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September 26-30 2004
A November showdown on Iran's nuclear program
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
The assurances of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a weakened leader who is set to leave office next year, that Iran would refrain from building nuclear
Blacklisted by US, scientists deny peddling N-tech to Iran
Indian Express – New Delhi,India
two Indian scientists, against whom the US imposed sanctions yesterday for having allegedly transferred sensitive technology or equipment to Iran, have denied
Iran's transsexuals get Islamic approval, but face tough times at
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
And Islamic Iran – with its conservative values and male-dominated make-up – is no exception. Transsexuals face rejection and mockery
MITSUI Bank keen to fund Indo-Iran gas line
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation has evinced interest in financing the proposed Iran, Pakistan and India gas pipeline…
US Must Give Free Speech to Cuba, Iran Writers-OSCE
Reuters – USA
VIENNA (Reuters) – The United States government should lift its ban on publishing literature from countries like Cuba, Iran and Sudan without special permission
SA Calls for Peaceful Resolution to Iran Nuke Standoff – Africa
Government has called for a peaceful resolution to the impasse surrounding Iran's nuclear programme, following a meeting between President Thabo Mbeki and

Iran Backs Holding Iraqi Vote on Time
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Sunni Triangle north and west of Baghdad — may still be too unstable for safe voting in January, but he said partial elections would be acceptable to Iran.
Klinsmann names young squad for Iran friendly, omits Kahn
Reuters – London,England,UK
BERLIN, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann named a young squad on Thursday for next month's friendly in Iran, leaving out experienced,00050004.htm
Iran's parliament to impeach reformist minister
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Iran's conservative-dominated parliament is to try to unseat the country's Transport Minister on Sunday, a move President Mohammad Khatami predicted would only
Turmoil in Iraq against Iran's interest: Iranian FM
Payvand – Iran
New York, Sept 30, IRNA — Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said that establishment of stability in Iraq will also bring stability in Iran and turmoil
Iran as Bush's nuclear bogeyman
San Francisco Chronicle – San Francisco,CA,USA
The Bush administration continues an escalating spiral toward conflict with Iran, using Iran's nuclear policy as its primary focus.…
Iran asserts its right to peaceful nuclear program
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
NEW YORK — Iran's foreign minister said yesterday that Iran would never give up its right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful use, although he denied…
Iran Becomes Greater WMD Threat Than Saddam's Iraq
Emediawire (press release) – USA
Iran may be closer to having nuclear weapons than the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, according to an article in the current issue of News Informant.…

Turkey offers $10b of trade to Iran
IranMania News – Iran
… IranMania) – “With the establishment of permanent and extensive economic relationships, the annual trade volume between the two countries – Iran and Turkey…
Israel threatens to attack Iran
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
JERUSALEM, Sept 29: A military strike is among Israel's options to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Wednesday…
Dems Talk Tough On Iran
Forward – New York,NY,USA
… America out of war in Iraq, his advisers are warning that the Democrat could wind up ordering military intervention against another Middle Eastern power: Iran.…
'Iran not making nuke, but will defend itself'
Times of India – India
NEW YORK: Iran is not trying to build a nuclear bomb, but it has developed long and medium-range missiles to defend itself against potential threats, foreign…
US Sanctions International Firms Dealing Arms To Iran
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… The United States today slapped sanctions on firms from Belarus, North Korea, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, China, and on two Indian men for selling weapons to Iran.…
Four killed in Iran
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
… A policeman and three members of an obscure Shi'ite Muslim cult have been killed and 12 other people injured in fresh clashes in northwestern Iran, the student…
Iran made no deal for release of diplomat kidnapped in Iraq: FM…
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) — Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here on Wednesday that no deal was made for the release of Iranian diplomat Fereydun Jahani…
Israel considering 'all options' to curb Iran
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
A military strike is among Israel's options to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Wednesday in the latest threat…
US slaps curbs on 14 for Iran weapon sales
Daily Times – Pakistan
… companies from Belarus, North Korea, Russia, Spain and Ukraine on Wednesday for selling weapons or cruise and ballistic missile technology and equipment to Iran…
Iran stresses need to promote ties with Russia
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Pointing to Iran's peaceful nuclear cooperation with Russia, he said such cooperation should not be affected by views and pressures of other countries given…
Iran Interested in Venezuela Exploration
Forbes – USA
Iran is interested in crude and natural gas exploration in Venezuela, the vice president of Venezuela's state oil company said Wednesday.…

DIPLOMAT released by Iraq kidnappers back in Iran
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… his diplomatic duties”. The group then demanded Iran release Iraqis allegedly held since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. Tehran said…
DM denies Iran held nuclear tests
Albawaba Middle East News – Amman,Middle East
Iran's Minister of Defense Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani on Wednesday dismissed as “baseless” American claim that nuclear tests had been conducted in archin…
IRAN denies any deal over release of its diplomat
Xinhua – Beijing,China
29 (Xinhuanet) — Iran on Wednesday denied that it has made a deal with the kidnappers of the Iranian diplomat Fereydoun Jahani who was taken hostage in Iraq…
IN Iran's Tourist Showpiece, not Quite Anything Goes
Persian Journal – Iran
I had slipped into my black abaya and headscarf on the plane to comply with the Islamic Republic's dress code from the moment I entered Iran.…
IRAN'S Parliament Speaker writes to Khatami on TAV, Irancell
Payvand – Iran
… that would make the validity of contracts with Turkcell and Tepe-Akfen-Vie (TAV), foreign companies that won bids to expand Iran's mobile telecommunications…
RUSSIA: Iran Under IAEA's Mandate
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
29 September 2004 — Moscow opposes referring Iran's nuclear program to the UN Security Council, saying the issue should be handled by the UN's nuclear agency.…,00050003.htm
RUSSIA reluctant to refer Iran to UNSC
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Russia is against reporting Iran to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for what the United States and some other countries say are breaches of UN…
US seeks to ostracize Iran
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
… By achieving this, Iran would be better insulated from foreign threats, and better placed to stabilize its regional power. While…
IRAN'S Mahi wins world veteran weightlifting silver
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 29 (IranMania) – Abolqassem Mahi handed Iran a silver medal at the 20th World Veteran Weightlifting Championships in Baden, Austria, Tuesday…
ISRAEL Takes Issue With Iran Weapons
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
JERUSALEM – Israel will consider “all options” to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said in an interview published…
IRAN diplomat held hostage in Iraq freed after two months' ordeal
Vanguard – Lagos,Nigeria
… “Their first demand was for the non-interference of Iran in the internal affairs of Iraq. When they understood that Iran had no…
BLAIR Hopeful on Iran, N. Korean Compliance
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday the international community was closer than ever to making North Korea and Iran accept its…

DIPLOMACY better than brute force for Iran
Provo Daily Herald – Provo,UT,USA
Despite Iran's defiant attitude, the world's nuclear watchdog agency is giving the country's leaders one more chance to resolve doubts over an alleged…

IRAN extends industrial exports to Afghanistan
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 29 (IranMania) – Iran expects to increase the value of its industrial exports to Afghanistan this year up to $300m, said export director general…

DIPLOMATS: Tests show no nuclear activity at Iran's site
Xinhua – Beijing,China
VIENNA, Sept. 28 (Xinhuanet) — Tests of soil samples have shown no signs of nuclear activities at a site in northern Iran, a diplomat in Vienna said Tuesday.…
New York Post – New York,NY,USA
By PETER BROOKES. September 29, 2004 — TIME after time, the 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency has demanded that Iran stop enriching uranium.…
IRAN vows to defend nuclear facilities from attack
… Kharazzi made his comments after being asked how Iran would respond if Israel were to conduct an attack on its facilities, similar to when Israel bombed Iraq's…
WAITING to bomb Iran
Ha'aretz – Jerusalem,Israel
They have become convinced in recent weeks that Israel is planning an aerial attack on Iran's nuclear installations, should it conclude that Iran is proceeding…,2106,3049053a6026,00.html
US publishers sue to print works from Iran and Cuba – New Zealand
LOS ANGELES: Several publishers are suing the US government for the right to translate, edit and publish works by authors from Iran, Sudan and Cuba without…
CLASHES as Iran Islamic fund fails
BBC News – London,England,UK
One person was killed and 18 injured in clashes in Iran linked to the collapse of an Islamic loan fund in Nourabad, Iranian state television has reported.…
KHARRAZI, Annan review developments in Iraq, Iran's nuclear plans
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… Besides the latest regional and international developments, the two officials reviewed Iran's nuclear activities. Annan expressed…
TESTS Show No Nuke Activity at Iran Site
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
VIENNA, Austria – Initial tests of soil samples have revealed no signs of nuclear activities at a site in northern Iran that the United States says Tehran…
BOSNIA strips Iran of fifth Paralympics volleyball title
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) — Bosnia and Herzegovina dashed the four-time champion Iran's hopes in the sitting volleyball final of the 12th Paralympic Games in the Greek…
IRAN entitled to access to nuclear technology: Rafsanjani
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
TEHRAN (MNA) — In response to the remarks of US President George W. Bush, who claimed that Iran does not need nuclear energy given its plentiful reserves of…
IRAN'S hardline lawmakers want withdrawal from NPT
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
TEHRAN, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Iran's hardline lawmakers could try to force President Mohammad Khatami's government to follow North Korea's example and quit the…
NO Sign of Nuke Work at Suspect Iran Site-Diplomats
Reuters – USA
Satellite photos of Lavizan taken between August 2003 and May 2004 showed that Iran had completely razed Lavizan, a site which Iran said was a former military…
GLOBALIST: Iran sees wide cracks in US-Europe relations
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… most critical to the geo-strategic fortunes of the United States these days is one with which it has no diplomatic or significant commercial relations: Iran.…
N. Korea, Iran: Twin Nuke Troubles
CBS News – USA
(CBS/AP) President Bush is insisting Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon on his watch. North Korea is insisting it is well on its way to doing so.…
IRAN options limited
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
… America. We wouldn't have to negotiate with Iran; negotiation would be for fancy-pants — nuance-loving, windsurfing diplomats.…
IRAQ arrests spy working for Iran: paper
Xinhua – Beijing,China
The arrested Nashaat Abd Ali Al Husseiny is accused of spying for Iran, said a top Iraqi intelligence official who declined to give his name.…
BUSH hopes diplomacy can persuade Iran away from nuclear weapons
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
WACO, Texas – President Bush, preparing for this week's much-anticipated campaign debate on foreign policy, is insisting Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon…
BIZARRE exile sparks opposition gathering in Iran
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 28 (IranMania) – A US-based exile with a bizarre scheme to overthrow Iran's Islamic regime has managed to draw out a few hundred half-hearted…
Gadflyer – Washington,D.C.,United States
… is the opportunity to start shedding some light on the long underreported story of the Administration's paralyzing internal divisions over Iran policy and the…
BUSH says he'll seek diplomatic solution to Iran nuke issue
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
… US President George W Bush said in a television interview aired Monday that he will continue to seek a diplomatic solution to Iran's suspected nuclear arms…
QATAR beat Iran to secure last eight berth
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
… finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Youth Championship Finals when they picked up their second consecutive win in Group B, beating Iran 2-1 at the…,4386,275006,00.html
SPEND on nukes? Iran should tend to its poor first
Straits Times – Singapore,Singapore
IS IRAN – with oil-export revenues of more than US$30 billion (S$51 billion) expected this year – on its way to producing nuclear weapons that would threaten…
DIPLOMATS say Iran hasn’t yet made enrichment fuel
Daily Times – Pakistan
VIENNA: Iran has not yet produced a new batch of the gas used for enriching uranium, a senior UN nuclear official told AFP Monday, as diplomats said any such…
IRAN wants cordial ties with Turkey
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran’s embattled President Mohammad Khatami has telephoned Turkey’s president and prime minister in a bid to ease the diplomatic fallout of his…

ANALYSTS: Rare Demonstration in Iran Hints at Momentum for Change
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… pro-democracy demonstration took place in Tehran on Sunday, sparked by foreign TV channels and the promise of a Zoroastrian mystic to return to Iran on October…
IMF: Iran growth strong as oil price rises
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
27 (UPI) — The International Monetary Fund said Monday Iran's economic outlook looks “favorable” in light of a “favorable oil market conditions.”.…

IRAN diplomat freed by captors as 12 killed in Iraq unrest
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… “Their first claim was the non-interference of Iran in Iraq's internal affairs. When they understood that Iran had no such intentions…
BRITISH companies look forward to Iran visit
Persian Journal – Iran
… “The Middle East and particularly Iran is an important trading partner for the UK and we aim to assist UK companies to develop and strengthen their links with…
IRAN oil tankers capacity raise
Persian Journal – Iran
Capacity of Iran's oil tankers will reach from current six Million Tons to 10 Million Tons within few next years while purchase of LNG carriers will rise the…
EXILE call prompts Iran protests
BBC News – London,England,UK
… People took to the streets of the capital, Tehran, and other cities on Sunday after Ahura Pirouz Khaleghi Yazdi urged protests across Iran.…
IRAN Offers Mesozoic Cave to Bidders
Payvand – Iran
In a bid to attract tourists to a 70-million-year-old cave in the central province of Markazi, Iran plans to hold a tender to have domestic and foreign…

WORLD Bank To Grant Iran 60 Million Dollars In Loan For Road…
Payvand – Iran
Tehran, Sept 27, IRNA — The World Bank is to grant a 60-million- dollar loan to Iran to start a project to reduce road accidents in the country.… Iran snared over Turkish ties
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
The republics of Iran and Turkey may have contrasting orientations, one being “secularist” and the other “Islamist”, yet they have too many economic and…
THAI Energy Min To Hold Talks With Iran To Buy Crude, LNG
Yahoo News – USA
Thailand plans to import from Iran around 5 million metric tons of LNG and 60,000 million barrels of crude a year from 2010 onward, said Songpope Polachan…

IRAN exports over 2.7m tons of petrochemicals
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 26 (IranMania) – Iran exported over 2 mln 700 thousand tons of various petrochemical products, valued at $814 mln, since the beginning of the…
IRAN thrashes Egypt at Paralympics volleyball semi
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 26 (IranMania) – The four-time Paralympics champion Iran humbled Egypt 3-0 in the sitting volleyball semifinal on Sunday, Iran's Official News…

FRANCE sees Iran’s capability for L-90 project
IranMania News – Iran
Asked about the volume of production, Pierre Edward stated that, as the initial phase, in excess of 50% of the cars would be manufactured in Iran.…

IRAN'S lead and zinc output to hike by %45
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 27 (IranMania) – Head of Iran’s Lead and Zinc Industries Society (LZIS) Yusef Moradloo stated Sunday that lead and zinc production in the country…
OVER 30,000 Afghan refugees leave Iran
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
ISFAHAN, IRAN (UPI) — Iran said Sunday more than 30,000 Afghan refugees have left the Iranian city of Isfahan to return to their country since March 20.…
IRAN’S “Turtles Can Fly” wins top prize in Spain
IranMania News – Iran
The film tells the story of people from a village in Iraqi Kurdistan near the borders with Iran and Turkey who are desperately searching for a satellite dish…
New York Post – New York,NY,USA
September 27, 2004 — WASHINGTON — President Bush says “all options are on the table” to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons.…
BUSH says Iran will not get nukes
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
CRAWFORD, Sept 26: US President George W. Bush says “all options are on the table” for making sure Iran dismantles its nuclear programme, and that Washington…

IRAN non-committal on proposed meeting on Iraq
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 27 (IranMania) – Iran on Sunday reserved its response to efforts by the United States and Iraq's Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to organise an…
OCTOBER Suprise: Israel Bombs Iran?
Daily Kos – San Francisco,CA,United States
The juicy part is: “Israel admitted yesterday that it is buying 500 “bunker-buster” bombs, which could be used to hit Iran's nuclear facilities, as Teheran…,5744,10892840%255E31477,00.html
IRAN deploys new missile
The Australian – Australia
TEHRAN: Iran added one more missile to its military arsenal and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to confront any external threat.…
PUTIN: Iran doesn't need nukes
Persian Journal – Iran
Iran does not need nuclear weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin said according to a Moscow Times report this weekend. Possession…
IRAN calls for Europeans to negotiate on nuclear standoff
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran said on Sunday it was not planning to hold any negotiations with the United States over its nuclear programme and called on the Europeans to avoid…
REGION: Iran seeks Indian radar to protect nuke facilities
Daily Times – Pakistan
TEHRAN: Iran is negotiating with India to buy advanced radar system to help protect its nuclear weapons facilities. The Untied States…
PRO-DEMOCRACY Protest in Iran Gains Momentum
Reuters – USA
… Some of the crowd said they had turned out because of a call by the mystic Ahura Pirouz Khalegi Yazdi, who has predicted the fall of Iran's government on Oct.…
MUSHARRAF warns Israel against attack on Iran
The Hindu – Chennai,India
27. (PTI): Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has warned Israel against any pre-emptive attack on Iran, accusing it of being the “ones who defy world order.”.…

IRAN still committed to suspension of uranium enrichment…
Xinhua – Beijing,China
26 (Xinhuanet) — Iran said on Sunday it was still committed to the suspension of uranium enrichment, but warned against referring its case to the UN Security…
IRAN To Deal With Europe, Not US, Over Nuke Program
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
26 September 2004— Iran says it is not planning to negotiate with the United States over its nuclear program, choosing instead to invite Europe to the…
GERMAN man probed for Iran nuclear deal-reports
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… last week on suspicion of arranging the supply of nuclear arms equipment to a foreign state had brokered the shipment on behalf of Iran, German magazines…
IRAN: Parliament approves to vet Turkish deals
Payvand – Iran
Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA — Iran's parliament approved a bill Sunday, giving itself the prerogatives to scrap two contracts with Turkish companies if they are…
IRAN has no immediate uranium enrichment plans
Reuters – London,England,UK
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran has assured the world again that it has no immediate plans to resume uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to develop nuclear…

IRAN: `Strategic missile' added to its arsenal
Chicago Tribune (subscription) – Chicago,IL,USA
TEHRAN — Iran has added a “strategic missile” to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to…
OVER 30,000 Afghan refugees leave Iran
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Isfahan, Iran, Sep. 26 (UPI) — Iran said Sunday more than 30,000 Afghan refugees have left the Iranian city of Isfahan to return…
IRAN calls for Europeans to negotiate on nuclear standoff
EUbusiness – London,UK
Iran said on Sunday it was not planning to hold any negotiations with the United States over its nuclear programme and called on the Europeans to avoid using…

IRAN test-fires 'strategic missile'
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran added a “strategic missile” to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said yesterday that his country was…
IRAN blasts US “lawless militarism” in Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
UNITED NATIONS (Agencies) – Iran accused the United States on Friday of “lawless militarism” in Iraq and called Israel the biggest threat to peace in the…

IRAN Adds 'Strategic Missile' to Arsenal
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
TEHRAN — Iran has added a “strategic missile” to its arsenal after a successful test, and the country is ready to confront any external threat, the nation's…
US targets Iran's influence in Iraq
Myrtle Beach Sun News – Myrtle Beach,SC,USA
… who say a split between the Pentagon and the State Department has paralyzed the administration's ability to craft a long-term policy on Iran for three years.…

IRAN court upholds billionaire sentence for fraud
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sep 26 (IranMania) – An Iranian court has upheld a 27-year jail sentence on a billionaire businessman whose activities came to symbolise the rampant…
IRAN hands over strategic missiles to armed forces
Pakistan Dawn – Pakistan
TEHRAN, Sept 25: Iran said on Saturday it has successfully test-fired a strategic missile and delivered it to its armed forces, state-run radio reported.…
IRAN Tests Strategic Missle
Daily Kos – San Francisco,CA,United States
Iran added a “strategic missile” to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to confront any…
NEVADA company fined $6.3 million for selling pumps to Iran
The US subsidiary of a Japanese company has agreed to pay a $6.3-million criminal fine for illegally shipping equipment to Iran and trying to shield the deal…

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