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Iranian Alert -- August 27, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.27.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/27/2003 12:01:02 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 08/27/2003 12:01:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Does Not Rule Out Expelling British Envoy

August 27, 2003
AFP
The Peninsula

TEHRAN -- Iran yesterday did not rule out expelling the British ambassador to Tehran should its row with London over Britain's arrest of its former top envoy to Argentina reach boiling point.

"We hope it will not each that stage," government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told a weekly news conference, after being asked whether Tehran would expel the British ambassador or recall its top envoy from London.

But "we are keeping all legal and diplomatic options open," he added.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi warned his British counterpart, Jack Straw, that the arrest of the former diplomat will have a "very bad impact on bilateral relations" and that Tehran will defend him "in every way."

"This case is political, not judicial ... planned and executed by the Zionist lobby in Argentina," Ramezanzadeh added.

"It is a plan to sow confusion in the minds of our international friends and we know that some parts of the US government and Zionists are behind this," he added.

"I hope other countries take into consideration their own relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iran's regional importance."

Hadi Soleimanpur, 47, was arrested Thursday in Durham in northeast England, where he had been attending university.

He is suspected of involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aries that killed 85 and injured 300 when he was ambassador to Argentina.

He is set to remain in custody until a London court rules on an Argentine extradition request.

Iran has demanded his immediate release and an apology from Britain, as well as slapping economic sanctions on Buenos Aires for issuing an international warrant for his arrest.

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=Gulf%2C+Middle+East+%26+Africa&month=August2003&file=World_News2003082722640.xml
3 posted on 08/27/2003 12:10:07 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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INTELLIGENCE MINISTRY DENIES ITS STAFF KILLED ZAHRA KAZEMI

TEHRAN 26 Aug. (IPS) Iran's Information (Intelligence) Ministry on Tuesday strongly denied a report by the Judiciary that two of its interrogators had killed Ms. Zahra Kazemi, the Canadian-Iranian photojournalist murdered last July while in the custody of Iranian authorities.

The Tehran prosecutor's office, headed by Judge Sa’id Mortazavi, believed to be the real murderer of Ms. Kazemi, had announced on Monday that two interrogators from the Intelligence Ministry had been charged with "semi-intentional" killing of the 54 years-old photographer.

Iranian jurists and lawyers had denounced the decision to put the Tehran prosecutor’s office in charge of the investigations, observing that anyhow, the Prosecutor was one of the interrogators.

According to the French daily "Liberation", it was Mr. Mortazavi who provoked the death by hitting Ms Kazemi’s head with his shoe, trying to make her confess to espionage, probably for the United States.

Informed Iranian sources said considering that Mr. Mortazavi is a protégé of Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, the leader of the Islamic Republic, the investigation committee did its best to have him cleared from the charges, putting the blame on the government instead.

According to the findings of an official investigation committee formed on orders by President Mohammad Khatami, Ms. Zahra Kazemi was killed by a blow to the head while being interrogated for taking photographs outside the notorious Evin prison in the outskirts of Tehran some two weeks before her arrest.

At first, the Iranians claimed that Ms. Kazemi died of a brain stroke, but the investigation committee, made of ministers of Interior, Intelligence, Justice and Guidance determined that the death was caused by brain haemorrhage due to a solid bloc that hat hit the head and Iran's Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said at the end of July she was probably murdered.

"The incident that led to the death of Zahra Kazemi was not at all done by the staff of the Intelligence Ministry. How the incident happened is clearly evident for this Ministry and the general public will be informed about it at the proper time", the official news agency IRNA quoted a statement from the Intelligence Ministry as saying.

The reformist newspaper "Yas No" said the Intelligence Ministry statement described the prosecutor's report, prepared by a criminal investigator, as "sheer lies".

"The claims of the investigator that the interrogators were members of the Intelligence Ministry is not realistic," the newspaper quoted the ministry as saying.

The tragic death of Ms. Kazemi clouded the normally good relations between the Islamic Republic and Canada, specially after the authorities buried the body in her original hometown of Shiraz, south of Iran, despite an official document signed by her mother for the transfer of the body to Canada for autopsy.

Ottawa recalled its ambassador from Tehran and called on the United Nations and international organisations for pressing Tehran for the return of the body.

However, after the charges were announced, Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham welcomed the news as "a very positive step" but said he had not confirmed details of the charges. He said Canada would press Iran to ensure the process was transparent.

The incident has thrown a spotlight on the shadowy practices of Iran's security services and the treatment of the media in the Islamic Republic, where, on orders from the leader, Mr. Mortazavi has shut down more than a hundred newspapers and publications, most of them supporting reforms promised by Hojjatoleslam Khatami but never upheld. ENDS JOURNALIST DIES 26803

http://www.iran-press-service.com/
4 posted on 08/27/2003 12:11:36 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Chinese FM terms Iran ties positive

Beijing, Aug 26 - Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing here on Tuesday, terming Tehran-Beijing ties as positive, expressed China's satisfaction with further expansion of mutual relations and lauded Iran's efforts to the effect.

Before meeting with his Iranian counterpart, he said that his negotiation with Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, will be focused on bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Stressing that Kharrazi's visit to China will contribute to further introducing the two states to each other and strengthening relations, he said that ties between Iran and China have been noteworthy over the past 30 years, specially after the victory of Islamic revolution.

Zhaoxing said that the frequent exchange of visits between senior officials from both countries in recent years have been very effective in raising the level of bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

"China gives high significance to its traditional and friendly ties with Iran and is willing to continue its extensive bilateral cooperation in the long run," he added.

Turning to the wide range of joint cooperation between Iran and China, he called for continuous exchange of visits between the senior Iranian and Chinese officials as well as foreign ministry authorities.

Terming the potentials of both states for economic and trade collaboration quite high, he stressed that China hopes for further expansion of joint cooperation in the field of oil, gas, power generation, communications and transportation.

"The favorable economic and social profits of Tehran metroproject are evident and more joint projects in various fields are due to get underway in the future," he added.

He pointed out that Iran and China, as two developing countries, have almost common outlooks on numerous regional and international issues and usually support each other in international affairs.

The Chinese minister also underlined the significance of closer contacts between the two countries in regional and international affairs.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=186734&n=17
5 posted on 08/27/2003 12:20:56 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran Minister Due in Japan, Oil May Be on Agenda

Wed August 27, 2003 12:39 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi will arrive in Japan later on Wednesday for a three-day visit amid signs of progress on a $2 billion deal to develop Azadegan, one of the world's largest untapped oil fields.
A Japanese government-backed consortium missed a June 30 deadline with Iran for the Azadegan contract following pressure from the United States -- Tokyo's key security ally -- to back away from it due to concerns over Iran's nuclear program.

But resource-poor Japan has made clear it is keen to do the deal with Tehran, its third-largest oil supplier.

Japanese Trade Minister Takeo Hiranuma told a news conference on Tuesday that talks on the oil deal were progressing and that the two sides had reached "substantial compromises" on some points.

But he added, without giving details, that a few matters still needed to be worked out.

The consortium includes the government-backed Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (JAPEX) and INPEX Corp as well as Japanese trading house Tomen Corp

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said the oil deal could well come up at the talks with Kharrazi, in which Tokyo intends to press Tehran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations' atomic watchdog, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

The international community has been urging Iran to sign an additional protocol to Tehran's safeguards agreement with the IAEA.

The protocol would require Iran to let the IAEA conduct enhanced inspections of its nuclear facilities.

A Foreign Ministry official said last week that Japan wanted Iran to sign the additional protocol but had not made that a condition for reaching a deal on the oil field.

The IAEA said on Tuesday in a confidential report that Iran had stepped up cooperation with the agency in recent months, but that it still had questions about weapons-grade uranium found in the country.

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3341417
6 posted on 08/27/2003 12:46:20 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Carmaking sector's growth amazing


Tehran, Aug 26 - Minister of Industry and Mines Eshaq Jahangiri here Monday said that with the 30 percent, the automobile industry registered the highest growth rate among all the sectors in the economy in the last Iranian year (ended March 20).

Speaking at the inauguration ceremonies for opening of three new assembly lines at 'Iran-Khodro' industrial group, he added that the sector will play a pivotal role in the country's industrialization drive.

He said the outcomes of the right policies, including increased attention to quality, price, after-sale services, competitiveness as well as schemes to enter into joint production with foreign automobile and parts manufacturers are beginning to pay div idends.

He said there are about 2,000 parts manufacturers in the country and the number of automobile produced will increase from the 500,000 units last year to over 700,000 units this year.

The industry employs about 500,000 people, Jahangiri said adding that the companies in addition to removing technical defects are striving to compete in international markets.

On the environment issue, Jahangiri said the companies have also taken important steps to upgrade their environmental standards and metinternational regulations.

http://www.iribnews.com/Full_en.asp?news_id=186696&n=36
7 posted on 08/27/2003 12:47:32 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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U.N. Finds Uranium at Iran Nuclear Plant

By GEORGE JAHN
Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - U.N. inspectors found traces of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium at an Iranian nuclear facility, a report by the U.N. nuclear agency says. Iran said Tuesday the traces came with equipment purchased abroad decades ago.

The find heightened concerns that Tehran may be running a secret nuclear weapons program.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3072964,00.html
8 posted on 08/27/2003 12:50:31 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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What is the price of an Iranian car and some imported cars, related to annual income for some groups of people?
9 posted on 08/27/2003 1:04:47 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Have no Idea.
10 posted on 08/27/2003 2:29:13 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Japan FM rejects US, Israeli pressure regarding ties with Iran

Japan's foreign minister said Wednesday negotiations to develop an oil field in Iran are not contingent on assurances from Tehran that it shelve a suspected nuclear weapons program.

The United States, has been accusing Iran of developing a secret nuclear program and has voiced opposition to a Japanese investment, which could be worth at least US$2 billion.

"Japan shares with the international community the nuclear weapons concerns. We are doing our best to encourage Iran to remove them," Yoriko Kawaguchi said at a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.

"We depend on the outside for 99 percent of our oil. To secure oil has been an important policy goal for Japan, so
we have been conducting discussions," she said. "It is a different issue than the nuclear issue."

It should be recalled that Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met Tuesday in Tokyo with Kawaguchi.

During the meeting, Shalom raised the issue of Iran's nuclear program, and its "sponsorship of terrorism." He stated that "Japan must condition its signature upon economic projects with Iran on that country's adoption of the 'Additional Protocol,'" adding that "the Iranian enrichment of uranium must be stopped, as it will lead to the completion of their nuclear fuel cycle."

"As a member of the IAEA Board of Governors, and on the basis of its unique historical experience, Japan recognizes the crucial nature of international activity in this realm," Shalom said.

http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=257229&lang=e&dir=news
11 posted on 08/27/2003 6:31:06 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Japan says no conclusion yet on Iran oil field

Reuters, 08.27.03, 3:58 AM ET

TOKYO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said on Wednesday that no conclusion had been reached on a deal with Iran to develop Azadegan, one of the world's largest untapped oil fields.

Kawaguchi said Japan was discussing with Iran concerns over Tehran's nuclear programme as a separate issue from its search for new sources of oil.

"These are two separate policy goals. We have not come to a point where we need to discuss them together," she told a news conference.

"These are two separate policy issues. Each one is important."

A Japanese government-backed consortium missed a June 30 deadline with Iran to seal a $2 billion deal to develop Azadegan, following pressure from the United States to back away from it due to concerns over Iran's nuclear programme.

But Tokyo had made clear it was still keen to do the deal with Tehran, its third-largest oil supplier. The consortium includes the government-backed Japan Petroleum Exploration Co (JAPEX) and INPEX Corp as well as Japanese trading house Tomen Corp

http://www.forbes.com/business/energy/newswire/2003/08/27/rtr1067133.html
12 posted on 08/27/2003 6:33:05 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran Faces Showdown on Nuclear Secrets

August 27, 2003
The Guardian
Julian Borger and Dan De Luce

In a report due out today that is likely to trigger a showdown over sanctions, the UN's nuclear watchdog has demanded Iran urgently explain evidence that it may have secretly enriched uranium.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirms in its report that it detected highly enriched uranium in samples taken at a nuclear plant at Natanz, one of the sites the US claims Iran has been using for a covert nuclear weapons programme.

Iran has told the IAEA the samples came from nuclear equipment that was contaminated when it was bought a decade ago for civilian purposes. But Tehran has not said who sold the equipment, only that it was purchased through an intermediary company.

Analysts said yesterday that the evidence pointed towards Pakistani companies selling Dutch designs for enrichment centrifuges.

Iran has also admitted carrying out uranium conversion experiments in the early 90s, producing uranium tetrafluoride, a halfway stage to the production of uranium hexafluoride, which is the form used in the enrichment process.

The report, delivered to IAEA member states yesterday and expected to be made public today, is likely to be taken by Washington as backing for its argument that Iran should be declared in violation of its non-proliferation obligations and subjected to sanctions.

However, Melissa Fleming, an IAEA spokeswoman, said the report did not offer conclusive proof of violations.

"It asks a lot more questions than it provides answers," Ms Fleming said. "The investigation is no longer in mid-course but it is not there yet. Over the next several weeks and months a number of questions have to be answered."

US diplomats have been trying to rally support for the American position at a pivotal meeting of the IAEA's board of governors on September 8.

If the board rules Iran in violation, it would trigger a security council discussion on imposing sanctions, which could scuttle an EU trade deal and a treaty allowing Japanese companies to drill for oil. Russia is also helping Iran build a civilian nuclear reactor.

A state department official visited Moscow to try to persuade the Russian government to halt nuclear cooperation but left without an agreement.

In an apparent attempt to forestall sanctions, Iran gave its strongest indication yesterday that it might be ready to agree to snap nuclear inspections, a demand of the international community.

Despite lobbying from the EU and Russia, Iran has refused to sign the additional protocol to the non-proliferation treaty. Drawn up after the first Gulf war, the protocol would require Iran to allow short-notice inspections of declared and undeclared sites.

Tehran's representative to the IAEA, Ali Akbar Salehi, said his country would consider signing the additional protocol if concerns about "sovereignty" were clarified.

David Albright, a nuclear expert at the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, said that Mr Salehi had been known for several weeks to be in favour of the protocol, but that the ultimate decision would be taken by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Citing Iraq's experience, Iran's conservative clerical leadership has expressed concern that the US could use the short-notice inspections to carry out espionage.

Western governments believe Iran may be close to building a nuclear bomb and that it has received help from scientists in Pakistan, North Korea and elsewhere.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1029813,00.html
13 posted on 08/27/2003 8:00:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Urges Release Of Ex-diplomat at UK Straw Meeting

August 27, 2003
Dow Jones Newswires
WSJ

LONDON -- Iran has called on the U.K. for the speedy release of a former Iranian diplomat, arrested over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American affairs Ali Ahani met U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Tuesday to call for the former diplomat to be released, Iran's official news agency IRNA reports on its Web site.

Hadi Soleimanpour was arrested in the U.K. last Thursday for his alleged involvement in the Argentinian bombing.

An Argentine judge is seeking the extradition of eight Iranians, including Soleimanpour, Iran's ambassador to Argentina when the explosion killed dozens of people.

"The decision of the Argentine judiciary was politically-motivated and the verdict lacked validity," IRNA quoted Ahani as saying.

IRNA reported that Straw assured Ahani he would take all necessary steps within the framework of the U.K.'s judicial system.

The U.K. Foreign Office said Straw told Ahani that the arrest is a judicial matter and the government cannot intervene.

Wednesday, the Financial Times reported that Iran is threatening to expel the U.K.'s ambassador to Tehran and downgrade diplomatic relations over the arrest.

President Mohammad Khatami has referred to the arrest as "incorrect" and "tactless" and the row threatens to derail the U.K.'s "constructive engagement" policy with Tehran.

http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=08&d=27&a=6
14 posted on 08/27/2003 8:04:37 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Text Of President Bush's Speech

August 27, 2003
Hartford Courant
ctnow.com

President Delivers Remarks to 85th American Legion Convention

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. Thanks for that warm welcome. It is great to be here in St. Louis, Missouri, at the 85th Annual Convention of the American Legion. I wonder if I'm the only member here today from Post 77, in Houston, Texas.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: No. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Seems like they'd have given you a better seat. (Laughter and applause.)

It is always an honor to be with people who have served America and who love America. (Applause.) When the American Legion held its first caucus in this city, back in 1919, Legionnaires dedicated this organization to the service of God and country. Times change, but those are still the right priorities. (Applause.)

On behalf of your fellow citizens, I thank the American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary for your idealism and for your faithful service to God and country. (Applause.)

I'm honored to be traveling today with Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Tony Principi. He served in Vietnam,and he serves his comrades in my Cabinet. He's a tireless advocate for our nation's veterans

I want you to understand the facts of this good man's leadership. The budget for Veterans Affairs has gone up by $15 billion since I took office, a 30 percent increase. And my budget for fiscal year 2004 includes the largest discretionary increase for the Department of Veterans Affairs ever requested by a President. (Applause.)

The Department, under Tony's lead, has made major progress in reducing the backlog of veterans' disability claims and the number of veterans waiting for health care. And we will continue to work to make sure those backlogs are eliminated.

I want to thank Ron Conley, the National Commander of the American Legion, for his kind introduction and for his leadership of this distinguished group of citizens.

I appreciate Senator Jim Talent and Congressman Todd Akin from the state of Missouri who are here with us today. I thank Elsie Bailey, American Legion's Lady Auxiliary National President. (Applause.)

I'm honored to be on the stage with Major General Patrick Brady, Medal of Honor recipient. (Applause.) I know in the audience somewhere is my friend Arlene Howard. There she is. Arlene, thank you. I don't know if you remember the speech I gave in front of the Congress right after the attacks of September the 11th, but I held up the badge of one of the brave who were killed. It was the badge of Arlene's son. I'm honored you're here, Arlene, I appreciate you coming -- I can't wait to give you a hug. (Applause.)

I want to thank the board of directors for the invitation. And I want to thank you all for being such great Americans. The American Legion is an effective and respected voice for the veteran, and you speak with authority. In the years following the first world war, leaders of this organization helped to establish the U.S. Veterans Bureau. Following World War II, you helped secure passage of the G.I. Bill. (Applause.) (Applause.) You've supported the memorials to those who fought in World War II and Korea and Vietnam, so the sacrifices of those wars are always remembered. (Applause.)

For two generations, you have demanded a full accounting of Americans whose fate is undetermined. And my administration will not rest until that accounting is complete. (Applause.) And having fought under the American flag and seen it folded and given to families of your friends, you are committed, as am I, to protecting the dignity of the flag in the Constitution of the United States. (Applause.)

In the 20th century, the American flag and the American uniform stood for something unique in history. This nation gained great power and we used that power in the service of human freedom. Americans liberated continents and concentration camps. America's armed forces humbled tyrants and raised up and befriended nations that once fought against us. Our nation led a great alliance against a communist empire, until that empire was gone and its captives were free. America's veterans have all been a part of this great story of perseverance and courage, and people and nations across the world are better off because of your service. (Applause.)

On Memorial Day last year, I visited the military cemetery at Normandy, and saw the grave of one of the founders of the American Legion, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. When Roosevelt landed with the first wave of his unit on D-Day, he and his men found themselves in a different part of Utah Beach from the point they expected. Roosevelt quickly sized up the situation and called in a whole division to the new sector. Turning a challenge into an advantage, he declared: we'll start the war from here. (Applause.)

Well, a great challenge came to America on September the 11th, 2001. Enemies who plotted for years in secret, carried out missions of murder on our own soil. It was a day of suffering and sorrow. It was also a day of decision for our country. As a united and resolute people, America declared: we'll start the war from here. (Applause.)

In this first war of the 21st century, America and all free nations are facing a new threat and fighting a new enemy, a global network of terror supported by outlaw regimes. We've seen the hand of the terrorist enemy in the attacks on our country. We've seen the deadly work of the terrorists in Bali, in Mombasa, in Riyadh, in Jakarta, in Casablanca. On a single day last week we saw the true nature of the terrorists once again. In Baghdad they attacked a symbol of the civilized world -- the United Nations Headquarters -- and killed men and women who were there to bring humanitarian help to the Iraqi people. They killed a respected U.N. Special Representative, Sergio Vieira deMello, from Brazil.

And on the same day in Jerusalem, a terrorist murdered 21 innocent people who were riding a bus, including little children and five Americans.

The terrorists' aim is to spread chaos and fear by killing on an ever-widening scale. They serve their cause by sacrificing the innocent. They celebrate the murder of women and children. They attacked the civilized world because they bear a deep hatred for the values of the civilized world. They hate freedom and religious tolerance and democracy and equality for women. They hate Christians and Jews and every Muslim who does not share their narrow and violent vision.

No nation can be neutral in the struggle between civilization and chaos. Every nation that stands on the side of freedom and the value of human life must condemn terrorism and act against the few who would destroy the hopes of the many. (Applause.)

Because America stands for freedom and tolerance and the rights of all, the terrorists have targeted our country. During the last few decades the terrorists grew bolder, believing if they hit America hard, America would retreat and back down. Five years ago, one of the terrorists said that an attack could make America run in less than 24 hours. They're learning something different today. The terrorists have not seen America running, they've seen America marching. They've seen the armies of liberation. (Applause.) They have seen the armies of liberation marching into Kabul and to Baghdad.

The terrorists have seen speeding tank convoys and roaring jets and special forces arriving in midnight raids. And sometimes justice has found them before they could see anything coming at all. We've adopted a new strategy for a new kind of war. We will not wait for known enemies to strike us again. (Applause.) We will strike them and their camps or caves or wherever they hide before they hit more of our cities and kill more of our citizens. We will do everything in our power to deny terrorists weapons of mass destruction before they can commit murder on an unimaginable scale.

The security of this nation and our friends requires decisive action. And with a broad coalition, we're taking that action around the globe. We are on the offensive against terror, and we will stay on the offensive against terror. (Applause.)

In Afghanistan, we acted against the Taliban regime that harbored al Qaeda and ruled by terror. The Taliban felt pretty strong, when they were whipping women in the streets and executing them in soccer fields. When our coalition moved in, the Taliban ran quickly for the caves. But the caves could not hide these killers from justice. We've sent a message that is understood throughout the world: if you harbor a terrorist, if you support a terrorist, if you feed a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorists, and the Taliban found out what we meant. (Applause.)

Afghanistan today is a friend of the United States of America. Because we acted, that country is not a haven for terrorists, and the people of America are safer from attack. That nation still faces challenges, and our coalition forces there still face dangers. Yet, we're working every day to make sure that Afghanistan finds its future as a free and stable and peaceful nation.

America and the new Afghan army are working together in a major operation, called Warrior Sweep, which is hunting down terrorists one by one. NATO is now taking a leading role in keeping Afghanistan secure. New roads are being built, medical clinics are opening, and many young girls are going to school for the first time, thanks to our coalition and the United States of America. (Applause.)

The al Qaeda terrorists lost a base in Afghanistan, but they operate in many other places. We're on their trail, from Pakistan, to the Philippines, to the Horn of Africa. Earlier this month, we captured a major terrorist named Hambali. He's a known killer, and was a close associate of September the 11th mastermind, Khalid Shaykh Muhammad. Hambali was one of the world's most lethal terrorists, and is suspected of planning the attack on Bali and other recent acts of terror.

We're making steady progress. Nearly two-thirds of known senior al Qaeda leaders, operational managers, and key facilitators, have either been captured or killed. (Applause.)

Now al Qaeda is wounded, yet, not destroyed. It remains a grave danger to the American people. Terrorist networks are still finding recruits and still plotting attacks, and still intending to strike our country. Yet, our resolve is firm, and it is clear: no matter how long it takes, we will bring to justice those who plot against America. (Applause.)

We've also pursued the war on terror in Iraq. America and our coalition removed a regime that built, possessed and used weapons of mass destruction, a regime that sponsored terror and a regime that persecuted its people. Our military coalition destroyed the Iraqi regime, while taking extraordinary measures to spare innocent life. (Applause.) The battle of Iraq was conducted with the skill and honor of a great military, the United States Armed Forces. (Applause.)

Because of our military, catastrophic weapons will no longer be in the hands of a reckless, unstable dictator. Because of our military, Middle Eastern countries no longer fear subversion and attack by Saddam Hussein. Because of our military, Iraq will no longer be a source of funding for suicide bombers in the Middle East. Because of our men and women in uniform, the torture chambers in Iraq are closed, the prison cells for children are empty and the people who speak their minds need not fear execution. (Applause.)

In all the debates over Iraq, we must never forget

Iraq. We must never forget the brutal nature of the regime of Saddam Hussein. Mass grave sites, literally thousands of people buried in mass grave sites were recently discovered by our troops. They contain the remains not only of executed men and women, but of executed children, as well.

Our people in uniform, joined by fine allies, ended this nightmare in Iraq, removed a threat to the world, and they have made our nation proud. (Applause.)

The work of our coalition in Iraq goes on because that country is now a point of testing in the war on terror. The remnants of Saddam's regime are still dangerous, and terrorists are gathering in Iraq to undermine the advance of freedom. Al Qaeda and the other global terror networks recognize that the defeat of Saddam Hussein's regime is a defeat for them. They know that a democratic Iraq in the heart of the Middle East would be a further defeat for their ideology of terror. They know that the spread of peace and hope in the Middle East would undermine the appeal of bitterness, resentment, and violence. And the more progress we make in Iraq, the more desperate the terrorists will become. Freedom is a threat to their way of life. (Applause.)

They have sabotaged water mains and oil pipelines, and attacked local police. Last week, they killed aid workers bringing food and medicine to the country. The terrorists have killed innocent Iraqis and Americans and U.N. officials from many nations. They have declared war on the entire civilized world, and the civilized world will not be intimidated. (Applause.)

Retreat in the face of terror would only invite further and bolder attacks. There will be no retreat. (Applause.)

We are on the offensive against the Saddam loyalists, the foreign fighters, and the criminal gangs that are attacking Iraqis and coalition forces. We're receiving more and more vital intelligence from Iraqi citizens, information that we're putting to good use. Our recent military operations have included almost 200 raids, netting more than 1,100 detainees. Since the end of major combat operations, we have seized more than 8,200 tons of ammunition, thousands of AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons.

And as we help the Iraqi people establish security, we are working through that famous deck of cards. So far, of the 55 most wanted Iraqi leaders, 42 have been captured or killed. (Applause.) The brutal, viscous sons of the dictator are gone. (Applause.) Recently we captured the former Vice President of Iraq. He was one of Saddam Hussein's most feared enforcers. And recently, as well, we captured the man known as Chemical Ali. He earned his nickname by ordering chemical weapon attacks on whole Iraqi villages, killing thousands of citizens. Chemical Ali's savage career is over. (Applause.) The search goes on for other former leaders of Iraq, and we will find them. (Applause.) After decades of smothering fear, the Iraqi people can be certain: the regime of Saddam Hussein is gone, and it is never coming back. (Applause.)

Ultimately, the security of Iraq will be won by the Iraqi people themselves. They must reject terror, and they must join in their own defense. And they're stepping forward. More than 38,000 Iraqis have been hired as police officers. Iraqi police and border guards and security forces are increasingly taking on critical duties. Over 1,400 Iraqi civil defense corps volunteers are being trained to work closely with coalition forces; 12,000 Iraqis will be trained in the next year for the country's new army.

At the same time, 31 countries have contributed 21,000 forces to build security in Iraq. I will continue to challenge other countries to join in this important mission. In most of Iraq today, there's steady progress toward reconstruction and civil order. Iraq's Governing Council, representing the nation's diverse groups is steadily assuming greater responsibility over the country. The coalition provisional authority, led by Ambassador Paul Bremer, is implementing a comprehensive plan to ensure a successful, democratic Iraq, and a better future for the Iraqi people.

Building a free and peaceful Iraq will require a substantial commitment of time and resources, and it will yield a substantially safer and more secure America and the world. I'll work with the Congress to make sure we provide the resources to do the work of freedom and security.

Iraq's progress toward self-determination and democracy brings hope to other oppressed people in the region and throughout the world. It is the rise of democracy that tyrants fear and terrorists seek to undermine. The people who yearn for liberty and opportunity in countries like Iran and throughout the Middle East are watching and they are praying for our success in Iraq. (Applause.)

More progress will come in Iraq, and it will require hard and sustained efforts. As many of you saw firsthand in Germany and Japan after World War II, the transition from dictatorship to democracy is a massive undertaking. It's not an easy task. In the aftermath of World War II, that task took years, not months, to complete. And, yet, the effort was repaid many times over as former enemies became friends and allies and partners in keeping the peace.

Likewise, the work we do today is essential to the peace of the world and for the security of our country. America is a nation that understands its responsibilities and keeps its word. And we will honor our word to the people of Iraq and those in the Middle East who yearn for freedom. (Applause.)

Murderers will not determine the future of Iraq, and they will not determine the future of the Middle East. In Jerusalem, as in Baghdad, terrorists are trying to undermine the hopes of peace with acts of violence. Their desperation also grows as the parties move closer to a just settlement. But terrorists do not speak for the Palestinian people. They do not serve the Palestinian cause. And a Palestinian state will never be built on the foundation of violence. (Applause.)

Now is the time for every true friend of the Palestinian people, every leader in the Middle East, and the Palestinian people, themselves, to cut off all money and support for terrorists, and actively fight terror on all fronts. (Applause.) Only then can Israel be secure and the flag rise over an independent Palestine. And to bring that day closer, America will be a consistent friend of all who work for peace.

For nearly two years, on many fronts, the United States and our friends have conducted a global campaign against terror. We met the enemy on desert sands and mountain passes, wherever they choose to gather and fight. We've had successes, yet our mission continues. The stakes could not be greater for the American people. All of us who have taken an oath to defend this nation will do our duty. (Applause.)

Our military forces in the war on terror are showing the definition of duty. In hostile conditions and remote parts of the earth, brave Americans are sacrificing for freedom and the security of others. Some have been wounded, and some have been killed. The veterans in this hall understand the loss and sadness that have come to military families. This nation is grateful to every man and woman who serves, and we honor the memory of all who have fallen.

We also remember what this fight is about. Our military is confronting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other places so our people will not have to confront terrorist violence in New York, or St. Louis, or Los Angeles. (Applause.)

Our Armed Forces are doing the work they are called to do. They're taking the fight to the enemy so that America and our friends can live in peace. The war on terror is a test of our strength. It is a test of our perseverance, our patience, and our will. This nation has been tested before -- by the character of men and women like you, we've come through every trial.

And so it is today. Our course is set. Our purpose is firm. No act of terrorists will weaken our resolve or alter their fate. Our only goal, our only option, is total victory in the war on terror. And this nation will press on to victory. (Applause.)

Thank you for having me. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America. (Applause.)

http://www.ctnow.com/news/custom/newsat3/hc-bushvets0827,0,729160.story?coll=hc-headlines-newsat3
15 posted on 08/27/2003 8:17:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The Peace Trap

August 27, 2003
National Review Online
Michael Ledeen

Back to the war, please.

For the second time in as many years, President Bush has fallen into a trap designed to prevent an American victory against the forces of terrorism in the Middle East. The original trap — sprung in early 2002 after the decimation of the Taliban and al Qaeda — was the so-called "Saudi peace plan," according to which the United States was not entitled to liberate Iraq until and unless the Palestinian question was "solved." It should have been obvious that this was merely an effort to stall our war against the terror masters, since many of the finest diplomatic and strategic minds in the world had failed to "solve" the problem for more than half a century, and the Saudis themselves were actively funding the very Palestinian terrorism that guaranteed the failure of any solution. But every Arab country, virtually all of Europe, and our own diplomats, from Secretary of State Colin Powell on down, urged the president to go for it.

This delayed Operation Iraqi Freedom for many months, until President Bush realized that nothing could be accomplished with a Palestinian tyranny, whereupon he abandoned the Saudi plan, declared Yasser Arafat persona non grata, and pressed ahead with the war. But the long delay proved very costly. Had we proceeded quickly against the terror masters in Baghdad, Tehran, and Damascus (with explicit warnings to Riyadh that they would be next if they did not stop financing both terrorist organizations and the network of radical jihadist schools and mosques that inculcated fanaticism around the world), we would have had considerable international support, especially if our war employed a mixture of military and political tactics (Iran, for example, required no military action at all, but modest support for a democratic revolution already under way). But the delay enabled the major opponent of the war — notably France, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran, Syria, and Egypt — to drag us into the quagmire of the United Nations for even further delays, and sabotage our support in Turkey and elsewhere.

Moreover, by stalling the second battle in the war, our regional enemies in Iran and Syria had plenty of time to plan their response to our pending occupation of Iraq. As they unhesitatingly and publicly proclaimed to anyone who cared to listen, they organized a terror war against us, accompanied by jihadist propaganda, mass demonstrations, and hostage seizures, just as we experienced in Lebanon in the 1980s. And they were true to their word. The mounting terror campaign speaks for itself, and, at last count, more than ten Iranian-sponsored radio and television stations were broadcasting in or into Iraq.

In other words, we cannot win in Iraq without defeating the other terror masters as well. Simple common sense required that we do what President Bush proclaimed shortly after September 11: move forcefully against the terrorist organizations and the states that sponsor and support them. But we did not do that. Instead, the president permitted himself to be dragged into the same trap he fell into after Afghanistan: delaying any further action until the Israel/Palestinian problem was "solved." This time it was called a roadmap, but, both in concept and consequence, there was no meaningful difference between this scheme and the earlier Saudi trap. Just as it was folly to believe that peace could be achieved in any part of the Middle East merely because Afghanistan had been freed of the grip of the terror masters, so it was a mistake to expect terror to end simply because Saddam Hussein had been overthrown. Just as the delay after Afghanistan permitted our enemies to organize their political, diplomatic, and terrorist forces against us, so our current defensive stance enables them to intimidate and indoctrinate the Iraqi people, murder our own men and women on the ground, and galvanize the president's critics and opponents, both at home and abroad.

The president gave voice to a welcome revolutionary doctrine when he refused to deal with Yasser Arafat: He said that just as only free Middle Eastern countries could be expected to abandon terrorism and join us in fighting it, only a free and democratic Palestinian people could make a durable peace with Israel. But he has ignored a key corollary to that axiom. There can be no peace anywhere in the region so long as the terror masters are free to operate. In recent weeks many of the recent attacks in Israel have been tracked back to Iran, at the same time that numerous Iranian terrorists have been arrested by Iraqi police and turned over to American forces.

So long as President Bush remains entrapped by the false vision of the "peace process" and plays defense in Iraq, initiative passes to the terror masters. He often speaks as if he understood his peril, but his diplomatic and military policies remain paralyzed by false vision. Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia organize, fund, and support the terror war in Iraq, but instead of supporting freedom fighters in Iran to topple the world's major sponsor of terror, we plaintively implore the mullahs to hand over some al Qaeda leaders so we can get on with lifting sanctions and "normalizing" relations. Instead of bringing real pressure to bear on the Baathist regime in Syria and the cunning Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia, we plead with the tyrannical leaders of those countries to behave better, so we can have better relations.

This is unworthy of a serious country, and the peoples of the region — whose destiny is at stake in this matter. Understand that while we say we're at war, we're certainly not waging it at the moment. Unless we escape from the trap, it is only a matter of time before our soldiers and diplomats in Iraq fall prey to the terror masters on a greater scale.

The longer we delay the inevitable reckoning, the more costly it will be. It's time to get out of the trap and resume the war.

— Michael Ledeen, an NRO contributing editor, is most recently the author of The War Against the Terror Masters. Ledeen is resident Scholar in the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute.

http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen082703.asp
16 posted on 08/27/2003 8:20:44 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The Peace Trap

August 27, 2003
National Review Online
Michael Ledeen

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/971136/posts?page=16#16

Another "Must Read" by Michael Ledeen. -- DoctorZin
17 posted on 08/27/2003 8:22:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The West's Urge to Surrender is Palpable

August 26, 2003
The Jerusalem Post
Mark Steyn

Among the more comical moments of a grim week was the sight of the president of the Security Council expressing his condemnation of the terrorist attack on the UN. The rest of the time, he's the representative of Syria. Syria is a terrorist state.

Syrians have flooded across the border into Iraq to take up arms with their beleaguered Ba'athist brethren. It would not be surprising to discover a Syrian connection to one or both of Tuesday's terrorist strikes in Baghdad and Jerusalem.

Indeed, some have already posited a Syrian link to what happened at the UN building. But Syria happens to hold the presidency of the Security Council, so a fellow who's usually the bespoke apologist for terrorists gets to go on TV to represent the international community's determination to stand up to terrorism.

Well, that's the luck of the draw at the UN, where so far this year Libya, Iraq and Syria have found themselves heading up the Human Rights Commission, the Disarmament Committee and the Security Council. The UN's subscription to this charade may be necessary in New York, but what's tragic is that they seem to have conducted their affairs in Baghdad much the same way. Offers of increased US military protection were turned down.

Their old Iraqi security guards, all agents of Saddam's Secret Service there to spy on the UN, were allowed by the organization to carry on working at the compound.

And sitting in the middle of an unprotected complex staffed by ex-Saddamite spies was Sergio Viera de Mello, the individual most directly credited with midwifing East Timor into an independent democratic state. Both the Bali bombers and Osama bin Laden (or, more accurately, whoever makes his audio cassettes) have cited East Timor as high up on their long list of grievances: the carving out, as they see it, of part of the territory of the world's largest Islamic nation to create a mainly Christian state.

Now they've managed to kill the fellow responsible. Any way you look at it, that's quite a feather in their turbans.

But it doesn't really matter who's actually to blame - Ba'athist Iraqis or al-Qaida Saudis, or even anti-Saddam Iraqis affronted by the UN's corrupt Oil For Food program. As far as the world's press is concerned, the folks who are really to blame are the Americans.

It's the Americans' fault because:

a) they made Iraq so insecure their own troops are getting picked off every day;

b) okay, fewer are being picked off than a few weeks back, but that's only because the Americans have made their own bases so secure that only soft targets like the UN are left;

c) okay, the UN's only a soft target because it turned down American protection, but the Americans should have had enough sense just to go ahead and install the concrete barriers and perimeter trenches anyway;

d) okay, if they'd done that, the beloved UN would have been further compromised by unduly close association with the hated Americans, which is probably what got them killed in the first place.

IN OTHER words, whatever happens, it's always evidence of American failure. That's the only "root cause" most of the West is interested in. Anyone who thinks Tuesday's events might strengthen the international community's resolve to resist terrorism is overlooking the fact that among the Europeans, the Canadians and New Zealanders, the British and Australian press, CNN and The New York Times and a large majority of the Democratic party the urge to surrender is palpable.

At the moment, there's only one hyperpower (the US), one great power (the UK) and one regional power (Australia) that are serious about the threat of Islamist terrorism.

There's also Israel, of course, but Israel's disinclination to have its bus passengers blown to smithereens is seen (even by the three staunch musketeers of the Anglosphere) as evidence of its "obstinacy" and unwillingness to get the "peace process" back "on track."

What a difference it would make if one or two other heavyweight or even middleweight nations were to get serious about the battle and be a reliable vote in international councils. But who? France? It's all business to them, unless al-Qaida was careless enough to blow up the Eiffel Tower. Canada? Canadians get blown up in Bali, murdered in Iran, tortured in Saudi Arabia, die in the rubble of the UN building in Baghdad - and their government shrugs. Belgium? They'd rather issue a warrant for Rumsfeld than Chemical Ali.

And so on Tuesday, up against an enemy unable to do anything more than self-detonate outside an unprotected facility and take a few Brazilian civil servants and Canadian aid workers with him, the global community sent out a Syrian ambassador to read some boilerplate and then retreated into passivity and introspection and finger-pointing at Washington.

This is the weirdly uneven playing field on which the great game is now fought. Islamic terrorism is militarily weak but ideologically confident. The West is militarily strong but ideologically insecure.

We don't really believe we can win, not in the long run. The suicide bomber is a symbol of weakness, of a culture so comprehensively failed that what ought to be its greatest resource - its people - is instead as disposable as a firecracker. But in our self-doubt the enemy's weakness becomes his strength.

We simply can't comprehend a man like Raed Abdel Misk, pictured in the press last week with a big smile, a check shirt and two cute little moppets, a boy and a girl, in his arms. His wife is five months pregnant with their third child. On Tuesday night, big smiling Raed strapped an 11-pound bomb packed with nails and shrapnel to his chest and boarded the No. 2 bus in Jerusalem.

The terrorist leaders watch CNN and the BBC and, understandably, they conclude that in Iraq America, Britain and all the rest will do what most people do when they run up against someone deranged: back out of the room slowly.

They're wrong. There's no choice. You kill it here, or the next generation of suicide bombers will be on buses in Rotterdam, Manchester, Lyons, and blowing up the UN building in Manhattan. This is the battlefield.

The writer is senior contributing editor for Hollinger Inc.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1061869388206
18 posted on 08/27/2003 8:24:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The West's Urge to Surrender is Palpable

August 26, 2003
The Jerusalem Post
Mark Steyn

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/971136/posts?page=18#18

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
19 posted on 08/27/2003 8:25:29 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The West's Urge to Surrender is Palpable

Just for the record, France is in the process of no longer being considered a Western country.

20 posted on 08/27/2003 8:39:03 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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"The incident that led to the death of Zahra Kazemi was not at all done by the staff of the Intelligence Ministry. How the incident happened is clearly evident for this Ministry and the general public will be informed about it at the proper time", the official news agency IRNA quoted a statement from the Intelligence Ministry as saying."

Taking them a while to make up a good story............
21 posted on 08/27/2003 9:24:02 AM PDT by nuconvert
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Tehran to brief Ottawa on Kazemi's death [mullahs accuse patsies, but the prosecutor did it!]
National Post (Canada) ^ | 27 August 2003 | Michael Friscolanti, with files from Tom Blackwell
22 posted on 08/27/2003 11:32:23 AM PDT by Stultis
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Hindustan Times - Report points to Pak nexus in Iranian nuclear programme

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Pakistan has been identified as the source of critical technology for Iran's nuclear programme in new evidence gathered by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Citing officials familiar with the UN agency's investigation of the Iranian programme, the paper said the evidence "implicates Pakistani companies as suppliers of critical technology and parts".
Iran, without identifying the source, is said to have admitted for the first time that it received substantial foreign help in building a secret nuclear facility south of Tehran that is now beginning to enrich uranium.

The finding on the Pakistani nexus, not long after that country's involvement with the North Korean programme, is being viewed in Washington as presenting another diplomatic challenge to the Bush administration vis-a-vis Islamabad.

Despite media disclosures, the administration has over the past many months refrained from publicly acknowledging or criticising Pakistan's missiles-for-nukes barter deal with North Korea. Analysts have attributed the US stance to its need for continued Pakistani assistance in the drive against the Al-Qaeda.

On the Iranian programme itself, media reports in Washington talked of international inspectors finding traces of highly enriched uranium at the Iranian facility, giving rise to speculation that Tehran may have already produced weapons-grade material.

The IAEA report, however, referred to Iranian denials on this score and said additional work was necessary to reach definitive conclusions. The Iranian explanation for the enriched uranium traces was that the particles had been on the equipment when it was purchased from another country.

"The equipment said to be tainted was from a type of centrifuge acquired by Pakistani scientists in the 1970s and used in Pakistan's domestic nuclear programme," the Post said, quoting two officials familiar with the findings.

Although Islamabad has denied any involvement with the Iranian programme, as with the North Korean one earlier on, experts in Washington remain unconvinced. "The notion that Pakistan wasn't involved is getting less and less tenable," says Henry D Sokoloski, a senior non-proliferation official in the Bush Sr administration.

David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security has been quoted in one media report as saying that information being developed in various capitals pointed to Pakistan as the likely source of the centrifuge designs and components for the Iranian programme.
23 posted on 08/27/2003 11:43:38 AM PDT by Pro-Bush (Awareness is what you know before you know anything else.)
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"Iran has demanded his immediate release and an apology from Britain, as well as slapping economic sanctions on Buenos Aires for issuing an international warrant for his arrest."

A little overdramatic for a guy who was no longer an ambassador, isn't it?
They use this trumped-up "outrage" response whenever they're guilty.
24 posted on 08/27/2003 1:52:28 PM PDT by nuconvert
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The following report is from Debka. As always, their reports are too often flawed but occassionally right on the money. So I report, you decide. -- DoctorZin (Too busy to confirm or deny this report)

Al Qaeda Mobilizes All Its Forces for Iraq

August 27, 2003
DEBKAfile
DEBKA-Net-Weekly

This week, Al Qaeda came out with a claim of responsibility for the huge truck bombing at UN Baghdad headquarters on August 19, in which 23 people lost their lives including senior UN representative in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello and some 150 were injured. The al Qaeda message appearing on an Arabic Web site accuses the United Nations of being a branch of the American State Department and against Arabs and Muslims.

US officials are reporting their sense that hundreds of Osama bin Laden’s members are now operating inside Iraq alongside Baathists in their bid to undermine the US presence and reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

In its last issue, Number 122, DEBKA-Net-Weekly reported a surge of electronic messages calling on every al Qaeda adherent in the world to mobilize for the battle in Iraq. ”Victory over the United States will be far quicker than many think,” say the messages.

Never before, according to DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s counter-terrorism sources, has al Qaeda staged a general mobilization. It is no propaganda exercise. The response has been enthusiastic and its impact noticeable.

Al Qaeda combatants have been racing towards Iraq in large numbers along four main routes. The most surprising and most recent is the path from western Saudi Arabia through Iran, about which more hereunder.

The Pakistani-Iranian route:

Claims by senior Iranian leaders of having thwarted Al Qaeda attacks inside Iran are but a smokescreen for the mass influx of Osama bin Laden’s men into the Islamic Republic from the east: The group entering from the Pakistani border region of Baluchistan forms up at the Iranian cities of Zabol and Zahedan; the group from the Afghan town of Herat foregathers near the north Iranian city of Mashhad.

Iran’s all-powerful Revolutionary Guards have their intelligence units conduct “security checks” at both assembly points to establish the terrorists’ real identities and origins. They are watched by men loyal to al Qaeda operations expert Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, who is thought to have set up his base in Tehran. Once they reach northern Iraqi Kurdistan, they join the Ansar al-Islam extremists heading south to Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle towns of Ramadi, Tikrit, Balad and Fallujah.

Ansar is held responsible for the Jordanian embassy bomb attack in Baghdad last month. This Iraqi al Qaeda affiliate, once no more than 600 to 800 fighters, has swelled and set up two new units: Jund al-Allah, or “Soldiers of Allah”, and al-Usad, or “The Lions”, indicating a Syrian connection. (Bashar Assad’s name means lion.) Its members are deployed along the northwestern Iraqi-Syrian border, attaching themselves to the al Qaeda arrivals from Syria.

The two groups have already executed joint strikes in the northern Iraqi oil city of Mosul. In one, they attempted to assassinate the local chief of police, but only seriously wounding him.

The Syrian route:

At least 1,000 al Qaeda men have traveled along this busiest of all the corridors into Iraq, DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s counter-terrorism sources report. Damascus International airport is logistical hub and main distribution point for Al Qaeda operatives flying in from Central Asia, Chechnya, the Balkans – mainly Kosovo and Bosnia – Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and even Iran.

Many Al Qaeda fighters turned back by Iran for security reasons go round through Damascus, some hosted at the teeming medressas, or religious schools, other at Palestinian terrorist training camps operating in Damascus. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command receive a large part of their operational funding from Tehran and moreover collect a fee per head for every Al Qaeda operative they train.

On their way into Iraq, Osama bin Laden’s men transit Syrian-Iraqi frontier lands dominated by nomadic Saudi-Iraqi-Syrian Sunni tribesmen. For almost a decade, DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s intelligence and military sources reveal, Saddam sent monthly stipends to tribal, clan, business and clerical leaders ruling an area roamed by two million of these tribesmen. Once a year, Saddam resettled several thousand demobilized Iraqi officers and their families in the region with orders to assimilate and set up familial relations with the local tribes.

Since the money dried up from Baghdad, Syrian-administered Iranian funds have been disbursed to those tribal leaders. As a result Saddam loyalists are still in control of the tribal regions which US intelligence has found impenetrable. A rare intelligence source knowledgeable about the region told DEBKA-Net-Weekly : “It is true that guerrilla attacks against the Americans are launched from the Sunni Triangle. However the logistics and the consignment of fighting strength to the Triangle are directed from the tribal territories.”

In the last week, the flow of Syrian and Al Qaeda fighters across the frontier into Iraq has doubled.

The Saudi route via Iran:

This is the newest channel, first set up in mid-July - but also one of the busiest, believed to have accommodated 1,500- 2,500 Saudi al Qaeda combatants transiting Iran at the rate of almost a thousand a week. Some are thought to be on the run from the Saudi hue and cry conducted against these fundamentalist terrorists since the May 12 Riyadh bombings. Another group appears to consist of Afghan-Pakistan combat veterans obeying the call to arms and eager for the chance of revenge for their rout in Afghanistan. They are also looking forward to an advance base from which to strike down the Saudi throne.

The opening of this route means that for the second time in two years Iran is granting Saudi al Qaeda combatants free passage from one anti-American battle arena to another.

Like Syrian president Bashar Assad, who claims to know nothing of the al Qaeda fighters passing through Damascus, Tehran too says it is powerless to halt their through-passage into Iraq as tourists on valid Saudi passports. They all head to the western Ilan region, where local smugglers help them cross over to the Iraqi towns of al Kut in the south or Baquba in the center.

The Saudi route via Syria:

The same Syrian-Saudi Sunni Muslim tribes who crisscross the Iraqi-Syrian frontier also trek along a north-south route between Syria and Saudi Arabia via Jordan. En route, they collect Saudi, Yemeni, Sudanese and other al Qaeda fighters all heading towards the Iraqi battlefront.

Despite this surge of al Qaeda traffic into Iraq, Washington is reluctant to send reinforcements to the 140,000-strong force shouldering the extra burden and casting about for foreign troop increments.

US administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer and American military commanders have asked the Bush administration for two more divisions at full strength to meet the fresh contingencies. President Bush has promised a decision in early October. US field commanders fear the six-week delay will exact a heavy toll on security in Iraq. They predict -

A. The guerrilla war will intensify and the infiltrations of Al Qaeda and other anti-American elements further build up.

B. Strategic parts of Iraq will fall under the control of the Islamist terror group as it ranks are beefed up by unimpeded infiltrations.

C. Tehran will intervene on the side of the Sunni Muslim campaign against the Americans by sponsoring more terrorist attacks like the bombings of the Jordanian embassy and UN HQ in Baghdad. This intervention may draw Iraqi Shiites into the conflict whereas at present they view it as a “purely a Sunni war”.

http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=548
25 posted on 08/27/2003 6:12:27 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran Extradition Row Continues

August 27, 2003
BBC News
BBCi

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani has held talks in London with the British foreign minister, Jack Straw, on the arrest of the former Iranian ambassador to Argentina by British police.

Mr Ahani called for the release of the former ambassador, Hadi Soleimanpour, who is studying in England.

He said the Argentine court's request for Mr Soleimanpour's arrest was illegal and politically motivated.

But a UK Foreign Office spokesman told BBC News Online the British Government was not involved at any stage and any action is now a matter for the courts.

Mr Soleimanpour is wanted by police in Argentina in connection with the bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in 1994, in which more than 80 people were killed.

Iran denies any involvement in the bombing and has warned the UK of serious consequences unless Mr Soleimanpour is freed immediately.

Relations under threat

The UK Foreign Office denied the arrest was politically motivated, saying it was the result of international legal processes.

It added the future of bi-lateral relations is now in Iran's hands.

"We don't want this issue to affect bi-lateral relations, we have made clear this is not a political issue and we must abide by our international obligations," the spokesman said.

"Iran needs to understand Britain is a key voice for determining EU policy towards Iran. The Iranians are keen to keep EU relations with Iran on track so it is in no-one's interests to have a fall out at this stage."

An Iranian Government spokesman said Teheran hopes it will not come to the withdrawal of ambassadors, but he said all legal and diplomatic options were open.

Iranian officials have said they want the issue resolved by Friday.

But extradition cases can take months because the person being extradited can appeal against decisions.

Political involvement

The BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Barnaby Mason, says that while the British Government is insisting that the extradition process is a matter for the courts and it cannot interfere, this is not entirely true.

In reality, extradition under British law is not a purely judicial affair - the final decision is made by the home secretary, but he gets involved only after the courts have given their ruling.

At that point, the home secretary may consider political and other representations - for example, from the Foreign Office and the Iranian Government.

A few years ago, the English courts ruled that the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, could be extradited to Spain, but the government then freed him on health grounds.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3185111.stm
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Iran Sought to Buy Dual-use Nuclear Equipment in France

August 27, 2003
Ample News
AFX

VIENNA -- Iran has sought to buy, in several countries but especially in France, nuclear equipment that could be used for civilian as well as military purposes, according to a French official document a copy of which was obtained by Agence France-Presse.

"The list of Iranian attempts to buy (equipment) from the French nuclear industry... clearly points to the development of major resources for the reprocessing and manipulation of radioactive fuel," said the document presented to the Nuclear Suppliers Group at Pusan, South Korea, early this year.

The paper, whose authenticity was confirmed by diplomatic sources in Vienna, said that in late 2000, Iran tried to buy from a French supplier 10 high-density shields with a radioactive protection factor equivalent to 140 centimetres of concrete.

In 2002, an Emirates-based Iranian company tried to buy 28 remote-controlled manipulators, of which half were able to handle material whose radioactivity was above the usual maximum levels allowed in the civilian nuclear industry.

The paper said the equipment could be used for the reprocessing and manipulation of plutonium, a radioactive element used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

The NSG, also known as the London Club, groups 40 countries that supply nuclear equipment and technology, and was formed in 1974 to prevent the exportation of nuclear technologies for military purposes.

http://www.iii.co.uk/shares/?type=news&articleid=4730436&action=article

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Iran Intelligence Ministry Blames Hardliners in Kazemi Death

August 27, 2003
myTELUS
The Canadian Press

TEHRAN -- Iran's reformists accused hardliners of a coverup, with a parliamentarian reporting Wednesday that a judiciary agent had been blamed for the murder of a Montreal photojournalist who died after being beaten in custody.

Such charges and countercharges have characterized Iran's probe into the death of Zahra Kazemi, which has become the latest battleground in the power struggle between elected reformers and hardliners who control Iran's police force, judiciary and security agencies.

Earlier this week, the hardline Tehran prosecutor, whose office is part of the judiciary, issued a statement in which an independent judge said two Intelligence Ministry agents had been indicted "on charges of involvement in the semi-premeditated murder" of Kazemi. The Intelligence Ministry is loosely controlled by reformists.

Reformist legislator Naser Qavami told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a top Intelligence Ministry official told a closed meeting of parliament late Tuesday that a judiciary official working in the prison where Kazemi was held had beat her, leading to her death.

Qavami did not name the accused judiciary official. Intelligence Ministry officials contacted by the AP also refused to name their suspect.

The legislator said ministry officials also accused the judiciary of moving prison officers who witnessed the beating of Kazemi to different positions and pressuring them not to tell what they saw. During the closed parliament session, the officials also accused the judiciary of tampering with prison records and forcing Intelligence Ministry agents to accept responsibility for the murder.

Kazemi, 54, died July 10, nearly three weeks after being detained for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests. Prisons are under the authority of the hardline judiciary.

Initially, the hardline Tehran prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was quoted as saying Kazemi had died of a stroke.

On July 30, Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi told reporters Kazemi had been murdered. By then, Khatami had called for an independent judicial investigation. Veteran Judge Javad Esmaeili was appointed by the head of hardline judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to direct the probe.

Kazemi's death was condemned inside and outside Iran. Canada threatened sanctions, and withdrew its ambassador after Kazemi was buried in her birthplace, the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, against the wishes of Canadian authorities and her son, who lives in Montreal.

Tuesday, government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said that the Iranian government had no duty to inform Canada of the results of its investigation into Kazemi's death. In Canada later Tuesday, France Bureau, spokeswoman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham, responded that Graham expects Iran to keep Canada informed.

Graham has said what Canada wants in the Kazemi case is an "understanding why she died, how she died and who will be held responsible."

Kazemi's son Stephan Hachemi told a news conference Tuesday in Montreal that high-ranking Canadian Embassy officials will meet soon with Mortazavi. He said they're going to ask him among other things to return the body of his mother to Canada.

http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=world_home&articleID=1392775
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Second Iranian Detained for 1994 Argentina Bombing

August 27, 2003
Voice of America
VOA News

Police in Europe have released an Iranian diplomat after briefly detaining him in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina.

Officials say Saied Baghban was detained at the Brussels airport Wednesday, but was released hours later because he was found to have diplomatic immunity. Mr. Baghban is now a diplomat in Belgium.

Authorities detained him on an Interpol arrest warrant filed by Argentine Federal Judge Jose Galeano earlier this month. Judge Galeano ordered international warrants for eight Iranian diplomats for their alleged involvement in the July 18, 1994 bombing attack that killed 85 people.

Last week, Britain detained Iran's former ambassador to Argentina, Hadi Soleimanpour, in accordance with the warrant. Iran has criticized Britain for the arrest and demanded the diplomat's release. On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said relations with Britain will be harmed because of the arrest.

Iran denies any involvement in the bombing.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=89787280-50C1-46B5-A620D6E71E00FE37
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US Told Russia US Opposes Nuclear Cooperation with Iran

August 27, 2003
Dow Jones Newswires
Nasdaq Headlines

NEW YORK -- The State Department said Wednesday that the U.S. has told Moscow that no country, including Russia, should engage in nuclear cooperation with Iran until Tehran has satisfied international concerns about its nuclear program.

Deputy spokesman Philip Reeker told reporters in Washington that Undersecretary of State John Bolton had spoken to a Russian deputy foreign minister Monday and to the Russian atomic energy minister Tuesday.

Reeker said that until Iran had satisfied questions of the International Atomic Energy Agency and fully addressed concerns of the international community, including "full, immediate and unconditional implementation" of an additional protocol to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, then "we believe that no country should be engaging with Iran in nuclear cooperation, and that would include Russia."

According to the transcript of his briefing, Reeker said "that's the view that we express to Russia as well."

Reeker was asked about a report earlier Wednesday that Russia and Iran might sign an agreement requiring the return to Russia of all spent nuclear fuel from a reactor Moscow is helping Tehran build. Russia has implied that it could send fuel to an Iranian reactor if an agreement were in place on the return of the spent fuel.

Reeker noted that the U.S. has made clear that it has concerns about Iran and finds Iran's nuclear activities troubling.

http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=08&d=27&a=16
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Canada Lashes Out at Iran Over Death Probe

August 27, 2003
Reuters
David Ljunggren



OTTAWA -- Canada complained angrily on Wednesday that Iran had not yet handed over a report into the violent death of a Canadian journalist in Tehran and repeated a threat to impose sanctions unless the matter was resolved to Ottawa's satisfaction.

A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Bill Graham said Tehran Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi had met senior Canadian officials on Thursday to discuss the case of Zahra Kazemi, 54, but had no provided no new details.

Mortazavi's office has charged two interrogators from the Intelligence Ministry with complicity in the "semi-intentional" murder of Kazemi, who died from a blow to the head after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison.

Graham spokeswoman Isabelle Savard said Graham had expressed his "profound disappointment" with recent developments in the case.

"Although Canada has made repeated requests, the Iranian government has yet to provide us with the investigative report on Ms Kazemi's death," she quoted Graham as saying.

"This is not the cooperation and transparency that Canada has insisted on and that I have been promised by (Iranian) Foreign Minister (Kamal) Kharrazi," Graham said.

Kazemi's death sparked a diplomatic dispute between Iran and Canada, which withdrew its ambassador in protest. Graham has also threatened unspecified sanctions against Iran unless the circumstances over her death are cleared up.

Asked whether the threat of sanctions was still valid, Savard replied: "All options are open".

She said the report into the death of Kazemi, who was buried in Iran against the wishes of her family and Ottawa, was now expected in September.

"The Minister also emphasized that the matter is not over, that Canada will continue to use every opportunity to see that justice is done for Ms Kazemi and that the wishes of her family to have her remains returned are respected," she said.

Iran's ability to unravel the case and punish the culprits is seen as a test of reformist President Mohammad Khatami's struggle to exert his authority over hard-line rivals who control the judiciary and other powerful state institutions.

The incident has also thrown a spotlight on Iran's security services and how the media in the Islamic Republic is treated.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry has denied its staff were in any way responsible for Kazemi's death.

Iranian officials initially said Kazemi died of a stroke, but an initial government inquiry concluded she had been killed by a brain hemorrhage caused by a severe blow to the skull.

Iran's Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said at the end of July she was probably murdered.
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Canada Lashes Out at Iran Over Death Probe

August 27, 2003
Reuters
David Ljunggren

http://www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=topNews&locale=en_CA&storyID=3346671

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Stop Financing Iran's Nuke

August 27, 2003
The Jerusalem Post
Editorial

Iran, regarded by America as a pivotal component of the "axis of evil," may, in theory at least, soon face the threat of sanctions on the grounds that it has violated its own nuclear non-proliferation undertakings.

This follows a report by the UN's nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency confirming the detection of traces of highly enriched weapons-grade uranium at Iran's nuclear facility in Natanz. This is only one of the sites looming large in Iran's suspected clandestine atomic weapons development program.

Iran has clumsily tried to dismiss this evidence with the excuse that the IAEA samples originated from nuclear equipment purchased in the 1990s in an already contaminated state.

The Iranians failed to divulge the seller's identity, stating only that it was an intermediary company. Pakistanis are fingered by most experts as likely middlemen, peddling Dutch blueprints for enrichment centrifuges. However, this doesn't involve actual hardware, a fact that fails to satisfactorily account for the traces. Its vague, incomplete explanations are hardly likely to get Teheran off the hook.

Western intelligence agencies agree that Iran is racing to construct a bomb, with the main disagreement being how long it will take and at what stage, if any, the program can be blocked. The scandal is the number of supposedly responsible nations that will be to blame if Iran succeeds in going nuclear.

Russia, for example, is reportedly hoping to sign a deal to provide fuel rods for its reactor in exchange for commitments to return the spent fuel rods. On paper, this would ensure that no fuel rods or reactor products would be free for bombmaking. In practice, the prospect of the fuel rods being diverted would be so catastrophic that Russia must be persuaded not to ship them at all without proof that Iran has no bomb program.

Meanwhile in Japan, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom urged Tokyo to pull out of a $2.2 billion deal with Iran during his visit on Tuesday. It is unconscionable that Japan, itself adjusting to the idea of a nuclear North Korea next door and aware of Iran's nuclear program and its support for terrorism, would ignore American and Israeli pleas to hold off on financing the regime's plans. Yet the deal forges ahead; Iran's foreign minister was due in Tokyo this week.

Nor are the Japanese alone in their business-as-usual attitude toward this dangerous regime that has in recent months rounded up, beat, and killed untold numbers of its own people seeking freedom from its stifling grip.

Iran remains one of the most desirable business destinations and entrepreneurial individuals and governments continue to flock to its latter-day bazaars. Canada, Russia, China, South Africa, Turkey, the former USSR's Central Asian republics, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, and Spain are vying with each other for oil deals and queuing up to do other transactions with Teheran.

Analysts name several Western European countries as complicit in nuclear and high-tech dealings. So far none have yielded to American appeals (such as those made in Europe two weeks ago by US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham) to cease nuclear cooperation and cozy trade contacts with Iran.

The IAEA's board of governors is slated to convene on September 8. Should it pronounce Iran in violation, the issue could then reach the UN Security Council and trigger possible deliberations on sanctions.

Teheran does fear international censure, which could damage its business prospects. Iran's eager trading partners do possess a weapon they can effectively wield over the ayatollahs' heads. Many of them profess aversion to the use of force, as they recently did in the case of Iraq, of but that doesn't preclude economic action against a regime which endangers the world far more than any of the region's despots past and present.

Countries which sanctimoniously preach against violence and urge peaceful resolution of all differences cannot continue business as usual with those who can only be considered as the forces of darkness in the context of present-day international affairs. They are fully aware of the sinister nature of the Iranian regime and have been amply forewarned about its nuclear ambitions.

We have come to assume that it is unthinkable for free nations to join together in actively confronting a menace to their security and to the supposedly universal values of human rights.

Is it, however, too much to ask that they not aid, abet, and offer succor to a regime that is a clear and present danger?

Iran can be isolated economically. This is a measure Teheran dreads.

Those who will not desist even from aiding a dangerous foe, forfeit the moral right to berate any resolute democracy be it America or Israel which is left with no choice but to protect this region and the world.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1061959718229
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Iran Threatens to Expel UK Ambassador

August 27, 2003
Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Christopher Adams
The Financial Times

Iran is threatening to expel Britain's ambassador to Tehran and downgrade diplomatic relations over the arrest in the UK of a former Iranian diplomat.

An expulsion and a downgrading of ties, possibly to chargé d'affaires level, would be a setback for Britain's strategy of "constructive engagement" with Iran. Jack Straw, foreign secretary, has visited Tehran several times and claims a good working relationship with his Iranian counterpart.

Iran's response could lead to European Union retaliatory action, western diplomats have warned. The threat comes days before EU foreign ministers are due to meet to discuss Iran's progress in complying with international demands to open its nuclear programme to tougher inspections.

A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday said Iran had improved its co-operation with inspectors, but "a number of important outstanding issues" were unresolved. Iran has said it is ready to discuss an agreement that would permit intrusive inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Diplomats in Tehran on Tuesday voiced fears that Iran was on the verge of expelling Richard Dalton, who arrived in December but is now on leave in the UK.

The threat, which diplomats said the Iranian leadership had made explicit within the last few days, follows the arrest in Britain of a former Iranian ambassador over the bombing in 1994 of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.

An Argentine judge is seeking the extradition of eight Iranians, including Hadi Soleimanpour, Iran's ambassador to Argentina when the bomb explosion killed 85 people. Mr Soleimanpour was arrested last week in Durham.

Britain maintains the arrest is a judicial matter and the government cannot interfere.

http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1059479341262&p=1012571727172
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Chinese Enterprises' Managers Confer With Kharrazi

Tehran Times - Politics Section
Aug 27, 2003

BEIJING -- Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Kharrazi in a meeting with the managers of large scale Chinese enterprises here on Monday night, invited them to get involved in Iran's various infrastructure projects, IRNA reported. Kharrazi who is in Beijing on an official visit, told the Chinese firms managers, "keeping in mind the potentially huge opacities for such infrastructure investments in constructing air orts, high ways, ports, power stations, and oil and gas facilities, we can predict the rapid boosting of the future perspective of the two countries' relations, that will be quite promising." He said, "It is quite natural that the daily expansion of the economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries would face certain difficulties in technical and commercial fields, which are negligible keeping in mind the high volume of bilateral relations."

The Iranian foreign minister expressed certainty that relying on mutual wisdom and broad mindedness of the financial managers of the two countries, and adopting appropriate legal procedures, the problems faced in the past would be fully eliminated, and their occurrence would be avoided in the future.

Announcing Iran's willingness for the Chinese enterprises' investments in its infrastructure projects, the foreign minister said that the Iranian Parliament has now passed the law related to legalizing foreign investments in the country, that has paved the way for foreign enterprises' presence.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1976.shtml
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Vagueness and infighting obstructs Kazemi murder probe

Reporters Sans Frontieres - Press Release
Aug 27, 2003

Reporters Without Borders today denounced the lack of openness in the official enquiry into the death of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi and warned that it was falling victim to the power struggle between the Iranian regime's reformists and hardliners.

The criminal division of the Teheran public prosecutor's office announced on 25 August it had charged two employees of the pro-reformist intelligence ministry with "complicity in semi-intentional murder." But the next day, the ministry denied they were involved, saying the circumstances of the killing were very clear and that the real truth would soon be revealed.

The two unnamed employees reportedly interrogated Kazemi between her arrest on 23 June and when she was hospitalised on 27 June and are said to be in detention. A spokesman for the reformist government, Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, said charging them had nothing to do with reality.

The deputy intelligence ministry told the so-called "Article 90" committee (that investigates complaints against the government, parliament and the judiciary) on 26 August that the ministry knew who had beaten the journalist soon after she was arrested.

"The fuzziness of the enquiry shows the authorities are not keen on investigating the case," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. "We don't know exactly who has been arrested and the prosecution office's statement has been denied by the intelligence ministry, which just makes a few vague hints. The reformist-hardliner power struggle is blocking the investigation and makes it vital to have an independent and impartial enquiry with international experts in it. Canada must press for this," he said.

Kazemi, who lived in Canada, was arrested as she took pictures of prisoners' families in front of Teheran's Evin prison. She died on 11 July from injuries caused by her beating in detention. After officials tried to cover up the cause of her death, Vice-President Ali Abtahi admitted on 16 July she had been beaten.

Her body was hastily buried on 22 July in the southern town of Shiraz, despite her mother, who lives in Iran, asking for the body to be sent to Canada. She admitted on 30 July being pressured to allow burial in Iran. Canada is insisting the body be handed over to Kazemi's Canadian son Stephan, as he has requested.

Some reformist MPs have even accused the judiciary, controlled by the hardliners, of being responsible for her death. The fiercely anti-media Teheran prosecutor, Judge Said Mortazavi, reportedly tried to cover up her death and pushed for a quick burial. The culture ministry's foreign press chief, Mohammad Hussein Khoshvagt, admitted in a letter in the media on 24 July, that Mortazavi had forced him to say Kazemi had died of a brain haemorrhage. The judge reportedly accused him of issuing a press visa to Kazemi, who he said was a spy.

Reformist MP Mohsen Armin confirmed these manoeuvres by Mortazavi and a fellow reformist MP, Elaheh Koulaie, said Kazemi had been killed as part of the climate of censorship of the media and crackdown on all criticism.

Iran is the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East, with 19 presently detained.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1977.shtml


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Evidence May Indicate Iran Closing In on Nuclear Arms

Los Angeles Times - By Douglas Frantz
Aug 27, 2003

International inspectors confirmed Tuesday that particles of highly enriched uranium had been discovered in two separate samples taken at a nuclear facility in Iran, raising the possibility that Tehran is further along in developing a nuclear weapon than experts had predicted.

The finding was contained in a confidential report prepared by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that provided detailed descriptions of numerous contradictions and misstatements by Iran in recent months. A copy of the 10-page report was provided to The Times by a source outside the agency.

It was clear that critical questions about Iran's nuclear program remained unanswered in the report, particularly about uranium enrichment, the purification process that creates fuel for reactors or material for weapons. Those questions are significant because the answers could indicate a weapons program and because Iran is required under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to disclose any such enrichment to the IAEA.

The report did not link the minute traces of highly enriched uranium found at the Natanz nuclear plant in central Iran to any weapons effort. Although a diplomat who reviewed the report said the particles were not proof that Iran had enriched uranium, he said that discovery and other findings were strong evidence that Tehran had lied about its nuclear activities.

Iran insists that it is only building commercial nuclear reactors to generate electricity and dismissed the particles as contamination from before it acquired the equipment. The United States has accused Iran of using its commercial program to disguise a clandestine effort to build a nuclear bomb.

Attempts to reach Iranian officials in Vienna and Tehran were unsuccessful. The official Iranian news agency IRNA said that Iran's representative to the IAEA said the country was ready to sign an agreement to allow more intrusive international inspections of its nuclear facilities.

"Iran would like to clarify some aspects regarding the preservation of its sovereignty due to the so-called undeclared inspections that are envisioned," Ali Akbar Salehi, the representative, was quoted as saying.

Melissa Fleming, a spokeswoman for the IAEA in Vienna, said in a telephone interview that inspectors were analyzing information from five trips to Iran since the previous report, issued in June. That document criticized Iran for concealing previous nuclear activities and was somewhat harsher in tone.

The latest report said the discovery of the highly enriched uranium particles at Natanz and an Iranian admission of uranium conversion at another facility appeared to contradict earlier claims by Iran that it had not enriched uranium.

Iran also told the agency in recent days that it had obtained technology for enriching uranium from unidentified foreign sources in the late 1980s, the report said. Iran had previously told the agency that it had developed the technology on its own, beginning in 1997.

Although the report praised Tehran for improved cooperation, it also complained that "information and access were at times slow in coming and incremental."

The agency's 35-nation board is scheduled to meet Sept. 8. The United States is expected to push for a finding that Iran is not complying with the nonproliferation treaty and ask for the matter to be referred to the United Nations Security Council. The council could order sanctions.

A senior Bush administration official said in a telephone interview from Washington that the United States will certainly press for the issue to be taken to the Security Council and for Iran to be declared in noncompliance.

"We are disappointed that the IAEA did not come right out and say that the Iranians have been lying to them and have not been cooperating. I wish the IAEA could be more blunt about this, but the facts are in the report," the official said.

The discrepancy was one of a series of contradictions and gaps in the report in which Iran acknowledged specific activities only after repeated requests and outside pressure.

"What seems clear is that Iran has got caught up in some lies and is giving ground grudgingly and slowly," said a European diplomat who had been briefed on the new report.

For months inspectors tried to get access to a small workshop outside Tehran called Kalaye Electric Co. An Iranian exile group had said that the facility, officially described as a watch factory, was part of the secret nuclear complex.

In March and again in June, inspectors were denied full access to the site. In July, Iran told the agency that it was not yet willing to permit samples to be taken at Kalaye.

In meetings in Tehran on Aug. 9, Iran acknowledged for the first time that its enrichment activities were concentrated at Kalaye from 1997 until last year and it agreed to permit the inspectors to take environmental samples to determine whether uranium was enriched there.

The analysis of the samples is not finished, but the report said it was unclear whether the results would be of any use because of structural changes and modifications at Kalaye since the March visit.

Iranian officials said the construction was part of the facility's conversion to new uses, but a nuclear expert familiar with the report and the inspection process said, "They sanitized the place."

The U.S. official said, "They repainted and cleaned the rooms to try to hide the evidence that there had been uranium reprocessing there. That was a nice way of putting the fact that they were trying to cover it up."

A former Iranian security official went further, saying in a recent interview with The Times that workers removed 6 feet of topsoil from areas within Kalaye and rebuilt some rooms.

The earlier samples taken at Natanz, about 200 miles south of Tehran, found evidence of highly enriched uranium, but there are questions about its origin.

When IAEA officials were allowed in last February, they found a huge facility under construction. There was a pilot plant for enriching uranium by using gas centrifuges, and two underground halls to contain thousands of centrifuges.

Iran told the agency several times that it had developed its centrifuge program without outside help and without using enriched uranium, both assertions doubted by outside experts and some inspectors, according to interviews this summer and the report.

IAEA inspectors took environmental samples at Natanz between March and June. At a meeting with Iranian officials in July, the inspectors said one sample had tested positive for particles of highly enriched uranium, according to the report.

The Iranians said they would look into the matter. On Aug. 9, the Iranians told the agency that the particles had come from contamination of centrifuge components imported by Iran, according to the report.

But the inspectors replied that a new analysis completed since the July disclosure had revealed a second type of highly enriched uranium from a different centrifuge machine, the report said. Additional samples were still being analyzed, and the agency said it had not reached a final conclusion on the origin of the enriched uranium.

The agency said it was also investigating uranium conversion activities at research facilities using uranium chemicals imported secretly from China in 1991.

Iran had said it never used nuclear material in its research, according to the report. But after pressure from the inspectors, Iran acknowledged last week in a letter to the agency that it had undertaken uranium conversion experiments in the early 1990s.

Also for the first time, Iran said it had acquired some of its centrifuge technology from foreign entities. The countries were not identified in the report, but nuclear experts say the supplier is probably Pakistan.

"Several indications point to Pakistan," said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, based in Washington. The centrifuge design and other components necessary to enrich uranium are similar to designs circulated by Abdul Qadeer Khan, considered the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran27aug27001432,1,2038537.story?coll=la-headlines-world
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Iran Urges Release Of Ex-diplomat at UK Straw Meeting

Dow Jones - World News
Aug 27, 2003

LONDON -- Iran has called on the U.K. for the speedy release of a former Iranian diplomat, arrested over the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American affairs Ali Ahani met U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Tuesday to call for the former diplomat to be released, Iran's official news agency IRNA reports on its Web site.

Hadi Soleimanpour was arrested in the U.K. last Thursday for his alleged involvement in the Argentinian bombing.

An Argentine judge is seeking the extradition of eight Iranians, including Soleimanpour, Iran's ambassador to Argentina when the explosion killed dozens of people.

"The decision of the Argentine judiciary was politically-motivated and the verdict lacked validity," IRNA quoted Ahani as saying.

IRNA reported that Straw assured Ahani he would take all necessary steps within the framework of the U.K.'s judicial system.

The U.K. Foreign Office said Straw told Ahani that the arrest is a judicial matter and the government cannot intervene.

Wednesday, the Financial Times reported that Iran is threatening to expel the U.K.'s ambassador to Tehran and downgrade diplomatic relations over the arrest.

President Mohammad Khatami has referred to the arrest as "incorrect" and "tactless" and the row threatens to derail the U.K.'s "constructive engagement" policy with Tehran.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1971.shtml

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Iraq's leaky border with Iran

Christian Science Monitor - By James Hider
Aug 27, 2003

Iraqi border police say Arab fighters are being smuggled in as Shiite pilgrims.

AL MUNTHRIYA, IRAQ – Iraq's border with Iran is an open door for thousands of Iranian Shiite pilgrims being smuggled across the frontier, say Iraqi police. And their numbers may also be swollen by Arab fighters.

Iraqi border police at the northeastern crossing point of Al Munthriya say that members of two leading Shiite parties in Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council are helping the illegal pilgrim trade, unwittingly aiding the passage of terrorists, spies, and saboteurs into the country.

Police say that Arab fighters from Afghanistan and members of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda may also be exploiting clandestine routes through the arid hill country on the frontier, where pilgrims dodge scant border controls with support from members of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and Islamic Dawa.

Col. Nazzim Sherif Mohammed, commander of the Iraqi border police at Al Munthriya, says SCIRI and Dawa members have set up floating border posts in the desert and are providing guides to ferry pilgrims past official border posts to reach the holy Shiite cities of Najaf and Karabala.

Colonel Mohammed and his team say they doubt the parties' leaders are aware of the operations, but express frustration that groups linked to the country's emerging leadership could be inadvertently aiding terrorists.

"It is chaos. Anyone can come in and we can't control this. We can't tell who's a pilgrim and who's a terrorist," says Awat Dawoud, head of customs a Al Munthriya, where several hundred Kurds and former opposition members have joined the new coalition-backed border police force. "We captured some Iranians and brought them here. They told us that people from Dawa and Hakim's party [SCIRI] were taking $50" to bring people across the border, says Mohammed.

Adel Abdul Mehdi, a spokesman for SCIRI, says he has no knowledge of his party's involvement in the illegal pilgrim trade, which he notes had existed before the war when visits by Iranians were restricted.

But he admits that SCIRI members could be involved in bringing family members over from Iran. Most of the Iranians clandestinely crossing the border on foot or by truck are innocent pilgrims heading for the cities of Karbala and Najaf, to the south of Baghdad. The cities are home to the ornate shrines of Imam Hussein and Imam Ali, descendents of the prophet Muhammad.

None of the pilgrims has a visa as Iraq has not yet resumed its foreign consular services. In Najaf and Karbala, throngs of Iranian pilgrims in Islamic green bandannas and prayer shawls worship at the shrines every day, wielding video cameras and posing happily in groups outside mosques.

In some Najaf restaurants, the clientele are almost exclusively Iranians wolfing down chicken and rice after a long, arduous journey. One pilgrim says proudly he walked six days to reach Najaf from Iran. Others says they drove across in cars. All decline to give details of the crossing. Some estimate that as many as 2,000 people cross the border every day.

Najaf hotel owner Farhan Shibli says his rooms are booked solid with Iranian guests. He welcomes the economic bonanza during such lean times, but voices misgivings about their presence in the country. "They come as pilgrims but some are smugglers and some can be considered spies," he says. "It's quite possible there are saboteurs among them."

He says some of his guests act suspiciously, changing clothes several times a day, dressing as Westerners or Arabs or even foreign journalists. "The coalition should do something about this problem," he says.

Paul Bremer, the top US civilian administrator, said on Saturday that the country's borders are difficult to guard, despite having 2,500 personnel watching them.

"We'd clearly like to have greater control over the borders. We agree there is a problem and we are addressing it," he told reporters.

http://search.csmonitor.com/search_content/0827/p17s01-woiq.html
39 posted on 08/27/2003 7:32:56 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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US helps Iranians to bypass web censorship

Sidney Morning Herald - By Online Staff
Aug 27, 2003

Iranians who wish to bypass the restrictions placed on accessing certain web sites by their own government, can now do so courtesy the US government and the privacy company Anonymizer, according to a report at SecurityFocus.

The US has paid Anonymizer an undisclosed sum to provide any of the two million Iranians who are said to have internet access a free web proxy services which is designed to circumvent the online censorship instituted by Teheran, the report said.

Iran issued a list of 15,000 prohibited sites in May.

The free proxy only accepts connections from the Iranian IP address space and provides instructions in Farsi.

The URLs for the service are publicised over Radio Farda, an American station that broadcasts a mix of pop music and western news and is aimed at Iranian youth.

The report said the service was similar to one which had been provided to Chinese citizens by Anonymizer under a similar contract which ended earlier this year.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1978.shtml
40 posted on 08/27/2003 7:33:43 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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"Kazemi's son Stephan Hachemi told a news conference Tuesday in Montreal that high-ranking Canadian Embassy officials will meet soon with Mortazavi."

Wonder if this meeting will ever take place?
There won't be any revelations, if it does.

41 posted on 08/27/2003 7:34:55 PM PDT by nuconvert
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UN report stokes fears of Iran atom bomb

Reuters - World News
Aug 27, 2003

VIENNA - Iran's repeated failure to inform the U.N. nuclear agency of its atomic activities, as detailed in the agency's new Iran report, boosts fears that Tehran wants nuclear weapons, Western diplomats said on Wednesday.

Several diplomats, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the Iran report showed Tehran was in breach of its U.N. nuclear safeguards obligations. They said there were reasons for the agency's governing board to declare Iran in "non-compliance" with its U.N. Safeguards Agreement.

A verdict of non-compliance would require the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) board to notify the U.N. Security Council, which has the power to impose economic sanctions.

"There are grounds for a verdict of non-compliance," said a Western diplomat. "It's a pattern of activities that's not just disquieting but of great concern."

Asked if the report confirmed suspicions Iran aims to build a nuclear arsenal, one Western diplomat said simply: "Yes."

Iranian officials were not immediately available for comment, though Tehran insists it is cooperating fully with the IAEA and has nothing to hide about its nuclear programme.

Iran said on Tuesday it was ready to sign up to snap inspections of its nuclear programme, but said it wanted prior clarification on "the preservation of its sovereignty".

The United States, which branded Iran part of an "axis of evil" with North Korea and pre-war Iraq, accuses the Islamic republic of secretly developing atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

The report said traces of weapons-grade highly-enriched uranium were found in samples at the Natanz nuclear facility. Iran blamed this on contaminated components imported for centrifuges, an explanation the IAEA is probing.

One diplomat said this explanation was suspicious as Iran refuses to say where it bought the components and had originally claimed the centrifuges were entirely domestic. Cenfrifuges are used to enrich, or purify, the uranium to make it useable in nuclear fuel -- or weapons.

MODIFICATIONS

The IAEA also said Iran had carried out "modifications" at the Kalaye Electric Company workshop, where centrifuge parts are made, before letting the IAEA take samples to verify no undeclared nuclear activity had taken place.

Diplomats said these extensive modifications raised concerns Iran sanitised Kalaye before letting inspectors take the samples after months of refusing the IAEA's request.

"It sounds like they've got something to hide," a diplomat said.

While praising Iran's cooperation since the agency's harsh June report, the IAEA said "some of the information was in contrast to that previously provided by Iran".

The Western diplomats said this was simply a polite way of saying that Iran has repeatedly lied to the agency.

"That wording is an incredible understatement," a diplomat said. "I can count around six areas where they changed their positions. And it wasn't as if they came forward...They were dragged to it because the IAEA came up with the facts."

For instance, the IAEA report said that Iran had admitted that its uranium enrichment programme began in the 1980s and not in the 1990s as it had originally told the U.N.

Diplomats also expressed concern that Iran has been experimenting with the creation of uranium metal, which has few civilian uses but is very useful in nuclear weapons.

The 35-member IAEA board begins meeting on September 8 to discuss the Iran report.

The diplomats said there was a growing group of states, led by the U.S., on the IAEA board, which believe there are grounds to report Iran to the Security Council now. But there are more than a dozen countries on the board who tend to support Iran.

Pursuing a separate diplomatic initiative over the nuclear crisis involving North Korea, Washington and Pyongyang sat down on Wednesday for talks in China with North Korea's neighbours.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3345345
42 posted on 08/27/2003 7:36:28 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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EU sidesteps row over Iran envoy's arrest

Financial Times - By Judy Dempsey in Brussels, Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Adam Thomson in Buenos Aires
Aug 27, 2003

European Union officials were trying to prevent its relations with Iran becoming embroiled in the latest diplomatic row involving Tehran and Brussels on Wednesday.

The attempt to keep bilateral issues separate from the EU's broader strategy with Iran came after Belgian security forces tried to arrest a senior Iranian diplomat serving in Brussels.

Last week Britain arrested Hadi Soleimanpour, the former Iranian ambassador to Argentina, after Argentina had requested his extradition for alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 84 people.

The Belgians were acting on Interpol instructions to arrest Saeed Baghban, third secretary in the Brussels embassy.

The request was in response to extradition proceedings recently begun by Juan José Galeano, an Argentine judge who has named eight former Iranian diplomats being sought for their alleged participation in the Jewish centre bombing.

Mr Baghban, responsible for consular affairs, was leaving the country when the security services tried to arrest him.

Antoine Eurard, Belgium's chargé d'affaires in Iran, was summoned to the foreign ministry and asked to ensure Mr Baghban's early release. Mr Baghban was questioned and allowed return to the embassy after the Belgian foreign ministry confirmed his diplomatic immunity.

Belgian diplomats said they did not expect any moves by the Iranian authorities to expel any of their embassy staff. Iran has threatened to expel Britain's ambassador to Tehran and downgrade diplomatic relations in protest at Mr Soleimanpour's arrest.

Diplomats are concerned that the poor relations between Britain and Iran - which had markedly improved over the past year - could spill over into broader relations between Tehran and the EU.

The EU, with strong backing from London, had recently started negotiations on a lucrative trade and co-operation agreement (TCA) with Iran.

Progress on the trade issues is linked to progress on political issues, such as human rights, fighting terrorism, Middle East peace and Iran's compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In recent weeks the TCA talks have stalled - but not officially suspended - as the EU awaits next month's report on Iran's nuclear programme by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

A Commission official said: "We are waiting to see what the IAEA concludes. We do not want any bilateral issues to impinge on EU relations with Iran."

The Iranian government has cut off economic and cultural ties with Argentina, though not diplomatic relations, over the arrest warrants.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1988.shtml
43 posted on 08/27/2003 7:38:22 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Finger pointing in Kazemi case

Globe & Mail - By AP & CP
Aug 27, 2003

Tehran — Iran's reformists accused hardliners of a coverup, with a parliamentarian reporting Wednesday that a judiciary agent had been blamed for the murder of a Montreal photojournalist who died after being beaten in custody.

Such charges and countercharges have characterized Iran's probe into the death of Zahra Kazemi, which has become the latest battleground in the power struggle between elected reformers and hardliners who control Iran's police force, judiciary and security agencies.

Earlier this week, the hardline Tehran prosecutor, whose office is part of the judiciary, issued a statement in which an independent judge said two Intelligence Ministry agents had been indicted "on charges of involvement in the semi-premeditated murder" of Ms. Kazemi. The Intelligence Ministry is loosely controlled by reformists.

However, a Canadian newspaper report said the two indicted were reportedly low-level female medical workers: a nurse and a personal caregiver.

Reformist legislator Naser Qavami told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a top Intelligence Ministry official told a closed meeting of parliament late Tuesday that a judiciary official working in the prison where Mr. Kazemi was held had beat her, leading to her death.

Mr. Qavami did not name the accused judiciary official. Intelligence Ministry officials contacted by the AP also refused to name their suspect.

The legislator said ministry officials also accused the judiciary of moving prison officers who witnessed the beating of Kazemi to different positions and pressuring them not to tell what they saw. During the closed parliament session, the officials also accused the judiciary of tampering with prison records and forcing Intelligence Ministry agents to accept responsibility for the murder.

Ms. Kazemi, 54, died July 10, nearly three weeks after being detained for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests. Prisons are under the authority of the hardline judiciary.

Initially, the hardline Tehran prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was quoted as saying Ms. Kazemi had died of a stroke.

On July 30, Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi told reporters Ms. Kazemi had been murdered. By then, Mr. Khatami had called for an independent judicial investigation. Veteran Judge Javad Esmaeili was appointed by the head of hardline judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to direct the probe.

Ms. Kazemi's death was condemned inside and outside Iran. Canada threatened sanctions, and withdrew its ambassador after Kazemi was buried in her birthplace, the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, against the wishes of Canadian authorities and her son, who lives in Montreal.

Tuesday, government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said that the Iranian government had no duty to inform Canada of the results of its investigation into Kazemi's death. In Canada later Tuesday, France Bureau, spokeswoman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham, responded that Graham expects Iran to keep Canada informed.

Mr. Graham has said what Canada wants in the Ms. Kazemi case is an "understanding why she died, how she died and who will be held responsible."

Ms. Kazemi's son Stephan Hachemi told a news conference Tuesday in Montreal that high-ranking Canadian Embassy officials will meet soon with Mortazavi. He said they're going to ask him among other things to return the body of his mother to Canada.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1989.shtml
44 posted on 08/27/2003 7:39:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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UN inspectors found two types of enriched nuclear material in Iran

AFP - World News (via Yahoo)
Aug 27, 2003

VIENNA - A confidential UN report says inspectors found two different types of highly enriched nuclear particles at facilities in Iran that are not needed in civilian atomic programmes, a Western diplomat said.

"The discovery of enriched uranium is particularly worrying. IAEA inspectors found two different types of highly enriched particles. You do not need that to make nuclear power," the diplomat told AFP.

The findings are contained in a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that was handed to the UN nuclear watchdog's board of governors here Tuesday ahead of a crucial meeting on Iran.

The diplomat said the report poses questions that "all speak to the purpose of Iran's nuclear programme" and shows "a pattern of non-compliance" with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

It includes revelations that Iran "has admitted that it tried to import centrifuge material" and that it started a heavy water programme in the 1980s.

Heavy water is used for reactors that produce plutonium, a material which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

Tehran insists that its nuclear programme is intended purely to help meet its energy needs but the United States charges that it is secretly trying to develop nuclear arms.

IAEA Secretary General Mohamed ElBaradei this week confirmed that enriched uranium was found at Natanz, 180 miles (290 kilometres) south of Tehran, where Iran is building a uranium processing plant.

Diplomats said this week that the report, which ElBaradei will formally present to the board of governors when they start meeting here on September 8, gives no clear verdict on the nature of Tehran's nuclear programme.

But one told AFP "there will clearly be some sort of resolution on Iran from the board", which can refer the matter to the UN Security Council.

In June, an initial IAEA report found that Tehran had not fully respected the Non-Proliferation Treaty by failing to inform the IAEA of some of its nuclear activities, including importing uranium in 1991.

In Tehran the Iranian permanent representative to the IAEA said on television the new report on nuclear activities in Iran was much softer in tone than its predecessor.

"The report was much less severe than the previous one," said Ali Salehi: "Nowhere is there any mention of negligence or omissions by Iran."

As to the samples indicating enriched uranium, the official said these "must still be submitted to laboratory examination and the IAEA will have to take into consideration Iran's explanation that the samples were contaminated while abroad."

Salehi said Iran had submitted a letter to the IAEA on Monday saying it was willing to pursue talks on remaining problems.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1985.shtml


45 posted on 08/27/2003 7:40:49 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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U.S. presses Russia to halt nuclear aid to Iran

Reuters - World News
Aug 27, 2003

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday put fresh public pressure on Russia to halt nuclear cooperation with Iran after U.N. inspectors issued a new report faulting Tehran's program.

"Until Iran satisfies the IAEA's questions and fully addresses the concerns of the international community ... we believe that no country should be engaging with Iran in nuclear cooperation, and that would include Russia," State Department deputy spokesman Phillip Reeker told reporters.

He was reacting to an announcement from the Russian Atomic Energy Ministry that Russia and Iran in September would sign an agreement requiring Tehran to return nuclear waste to Moscow.

Nothing Reeker said suggested that Undersecretary of State John Bolton made headway in resolving U.S.-Russian differences over Iran's nuclear program during talks in Moscow on Tuesday.

Russia has pressed ahead with plans to build a nuclear plant at the southern port of Bushehr in Iran despite criticism from Washington which accuses Tehran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian program.

Once the new Russia-Iran agreement is signed, Russia would ship fuel to Iran for the Bushehr reactor which will process it to generate power and send all spent nuclear material -- which can be converted into weapons grade material -- back to Russia.

Two senior U.S. officials have told Reuters the Russians have told Washington they would not provide Iran with the fuel for Bushehr until next spring.

In a confidential report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, the U.N. nuclear watchdog -- the International Atomic Energy Agency -- confirmed it had found particles of highly-enriched uranium -- weapons grade -- in environmental samples taken at a nuclear facility at Natanz.

The finding may buttress U.S. claims about Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions.

The IAEA is expected to take up the Iran issue at its September 8 board meeting when the Bush administration is looking to pass a resolution finding Tehran in non-compliance with international nuclear safeguards and transfer the issue to the U.N. Security Council for further action.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3347087
46 posted on 08/27/2003 7:42:00 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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"The US has paid Anonymizer an undisclosed sum to provide any of the two million Iranians who are said to have internet access a free web proxy services which is designed to circumvent the online censorship instituted by Teheran, the report said."

Very interesting.

How do they come up with only 2 million?
47 posted on 08/27/2003 8:44:08 PM PDT by nuconvert
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With all due respect to our Canadian allies, does anyone think that whatever threat Canada may make to this government will have any impact?
48 posted on 08/27/2003 9:10:15 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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Sorry, having now read this article in the thread I can see my question is moot. Too much money to be made dealing with the "democratic" government of Iran to worry about substantive things like murder.
49 posted on 08/27/2003 9:14:23 PM PDT by Steelerfan
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Iran's Khatami Tells Japan He'll Cooperate With UN


Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami told Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi his country will cooperate with the United Nations' inspectors to assure the world that Iran isn't developing nuclear weapons.

Khatami's message was conveyed in a letter handed over by Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi when he met Koizumi this morning, said Koichi Aiboshi, a section manager in the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau at Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He didn't give further details.

Iran's cooperation with the UN may not be enough for Japan to sign a $2.5 billion agreement to develop the country's Azadegan oil field, according to analysts at a Tokyo think- tank. The UN wants Iran to allow its inspectors to conduct spot checks at nuclear sites, a demand that Iran hasn't yet accepted.

``It'll take some time'' before Japan signs an agreement on the Azadegan oil field, said Tsutomu Toichi, a managing director at the government-funded Institute of Energy Economics in Tokyo. ``There are so many uncertainties. No one knows how Iran will respond to the demand'' for nuclear checks, he said.

Koizumi and Kharazi didn't discuss development of the Azadegan oil field during their meeting, Aiboshi said.

Azadegan

In June, Japan was close to agreement on developing the Azadegan field, which has as much as 6 billion barrels of recoverable oil, when the U.S. opposed Japanese investment because of concern Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Tomen Corp. and Japan National Oil Corp. lost their priority right to develop the field when Japan missed the June deadline. China, India and Russia have since said they are interested in developing the field.

Iran has the world's fifth-largest proven oil reserves, holding about 90 billion barrels, or about 9 percent of the total reserves.

Japan has backed demands from the U.S. and European Union for Iran to sign an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency that will allow UN inspectors to check the Middle East nation's nuclear facilities with little or no warning.

Japan is close to an agreement with Iran on developing the Azadegan field, Takeo Hiranuma, Japan's minister of trade and industry, said this week. Japan sees the agreement to develop Iran's biggest oil discovery in 35 years as a key step towards securing its oil needs.

``We have reached substantial compromises on some points,'' Hiranuma said at a press conference in Tokyo on Aug. 26. ``We still need to tie up loose ends.''

Energy Competition

Japan is competing with China and other countries to secure stable sources of oil and gas. Winning access to the Iranian oil field will help ensure the world's second-largest economy does not run out of energy.

``We depend for almost 99 percent of our oil on outside sources,'' Japan's Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, who will meet Kharazi today, told reporters yesterday. ``To secure oil has been a very important policy goal for Japan.''

Japan considers its efforts to secure oil a separate issue from international concerns over Iran's nuclear program, she said.

``We do share the concerns of the international community on the nuclear issue,'' Kawaguchi said. ``We are as a separate matter currently engaged in discussion with Iran on oil.''

``Axis of Evil''

Iran is one of the countries U.S. President George W. Bush includes in a so-called Axis of Evil, along with Iraq and North Korea. In the post-Iraq War period, Bush has renewed calls for tough sanctions because of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons development. Tehran denies the allegations.

UN inspectors reported on June 6 that Iran has failed to disclose materials, facilities and activities required by its current agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran says it is cooperating with international officials and says its nuclear program is for electricity generation.

Iran hopes to reach an agreement with Japan this year to develop the oil field, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, Iran's oil minister, said earlier this month.

Further talks today between Iranian foreign minister and Japanese government officials may not include direct negotiations on the Azadegan field, said Toichi at the Institute of Energy Economics.

``I don't think it's a good time to talk business,'' he said.

http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000101&sid=aKag0n7kWTW8&refer=japan
50 posted on 08/27/2003 11:12:14 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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