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Summary of Iran Stories in Today's Broadcasts

RadioFarda

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.


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16 posted on 06/21/2004 10:18:23 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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Summary of Iran Stories in Today's Broadcasts

RadioFarda

June 19, 2004


Expediency Council Returns Fourth Development Plan to Majles

•The 30-man Expediency Council, the members of which are appointed by the Supreme Leader to settle legislative disputes between the Majles and Guardians Council, rejected the government's fourth five-year economic
development plan, which had been approved by the previous session of the Majles, following a Guardians Council's veto. The new Majles, dominated by conservatives, is sensitive to clauses in the bill which calls for transparency and accountability of state-owned enterprises, Tehran-based economist Ali Rashidi tells Radio Farda. These include allocation of monopolies, favoritism in awarding of contracts and the issue of broadening people's participation in the economy, he adds. (Fereydoun Zarnegar)

Former Revolutionary Guards Commander Calls for Return to “Crusade Mentality”

•Reacting to the increasing international pressure on the Islamic government, former chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Mohsen Rezai proposed a return to the early revolutionary years' “crusade mentality.” Rezai, who is the secretary of the Expediency Council, said the government's recent experience of trying to mend fences with the west and distancing from the core supporters shows that a return to “crusade mentality” has become necessary.

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17 posted on 06/21/2004 10:23:01 AM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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