Germany, Iran sign 120-million-dollar bio-tech deal
Berlin, Sept 12, IRNA -- German biotechnology firm Biotest and
its Iranian counterpart Daroupakhsh signed a 120-million-dollar
contract to produce blood plasma products.
"The signed contract between the two companies is in the area of
roducing complex drugs and the transfer of technological know-how,"
Iranian Deputy Health Minister Ahmadiani told IRNA Thursday evening
following a special ceremony at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin.
"The latest signing could be an encouragement for investments by
advanced countries in Iran," he added.
Under the deal, Biotest provides 60 percent of the financing while
the Iranian side allocates 40 percent.
Meanwhile the head of the German firm Gregor Schulz referred to
the 15-year-old history of "positive" cooperation between Biotest and
several Iranian pharmaceutical companies, among them Daroupaksh.
"The objective of this contract is to create centers and stations
with Biotest`s new know-how to produce products for Iran," Schulz
Headquarted near the southwest German city of Frankfurt, Biotest
specializes in human blood products and the protection of people and
consumables against pathogens and environmentally harmful
Zarif blames US for efforts to deprive Iran of nuclear technology
Tehran, Sept 13, IRNA -- Iran`s permanent representative to the United
Nations here Friday blamed the United States for its efforts to
deprive Iran of nuclear power.
Speaking in an interview with the New York Times, published on
Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US is trying to use
existing international mechanisms to deprive Iran of legitimate power
"Iran`s ranking diplomat in the United states, in an interview
blames the Americans for his country`s reluctance to reveal details of
its nuclear program," New York Times wrote.
Zarif further pointed to Washington`s "intention to deprive Iran"
of legitimate power plants as the reason for Iran`s current problems
with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), adding that the
political issue has led to technical difficulties.
He said that Iranian cooperation with the nuclear agency was
simply a matter of carrying out the investigation "in the right
political atmosphere," and "in a technical atmosphere."
He added that Washington "has used the existing international
mechanisms in order to take a step-by-step approach towards depriving
Iran of its nuclear capability, even power generation.
He added," There are people in Washington who do not want to
clarify matters -- who, in fact, would encourage, invite and welcome
negative news from Iran. And if that is the intention, if that is
the desire, then they may in fact get what they want."
On the United States policy in the Middle east, Zarif said,"I
believe the entire international community considers the behavior of
the United States disrespectful, particularly of this administration."
He also mentioned the American invasion of Iraq as the main reason
behind further extremism in the region, exacerbation of the terrorist
threat both inside Iraq and outside as well as discouraged cooperation
and confidence-building in the region.
The IAEA Governing Board on Friday passed a resolution setting
Iran an October 31 deadline to prove it had no secret atomic weapons
The resolution, submitted by Australia, Canada and Japan, calls
on Iran to "provide accelerated cooperation" with agency efforts to
clear up Tehran`s nuclear question marks.
It also urges Tehran to suspend all further uranium
Iran`s delegation walked out of the board of governors` meeting
Iranian officials had repeatedly warned that imposing a deadline
would aggravate the existing tension. http://www.irna.ir/#2003_09_1311_54_170