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October 2005 Iran Special Weapons News



  • Pakistan cannot afford more US confrontations with Iran: Musharraf IRNA 31 Oct 2005 -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is opposed to confrontations by the United States with Iran, saying Islamabad cannot afford more fronts against Islamic countries.
  • Iran to continue nuclear work at UCF: President IRNA 30 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Sunday stressed the government's support for continuation of nuclear activities at Isfahan's Uranium Conversion Facility, saying Iran will continue work at UCF.
  • Speaker: Israel is symbol of disrespect for UN IRNA 30 Oct 2005 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Sunday that Israel is the symbol of disrespect for the United Nations.
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Not Return To Nuclear Freeze RFE/RL 30 Oct 2005 -- Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Not Return To Nuclear Freeze
  • Iranian President Says Anti-Israel Stance is Not New VOA 30 Oct 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his recent comments that Israel should be "wiped off the map" reflect Iran's long-standing policy and do not mark a change in its position.
  • Foreign ministry issues statement on US, Israeli threats against Iran IRNA 29 Oct 2005 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement here Saturday on the renewed threats hurled by US and Zionist regime officials against Iran, and asked the UN Security Council to act on such threats with appropriate measures.
  • Iran Says It Has No Intention To Attack Israel RFE/RL 29 Oct 2005 -- Iran said today that it stood by its commitments under the UN Charter and would not use force against any country, nor threaten to do so.
  • Iran: Officials Say No Bird Flu RFE/RL 29 Oct 2005 -- With no confirmed reports of an outbreak of bird flu in Iran, Iranian officials believe the country is free so far of a virus potentially fatal to humans.
  • India will work with China and Russia for solution on Iran IRNA 28 Oct 2005 -- India will now work with China and russia, as well as the European Union, to reach a "mutually acceptable solution" on Iran before the November meeting of the IAEA board of governors in vienna.
  • Israel Demands UN Action on Iranian Threat VOA 28 Oct 2005 -- Israel is calling for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the Iranian president's call for the destruction of the Jewish state.
  • Iran's President Rejects International Criticism VOA 28 Oct 2005 -- Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said he is standing by his controversial call for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
  • Iranian Minister Says Israel Illegitimate RFE/RL 28 Oct 2005 -- Iran's foreign minister has reiterated that the rulers of the Islamic republic believe Israel is illegitimate and should be eliminated.
  • Iranian President Joins Anti-Israel Demonstrations RFE/RL 28 Oct 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad joined thousands of people who took part in state-organized anti-Israel rallies in Tehran today.
  • Iran: Qods Day Brings Out Anti-Israeli Sentiments RFE/RL 28 Oct 2005 -- "I have been notifying the Muslims of the danger posed by the usurper Israel," Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of Iran's Islamic Revolution, said in a 7 August 1979 announcement.
  • Iranian President Stands By Calls For Israel's Destruction VOA 28 Oct 2005 -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed international condemnation of his call for Israel to be "wiped off the map", saying his controversial remarks were "right and just."
  • Iran Once Again Shows Its True Colors With President's Call for Israel's Destruction Anti-Defamation League 27 Oct 2005 -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned "in the harshest terms" the remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel's destruction, while welcoming the statements of those world leaders who denounced his words.
  • Mullahs' President calls for Crusader War National Council of Resistance of Iran 27 Oct 2005 -- Speaking at a seminar entitled "World without Zionism," yesterday, the mullahs' President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad beat the drums of war against the international community.
  • Key to resumption of nuclear talks in hands of Moscow: daily IRNA 27 Oct 2005 -- Nuclear talks between the European Union and Iran have been in a limbo since the September 24 resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finding Iran in violation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said `Iran Daily' in its Perspective column on Thursday.
  • First VP: Nuclear technology can pave the way for new scientific developments IRNA 27 Oct 2005 -- First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi said that access of Iranian youth to nuclear technology, which can pave the way for new scientific developments, is a turning point in the nation's history.
  • Iran launches its first satellite IRNA 27 Oct 2005 -- The first Iranian satellite made in cooperation with Russia was launched from Polstesk space base in Murmansk province in northwestern Russia at 10:52 local time on Thursday.
  • Annan voices dismay at remarks about Israel attributed to Iranian president UN News Centre 27 Oct 2005 -- Voicing dismay at remarks attributed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the right of all States in the Middle East to live in peace will now top the agenda of his upcoming visit to Iran.
  • EU Leaders Condemn Iranian Call to 'Wipe Out' Israel VOA 27 Oct 2005 -- European Union leaders meeting at a summit outside London have sharply condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after he called for the obliteration of Israel.
  • Ahmadinejad's Israel Comment Triggers Outrage RFE/RL 27 Oct 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to be destroyed has triggered widespread outrage among the international community.
  • Iran: President Says Israel Should Be 'Wiped Off Map' RFE/RL 27 Oct 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map" has triggered a sharp international response and widespread condemnation.
  • Israel Calls for Iran's Expulsion from UN VOA 27 Oct 2005 -- Israeli officials say Iran should be expelled from the United Nations, following comments made by Iran's president that Israel should be - in his words - "wiped off the map.
  • World Cannot Ignore Iranian Vow to Destroy Israel American Jewish Committee 26 Oct 2005 -- The American Jewish Committee urges world leaders to pay careful attention to what took place in Tehran earlier today.
  • Davoudi: Iran ready to negotiate on equal footing with EU3 IRNA 26 Oct 2005 -- First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi said here Wednesday, "Iran is ready to negotiate on equal terms with all member states of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including UK, Germany and France about Iran's peaceful nuclear program".
  • Israel Says Iran A 'Clear and Present Danger' RFE/RL 26 Oct 2005 -- Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom says Israel regards Iran as -- in his words -- a "clear and present" danger.
  • Iranian President Calls for Israel's Destruction VOA 26 Oct 2005 -- Iran's hard-line president has called for the destruction of Israel and warned Muslim nations who recognize the Jewish state that they will be forever disgraced.
  • White House Criticizes Iranian President Over Israel Comment VOA 26 Oct 2005 -- The White House is criticizing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for the destruction of Israel.
  • Ahmadinejad, Putin stress political resolution of nuclear issue IRNA 26 Oct 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Tuesday night stressed the importance of resolving the Iran nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other political channels.
  • Asefi: Bush's anti-Iran claims a blame game IRNA 26 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Wednesday dismissed as 'blame game' the claims made by US President George W Bush at a US airbase.
  • Ahmadinejad: Supporters of Israel will face wrath of Islamic ummah IRNA 26 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned countries or leaders who have taken measures to acknowledge the Zionist regime under pressure or due to lack of sound understanding that they will be confronted with the wrath of the Islamic ummah and will forever be disgraced.
  • Ahmadinejad: Zionist regime bent on countering world of Islam IRNA 26 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday that establishment of the Zionist regime was a move by the world hegemonic system and arrogant powers against the world of Islam.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 42 26 October 2005 -- IRAQI KURDS WANT IRANIAN OPPOSITION LEADER TRIED / TEHRAN DEMANDS JUSTICE IN HUSSEIN TRIAL / TEHRAN AIRS ITS GRIEVANCES AGAINST HUSSEIN / IRANIAN AID ARRIVES IN IRAQ / TEHRAN UNINTERESTED IN TALKS WITH WASHINGTON / BOMBINGS IN SOUTHWEST BLAMED ON USUAL SUSPECT / IRANIANS CLAIM TO FOIL ANOTHER BOMBING ATTEMPT / BRITISH DIPLOMAT SUMMONED AFTER BOMBINGS IN IRAN / IRANIANS UNHAPPY WITH ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN / INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION CRITICIZES IRAN / IRAN FARES POORLY ON PRESS FREEDOM LIST / HARD-LINERS STRENGTHEN HOLD ON MEDIA / BLOGGER RECEIVES JAIL SENTENCE / IRANIAN KURDISH JOURNALIST SENTENCED TO JAIL / THEMATIC ART CONTEST TO TAKE PLACE IN IRAN / UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STAGE PROTEST / SMUGGLERS COMPLAIN ABOUT ECONOMY / NEW OFFICIALS APPOINTED TO SUPREME NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL / TEHRAN SEES NO NEED FOR REFERRAL TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL / REPORTS OF RETALIATORY IRANIAN TRADE EMBARGO
  • EU sources: Russia can help in breaking current EU-Iran impasse IRNA 24 Oct 2005 -- Russia is well poised to play a crucial mediator's role in breaking the current deadlock in nuclear negotiations between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to EU sources in Brussels.
  • Iran's nuclear dossier to be merely assessed by IAEA IRNA 24 Oct 2005 -- The foreign ministers of Iran and Russia, addressing a joint press conference after their two-hour meeting in Moscow Monday, underlined that Iran's nuclear issue can merely be examined within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations.
  • Iran Courting Foreign Participation In Nuclear Program REF/RL 24 Oct 2005 -- Iran has reportedly taken steps to allow foreign countries and companies to take part in its nuclear program.
  • Iranian, Russian Ministers Meet For Nuclear Talks REF/RL 24 Oct 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Mottaki today in Moscow to try defuse the crisis over Tehran's nuclear weapons program.
  • South Africa endeavors to halt referral of nuclear dossier to SC IRNA 23 Oct 2005 -- South African Ambassador to Tehran Yousof Malouji in a meeting with Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel here Sunday said that his country would do its best to halt referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
  • Ahmadinejad: Current trend of nuclear issue detrimental to national security IRNA 23 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Saturday that the ruling system has concluded that the current trend f developments in Iran's nuclear program is detrimental to the national security.
  • Iran: Conservatives And Reformers Speak Of Coalitions RFE/RL 21 Oct 2005 -- The Coordinating Council of Revolutionary Forces, an umbrella organization of 15 conservative groups, is to be forged into a political party to support President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, "Sharq" reported on 6 October, adding that the party leader is Ali Larijani, currently Iran's ranking nuclear diplomat.
  • Supreme Leader: Iran will not give in to US bullying on nuclear issue IRNA 21 Oct 2005 -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Friday reiterated Iran's inalienable right to have access to peaceful nuclear energy and said Iranian people will under no circumstances surrender to US bullying and arrogance.
  • Rice: Iran lets insurgents cross its border into Iraq IRNA 20 Oct 2005 -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington Wednesday accused Iran and Syria of letting "insurgents" across their borders to join their "comrades" in Iraq.
  • U.S.: Rice Doesn't Rule Out Armed Action Against Iran, Syria RFE/RL 20 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified before Congress yesterday that President George W. Bush has not ruled out military force against Syria and Iran for their suspected complicity in the Iraq insurgency.
  • Asefi: Direct talks with US, not on the agenda IRNA 20 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Thursday that Iran is skeptical about good faith of the US overture to hold direct talks with Iran.
  • Elbaradei optimistic about the future of Iran's nuclear dossier IRNA 20 Oct 2005 -- Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said on Thursday that he was optimistic about future of Iran's nuclear dossier and settlement of relevant issues.
  • Iran Rules Out Direct Contact With U.S. Over Iraq RFE/RL 20 Oct 2005 -- Iran said today it will not engage in direct contact with the United States to discuss Iraq.
  • Iran lodges complaint with Iraqi court against Saddam IRNA 19 Oct 2005 -- Iran has lodged complaint with Iraqi court against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Judiciary spokesman Jalal Karimirad said on Wednesday.
  • Iran/Iraq: Tehran Airs Its Grievances Against Saddam Hussein RFE/RL 19 Oct 2005 -- On 18 October, the day before the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity began in Baghdad, Jamal Karimirad, the spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said Tehran will be submitting a separate indictment against him
  • Larijani: I am optimistic about resumption of nuclear negotiations IRNA 19 Oct 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said here Wednesday, "Islamic Republic of Iran is not pessimistic about resumption of nuclear negotiations with the EU3, but it does not permit the others to draw the outlines of talks and to impose it against Iran.
  • U.S. Pondering Direct Contact With Iran RFE/RL 19 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today that Washington has been contemplating opening direct contacts with Tehran to talk about what the U.S. government considers Iran's meddling in Iraqi affairs.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 41 18 October 2005 -- IRAN DEFIANT, BUT WILLING TO RENEW TALKS OVER NUCLEAR PROGRAM / SOME REFORMERS CRITICIZE HANDLING OF DOSSIER / ...WHILE WEST MAINTAINS VERBAL PRESSURE / IRAN'S INTERIOR MINISTER WANTS BORDERS SEALED... / ...AS OFFICIAL CLAIMS MORE AFGHANS ARE ENTERING IRAN / MINISTER CONSIDERS INCREASED POWERS FOR PROVINCES / IRANIAN POLITICIANS CONCERNED FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS / HARD-LINE IRANIAN PUBLICATION OBJECTS TO EX-PRESIDENT'S APPOINTMENT / IRANIAN GOVERNMENT, PARLIAMENT ASPIRE TO COOPERATE / DETAINED IRANIAN DISSIDENTS DEPRIVED OF VISITS... / ...AS JUSTICE MINISTER TALKS OF JUSTICE / IRAN'S PARLIAMENT REJECTS FORMATION OF NEW POLICE FORCE / FOREIGN MINISTER CONTINUES GULF TOUR... / ...AFTER TRIP TO SAUDI ARABIA IS PUT ON HOLD / FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS CHINA / IRAQI MINISTER, IN TEHRAN, SIGNS BILATERAL COOPERATION DOCUMENT / IRANIAN CONSERVATIVES SEEK PARTY, REFORMERS A COALITION
  • IRAN: 'SIDES DIFFER WIDELY' OVER ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 18 Oct 2005
  • Russian FM surprised over Western press claims on missile cooperation with Iran IRNA 18 Oct 2005 -- Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov here Monday expressed surprise over some Western media reports on his country's missile technology cooperation with Iran.
  • Iran's nuclear activities intended for peaceful ends: Pakistan IRNA 18 Oct 2005 -- Pakistan believes Iran's nuclear activities are totally for peaceful purposes and opposes measures against Tehran which run counter to international rules and regulations.
  • President complains about France's policy toward nuclear program IRNA 18 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran is willing to develop partnership with other countries for use of civilian nuclear technology to prove peaceful nature of its national program.
  • President: Intelligence traces down British footprint in Ahvaz bombing IRNA 17 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that intelligence have traced down British footprint in Ahvaz bombing.
  • Russia/Iran: Moscow Takes Tougher Stance On Iran Nuclear Issue RFE/RL 17 Oct 2005 -- No country, including the United States, will force Russia to abandon its nuclear commitment to Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared yesterday.
  • Iran: Bombings In Southwest Blamed On Usual Suspect RFE/RL 17 Oct 2005 -- Two explosions in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran on 15 October were responsible for the death of five people, Iranian state radio reported on 16 October.
  • Iran/U.K.: Bombing Accusations Highlight 'Differences And Disagreements' RFE/RL 17 Oct 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said Tehran strongly suspects Britain was behind deadly bombings in southern Iran on 15 October.
  • Rice Wraps Up Tour on Iran's Nuclear Program VOA 17 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has wrapped up a diplomatic tour focused on Iran's nuclear program ahead of U.N. Security Council meetings.
  • Russian Official Denies Report Moscow Aided Iran Missile Technology VOA 16 Oct 2005 -- A top Russian lawmaker is denying a newspaper report that Russia has helped Iran acquire ballistic missile technology that would bring much of Europe within target range.
  • US admits Iran's nuclear right: Asefi IRNA 16 Oct 2005 -- The United States has admitted that Iran has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday.
  • Iran welcomes Russia's stance on its nuclear case: Asefi IRNA 16 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday welcomed Russia's stance on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Asefi: Referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to UNSC unjustifiable IRNA 16 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday that there is no legal justification for referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
  • Iran Ready For Nuclear Talks, Won't Stop Uranium Conversion RFE/RL 16 Oct 2005 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said today that Tehran is ready to resume nonconditional nuclear negotiations with Europe.
  • Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Focus of Rice's Meetings in Moscow Washington File 16 Oct 2005 -- Iran's nuclear ambitions were at the forefront of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's agenda during talks in Moscow October 15 with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • Iran Raises Suspicion of British Role in Blasts VOA 16 Oct 2005 -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he suspects Britain may have played a role in twin bomb attacks that killed five people and injured 100 others in southwestern Iran.
  • Russia says no reason to refer Iran to UNSC IRNA 15 Oct 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Saturday there was no reason to send Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was the only competent body to resolve the issue.
  • EU 3 wants to make Iran dependent on western nuclear fuel supply: German expert IRNA 15 Oct 2005 -- The nuclear talks of the three European Union countries (France, Britain and Germany) with Iran are aimed at making Iran reliant on western nuclear fuel supply, a German political expert and leading peace activist said.
  • France to take avant-garde role on EU-Iran standoff on nuclear program IRNA 15 Oct 2005 -- French President Jacques Chirac has personally accepted to sponsor diplomatic talks with Iran on nuclear program.
  • Iran's nuclear programme misrepresented, says Adeli IRNA 15 Oct 2005 -- Iran's Ambassador to London Saturday criticised the deliberate and unfair way his country's nuclear programme had been distorted in the west.
  • Rice Discusses Iran's Nuclear Program in Russia Washington File 15 Oct 2005 -- The United States and Russia will continue to support diplomatic efforts aimed at removing the many questions surrounding the Iranian nuclear program, Secretary of the State Condoleezza Rice said following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow October 15.
  • Iran: Russia, U.S. Disagree Over Tehran's Nuclear Program RFE/RL 15 Oct 2005 -- The United States and Russia have again disagreed over whether Iran has a right to pursue its nuclear program
  • Russia, US Disagree on Referring Iran to Security Council for Nuclear Issue VOA 15 Oct 2005 -- Russia and the United States did not agree on measures to pressure Iran on its nuclear program during talks between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and top Russian officials
  • UK commanders dismiss allegations of Iranian interference in Iraq IRNA 15 Oct 2005 -- All British commanders in Basra, Iraq are dismissive of accusations of Iranian involvement in the Iraqi insurgency, according to a British journalist who has just returned from southern Iraq.
  • Rice, French Foreign Minister Warn Iran on Nuclear Program Washington File 14 Oct 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy warned Iran October 14 that the problem of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program will be referred to the United Nations Security Council unless it negotiates in good faith with the European Union Three (EU-3): France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
  • Rice In Paris To Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program RFE/RL 14 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Paris today to meet French officials for talks expected to focus on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Austrian diplomat hopes Iran's nuclear problems resolved during Austria's EU presidency IRNA 13 Oct 2005 -- Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' government Secretary Hans Winclair in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Vienna Seyed Mohsen Nabavi here Wednesday expressed hope that during Austria's rotating EU Presidency Iran's nuclear problems would be resolved.
  • Ahmadinejad: Linking Iran's economy to nuclear issue incorrect IRNA 13 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here in first joint meeting of the government and the Majlis (parliament), "Linking the country's economic status to Iran's nuclear program is incorrect since there is no logical relation between the two."
  • European Parliament backs EU efforts for diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program IRNA 13 Oct 2005 -- The European Parliament adopted a joint resolution on Thursday saying that the Islamic Republic of Iran ''has the right to develop a nuclear program according to Article IV of the NPT and supports the proposals of the EU for cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field for peaceful use.''
  • Iran: EU Demands Halt To Nuclear Work, Attacks Tehran's Human Rights Record RFE/RL 13 Oct 2005 -- EU officials and lawmakers debating Iran in the European Parliament last night repeated earlier warnings that Tehran must stop nuclear-conversion activities or risk UN sanctions
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 40 12 October 2005 -- SYSTEMIC CHANGES COULD WEAKEN ELECTED OFFICIALS, BALANCE GOVERNMENT / ARMED FORCES HOLD MANEUVERS IN NORTHWEST / WOMEN TO DRIVE SCOOTERS AGAIN IN TEHRAN / TEHRAN AMONG WORST PLACES TO LIVE / JOURNALIST COMPLAINS OF SHOOT-TO-KILL POLICY / HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS DEMAND LAWYER'S FREEDOM / THREE KURDISH JOURNALISTS INDICTED IN IRAN / STOCK EXCHANGE HAS LONG-TERM DIFFICULTIES / IRAN MIGHT RUN OUT OF OIL IN 90 YEARS / U.S. REITERATES CONCERN FOR IRAN'S PURSUIT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS / U.S. URGES RUSSIA TO HALT NUCLEAR EXCHANGE WITH IRAN / IRAN OPEN TO RESUMING DISCUSSIONS WITH EU / NEW PRESIDENT'S DIPLOMACY SPARKS CONTROVERSY / FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS SOUTHERN NEIGHBORS / IRAQI PRESIDENT: NO IRANIAN INTERFERENCE / EXPERTS SAY INFRARED BOMBS USED IN IRAQ CANNOT BE HOMEMADE
  • Mottaki confers with Iraqi prime minister's special envoy IRNA 12 Oct 2005 -- Iraqi prime minister's special envoy Salam Oudeh al-Maliki on Tuesday held talks with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on ways to develop Tehran-Baghdad relations and exchanged views on regional issues.
  • European Parliament supports EU cooperation with Iran in nuclear field IRNA 12 Oct 2005 -- The European Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution on Thursday saying the Islamic Republic of Iran "has the right to develop a nuclear programme according to Article IV of the NPT and supports the proposals of the EU for cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field for peaceful use."
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran to continue cooperation with IAEA within NPT framework IRNA 12 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Wednesday declared that Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • Austrian official hopes for settlement of Iran's nuclear issue IRNA 12 Oct 2005 -- Austrian State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Hans Winkler in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Vienna Seyed Mohsen Nabavi on Wednesday hoped for settlement of Iran's nuclear issue during the upcoming Austria's rotating term as EU president.
  • EU repeats condition to resume nuclear talks with Iran IRNA 12 Oct 2005 -- The British Minister for Europe, Douglas Alexander, opened a debate on Iran in the European Parliament Wednesday evening reiterating the European Union's condition to resume negotiations with the Islamic Republic on the nuclear issue.
  • Majlis commission approves Convention against Chemical Weapons IRNA 11 Oct 2005 -- Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy on Tuesday passed context of International Convention against production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and elimination of chemical weapons.
  • Iran: New President's Diplomacy Sparks Controversy RFE/RL 11 Oct 2005 -- On the sidelines of a pro-nuclear-power rally in Tehran on 7 October, Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hussein Elham said all the country's officials agree with Tehran's conduct of nuclear negotiations and its general interaction with other countries, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported
  • EU wants to resume negotiations with Iran IRNA 10 Oct 2005 -- The European Union High Representative for common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, Monday reiterated that the 25-member European bloc wants negotiations to resume with the Islamic Republic on the nuclear issues.
  • Iran Softens Tone In Nuclear Standoff RFE/RL 10 Oct 2005 -- Iran today said it has made a "strategic choice" to pursue negotiations over its disputed nuclear program.
  • Ambiguity in US officials' remarks on Iran nuclear issue: Asefi IRNA 09 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday US officials have conveyed contradictory and ambiguous positions in their comments on Iran's nuclear activities.
  • Asefi: Azeri radars at its common borders with Iran examined IRNA 09 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Sunday referred to Azerbaijan's cooperation with US and installation of radars at its common borders with Iran and said that the issue was discussed in Baku during the recent visit of Iran's special envoy to the Caspian Sea.
  • Envoy: No decision by states can deprive Iran of nuclear right IRNA 07 Oct 2005 -- An Iranian official on Friday said no political act by any state can deprive Iran of its legal and inalienable right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful uses.
  • Iranian embassy in Thailand issues statement on nuclear programs IRNA 08 Oct 2005 -- The Iranian embassy in Thailand issued a statement on Saturday regarding Iran's nuclear programs
  • India's vote at IAEA not against Iran: Manmohan IRNA 08 Oct 2005 -- India's vote at the IAEA on Iran's nuclear program was not against Tehran, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh insisted today and said diplomacy should be given a chance.
  • Iran Threatens To Stop UN Nuclear Inspections RFE/RL 07 Oct 2005 -- Iran's foreign minister today threatened to stop UN nuclear inspections, as thousands rallied in Tehran in support of the country's right to a peaceful nuclear program.
  • Iran: Experts Say Infrared Bombs Used By Iraqi Insurgents Can't Be Homemade RFE/RL 07 Oct 2005 -- The diplomatic row continues between the United Kingdom and Iran over British officials' charges that there is a link between Iranian elements or Hizballah with new explosive devices being used by insurgents in Iraq
  • Iran Unconcerned By U.S.-Funded Azerbaijani Radars RFE/RL 07 Oct 2005 -- A senior Iranian official said today it has no concerns over the planned construction of a U.S.-funded radar station north of its border with Azerbaijan.
  • Iran's President: Other Nations Interested in Mediating Nuclear Talks VOA 06 Oct 2005 -- Iran's president says other countries besides Britain, France and Germany have offered to enter talks on Iran's nuclear activities, and Tehran is considering their offers.
  • IRI Embassy denounces British accusations on Iran's interference in Iraq IRNA 06 Oct 2005 -- Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in London denounced certain new accusations published in some British press against Iran on interference in southern part of Iraq.
  • Iran denies any involvement in Iraq, says Talabani IRNA 06 Oct 2005 -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Thursday that Iranian authorities have rejected British allegations of having any links with explosive devices blamed for the recent killing of UK troops.
  • US official: Iran nuclear dossier should be referred to UNSC IRNA 06 Oct 2005 -- Deputy US Foreign Secretary for National Security and Disarmament Robert Jozef said in Dushanbe Wednesday that Iran's nuclear program is dangerous and its dossier should be referred to the UN Security Council.
  • Tehran expects IAEA to act upon law: President Ahmadinejad IRNA 06 Oct 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday evening that Tehran honors commitments to Non-Proliferation Treaty and expects UN nuclear watchdog to act upon law concerning Iran's nuclear dossier.
  • Russia calls for cooperation between Iran, IAEA: Russian FM IRNA 06 Oct 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Thursday that his country calls for continued cooperation between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • US Denies Considering Expanded Ties with Iran VOA 06 Oct 2005 -- The Bush administration said Thursday it is not considering any upgrade of diplomatic contacts with Iran.
  • Iraq: U.K. Blames Iran For Attacks On British Soldiers RFE/RL 06 Oct 2005 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has repeated British suspicions of Iran's involvement in the deaths of eight British soldiers killed in Iraq this year, a claim that Iran has strongly denied
  • Tehran Rejects Accusations Over British Soldier Attacks RFE/RL 06 Oct 2005 -- Iran has categorically rejected accusations from Britain that Iran is behind increased incidents of violence against British troops in southern Iraq.
  • Iran should have gotten India's vote, says ex-envoy IRNA 05 Oct 2005 -- By voting for the Iran resolution moved by the EU-3 in the September 24 meeting of the IAEA board of governors in Vienna, India may have squandered an opportunity to reciprocate Iran's gesture of stopping a resolution on Jammu and Kashmir from being passed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference that prevented it from being tabled in the United Nations Human Rights Commission's annual meeting in Geneva.
  • Diplomat: IAEA resolution non-legal, politically-motivated IRNA 05 Oct 2005 -- Iran's Ambassador to Baku Afshar Soleymani termed as non-legal the recent resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran and said it served to safeguard the political and economic interests of those countries possessing nuclear technology.
  • Solana rules out military action against Iran IRNA 05 Oct 2005 -- European Union High Representative for a Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana said Wednesday that the EU was not considering military action against the Islamic Republic.
  • Iranian Diplomat Quits Nuclear Negotiating Team RFE/RL 05 Oct 2005 -- An Iranian diplomat has resigned as a member of the country's nuclear negotiating team.
  • IAEA Chief Hopeful Over Iran-Europe Talks RFE/RL 05 Oct 2005 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Muhammad el-Baradei, said today he is optimistic that talks between Iran and the European Union on Iran's nuclear program will resume within a month.
  • US Concerned About Iranian Military's Nuclear Role VOA 05 Oct 2005 -- The State Department Wednesday expressed concern about the role of the Iranian military in the country's nuclear efforts.
  • EU wants diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program IRNA 04 Oct 2005 -- The European Union's Council of Foreign Ministers has reaffirmed its support for a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear issue.
  • Gov't will use all potentials to secure national interests: Asefi IRNA 04 Oct 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Tuesday that the government would use all potentials to secure the country's interests.
  • No New Nuclear Transfers to Iran, State's Rademaker Urges U.N. Washington File 04 Oct 2005 -- A top U.S. arms control and nonproliferation official has called on all governments to prohibit new nuclear transfers to Iran and to freeze activity on all ongoing nuclear projects with that country.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 39 03 October 2005 -- TEHRAN GIVES EUROPE ANOTHER CHANCE / IRANIAN GOVERNMENT REACTS TO IAEA NUCLEAR RESOLUTION / VIOLENT DEMONSTRATION AT BRITISH EMBASSY IN TEHRAN / GOVERNMENT REVERSES COURSE IN WAR ON DRUGS / SUPREME LEADER MAKES MILITARY APPOINTMENTS / PARAMILITARY FORCE PREPARES FOR URBAN UNREST / CLERICAL COURT GETS NEW PROSECUTOR / AHMADINEJAD APPOINTS NEW VICE PRESIDENT AND ADVISER / INTERPOL CANCELS WARRANTS FOR IRANIANS / ONE-TIME FRIEND OF IRAN COULD BE EXPELLED FROM NORWAY / STUDENT LEADER JAILED SHORTLY AFTER STUDENTS ARE AMNESTIED / CANADA WANTS SLAIN JOURNALIST'S CASE RESOLVED / HEALTH MINISTRY ESTIMATES THAT UP TO 60,000 IRANIANS MAY BE HIV-POSITIVE / WORLD BANK ECONOMIST URGES DEEP REFORMS
  • EC chief: Iran not to accept dependence on other states in nuclear program IRNA 03 Oct 2005 -- Chairman of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday that Iran will not accept dependence on other countries in nuclear program or cancelling fuel cycle.
  • MP: Iran not quitting NPT IRNA 03 Oct 2005 -- The head of the Majlis Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy, Aladdin Boroujerdi, said here Sunday that Iran is presently not considering quitting the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • US Urges End to Foreign Nuclear Cooperation in Iran VOA 03 Oct 2005 -- A top U.S. arms official has called on all nations to end nuclear projects with Iran.
  • Moscow Urges Iran To Allow Nuclear Inspections RFE/RL 03 Oct 2005 -- Russia today urged Iran to adopt an agreement allowing unannounced inspections of its controversial nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Iran will give unforgettable lesson to Israel if it ventures into targeting nuclear sites IRNA 02 Oct 2005 -- If Israel goes mad enough to target Iranian nuclear sites as it did against Iraqi installations in 1991, Iran would give it a lesson which it could not forget forever, Majlis Speaker Gholamali Haddad Adel said on Sunday.
  • Specialized commission does not reach consensus on suspending Additional Protocol to NPT IRNA 02 Oct 2005 -- Majlis Special Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy on Sunday debated a bill on suspending Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and did not reach consensus for legal considerations.
  • Iran Denies Oil Threat Interview RFE/RL 02 Oct 2005 -- The office of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the president gave a press interview in which he allegedly said Iran might hold back oil sales if the country is referred to the UN Security Council over its nuclear program.
  • Iran Warns Israel Against Attacking Nuclear Sites RFE/RL 02 Oct 2005 -- The speaker of the Iranian parliament today warned Israel against attempting to attack its nuclear facilities.



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