Iran News and Information Links
December 1-31 2004

Iran’s Bam Earthquake Revisited
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Last year at this time, another natural disaster was in the news: a powerful earthquake leveled the city of Bam, Iran.
A year later, Iran quake victims rebuild amid sorrow
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
TEHRAN, IRAN — The people of Bam, an Iranian town devastated by an earthquake a year ago, know what’s ahead for the survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami
Russia Joins Iran in Fighting UFO’s
MOSNEWS – Russia
Russia and Iran have agreed to a joint program studying the UFO phenomenon after a series of sightings of unidentified flying objects.
Meteor hits house in Iran
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
A meteorite weighing at least 16kg has hit a house in the southeast of Iran, the state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. According
We Need a Real Iran Policy
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Susan E. Rice. Has President Bush quietly concluded that the United States can live with a nuclear-armed Iran? If this seems preposterous

Pak, Iran want non-permanent UNSC expansion:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Islamabad, Dec 29 : Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri has said that Islamabad is in favour of adding non-permanent members to the United
Iran slams eviction of Muslim student
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Iranian parliament Speaker Ghulam Adel Wednesday denounced the expulsion of a Muslim student from
Persian carpets on display at the Iran Trade and Tourism Week
AME Info – United Arab Emirates
Persian carpets are symbols of artistic magnificence and these symbols are now on display at the Iran Trade and Tourism Week, currently on at Expo Centre
Iran “Gholam Shire’i” questioned secularism in France
Persian Journal – Iran
Iran majlis speaker Ghulam Adel known as “Gholam Shire’i” in majlis Wednesday denounced the expulsion of a Muslim student from a French school for wearing a
Iran’s petrochemicals join intl. stock exchanges – Tehran,Iran
29 (MNA) — “Given the vast interests expressed by foreign companies for purchasing Iran’s petrochemical industry products, we will face no problem for

Pakistan, Iran for debate on UN reforms:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[World News]: Islamabad, Dec 28 : Pakistan and Iran Tuesday called for a debate on proposed reforms of the United Nations and supported the creation of eight
Iran threatens to boycott 2006 Doha Asian Games
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran is threatening to boycott the 2006 Asian Games if the organisers persist in referring to the “Arabian Gulf” instead of the “Persian Gulf
Iran reformists name election candidate
Financial Times – UK
Mosharekat, Iran’s largest reformist party, announced the candidacy of Mostafa Moein for president in the forthcoming elections, defying speculation his
IOC to give GAIL 10 per cent in Iran liquefaction plant:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
New Delhi, Dec 28 : Indian Oil Corp will give gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd a 10 per cent stake in the liquefaction plant it plans to set up in Iran for export
Iran, China to refine gas condensates
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (PIN) --- Iran and China have struck a deal to build a refinery for handling 360,000 barrels per day of gas condensates.

Pakistan urges India to decide on Iran pipeline
Daily Times – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan urged India on Monday to decide whether to join a pipeline project to bring gas from Iran, as Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi
Iran reviews case of woman sentenced to hang
Daily Times – Pakistan
not carried out.”. Pre-marital and extra-marital sex is banned in Iran, the former carrying a sentence of 100 lashes. But if the
Iran might boycott Iraq neighbors’ parley
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
27 (UPI) — Iran might boycott a meeting of Iraq’s neighboring countries scheduled to convene in Amman, Jordan, in mid-January, reports said Monday.
Landmines kill three in Iran
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Tehran, Iran, Dec. The Iranian News Agency said the incidents took place in the city of Dahlaran, on the Iran-Iraq border, also wounding two people.
Year after Bam, Iran sends condolences to Asia
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
A pre-dawn quake last year razed the date-growing, mud-brick city of Bam in southeast Iran and demolished the ancient citadel that had been at the heart of its

Iraq and Iran
International Herald Tribune – France
… They are fearful of Tehran for geopolitical reasons. They don’t want Iranian-style theocracy to spread beyond Iran’s borders. But …
EU to begin trade talks with Iran as US backs engagement
Financial Times – UK
Trade talks between Iran and the European Union are set to begin on January 12 as the EU drive to improve ties with Tehran gathers pace. …
Iran Trade and Tourism Week opens at Expo Centre Sharjah
AME Info – United Arab Emirates
The Iran Trade and Tourism Week, an opportunity to explore trade, investment and tourism prospects from one of Middle East’s largest economies, was inaugurated …
N-standoff, gasline to top in Pak-Iran talks
Pakistan Link – Inglewood,CA,USA
ISLAMABAD, Dec 26 : Pakistan and Iran will hold talks on various bilateral, regional and international issues here today (Monday). …

Lost Generation of Iran Seeks Escape
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… “This country is very dirty,” said Mansureh, a pale 23-year-old who answers telephones at a law firm because she wasn’t accepted to any of Iran’s universities. …

Iran’s air force ordered to defend nuclear facilities from `flying …
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
TEHRAN – Iran’s air force has been ordered to shoot down any unknown or suspicious flying objects in Iran’s airspace, an air force spokesman said yesterday …
Survivors recall Iran quake loss
BBC News – London,England,UK
… the disaster. Many survivors who are still waiting for new accommodation have accused Iran’s government of failing them. Iranian …
Pakistan and Iran will review bilateral ties
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Mehmood Kasuri, it said. “Pakistan values close friendly relations with Iran,” the statement said. “Both countries are keen …
Iran FM Wraps Up Regional Tour by visiting Turkey
Persian Journal – Iran
Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi wound up his short visit to Turkey and left in Ankara for Tehran. Kharrazi’s visit to Turkey …
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Iran’s Foreign Minister in Syria Challenges Accusers – Dalton,GA,USA
DAMASCUS, 24 December 2004 — Iran’s foreign minister challenged US and Iraqi officials yesterday to prove their allegations that his country is meddling in …

No immediate US curbs against Syria and Iran
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: Despite President George W Bush’s stern warnings to Iran and Syria against “meddling” in Iraq, Washington has shown no sign of readying new
Russia Says Hopes to Sign Iran Deal in January
ABC News – USA
Dec 24, 2004 — MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia hopes to sign a key deal with Iran in January for the start-up of a Moscow-built nuclear reactor, a senior official
Iran condemns ‘stupid’ accusations of interference in Iraq
Turkish Press – Turkey
He denied that Iran’s repeated calls for a high turnout in the Iraqi elections next month amounted to interference in its neighbour’s affairs.
Iran prepares to remember Bam quake
IAfrica South African News – Cape Town,South Africa
The earthquake aroused an unprecedented degree of solidarity between the Islamic republic and international organisations while even Iran’s arch-enemy the

Iran: Lives in the balance: an open appeal to Iran’s judicial
Amnesty International USA – USA
justice and human dignity. It also breaches Iran’s own obligationsunder international law, Amnesty International said. On 10 December
Iran: Travel warning for citizens going to Iraq
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Iran warned its citizens Thursday against traveling to neighboring Iraq owing to the insecurity, state radio reported. Earlier this
Iran FM warns against sectarian boycotts of Iraq elections
Turkish Press – Turkey
“All these communities must have their place (in the new Iraq),” the minister told reporters during a visit to Iran’s chief Arab ally, Syria.,5744,11773799%255E2703,00.html
‘Nuclear push key to Iran’s ambition’
The Australian – Australia
IRAN’S historic ambitions to be the dominant regional power mean it will not be dissuaded from its long-term goal of nuclear weapons, creating the prospect of
Iran’s air force on alert to defend nuclear sites – London,UK
Iran’s military has been ordered to stand ready to defend the country in case of an attack targeting its nuclear facilities, army chief General Mohammad
Stoning of adulterous woman put on hold in Iran
The South African Star (subscription) – Johannesburg,South Africa
According to Amnesty, Iran’s penal code is very specific about the manner of execution and types of stones that should be used.

Iran: Suspects held for spying on nuclear program for Israel
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
Iran announced yesterday that its security services have arrested 10 persons suspected of revealing information regarding its nuclear program to the American
Iran rejects UN criticism over human rights
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign ministry dubbed United Nations General Assembly criticism over its human rights record as “politically motivated” and based on
Iran ‘ready to defend key sites’
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
“The air force has been ordered to protect the nuclear sites, using all its power,” Salimi said, quoted by the government daily Iran.
Turkey says Iran resumes natural gas flow after technical cut
Turkish Press – Turkey
ANKARA, Dec 22 (AFP) – Iran resumed the flow of natural gas to Turkey on Wednesday after a cut for technical reasons that lasted several days, Turkish Energy

Bush backs Rumsfeld, sees lack of Iran leverage
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… Bush yesterday defended Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld against congressional critics and conceded the United States cannot force Iran to abandon its …
Iran atomic work challenges accord
swissinfo – Switzerland
… But the accord allowed Iran to finish some limited uranium. … But Iran will now continue enrichment-related work until February, Western diplomats told Reuters. …
Iran refutes UN criticism of its human rights situation
Xinhua – Beijing,China
21 (Xinhuanet) — Iran on Tuesday refuted a UN resolution which criticized its human rights situation, terming it as “politically motivated and unreal,” the …
UN chides Iran over human rights
BBC News – London,England,UK
The UN General Assembly has censured Iran for human rights violations, in a relatively close vote. By 71 votes to 54, with 55 abstentions …
Iran denies again Iraq accusations
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 21 (UPI) — Iran rejected again Tuesday accusations that it is interfering in Iraq’s internal affairs, notably the upcoming elections. …
Bush warns Syria and Iran over Iraq
Daily Times – Pakistan
WASHINGTON: President George W Bush on Monday again cautioned Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq’s internal politics, saying the United States had a
Iran accuses US, Israel of rigging Iraq’s elections – London,UK
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Israel and the US were responsible for the blasts in Iraq’s Shiite holy cities of Kerbala and Najaf
Iraq bombers ‘linked to Iran and Syria’
Independent – London,England,UK
Iyad Allawi, the interim Prime Minister, distanced himself yesterday from the claim by his Defence Minister, Hazim al-Shalaan, that Iran and Syria were
Iran unveils historical maps to prove name of Persian Gulf
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
Iran has unveiled a collection of historical maps, some printed in Arab states, in an attempt to prove the legitimacy of calling its strategic sea the Persian

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Officials of Iraqi’s interim government say Iran and Syria are supporting terrorists in Iraq and trying to sway the national assembly elections set for January

Iran Shows Persian Gulf Historical Maps
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TEHRAN, Iran Iran unveiled a collection of historical maps on Sunday in a bid to prove the legitimacy of calling its neighboring sea the Persian Gulf instead
Iran poses clement stance toward EU’s helplessness in WTO
Xinhua – Beijing,China
19 (Xinhuanet) — Iran posed a clement stance towards the European Union’s (EU) failure in midwifing Iran’s WTO entry talks, saying the EU was out-powered, the
Iran takes fancy to non-basmati from India
Economic Times – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI: Iran has emerged as the single-largest importer of non-basmati rice from India in West Asia, a leading rice exporter said.
Iran condemns terrorist attacks in Iraqi holy cities
Xinhua – Beijing,China
19 (Xinhuanet) — Iran on Sunday condemned the terrorist attacks on the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala,the official IRNA news agency reported.


Iran’s secret plans for ‘nuclear’ gas go ahead despite earlier – London,England,UK
Iran has drawn up secret plans to make large quantities of a gas that can be used to produce highly enriched uranium, despite promises to suspend enrichment
Party chief silent over Iran dispute
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
night. His comments came after Iraq’s interim Defence Minister Hazem Shaalan accused Iran of being behind the Shi’ite electoral list.
REGION: Attacking Iran would be ‘catastrophic’: Mubarak
Daily Times – Pakistan
BERLIN: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published on Saturday that he hopes tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme will not lead to a

Iran beats Panama 1-0 in friendly – Canada
TEHRAN (AP) – Ali Daei converted a 39th-minute penalty to give Iran a 1-0 victory over Panama in a friendly match Saturday, a preparation game for both teams
A snapshot of Iran, before the difficult decisions
Persian Journal – Iran
At some point in time the United States may have to confront Iran, because of that hardline regime’s apparently implacable hatred of America.

Iran terms Iraqi DM’s accusation as “baseless, unwise”
Xinhua – Beijing,China
17 (Xinhuanet) — Iran on Friday termed as “baseless”and “unwise” the recent accusation by Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan over Tehran’s alleged
REGION: EU eyes deeper ties with Iran after nuclear deal
Daily Times – Pakistan
BRUSSELS: EU leaders are ready to intensify their political and economic ties with Iran if Tehran allays concerns over terrorism and human rights, they said in
Rafsanjani plots Iran comeback as man for a crisis
Daily Times – Pakistan
FEARS that Islamic hardliners could exacerbate Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West, scare foreign investors and worsen social tensions may pave the way for,1282,-4679918,00.html
Powell Optimistic on N. Korea, Iran
Guardian – UK
Now diplomacy is making headway in containing nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea, he said in an Associated Press interview.
Russia, Iran agree on building second nuclear reactor at Bushehr
Xinhua – Beijing,China
17 (Xinhuanet) — Russia and Iran agreed on Friday towork on the second nuclear reactor at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear powerplant, Interfax news agency reported.

Bush warns Iran, Syria against – London,UK
US President George W. Bush has warned Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq, in advance of the country’s elections, scheduled for January, although US
US wants Japan to take Iran as seriously as it does N Korea
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
TOKYO — The United States wants Japan to take Iran’s suspected nuclear arms program as seriously as North Korea’s nuclear activities, a senior US
US eases sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Sudan – London,UK
The United States has eased ban on publications from Cuba, Iran and Sudan — saying that the move is aimed at facilitating literary, cultural and scientific
Nigeria And Iran Sign MOU On Kainji, Power Sector – Africa
Nigeria and Iran on 15 December signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the rehabilitation of the Kainji hydro power plant.
Analysis: Rafsanjani Plots Iran Comeback
Reuters – NY,USA
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Fears that Islamic hard-liners could exacerbate Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West, scare foreign investors and worsen social tensions

Iraqi minister accuses Iran of orchestrating insurgency to
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
IRAQ’S national election campaign kicked off yesterday with angry accusations that Iran was masterminding the continuing insurgency in an effort to undermine
Iran rejects negotiations with US on N issue
Times of India – Mumbai,India
TEHRAN: Iran Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Wednesday rejected any talks with the United States on the standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme because of
A `catch as catch can’ nuclear policy
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
Dr. Sharam Chubin, an Iranian expert who took part in the Herzliya Conference, believes Iran is working slowly but determinedly to achieve nuclear capability.
REGION: Iraq blasts Iran as ‘source of terrorism’
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Iraq’s Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan accused Iran Wednesday of orchestrating terrorist attacks in Iraq, saying its neighbor was the “most
Bush warns Iran and Syria on Iraq
BBC News – London,England,UK
US President George W Bush has warned Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq in advance of next month’s elections. Mr Bush said

New Phase Starts in EU-Iran Relations
Deutsche Welle – Germany
Germany, France and Britain held talks with Iran in Brussels on Monday in a first attempt to secure a long-term agreement on nuclear, economic and security
Iran raps US for tapping phone calls
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
TEHRAN: Iran yesterday accused the US of violating international law by allegedly listening in on telephone calls between the head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog
Iran open to talk with US on nuclear issue
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran would not object to Washington joining negotiations with the European Union over its nuclear programme provided the United States treated Tehran
EDITORIAL: Pakistan’s strategic interest in Iran
Daily Times – Pakistan
The Foreign Office spokesman, Masood Khan, said Monday that “Pakistan hoped the United States would sort out its differences with Iran through talks” and
Iran refutes Egypt, Iraq accusations
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 14 Arabia. Iraqi officials accused Iran of trying to interfere in their elections slated for end of January.

EU, Iran hold talks on nuclear issues
Xinhua – Beijing,China
BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (Xinhuanet) — Germany, Britain and France launched new negotiations with Iran on Monday in Brussels over nuclear issues.
Iran slams US for alleged phone tapping on UN nuclear chief
Xinhua – Beijing,China
13 (Xinhuanet) — Iran on Monday slammed the US for its alleged phone tapping on the conversations between the UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed El Baradei and
Iran and Europeans Open a New Round of Negotiations
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
13 – Iran and its European partners pledged Monday to work to overcome their differences and lingering suspicions as they began negotiations for a long-term
Feith won’t rule out force against Iran
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
13 (UPI) — The United States hasn’t ruled out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear sites, a senior Pentagon official has told the Jerusalem Post.
Ya’alon: West must be prepared to strike Iran
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
Moshe Ya’alon indicated Monday that Israel and the West needed to be prepared for using “other options” against Iran if diplomatic pressures don’t prevent

ElBaradei-Iran phone calls probe
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
some in the administration are going to try to replace a top international diplomat who questioned Washington’s actions in Iraq and on the Iran nuclear issue.

US Options Few in Feud With Iran
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
Top diplomats from the United States and its closest allies gathered this fall in Washington to hammer out a common approach to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Nuclear freeze temporary: Iran
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran warned on Sunday that it was not prepared to permanently freeze its controversial nuclear fuel work and that it expected quick results from
Iran convicts al-Qaeda supporters
Ninemsn – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
AP – Iran has acknowledged for the first time it has convicted some Iranian nationals of supporting al-Qaeda, saying the number is fewer than five.
Iran-China trade expected to reach $7 billion
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
By Daily Star Staff. BEIRUT: Iran-China trade is expected to reach $7 billion by the end 2004, an official of the Iran-China Chamber of Commerce said Saturday.

Iran, EU to Begin Nuclear Talks
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
TEHRAN, Iran Iran and the European Union will begin comprehensive talks on Tehran’s nuclear activities next week, official media reported Saturday.
Iran-China trade to reach US$7 billion in 2004
China Daily – Beijing,China
Iran-China trade is expected to reach US$7 billion by the end of this year, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Feith to ‘Post’: US action against Iran cannot be ruled out
Jerusalem Post – Jerusalem,Israel
The US hopes that Iran will follow Libya’s lead in abandoning its nuclear program, but nobody should rule out the possibility of military action against
The US vs. a Nuclear Iran
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
11 – The Bush administration says the prospect of Iran’s obtaining a nuclear weapon is “intolerable,” and from the White House to the State Department

Iran to continue EU nuclear talks amid new allegations – London,UK
Iran is expected to meet with the European Union next Monday to resume nuclear talks amid new allegations that Tehran is developing a nuclear bomb, after

Shiite cleric with links to Iran tops Iraqi election list
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
A cleric with links to Iran leads the candidate list of a powerful coalition of Iraq’s mainstream Shiite groups for next month’s election, an aide said Friday.
Iran-EU nuclear talks begin on Monday
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Substantive talks on a nuclear, political and trade cooperation pact between Iran and the European Union will begin next week with a ministerial
High-energy neutron experiments in Iran raise suspicions
Channel News Asia – Singapore
VIENNA : High-energy neutron experiments in Iran that could be either civilian oriented or related to making an atomic bomb have raised suspicions since they

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Iraqi interim president Ghazi al-Yawar says that Iran is pouring “huge amounts of money” into Iraq in the run-up to the elections scheduled for January 30th.
Iran seeks Indian participation in refineries:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[India News]: New Delhi, Dec 10 : Iran has sought India’s participation in its refineries and petrochemical plants, state-owned energy major Indian Oil

EU3, Iran to Start Nuclear Talks on Monday
Reuters – NY,USA
The said Hassan Rohani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, would meet Jack Straw, Michel Barnier, Joschka Fischer and Javier Solana to
Iran rejects accusations of influencing Iraqi elections
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran on Thursday rejected accusations it was trying to influence January elections in Iraq, saying the Iraqi people have made clear they won’t take
Woman deported from BC awaits trial in Iran
CTV – Canada
Haleh Sahba was detained and released in Iran after being forced to leave Canada Tuesday, according to her sister. She is facing
Iran Basij Marks 25 Years
NPR (audio) – Washington,D.C.,USA
Description: Iran’s volunteer militia, the Basij, was established 25 years ago by Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
Singapore looks for closer ties with Iran
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
SINGAPORE: Singapore can be a springboard for oil-rich Iran to expand its business links in Asia, Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said Thursday as

Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran apply for WTO membership
Xinhua – Beijing,China
148 members are to vote on the application next week, along with Iraq and Iran. 148 members are to vote on the application next week, along with Iraq and Iran.
Iran denies Qaeda members sentenced
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran’s Intelligence Minister Ali Younessi has denied claims by the judiciary that members of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network have been tried and
Iran, EU nuclear talks to start December 13 in Brussels: Tehran
Channel News Asia – Singapore
TEHRAN : Iran’s nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani is to travel to Brussels on December 13 for talks with three European foreign ministers on Tehran’s agreement
US Warns Iran Against Iraq Interference
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration cautioned Iran on Wednesday against trying to influence the outcome of Iraq’s election, reacting to fears that Tehran is
WH gives Iran, Syria reminder on Iraq
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
8 (UPI) — The White House reminded Iran and Syria Wednesday they had pledged to promote stability and democracy in Iraq, not undermine it.

Iran attempts distraction
Ha’aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
After the board of directors at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently announced that the board welcomed Iran’s decision to freeze all …
Israeli Arab charged with spying for Iran
San Diego Union Tribune – San Diego,CA,USA
JERUSALEM — An Israeli Arab has been arrested on charges of spying for Iran, a police spokesman said Tuesday, underscoring growing Israeli-Iranian tensions. …
Bush administration planning to increase pressure on Iran
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… Officials in the White House and the Defense Department are developing plans to increase public criticism of Iran’s human rights record, offer stronger backing …
Indo-Iran LNG deal hits hurdle
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
… According to ministry sources, Iran had stuck to an ‘‘astonishingly’’ high price for LNG. India has been pushing for a fixed …
US: Iran’s WTO prospects grim
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
… UPI) — The US State Department said Tuesday it was backing Iraq and Afghanistan’s bids to join the World Trade Organization, but there’s no consensus on Iran. …

India urges Iran to deliver gas at border:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[India News]: New Delhi, Dec 6 : India Monday urged Iran to “negotiate a transit corridor” with others in the region for delivery of gas on the border while …
Report: Iran Has Tried Arrested Al Qaeda Members
Reuters – NY,USA
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s judiciary has tried a number of arrested al Qaeda members and verdicts have been issued, a senior judiciary official was quoted as …

Khatami: Iran’s Democratic Reforms Failed
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s embattled President Mohammad Khatami conceded Monday he had failed to implement his democratic reform program, claiming he had bowed to …,10987,1101041206-832204,00.html
Iran, Still Defiant
Iran’s hard-liners are back. … Yet despite Kamran’s bluster, Iran’s government has remained willing to negotiate in the standoff over its nuclear program. …
Iran sped up enrichment of uranium, aides hint
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
TEHRAN Iranian officials have hinted in recent days that they accelerated their enrichment of uranium in the last year to put Iran in a better position to …

Iran sites ‘off limits for UN checks’
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
TEHRAN: Iran yesterday said it was not obliged to allow UN inspectors to visit military sites alleged to be involved in secret nuclear weapons work, but that …
While it gets back Hosni attack accused from Iran
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
CAIRO: Iran has turned over to Egypt the alleged mastermind of the 1995 assassination attempt on President Hosni Mubarak, an activist said on Sunday, returning …,5744,11598791%255E2703,00.html
Canberra urged to get tough on Iran
The Australian – Australia
AUSTRALIA is being urged to support Israel by taking a tougher stand on Iran by joining the US in imposing sanctions on the Islamic state over its nuclear …
Iran reiterates claim to Gulf islands
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Iran has reiterated its ownership of three Gulf islands after the new United Arab Emirates president renewed calls for a resolution to the territorial row. …
Iran concerned over human rights violations in EU
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
Iran expressed its concerns over the human rights violations in Europe and the wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands. …


Watchdog ‘bowed to pressure from Iran’ on bomb materials – London,England,UK
The world nuclear watchdog dropped a claim that Iran bought large quantities of a metal used to trigger explosions in atomic weapons after bowing to objections …
At Crucial Juncture, Iran Seeks Edge on US
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
TEHRAN — A quarter-century after US-Iran relations collapsed, Iranians are angrier and more anxious about US policy than at any time since 1979-81, when the …
Pakistan, Iran to build direct fibre link
Daily Times – Pakistan
… The federal ministry of information technology (IT) and telecom has initiated a Rs 200 million project to establish a direct fibre link with Iran which would …
Iran determined to increase LNG output:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
… News]: Nicosia, Dec 4 : Roknaldin Javadi, the Chief of National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC), has told a conference in London that Iran is determined to …

Bones Suggest Women Went to War in Ancient Iran
Yahoo News – USA
TEHRAN (Reuters) – These days Iranian women are not even allowed to watch men compete on the football field, but 2,000 years ago they could have been carving …
Powell Says US Can’t Hunt Iran Nukes in Caves
ABC News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Friday that Washington had no way to force Iran to allow UN inspectors unrestricted access to …
Iran’s paradoxical yearning for America
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
During World War II, Allied soldiers occupied Iran, using the country as a way station to transport supplies from the Persian Gulf to the Soviet Union. …
Pak-Iran talks on gas pipeline in Jan
Daily Times – Pakistan
… Amanullah Khan Jadoon, the federal minister for petroleum and natural resources, said on Friday that the Prime Minister is due to visit Iran next month where …
WTO votes on membership for Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
… 13 and 14 on requests by Iraq and Afghanistan to join the body as well as a repeated demand by Iran, a statement said on Friday. …

UN Needs More Power to Find Any Iran Nukes -Envoys
Reuters – NY,USA
… The United States accuses Iran of having a clandestine nuclear arms program, but Tehran insists its atomic operations are purely for electricity generation. …
China opposes US sanctions for arms sales to Iran
Daily Times – Pakistan
BEIJING: China opposes US sanctions against four companies that Washington says are involved in arms sales to Iran, but would punish the firms if the …,,3-1385235,00.html
Ideological gulf inflames Iran
The Times – London,England,UK
… The magazine added the words “Arabian Gulf” in brackets beneath “Persian Gulf” on a map to label the body of water that divides Iran from its Arab …
Iran Hard-liners Mark 1983 Attack on US Marines
Reuters – NY,USA
… of the Global Islamic Campaign” held the event at Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery to praise the attack 21 years ago against the United States, Iran’s arch-foe …

Iran “making missiles that could hit Europe”
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – Iran is working on long-range missiles capable of hitting European capitals, as well as nuclear and chemical warheads, an exile group has …

Arms Inspectors Said to Seek Access to Iran Sites
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… military sites where intelligence suggests that Tehran’s Ministry of Defense may be working on atomic weapons, despite the agreement that Iran reached this …
Why Iran wants its own nuclear deterrent
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
CAIRO — Iran’s declaration Tuesday that suspension of nuclear enrichment is only temporary shows how far European powers and the International Atomic Energy …
Israel sounds warning on Iran nuke plans
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 1: Israel has raised its concern over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme and its ramifications on an already-volatile region at the …
Aiyar to try to salvage Iran LNG deal
Sify – Delhi,India
… Delhi: Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar will visit Tehran early next week to salvage the LNG-for-oil field deal, which hit an obstacle after Iran sought a …

Regional moot on Iraq security in Iran overshadowed by …
Khaleej Times – Dubai,United Arab Emirates
The two days of talks, which have gathered interior ministers and other officials from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, have …

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