Report says Iran trains suicide bombers
Death toll rises in Iran quake
Last Updated Sat, 29 May 2004 10:53:31
TEHRAN - Rescue teams were being flown into northern Iran Saturday, a day after earthquake killed at least 45 people and injured about 400 others.
The quake, measuring 6.2 in magnitude, caused serious damage in the city of Sari and in more than 80 villages scattered througout the Alborz mountain range.
Workers remove rocks along the Chalous road in north Iran (AP photo)
Many of the dead appeared to be drivers and their passengers caught in rockslides along the mountain road linking Tehran with the Caspian Sea city of Chalous.
The epicentre was located in the Mazandaran province town of Baladeh, 70 kilometres north of Tehran.
The tremor shattered some windows in the capital and sent startled residents running into the streets.
There have been dozens of aftershocks. Iran sits on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes.
In December, an earthquake killed about 40,000 people in the southeastern Iranian city of Bam.
Iran May Pass Nuclear Capability to Nuclear Terrorists, Washington Times Warns
Given the nature of the Iranian government a regime striving to obtain nuclear weapons that has supported terrorism from its inception a quarter-century ago it would be folly to simply dismiss the possibility that it might decide to transfer nuclear weapons to one of its terrorist allies, writes the Washington Times in an editorial, based on an assessment of Iran's nuclear program offered by Paul Leventhal, president of the Nuclear Control Institute.
President Mohammad Khatami acknowledged on Thursday that Iran would not achieve its goal of having its nuclear file closed at the June 14 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors, but he added that he did not consider that fact as serious.
Supreme Leader Asks New Majles to Focus on Non-Political Issues
In a message to MPs read at the first session of the seventh Majles, the Supreme Leader called on the lawmakers to avoid factional disputes. He declared the disputed February 20 elections, in which the Guardians Council rejected 2,400 reformist candidates, fair and free, and directed the new MPs to focus on what he called non-political issues.
Opposition Activists Stage Sit-in Protest in Front of the UN Offices in Tehran
A number of members of the independent opposition group the Democratic Front staged a sit-in protest in front of the UN offices in Tehran. During the past month, the wave of arrests and prosecution of activists have increased, the Democratic Front's spokesman Hasan Zarezadeh Ardeshir tells Radio Farda. The reason maybe the nearing of July 9, the anniversary of the 1998 police attack on student dorms, he adds. For that reason, we have decided to continue our sit-in protest indefinitely, he says. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
Israeli Threats to Raid Iran's Nuke Facilities a Political Bluff
May 29, 2004, 08:52
An Iranian lawmaker said here on Thursday that Israel's likely air raid on Iranian nuclear facilities is a mere political show-off.
Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission at the 6th Majlis Hassan Qashqawi told IRNA that Israel has made the threat to build up pressures on Iran and get concession on the eve of the June meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. Certain news sources quoted the U.S. intelligence services as claiming recently that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had in a meeting with the U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington on April 24 received permission for raiding Iran's nuclear facilities.
The Israel is said to intend to launch the raid in August. Qashqawi said that although the threat is a mere "political show-off", Iran should enhance its combat readiness to thwart any threat.
Empress Farah Pahlavi is one of the guests who have been invited to the marriage celebration of Prince Fredrik of Denmark with Mary Donaldson.
Just these 2 months they've gotten invitations from Jordan, Spain, Denmark, and Saudi Arabia. Including Egypt refusing to take the lion and sword flag down.
Back in the 80's the pro-West Iranian Royals hardly got invitations to any formal events.