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Iranian Alert -- August 17, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.17.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/17/2003 12:22:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movment in Iran from being reported.

From jamming satellite broadcasts, to prohibiting news reporters from covering any demonstrations to shutting down all cell phones and even hiring foreign security to control the population, the regime is doing everything in its power to keep the popular movement from expressing its demand for an end of the regime.

These efforts by the regime, while successful in the short term, do not resolve the fundamental reasons why this regime is crumbling from within.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

Please continue to join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 08/17/2003 12:22:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Join Us at the Iranian Alert -- August 17, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

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2 posted on 08/17/2003 12:23:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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U.S. said No. 4 on target list

Charlotte Observer
WAR NOTEBOOK
Posted on Sun, Aug. 17, 2003

LONDON - The United States is the fourth likeliest of 186 countries to be the target of a terrorist attack within the next 12 months, a research company based in London says in a report to be released Monday.

The company, World Markets Research Center, ranks Colombia, Israel and Pakistan as the only countries with a greater terror risk than the United States. The company researches the risk of terrorism for 500 public and private multinational clients.

"Another Sept. 11-style terrorist attack in the United States is highly likely," the report states. "Networks of militant Islamist groups are less extensive in the U.S. than they are in Western Europe, but U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan and Iraq has exacerbated anti-U.S. sentiment."

The only other Western nation ranked in the top 10 of countries at risk was Britain, rated ninth. -- NEW YORK TIMES

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/6552104.htm

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3 posted on 08/17/2003 12:38:24 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
Taking care of our own

Editorial
Aug 15, 2003

Bill Sampson's family is furious at Ottawa, and it is easy to see why. According to documents recently released in response to Access to Information requests, Mr. Sampson repeatedly told visiting Canadians -- including diplomat Jean Gobeil, Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron and a psychiatrist sent to examine him -- that he was brutally tortured during his 31 months in a Saudi Arabian prison. But these reports were dismissed as mere allegations by our Department of Foreign Affairs, which has now admitted its officials may have followed "quick media lines" in repeating Saudi Arabia's denials of abuse.

Assuming Mr. Sampson spoke the truth -- and given the Saudis' atrocious human rights record, there is good reason to assume he was -- our government's lack of action was shameful. True, officials may have had legitimate concerns that publicly criticizing Saudi Arabia would only have made things worse for Mr. Sampson. (Bill Graham, the Foreign Affairs Minister, claimed yesterday that "rais[ing] the temperature in this case could have in fact resulted in the death of Mr. Sampson.") But given the tremendous international outcry that would have resulted had the Saudis responded to Canadian criticism by hastening the execution of a prisoner, we find this difficult to believe. More relevant, we suspect, was the Western habit of giving a large oil-supplying nation and nominal ally the benefit of the doubt.

But Ottawa now has several opportunities to set a better precedent for dealing with rights violations of Canadians abroad. And in one case, at least, it appears to be taking full advantage. Since photojournalist Zahra Kazemi's violent death last month while in the custody of Iranian police, our officials have been duly vocal in seeking answers. When Tehran announced her body would be buried in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, despite repeated requests from senior Canadian officials and her Montreal-based son that she be shipped home, the government recalled our ambassador. Now, it is reportedly considering introducing a United Nations resolution condemning Iran's human rights record.

Certainly, we hope such a resolution is forthcoming. But if the Canadian government is to send a clear message that rogue governments cannot abuse Canadian citizens and get away with it, Ottawa must be just as diligent in two other pending cases as well.

Last month, Calgarian Bruce Balfour was arrested at the Beirut airport. Mr. Balfour, an evangelical Christian in Lebanon as part of a group that wants to reforest a mountain range with cedars, will stand trial for "collaborating with the enemy" on August 20. Lebanese authorities claim he acted as a spy for Israel, providing intelligence on both army and Hezbollah positions.

Others, however, have noted that he is probably just paying the price for having previously visited Israel (Lebanon does not permit entry to anyone with an Israeli stamp on their passport). And according to Elias Bejjani, a spokesman for the Canadian-Lebanese Human Rights Federation, "collaborating with the enemy" is a catch-all charge favoured by many Middle Eastern countries. "In the Arab world, whenever they want to get somebody, this charge is always ready, and they fabricate it," Mr. Bejjani explained recently.

A cloudier case -- but one that is no less deserving of attention -- is that of Maher Arar, an Ottawan arrested last year while changing flights in New York. U.S. authorities suspected Mr. Arar of being an Al-Qaeda agent and sent back to Syria, which he left in 1988. He has since been held in a Syrian prison without charge, and the London-based Syria Human Rights Committee claims that "confirmed reports from confidential and knowledgeable sources" indicate he "has received heavy and severe torture."

Yesterday, Bill Graham told reporters that Mr. Arar assured Canadian consular officials in a private meeting that he has not been tortured, and that his treatment has improved because of Canadian intervention. Given what we now know about Mr. Sampson's treatment -- and about what Ottawa told us at the time -- we have our doubts. But in either case, our government must continue to be vigilant. Although the charges against Mr. Arar may not be quite as flimsy as the ones against Mr. Balfour, both men are threatened by the same primitive brand of Middle Eastern justice that cost Ms. Kazemi her life, and very nearly cost Mr. Sampson his as well.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1775.shtml
4 posted on 08/17/2003 12:41:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Official Denounces U.S. Ploys Against Iran

Politics Section
Aug 16, 2003

NEISHABOUR, Khorasan Province -- Director General of the Khorasan Intelligence Department Mehdi Mousavi said here Wednesday that 11 satellite TV channels based in the United States are staging anti-Iran propaganda.

By allowing the TV channels, the United States is supporting ploys against the Iranian system; he noted adding that the U.S. is after creating division between the Iranian people and officials.

Mousavi said the officials have to consider the social realities and avoid words and deeds that may be used as pretexts by enemies to launch anti-Iran propaganda.

The official was critical of the performance of the media circles which he said have created a somber image of the Islamic Republic. He touched on the directives given by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei who named the current Iranian year as "the year of rendering service to the people."

Mousavi said the U.S. is not afraid of the nuclear breakthroughs of Iran but it is afraid of the strong unity between the people and officials adding that the United States is after launching a psychological war on the Islamic Republic to bring it to its knees.

He called on the Muslim ummah to remain vigilant vis-a-vis the ploys hatched by the global arrogance as it is after sowing the seeds of discord among the people.

The weak pillars of the economic, political and cultural infrastructures of the United States were revealed with the September 11, 2001 hijacked airliner mid-air attacks against the U.S. major cities New York and Washington, he said.

Mousavi commented on the developments in Iraq and Afghanistan saying the United States attacked Afghanistan to cover up its internal problems.

In Iraq, he said, the U.S. forces have created many problems with the Iraqis continuing to face many challenges and hardships.

He warned about the divisive behaviors and actions by some individuals and groups in the country and called for unity to suppress threats to nation.

The promotion of the rule of law, he asserted, would contribute to a strong unity and solidarity among the masses.

He said the factional aspirations should not be given more attention than the genuine national interests and added that if the political camps and factions set aside their discrepancies, national unity would be promoted.

Proper measures and efforts to promote the national unity and solidarity among masses are now of critical importance, he said.

The achievements of the Islamic revolution are so numerous that the poisonous propaganda of the western media can do nothing to make the Iranian people ignore them, concluded Mousavi.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1770.shtml
5 posted on 08/17/2003 12:42:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Official Denounces U.S. Ploys Against Iran

Politics Section
Aug 16, 2003

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/965430/posts?page=5#5

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6 posted on 08/17/2003 12:43:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran Praises U.S. for Action on Dissidents

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
8.17.2003
NYTimes

TEHRAN, Iran, Aug. 16 (AP) — Iran conferred rare praise on the United States today when its foreign minister said the State Department's closing of the offices of Iranian dissidents was a "positive" act.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Friday shut down the Washington offices of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the Mujahedeen Khalq. The council says it is an umbrella organization for dissident groups, including the Mujahedeen Khalq, but American officials say the two are virtually interchangeable.

Mujahedeen Khalq is on the State Department's list of terrorist groups, but the United States allowed the council to operate with little interference. Following Mr. Powell's order, the Treasury Department froze the council's nearly $100,000 worth of financial assets in the United States.

The Iranian foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, called the U.S. action "a positive step that conforms to its international responsibilities," the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/17/international/middleeast/17IRAN.html
7 posted on 08/17/2003 12:46:20 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
1.25 million young Iranian women may not marry

Via Iranmania
Aug 16, 2003

TEHRAN - Some 1.25 million Iranian women in their 20s are unlikely to marry because of a shortage of men, according to a survey published Saturday.

The survey, carried out by the national centre for youth and carried in the reformist daily Nassim Saba, claims there are 6.2 million women aged between 20 and 29 in Iran, compared with only 4.8 million men in the 25-34 age bracket.

Given the trend for Iranian men to marry younger women, the report concluded that up to 1.25 young women may become spinsters.

Experts say increased migration by men, as well the death of hundreds of thousands of Iranans during the 1980-88 war with Iraq war are the main reasons for the population imbalance.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1766.shtml
8 posted on 08/17/2003 12:47:29 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
The United States is the fourth likeliest of 186 countries to be the target of a terrorist attack within the next 12 months

#4 is not bad..We must be winning SOME hearts.
9 posted on 08/17/2003 1:11:57 AM PDT by Pro-Bush (Circumstances rule destiny)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran defies US with plan for second nuclear plant
AP/The Guardian

Iran is to get a second nuclear reactor with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, and is beginning feasibility studies for a 5,000MW reactor, the official news agency IRNA reported yesterday.

First Vice-President Mohamad Reza Aref authorised the atomic energy organisation to sign contracts for the second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power site, it said.

State television said on Wednesday that plans for a second reactor had been approved, but it did not report the size of the plant.

Iran is building its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr, on the shore of the Gulf, with Russia's assistance. It has a capacity of 1,000MW and should be completed next year.

Washington suspects it of developing a clandestine nuclear weapons programme and has lobbied for the International Atomic Energy Agency to declare Iran in violation of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Iran denies that it has ambitions to make nuclear weapons and says it wants nuclear power as an alternative source of energy as its oil reserves diminish.

At its meeting yesterday, Iran's supreme nuclear council commissioned the atomic energy organisation to prepare studies for building a 5,000MW nuclear plant, IRNA reported.

The IAEA has called on Iran to allow unfettered access to its nuclear sites. It director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, will report on Iran next month.
10 posted on 08/17/2003 1:18:55 AM PDT by Pro-Bush (Circumstances rule destiny)
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To: DoctorZIn
Is this the group that was arrested in France (Mujahedeen Khalq)? Can you explain who they are? (I don't think the AP did a very good job explaining them.)
11 posted on 08/17/2003 2:13:24 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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Tehran Says Foiled Al Qaeda Attacks in Iran

Sun August 17, 2003 04:55 AM ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has foiled a number of attacks which al Qaeda had been planning to carry out inside the Islamic Republic, the official IRNA news agency quoted a senior Iranian official as saying on Sunday.
"Their (al Qaeda's) plans for a wide range of terrorist acts inside Iran were neutralized by our intelligence organizations," IRNA quoted Hassan Rohani, secretary-general of the Supreme National Security Council, as saying.

Rohani gave no details of the planned attacks or whether any al Qaeda members linked to them were arrested.

Iran says it has arrested a number of al Qaeda members in recent months, including some senior figures in Osama bin Laden's organization, blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and other "terrorist" attacks.

But Tehran has declined to name who it is holding and says it will not hand them over to U.S. officials for questioning.

Intelligence sources and media reports suggest Iran may be holding Saad bin Laden, a son of the al Qaeda leader as well as al Qaeda's security chief Egyptian Saif al Adel and its Kuwaiti-born spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, among others.

Washington has in the past accused Iran of sheltering al Qaeda and said members of bin Laden's network in Iran may have planned the May 12 bombings in Riyadh which killed 35 people.

Tehran accuses Washington of double standards on terrorism and called on it to deal with the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) -- an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq which has long been termed "terrorist" by the State Department.

The State Department on Friday announced the Washington offices of two organizations linked to the MEK -- the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People's Mujahideen of Iran -- had been closed down.

Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi welcomed the U.S. move against MEK as a "positive step." But Kharrazi also called on Washington to take action against MEK fighters in Iraq.

"It should be considered that the heads of this terrorist grouplet are in Iraq which is under U.S. control and America should act upon its responsibilities to confront them," he was quoted as saying by the Mardomsalari newspaper.

Security analysts have speculated that Iran may be willing to swap some of its al Qaeda detainees for MEK leaders. Iran has firmly denied offering Washington such a swap.

Iran says it has arrested and deported around 500 al Qaeda suspects in the last year who fled across its borders from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"We are serious in our fight against terrorists," Rohani said. "The arrest, expulsion and handing over of many al Qaeda members is proof of that."

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3289722
12 posted on 08/17/2003 2:43:06 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran foils al Qaeda attacks

17.08.2003 - 09:45

http://www.swisspolitics.org/en/news/index.php?section=int&page=news_inhalt&news_id=4136643
13 posted on 08/17/2003 2:44:41 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iraqi embassies in Iran, UK, US, Tunisia resume activity Sept.1.03

Tehran, Aug 17, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Iraqi embassies in the
capitals of a number of countries including Iran, the UK, US and
Tunisia will resume their activities on September 1, it was reported
by Iran's official news agency on Saturday.
The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRNA) quoted a statement by an
Iraqi Foreign Ministry official broadcast by the Voice of Iraq radio
station on Friday.
The afore-stated embassies will initially restart their work by
opening their consular sections, the news agency added. Other sections
will open at a later time.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry official was further quoted as saying
women have been appointed to diplomatic posts in those embassies.

http://www.irna.ir/en/head/030817090302.ehe.shtml

14 posted on 08/17/2003 2:48:15 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: seamole
"Fourth? That's totally bonkers. Surely, the Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Algeria, Iraq and Afghanistan are higher on the list than us."

 

Pertinent excerpts from article:

.......a research company based in London says in a report to be released Monday........The company, World Markets Research Center......... The company researches the risk of terrorism for 500 public and private multinational clients...........Networks of militant Islamist groups are less extensive in the U.S. than they are in Western Europe, but U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan and Iraq has exacerbated anti-U.S. sentiment

I share your skepticism, Seamole.

16 posted on 08/17/2003 5:03:47 AM PDT by windchime
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To: DoctorZIn
Number of tourists visiting Iran declines

Tehran, Aug 16, IRAN -- The number of tourists visiting Iran has
declined by 9.5 percent in the current Iranian year (started March 21)
compared to the same period last year.
The Customs Organization reported that 1.352 million have arrived
in the country, "of whom 812,500 were Iranians and the rest foreign
nationals."
It said the number of Iranian and foreign nationals visiting the
country have declined by 7.6 percent and 12.8 percent, respectively
compared to the previous year.
In the same period 1.096 million have left the country which is
21.1 percent less than the same period in the preceding year.
Of the sum 743,000 were Iranians and 353,000 foreign nationals,
the Customs report added.
Iran has been giving greater attention to its tourism sector
considering the sector's potential for boosting employment and
increasing foreign exchange earnings as a long-term alternative to
oil income.
A Majlis deputy from Chaharmahal Bakhtiari, Ali Qanbari, here last
week said that more attention should be paid to the tourist industry
since studies show that each single tourist visiting the country
creates three jobs.
Speaking to IRNA, he said Iran has the potential to attract one
million tourists per year, its tourism industry should also be in a
position to create three million jobs.
Turning to the comparatively poor tourism facilities for foreign
tourists visiting the country, he pointed to the need to implement
political, social, cultural and economic changes in the national
infrastructure particularly in terms of ensuring their safety and
thereby attracting greater numbers to visit the country.

http://www.irna.ir/en/head/030816234509.ehe.shtml
17 posted on 08/17/2003 5:11:27 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot
"We are serious in our fight against terrorists," Rohani said

Sure they are. The ones that don't play by their rules.
The rest are more than welcome.
18 posted on 08/17/2003 7:51:08 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: F14 Pilot
LOL!
"Turning to the comparatively poor tourism facilities for foreign
tourists visiting the country, he pointed to the need to implement
political, social, cultural and economic changes in the national
infrastructure particularly in terms of ensuring their safety and
thereby attracting greater numbers to visit the country."

LOL!
"he pointed to the need to implement
political, social, cultural and economic changes in the national
infrastructure particularly in terms of ensuring their safety..."
I think this needs to be done for the Iranians living there, first.


19 posted on 08/17/2003 8:07:22 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
"Number of tourists visiting Iran declines"

Gee, I can't imagine why?
20 posted on 08/17/2003 8:09:37 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Violent demonstrations in Iran leave several people dead

17-08-2003
Al Bawaba

Several Iranians have been killed during violent protests in the central town of Samirom against planned changes to its local administration, according to Iran's state radio.

"Individuals set fire to tires and smashed the windows of shops, homes, cars and public buildings, leading to the deaths of several people," the radio said Sunday.

Iranian police officials and protestors were also injured in the demonstrations which broke out Saturday, it added.

The demonstrators were protesting against the interior ministry's decision to incorporate the village of Vardasht within Samirom municipality, which lies in the far south of the central province of Isfahan. (Albawaba.com)

http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=256487&lang=e&dir=news
21 posted on 08/17/2003 8:40:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Industrial development hinges on privatization

Arak, Central prov, Aug 17, IRNA --

Minister of Mines and Industry Eshaq Jahangiri said here Saturday that industrial sector will not progress, "unless the private sector is the focus of national economic policies."

He added that industrial development is unavoidable and economic growth and higher employment hinges on effective industrial strategies.
"The resolution of economic issues, as the main government
concerns, are possible through bolstering of private sector," Jahangiri said.

In the past three years many beneficial laws and regulations pertaining to the private sector and outlined in the Third Five-Year Development Plan (March 2000-March 2005) have been implemented, the minister of industry and mines underlined.

He said the total investment volume in industry and in industrial units have been significant in the last six years and over 5,000 units have gone on stream in the same period.

In 1997 the number of industrial units nationwide were fewer than 8,000 units, Jahangiri said.

In most recent statements on Iran's industrial plans and its effects on the economy, Jahangiri said last week that the government plans to call for creating 200,000 employment opportunities in the country in the current Iranian year (started March21).

Speaking at a nation-wide meeting of industrialists, he added that although prospects for attaining the employment figure are good, a 10 percent growth in the industrial sector was a pre-requisite to achieve this goal.

Jahangiri referring to the 10 percent industrial growth rate over the past two years, expressed optimism about "attaining an even better growth rate this year."

He also said the future bodes ill for "educated unemployed" saying that generating employment should be such that it prevents brain drain and meet the needs of job seekers.

He referred to the 20-year plan for industrial sector adding that it stipulates an eight percent economic growth rate "which is likely to expedite development of the industry sector."

Also, the plan calls for industrial exports to top dlrs 28-30 billion by the year 2020 from dlrs three billion now.

Jahangiri further said Iran's strategic plan is based on
industrial development and all of other socio-economic plans should be consistent with industrial development.

He said the Fourth Five-Year Development Plan (2005-2010) is being drawn up by the government and experts committees have been formed for this purpose.
http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030817003317.etn03.shtml
22 posted on 08/17/2003 8:50:07 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Treaty's `Fuel Cycle' Guarantee is Potential Road to Bomb

August 16, 2003
The Associated Press
Charles J. Hanley

WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has a ``giant loophole'' big enough to slip an atom bomb through, analysts say. Trying to close it would set off a giant political struggle.

The treaty bars 183 nations without nuclear weapons from building them, but allows them to pursue civilian programs, including uranium-enrichment plants to produce fuel. That production, if intensified, can also yield richer fuel for nuclear bombs.

The latest example is Iran, which acknowledged to the International Atomic Energy Agency in February that it was building a centrifuge plant to enrich uranium. The United States contends the plant will fuel a bomb program.

Arms control advocates are growing more alarmed about this ``fuel cycle'' opening.

``There is a giant loophole in the NPT that needs to be closed before other states try to use it,'' George Perkovich of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told a congressional committee in June.

The world already has too many facilities to enrich uranium and to separate plutonium the other bomb fuel and ``no additional states need acquire such capabilities that are inherently proliferation sensitive,'' Perkovich testified.

The treaty is unlikely to be amended by its member states, however, since this political tradeoff between renouncing weapons and having open access to nuclear technology lies at the heart of the 1970 pact.

Any effort to alter the treaty ``will be detested among developing countries,'' said Patricia Lewis, director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research.

Instead, some say, nuclear supplier nations could agree among themselves to keep the technology out of new hands.

Such exports, usually clandestine, have helped past bomb programs. China sold vital centrifuge magnets to Pakistan as it developed its bombs, for example, and West German engineering firms quietly helped Iraq in the 1980s with centrifuge designs and parts.

In the 1990s, Russia signed an unannounced agreement with Iran for a centrifuge plant, but then backed out of the deal under U.S. pressure. It isn't known what foreign help Iran may have gotten on its new plant.

Stopping the trade ``is something that has to be taken very seriously,'' said arms control scholar Lawrence Scheinman in Washington.

He said suppliers could decide to interpret ``access to technology'' to mean access outside the developing country that is, to fuel production facilities elsewhere. Russia, long keen to sell its nuclear technology, might be convinced of such a plan if guaranteed a big chunk of the uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing business, he said.

http://cbsnewyork.com/international/WMD-NuclearLoophole-ai/resources_news_html
23 posted on 08/17/2003 8:55:50 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Treaty's `Fuel Cycle' Guarantee is Potential Road to Bomb

August 16, 2003
The Associated Press
Charles J. Hanley

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/965430/posts?page=23#23

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24 posted on 08/17/2003 8:57:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
Khatami Warns of U.S. Psychological War Against Iran

August 16, 2003
Iran Weekly Press Digest
Iran WPD

President Mohammad Khatami warned Saturday of the psychological war launched by the United States against Iran, state television network IRIB reported.

“We ask our friends (abroad) to stop the U.S. psychological war against Iran which might lead to dangerous consequences,” Khatami told Iranian ambassadors during a meeting of diplomats in Tehran.

Khatami did not elaborate further but the overthrow doctrine by some of the political wings in Washington has caused grave concern in Iran.

“All we can do right now against this psychological war is just increasing our knowledge and information,” Khatami told the diplomats.

More and more Iranian officials, even within the pro-Khatami reformist wing, believe that the U.S. pressure against Iran on tougher nuclear inspections and constructive cooperation in the Middle East dilemma is just a prologue to weaken and eventually topple the Islamic system.

Tehran accuses the U.S. psychological war has the main aim of winning the Iranian youth - more than sixty per cent of the population - and making them sceptical towards the Islamic system.

The latest move by Washington U.S. is launching several U.S. sponsored satellite television programmes in the Persian language for viewers in Iran, unclear however how many people watch these programmes.

http://www.iranwpd.com/
25 posted on 08/17/2003 9:01:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Khatami Warns of U.S. Psychological War Against Iran

August 16, 2003
Iran Weekly Press Digest
Iran WPD

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/965430/posts?page=25#25

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26 posted on 08/17/2003 9:03:11 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
Forced calm established in Mashad province

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Aug 17, 2003

The forced calm was re-established in the City of Gha-en located in the Mashad province.

Special units of the Islamic republic regime which are massively deployed in the Khorassan province intervened, yesterday, in order to smash the peaceful protest gathering of the residents protesting against an administrative decision in spliting the province.

Plastic bullets, Clubs, Chains and Tear gas were used against hundreds of residents who shouted slogans against the Islamic republic regime and its leaders.

Tens of them, especially young or female demonstrators, have been injured or arrested following the brutal repressive action.

Several cities of the Khorassan province have been scenes of deadly repressive actions, for the last 3 years. The repressions of Sabzevar and Mashad residents are remembered by many and have lead to tens of deaths or injured at several occasions.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1781.shtml
27 posted on 08/17/2003 9:08:21 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Fresh deadly clashes rock Esfahan province again

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Aug 17, 2003

Fresh clashes rocked, for the 4th consecutive day and despite heavy military presence, the City of Semiram located in Esfahan province resulting in new deaths and injured among the residents and the Islamic regime's forces.

Additional units of heliported special units were not able to extingush the unrest which seemed to be controled on Friday evening and crowd came into the streets shouting slogans against the regime and its leaders.

Tires were set on fire and barricades created in several areas in order to slow the chase of the demonstrators by the regime's men.

Young freedom fighters used again of rocks and incendiary devices against the regime forces as they opened fire on the crowd.

The bloody repression of the unrest had already resulted in the deaths of several protesters and injuries of tens of other shot by the Islamic republic's special forces on Friday.

Several militiamen were killed or injured as well by masked young freedom fighters who had assault rifles.

The peaceful demonstrations turned violent as the regime's plainclothes men killed a young demonstrators on Thursday. This murder and the meaningless justification of the governor, on Friday, created the popular anger and retaliation against the buildings of the local Bassij force, the Governor's residence, the governmental TV-Radio installation and several patrol units which were dammaged by Molotov Cocktails.

Several other cities and localities of the Esfahan province, such as, Khomeini Shahr, formerly known as Shahin Shahr, and Dastguerd locality have been scenes of sporadic clashes as well.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1786.shtml
28 posted on 08/17/2003 9:09:34 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Fresh deadly clashes rock Esfahan province again

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Aug 17, 2003

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29 posted on 08/17/2003 9:10:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Oil pool of major Iranian reffinery caught fire

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Aug 17, 2003

One of the main Oil pools of the major Iranian reffinery caught, yesterday, fire of an unknown origin. Thisncident happened in the famous Abadan reffinery located in the Khoozestan province.

The fire was extingushed follwoing the intervention of most fire fighter units of the city.

Several other Iranian installations and commercial entities, such as part of Esfahan bazaar, have been subject of arsons in the last 2 months.

In addition, Abadan has been the scene of violent clashes and riots in the last three years which have resulted in tens of deaths and hundreds of injured.

A riot for drinking water was smashed, 3 years ago, resulting in the killing of tens of residents.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1777.shtml
30 posted on 08/17/2003 9:12:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Oil pool of major Iranian reffinery caught fire

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Aug 17, 2003

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31 posted on 08/17/2003 9:13:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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"More and more Iranian officials, believe that the U.S. pressure against Iran on tougher nuclear inspections and constructive cooperation in the Middle East dilemma is just a prologue to weaken and eventually topple the Islamic system."

"Islamic system?" - No - Murdering mullahs and rabid, radical Regime? YES
32 posted on 08/17/2003 9:32:00 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Dr:

Michael Ledeen was just on FOX with Tony Snow. They discussed Iran and Ledeen's last article that you posted here a few days ago. At the end, Tony Snow's final comment was, "I maintain it's the biggest geopolitical story on earth."
3 cheers for Tony!

(I missed the beginning, but these usually get repeated later)
33 posted on 08/17/2003 9:41:20 AM PDT by nuconvert
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The latest move by Washington U.S. is launching several U.S. sponsored satellite television programmes in the Persian language for viewers in Iran

Totalitarian regimes always think that what is done in the West always is according to a master plan. They can not understand that all of us are free to establish a TV station.
34 posted on 08/17/2003 9:50:55 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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True. "Conspiracies" and "Master plans" always sound
a lot more threatening and ominous.
35 posted on 08/17/2003 10:01:12 AM PDT by nuconvert
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I watched Michael Ledeen as well.
As always, he chastised the state department for calling Iran a democracy.

Iran is a democracy the same way Stalin's Soviet system was a democracy. In both cases, the regimes pick whom the people can vote on.

Michael pointed out, what we have been saying here, that the Iraqi shia mullahs want a separation of mosque and state. A growing number of leading mullahs inside of Iran are also urging a separation of mosque and state. Thus the regime is feeling increasing pressure and their plans for shia uprisings in Iraq are not materializing.
36 posted on 08/17/2003 10:03:46 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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If possible I think that this thread should focus more on the Iranian economy. It is in dire straits and I anticipate that we will see a big disaster the coming years if nothing is done. Several bn dollars are required annually in investments and they will not be given by Santa.

Iran, as well as Saudi, Russia and Libya, requires a high oil price to keep going. They are interested in preventing the Iraqi oil to flow. But I anticipate that the oil price in the spring will be much lower than today and this will put a lot of pressure on the above.

37 posted on 08/17/2003 10:43:19 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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I am trying to keep up with the economic news about Iran.

I do not want to overwhelm people with news, but the volume is increasing and includes growing protests and demonstrations. As Michael Ledeen said earlier today, it is a popular democratic revolution not Iran's economy that will bring down the regime.

So please feel free to post economic news, if the news is significant.
38 posted on 08/17/2003 10:55:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Several killed and dozens injured in new Iran unrest

World News
Aug 17, 2003

TEHRAN - Six people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday in central Iran during unrest caused by a local administrative dispute, the Kayhan newspaper reported on Sunday.

Protesters were incensed that a proposed new administrative zone would mean leaving a community with which they had strong cultural and commercial ties, a regional official told state television.

Television showed gutted houses, burned-out cars and streets littered with stones and broken glass in the town of Samirom in the province of Isfahan.

Kayhan reported four protesters and two riot police died in clashes. Government and local officials declined to comment on the unrest to Reuters.

Demonstrators had gathered outside the governor's office to protest about joining the new administrative zone.

The crowd then burned tyres and set cars and houses ablaze. Some government buildings were also attacked. State television said a number of rioters were arrested.

State radio quoted an official as saying order had returned to the streets. He added that the Interior Ministry would review the proposed new administrative zones that sparked the unrest.

Administrative border changes have led to violent protests in other areas of Iran in recent years. Peaceful demonstrations were also taking place on Sunday in the northeastern Khorasan province over a similar zoning dispute.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1785.shtml
39 posted on 08/17/2003 10:59:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Several killed and dozens injured in new Iran unrest

World News
Aug 17, 2003

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40 posted on 08/17/2003 11:01:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Blames Uranium on Contamination

August 17, 2003
Reuters
Louis Charbonneau

VIENNA -- Iran says highly enriched uranium traces U.N. inspectors found in the Islamic republic resulted from contamination and not because it is secretly enriching uranium, according to diplomats familiar with the matter.

However, diplomats told Reuters they wanted the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to investigate Iran's explanation for the presence of what could be weapons-useable uranium in an environmental sample taken at a nuclear site.

''We can't be satisfied with excuses,'' a Western diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. ''We don't expect the case to be closed at this point. The pressure must continue on Iran to cooperate with the IAEA.''

But diplomats said the contamination explanation could not be ruled out and should be taken seriously, though suspicions remained that the uranium was enriched inside Iran.

Iran initially denied a July 18 Reuters report that IAEA inspectors had found traces of highly enriched uranium.

However, diplomats who declined to be identified said Iran recently told the IAEA that contaminated machinery purchased abroad was the source of the enriched uranium particles found at Natanz, 250 km (155 miles) south of Tehran.

The Western diplomat said there was still ''a lot of doubt'' about whether Iran's nuclear programme was dedicated to the peaceful generation of electricity -- as Tehran insists -- or whether it is a front for a nuclear weapons program.

Iran is building two uranium enriching facilities at Natanz. One is a pilot enrichment plant, which is expected to house some 1,000 centrifuges. The second facility is to be a full-scale enrichment plant with more than 50,000 centrifuges.

Centrifuges are used to separate fissile uranium from non-fissile material to purify it for use as nuclear fuel -- or in weapons.

Diplomats have said they suspect Iran has done live testing of centrifuges without notifying the IAEA, which could viewed as a serious violation of its IAEA Safeguards Agreement. Such violations must be reported to the U.N. Security Council.

Iran denies having tested its enrichment systems with nuclear material.

IRAN UNDER PRESSURE

Diplomats said that when the IAEA Board of Governors meets next month to discuss the agency's most recent inspections in Iran, some of the 35 board member states would push for a strongly worded resolution criticising Iran's repeated failure to inform the IAEA about all aspects of its nuclear programme.

The board would, however, almost certainly not agree to declare Iran in non-compliance with its Safeguards Agreement, the Western diplomat said.

Diplomats said the hardline view of the United States, which accuses Iran of having an extensive clandestine nuclear weapons programme and would not oppose reporting Tehran to the Security Council, had few clear supporters on the board.

''I think the European countries take a very hard view of Iran but want to keep up the pressure on Iran to cooperate with the IAEA,'' said the Western diplomat, adding that he was eager to see the agency's new report on Iran.

The European Union -- one of Iran's key trading partners -- warned the Tehran government last month it would review relations on the basis of the upcoming IAEA report.

The IAEA board cited Iran in June for failing to declare many aspects of its atomic programme and called on Tehran to clear up a number of open questions, including the nature and history of its ambitious uranium enrichment programme.

Agency spokesman Mark Gwozdecky said IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei would be finalising the confidential Iran report in the coming days, before giving it to IAEA board members.

He said the agency would not comment on its ongoing inspections in Iran.

http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters08-17-060404.asp?reg=MIDEAST
41 posted on 08/17/2003 11:02:14 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Blames Uranium on Contamination

August 17, 2003
Reuters
Louis Charbonneau

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42 posted on 08/17/2003 11:03:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Several dead in violent protests in central Iran

World News
Aug 17, 2003

TEHRAN - Several people have been killed during violent protests in the central Iranian town of Samirom against planned changes to its local administration, state radio reported Sunday.

Individuals set fire to tyres and smashed windows of shops, homes, cars and public buildings, leading to the deaths of several people, the radio said.

Both police and protestors were also wounded in the demonstrations, which erupted Saturday, it added.

The demonstrators were protesting against the interior ministry's decision to incorporate the village of Vardasht within Samirom municipality, which lies in the far south of the central province of Esfahan.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1784.shtml
43 posted on 08/17/2003 11:05:36 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Larijani Urges Resistance to Atomic Demands

August 17, 2003
Reuters
MSNBC News

TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian official said on Sunday the country should resist Western demands over its atomic programme as international pressure mounts on the Islamic republic to allow snap inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Western countries and the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog have urged Iran to sign a protocol allowing unfettered inspections of sites which the United States argues could be used for developing atomic bombs.

''If we resist the West's illogical demands, their stance regarding Iran will change,'' the official IRNA news agency quoted Ali Larijani, a member of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, as saying in a speech to war veterans.

Larijani is also head of Iran's state broadcaster, appointed directly by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran denies it has any military nuclear ambitions and insists its programme is purely to meet increasing demands for electricity.

It has resisted calls to sign the Additional Protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which would allow more intrusive inspections.

Reformists allied to President Mohammad Khatami's government have spoken out in favour of accepting tougher inspections. But some hardliners fiercely opposed to Western interference in Iranian affairs have suggested that instead of signing the protocol, Iran should pull out of the NPT altogether.

''What is the guarantee that after Iran joins the protocol, they will not accuse us of building atomic weapons,'' IRNA quoted Larijani as saying.

Officials from the pro-reform government have said Tehran has no intention of pulling out of the NPT and Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh said last week the country had a ''positive view'' on the protocol.

Tehran says it should get access to Western atomic power technology in return for signing the protocol.

''There is no reason to join the protocol while the IAEA and its members have not helped Iran to obtain the nuclear technology,'' Larijani said.

http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters08-17-083352.asp?reg=MIDEAST
44 posted on 08/17/2003 11:06:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Ah, things are heating up faster than I expected. I was thinking it would be another month before they started again.
45 posted on 08/17/2003 2:38:54 PM PDT by McGavin999
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AT LEAST EIGHT PEOPLE KILLED BY POLICE IN THE CITY OF SEMIROM

TEHRAN, 17 Aug. (IPS) At least eight people were killed and 150 others wounded, some of them seriously after people in the small city of Semirom clashed with Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) on Saturday and Sunday, officials at the office of Esfahan General Governor told the media.

The clashes erupted after armed policemen, backed by security services and plainclothesmen attacked a large crowd of angry Semirom people protesting a government decision to redraw the municipal border.

Clashes went on through the night and morning, but the city was reported quiet by Sunday afternoon, after the Interior Ministry announced that the project had been called off.

The protest movement against separating the agricultural-rich region of Vardasht from Semirom, some 100 kilometres south of the central city of Esfahan, had started several days ago, but it turned violent after conservatives-controlled police and thugs attacked protesters, according to eyewitnesses.

Mr. Mehdi Taheri an official with the office of Esfahan General Governor told the independent Students news agency ISNA that violence started after some "trouble-makers" and young people looking for fun had joined the crowd that had gathered in front of the municipality.

"At least eight people were killed, two or three of them policemen and 150 other injured. The town hall and the office of the city’s representative to the Majles were badly damaged", he said, adding that 11 people had been arrest, some of them freed later in the day.

But residents joined by telephone blamed part of the violence on the State-run, leader-controlled Radio and Television for describing the protesters as "hooligans and trouble-makers".

"We are not trouble-maker nor hooligans. We had the best of relations with our police. The real troublemakers are those who, in the radio and television, deliberately insult the people, inciting them to violence", one angry resident commented, adding that the protesters chanted anti-regime slogans after they heard the news on the radio and watched it on the television.

At about the same time, another big demonstration was taking place in the city of Qa’en, situated some 250 kilometres south of Mash-had, the capital of the north-eastern province of Khorasan, protesting another project for breaking the huge province into 2, 3 or even five regions.

The Qa’en residents oppose one of the projects that call for dividing Khorasan in two northern and southern parts, with the city of Birjand as the centre of the proposed southern Khorasan. On its Sunday session, the Majles decided to refer the plan to the National Security and Foreign Affairs Commission for further studies.

"Like Semirom and Qa’en, the whole of Iran is a barrel of powder, waiting for a match to explode. Believe it or not, the matchstick is in the hands of the ruling conservatives", a senior Iranian scholar in Tehran told Iran Press Service EWNDS

http://www.iran-press-service.com/
46 posted on 08/17/2003 7:53:11 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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AT LEAST EIGHT PEOPLE KILLED BY POLICE IN THE CITY OF SEMIROM

TEHRAN, 17 Aug. (IPS)

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47 posted on 08/17/2003 7:54:17 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Is there more background regarding the redrawing of the borders of these regions?
There have been several posts, but I don't understand if this is occurring for political reasons before upcoming elections, or tax reasons, or ?

Thanks for any info.
48 posted on 08/17/2003 8:10:02 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Managing director of Mardom Salari daily appears in court

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA -- Managing Director of daily `Mardom Salari'
Mostafa Kavakebian appeared at Bench Four of the Court of Civil
Servants' Offenses on Sunday to respond to three counts of charges
raised against him.
A member of the Central Council of Mardom Salari Party Mehrdad
Masoodi told IRNA here on Sunday that Kavakebian had responded to all
the charges of propaganda against the Islamic Republic establishment
and publication of false reports.
Masoodi said Kavakebian faces charges for printing articles about
the late journalist Zahra Kazemi and recent statement by the late Imam
Khomeini's grandson Hojatoleslam Hassan Khomeini.
He said another complaint is related to publication of a report on
students.
The source said the court's prosecutor had issued a bail of rls
50 million against Kavakebian, who met it.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of daily `Etemad' Elias Hazrati went
to Bench 1083 of the Penal Court in charge of dealing with offenses of
civil servants and the media on Sunday to respond to charges of
publication of false information and spreading lies.

http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030818185902.etn08.shtml
49 posted on 08/17/2003 10:21:39 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran's exports to France down by dlrs 970,000 in 1st 4 months

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA -- Iran's non-oil exports to France in the first
four months of current Iranian year (started March 21) dropped by
dlrs 970,000 to dlrs 6,644,000 from more than dlrs 7,621,000 in the
match period the previous year.
Iran's Customs Administration said in a report that more than
2,400 tons of non-oil commodities were exported to France in the first
four months, a figure standing at more than 14,320 tons in the same
period the previous year.
France ranked Iran's 11th major trade partner among European Union
members in the quantity of goods it absorbed in the first four months
of last year.
Carpets, floor coverings, clutch, spare parts, saffron, grapes,
pistachios, and copper alloy sheets were among the items Iran exported
to France.
In addition, Iran's imports from France in the period under
investigation rose both in value and weight compared to the same
period the previous year.
Iran imported more than 94,000 tons of goods, worth more than
dlrs 553.686 million, from France in the first four months of this
year.
Iran's imports from France stood at more than 316,649,000 dollars
in the same period the previous year.

http://www.irna.ir/en/head/030817175902.ehe.shtml
50 posted on 08/17/2003 10:23:49 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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