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To: DoctorZIn
Iran Restoring to Procastination Tactics

October 26, 2003
RIA Novosti
Nikolai Terekhov

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi urged Europe to reciprocate in development of peaceful nuclear technologies.

"If Europeans remain unwilling to cooperate with us in provision of advanced technologies, no one can expect Iran's cooperation in this area," Asefi told journalists.

Commenting on the statement announcing Iran's suspension of its work in the area of enriched uranium, Asefi said that "during a visit to Tehran of Foreign Ministers of three Western countries (Germany, Great Britain and France) Iran agreed only to consider a possibility of suspending work in this area".

The Iranian diplomat also said that the parties had reached an agreement on the need to consider the issue of signing the Additional Protocol to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Arms by Tehran at the next session of the IAEA Board. The negotiating parties also agreed to transfer the issue of the Islamic Republic's nuclear technologies from the political to technical context.

"The process of signing the Additional Protocol by Tehran will start after the session of the IAEA Board this November," Asefi said.
24 posted on 10/26/2003 8:08:00 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn; AdmSmith
Foreign investment in Iran up by 350%

Payvand's Iran News

Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance and Head of Iran's Investment Organization Mohammad Khazaie said in Ardebil on Sunday that a 350-percent increase has been observed in the level of foreign investment in Iran during the past year, IRNA reported.

Addressing a seminar of traders from Ardebil province, he added that the investments approved by Iran's Investment Organization from 1993 through late spring of 2002 amounted to dlrs 2.3 billion, while last year's figure stood at dlrs 1.3 billion.

"In recent years, Iran has made a leap in gaining international reputation in the economic sector and its investment risk rate has dropped from six to four.

"Investments can optimize management standards while improvement of public welfare will eliminate poverty and corruption," he added. Khazaie pointed out that investment in agricultural and mines mines sectors as well as tourism are among the exigencies.
25 posted on 10/26/2003 9:59:55 PM PST by F14 Pilot (A whole lot...and More)
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