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Cuba has told the United States that an Iranian diplomatic facility in or near Havana was the source of the jamming that disrupted US Farsi-language satellite broadcasts to Iran last month, the State Department said.
And, in an unusual display of cooperation between the Cold War enemies, Havana appears to have actually acted on pledges to halt the interference which had prompted a formal protest from Washington, it said.
"It has ceased," said Jo-Anne Prokopowicz, a department spokeswoman.
After denying that it was responsible for the jamming but pledging to investigate the US complaints in mid-July, Cuba told the United States that it had found the source and had acted to stop it, she said. "Cuba informed us on August 3 that they had located the source of the interference and had taken action to stop it," Prokopowicz said.
"The government of Cuba informed us that the interference was coming from an Iranian diplomatic facility," she said, adding: "We will be following this up with Iran."
On July 15, the US government-affiliated Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) accused Cuba of jamming its programming, as well as that of private US-based Iranian opposition satellite television stations, to Iran.
The jamming, which affected all Farsi-language broadcasts carried by the Loral Skynet satellite, became pronounced amid growing protests in Iran against the Tehran government.
Iran said at the time that the US broadcasts into the country were interference in its internal affairs and accused the US-based Iranian opposition of inflaming the protests.
Shortly after the BBG complaint, which was accompanied by request for a formal diplomatic protest about the jamming, the State Department said the interference appeared to be emanating from Cuba, but could not say exactly who was behind it.
posted on 08/20/2003 7:47:16 AM PDT
US - EU Citizens Among al-Qaida Arrested in Iran
August 20, 2003
Middle East Media Research Institute
MEMRI News Ticker
The Saudi daily OKAZ said that according to Iranian governmental sources, European and American citizens are among the al-Qa'ida members arrested in Iran.
(OKAZ, Saudi Arabia, 8/18/03)
Iran's expediency council chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Iran is too strong to be defeated. 'God punishes tyrants with tyrants; enemies of Iran were punished with each other, but Iran is now firm and stable, being concerned about the condition of Muslim Iraqi people.'
(Kayhan, Iran, 8/18/03)
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said a ruling issued by an argentine court against Iranians is null and void, as it is politically motivated and not based on judicial procedures. He said Tehran was following through diplomatic channels the ruling that had been dictated by the Zionist regime.
(Jumhour-e Eslami, Iran, 8/19/03)
Commenting on a recent news story which said Iran's 3-million-dollar financial aid to the Islamic jihad has been confiscated, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said, 'this is only a rumor and Iran dismisses such information.'
(Yas-e no, Iran, 8/19/03)
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said that diplomats had no right to comment on the highly technical and expert-level issue of enriched uranium without knowing the details.
(Jumhour-e Eslami, Iran, 8/19/03)
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said a foreign presence would not guarantee the security of the Caspian Sea region and of the littoral states, but would only further complicate the situation. 'We believe that regional security and interests can be guaranteed by increased understanding, conference and collaboration.'
(Aftab-e Yazd, Iran, 8/19/03) http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=08&d=20&a=7
Thank you for the post. Always interested in the latest "spin" on this story.
"The government of Cuba informed us that the interference was coming from an Iranian diplomatic facility,"
I think we've heard this "story" before. Interesting that the dept. spokeswoman said it stopped.
Any validity to this, Dr? Are the U.S./Iranian stations able to broadcast again?
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