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August 2005 Iran Special Weapons News



  • Iran will push for breakthrough in nuclear talks: Official IRNA 31 Aug 2005 -- Iran will start a broad diplomatic move with respect to its nuclear activities within a month, a senior official with the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said here Tuesday.
  • Attempts to deprive nations of nuclear energy futile IRNA 31 Aug 2005 -- Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi here Wednesday underlined that the attempts of US and the West to deprive world nations of peaceful application of nuclear energy are quite useless.
  • Russian official: Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation like Moscow's cooperation with EU IRNA 31 Aug 2005 -- Russian Federation's new Permanent Envoy to Europe Vladimir Chizhov said here Wednesday, "Peaceful nuclear cooperation between Russia and Iran is exactly of the same nature as our cooperation with European countries."
  • Iran Nuclear Negotiator Meets with Indian Officials VOA News 31 Aug 2005 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator is in India for talks with senior government officials.
  • Iran: Tehran Claims Breakthrough In Nuclear Processing RFE/RL 31 Aug 2005 -- Iran says it has successfully applied biotechnology to manufacturing a precursor material for nuclear fuel.
  • U.S. Says Five Other Countries Have Biological-Weapons Programs RFE/RL 31 Aug 2005 -- A new U.S. State Department report says evidence indicates that Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Syria continue to maintain biological-weapons programs.
  • Algerian FM: Iran nuclear dossier transparent, based on Int'l IRNA 30 Aug 2005 -- Algerian Foreign Minister Mohamed Bedjaoui emphasized here Monday, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear dossier is fully transparent and in compliance with the international rules and regulations."
  • Rafsanjani: Iran to submit new proposals on nuclear issue IRNA 30 Aug 2005 -- Expediency Council Chief Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Monday Iran is playing an active role in nuclear issue and will present new solutions for the issue.
  • IAEA report to back up Iran's position in nuclear row: German daily IRNA 30 Aug 2005 -- The upcoming International Atomic Energy Agency's report on Iran, scheduled to be released on September 3, will back up Tehran's position in the ongoing nuclear dispute, saying Iran has not violated any major regulations of the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog group, the Handelsblatt newspaper reported Tuesday.
  • Algerian president supports Iranian nuclear program IRNA 30 Aug 2005 -- Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday supported Iranian nuclear program in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • President Ahmadinejad reappoints Aqazadeh as Atomic Energy Organization chief IRNA 29 Aug 2005 -- Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a state order here Monday, reappointing Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh in his previous post, as head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization.
  • Isfahan UCF Chief: Iran not to bow to threats on nuclear program IRNA 29 Aug 2005 -- Head of Isfahan UCF Nuclear Complex Hossein Faqihian said here Monday, "Iran would not bow to any kind of threat regarding its nuclear program."
  • French President Urges Iran to Reconsider EU Nuclear Offer VOA News 29 Aug 2005 -- French President Jacques Chirac has urged Iran to reconsider a European offer of incentives in return for Tehran's suspension of parts of its controversial nuclear program.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 34 29 August 2005 -- A SLIMMED-DOWN CABINET GETS TO WORK / REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS GET NEW LEADERS / PARAMILITARIES TO GET POLICE POWERS / TENSIONS INCREASE ALONG IRAN'S NORTHWESTERN BORDER / NO LETUP IN SOUTHEASTERN INSECURITY / TEHRAN OFFERS TO FUND REGIONAL COUNTERNARCOTICS EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN / IRANIAN RELEASED FROM GUANTANAMO / IMPRISONED ATTORNEY INCOMMUNICADO / DISSIDENT JOURNALIST ON ROAD TO RECOVERY / PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR WINS INTERNATIONAL PRAISE DURING CHOLERA OUTBREAK / IRAN IMPORTS WHEAT DESPITE CLAIMS OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY / TEHRAN SUSPENDS ACTIVITIES OF TWO ENERGY COMPANIES / SECURITY CHIEF GETS SEND-OFF / TEHRAN SEEKS NEW NUCLEAR INTERLOCUTORS / BETTER TRANSPARENCY MIGHT BOOST INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE
  • Chirac Warns Iran Of Sanctions Over Nuclear Program RFE/RL 28 Aug 2005 -- French President Jacques Chirac today called on Iran to cooperate in nuclear talks or risk possible sanctions by the UN Security Council.
  • Asefi says talks with US not on agenda IRNA 28 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday that bilateral talks with the United States on Iran's nuclear case is not on agenda.
  • Asefi: Iran to present new nuclear initiative in 45 days IRNA 28 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi lauded the performance of outgoing foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, during his 8-year term, particularly his approach to the Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon and the Caspian Sea legal regime.
  • Ahmadinejad's new initiative to be finalized in two weeks IRNA 28 Aug 2005 -- The new initiative of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tehran's nuclear issue has been studied in four sessions of the secretariat of Supreme National Security Council but more meetings will be held both this week and next to finalize the proposal.
  • Iran Says 'Breakthrough' Nuclear Proposals On The Way RFE/RL 27 Aug 2005 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator said today that new proposals from Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will lead to what he called a "breakthrough" over the country's nuclear program.
  • Larijani: Talks with IAEA chief, positive IRNA 27 Aug 2005 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, here Friday expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's nuclear programs.
  • ElBaradei says meet with Larijani constructive IRNA 27 Aug 2005 -- Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei here Friday assessed his talks with Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, as very constructive.
  • Paper questions role of EU trio in Iran's nuclear case IRNA 27 Aug 2005 -- An Iranian daily here Saturday questioned the role of Britain, Germany and France in Iran's nuclear issue asking why they acted as the "self-assumed joint spokesman" for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Iranian official meets UN atomic watchdog chief on country's nuclear plans IRNA 27 Aug 2005 -- The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of unclear weapons Friday had a "constructive" meeting with a senior Iranian official on ways to resolve issues over the country's nuclear program, the United Nations Information Center in Tehran said in a press released on Saturday.
  • Larijani: Iran respects commitment to IAEA, NPT IRNA 27 Aug 2005 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said that Iran respects its commitment to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Iran's Larijani, IAEA chief start nuclear talks IRNA 26 Aug 2005 -- Iran's new Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, started negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Tehran's nuclear program here on Friday.
  • Schroeder, Putin to discuss Iranian nuclear program: German official IRNA 26 Aug 2005 -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to discuss Iran's nuclear program during their summit in Berlin on September 8, a German government spokesman told IRNA here Friday.
  • Iranian official meets UN atomic watchdog chief on country's nuclear plans UN News Centre 26 Aug 2005 -- The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons today had a "constructive" meeting with a senior Iranian official on ways to resolve issues over the country's nuclear programme.
  • Iranian Nuclear Negotiator To Meet IAEA Chief RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator is due to meet today with the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency.
  • Tehran Not Afraid Of UN Security Council Action RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani, says Tehran hopes that nuclear talks with Europe will continue, but that it is not afraid of referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
  • Iran: A Slimmed-Down Cabinet Gets To Work RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad chaired the first session of his new cabinet on 25 August in Mashhad at the shrine of Imam Reza, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.
  • Iran to Submit New Nuclear Plans Ahead of Talks with EU VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- Iran's chief atomic negotiator says his country will submit within a month, new proposals for talks with key European Union countries in an effort to settle the dispute over Tehran nuclear ambitions.
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran to initiate solution to fuel cycle stand-off IRNA 25 Aug 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday after parliament's confidence vote to seventeen of his 21 proposed ministers, "We will present our new initiatives (to solve the stand-off with West) regarding (Iran's) peaceful (nuclear) fuel cycle.
  • Iran ready to continue negotiations with Europe: Speaker IRNA 25 Aug 2005 -- Head of Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) said here Wednesday that Iran expects Europe to chart an independent course in its dealings with Iran and act independent from the US.
  • Larijani urges Europe to take logical stand in talks with Iran IRNA 25 Aug 2005 -- New Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani here on Thursday expressed regret over the recent decision of European Troika to call off nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Russia Says Iran Not In Breach Of Nuclear Treaty RFE/RL 25 Aug 2005 -- Russia says it sees no evidence that Iran is violating the global nuclear nonproliferation regime.
  • Iran Calls for Other Countries to Join Nuclear Talks VOA News 25 Aug 2005 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator has called for other countries to join the three European nations engaged in talks with Tehran about its nuclear program.
  • Tehran Says Nuclear Program is Only for Producing Power VOA News 24 Aug 2005 -- The Iranian government says it was right, and the U.S. was wrong, about why traces of highly enriched uranium were discovered on some of its nuclear equipment.
  • 17 proposed ministers receive votes of confidence IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- Majlis deputies Wednesday gave votes of confidence to 17 ministers proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • Seventeen of 21 proposed cabinet members get confidence vote IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- Seventeen out of the 21-member proposed cabinet of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, managed to receive vote of confidence from seventh Majlis here on Wednesday.
  • Iran's Parliament Rejects Four Proposed Ministers REF/RL 24 Aug 2005 -- Iran's parliament today rejected four of the 21 cabinet ministers proposed by new President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, including the key post of oil minister.
  • Iran spares no effort to help Afghanistan: Zarif IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- Iran's permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said here Tuesday Iran will not spare any efforts to help Afghanistan hold the upcoming parliamentary election successfully.
  • US Blasts Iran for Nuclear Policies, Support of Terrorism VOA 24 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency says there is plenty of evidence Iran is building a nuclear weapon.
  • Iran rejects EU call to suspend Isfahan activities: Asefi IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- Iran has refused to accept a call by the European side on suspension of activities at Isfahan UCF to hold the scheduled talks on August 31, a senior Iranian official said here Wednesday.
  • Iran's UCF operation aims to build confidence with IAEA IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- The uranium conversion facility's (UCF) resumption of operation in Isfahan is in line with building confidence with the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA), said a lawmaker on Wednesday.
  • EUobserver: Iran scores moral victory in nuclear program row IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) validated Iran's position that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, said Wednesday a website specializing in European Union affairs.
  • Iran's referral to UNSC not benefiting any party: papers IRNA 24 Aug 2005 -- Two morning papers commented on Iran's nuclear issue here Wednesday by one noting that referring the case to the United Nations Security Council would put at risk world energy market and the other stressing Tehran's nuclear program an "absolutely unbreachable red line."
  • RFE/RL Iran Report , Volume 8, Number 33 23 August 2005 -- HUNGER-STRIKING JOURNALIST ACCUSED OF PLAYACTING / DETAINED LAWYER ACCUSED OF ESPIONAGE / BLOGGER'S LAWYER DECRIES DETENTION / PRESIDENT OUTLINES PROGRAM, PROMOTES MINISTERS / AHMADINEJAD APPOINTS TOP OFFICIALS... / AS ONE NOMINEE WANTS TWO JOBS / CALLS MADE FOR GREATER MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN CABINET / HUSBAND SEEKS NEWS OF DETAINED KURDISH ACTIVIST / KURDISH GRIEVANCES REMAIN A THORNY ISSUE / BLAMING BRITISH FOR ARAB UNREST HAS HISTORICAL ROOTS / NEW NORWEGIAN INVESTIGATION INTO IRANIAN CORRUPTION / OIL MINISTRY IS FOCUS OF ANTICORRUPTION BID / CHOLERA CASES IN IRAN ON THE RISE / RUSSIA OFFERS ANTI-SHIP MISSILES TO IRAN / ISRAEL RENEWS WARNINGS OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRESS / IRAN ANNOUNCES PLAN TO LAUNCH MICROSATELLITE
  • Iran: New President Outlines His Program RFE/RL 23 Aug 2005 -- In a speech to the legislature on 21 August, newly installed Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad laid out his plans for the next four years, and legislators then began debating the men Ahmadinejad proposed as cabinet ministers one week earlier
  • Defense Minister-Designate Says Iran To Focus On Missiles RFE/RL 23 Aug 2005 -- The man nominated to be Iran's defense minister today outlined the development of air defenses and ballistic missiles as the main priorities of the Islamic republic's defense industries.
  • Iran, effective country in nuclear technology: Khatami IRNA 22 Aug 2005 -- Former president Mohammad Khatami said here Sunday evening that Iran has turned into an effective and creative country in the area of peaceful nuclear technology.
  • Rice Says International Community Opposes Iran's Nuclear Behavior Washington File 22 Aug 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the international community seems to have reached a "very strong" consensus opposing Iran's behavior with regard to its nuclear program and its capacity to reprocess and enrich nuclear fuel.
  • Iran: Politicians Skeptical Of President's Obscure Cabinet Choices RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- The Iranian legislature on 21 August began to debate the cabinet presented on 14 August by the conservative President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
  • Majlis starts debate on proposed ministers' qualifications IRNA 21 Aug 2005 -- Majlis started debate on credentials of the proposed ministers and the outlines of the government program here Sunday morning.
  • Iran-Editorial-9/11 /POL/ Iraq war casts a cloud over White House: Paper IRNA 21 Aug 2005 -- A morning daily here Sunday questioned the US-led war against terror after the 2001 terrorist attacks which led to the US invasion of Iraq noting that it changed much of the world for the worse.
  • Khatami: New Government not to change Iran's foreign policy IRNA 21 Aug 2005 -- Omani King Qaboos's special envoy Abdulaziz ar-Rawas conferred here Sunday with former president Mohammad Khatami on issues of mutual interests.
  • Asefi: US claim on Iran's meddling in Iraq mere hallucination IRNA 20 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Saturday said that the claims of US administrators on Iran's interference in Iraq are mere hallucinations.
  • Asefi: Iran prepared to discuss its nuclear activities with EU IRNA 20 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Saturday declared Iran's readiness for holding dialogue with Europe on resumption of atomic activity in Natanz and other nuclear facilities.
  • Leader says Iran not after A-Bomb, Blasts US "Deception" IRNA 19 Aug 2005 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeated here Friday that Iran has never been after a nuclear bomb and that the West was trying to deceive the world public opinion by pretending that Iran wanted the bomb.
  • Iran not worried of being referred to Security Council IRNA 19 Aug 2005 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in an interview published in Friday edition of Saudi daily Al-Ukadh, "Iran is not worried lest its nuclear dossier would be referred to UN Security Council.
  • Iranian leader asks for trust from EU on nuclear program RIA Novosti 19 Aug 2005 -- Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khameini appealed to the European Union Friday to create an atmosphere of trust in the talks on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran's Supreme Leader Says No To Nuclear Weapons RFE/RL 19 Aug 2005 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today during his Friday sermon that Iran would not suspend its nuclear activities but he said the Islamic state had no interest in developing nuclear weapons.
  • Iran: Better Transparency Might Boost International Confidence RFE/RL 19 Aug 2005 -- The Iranian resumption of operations at its uranium conversion facility in Isfahan in early August ends what Tehran has always referred to as its "temporary" suspension of nuclear activities.
  • EU says door remains open for Iran for negotiations IRNA 18 Aug 2005 -- The European Union has expressed its "deep concern" over Iran's resumption of activity at the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan but said the door remains open for negotiations.
  • Russian official: Iran's right to use nuclear agency must be recognized IRNA 18 Aug 2005 -- A high ranking Kremlin official emphasized here Wednesday, "Iran's right to take advantage of nuclear power for peaceful purposes must be internationally recognized."
  • University students form human shield around Natanz nuclear site IRNA 17 Aug 2005 -- A number of students from Mashhad University on Wednesday formed human shield around Natanz nuclear site calling for resumption of fuel production under safeguard agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Iran: Kurdish Grievances Remain A Thorny Issue RFE/RL 17 Aug 2005 -- Iran's ministers of the interior, of intelligence and security, and of defense will come to the legislature on 17 August to describe steps they have taken to reestablish order and security in the country's predominantly Kurdish northwestern provinces, according to Fars News Agency on 13 August. Legislators are likely to be disappointed.
  • Moscow Opposes Use Of Force Against Iran RFE/RL 17 Aug 2005 -- Moscow says it opposes the use of force to stop Iran's nuclear program, saying it could have "grave and hardly predictable" consequences.
  • IAEA silent on source of contamination of Iran's centrifuges IRNA 16 Aug 2005 -- While a number of diplomats based at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have declared that the source of contamination of centrifuges in Iran is foreign, officials from the nuclear watchdog agency have refrained from making any comment.
  • Iran Cracks Down On Alleged Separatists RFE/RL 16 Aug 2005 -- Iran announced today that it arrested alleged antigovernment separatists it believes have links to British intelligence services.
  • New Iranian Negotiator Backs Talks On Nuclear Standoff RFE/RL 16 Aug 2005 -- Iran's newly appointed chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, says further talks can resolve its atomic standoff with the West, but insists Tehran will not give up its plans to develop a full nuclear-fuel cycle.
  • Pakistan supports Iran's peaceful N-program IRNA 15 Aug 2005 -- Pakistan has supported Iran's right to pursue its nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
  • UK plays down Bush's military threats against Iran IRNA 15 Aug 2005 -- The British government Monday indicated that it did not want to be drawn into the dispute between the US and Germany over ruling out the use of military action against Iran.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 32 15 August 2005 -- PRESIDENT'S CABINET CHOICES COULD ENCOUNTER RESISTANCE / NUCLEAR DECISION MAKING UNDERGOES CHANGES / IRAN RESUMES SOME NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES / MOSCOW URGES IRAN TO HALT NUCLEAR RESTART / FORMER PRESIDENT TAKES OVER LEFT-WING CLERICS PARTY / AUTHORITIES RAID DISSIDENT JOURNALIST'S HOME / IMPRISONED LAWYER'S FAMILY DENIED ACCESS / IMMIGRANTS AND DIRTY VEGETABLES BEHIND CHOLERA OUTBREAK / SUICIDE BOMBERS GET ENCOURAGEMENT IN IRAN / TEHRAN DENIES INTERFERING IN IRAQ / SYRIAN PRESIDENT VISITS IRAN / RUSSIA-IRAN DISCUSS COUNTERNARCOTICS, FOREIGNERS
  • Iran: President's Hard-Line Cabinet Choice Could Face Resistance RFE/RL 15 Aug 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on 14 August submitted a list of 21 proposed cabinet members to the legislature for approval. Parliament has until 21 August to hold its vote.
  • Iran: Oil Ministry Is The Focus Of Anti-Corruption Bid RFE/RL 15 Aug 2005 -- Iranian conservatives often denounce corruption and cronyism in the state, and newly inaugurated President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad believes he won many votes in June because of his pledge to fight corruption.
  • Hard-Liner Named As Iran's Nuclear Negotiator RFE/RL 15 Aug 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today appointed ultra-conservative Ali Larijani as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.
  • Tehran Warns US Against Military Action Over Iran's Nuclear Program VOA 14 Aug 2005 -- Iran is warning the United States that any military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would backfire. At the same time, Tehran says it will not suspend conversion of uranium ore, days after the International Atomic Energy Agency appealed for the country to halt all nuclear activities
  • Ahmadinejad announces cabinet to Majlis IRNA 14 Aug 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a letter here Sunday morning announced his cabinet to the Majlis.
  • Europe behavior key to Iran future decision: Asefi IRNA 14 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said the the Europeans' behavior in the upcoming days will play a determining role in Iran's future decisions including resumption of nuclear work at Natanz power plant, Isfahan province, central Iran.
  • Biography of Mottaki, nominee for post of foreign minister IRNA 14 Aug 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a letter to Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel here Sunday morning announced list of his 21-member cabinet ministers.
  • Biography of Pour-Mohammadi, nominee for post of interior minister IRNA 14 Aug 2005 -- Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi who has been nominated for the the post of interior minister, was born in 1959 in Qom.
  • Europe's approach effective in Iran's future decision IRNA 14 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said that given that according to Paris agreement, suspension of enrichment process was voluntary, re-starting the uranium conversion facility (UCF) in Isfahan did not violate the document.
  • Biography of Mostafa Mohammad Najar for post of defense minister IRNA 14 Aug 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday introduced member of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Mostafa Mohammad Najar as a nominee for the post of minister of defense and armed forces logistics.
  • Iranian President Names Cabinet Members RFE/RL 14 Aug 2005 -- New Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad named his government today with hard-liners in key ministries.
  • Minister: Iran's policy aims to establish itself as regional power IRNA 13 Aug 2005 -- Defense Minister Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani here Saturday said that Iran pursues a policy that would make itself established as a regional power, quite contrary to the will of others.
  • MP says nuclear talks will continue IRNA 13 Aug 2005 -- Member of Majlis Energy Commission, Hossein Afarideh, said here Saturday that Iran will continue its negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) within the agreed framework, reiterating Iran's inalienable right to access civilian nuclear energy.
  • U.S. Notes Continued IAEA Supervision of Iranian Nuclear Activities Washington File 12 Aug 2005 -- Iran's resumption of its nuclear conversion program is an issue of concern, but National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley welcomes the continued international supervision of its nuclear activities, as well as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's indication that there will be further negotiations on the nuclear issue.
  • Iran Must Halt Uranium Enrichment Activities, State's Ereli Says Washington File 12 Aug 2005 -- If Iran continues to pursue its nuclear activities in defiance of the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the matter should be referred to the U.N. Security Council, according to the State Department's deputy spokesman Adam Ereli.
  • Iran Says No To Compromise On Nuclear Dispute RFE/RL 12 Aug 2005 -- Iran's deputy parliamentary speaker, Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, said today there will be no compromise over the uranium conversion plant at the Isfahan facility.
  • IAEA resolution betrays agency's ability, Nasseri IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator here Thursday said the UN atomic watchdog resolution against Iran betrayed the agency's ability to verify that a peaceful facility remains peaceful.
  • Asefi: IAEA resolution "politically motivated, unacceptable" IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Thursday rejected the UN Atomic watchdog resolution on Iran saying it was "politically motivated" and passed under the pressures of the US and its allies.
  • Iran's statement at IAEA board meeting IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- Sirous Nasseri, a member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team with the European Union troika, Britain, Germany, and France, here Thursday read the statement of the Islamic Republic at the emergency meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • EU urged to continue nuclear talks with Iran IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- Two leading UK dailies Friday called on Britain, France and Germany to continue negotiations with Iran to seek a solution to its nuclear programme.
  • Rafsanjani: IAEA Board resolution on Iran "tyrannical" IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- Tehran's Friday prayers substitute leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday dismissed the Thursday resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors on Iran's peaceful nuclear program as "very tyrannical."
  • Statement criticizes U.S., Europe for discrimination against Iran IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- A group of Tehran Friday prayers worshipers on Friday condemned the discriminatory stance of the US and Europe towards Iran compared to the Zionist regime of Israel, India and Pakistan and denounced the EU3 draft resolution on Iran that was adopted by the UN watchdog on Thursday.
  • UK blames Iran for breakdown in nuclear talks IRNA 12 Aug 2005 -- The British government Friday put onus on Iran to prevent confrontation on its nuclear programme by insisting that it made a "serious mistake" by resuming part of its fuel cycle activities.
  • Team from UN nuclear watchdog to go to Iran to discuss outstanding issues UN News Centre 12 Aug 2005 -- team from the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons is set to go to Iran today to discuss outstanding issues dealing with safeguards, contamination and the extent of the country's uranium enrichment programme.
  • Iran: IAEA Board Urges Iran To Halt Nuclear Work, Requests Agency Report RFE/RL 12 Aug 2005 -- The board of the UN's nuclear agency has called on Iran to stop the uranium conversion work it resumed earlier this week, expressing "serious concern."
  • IAEA Board Demands Iran Halt Nuclear Fuel Processing VOA 11 Aug 2005 -- The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna has unanimously approved a resolution calling on Iran to resume a freeze on its nuclear activities following Iran's resumption earlier this week of a program that many in the West suspect is aimed at building an atomic bomb
  • Bush Praises IAEA Resolution on Iran VOA 11 Aug 2005 -- President Bush is welcoming a resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency demanding that Iran suspend nuclear fuel activities it resumed earlier this week
  • Iran's envoy: Iran not to abandon right to nuclear power IRNA 11 Aug 2005 -- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Envoy to International Organizations located in Vienna Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh repeated once more right of all countries, including Iran, to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding, "Iran would never ignore its right."
  • Fleming: UNSC Referral of Iran's nuclear dossier unlikely IRNA 11 Aug 2005 -- Spokeswoman of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Melissa Fleming here Thursday announced that under the present conditions, despite resumption of nuclear activities by Iran, the relevant dossier is unlikely to be referred to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
  • Envoy: EU resolution not to improve atmosphere of nuclear talks IRNA 11 Aug 2005 -- Iran's Envoy and Permanent Representative to Vienna-based international organizations Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh said that possible approval of EU resolution against Iran in the emergency meeting of the UN watchdog Board of Governors will not help improve the atmosphere of the nuclear negotiations.
  • NAM group: EU resolution registration at IAEA unlawful IRNA 11 Aug 2005 -- A diplomat from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors NAM group here Thursday dismissed the Europeans' measure to register their proposed resolution at the agency's secretariat as unusual and against its internal regulations.
  • EU3 Draft resolution submitted to IAEA Board of Governors IRNA 11 Aug 2005 -- The draft resolution drawn up by the three European states of Germany, France and Britain was submitted to the UN watchdog on Wednesday.
  • Asefi: IAEA resolution "politically motivated, unacceptable" IRNA 11 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Thursday rejected the UN Atomic watchdog resolution on Iran saying it was "politically motivated" and passed under the pressures of the US and its allies.
  • IAEA Adopts Resolution On Iranian Nuclear Freeze RFE/RL 11 Aug 2005 -- The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, today adopted a resolution expressing "serious concern" at Iran's resumption of uranium conversion.
  • UN nuclear watchdog urges Iran to reverse decision resuming uranium conversion UN News Centre 11 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons today called on Iran to reverse its decision to resume uranium conversion activities, noting that outstanding issues relating to the country's nuclear programme have yet to be resolved.
  • IAEA Resolution Urges Iran To Halt Nuclear Activities Washington File 11 Aug 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution August 11 calling on Iran to halt all nuclear reprocessing activities.
  • UN Nuclear Agency Debates Resolution Expressing Concern Over Iran VOA 11 Aug 2005 -- A draft resolution submitted on behalf of the European Union to the International Atomic Energy Agency expresses concern over Iran's resumption of its nuclear program
  • IAEA Resolution Expresses 'Serious Concern' Over Iran's Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 11 Aug 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is continuing an emergency meeting today to discuss Iran's resumption of work at a uranium-conversion facility near the city of Isfahan.
  • IAEA Draft Resolution Demands Iran Resume Nuclear Freeze RFE/RL 11 Aug 2005 -- News agencies report a draft resolution being discussed by diplomats at the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demands that Iran resume the full suspension of all nuclear-fuel-related activities.
  • IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: 'A SERIOUS CRISIS' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 10 Aug 2005
  • Annan says he has indications Iran and Europeans ready to continue nuclear talks UN News Centre 10 Aug 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he had received indications from both Iran and European negotiators that they would continue their search for a solution to the oil producer's nuclear programme, which some countries, including the United States, see as an effort to produce nuclear weapons.
  • Asefi calls on US to admit consequences of its blunders in Iraq IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Wednesday refuted the remarks of US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and called upon US administration to admit the consequences of its blunders in Iraq and avoid raising baseless charges against others.
  • Iran Denies U.S. Claims About Arms Smuggling RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- Iran today rejected charges by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that Iranian arms were being smuggled to insurgents into Iraq.
  • Iran Taking Nuclear Gamble, Analysts Say VOA 10 Aug 2005 -- By restarting a uranium conversion facility, Iran is risking incurring international action, including possible sanctions. But how big a risk is Iran really taking?
  • U.S. Says Nuclear Steps Increase Iran's Self-Isolation VOA 10 Aug 2005 -- The United States says Iran is only further isolating itself with its nuclear decisions, the latest being Wednesday's removal of U.N. inspectors' seals at its Isfahan uranium plant
  • Iran will not accept precondition for talks with EU: Nasseri IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- An Iranian nuclear negotiator here Tuesday voiced Iran's readiness to continue negotiations with the European Union without any preconditions.
  • NAM calls for resumption of Iran-EU talks IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states called on Iran and the European Union (EU) to continue negotiations and reach an acceptable and durable solution to Iran's nuclear program.
  • UN atomic watchdog meets on Iran's nuclear program IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons met Tuesday to discuss Iran's nuclear program, a day after the major oil producer restarted activities at a uranium conversion plant, with its chief hoping the present problem is "simply a hiccup in the process and not a permanent rupture."
  • IAEA Board of Governors cancels emergency meeting on Iran IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors has cancelled its emergency meeting on Wednesday due to continuing rows among member states.
  • MP warns EU3 of continuation of their approach to Iran's nuclear case IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, here Wednesday said continuation of the strategy the EU troika has adopted on Iran's nuclear case would have adverse impacts on bilateral relations.
  • Fleming: IAEA surveillance equipment starts operation in Isfahan's UCF IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- The surveillance cameras and equipment of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started operation in the Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF) of Isfahan Wednesday afternoon.
  • Asefi terms Europe's call for UCF suspension "illogical, selfish" IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Wednesday termed the calls by different European officials for suspension of activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) as "illogical and selfish".
  • Seal of Isfahan UCF broken Wednesday afternoon IRNA 10 Aug 2005 -- The seal of part of the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) at Isfahan Nuclear Fuel Research and Production Center where Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6) is produced was broken on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Iran Removes Seals At Nuclear Plant RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- Iran has removed the seals on equipment at its uranium-conversion facility in Isfahan, allowing the plant to return to full capacity.
  • Iranian Minister Refutes Claims Of Weapons Smuggling To Iraq RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr said today that reports of roadside bombs being smuggled into Iraq from Iran are exaggerated.
  • Iraq: U.S. Charges Iran With Sending Arms Across Border RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says coalition forces have unambiguous evidence that weapons and bombs are being sent across the border from Iran into Iraq
  • Russia: Moscow Urges Iran To Halt Nuclear Restart RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has urged Iran to immediately halt its work on uranium conversion and continue its close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • IAEA Postpones Meeting On Iran RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- The UN atomic agency has cancelled a planned formal meeting today on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran Clear To Proceed With Nuclear Work RFE/RL 10 Aug 2005 -- Iran today is clear to resume controversial nuclear work leading to the enrichment of uranium, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) removes all seals preventing work there.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 31 09 Aug 2005 -- IRAN GETS NEW PRESIDENT / AMERICA IS AT AHMADINEJAD'S CONFIRMATION / WOMEN WEIGH KHATAMI'S LEGACY ON GENDER ISSUES / KHATAMI RECEIVES MIXED MARKS FOR HIS ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL LEGACIES / HUNGER STRIKER REFUSES MEDICAL TREATMENT / LAWYER JAILED FOR DISCUSSING SPY DOSSIERS / VIOLENCE ROCKS TEHRAN / KURDISH UNREST IN IRAN SPREADS / IRAN RECEIVES LEBANESE HIZBALLAH'S LEADER, THEN SYRIA'S / IRAN COMMENTS ON CENTRAL ASIAN DEVELOPMENTS / BAGHDAD COMPLAINS ABOUT INFILTRATORS FROM IRAN / NEW COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN IRAQ AND IRAN / ISRAEL ADJUSTS IRANIAN NUCLEAR ESTIMATE / EUROPEAN NUCLEAR OFFER DEEMED UNACCEPTABLE / WORK AT BUSHEHR NUCLEAR PLANT ACCELERATES / NOTE TO READERS
  • UN atomic watchdog agency meets on Iran's nuclear programme UN News Centre 09 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons met today to discuss Iran's nuclear programme, a day after the major oil producer re-started activities at a uranium conversion plant, with its chief hoping the present problem is "simply a hiccup in the process and not a permanent rupture."
  • Pentagon Says Iran Not Stopping Weapons Trafficking VOA 09 Aug 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has criticized the Iranian government, saying it is not stopping the flow of weapons across its border into Iraq
  • Bush "Deeply Suspicious" of Iranian Nuclear Ambitions VOA 09 Aug 2005 -- President Bush is expressing renewed concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions one day after Tehran resumed nuclear fuel-related activities
  • Energy minister stresses using nuclear-generated electricity IRNA 09 Aug 2005 -- Energy minister Habibollah Bitaraf said here Monday that links to transfer Bushehr nuclear powerplant's-generated electricity to the nation-wide grid has started.
  • EU to change text of proposed resolution to IAEA on Iran IRNA 09 Aug 2005 -- The European Union (EU) announced Monday its decision to change the text of a resolution draft it had earlier in the day presented to UN nuclear watchdog members on Iran's nuclear programs.
  • Iran re-starts uranium conversion plant before UN completes surveillance tests IRNA 09 Aug 2005 -- Iran re-started activities at a uranium conversion plant Monday following the installation of surveillance cameras by the United Nations atomic watchdog but "regrettably" prior to completion of their testing, the agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons reported.
  • Defense minister: Iran faces no military threat IRNA 09 Aug 2005 -- Minister of Defense Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said here Tuesday that following resumption of nuclear activities, Iran faces no military threat.
  • ElBaradei: Member states entitled to produce fuel under safeguard IRNA 09 Aug 2005 -- Uranium enrichment and setting up fuel cycle by respecting safeguard agreement of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the right of every member state including Iran, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said on Tuesday.
  • Amid Tough Words, Iranian And U.S. Presidents Back More Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 09 Aug 2005 -- The presidents of the United States and Iran have delivered tough messages in connection with Tehran's resumption of some nuclear activities
  • Bush Says U.S. Will Work with Europe to Defuse Iranian Nuclear Issue Washington File 09 Aug 2005 -- President Bush says the United States will work with Britain, France and Germany -- known as the EU-3 when dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue -- to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.
  • Iran: Nuclear Decision Making Undergoes Changes RFE/RL 09 Aug 2005 -- Recent announcements from Tehran about new President Mahmud Ahmadinejad making personnel changes in the Supreme National Security Council and the Foreign Ministry raise questions about the future of the country's international relations
  • IAEA To Remove Seals At Iranian Nuclear Plant RFE/RL 09 Aug 2005 -- Iranian officials said today that the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has told Tehran it will remove the seals at a section of the Isfahan nuclear facility before tomorrow afternoon.
  • Iranian President Open To Nuclear Talks Despite 'Insult' RFE/RL 09 Aug 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said today that he is still prepared to negotiate with the European Union despite an offer from the bloc that the newly inaugurated leader described as "an insult."
  • IAEA Meets to Discuss Iran's Resumption of Nuclear Activity VOA 09 Aug 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency is holding an emergency meeting in Vienna to discuss Iran's resumption of nuclear fuel cycle activity
  • IAEA Begins Emergency Session On Iran RFE/RL 09 Aug 2005 -- The 35-member governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun an emergency meeting following Iran's partial resumption yesterday of sensitive nuclear activities at a uranium-conversion facility near Isfahan.
  • Iran re-starts uranium conversion plant before UN completes surveillance tests UN News Centre 08 Aug 2005 -- Iran re-started activities at a uranium conversion plant today following the installation of surveillance cameras by the United Nations atomic watchdog but "regrettably" prior to completion of their testing, the agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons reported.
  • US "Shares Concern" of Europeans over Iranian Nuclear Moves VOA 08 Aug 2005 -- The United States said Monday it shares European concerns over Iran's resumption of work at a uranium conversion plant.
  • US Considers Visa Request from New Iranian President VOA 08 Aug 2005 -- The Bush administration said Monday it was considering whether to grant a visa request by Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York next month.
  • Rafsanjani: Iran to resume nuclear activities in Isfahan IRNA 08 Aug 2005 -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with the visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad here Monday referred to Iran's firm determination to defend people's rights for access to peaceful application of nuclear energy and hoped that the West will be realistic in approaching the issue.
  • Asefi: Iran officially rejects EU3 proposal as unacceptable IRNA 08 Aug 2005 -- Iran has officially informed the three European countries (Britain, France and Germany) that their proposal on the country's nuclear program was unacceptable to Tehran, said an Iranian official on Monday.
  • Emergency NAM meeting on Iran ends, no decision adopted IRNA 08 Aug 2005 -- An emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear programs ended here Monday evening behind closed doors without adopting a final decision.
  • U.S. Will Work with International Community on Iran Nuclear Issue Washington File 08 Aug 2005 -- The United States will consult with Britain, France, Germany, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other members of the international community about how to deal with Iran's decision to end its suspension of uranium enrichment, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said August 8.
  • Iran/Iraq: Renewed Speculation About Tehran And Instability In Iraq RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- "[O]ne of the biggest one-week death tolls for U.S. forces in Iraq and a continuing surge in killings of Iraqi forces and civilians showed that the insurgency is increasing its lethality and expanding its scope," "The Washington Post" reported on 7 August, citing U.S. and Iraqi officials and casualty counts.
  • Iran Resumes Some Suspended Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- Iranian officials announced today that the country has resumed nuclear work at its uranium-conversion facility in Isfahan despite international efforts to head off the move that include threats to seek sanctions with the UN Security Council.
  • Iran Names New Nuclear Negotiator RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- Iran's official IRNA news agency said today that former state broadcasting head Ali Larijani will replace Hojatoleslam Hassan Rohani as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.
  • UN Inspectors Working At Iranian Facility RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived today at a uranium-conversion facility near Isfahan to install needed equipment to oversee the Islamic republic's resumption of nuclear activities there.
  • UN Officials Arrive At Iran's Nuclear Plant RFE/RL 08 Aug 2005 -- Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are today reportedly at a controversial Iranian plant used for converting uranium to oversee the Islamic republic's resumption of nuclear activities.
  • Iran to respond to Europe Monday: Asefi IRNA 07 Aug 2005 -- Iran is working on its response to the European proposal on Iran's nuclear dossier and will submit it on Monday, said a senior Iranian official Sunday.
  • Asefi recommends US not to make "big mistake" IRNA 07 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Sunday recommended the United States not to make a "big mistake" by may-be denial of visa to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
  • EU-3 proposal does not recognize Iran's rights: Majlis speaker IRNA 07 Aug 2005 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said here Sunday the EU-3 proposal does not safeguard Iran's rights.
  • Monday, deadline to unseal Isfahan's UCF: Mottaki IRNA 07 Aug 2005 -- The UN watchdog should unseal Isfahan uranium conversion facility (UCF) until the end of Monday, said MP Manouchehr Mottaki on Sunday.
  • Majlis Speaker: We expect logical words from EU IRNA 07 Aug 2005 -- Majlis Speaker Golam-Ali Haddad Adel said on Sunday that Islamic Republic of Iran has logical approach to nuclear program and expects logical words from the European Union.
  • President Ahmadinejad to take oath IRNA 06 Aug 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony at the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) is to take the oath of office as the sixth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Europeans proposal unacceptable: Asefi IRNA 06 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said here Saturday Iran will not accept the Europeans' proposed package on nuclear dossier.
  • France still interested in nuclear talks with Iran IRNA 06 Aug 2005 -- French Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Cecile Pozzo di Borgo here Friday stressed his country's willingness to continue nuclear talks with Iran.
  • Iran Rejects Nuclear Compromise VOA 06 Aug 2005 -- Iran has rejected a European incentive package designed to end the standoff on its controversial nuclear program.
  • Iran Rejects Latest EU Nuclear Proposals RFE/RL 06 Aug 2005 -- Iran has rejected the European Union's latest offer to provide incentives in exchange for suspension of Iran's nuclear development programs.
  • Iran's New President Vows To Resist Foreign Pressure RFE/RL 06 Aug 2005 -- Iran's new hard-line president took office today vowing not to give in to foreign pressure amid a looming international crisis over Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Protests Erupt in Kurdish Areas of Iran VOA 05 Aug 2005 -- Iranian Kurds are reported to have staged several protest demonstrations in the past several weeks
  • US Urges Iran to Accept EU Nuclear Proposal VOA 05 Aug 2005 -- The United States is urging Iran to accept the European Union proposal on its nuclear program, and to avoid violations of last November's Paris accord freezing its uranium-enrichment activities.
  • IAEA Calls Special Session on Iran's Nuclear Plans VOA 05 Aug 2005 -- The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday it will hold an emergency executive meeting next week to persuade Iran to continue negotiations with European powers on an incentive package aimed at getting Iran to halt some of its nuclear activities.
  • EU offers Iran nuclear, security, energy cooperation package IRNA 05 Aug 2005 -- Britain, France and Germany submitted proposals to Iran Friday to assist with the country's civilian nuclear program providing it accepted that it would not exercise its right to develop its own fuel cycle.
  • UN nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors to meet on Iran on Tuesday UN News Centre 05 Aug 2005 -- The Board of Governors of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons will meet on Tuesday at the request of European countries to discuss latest developments following Iran's announcement that it will resume activities at a uranium conversion plant, it was announced today.
  • Iran To Respond To New EU Proposals Within Two Days RFE/RL 05 Aug 2005 -- Iran says it will respond within two days to new European proposals aimed at ending a long-running standoff over its nuclear program.
  • EU Submits Offer To End Nuclear Standoff RFE/RL 05 Aug 2005 -- Britain, France and Germany -- the so-called EU-3 -- on 5 August submitted a package of proposals to Iran for economic and political cooperation aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon all nuclear activities, including uranium enrichment, which might be used to make nuclear weapons
  • Iran: Defending The Islamic Revolution -- The Corps Of The Matter RFE/RL 05 Aug 2005 -- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), created in May 1979 as an ideological force to defend Iran's fledgling Islamic regime, now stands poised to strengthen its political and military clout.
  • IAEA To Discuss Iran Nuclear Issue RFE/RL 05 Aug 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency is to meet on 9 August to discuss Iran's threats to resume its nuclear activities.
  • Iran eager to resume uranium enrichment within talks framework IRNA 04 Aug 2005 -- A senior Iranian official here Wednesday stressed Iran's strong resolve to resume its uranium enrichment activities within the framework of talks with the EU-3.
  • IAEA chief asked to act immediately IRNA 04 Aug 2005 -- An Iranian official called on the UN nuclear watchdog to probe into the unsealing of Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility and issue order for immediate action.
  • Towfiqi: Mesbah satellite, beginning of of advanced technology IRNA 04 Aug 2005 -- Minister of Science, Research and Technology Jaafar Towfiqi said in the unveiling ceremony of Mesbah satellite on Thursday that manufacturing of Mesbah satellite will be a jumpstart for advancement of national science and technology.
  • Iran: Khatami Receives Mixed Marks For His Economic And Political Legacies RFE/RL 04 Aug 2005 -- In the final days of his presidency, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. During that meeting, Khatami discussed what he saw as the accomplishments of his administration during his two terms in office (1997-2001 and 2001-2005).
  • IRAN: ITS ULTIMATUM IS 'DISRUPTIVE' AND 'UNDERMINES' EU-3 EFFORTS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 03 Aug 2005
  • Ex-president Khatami explains Iran's decision on nuclear program IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- Former President Mohammad Khatami said on Tuesday that suspension of nuclear program had been a voluntary action from Iran for confidence building with international community
  • Annan urges Iran not to resume nuclear activities before receiving European plan IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday called on Iran not to restart its nuclear activities before receiving the latest European proposals
  • Experts propose Iran-EU3 negotiations to be reviewed IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- Head of Majlis Research Center and MP from Tehran, Ahmad Tavakkoli here Wednesday said that the experts attending the nuclear technology conference proposed to review the process of Iran-EU3 negotiations.
  • British diplomat: EU3 to submit its proposal on schedule IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- First Secretary of the British embassy in Tehran Andrew Dan said here Wednesday that the three European states of Britain, France and Germany will submit their proposal in Geneva on schedule and within the framework of Paris agreement.
  • Ahmadinejad's presidential term starts IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- The four-year presidential term of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started here Wednesday after his decree was confirmed by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
  • Ahmadinejad calls for WMDs elimination IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Wednesday appealed for an end to all weapons threatening the world's security, including weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons used by the hegemonic powers.
  • Ahmadinejad stresses justice, peace, defense of citizens' right IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Wednesday emphasized on justice, peace, and defending the rights of citizens as his priorities as the 6th president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Supreme Leader: Presidential election disillusioned Great Satan IRNA 03 Aug 2005 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Wednesday the ninth presidential elections dealt a "blow in the face of enemies" and "disillusioned the Great Satan" once again.
  • UN watchdog warns Iran against nuclear activities pending enhanced surveillance UN News Centre 03 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons today again called on Iran not to resume any uranium activities pending the installation of surveillance equipment by the middle of next week.
  • Iran Pushes Back Nuclear Deadline RFE/RL 03 Aug 2005 -- Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said today that Tehran has decided to push back by a few days a deadline for resuming its uranium-enrichment activities.
  • New Iranian President Takes Office RFE/RL 03 Aug 2005 -- Mahmud Ahmadinejad was formally installed as Iran's new president today. He still must take an oath of office in parliament on 6 August before his term officially begins.
  • Iran: Ahmadinejad Takes Reins As Khatami's Term Ends RFE/RL 03 Aug 2005 -- The tenure of Iran's pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami ended today as his successor Mahmud Ahmadinejad was formally installed as president
  • UN Asks Iran To Wait Before Restarting Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 03 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations nuclear agency today asked Iran to wait a week before restarting its uranium conversion activities, but Iran says that would be unacceptable.
  • Aghamohammadi: Decision to break Isfahan complex's seal made by heads of system (Part 1) IRNA 02 Aug 2005 -- Head of Propagation and Information Committee of the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) emphasized in an interview with IRNA here Monday, "Iran's decision to resume nuclear activities at Isfahan Nuclear Complex is a national decision adopted by the system's top officials in the presence of the Supreme Leader."
  • Aghamohammadi: Decision to break Isfahan complex's seal made by heads of system (Part II) IRNA 02 Aug 2005 -- The Head of Propagation and Information Committee of the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said here Monday evening that continuation of talks with the EU is the best option ahead for Iran.
  • UN urges Tehran to continue nuclear negotiations with EU IRNA 02 Aug 2005 -- Spokesman for UN Secretary General said here Monday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has asked Iran to continue with its nuclear negotiations with the European troika of Britain, Germany, and France.
  • Iran asked to wait for additional surveillance equipment IRNA 02 Aug 2005 -- The UN nuclear watchdog Monday called on Iran o wait for the installation of additional surveillance equipment at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility before resuming activities there.
  • Aqa-Mohammadi: Iran to continue nuclear talks with Europe IRNA 02 Aug 2005 -- Iran is determined to resume activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility, said a top Iranian national security official to IRNA Tuesday.
  • President Khatami's second term in office ends today IRNA 02 Aug 2005 -- Mohammad Khatami's tenure as Iran's president will end today, Tuesday August 2, 2005.
  • Iran Rejects Europe's Warnings Over Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 02 Aug 2005 -- Iran today rejected warnings from the European Union against resuming its uranium-enrichment activities, saying it would never abandon what it called its "legitimate rights."
  • Annan urges Iran not to resume nuclear activities before receiving European plan UN News Centre 02 Aug 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Iran not to restart its nuclear activities before receiving the latest European proposals aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to the issue arising out of Tehran's two decades-long concealment of its nuclear activities in breach of its treaty obligations.
  • IAEA Asks Iran To Delay Nuclear Restart RFE/RL 02 Aug 2005 -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammad el-Baradei has asked Iran to delay the reopening of its nuclear processing plant, to allow time for inspectors to observe the breaking of UN seals.
  • French Premier Says Iran Issue Should Go To UN RFE/RL 02 Aug 2005 -- France's prime minister today said that Iran should face the UN Security Council if it resumes its suspended nuclear activities.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 30 02 Aug 2005 -- A CABINET POSITION IS NOT ENOUGH FOR SOME / VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN KURDISH REGIONS / PORTION OF EASTERN IRAN QUARANTINED / TEHRAN DEFENDS ITS HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD / SKEPTICISM ABOUT SIGNIFICANCE OF REPORT ON IRANIAN PRISONS / CLERICS CALL FOR JOURNALIST'S RELEASE / IRANIANS ARRESTED FOR INTERNATIONAL DRUG ACTIVITIES / IRAN THREATENED BY DRUGS AND AIDS / TEHRAN AND BERLIN BEGIN WAR OF WORDS / IRAN ALLEGEDLY PURCHASING NUCLEAR-WEAPON PARTS / KHATAMI SAYS URANIUM CONVERSION TO BEGIN / IRANIAN NUCLEAR PLANS WORRY FRANCE / WASHINGTON SHARES IRANIAN MISSILE DATA WITH IAEA / IRANIAN SATELLITE LAUNCH ANNOUNCED / IRAN AND UKRAINE SIGN GAS-PIPELINE MEMORANDUM / IRAN STRUGGLES TO PUSH AHEAD WITH INDIA PIPELINE
  • UN atomic watchdog urges calls on Iran not to undermine its nuclear inspections UN News Centre 01 Aug 2005 -- The United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons today called on Iran to continue negotiating with the European Union (EU) and not take any action that could undermine agency inspections following its decision to resume uranium conversion as of today.
  • EU Urges Iran Not to Resume Suspended Nuclear Activities VOA 01 Aug 2005 -- The European Union is urging Iran not to resume uranium processing, which western countries believe could help the Islamic Republic develop a nuclear bomb
  • Iran: Tehran Issues New Nuclear Deadline RFE/RL 01 Aug 2005 -- Iran said earlier today that it would wait until this afternoon to receive fresh European proposals for resolving the dispute over Tehran's controversial nuclear program
  • Iran: Europeans Urge Iran Not To Jeopardize Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 01 Aug 2005 -- The European Commission today warned that the resumption of nuclear activities by Iran would jeopardize talks aimed at enhancing trade and improving political ties
  • Iran Says IAEA Preparing To Monitor Nuclear Restart RFE/RL 01 Aug 2005 -- Iran says UN nuclear inspectors tonight have begun installing monitoring equipment at a nuclear plant in Isfahan, in central Iran, to prepare for the country's resumption of uranium reprocessing.
  • IAEA Confirms Iran To Resume Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 01 Aug 2005 -- The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed today that it has received a letter from Iran announcing its official intention to resume some nuclear activities.
  • IAEA Says Tehran's Nuclear Plans Threaten Inspections VOA 01 Aug 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency is calling for Iran to defer resuming work on parts of its nuclear program that could be used to make atomic weapons
  • Iran to remove seals of UCF in Isfahan under IAEA supervision IRNA 01 Aug 2005 -- Spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Aqamohammadi said here Monday that the seals of the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan will be removed on Monday under full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts.
  • Asefi: Deadline for Europeans to submit proposal expires today IRNA 01 Aug 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said that Monday is the last day of deadline set by the Islamic Republic of Iran for the EU-3 to submit their proposals.
  • Iran submits letter to IAEA IRNA 01 Aug 2005 -- Iran handed over a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on resumption of the activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF), a senior official told IRNA.
  • Iran Extends Deadline For EU Nuclear Proposals RFE/RL 01 Aug 2005 -- Iran says it has extended by one day its deadline for the European Union to submit proposals to solve a diplomatic impasse over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.



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