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December 2005 Iran Special Weapons News



  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 50 27 December 2005 -- IRANIAN BAHA'I DIES IN JAIL / IRAN AS 'PIONEER OF HUMAN RIGHTS.' / DISSIDENT WRITER BARRED FROM ACCEPTING HONOR IN FRANCE / IRANIANS CONCERNED OVER INTERNET FILTERING / HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH TROUBLED BY IRANIAN MINISTERS / STUDENT ACTIVISTS HAVE LEGAL TROUBLES / JAILED LAWYER'S CONDITION WORSENS / POLICEMAN SAYS TEHRAN'S POLLUTION LETHAL / ATTACKERS OF PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE ARRESTED / IRAN, EU NUCLEAR TALKS RESUME / TEHRAN DISCUSSES ENERGY AMBITIONS / IRAN NEEDS NO SECURITY GUARANTEES / ISRAELI MILITARY INTELLIGENCE WARNS OF IRANIAN CRUISE MISSILES / IRAN DISMISSES CLAIMS ON PERSIAN GULF ISLANDS / IRAN-AZERBAIJAN GAS PIPELINE INAUGURATED / IRANIAN VICE PRESIDENT VISITS BEIRUT / IRANIAN EX-PRESIDENTS DISCUSS PALESTINE / DOMESTIC DRUG ABUSE AND SMUGGLING ON THE RISE
  • US Sanctions Nine Companies for Aiding Iranian Weapons Efforts VOA 27 Dec 2005 - The Bush administration said Tuesday it has imposed sanctions on nine foreign companies for selling Iran hardware or ingredients for weapons of mass destruction. Those penalized include six Chinese firms, two from India, and one from Austria.
  • Afghanistan, Iran Sign Consular Agreement RFE/RL 26 Dec 2005 -- Iran and Afghanistan signed a memorandum of understanding on consular cooperation during a one-day visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to Kabul.
  • Intelligence minister reacts to German weekly claim IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Iran's Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei in response to German Weekly " Der Spiegel" claim concerning the possibility of US attack to Iran said, " The US statesmen are more clever to have the intention of attacking Iran, because they know that such an act would have a very expensive cost for them".
  • Iran, Russia discuss purchase of Tupolev-204 IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Qolamreza Ansari discussed on Saturday purchase of Tupolev-204 planes from Russia with the managing director of 'Aviastar Aviation Company' in Oliyanovsk province in Russia.
  • Iran receives no concrete plan from Russia: Asefi IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza here Sunday rejected news that Tehran had received a plan from Moscow to enrich uranium in Russia.
  • Specialized nuclear talks to continue in January IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday that specialized nuclear talks will continue in January 2006, with the first slated for January 18.
  • Asefi: Safety of Bushehr nuclear power plant reported by IAEA IRNA 25 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday, responding to a question about the call by Persian Gulf Cooperation Council for security guarantees about the activities at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, said that the UN nuclear watchdog has once confirmed its safety standards and its conformity with international standards.
  • Iran Rejects Moscow Offer To Enrich Uranium In Russia RFE/RL 25 Dec 2005 -- Iran today rejected an offer from Russia to enrich uranium for its nuclear program in Russia.
  • Iran not after mere negotiations, says Majlis speaker IRNA 24 Dec 2005 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said here Saturday Iran does not want to hold negotiations with the European Union trio just for the sake of negotiations.
  • Russia Repeats Enrichment Offer To Iran RFE/RL 24 Dec 2005 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry confirms that Moscow has reiterated its offer to Iran to enrich uranium for the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program.
  • Moscow Again Offers to Reprocess Iranian Nuclear Fuel in Russia VOA 24 Dec 2005 -- Russia says it again has presented to Iran a proposal for reprocessing uranium in Russia from Iran's nuclear plants.
  • IAEA denies reports on credentials submit of new Iranian envoy IRNA 23 Dec 2005 -- A source at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday denied reports on introduction and receipt of the credentials of new Iranian envoy to the Agency.
  • Iranians to defend nuclear rights to last blood drop: Khatami IRNA 23 Dec 2005 -- Tehran's substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ahmad Khatami said here Friday the Iranian nation will defend its inalienable nuclear rights to last drop of its blood.
  • Iran Appoints New Nuclear Envoy RFE/RL 23 Dec 2005 -- Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today officially appointed Ali Asghar Soltanieh as Iran's new envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • U.S. Condemns Iran's Persecution of Bahai Religious Prisoner Washington File 23 Dec 2005 -- The United States has condemned Iran for its religious persecution of Zabihullah Mahrami and a 10-year imprisonment that ended with his death at the age of 59 on December 15. Mahrami was a member of Iran's persecuted Bahai religious minority.
  • Iran, EU3 determined to settle nuclear crisis: Akhoundzadeh IRNA 22 Dec 2005 -- Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh said that Iran and Europe were both determined to settle the Iran nuclear issue.
  • Iran's Suspected Nuclear Weapons Program Key Issue for World Community VOA 22 Dec 2005 -- Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program remains a key problem for the international community.
  • Mottaki: Chemically disabled, proof of Iranians' innocence IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Wednesday that the chemical disabled are proof of the innocence of Iranian people during the Sacred Defense era (1980-88).
  • Al-Assad stresses Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stressed Iran's right to gain access to peaceful nuclear technoloy in acordance with international laws and regulations.
  • Iran, EU resume nuclear dialogue in Vienna IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- Iran and the European Union trio -- Britain, France, Germany -- here on Wednesday began their first round of nuclear talks behind closed doors after a five-month suspension.
  • First round of Iran-EU3 talks end IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- The first round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the European Union trio -- Britain, France, Germany -- ended behind closed doors at the premises of the French Embassy in Vienna on Wednesday.
  • 2nd round of Iran-EU3 talks opens IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- The second round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the EU3 started behind closed doors at Iran's representative office in the Vienna-based International Center at 15:30 hours local time (18:00 hours Tehran time) on Wednesday.
  • Iran, EU agree to continue nuclear talks in January IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- The Iranian delegation and representatives of EU trio - France, Germany and Britain - agreed here Wednesday to continue their talks on Iran nuclear program in Vienna in January.
  • Iran, Europeans to Hold More Nuclear Talks in January VOA 21 Dec 2005 -- Iranian and European diplomats have agreed to resume negotiations on Tehran's controversial nuclear program in January.
  • Top Diplomat says Europe Must Concede Iran's Right to Nuclear Fuel Cycle VOA 21 Dec 2005 -- Iran is insisting that European negotiators meeting in Vienna acknowledge Tehran's right to develop a full nuclear fuel cycle.
  • Iran, EU to hold nuclear talks in two stages in Vienna - diplomat IRNA 20 Dec 2005 -- Iranian delegates will hold negotiations on Iranian nuclear program with representatives of European states, France, Britain and Germany, in two stages on Wednesday.
  • European troika's senior officials to attend nuclear talks IRNA 19 Dec 2005 -- Senior officials of the European Union troika (Germany, France and Britain) will attend the nuclear negotiations with Iran slated to open here Wednesday.
  • New round of Iran-EU talks should be based on definite timetable IRNA 19 Dec 2005 -- The new round of Iran-EU nuclear talks should be based on a definite timetable, purposeful and serious, said deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs Abbas Araqchi here on Monday.
  • Larijani: Iranians are determined to continue with uranium enrichment IRNA 19 Dec 2005 -- Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Nishida Tsuneo conferred here Monday with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on the country's peaceful application of nuclear technology.
  • Iran condemns EU positions as 'unacceptable' IRNA 19 Dec 2005 -- European Union High Representative for a Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana met Iranian ambassador to Brussels, Ali Ahani on Monday and conveyed to him the 'great concern' of EU leaders about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statements concerning Israel.
  • Iran's Nuclear Program Must Be Stopped, Says Bush RFE/RL 19 Dec 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush said today Washington remains committed to diplomacy to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 49 19 December 2005 -- AHMADINEJAD'S ANTI-ISRAEL STATEMENTS REFLECT OFFICIAL LINE / FRIDAY PRAYER LEADERS BACK PRESIDENT'S COMMENTS ON ISRAEL / RUSSIA REJECTS AHMADINEJAD'S REMARKS ON HOLOCAUST / ARMENIAN FOREIGN MINISTER REFRAINS FROM COMMENTING ON AHMADINEJAD'S REMARKS / ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CALLS ON AZERBAIJAN TO DENOUNCE AHMADINEJAD / EU READY TO CONDEMN AHMADINEJAD'S HOLOCAUST DENIAL / IRANIAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REJECTS REPORTS OF AHMADINEJAD AURA COMMENTS / PARLIAMENT APPROVES NEW OIL MINISTER / SOME LEGISLATORS WANT MINISTER SACKED FOR PLANE CRASH / TEHRAN PREACHER, OFFICIALS APPOINTED / MOTTAKI VISITS PAKISTAN / NAVAL EXERCISES IN SOUTHEAST IRAN CONCLUDE / PREPARING FOR THE NEXT BIG VOTE / ISLAMIC SCHOLARS DEBATE SUICIDE BOMBING AND HOSTAGE-TAKING / AL-QAEDA PROMOTION OF RELIGIOUS DIVISIONS ANGERS LEBANESE SHI'A / LEBANESE WANT 'TRUTH,' BUT NOT ALL WELCOME MEHLIS REPORT
  • IRAQ-IRAN: Landmine agreement signed IRIN 18 Dec 2005 -- The Iraqi government signed a memorandum of understanding with Tehran last week aimed at eliminating landmines planted in the country during its war with Iran in the 1980s.
  • Gulf Arab Leaders Study Proposal for Nuclear-Free Region VOA 19 Dec 2005 -- Six Arab states on the Persian Gulf are considering a proposal to invite Iran to join in declaring the oil-rich region a nuclear-free zone.
  • No preconditions in Iran-EU talks, says Larijani IRNA 18 Dec 2005 -- Nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union will be held with no preconditions on December 21, a senior Iranian official said here Sunday.
  • Reaction to president's remark illogical: Asefi IRNA 18 Dec 2005 -- A senior Iranian official here Sunday termed as "irrational and illogical" the reaction of the West and Europeans to the statement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Zionist regime, saying it was a scientific debate.
  • Iran's future performance depends on nuclear talks: Asefi IRNA 18 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said what Iran is going to do in the future depends on its upcoming nuclear talks with Europe.
  • Rice: Iran Can't Be Trusted With Nuclear Technology RFE/RL 18 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today that Iran cannot be trusted with technology that could lead to nuclear arms.
  • Europeans use negotiations chance with Iran properly: Rowhani IRNA 17 Dec 2005 -- The Supreme Leader's representative to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Hassan Rowhani, here Saturday urged Europe's negotiators to take advantage of the opportunity open for nuclear negotiations and not be influenced by the hue and cry of international Zionism or Washington.
  • Navy commander: C130 plane, among safest aircraft worldwide IRNA 17 Dec 2005 -- The C130 plane which is among the safest aircraft worldwide, was used for transport of passengers to the maneuver zone in southeastern port city of Chabahar (Sistan- Baluchestan province) due to its high safety standards, the Navy commander said on Saturday.
  • British MP: Iran entitled to peaceful nuclear activity IRNA 17 Dec 2005 -- A British parliamentarian from the Respect Party, George Galloway, here Saturday said that Iran is entitled to peaceful nuclear activity.
  • EU Leaders Issue Warning For Iran RFE/RL 17 Dec 2005 -- European Union leaders have formally condemned Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's remarks on Israel, and warned that time is running out for a diplomatic solution on the Iranian nuclear issue.
  • Iran's President Threatens To Block Nuclear Inspections RFE/RL 17 Dec 2005 -- Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported today that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has signed legislation that could restrict UN inspections of Iran's nuclear sites.
  • Rafsanjani rejects US allegations on Iran's interference in Iraq IRNA 16 Dec 2005 -- Tehran's Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani rejected any allegation by the US administration regarding Iran's interference in Iraq.
  • EU holding exploratory talks with Iran next Wednesday, UK confirms IRNA 16 Dec 2005 -- The British government confirmed Friday that the EU would hold exploratory talks with Iran to assess the possibility of resuming negotiations over its nuclear programme in Vienna on December 21.
  • Defense Minister: Iran to respond vigorously to any aggression IRNA 16 Dec 2005 -- Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar stressed that Iran will vigorously respond to any kind of aggression.
  • Growing Concern Over Iran's Nuclear Ambitions VOA 16 Dec 2005 -- Iran's president renewed attacks against Israel this week, dismissing the Holocaust as a "myth".
  • Russia Condemns Iranian President's Holocaust Denial RFE/RL 16 Dec 2005 -- Russia has condemned Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust.
  • Iran: President's Anti-Israel Statements Reflect The Official Line RFE/RL 15 Dec 2005 -- Many explanations have been offered to explain Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's numerous anti-Israeli statements in recent weeks
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran to defend its nuclear achievements IRNA 14 Dec 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran will defend its nuclear achievements and insist on its undeniable right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
  • Polling only solution to Palestine problem, President IRNA 14 Dec 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday Iran believed polling was the only solution to the Palestinian problem so that the Palestinians would be given a chance to determine their own fate.
  • Last stage of military exercise conducted in presence of president IRNA 14 Dec 2005 -- In the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the last stage of military exercise at the Oman Sea was staged.
  • Israel's Peres Tells Ahmadinejad To 'Cool Off' RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres today said that Iran's president should "go to Alaska to cool off a little bit" after his latest anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli remarks.
  • Iran's President Says Holocaust A 'Myth' RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today described the Holocaust as a "myth" and reiterated that Israel should be moved elsewhere.
  • Iran: President Launches Fresh Verbal Attack On Israel RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has launched another verbal attack on Israel. In a speech to thousands of people today, Ahmadinejad dismissed the Holocaust as a "myth" and reiterated his view that Israel should be relocated out of the Middle East.
  • RFE/RL Iran Report, Volume 8, Number 48 14 December 2005 -- IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAKES AN IMPRESSION AT ISLAMIC SUMMIT / PLANE CRASH BRINGS DEATH, GRIEF AND INDIGNATION / PRESIDENT SETS OUT ENERGY PLANS... / ...AND DENOUNCES DOMESTIC CRITICS / IRAN, EU TO TALK ABOUT RESUMING NUCLEAR TALKS... / ...BUT WHAT IS THERE TO DISCUSS? / WESTERN OFFICIALS IRKED BY IRAN'S POSITION / IRAN WANTS MORE NUCLEAR PLANTS... / ...AND DISMISSES ISRAELI THREATS / CONSTITUTIONAL JURISTS APPROVE BILL ON NUCLEAR SPOT CHECKS / IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS NO PLANS TO TALK TO U.S. / SOLDIERS APPOINTED TO INTERIOR MINISTRY POSTS / GOVERNMENT APPOINTS SPOKESMAN / PRESIDENT NAMES OIL MINISTRY CANDIDATE / FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS AZERBAIJAN / DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER IN SYRIA / IRANIAN LEGISLATORS VISIT CZECH REPUBLIC / IRAQI VICE PRESIDENT IN TEHRAN / STUDENTS DISSATISFIED WITH RESTRICTIONS, APPOINTMENTS / JURISTS, ACTIVISTS URGE DETAINED LAWYER'S RELEASE... / ...IN A FORTNIGHT OF PROSECUTIONS / IRANIAN REFORMERS COMPLAIN OF PRESSURES ON THE PRESS / RIGHTS GROUP REPORTS ON ABUSES IN IRAN / POLITICAL DETAINEE SENT TO HARSH PRISON / FINANCE MINISTER EXPRESSES ECONOMIC OPTIMISM / MINISTER SAYS IRAN TO CUT RATE OF HIV INFECTION
  • Israel: Iran Could Enrich Uranium in March VOA 13 Dec 2005 -- Israel's army says Iran is making swift progress toward developing a nuclear weapon.
  • Iran, Russia determined to complete Bushehr power plant sans delay IRNA 13 Dec 2005 -- Iran and Russia are seriously determined to complete and inaugurate the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in southern Iran without further delays.
  • Iran acquired peaceful nuclear technology by itself: Official IRNA 13 Dec 2005 -- Iran is the first country which has acquired nuclear technology for peaceful purposes by itself, Head of the Presiding and Inspection Board of the High Council of Cultural Revolution, Hassan Ghafourifard, said on Tuesday.
  • Motion tabled at Majlis to impeach defense minister IRNA 13 Dec 2005 -- The Majlis Presiding Board here Tuesday announced a motion has been tabled in the parliament to impeach Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar.
  • Australian envoy: Iran entitled to production of nuclear energy IRNA 13 Dec 2005 -- Australian Ambassador to Tehran Gregory Lawrence Moriaty here Tuesday said that Iran is entitled to produce nuclear energy and expressed his country's continued encouragement for Iran's further transparency and confidence building.
  • Majlis Speaker: Peaceful nuclear cooperation with Russia continues IRNA 12 Dec 2005 -- Islamic Consultative Assembly, Majlis, Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said here Monday in a press conference, "There is no difference of opinion between Iran and Russia on Tehran's peaceful nuclear programs and bilateral cooperation in that field would continue."
  • FM says world should be free of WMD IRNA 12 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Said here Monday that "not only the Middle East but the whole world should be free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)."
  • Iraqi defense advisor meets defense minister IRNA 11 Dec 2005 -- Advisor and special envoy of Iraqi defense minister Lieutenant General Youssef Vadi Al-Emara and Iranian Minister of Defense General Mostafa Mohammad Najar here Sunday conferred on matters of mutual interest.
  • Elbaradei confirms Iran's position on nuclear energy IRNA 11 Dec 2005 -- Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad Elbaradei confirmed Saturday what Iran calls 'nuclear apartheid' saying this is the same unequal security system in the region.
  • Elbaradei warns Israel on attacking Iran nuclear facilities IRNA 11 Dec 2005 -- Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad Elbaradei warned the Zionist regime Saturday on any military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
  • US firms can participate in nuclear power plant tender: Asefi IRNA 11 Dec 2005 -- Iran on Sunday said the US companies can participate in a tender for construction of a power plant in Iran if they meet necessary standards and enjoy needed qualifications.
  • Iranian Foreign Ministry Supports President's Comments RFE/RL 11 Dec 2005 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry voiced support today for President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's recent remarks regarding the Holocaust and Israel, and expressed surprise at the international outcry over them.
  • Israel Denies British Report It Plans Iran Attack VOA 11 Dec 2005 -- Israel is denying a report in a British newspaper that it plans to attack Iran.
  • EU-Iran talks to resume before Christmas IRNA 10 Dec 2005 -- The European Union and Iranian officials are expected to resume talks before Christmas, according to EU sources.
  • Construction of 360mw nuclear power plant starts: IAEO head IRNA 10 Dec 2005 -- Construction of a 360mw nuclear power plant using domestic-made fueld started in southwestern Khuzestan province on Saturday.
  • ElBaradei calls for resumption of talks on Iran's nuclear program IRNA 10 Dec 2005 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei called for resumption of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.
  • Aqazadeh: Iran not to continue enrichment during nuclear talks IRNA 10 Dec 2005 -- The Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Organization (IAEO) Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh here Saturday underlined that Iran has not started any nuclear activity in Natanz and said that it does not aim to proceed with such activities as gas injection and enrichment during the upcoming nuclear negotiations.
  • Iran Determined to Produce Nuclear Fuel VOA 10 Dec 2005 -- The head of Iran's nuclear agency says his country will resume enrichment activities, but not during nuclear talks with the international community.
  • U.S. Says Iran Close To Nuclear Arms RFE/RL 09 Dec 2005 -- The U.S. State Department warned today that Iran could soon produce nuclear weapons and that UN sanctions may not deter the government in Tehran.
  • Iran: President's Latest Comments About Israel Spark Further Condemnation RFE/RL 09 Dec 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad -- who in October called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" -- has now questioned the extent of the Holocaust and suggested that the Jewish state be moved to Europe.
  • Israel Outraged Over Iranian President's Remarks VOA 09 Dec 2005 -- Israel is expressing growing concern about Iran's nuclear program after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made more belligerent comments against the Jewish state.
  • El-Baradei: World Patience Low On Iran's Nuke Program RFE/RL 09 Dec 2005 -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad el-Baradei said today the international community is losing patience with Iran over its nuclear program.
  • UN, U.S., EU Condemn Iranian President's Remarks On Israel RFE/RL 09 Dec 2005 -- The United Nations, United States, European countries, and Israel have voiced shock and revulsion at comments by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad expressing doubts about the Holocaust and suggesting that the state of Israel be moved to Europe.
  • Israel Should Be On European Soil Says Iranian President RFE/RL 08 Dec 2005 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad today declared that countries that feel responsible for the killing of millions of Jews during World War II should host an Israeli state on their own soil.
  • President urges Muslim heads of state to solve Muslims' problems IRNA 07 Dec 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Wednesday called on Muslim heads of state to find remedies for the Muslim world's problems through unity and solidarity.
  • MP terms West's outlook on Iran's nuclear dossier as biased IRNA 07 Dec 2005 -- Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said here Wednesday that the outlook of West on Iran's nuclear dossier is political and biased.
  • Iran, Sweden discuss discuss nuclear issue IRNA 07 Dec 2005 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and American Affairs Saeed Jalili in a meeting with Chairman of Sweden's Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission Hans Blix briefed him on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and confidence building measures and said that access to nuclear technology is the demand of the nation.
  • Completion of Bushehr powerplant is a priority for Russia IRNA 07 Dec 2005 -- The new head of Russia Atomic Agency Sergei Kirienko said here Wednesday the speedy completion of Bushehr nuclear powerplant is a priority in Moscow's relations with Tehran.
  • UN Nuclear Watchdog Expresses Impatience With Iran RFE/RL 07 Dec 2005 -- The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says that the world is growing impatient with Iran over its nuclear activities.
  • Ivanov: Sale of surface-to-air missiles to Iran perfectly legal IRNA 06 Dec 2005 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov defended here Monday the signing of an agreement to sell surface-to-air missile systems to Iran.
  • Russia Defends Sale of Sophisticated Weapons Systems to Iran VOA 06 Dec 2005 -- Russia has defended the sale of sophisticated missiles to Iran, saying the deal will not upset the balance of power in the Middle East.
  • Iran-IAEA cooperation developing steadily, says Iranian envoy IRNA 06 Dec 2005 -- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and American Affairs Saeid Jalili said Tuesday cooperation between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog is progressing.
  • ElBaradei hopes to resolve Iran's nuclear case by next year IRNA 06 Dec 2005 -- Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Tuesday that he hoped to resolve outstanding issues with regard to Iran's nuclear program by next year.
  • EU-US need constructive approach towards Iran, say nuclear experts IRNA 06 Dec 2005 -- The breakdown of negotiations between Iran and the EU threatens to become a full-scale crisis unless all sides adopt a more constructive and flexible approach, the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) warned Tuesday.
  • Iranian Military Plane Crashes Outside Tehran RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- An Iranian military plane has crashed into a residential area south of Tehran, killing all passengers and crew members.
  • U.S. Opposes Russian Missile Sale To Iran RFE/RL 06 Dec 2005 -- The United States says it opposes Russia's plan to sell some $1 billion worth of missile systems and other arms to Iran, saying the deal will not serve U.S. or regional interests.
  • Russia Defends Missile Sale To Iran RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today defended his country's decision to provide Iran with sophisticated missile defense systems.
  • Defense minister: No power dares to attack Iran IRNA 05 Dec 2005 -- Minister of Defense and Logistics of Armed Forces Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najar said here Monday that no power dares to target Iran, thanks to the martyrs' blood and patience and resistance of their families.
  • Europe's readiness for nuclear talks with Iran positive: Larijani IRNA 05 Dec 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said here Monday that Europe's readiness to hold nuclear talks with Iran was a "positive step".
  • Iran will welcome proposal for enrichment inside Iran, Larijani IRNA 05 Dec 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme Security Council Ali Larijani said on Monday that Iran will welcome any proposal for enrichment of uranium inside Iran.
  • Iran has specified time for confidence building and negotiations IRNA 05 Dec 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Monday that Iran has decided to wait for specified time for negotiations and confidence building with the international community about nuclear program and would go ahead with enrichment after elapse of this period.
  • Iran 'Unilaterally' Rejects Nuclear Deal, Says France RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has said Iran's insistence on enriching uranium on its own soil amounts to a "unilateral" rejection of a Russian proposal to resolve a nuclear standoff with the West.
  • Iran To Build Second Nuclear Reactor RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- Iran's chief atomic negotiator, Ali Larijani, says Tehran will invite bids to build a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor, despite Western pressure on Tehran to scale back its nuclear ambitions.
  • Iran Again Rules Out Iraq Talks With U.S. RFE/RL 04 Dec 2005 -- Iran today reiterated it has no intention of holding talks with the United States on helping improve security in neighboring Iraq.
  • Israel Says It Cannot Tolerate a Nuclear Iran VOA 04 Dec 2005 -- Israel is expressing growing concern about Iran's nuclear capabilities. Israel is hinting at a military option.
  • Ahmadinejad introduces new Oil Ministry nominee IRNA 04 Dec 2005 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Sunday introduced the current caretaker of the Oil Ministry Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh as his new nominee for the oil portfolio.
  • US presence in Iran-Europe talks not necessary, Asefi IRNA 04 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday rejected the necessity of US presence in the Iran-Europe nuclear talks saying, "Tehran believes Washington's interference is one of the reasons behind talks becoming more complicated."
  • MP hopes nuclear talks not lead to int'l consensus against Iran IRNA 04 Dec 2005 -- Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali here Sunday expressed hope that nuclear talks would not be lead to an international consensus against Iran.
  • Asefi: Negotiation with US not on government agenda IRNA 04 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said that negotiation with the US is not on the government agenda, neither is the Iraqi issue for obvious reasons.
  • Iran launches media campaign to inform Western public opinion on nuclear program IRNA 03 Dec 2005 -- Iran is taking the media battle on its nuclear issue right to the heart of the European Union.
  • Larijani terms US proposal for talks with Iran 'promotional' IRNA 03 Dec 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, said on Saturday the US proposal on holding talks with Iran on Iraq developments was promotional and media gesture.
  • Iran's arms trade with Russia not a secret IRNA 03 Dec 2005 -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said here Saturday that talks have been going on with Russia to purchase Tor-M1 missile for a while and that it is not a secret.
  • Russia Seeks To Calm U.S. Over Iran Arms Sales RFE/RL 03 Dec 2005 -- Russia says it has signed an arms deal with Iran but stressed that the weapons are for defense.
  • Iran Approves Nuclear Law VOA 03 Dec 2005 -- Iran's hard-line Guardian Council has approved a bill that would block United Nations inspections of its nuclear facilities and allow it to resume uranium enrichment if it is referred to the U.N. Security Council.
  • Pak cooperating with IAEA on Iran nuclear issue: El Baradei IRNA 02 Dec 2005 -- Hopeful of making a direct interaction with Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohammed El Baradei today said Islamabad had been cooperating with IAEA in resolving issues pertaining to Iran's nuclear issue .
  • Iran Reportedly Buys Russian Surface-To-Air Missiles RFE/RL 02 Dec 2005 -- A Russian newspaper reports that Iran has signed a deal to buy Russian tactical surface-to-air missile systems.
  • Straw wants 'satisfactory settlement' on Iran's nuclear program IRNA 01 Dec 2005 -- Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has spoken of continuing problems in trying to reach a diplomatic solution to concerns about Iran's nuclear program, but remains convinced it must be resolved through talks.
  • Sharon: Israel Will Never Accept Iran With Nuclear Arms RFE/RL 01 Dec 2005 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today said Israel will never accept a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons.
  • U.S. Official Wary Of Iran's 'Radical' Behavior RFE/RL 01 Dec 2005 -- A senior United States diplomat has urged the international community to put pressure on Iran in reaction to what the official describes as Tehran's increasingly "radical" behavior.
  • Iran: Preparing For The Next Big Vote RFE/RL 01 Dec 2005 -- It might seem early to think about the next election in Iran, since the presidential race, which ended in the upset victory of Mahmud Ahmadinejad, took place just six months ago



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