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Iran to Accept Snap UN Nuke Checks
Wed November 5, 2003 10:34 AM ET

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's representative to the United Nations atomic watchdog said Wednesday his country would give the U.N. a letter formally accepting tougher, short-notice nuclear inspections within days.
"The letter has been prepared and we are going to hand it over to the IAEA Secretariat," Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency told Reuters in an interview.

Salehi also said Iran had given the IAEA original drawings of uranium-enrichment centrifuge components on which IAEA inspectors had found traces of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium. "They have enough clues now to make their own conclusions," he said.

Iran says the parts were contaminated with the highly enriched uranium before Iran purchased them abroad, an explanation that has met with skepticism among countries like the United States which believe Iran bought or purified the uranium itself for use in a bomb.

A diplomat familiar with the IAEA told Reuters that delivery of the original drawings is significant, because they represent the "building blocks of Iran's centrifuge program.";jsessionid=XVFPXD0ICLXXKCRBAEOCFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=3760578
18 posted on 11/05/2003 7:54:29 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
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Today: November 05, 2003 at 8:04:53 PST

Iranian Nobel Laureate Given Bodyguards

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been given bodyguards by police following a number of death threats since she returned to Iran last month, a close associate said Wednesday.

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, spokesman for the Center for Protecting Human Rights, said Ebadi has received one or two threatening letters a day since a week after the Nobel was announced Oct. 10.

Dadkhah said one of the letters depicted a knife and another threatened, "You will be punished for this prize."

Dadkhah said it was not clear who was sending the death threats but that it appeared to be a warning by extremist groups. He didn't elaborate.

Police have responded by assigning bodyguards to Ebadi, according to Dadkhah. Police have also given her a police car with a driver. The protection was provided after the center, co-founded by Ebadi, wrote to Iran's Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari warning that her life was in danger, he said.

Police officials were not immediately available for comment.

Ebadi, a human rights and pro-democracy lawyer, won the Nobel for efforts that included promoting the cause of women and children in Iran and worldwide. She is the first Iranian and Muslim woman to win the award.

While reformers hailed Ebadi's victory as a "source of pride for Iran and a boost to democratic reforms," hard-liners denounced her as a "Western mercenary."

Gholamreza Hasani, who represents Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in northwestern Iran, has described Ebadi as a "mentally retarded woman with secular thinking."

In her first news conference in Tehran last month as a Nobel laureate, Ebadi demanded Iranian leaders free all political prisoners, including journalists and activists jailed for allegedly insulting the hard-line authorities. She said last week there has been no response from the leadership.

After a daring speech last week at Amir Kabir University where Ebadi praised modern and ancient enemies of the Islamic hard-liners who rule Iran, she made a small but telling gesture: shaking hands with two men, Habibollah Peyman and Mohammad Maleki, both prominent dissidents. Under Iran's Islamic-inspired laws, it is a crime for men and women who are not related to shake hands in public. Possible punishments range from jail to flogging.

On Wednesday, Sajjad Qoroqi, a reformist student leader who helped organize the speech, said authorities have since banned Ebadi, Peyman and Maleki from addressing students at that university for a year "under pressure from Khameneni's representative."
20 posted on 11/05/2003 9:32:03 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (You may forget the one with whom you have laughed, but never the one with whom you have wept.)
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