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یکشنبه ۱۴ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۲:۱۳ - ۴ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

سفر هياتي از دستياران نمايندگان كنگره و سناي آمريكا به ايران


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Summary of Iran Stories in Today&apos;s BroadcastsBehnam NateghiFriday, January 30, 2004 <b>US Congressional Delegation to Visit Iran</b> * A group of US congressional staff members will visit Iran next month in an effort to improve relations with Iran, US Senator Arlen Specter said on Friday. “They are showing some signs of wanting to improve relations,” Specter said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press, noting “now is a good time.” Specter said he hoped the visit, arranged in a meeting with Iran&apos;s ambassador to the UN on Wednesday, would lead to trips to Tehran by members of US Congress and then by Bush administration officials. (Maryam Ahmadi) <b>US Asks Russia to End Nuclear Cooperation with Iran</b> • US Undersecretary of State John Bolton, in Moscow since Thursday, asked Russia to end nuclear cooperation with Iran. Moscow&apos;s nuclear cooperation with Tehran is fully legal and transparent, Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev said. (Mani Kasravi, Moscow) <b>MPs Threat to Resign If Banned from Reelection</b> • Eighty-three reformist MPs, banned by the Guardians Council from reelection, said if the disqualifications of all candidacy applicants were not overturned today, they would all resign and boycott the elections, as soon as they receive the final list of approved candidates from the Guardians Council. The list is officially due today. Reformist cabinet ministers, provincial governors and their deputies have also threatened to exit the government in protest against the manipulation of the list of the candidates. The conservatives, including the judiciary chief, called the resignations of the MPs and government officials illegal and punishable. The interior ministry proposed postponing the elections as a way to defuse the crisis, but the conservatives resisted, denying their rivals a symbolic victory. The elections can be postponed only in wartime, conservative Majles MP Mousa Qorbani said. The Guardians Council would not give in, and you will see that tomorrow, said head of Tehran local election supervision board. The local election supervision boards under the Guardians Council disqualified nearly half of 8,000 applicants for candidacy in the February 20 Majles elections, including 83 reformist Majles MPs. The Guardians Council announced that nearly 1,000 of disqualifications have been overturned, though none of the 83 MPs, who began a sit-in at the Majles to protest the bans, has been reinstated. (Keyvan Hosseini) • There is no legal problem with postponing the elections, member of Presidential commission to monitor the fulfillment and implementation of the constitution <b>Ayatollah Hashem Hashemzadeh Harisi</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. Legally, the interior ministry and Guardians Council can agree to postpone the date, if they find it necessary, so long as the next Majles begins on May 27, 2005. However, he adds, it appears that the elections will go on as planned. Since the striking MPs have said their protest is not just focused on their own reinstatement, they may agree to end their strike, now that more than 1,000 rejected candidates have been allowed to run. (Jamshid Zand) • Large voter turnout in the February 20th elections is very important for the Islamic Republic, former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in a speech at the official Friday prayer ceremony at the Tehran University. The upcoming elections are heavily watched by domestic and foreign observers, he added. Lively successful elections would disappoint the Islamic government&apos;s critics and turn them away for years, but if god forbid, they see any weakness in the elections, they would magnify it100 times, he added. (Arash Qavidel, Tehran) • The striking MPs will meet later today with President Khatami at the Saadabad palace, conservative-run news agency Fars reported. (Keyvan Hosseini) • When the conservatives succeed to monopolize all positions of power, their problems will begin with a rift within their own ranks, pro-reform columnist Ahmad Zeydabadi said in a lecture to the gathering of the former members of the association of Islamic student councils (Dafter-e Tahkim-e Vahdat). The conservatives cannot close-off the country&apos;s cultural and social spheres to outside influences, he added. (Amir Armin) • Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi called for reinstatement of all disqualified candidacy applicants. If all bans on election applicants were not lifted, it will show that people have been deprived of their right to free and fair elections, she told the Associated Press. (Ardavan Niknam) <b>Iran Insists on 20 Percent Share of the Caspian Resources</b> • Iran will pursue its right to achieve a fair share of the Caspian resources, special representative on Caspian Sea affairs Mehdi Safari said yesterday at a seminar in Rasht on Caspian trade prospects, attended by the representatives of all littoral states. Safari said for historical and geographical reasons Iran favors having at least a 20 percent share of the total reserves. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan held close-door talks in Baku to hammer out a bilateral deal. Iran&apos;s winning card in negotiations with the Caspian littoral states is Iran&apos;s lack of immediate need for the Caspian resources, Virginia-based Caspian Sea energy expert <b>Bahman Aghai-Diba</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. In the absence of a general agreement on the Caspian legal regime between all the five states, Iran has returned to its original hard-line position, he adds. (Shireen Famili) • The oil ministry announced that exploration in the Caspian Sea has been stopped. Iran can produce oil in the Caspian Sea for domestic consumption, in order to free up cheaper Persian Gulf oil for export, Tehran-based oil journalist <b>Nasir Shirkhani</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. However, finding oil in the Caspian Sea has proven to be too difficult and too costly, even for such big international companies as Total, he adds. The estimates on the Caspian Sea oil reserves appear exaggerated, he says. (Shahran Tabari, London) <b>ECO Finance Ministers Meet in Islamabad</b> • Finance ministers of members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Iran, Turkey Pakistan, Afghanistan and five Central Asian countries, including Azerbaijan, met today at a conference in Islamabad to discuss ways to expand trade among members. Last week, at a summit meeting in Tehran, President Khatami said regionalism is the best solution for development. However, due to a lack of real will in the member states for real cooperation, ECO has made little progress since its inception. The increased presence of the US in the region has further limited Iran&apos;s regional influence. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>Workers of Isfahan Stone Cutting Factories Go on Strike</b> • Demanding overdue pay and benefits, workers of the Isfahan stone cutting factories started a sit-in strike two weeks ago, closing down operations in three major plants. A three percent increase in taxes, increases in energy and transportation costs and monies government demands from time to time under various excuses, have broken the backs of factory owners, a stone cutting factory owner tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. No government official feels responsible to investigate the problems of these factories, and the country&apos;s current atmosphere does not allow factory owners and workers to pursue their demands through legal means, he adds. They have gone on strike hoping that they can attract the authorities&apos; attention, he says. (Mahmonir Rahimi) <b>Hamburg Witness Links Iran to September 11</b> • An Iranian claiming to have been an intelligence ministry agent testified in a Hamburg court against Moroccan Abdolghani Mazvadi, who is on trial for connection with the September 11 attacks. Hamid-Reza Zakeri testified that that before September 11, Mazvadi met in Iran with a senior al-Qaeda operative. German intelligence organs have expressed doubt in Zakeri&apos;s testimony. Foreign minister Kharrazi said Zakeri has never worked for the intelligence ministry. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne) <b> Union Activist Faults Media for Silence on Teachers&apos; Strike</b> • The three-day teachers&apos; strike, which closed classes in Tehran and many other cities last week, was much more important than the sit-in of 83 Majles MPs, but the domestic media ignored it, deputy director of the trade organization teachers&apos; center (Kanoon-e Mo&apos;aleman) <b>Rahman Shams</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. Unfortunately, the officials refuse to accept the teachers&apos; demands for pay increases and payment of overdue benefits, he adds. As a solution, the teachers&apos; center has encouraged 700 teachers to apply for candidacy in the upcoming Majles elections, he adds. Meanwhile, legislative deputy of the management and plan organization said 2,300 billion rials of the teachers&apos; 7,000 billion rails overdue pay, will soon be distributed. (Mahmonir Rahimi) <b>Amnesty International Condemns Execution of Young People and Minors</b> • In reaction to the execution last week in Ilam of Mohammad Aminzadeh, 21, who had been sentenced to death for a murder he committed four years ago when he was less than 18 years old, the Amnesty International asked the Islamic Republic to ban death sentences for underage convicts. (Keyvan Hosseini) <b>Anti-Death Penalty Activist Denounces Italian Foreign Minister&apos;s Support for Islamic Republic</b> • Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini&apos;s support for the Islamic government, which he expressed last week in Tehran, has angered Italian human rights advocates. Head of the anti-death penalty advocacy group Hands Of Cain tells <b>Sergio Delia</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that how can the west support a regime in which election candidates have to pass through the filter of the Guardians Council, which judges them based on their commitment to Islam? He said Frattini should be questioned by the Italian parliament for his unconditional support for the Islamic regime. (Ahmad Ra&apos;fat, Rome) <b>Ayatollah Montazeri Denies Pressuring Rafsanjani to Send Troops into Iraq</b> • <b>Ahmad Montazeri</b>, son of Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri denied statement made by former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani in a recent interview with Tehran conservative daily <b>Kayhan</b> that his father, who, during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, was the designated successor to Ayatollah Khomeini as the regime&apos;s Supreme Leader, pressured Rafsanjani, who acted as war commander, to invade Iraq. Rafsanjani said in the interview that Montazeri was so anxious for Iranian troops to cross the border into Iraq that he woke him with a midnight call. My father has a sharp memory, as Rafsanjani, who has been a student of my father&apos;s would agree, and he denied making such a phone call to Rafsanjani. Ahmad Montazeri blamed Kayhan for misquoting the former president and war commander. (Alireza Taheri) ماه آينده هياتي از دستياران نمايندگان كنگره و سناي آمريكا از ايران ديدن مي كند. سناتور آرلن اسپكتر، از حزب جمهوريخواه، با اعلام اين خبر گفت اميدوار است اين سفر راهگشاي سفر اعضاي كنگره و مقام هاي دولت بوش به تهران و زمينه ساز بهبود مناسبات تهران واشنگتن باشد. سناتور اسپكتر گفت محمد جواد ظريف نماينده ايران در سازمان ملل متحد ترتيب سفر را داده است. به گفته اين سناتور ايران نشانه هايي از تمايل به بهبود روابط را بروز داده و اكنون زمان عمل فرا رسيده است. وي كه دستيار خود را همراه هيات به ايران روانه مي كند گفت با مقام هاي بلندپايه دولت بوش پيشاپيش رايزني كرده است.
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