Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2004 Iran Special Weapons News
- Zionist Influence in the US Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting - The Zionists have a pervasive influence in the US. This is something, which both US officials and Zionist leaders have agreed upon and put emphasis on its continuation. In order to maintain and enhance their power in the US, Zionists use different ways including control of the mass media and economy. In addition, the Zionists also have big influence over the US economy particularly in the financial and banking sectors.
- Iran, Russia to finalize Zohreh satellite contract IRNA 29 Dec 2004 -- Iran and Russia is to finalize an agreement for the construction of the Zohreh satellite for Iran.
- PROLIFERATION/IRAN NUCLEAR VOA 28 Dec 2004 -- As a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is prohibited from developing a nuclear weapons program. While Iran acknowledges having a nuclear program, it says it is used for peaceful purposes. The international community is not so sure. In November, the International Atomic Energy Agency -- the IAEA -- reached an agreement with Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program and allow inspections to verify that it does.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 46 27 Dec 2004 -- CHRISTIANS IN IRAN / TEHRAN DENOUNCES UN HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTION / RIGHTS GROUPS SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN IRAN / IMPRISONED STUDENT'S CASE COMES UP FOR REVIEW / TEHRAN STUDENTS STAGE SIT-IN / LABOR UNREST OCCURS UP AND DOWN IRAN / LEGISLATOR DIES AFTER AUTO ACCIDENT / IRANIAN COUNTERNARCOTICS PERSONNEL VISIT UZBEKISTAN / TEHRAN FREEZES HEKMATYAR'S ASSETS / INTELLIGENCE MINISTER'S VISIT TO BAKU YIELDS THREE NEW PROTOCOLS / IRAQ STOPS ISSUING VISAS TO IRANIANS / TEHRAN BLAMES U.S. FOR BOMBINGS IN IRAQ / IRAN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF 'NUCLEAR SPIES.' / TEHRAN DOES NOT OBJECT TO U.S. ROLE IN NUCLEAR TALKS / IRAN ALLEGEDLY MAKING URANIUM POWDER / IS TEHRAN TRYING TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS? / TEHRAN TAKES TWO TRACKS ON NUCLEAR-WEAPON DEVELOPMENT
- Russia reaffirms continued nuclear cooperation with Iran IRNA 27 Dec 2004 -- Head of the Russian Federation`s Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev said here Monday that his country will continue cooperating with Iran on its peaceful nuclear program without any worries.
- Putin's trip to Iran a turning point in Tehran-Moscow relations IRNA 27 Dec 2004 -- Russian Federation Council Chairman (Upper House of Russian Parliament) said here Monday that the trip by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2005 will be turning point Tehran-Moscow relations.
- Iran`s Air Force ordered to shoot down any intruding plane: press IRNA 25 Dec 2004 -- Iran`s Air Force has been ordered to open fire and shoot down any unidentified aircraft violating its air space, the press on Saturday quoted Air Force chief Brigadier Karim Qavami as saying.
- Iran, Russia to continue cooperation in peaceful nuclear energy IRNA 24 Dec 2004 -- Russian First Deputy Chairman of State Duma said here Friday that Moscow attaches importance to ties with Iran as a strong nation in the region and is keen to bolster bilateral relations in all areas in 2005.
- Russia to continue building nuclear powerplants in Iran IRNA 24 Dec 2004 -- Head of Russian Atomic Energy Agency said here Friday that Moscow will complete the first phase of the Bushehr nuclear powerplant in 2005.
- Iran: Public Offers Mixed Feelings On Nuclear Issue (Part 4) RFE/RL 23 Dec 2004 -- Iran's nuclear program has become the subject of international debate and concern. Iranian and U.S. officials frequently comment on the issue, and numerous articles and analyses about Tehran's nuclear aspirations are published on an almost daily basis in the international press. But little is known about the views of ordinary citizens.
- Iran: Where Does The Nuclear Debate Go From Here? (Part 3) RFE/RL 23 Dec 2004 -- When Iran agreed to negotiate with Europe over its nuclear activities, much of the international community breathed a sigh of relief. The negotiations -- which opened on Monday (Dec 20) -- focus on an offer by Britain, Germany and France to give Iran trade advantages and technical assistance in exchange for Tehran indefinitely -- that is, permanently -- giving up its uranium enrichment activities. While a final deal has yet to be worked out, the three European Union nations view their initiative as already partly successful because Tehran has agreed to temporarily suspend uranium enrichment while the negotiators meet. That has defused -- for now -- U.S. and European worries that Iran was progressing with its efforts to master uranium enrichment while the world only discussed what to do.
- Iran: Tehran Seen As Progressing Along Two Tracks To Develop Nuclear Weapons (Part 2) RFE/RL 22 Dec 2004 -- The challenge for any country clandestinely seeking to become a nuclear power is how to acquire enough fissile material for such weapons. Most countries begin by starting a commercial nuclear program, a right to which any state that has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is entitled. The commercial program can then provide a cover for engaging in so-called dual-use activities, which can have either peaceful or military uses.
- Iran: Is Tehran Trying To Develop Nuclear Weapons? (Part 1) RFE/RL 22 Dec 2004 -- In the wake of the Iraq invasion, there has been a faint but growing drumbeat sounded in Washington by officials who believe the Bush administration should now confront another member of its so-called "axis of evil" -- Iran. Washington alleges that Tehran is a state sponsor of terrorism and that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran's nuclear activities include building a commercial reactor with Russian assistance near the Gulf port of Bushehr. But what worries Washington are Tehran's efforts to master uranium enrichment -- a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or, at advanced levels, material for nuclear bombs. Until recently, Tehran kept those efforts secret from the UN's nuclear watchdog agency. Now, as UN inspectors insist that Iran fully disclose all of its activities, the question of whether Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons is the focus of worldwide debate.
- Iran has no objection to US involvement in nuclear talks IRNA 21 Dec 2004 -- Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hossein Mousavian here Tuesday said that Iran has no objection to the US involvement in the nuclear talks as suggested by the Europeans and their extensive attempts to this effect.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 45 20 Dec 2004 -- POLITICAL ACTIVISTS SEEK CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM / NO LET UP IN ELECTION DATE EXCITEMENT / INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY / ANOTHER WARNING OF SECTARIAN DISPUTES / DIVISION OF NORTHEASTERN PROVINCE LEADS TO FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES / KHATAMI VISITS UNDERDEVELOPED PROVINCE / UNEMPLOYMENT HOLDS STEADY IN IRAN / IRAN BECOMES SELF-SUFFICIENT IN WHEAT PRODUCTION / MARTYRS' WIDOWS PROTEST IN TEHRAN / NUCLEAR SPY CASE TAKES UNUSUAL TURN / IRANIAN, EUROPEAN OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS ENRICHMENT FREEZE / U.S. REJECTS IRANIAN ENTRY INTO TRADE REGIME / PALESTINIAN LEADER MEETS IRANIAN OFFICIALS / TOP IRANIAN SECURITY OFFICIAL VISITS AZERBAIJAN / TEHRAN REFUTES REPEATED IRAQI ALLEGATIONS OF INTERFERENCE / HASHEMI-RAFSANJANI SAYS IRAQ CRUCIAL TO REGION / TOP RUSSIAN LEGISLATOR VISITS IRAN / KANDAHAR GETS NEW IRANIAN CONSUL / MAGAZINE'S USE OF 'ARABIAN GULF' UPSETS IRANIANS WORLDWIDE
- EU delegation to arrive in Iran to discuss light-water reactor IRNA 20 Dec 2004 -- A European delegation is to arrive in Tehran within one month to negotiate with Iran`s nuclear energy officials on the country`s plan to construct a light-water power reactor.
- Iran, EU to discuss details of light-water reactor in January IRNA 19 Dec 2004 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Sunday that a European delegation is to visit Iran after the New Year holidays to discuss construction of a `research` nuclear reactor in the Islamic Republic.
- Iran has been invited to nuclear fuel cycle club IRNA 19 Dec 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi in response to a question in his weekly press briefing said here Sunday that as yet there are no word from responsible organs on reports of a US frigate trespassing Iran`s territorial waters.
- First cryptography lab inaugurated IRNA 19 Dec 2004 -- First cryptography and security systems laboratory was inaugurated on Sunday in Science and Industry University.
- Mubarak warns US against attacking Iran IRNA 18 Dec 2004 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned the United States against launching an attack on Iran in a bid to halt the Islamic Republic`s peaceful nuclear programme.
- Russia voices readiness to build 7 nuclear power plants in Iran IRNA 18 Dec 2004 -- Head of the Russian Federation`s Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev said on Saturday that Russia may construct seven other nuclear power plants in Iran.
- Lavrov: Russia supports expansion of Iran`s peaceful nuclear activities IRNA 17 Dec 2004 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here on Thursday his country was ready to build new nuclear power plants for Iran.
- U.S.: Washington Warns Iran, Syria Not To Interfere In Iraq, But Can The Charges Be Substantiated? RFE/RL 16 Dec 2004 -- Recent days have seen a mounting drumbeat of charges from Baghdad and Washington that Iran and Syria are actively seeking to undermine the creation of a new post-Saddam Hussein order in Iraq. The charges have been dramatic, but also vague, leaving observers uncertain of the evidence behind them. The latest charge came yesterday, as U.S. President George W. Bush warned both Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq as the country prepares for its 30 January elections.
- 2004 And Beyond: Iran, North Korea Nuclear Crises Still Unresolved RFE/RL 16 Dec 2004 -- Nuclear proliferation was a hot issue in 2004 with world attention focused on suspicions that both Iran and North Korea were secretly pursuing atomic weapons programs. But the crisis over Iran took center stage as a trio of European countries repeatedly sought to persuade Tehran to abandon any plans to become a nuclear power. Meanwhile, the crisis over North Korea got little public attention as regional talks to solve it made no apparent progress.
- FM: US hostile policies leave no chances of holding talks IRNA 15 Dec 2004 -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Wednesday said that so long as the US continues its hostile policies against Iran negotiations will be out of question.
- Iran, North Korea rebuke US double-standard IRNA 15 Dec 2004 -- MP from Tehran Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Wednesday the US has adopted double-standard in dealing with international issues and has sabotaged Iran`s peaceful nuclear program.
- Analysis: How Close Is Iran To The Bomb? RFE/RL 15 Dec 2004 -- This week, the foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany and EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana met with Iran's top nuclear negotiator in an ongoing attempt to convince Iran to permanently suspend its uranium-enrichment activities. Meanwhile, with each passing day, Iran could be getting closer to producing a nuclear bomb, a growing number of nonproliferation officials believe.
- Factbox: Timeline Of Iran Nuclear Crisis RFE/RL 15 Dec 2004
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 44 14 Dec 2004 -- NO RESPITE IN ELECTION DATE CONTROVERSY / CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SPEAK UP... / ...AND REFORMISTS ARE UNSURE / BLOGGERS' LETTERS OF CONTRITION THE RESULT OF TORTURE / BAHA'IS FACE CONTINUING HARRASSMENT / SUSPENSION OF ENRICHMENT, SITE ACCESS UNRESOLVED / IRAN WRAPS UP WAR GAMES / ROHANI: NO PROSPECT FOR RAPPROCHEMENT WITH U.S. / IRAN FEARFUL OF ENCIRCLEMENT / IRAN DENIES EXTRADITING TERROR SUSPECT TO EGYPT... / ...AND DENIES EGYPTIAN ESPIONAGE ALLEGATIONS / ISRAEL ARRESTS ALLEGED IRANIAN SPY / AL-QAEDA SYMPATHIZERS REPORTEDLY TRIED IN IRAN / SCIRI LEADER VISITS IRAN... / ...AMIDST IRAQI COMPLAINTS ABOUT IRANIAN INTERFERENCE / PHILLIPPINES REQUESTS IRANIAN HELP IN SAVING HOSTAGE
- Moscow to continue peaceful nuclear cooperation with Iran IRNA 14 Dec 2004 -- Head of Russian Atomic Energy Agency pledged here Tuesday that his country will continue with peaceful nuclear cooperation with Iran in 2005.
- Iranian Official Sees 'New Chapter' In EU Ties RFE/RL 14 Dec 2004 -- A senior Iranian official has spoken of Iran and the European Union opening a "new chapter" in their relations after talks on benefits Iran is to receive for suspending its uranium-enrichment activities.
- Ramezanzadeh dismisses US allegations against IAEA chief IRNA 13 Dec 2004 -- Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said the US has several times violated the international norms, saying Iran has not held any secret talks with IAEA chief ElBaradei.
- Tehran expects Russia to built its next nuclear power plant: Mironov IRNA 13 Dec 2004 -- "Tehran expects that we will build the next nuclear power plant in Iran," Russian Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov said on the results of his official visit to Iran.
- Iran, EU Talks In Brussels RFE/RL 13 Dec 2004 -- Officials of Iran and the European Union are due to start talks today on issues connected to Iran's nuclear activities.
- Asefi: Iran, EU3 talks to set framework for future nuclear activities IRNA 12 Dec 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said Iran and the three European countries are going to set the framework for future nuclear activities during a new round of talks scheduled to start between them in Brussels on Monday.
- Asefi: US cannot solve regional problems through military power IRNA 12 Dec 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday called the recent allegations of deployment of U.S. nuclear missiles in Turkey`s Incirlik Air Base as a mere media propaganda and underlined that the US problems will not be solved through such measures.
- Russia welcomes Iran`s nuclear progress: official IRNA 12 Dec 2004 -- Chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Sergei Mironov, reiterated here Sunday his country`s position in acknowledging Iran`s right to peaceful nuclear technology.
- Iran and Russia working out `technical details` of Bushehr plant IRNA 11 Dec 2004 -- Tehran and Moscow are working out technical details of an agreement to bring a nuclear power plant in the Iranian port city of Bushehr on line in 2006, the Chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Sergei Mironov, said here Saturday.
- Persecution Of Baha'is Continues In Iran RFE/RL 10 Dec 2004 -- Baha'is are Iran's largest religious minority, but their faith is not recognized in the country's constitution and they have long faced harassment and persecution. The European Union recently lodged a formal complaint with Iranian authorities over the arrest and harassment of journalists as well as members of religious minorities such as the Baha'is.
- EU, China say Iran`s nuclear issue should be solved by IAEA IRNA 09 Dec 2004 -- The European Union and China have welcomed the recent agreement between E3 and the Islamic Republic on Tehran`s suspension of enrichment activities.
- Iran: News Of Al-Qaeda Trial Remains Shrouded In Mystery RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Iran announced on 6 December that it had tried a number of alleged members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. The head of Tehran's Justice Department said the verdicts were issued in compliance with Iranian and Islamic laws and that high-ranking officials were satisfied with them. But the announcement has raised more questions than it has answered. Officials have refused to offer any further details on the trial. And today, Iran's top intelligence official questioned whether the suspects were even Al-Qaeda members.
- U.S. / SYRIA / IRAN VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The United States Wednesday expressed renewed concerns about Syrian and Iranian involvement in Iraq, accusing Iran in particular of what it calls "interference" in the Iraqi electoral process. Both interim Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawar and Jordan's King Abdullah have expressed apprehension this week about Iran's intentions in Iraq.
- U.S. Urges Iran Not To Interfere In Iraq Vote RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- White House spokesman Scott McClellan was asked about fears raised by King Abdullah of Jordan, in an interview with "The Washington Post," that Iran may send thousands of its own people to Iraq to vote in hopes of creating a neighboring Islamic republic there.
- SLeader: Knowledge, perseverance features of Velayat war game IRNA 08 Dec 2004 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that knowledge and perseverance in the way of God Almighty are two features which have grave role in the military related issues and in the big `Followers of Velayat (Guardianship)` maneuver.
- RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 7, Number 43 07 Dec 2004 -- IRAN SPLITS HAIRS ON SUICIDE BOMBINGS / / MURDER OF AMERICANS CELEBRATED IN IRAN / IRAQ'S POROUS BORDERS FOCUS OF MEETING IN TEHRAN / SECURITY OPERATIONS IN KURDISH REGION CONTINUE / NAVY DAY COMMEMORATED IN IRAN / NEW ROUND OF MILITARY EXERCISES IN SOUTHWEST / DEFENSE MINISTRY FUNDING INFUSION MAY GO FOR ADVANCED WEAPONS, WMD / FREED ONLINE JOURNALIST EXPRESSES REMORSE / KHATAMI LOOKS NORTH / ALLEGED 'NUCLEAR SPY' ARRESTED IN IRAN / GERMAN MAGAZINE DESCRIBES SECRET IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITY / IAEA GOVERNING BOARD GOES EASY ON IRAN / IAEA RESOLUTION ENDORSES IRANIAN FREEZE OF SUSPECT NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES / LEGISLATORS DUBIOUS ABOUT NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENTS / CONSTRUCTION OF IRAN-ARMENIA GAS PIPELINE BEGINS / WHAT IS AL-QAEDA MANAGEMENT DOING IN IRAN?
- Official Says Iran, EU States To Have Nuke Talks RFE/RL 07 Dec 2004 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator today said that he will next week have talks with British, French, and German officials to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
- Iran: Baha'is Face Continuing Harassment In Iran RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- Averting the threat of an economic blockade from Russia, Abkhazia's presidential rivals announced late yesterday that they had reached an agreement that could defuse tensions in the Black Sea province. Under the deal, opposition leader Sergei Bagapsh and former prime minister Raul Khajimba are expected to run together on a joint ticket in new presidential elections. Meanwhile, reports say the situation in the Georgian separatist republic remains tense. Early today, a series of blasts shook the regional capital Sukhum.
- Asefi: US ballyhoo over Iran not new or unexpected IRNA 05 Dec 2004 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Sunday that the fuss made by Bush administration officials and the US media regarding developments in Iran was not "new or unexpected."
- Iran rejects US report, pledges cooperation over military sites IRNA 05 Dec 2004 -- Iran brushed aside Sunday a US report that UN inspectors had sought to access two alleged secret military sites, and vowed to cooperate with the world nuclear watchdog to disprove `the Americans` false claim`.
- Rafsanjani warns Europeans over enrichment deal IRNA 05 Dec 2004 -- Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani warned the Europeans Sunday to honor their commitments towards Iran or see an agreement with Tehran on the country`s suspension of uranium enrichment go down the drain.
- Iran Signals Military Sites Off-Limits To UN Inspectors RFE/RL 05 Dec 2004 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry claimed today that the country is not obliged to allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit military sites allegedly involved in covert nuclear-weapon work.
- Moscow praises latest IAEA resolution on Iran IRNA 04 Dec 2004 -- Senior Russian diplomats and nuclear experts have welcomed the very mild resolution on Iranian nuclear programs adopted by International Atomic Energy Agency`s Board of Governors.
- IAEA official denies NYT report on Iranian sites IRNA 03 Dec 2004 -- International Atomic Energy Agency`s pokesperson Melissa Fleming denied here Friday an American newspaper report concerning IAEA request for inspecting `Lavisan II`.
- U.S.-China-Iran VOA 01 Dec 2004 -- The United States said Wednesday it has imposed sanctions against four Chinese business entities and a North Korean state company for selling missiles or weapons of mass destruction technology to Iran. The proliferation issue also figured in State Department talks Wednesday between senior U.S. and Chinese diplomats.
- Russia hopes Iran would continue practical cooperation with IAEA IRNA 01 Dec 2004 -- Russia hopes "Iran will continue to pursue its policy of constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energyg Agency (IAEA)," the Russian Foreign Ministry, in a statement, said on Tuesday, a day after the IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution on Iran`s nuclear programs as the international community`s nuclear watchdog.
- Espionage scenario to question Iran`s faith in IAEA accord foiled IRNA 01 Dec 2004 -- Ministry of Information said on Wednesday that the intelligence officers have arrested an individual portraying himself as managing a company involved in manufacturing centrifuges in an orchestrated attempt to prove that Iran still has not stopped centrifuge assembling.
- U.S. Says Iran Has Not Fully Met IAEA Nuclear Safeguards Washington File 01 Dec 2004 -- Following is the statement from the U.S. government to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency November 29 regarding Iran's nuclear program
- U.S. Demands Further Nuclear Steps From Iran RFE/RL 01 Dec 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush said yesterday that Iran's agreement to freeze all uranium-enrichment activities is "not the final step" in easing fears that Tehran is seeking to build nuclear weapons.
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