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To: DoctorZIn
We do know that the Iranian people need a leader to lead their desire for change.
Can you tell us why Reza Pahlavi is not acting as a leader of the Iranians?
20 posted on 11/04/2003 9:33:51 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot
Iran scraps Russia talks over Israeli PM's visit

Hi Pakistan Daily
4th of Nov. 2003

MOSCOW: Hassan Rohani, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, scrapped Kremlin talks on Monday in a move analysts said may be linked to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's presence in Russia.

"He is not coming today," an Iranian embassy official said in Moscow. "We will announce it when there is a precise date of his visit." On Friday, a Russian Atomic Energy Ministry official told Reuters Rohani was expected to announce in Moscow when Tehran would sign a key additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty allowing snap inspections of its nuclear sites.

Iran has in principle agreed to sign the document in what was seen as a major step forward in its months-long standoff with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear programme. However, it has yet to say exactly when it will do so.

Despite US accusations Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Russia is helping Tehran build an $800 million nuclear reactor in Bushehr. Iran says its atomic programme is entirely peaceful.

Political observers in Moscow said the postponement was due to Sharon's visit to Moscow. He arrived on Sunday to discuss, among other things, concerns about Russia-Iran nuclear ties.

"Sharon is the main reason," said Alexander Pikayev of the Carnegie Centre in Moscow. "They can't be in the same city together. Otherwise there'll be talk they're meeting in private."

Israel accuses Iran of backing Islamic militants. The United States, Israel's closest ally, says Iran is part of an "axis of evil" of states pursuing weapons of mass destruction, along with North Korea and pre-war Iraq.

The Iranian embassy official, asked whether Rohani's trip was postponed because it coincided with that of Sharon, said: "No, I can't comment on that."Pikayev said another reason could be a warning by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that Tehran would end co-operation with the IAEA if further demands undermined Iran's national interests.

But a Western diplomat in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, said it was almost inconceivable Iran would end co-operation despite the expressed views of some hardline Iranian officials.
21 posted on 11/04/2003 9:48:09 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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