 -- Britain said Thursday that trust was at the heart of the EU`s continuing series of talks with Iran over nuclear programme.
  • ElBaradei`s Iran report to be soft-tuned IRNA 04 Nov 2004 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency`s (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei`s report on Iran, due to be presented to the Agency`s Board of Governors would be soft tuned.
  • ElBaradei to present Iran report to IAEA Board ahead (of schedule) IRNA 04 Nov 2004 -- The UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei would present his new report on Iran`s nuclear program to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) either on November 11 or 15.
  • Iran to sign additional protocol on return of spent nuclear fuel with Russia IRNA 03 Nov 2004 -- Iran will sign an additional protocol on the return of spent nuclear fuel to Russia in December 2004, Ali Akbar Soltani, deputy general director for political and international affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said at a Tuesday conference in Moscow.
  • U.S.-IRAN VISIT VOA 03 Nov 2004 -- The Bush administration said Wednesday it approved this week's visit to Iran by the head of the U.S. Library of Congress, James Billington. But the State Department is downplaying the political significance of the trip.
  • US military move against Iran through Azerbaijan impossible IRNA 02 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s Ambassador to Baku Afshar Soleymani here on Monday ruled out the possibility of any kind of US military moves, including an attack, against Iran through Azerbaijan.
  • No place for weapons of mass destruction in Iran`s military doctrine: envoy IRNA 02 Nov 2004 -- Iran`s Permanent Deputy Representative to the United Nations Mehdi Danesh Yazdi here on Monday stressed that nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iranian military doctrine because they run against its religious beliefs and commitments under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • Khatami stresses Iran`s access to peaceful nuclear technology IRNA 02 Nov 2004 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Tuesday stressed Iran`s access to 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.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 38 01 Nov 2004 -- IRGC COMMANDER DISCUSSES NEW STRATEGY / IRANIAN MILITARY RHETORIC REFLECTS OUTSIDE PRESSURES / MILITARY OPPOSES OUTSIDERS IN THE REGION / KHATAMI'S UNEMPLOYMENT PREDICTION DEFIES STATISTICS / CONSERVATIVE DISUNITY OVER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE... / ...COULD REVEAL CORRUPT PRACTICES / STUDENT INTEREST IN POLITICS LOW / MEDIA DIFFICULTIES CAUSE INTERNATIONAL CONCERN / 'SPIDERWEB' ACCUSATIONS REVERBERATE / ACTIVISTS BARRED FROM INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL / IRAN TO TEACH ITS CHILDREN AIDS BASICS / FOREIGN MINISTRY APPOINTS SPECIAL IRAQI REPRESENTATIVE / KHATAMI ADVISER MEETS WITH HIZBALLAH LEADERSHIP / FOREIGN MINISTER WRAPS UP VISIT TO KUWAIT AND SAUDI ARABIA... / ...AND THEN TRAVELS TO U.A.E. / AZERBAIJAN, RUSSIA, IRAN PREPARE TO SYNCHRONIZE ENERGY SYSTEMS / IRAN-EU NUCLEAR DISCUSSIONS DRAG ON / PROGRESS IN NUCLEAR MANUFACTURING REPORTED / NUCLEAR POWER WORKERS PROTEST UNPAID WAGES
  • Analysis: Iranian Military Rhetoric Reflects Outside Pressures RFE/RL 01 Nov 2004 -- The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC), Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said on 8 October that U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are merely the foundations of an expansionist U.S. military strategy to subdue the entire Middle East, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported. Safavi added: "If this strategy fails heavily in Iraq, it will, undoubtedly, stop. Otherwise it may extend to neighboring countries."



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