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Tuesday, June 29, 2004IRAN VERY SERIOUS ABOUT RESUMING NUCLEAR ACTIVITIESPARIS, 29 June (IPS) As Iran’s top negotiators start a new round of negotiations with the European Union and international inspectors visited one of Iran’s sites said it was a nuclear lab, Iranian analysts said Tehran is "very serious" about resuming its enriching uranium programs.
IRAN’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONSSunday, June 27, 2004 In the view of Mr. Ardeshir Zahedi, a former Iranian Foreign Affaires Minister, the Islamic Republic needs a nuclear capacity to raise the stakes if and when anyone -- the U.S. or Israel for example -- decides to take punitive military action to check its ambitions
THE IRANIAN MILITARY GHOUL IS OUT OF BOTTLEFriday, June 25, 2004 The release of the three British river patrol boats and their crew of eight servicemen on Thursday, 24 hours after the Army’s high command and the Government had announced their freedom is seen by Iranian observers and political analysts as another sign to the military’s mounting power in the one hand and the chaos that characterises the Iranian political scene in the aftermath of the conservatives victory in the last Legislative elections.
IRAN RELEASED BRITISH BOATS AND CREWWednesday, June 23, 2004 In a sign of appeasement with London, Iranian Armed Forces announced early Wednesday the release of two British officers and six soldiers that have been arrested on 21 of June after having entered Iranian waters of the Arvand Roud (Iranian name of the Shatl el Arab border river), the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.
BACK TO OLD DEMONS, THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC BID FAREWLL TO DÉTENTETuesday, June 22, 2004 “By giving free arena to new hard line voices connected to the ruling conservatives, the regime is returning to its former demons of the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, saying goodbye to the era of détente initiated by President Mohammad Khatami”, according to Dr. Qasem Sho’leh Sa’di, a former Member of the Majles now leading the movement of Iranian neo-reformists.
EU ACCUSES IRAN OF GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTSSunday, June 20, 2004 Relations between Iran and the European Union continue its downward trend after the 25-members organisation issued Sunday a statement criticising strongly the Islamic Republic for its appalling human rights situation.
INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC AGENCY URGES IRAN STOP SUSPICIOUS NUCLEAR ACTIVITIESFriday, June 18, 2004 The Islamic Republic of Iran termed as “positive” a Resolution from the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which “deplores” that "Iran's cooperation has not been as full, timely and proactive as it should have been".
IAEA OUT TO PASS HARSH RESOLUTION ON IRAN AND FOUNDS NEW NUCLEAR COVER UPSThursday, June 17, 2004 Officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) acknowledged Thursday a “mistake” with Iranian reporting the purchase of a certain number of magnets, but at the same time said it would not change the gross shortcomings they face with Iran’s controversial nuclear activities.
AN ISLAMIC STATE IS INCAPABLE OF RESPONDING TO IRANIANS DEMANDSWednesday, June 16, 2004
“The greatest lesson I got from my years as a parliamentarian is that an Islamic State is not capable to respond to Iranian expectations”, she told the French centrist newspaper Le Figaro
, adding, “ to see our nation go forward, one has to separate religion from politics”.
IRAN’S THREATS AGAINST IAEA IS FOR THE DOMESTIC MARKETTuesday, June 15, 2004 Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has warned Britain, France and Germany that Iran cooperation with United Nations nuclear watchdog may be at risk if their criticism of Tehran's nuclear programs persists, newspapers said on Tuesday.
REJECTING BIG 3 DEMANDS, IRAN SAYS IT WANTS BE IN THE "A CLUB"Sunday, June 13, 2004 As the Islamic Republic ruling conservatives adopted for a new stand off with both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European “Big 3” powers ahead of the Monday meeting of the IAEA Board of Directors, an informed Iranian journalist covering the meetings said “it is going to be business as usual”.
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC'S SEX SCANDALFriday, June 11, 2004 A measure of Islamic fundamentalists' success in controlling society is the depth and totality with which they suppress the freedom and rights of women. In Iran for 25 years, the ruling mullahs have enforced humiliating and sadistic rules and punishments on women and girls, enslaving them in a gender apartheid system of segregation, forced veiling, second-class status, lashing and stoning to death.
IAEA WILL NOT DROP IRAN’S CASE, AS EXPECTED BY THE IRANIANSWednesday, June 9, 2004 As Britain, France and Germany presented a new draft resolution to the United Nations nuclear watchdog criticizing Iran for failing to answer questions about alleged nuclear weapons activities, the Islamic Republic reiterated menaces of reviewing its cooperation with the Europe’s Big 3 in case they do not help closing Iran’s dossier with the Agency.
RELATIONS DETERIORATE BETWEEN IRANIAN AND IRAQI SHI’A LEADERSMonday, June 7, 2004 Under God’s skies, clouds are gathering over relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq, as seen from the latest statements by leaders from the two major Shi’a Muslim nations.
“Like the Dead in Their Coffins: Torture, Detention, and the Crushing of Dissent in Iran”Monday, June 7, 2004 In one of its strongest condemnation of the Islamic Republic on the human rights situation, an international rights watchdog said Monday that the ruling theocracy has stepped up its crackdowns on political prisoners and suppression of press freedoms.
CHALABI PAYS FOR AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE BLUNDERSFriday, June 4, 2004 As the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI is examining whether Pentagon officials who had frequent contacts with Mr. Ahmad Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) may have told Iran that American intelligence had broken its secret communications codes, reliable Iranian sources said if the information is correct, Tehran might have swarmed American intelligence agencies with faked information, mostly on its nuclear activities.
IAEA ACCUSES IRAN OF HIDING ITS REAL NUCLEAR AIMSWednesday, June 2, 2004 Officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran remain ed silent 24 hours after the international atomic watchdog accused bluntly the regime of “repeatedly” holding up details about its controversial nuclear program. Officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran remain ed silent 24 hours after the international atomic watchdog accused bluntly the regime of “repeatedly” holding up details about its controversial nuclear program.
LOSSES AND GAINS OF VOID IN IRAN-US RELATIONSTuesday, June 1, 2004 As the new Iranian Majles, dominated by the ruling conservatives starts working, a veteran Iranian journalist advises them to stay away of “sloganmania” and warns that the decision-makers should not “sacrifice national interests for the sake of foolish slogans that have lost their charisma”.