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Friday, June 18, 2004
Conditions of Jails: Two Views
Improvement of conditions in the Evin prison of Tehran and prisons in other cities was one of the accomplishments of the judiciary in the past five years, so that when inmates enter the jails, they would like to stay, attorney general Ayatollah Hasan Namazi said. Tehran-based lawyer Nemat Ahmadi, who has represented many jailed writers and activists in court, tells Radio Farda that: I would not wish for Ayatollah Namazi to be in the place of the likes of jailed cleric Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari, with all the diseases he contracted in jail, or jailed writer Akbar Ganji, who is suffering from asthma and other illnesses, or jailed student Manuchehr Mohammadi, who gums bleed everyday, or other political prisoners, even for 24 hours He adds: There is hardly room to move in many of the solitary cells, and there is a ward for special diseases in jails, where sick inmates receive hardly any medical attention and medicine. (Mahmonir Rahimi)
Conservatives Plan Islamic Dress Code Enforcement
Several conservative Majles MP called for new regulations to enforce Islamic dress code on young people in major cities, as hot summer months bring back tighter, shortly cropped overalls, with slits, and more colorful, hear-revealing scarves for girls, and short sleeve shirts for boys. Tehran MP Abassali Akhtari said Islamic dress code must become ingrained in the society's culture. Another Tehran MP Fatemeh Aliya said the problem of the increasing number of unmarried young women should be resolved by promoting polygamy, and chief of Tehran police Sardar Talaee said police will take serious action to root out bad-hejabi, a term for all outfits which cover the body less than the head-to-toe black veil.
France-Iran Expand Economic Ties
As Air France resumes daily Paris-Tehran flights, Iran's largest auto manufacturer signed a deal with France to produce Peugeot 206, and develop a new model of Peugeot 307 to be assembled exclusively in Iran within the next years. Also, France's other auto maker Renault will start making its Logan9 model in Iran.
Summary of Iran Stories in Today's Broadcasts
June 19, 2004
Iran to Continue Work on Uranium Enrichment and Heavy
Water Projects, Rowhani Says
Work will continue on Irak's heavy water facility and Isfahan uranium processing plant, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator and secretary of the supreme national security council Hassan Rowhani said on Saturday, reacting to a resolution passed on Friday in Vienna by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors. He called the mention of the Ahwaz heavy water plant in the IAEA resolution an aberration, adding that heavy water has never been a part of safeguards agreement and was not mentioned in Iran's negotiations with the three major European governments, according to government news agencies. Rowhani said Iran will reconsider its voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment activity. He added that the additional protocol to the NPT is set to be ratified by the Majles.
The Europe's big three reneged on their promises to Iran, MP Alaeddin Borujerdi, head of the Majles national security and foreign relations committee, said in reaction to the passage of the tough IAEA resolution drafted by Britain, France and Germany. He added that the Majles will not accept the IAEA's resolution on Ahwaz and Arak plants.
The different statements made by Rowhani and Borujerdi reflect the Iranian government's effort to fortify its bargaining position by pretending that the so-called independent legislature would not go along with the IAEA demands. He adds that Rowhani's threat to restart nuclear enrichment program is also tentative. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
We do not want to carry out enrichment for the time being and no decision has yet been taken to resume it, but we will reconsider the suspension of other activities, secretary of the supreme national security council Hassan Rowhani said, according to official news agency IRNA, which dispatched a revised version of earlier reports in which Rowhani had threatened that Iran would reconsider the suspension of uranium enrichment. The official news agency said the new comments meant that Iran will apparently resume the production of centrifuge components rather than resume enrichment itself.
In a resolution passed Friday, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency deplored the Islamic government's lack of full, timely and proactive cooperation. A number of questions remain outstanding, the resolution said, urging Iran to clarify all outstanding questions within the next few months. Despite a tough language, the resolution avoided giving Iran a deadline and omitted a clause sought by US that could send Iran's case to the UN Security Council for violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This resolution is strong and firm despite a concerted campaign led by the most senior levels of the Iranian government to try to intimidate individual board members and the board as a whole and also a full-scale campaign by the Iranian government to discredit this agency, US envoy to IAEA Kenneth Brill said. The statement calls in very explicit terms on Iran to accelerate its cooperation, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said. The Iranian government will cooperate with the agency and abide by existing agreement, head of Iran's delegation to IAEA Hossein Mousavian said. He called the resolution a positive step, hinting that Iran expected a tougher resolution. In Tehran, foreign minister Kamal Kharzzi said the resolution was adopted under political pressure from the big powers.
The resolution passed yesterday in Vienna marks a new era of UN supervision of Iran's nuclear programs, Radio Farda broadcaster Bahman Bastani says.
The main thing is that the resolution is aimed at continuing the work to completely resolve all of the world community's questions regarding Iran's nuclear program. We think this will be done as the basis of cooperation between the IAEA and Tehran, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak said today, according to Moscow's Interfax news agency. The resolution adopted by the IAEA reflects not only the attitude of the IAEA, but also of Tehran towards resolving the remaining issues connected to Iran's nuclear program, Kislyak added.