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November 2005 Iran Special Weapons News



  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 47 30 November 2005 -- MINISTERIAL REJECTION BELIES EMERGENCE OF NEW ELITE / TEHRAN STOCK EXCHANGE GETS NEW CHIEF / KURDS RIOT IN NORTHWEST / IRAQI PRESIDENT VISITS IRAN / CZECHS REBUFF IRANIAN LEGISLATORS / KOCHARIAN SENDS MESSAGE TO AHMADINEJAD / IRAN AND SYRIA EMPHASIZE SOLIDARITY / IRAN ALLEGEDLY SUPPLIES HIZBALLAH WITH ROCKETS / IAEA REPORT GETS MIXED RECEPTION IN IRAN / REFORMIST PARTY DENOUNCES CURRENT NUCLEAR POLICY / EXPERTS QUESTION LATEST U.S. CHARGES ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
  • Iran Denies Reports Of Iraq Negotiations With U.S. RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Iran today denied reports that it will negotiate with the United States to help secure Iraq after U.S. troops start leaving.
  • Asefi says talks with US not on Iran agenda IRNA 30 Nov 2005 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary and Consular Affairs Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Monday that talks with the United States is not on the agenda of the Islamic Republic.
  • Brave Iranian nation will not allow its rights to be trampled: President IRNA 30 Nov 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Wednesday that the brave Iranian nation will not let its right to peaceful nuclear technology be trampled.
  • EU Commissioner: Diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear issue best solution IRNA 30 Nov 2005 -- European Commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, expressed hope Wednesday that the expected resumption of negotiations between Iran and the EU-3 (France, Germany and the UK) would lead to a solution to the nuclear issue.
  • State's Burns Condemns Iran's Foreign, Domestic Policies Washington File 30 Nov 2005 -- Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns strongly condemned the Iranian government for its defiant pursuit of nuclear capabilities, its support for terrorism and its human-rights violations, and urged the international community to reassess its strategies for dealing with the Iranian regime.
  • US: Nuclear Ambitions Plunging Iran Into Deeper Isolation VOA 30 Nov 2005 -- A top U.S. diplomat says Iran's new president is pursuing radical policies that are plunging his country into further international isolation.
  • U.S.: Washington Willing To Discuss Iraq With Iran RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- The United States has confirmed plans by Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, to hold talks with Iranian officials about helping restore security to Iraq.
  • Iranian President Will Not Give Up Nuclear Program RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today reiterated his country would never renounce its nuclear program.
  • U.S. Detention Policies Justified by War on Terror, Rice Says Washington File 29 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded to controversies over recent reports about CIA detention facilities in Europe, saying that U.S. detention policies must be considered in the context of the global war on terrorism and the demands that war places on the U.S. government to protect not only American citizens but others as well.
  • Daily: Iran-US talks on Iraq in national interest IRNA 29 Nov 2005 -- The US, through its ambassador in Iraq, has offered to hold talks with Tehran on a very limited scope -- issues related to the mounting insurgency in that war-torn country.
  • Iran calls for immediate punishment of Iraqi dictator IRNA 29 Nov 2005 -- Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi on Tuesday called for setting up a revolutionary court in Iraq and immediate punishment of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
  • Iran: President Says Light Surrounded Him During UN Speech RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says that when he delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, he felt there was a light around him and that the attention of the world leaders in the audience was unblinkingly focused upon him.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 46 28 November 2005 -- KHAMENEI STRESSES SUPPORT FOR AHMADINEJAD / AHMADINEJAD NOMINATES ANOTHER PROSPECTIVE OIL MINISTER / AHMADINEJAD MAKES PROVINCIAL TOUR / FACTIONALISM PLAYS OUT ON TEHRAN METRO / POWER SHIFT LEAVES REFORMERS IN THE COLD / IRAN-CZECH TRADE CONTINUES TO INCREASE / TEHRAN REJECTS REPORT ON STOLEN LAPTOP WITH NUCLEAR INFO / TEHRAN PROFESSES INTEREST IN TALKS WITH EU-3 / TEHRAN SEEMS UNMOVED AS IAEA MEETING APPROACHES / NUCLEAR EXPERT WORRIES OVER POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS / IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH TURKMEN PRESIDENT / IRANIAN CLERICS COMMENT ON FRENCH UNREST / IRAN AGAIN ACCUSES U.K. IN AHVAZ BOMBINGS / UNIVERSITY HOSTS MARTYRDOM CONFERENCE / CONFLICTING REPORTS EMERGE OVER BIRD FLU / JAILED JOURNALIST WINS GOLDEN PEN OF FREEDOM AWARD
  • US Envoy to Contact Iran Over Iraqi Issues VOA 28 Nov 2005 -- The State Department confirmed Monday that U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad has been authorized to hold talks with Iranian officials on issues related to Iraq.
  • Iran to tender construction of 2 nuclear plants by March IRNA 28 Nov 2005 -- Iran will tender by March 2006 the construction of two more nuclear power plants, a key parliament member said in this northeastern holy city on Sunday.
  • UK confirms EU nuclear talks offer with Iran IRNA 28 Nov 2005 -- The British government confirmed Monday that the European Union had delivered a letter to Iran over the weekend offering to renew nuclear talks with Iran.
  • SNSC spokesman: Entire enrichment process to be conducted in Iran IRNA 28 Nov 2005 -- Iran's Supreme National Security Council Spokesman Hossein Entezami emphasized here Monday, "The entire process of uranium enrichment must be conducted inside Iran."
  • Iran says France backs Iran' logic in peaceful nuclear program IRNA 27 Nov 2005 -- Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American Affairs Saeed Jalili said here Saturday that French officials back Iran's use of peaceful nuclear energy as a legitimate right of the Iranian nation.
  • Iran nuclear diplomacy balanced, broad-based: Asefi IRNA 27 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday the path pursued by Iran's nuclear diplomacy and dialogue is balanced and broad-based encompassing European and non-European states, Russia, China and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
  • EU3 accepts Iran's offer to resume nuclear talks next month IRNA 27 Nov 2005 -- The so-called EU3 has accepted Iran's offer to take up nuclear negotiations from where they were left off in August, the country's top security body said on Sunday.
  • EU-3 Offer Iran Fresh Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 27 Nov 2005 -- The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany have reportedly handed over a letter to Iran's chief nuclear negotiator that includes an offer of new talks on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
  • Paper hopes Iran-EU new talks help Tehran enjoy its N-rights IRNA 26 Nov 2005 -- A morning daily Saturday hoped that new round of Iran-EU talks would yield fresh achievements to help Tehran enjoy its nuclear rights.
  • Solana: EU wants to give more time to Iran to negotiate IRNA 26 Nov 2005 -- European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana said Friday that the decision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday not to go for a vote on the Iran nuclear issue was intended "to put pressure on Iran to negotiate."
  • Iran, France ready to resume nuclear talks IRNA 26 Nov 2005 -- High-ranking Iranian and French Foreign Ministry officials in a meeting on Friday night said that they are ready to resume Iran-EU nuclear negotiations.
  • Iran's cooperation with IAEA determines direction of governing body IRNA 26 Nov 2005 -- Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said here Saturday that Iran's favorable cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) determined the direction of the Board of Governors November meeting.
  • Iranian President Says Nuclear Program Will Continue RFE/RL 26 Nov 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says Tehran will not accept what he called Western efforts to prevent Iran from having nuclear technology.
  • UN atomic watchdog calls on Iran to show its nuclear activities are peaceful UN News Centre 25 Nov 2005 -- The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons has called on Iran to take speedy action to provide additional information and take other measures that are "indispensable" for ensuring that its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.
  • Iran ready to resume nuclear talks: Vaeedi IRNA 25 Nov 2005 -- The deputy head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs and a senior member of the Iranian negotiation team, Javad Vaeedi, and Iran's Ambassador and Resident Representative in Vienna, Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, made the remark while addressing a joint press conference at the end of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors session on Iran's nuclear case.
  • UN nuclear watchdog ends debate on Iran case IRNA 25 Nov 2005 -- The UN nuclear watchdog wound up day-long crash debates on Iran's nuclear program here on Thursday and postponed summing up discussions on the case and drawing a conclusion on the Board consultations to the Friday session.
  • IAEA gives Iran more time, India heaved a sigh of relief IRNA 25 Nov 2005 -- The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government heaved a sigh of relief after a crucial meeting of the IAEA's board of governors in Vienna decided not to go for a vote while agreeing to allow more time for talks and diplomacy with Tehran over a Russian compromise proposal.
  • India was opposed to Iran nuclear issue being referred to UN IRNA 25 Nov 2005 -- Minister of State for External Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said India was opposed to the matter being referred to the UN Security Council at this stage because New Delhi did not believe that this was justified in the circumstances.
  • IAEA Board Chairman's conclusion on sub-item 3(b) IRNA 25 Nov 2005 -- The Japanese Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors Yukiya Amano has drawn a conclusion on sub-item 3(b) and other safeguards implementation issues after the Board's discussions on Iran's peaceful nuclear program.
  • ElBaradei optimist about resumption of Iran-EU talks IRNA 25 Nov 2005 -- Secretary General of the UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei expressed optimism here Friday that Tehran and EU3 (France, Germany and Britain) would "as soon as possible" resume their stalled talks over Iran's nuclear program.
  • IAEA Gives Iran More Time RFE/RL 25 Nov 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors has agreed to postpone talk of referring Iran to the UN Security Council for possible economic sanctions over its nuclear program in order to pursue a compromise proposal offered by Russia.
  • Iran: U.S., EU Say Tehran Proceeding With Uranium Plans RFE/RL 25 Nov 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has delayed taking any action on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Britain Calls for Iran to Hand Over Sensitive Nuclear Documents VOA 25 Nov 2005 -- Iran is facing calls to hand over sensitive nuclear documents for analysis, one day after it escaped immediate referral to the United Nations Security Council for its nuclear activities.
  • Time Running Out on Iran's Nuclear Compliance, U.S. Envoy Says Washington File 24 Nov 2005 -- Iran's continuing failure to comply with international nuclear nonproliferation obligations has created a "crisis in confidence" over its nuclear program intentions, U.S. Ambassador Gregory Schulte told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) November 24.
  • Talabani: Iran does not interfere in Iraq's affairs IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- Iraq's President Jalal Talabani emphasized once again Wednesday in an interview with Al-Alam Arabic News TV's Internet website, "Iran is not interfering in Iraq's internal affairs."
  • IAEA Postpones Referring Iran to UN Security Council VOA 24 Nov 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors met in a closed-door session Thursday to review a confidential report from the head of the agency on Iran's controversial nuclear program
  • Iran nuclear issue should be settled within IAEA: China IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said here Thursday Beijing believes the Iran nuclear issue should be settled within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the most suitable way.
  • IAEA Board of Governors starts debates on Iran's nuclear case IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors started its session here Thursday on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Board of Governors meet unlikely to issue anti-Iran statement IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors started its session here on Thursday while representatives of the EU3 announced on Wednesday that the present meeting would not issue any statement against Iran.
  • ElBaradei: Iran's nuclear crisis better be solved via negotiations IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei here Thursday said that negotiations with senior Iranian officials at the international level and continued supervision of the agency's inspectors over Iran's nuclear activities would be the best way to solve the current crisis.
  • ElBaradei delivers introductory statement to Board of Governors (PART I) IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei in the Board of Governors meeting on Thursday declared that the agenda for the meeting is focused on the report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC) and the issues related to nuclear verification.
  • Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in Iran (PART II) IRNA 24 Nov 2005 -- Speaking at the Board of Governors meeting on Thursday about the agenda for today's session, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei continued by briefing the participants on the implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement in Iran.
  • Ahmadinejad: No differences between Iran, Iraq IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Wednesday stressed that there were no differences between the governments of Iran and Iraq.
  • Iranian Parliament Rejects Third Oil Minister Nominee RFE/RL 23 Nov 2005 -- Iran's parliament dealt a fresh blow to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today by soundly rejecting his third nominee for the crucial post of oil minister.
  • Iran: Ministerial Rejection Belies Emergence Of New Elite RFE/RL 23 Nov 2005 -- The Iranian parliament rejected President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's third nominee to head the Petroleum Ministry on 23 November, leaving the ministry responsible for the main source of Iranian revenues leaderless and signaling the difficulties facing Ahmadinejad's administration.
  • NAM urges normalization of Iran's nuclear case IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has called for urgent normalization of Iran's nuclear case, a senior NAM diplomat said here Wednesday.
  • NAM troika, EU starts joint session on Iran IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika and the European Union started a joint meeting on Iran's nuclear program here on Wednesday behind closed doors.
  • Nuclear talks with European states to resume, Mottaki says IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that Iranian nuclear talks with three European countries are likely to be held following the meeting of Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on November 24.
  • EU3 says will not table, adopt any anti-Iran resolution at IAEA Board IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- The envoys of European heavyweights -- Germany, Britain and France -- representing European Union in nuclear talks with Iran, say they will not table and adopt any resolution against Tehran at the Thursday meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors.
  • Envoy: Iran prepared for any IAEA Board decision IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to deal with and face any decision the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will adopt in its Vienna meeting on Thursday, said an Iranian diplomat here on Wednesday.
  • Larijani: Nuclear talks should recognize right to enrichment, fuel cycle IRNA 23 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said here on Wednesday that talks, if any, on Iran's nuclear case should be based on recognizing Tehran's right to enrichment and possessing nuclear fuel cycle.
  • Iraqi FM describes ties with Iran "excellent, constructive" IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Visiting Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari said here Monday, "Iraq enjoys excellent and constructive ties with Iran today."
  • Iraq-Iran presidents emphasize expansion of ties IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and President Mahmood Ahmadinejad emphasized the two countries' intention to deepen and expand strategic mutual ties.
  • Supreme Leader: Iran proud of Iraq's progress, national sovereignty IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Iran is proud of Iraq's progress, security, independence and national strength and there is no limits on development of cooperation with Iraq.
  • EC chairman: Iran wishes calm, free, united Iraq IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday that a calm, free and united Iraq is the call of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Iran to export up to 200 megawatts of power to Iraq in a month IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Iran's power exports to Iraq will rise to 200 megawatts by next one month from 150 megawatts, said Energy Minister Parviz Fattah here on Tuesday.
  • Iran presses President Talabani with case against Saddam IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Iran on Tuesday demanded that an Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein take in an indictment brought by Tehran against the former dictator as President Jalal Talabani spent his second day of a landmark visit to the Islamic Republic.
  • President Talabani refutes charges of Iran meddling in Iraq IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- President Jalal Talabani here Tuesday brushed aside accusations that Iran was interfering in Iraq's domestic affairs.
  • Deputy FM due in Norway, Slovakia for nuclear talks IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and American Affairs Saeed Jalili began a two-nation tour of Norway and Slovakia on Tuesday to hold talks on the Iran nuclear issue.
  • Majlis approves bill to end voluntary cooperation with IAEA if case is referred to UNSC IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- Majlis on Tuesday passed a bill that would entail the government to suspend all voluntary cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if Iran's nuclear case is reported to the UN Security Council.
  • Solana updates EU FMs on the Iran nuclear issue IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- European Union foreign ministers held a discussion over the Iran nuclear issue over lunch Monday on the basis of an update by EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and ahead of the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting which starts in Vienna on Thursday.
  • Russia rules out early transfer of nuclear fuel to Bushehr IRNA 22 Nov 2005 -- A senior Russian official said here Tuesday that Moscow would not ship nuclear fuel to the Bushehr plant it is building for Iran before the facility's scheduled completion by mid-2006.
  • US Says IAEA Report Shows Iran Has Plans for Nuclear Weapons VOA 22 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency says the latest information on Iran's nuclear ambitions shows that there are clear indications of a weapons' program.
  • Iran/Iraq: Bilateral Ties Improving Despite U.S. Worries RFE/RL 22 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is on a three-day visit to Tehran. He is the first Iraqi president to visit Iran in nearly four decades.
  • Iran Urges Iraq To Set Withdrawal Timetable RFE/RL 22 Nov 2005 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to prepare a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq.
  • Iran's Parliament Adopts Tough Nuclear Bill RFE/RL 22 Nov 2005 -- Iran's parliament gave its final approval today to a bill that obliges the country's government to stop allowing snap UN inspections of atomic sites and to resume uranium enrichment if Tehran's case is sent to the UN Security Council.
  • Iran: Experts Question Latest U.S. Charges On Tehran's Nuclear Program RFE/RL 22 Nov 2005 -- The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to discuss the Iranian nuclear program again on 24 November.
  • Diplomats: US, Europe Suspend Push for Possible Sanctions on Iran VOA 21 Nov 2005 -- Diplomats at the U.N. nuclear agency say the United States and its European allies have agreed to suspend their push to refer Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear activities.
  • EU seeks diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear issue IRNA 21 Nov 2005 -- European Union Foreign Ministers discussed Monday a report prepared by the EU-3 (France, Germany and the UK) on the latest situation on Iran's nuclear program ahead of the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Thursday.
  • ElBaradei report confirms Iran's full cooperation with IAEA: MP IRNA 21 Nov 2005 -- Majlis' National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said here Sunday the report released Friday of International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's nuclear program confirmed Tehran's full and transparent cooperation with the IAEA.
  • India favors resolution of Iran nuclear issue within IAEA IRNA 21 Nov 2005 -- The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, in its meeting with Left parties today, has agreed to support a proposal to settle the Iran nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • EU Commissioner hopeful of breakthrough in Iran's nuclear issue IRNA 21 Nov 2005 -- EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner Monday expressed hope that a breakthrough could be achieved before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ends its meeting on Iran's nuclear program later this week.
  • EU Foreign Policy Chief Hopes For Progress On Iran RFE/RL 21 Nov 2005 -- The EU's foreign policy chief says he still hopes for progress in negotiations on Iran's nuclear program ahead of key UN talks this week despite an Iranian threat to block atomic inspections.
  • Iran: Lawmakers Prepare Bill To Stop IAEA Checks RFE/RL 21 Nov 2005 -- Iranian lawmakers on 20 November approved a bill that obliges the country's government to stop allowing snap UN checks of atomic sites and to resume uranium enrichment if the controversy over Iran's nuclear program is referred is to the UN Security Council
  • Asefi: No reason to refer Iran's case to UNSC IRNA 20 Nov 2005 -- No reason could be found in the Friday report on Iran of the UN watchdog chief for referring Tehran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Sunday.
  • Asefi: US misinterprets ElBaradei report on Iran's nuclear issue IRNA 20 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi ere Sunday said that the US along with some of its allies attempted to misinterpret the report of UN nuclear watchdog chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, and disseminate baseless news to the media about production of atomic bomb by Iran.
  • Majlis obliges gov't to suspend all voluntary steps in case of UNSC referral IRNA 20 Nov 2005 -- Majlis on Sunday obliged the government to suspend all the voluntary steps Iran has taken in the past three years for confidence-building if International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors opted to refer Iran's case to UN Security Council on November 24.
  • Iran Deems Military Site Off-Limits To UN Without 'Proof' RFE/RL 20 Nov 2005 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry has said it will not allow inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog to visit a military site in Tehran unless the agency provides "concrete proof" to justify an inspection, while the country's parliament has adopted a tough stance ahead of possible referral to the UN Security Council.
  • Iran Vows to End Nuclear Inspections if Referred to UN VOA 20 Nov 2005 -- The Iranian parliament has voted to bar international inspectors from Iran's nuclear facilities, if the International Atomic Energy Agency refers Tehran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
  • EU-3 to brief EU FMs on Iran's nuclear dossier IRNA 19 Nov 2005 -- European Union foreign ministers will be briefed by their colleagues from France, Germany and the UK (EU-3) on Iran's nuclear program during their regular monthly meeting in Brussels on Monday.
  • Iran dismisses resolution against human rights record as political IRNA 19 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said on Saturday Canadian-sponsored resolution with UN General Assembly Third Committee against Iran's human rights record was political.
  • Iran Shrugs Off UN Committee's Rights Report RFE/RL 19 Nov 2005 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry has dismissed a resolution by the United Nations on human rights violations in Iran as misguided and "political."
  • Iran Nuclear Issue Requires International Cooperation, Says U.S. Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- Nuclear proliferation poses a threat to all nations, a top U.S. official says, and no nation -- particularly one in range of Iran's missiles -- "can risk an Iran armed with nuclear weapons."
  • GOV/2005/87: Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran International Atomic Energy Agency 18 Nov 2005 --Report by the Director General
  • UN Committee Chides Iran Over Rights Record RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- A United Nations committee today passed a resolution expressing concern about human rights violations in Iran.
  • Larijani denies suspension of UCF activities IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Thursday vehemently denied any clandestine talks with British officials on renewing suspension of activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF).
  • Khatami, German president discuss Iran's nuclear policy IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami stressed on Iran's right to have a civilian nuclear program during his talks with German leaders, including President Horst Koehler and designated Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • UK plays down London talks on Iran's nuclear case IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- The British Foreign Office Friday played down the arrival of high ranking officials from Russia, China and the US for unprecedented talks with EU negotiators on Iran's nuclear case.
  • ElBaradei's report on Iran's nuclear activity published IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- A new report of Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei was published on Friday afternoon and disseminated among representatives of 35 member countries of the agency's Board of Governors here.
  • Iran's ambassador to IAEA confers with ElBaradei IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) here Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh conferred Friday afternoon with IAEA's chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
  • U.S., France Concerned By Iranian Nuclear Disclosures RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- The United States and France are expressing concern about revelations that Iran has resumed uranium conversion and that Tehran obtained detailed instructions on making enriched uranium that could be used to manufacture a nuclear weapon.
  • U.S., Europe To Discuss Iran Today RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- Officials from the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany hold consultations today on Iran's nuclear program.
  • IAEA Says Iran Blocking Access To Military Sites RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report today that said Iran is blocking UN nuclear inspectors from key military sites.
  • Bush Backs Russia on Iran Nuclear Issue VOA 18 Nov 2005 -- President Bush is backing an initiative to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program by having Iran enrich uranium inside Russia.
  • US Hopes Russia Can Help Bring Iran Out of Nuclear Isolation VOA 17 Nov 2005 -- US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says countries like Russia have a growing concern about Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran strongly backs security, progress in Iraq: President IRNA 17 Nov 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that Iran strongly supported efforts to establish security, authority and progress in Iraq.
  • Interior Minister: 'We regard Iraq's security, interests as ours' IRNA 17 Nov 2005 -- Visiting Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowafaq al-Rubai here Thursday conferred with Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi on issues of mutual interests.
  • Iran's SNSC denies confidential message to British FM IRNA 17 Nov 2005 -- The secretariat of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) in a statement on Wednesday denied sending any confidential message from the council to the British foreign minister.
  • European Parliament calls for diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear case IRNA 17 Nov 2005 -- The European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg is expected to adopt a resolution Thursday calling on the EU to continue efforts to reach a diplomatic solution with Iran over the nuclear issue.
  • Restarting Isfahan UCF only reinforces concern, says UK IRNA 17 Nov 2005 -- The British government suggested Thursday that any Iranian plans to restart conversion at Isfahan plant would only raise further questions about Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran: Tehran Reportedly To Start New Round Of Uranium Conversion RFE/RL 17 Nov 2005 -- A diplomat close to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is quoted by agencies as saying that Iran has started a new round of uranium conversion.
  • Saran says national interest to decide India's stand in IAEA vote IRNA 17 Nov 2005 -- The government maintained that India's position in the coming International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna on the Iran nuclear issue would be in accordance with the country's national interest.
  • Diplomats: Iran Begins New Uranium Conversion VOA 17 Nov 2005 -- Diplomats say Iran has started a new round of uranium conversion, despite international calls for it to halt sensitive nuclear work.
  • Iran expects India share its nuclear experience with Tehran: paper IRNA 16 Nov 2005 -- A morning daily said on Wednesday that Tehran expects New Delhi share its experience and assist Iran's peaceful nuclear program.
  • Russia to continue nuclear consultations with Iran: Ivanov IRNA 16 Nov 2005 -- Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov on Wednesday said his country would continue consultations with Iran on its nuclear programs.
  • Future German FM committed to negotiated settlement of Iran's nuclear case IRNA 16 Nov 2005 -- Germany's designated foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday said he remained committed to a negotiated settlement of Iran's nuclear issue while pledging to continue the Iran policy of his soon-to-be predecessor Joschka Fischer.
  • Yechury discusses India's stand on IAEA vote with Sonia IRNA 16 Nov 2005 -- CPM leader Sitaram Yechury Wednesday met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and is understood to have discussed the issue of India's stand on a possible vote on the Iran nuclear issue at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting.
  • EU urges Iran to return to negotiating table IRNA 16 Nov 2005 -- The European Union Wednesday called on the Islamic Republic of Iran to resume talks to resolve the nuclear dispute and to forge a better relationship between the two sides.
  • Iran: Tehran Seems Unmoved As IAEA Meeting Approaches RFE/RL 16 Nov 2005 -- The Iranian nuclear file will come before the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 24 November
  • EU Says It Will Continue Dialogue With Iran RFE/RL 16 Nov 2005 -- The European Union said today it would continue to consult with the Iranian government over issues such as Tehran's nuclear program and human rights and rule of law.
  • U.S. Says World Should Worry About Nuclear-Armed Iran RFE/RL 16 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried has said the international community should be worried about the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
  • Top Iraqi security official: Iran plays no role in Iraq's internal affairs IRNA 15 Nov 2005 -- Iraq's National Security Advisor Mowafaq al-Rubai said here Tuesday that there is no evidence to prove that the Islamic Republic of Iran engaged in sending arms to Iraq or interfere in the country's domestic affairs.
  • Paper urges gov't to quit NPT if Iran's case is referred to UNSC IRNA 15 Nov 2005 -- A morning daily Tuesday strongly urged Iranian officials to withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in case of referral of Tehran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council.
  • Army General Commander: Army ready to foil enemies' plots IRNA 15 Nov 2005 -- General Commander of the Army Major General Ataollah Salehi said here Tuesday that the army is ready to foil plots hatched by the enemies.
  • Russian nuclear talks with Iran 'useful', says Straw IRNA 15 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw indicated Tuesday that some progress may have been made in Russia's nuclear talks with Iran.
  • Laptop scenario, another US-Israel ploy ahead of IAEA meeting IRNA 15 Nov 2005 -- The laptop scenario is another ploy of US and Israel to spoil atmosphere ahead of the forthcoming meeting of Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scheduled slated for November 24.
  • Larijani: IAEA should respect application of NPT IRNA 14 Nov 2005 -- Head of Armenian Presidential Office Artashes Tumanxan in Tehran on Sunday exchanged views with Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on bilateral and regional issues.
  • Iran: Nuclear Expert Expresses Worry Over Political Developments RFE/RL 14 Nov 2005 -- Iranian officials frequently defend the country's nuclear program by asserting that Iran's nuclear capabilities have been developed domestically and solely through Iranian brain power
  • Rice, Sharon, Blast Iran for Threat to Israel VOA 14 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Sunday renewed her criticism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for saying last month that Israel should be "wiped off the map."
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 45 14 November 2005 -- DUTCH AUTHOR CALLS IRANIAN OPPOSITION 'DANGEROUS.' / TEHRAN REJECTS U.S. INTEREST IN JOURNALIST'S CASE / WASHINGTON DESCRIBES RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN IRAN / IAEA ALMOST FINISHED IN IRAN / IAEA CHIEF URGES GREATER IRANIAN TRANSPARENCY / EU IDENTIFIES 'RED LINE' FOR TALKS WITH IRAN / TEHRAN RECOMMENDS POSTPONEMENT OF ANNAN VISIT / IRANIAN INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQI AFFAIRS TAKES VARIOUS GUISES / STILL SEEKING A STABLE GOVERNMENT / BANK DIRECTORS REPLACED / MORE PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS APPOINTED / A RISING STAR IN PARTY POLITICS
  • No new proposal on Iran's nuclear issue, says Asefi IRNA 13 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday denied existence of any proposal on Iran's nuclear activities.
  • Iran insists on carrying out uranium enrichment inside country IRNA 13 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday stressed that uranium enrichment should be conducted inside the country.
  • Compromise nuclear offer could take years, says Samore IRNA 13 Nov 2005 -- Gary Samore, former National Security advisor to US President Bill Clinton, has welcomed the 'uranium compromise' offer being made to Iran but suggests that it could take years to negotiate because of its complexities.
  • Larijani: IAEA should respect application of NPT IRNA 13 Nov 2005 -- Head of Armenian Presidential Office Artashes Tumanxan in Tehran on Sunday exchanged views with Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on bilateral and regional issues.
  • Iran Rejects U.S. Charges On Nuclear Program RFE/RL 13 Nov 2005 -- Iran has dismissed fresh U.S. allegations about its atomic ambitions ahead of a crucial meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog agency.
  • Iranian Nuclear Plant 80 Percent Completed RFE/RL 13 Nov 2005 -- The head of Russia's Security Council says work to build a nuclear-power plant in Iran is more than 80 percent completed.
  • Iran Rejects US Allegations about Nuclear Arms Program VOA 13 Nov 2005 -- Iran is dismissing a newspaper report that says U.S. intelligence officials have thousands of pages of documents proving Tehran is trying to build a nuclear bomb.
  • Nuclear not only issue on agenda: Russia's Ivanov IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Visiting Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov said here Friday that Tehran's nuclear program is not the only issue on the agenda of talks with senior Iranian officials.
  • Mottaki: NAM troika meeting with Iranian officials on nuclear issue "positive" IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki described as "positive" the meeting held here Friday by the three Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members with Iranian officials, and said the meeting affirmed the indisputable right of all signatory countries to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to gain access to nuclear technology.
  • Talks between Larijani, Russian counterpart start IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Bilateral talks between the visiting Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov and Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani opened here Saturday.
  • European Parliament to debate Iran IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- In a debate with the European Union Council and the European Commission, the European Parliament will respond to the President of Iran's recent statement on Israel during the EP's plenary session in Strasbourg Wednesday.
  • Ivanov denies alleged Russian proposal to Iran IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Visiting Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov here Saturday rejected news by certain local media that Russia had presented a proposal to Iran on the nuclear issue.
  • Larijani urges change in attitude rather than new proposals IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Saturday urged a change in attitude rather than new proposals in talks to try to resolve the Iran nuclear issue.
  • NAM troika calls on Europeans to response positively to Iran's offer IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Foreign ministers of three Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries (the Troika) here Friday called on the European side to act positively on Iran's initiative for resumption of nuclear talks.
  • No new proposal on table about nuclear program : Ivanov, Larijani IRNA 12 Nov 2005 -- Iranian and Russian top security officials said on Saturday that there is no proposal on the table about Iranian nuclear program.
  • Russian Security Official In Tehran For Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 12 Nov 2005 -- Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov met today with Iranian nuclear officials to discuss Russia's role in helping Tehran develop nuclear-power plants.
  • Iran Insists on Retaining Right to Produce Nuclear Fuel VOA 12 Nov 2005 -- The head of Iran's nuclear agency says the Islamic Republic must be allowed to produce nuclear fuel domestically.
  • Iran calls on Japan to support its peaceful nuclear stance IRNA 11 Nov 2005 -- Iran's Ambassador to Japan Mohsen Talaie here Thursday called for Tokyo's support for Tehran's nuclear stance and its right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
  • Mottaki: Iran pursues trust building process in its peaceful nuclear program IRNA 11 Nov 2005 -- Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Manouchehr Mottaki said here Friday that Tehran keeps pursuing efforts aimed at trust building regarding its peaceful nuclear program and it had already taken long strides in that respect, but would not yield to any pressure.
  • Larijani: progress observed in process of nuclear negotiations IRNA 11 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said here Friday the combination of Iran's negotiating envoy is changed now and progress is observed in country's nuclear negotiations with foreign countries.
  • Iran 'Open' To Proposal On Nuclear Work RFE/RL 11 Nov 2005 -- Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, today said that Iran wants to be able to enrich uranium on its territory, but is open to the possibility of it being enriched abroad for its needs
  • Rice Denies Report Of Nuclear Offer To Iran RFE/RL 10 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. today denied newspaper reports that Washington and Europe have agreed on a new proposal to resolve their nuclear row with Iran.
  • Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator: Iran seeks cooperation not collision with int'l community IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- "The international community has been to a great extent misled with biased, politicized and exaggerated information on Iranian nuclear programs and activities," a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator told a gathering of Belgian university students in Antwerp Wednesday evening.
  • Iran has right to develop peaceful nuclear program, says Rosatom IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Chief of the Russian Federal Nuclear Energy Agency (Rosatom) Alexander Rumyantsev claimed that Iran has the right and grounds to develop a peaceful nuclear energy programe.
  • Russia offers Iran 'uranium compromise' IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Russia was reported Thursday to be proposing a compromise plan that will permit Iran to continue uranium conversion at its Isfahan plant.
  • Bushehr power station to be implemented: Moscow IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Spokesman for the Russian Atomic Energy Agency Nikolai Shingarev said here Thursday that the project on Bushehr Nuclear Power Station is currently underway and is expected be completed on schedule.
  • Designated German FM insists on Iran's right for peaceful nuclear use IRNA 10 Nov 2005 -- Designated German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier here Thursday stressed on Iran's right to have a peaceful civilian nuclear program.
  • Iran: Power Shift Leaves Reformers Out In The Cold RFE/RL 10 Nov 2005 -- As the proverbial insult follows an injury, so the loss of public office by Iran's reformers has preceded public discord, and immediate political irrelevance, with power moving to the political right and center, into the hands of young radicals or veteran officials.
  • Majlis starts debate on proposed ministers' confirmation IRNA 09 Nov 2005 -- The Majlis (Parliament) began minutes ago debates on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nominees to four ministries prior to taking a vote on their confirmation.
  • Larijani: Iran not intimidated by threats of referral to Security Council IRNA 09 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said threats of Iran's nuclear case being referred to the United Nations Security Council will not scare Iran.
  • Ahmadinejad: Spirit of coordination should prevail in cabinet IRNA 09 Nov 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed the importance of having the spirit of coordination prevail before other considerations in his cabinet.
  • Iran's President Wins Three Cabinet Picks, Withdraws Fourth RFE/RL 09 Nov 2005 -- The Iranian legislature expressed votes of confidence in three new cabinet members today, further rounding out the new administration of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, state television and Radio Farda reported.
  • Iran's President Withdraws Oil Ministry Nominee RFE/RL 09 Nov 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today withdrew his nomination of Sadeq Mahsuli for oil minister.
  • Iran: Still Seeking A Stable Government RFE/RL 09 Nov 2005 -- The Iranian legislature is scheduled to vote on four cabinet nominees on 9 November, having rejecting four of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's choices in August
  • Elbaradei asks Iran for greater cooperation IRNA 08 Nov 2005 -- Against the backdrop of continuing full-scale Iranian cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog as shown in the recent opening of its sensitive military site in Parchin to IAEA inspectors, IAEA Director-General Mohammed Elbaradei here Monday requested broader transparency and cooperation from Iran in efforts to clear the issue on its nuclear program.
  • Asefi regrets EU's glaring unawareness of Iran, int'l developments IRNA 08 Nov 2005 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Tuesday expressed regret over what he called the European Union's (EU) glaring unawareness of developments in Iran and the world as a whole.
  • Europeans have gone to extremes about Iran's nuclear program - Larijani IRNA 08 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that Europeans have gone to extremes on Iran's nuclear program.
  • British Defense Secretary Says Terror Attacks in Iraq May Have Iranian Links VOA 08 Nov 2005 -- British Defense Secretary John Reid says recent terrorists attacks in Iraq may have links to elements in Iran.
  • Iran Rejects EU Call To Freeze Nuclear Activities RFE/RL 08 Nov 2005 -- Iran has rejected a call by the European Union to freeze all its nuclear-fuel activities.
  • Iran: Nuclear Agency's Chief Urges Greater Iranian Transparency RFE/RL 08 Nov 2005 -- The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported progress in clarifying issues about Iran's nuclear program but urged Tehran to cooperate more swiftly
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 44 08 November 2005 -- AHMADINEJAD STILL IN CHARGE OF NUCLEAR PROGRAM, DESPITE SPECULATION TO THE CONTRARY / IRANIAN POLITICIANS CRITICIZE PRESIDENT'S ANTI-ISRAELI REMARKS... / ...AS UN SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS THEM / IAEA CHIEF ADVOCATES PATIENCE ON IRAN / LONDON CALLS ON TEHRAN TO RESUME NUCLEAR DISCUSSIONS / IRAN WANTS GREATER NUCLEAR COOPERATION / MORE IRANIANS COMPLETE RUSSIAN NUCLEAR TRAINING / HOSTAGE CRISIS CELEBRATED IN IRAN / IRANIANS DEMONSTRATE IN FRONT OF ITALIAN EMBASSY / TURKMEN, IRANIAN PRESIDENTS DISCUSS BILATERAL RELATIONS / FOUR NEW MINISTERS PROPOSED IN IRAN / AYATOLLAHS SYMPATHIZE WITH JAILED JOURNALIST / U.S. CALLS FOR JAILED JOURNALIST'S RELEASE / AHVAZ BOMBERS ARRESTED / ROUNDTABLE CLARIFIES COUNCIL'S SUPERVISORY ROLE / JUDICIARY CHIEF DECRIES ECONOMIC CORRUPTION / FORUM EXAMINES ADVANCES FOR WOMEN, FOCUSES ON MUSLIM SOCIETIES / IRAN CRACKS DOWN ON MANNEQUINS
  • British Official Warns Iran Not to Meddle in Iraq AFPS 07 Nov 2005 -- Iran shouldn't meddle in Iraqi affairs, Great Britain's top defense official said here today.
  • EU FMs to discuss EU-Iran ties IRNA 07 Nov 2005 -- The European Union Foreign Ministers' Council is to discuss the relationship between the European Union and the Islamic Republic during its regular monthly meeting in Brussels Monday.
  • Door remains open for resumption of EU-Iran talks, says UK IRNA 07 Nov 2005 -- The British government confirmed Monday that Foreign Secretary Jack Straw had received a letter from Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, calling for a resumption of nuclear talks with the EU.
  • Solana: EU to send reply to Iran IRNA 07 Nov 2005 -- EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana said Monday that the EU has received a letter from Iran calling for a resumption of negotiations over the country's nuclear program.
  • EU Ministers Study Iran Nuclear Proposal RFE/RL 07 Nov 2005 -- EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana said today that the European Union is studying a call by Iran to restart negotiations on its nuclear program.
  • Inspection of Parchin site not for first time: Asefi IRNA 06 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday it was not the first time the International Atomic Energy Agency inspected Iran's Parchin site as the IAEA had previously conducted such inspections.
  • Larijani calls for negotiations with EU three states on nuclear program IRNA 06 Nov 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here on Sunday called for negotiations with three European states on Iranian nuclear program.
  • Iran calls on Annan to postpone visit to Tehran Iran IRNA 05 Nov 2005 -- Iran has asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan to pospone his visit to Tehran to a more suitable opportunity, said an informed source at Iran's Foreign Ministry Friday afternoon.
  • India, Russia discuss Iran nuclear issue IRNA 05 Nov 2005 -- Ahead of the crucial meeting of the IAEA on Iran's nuclear issue later this month, External Affairs Minister K.
  • EU wants to return to negotiations with Iran IRNA 05 Nov 2005 -- The European Union Foreign Ministers' Council is to review the EU's engagement policy with the Islamic Republic during its regular monthly meeting in Brussels on Monday.
  • Annan Cancels Trip To Iran RFE/RL 04 Nov 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has cancelled a planned trip to Iran this month because of the controversy involving the Iranian president's comments about Israel.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 43 03 November 2005 -- QODS DAY SHOWS REGIME'S DANGEROUS SIDE / TEHRAN UNENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT TALKS WITH WASHINGTON / IRAN HOPES TO SELL DISCOUNTED NUCLEAR FUEL / IRAN-MOSCOW COOPERATION HEADQUARTERS TO BE CREATED / TEHRAN'S ENVOY NOTES POSSIBILITY OF SCO MEMBERSHIP / OFFICIALS CONTRADICT EACH OTHER ON AHVAZ BOMBINGS / LEGISLATURE BACKS RETALIATORY TRADE RESTRICTIONS / DISSIDENT JOURNALIST ALLEGEDLY BEATEN / GOVERNMENT ALLEGEDLY TRYING TO SILENCE STUDENTS / FINANCIAL CRIMINALS TO BE NAMED AND SHAMED / LABOR ACTION IN IRANIAN KURDISTAN / PRESIDENT DISCUSSES ECONOMIC PLANS / IRAN-PAKISTAN-INDIA PIPELINE TALKS CONTINUE IN TEHRAN / ANALYSTS GIVE ECONOMIC PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT MIXED MARKS
  • Douste Blazy: EU to begin new round of nuclear talks with Iran IRNA 03 Nov 2005 -- French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said here Wednesday to French Parliament members that France and the other two European countries are willing to open a new wound of nuclear talks with Iran.
  • UN approves Iran President's proposal on nuclear disarmament (Analysis) IRNA 03 Nov 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposal to the World Summit in New York last September on nuclear disarmament was approved by United Nations committee less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the seasonal meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Deputy FM: Iranian nuclear program will not deviate NPT IRNA 03 Nov 2005 -- Special Presidential Envoy and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American affairs, Saeed Jalili, in a meeting with the Cuban President Fidel Castro in Havana on Thursday said that Iranian nuclear nuclear program will not be deviated from Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • Diplomats Say Iran Close to Restarting Uranium Processing VOA 03 Oct 2005 -- Diplomats say Iran is readying a new phase of uranium processing, despite a call by the U.N. atomic agency to suspend all sensitive nuclear work.
  • Iran determined to use peaceful nuclear energy: Official IRNA 02 Nov 2005 -- Iran on Tuesday once again said it is determined to use its inevitable right to have access to peaceful nuclear energy.
  • Mottaki reinstates Iran's ambassador to United Nations IRNA 02 Nov 2005 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that he reinstated Iranian Ambassador to United Nations Mohammad-Zavad Zarif.
  • No explicit or implicit military threat against Iran, says Blair IRNA 02 Nov 2005 -- Prim Minister Tony Blair Wednesday played down his earlier warning to Iran, saying that he was making neither an explicit nor implicit military threat.
  • Blair Calls on Iran to Meet International Obligations VOA 02 Nov 2005 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says military action against Iran is not contemplated, but he says the international community demands Iran meet its obligations for global security.
  • IRAN: AHMADINEJAD'S 'HATRED' FOR ISRAEL 'RIGHTLY SICKENS' THE WORLD US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 02 Nov 2005
  • Iran Announces Major Diplomatic Shakeup RFE/RL 02 Nov 2005 -- Iran's government has announced a massive overhaul of the Islamic republic's diplomatic service.
  • Iran Reportedly Allows Inspectors Into Military Site RFE/RL 02 Nov 2005 -- Iran has reportedly granted United Nations nuclear inspectors a return visit to a secret Iranian military site.
  • Iranian President Nominates New Oil Minister RFE/RL 02 Nov 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has nominated Sadeq Mahsouli as oil minister.
  • Iran: President Still In Charge Of Nuclear Program, Despite Speculation To The Contrary RFE/RL 02 Nov 2005 -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's forays into foreign policy since his inauguration in August continue to elicit negative reactions from the international community and from many Iranian observers
  • UN committee approves Iran-proposed resolution to strengthen nuclear disarmament IRNA 01 Nov 2005 -- The Disarmament Committee of the United Nations General Assembly here Monday approved an Iran- proposed resolution to strengthen measures to implement nuclear disarmament and the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
  • Iran: President's Anti-Israel Remarks Spark Internal Criticism RFE/RL 01 Nov 2005 -- Last week, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said that "Israel should be wiped off the map."



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