Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiSaturday, June 12, 2004
<b>Iran Will Continue Development of Nuclear Fuel, Foreign Minister Says</b>
• “That somebody demands that we give up the nuclear fuel cycle ... is an additional demand,” foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Saturday, referring to US and EU demands that Iran discontinue all work on uranium enrichment facility and heavy water reactor in Isfahan and Arak. “We can't accept such an additional demand, which is contrary to our legal and legitimate rights,” he said. “No one in Iran can make a decision to deny the nation of something that is a source of pride,” Kharrazi added. Two days ahead of the June 14 meeting of the UN agency's board of governors in Vienna, Kharrazi said a resolution on Iran's nuclear activities drafted by Britain, Germany and France was “unacceptable,” and called for “changes” so that “it can be acceptable to all parties.”
• “It's true that IAEA will not be making a decision on the issue (of declaring Iran in violation of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty) this time around, and will defer the issue to September,” one European diplomat told Agence France Presse on Friday. “Iran is benefiting from favorable political circumstances” as a result of US and European countries' preoccupation with Iraq. “That could change before September,” when the IAEA board is likely to meet on Iran.
• Western intelligence agencies are convinced that the source of the traces of highly enriched uranium on Iran's centrifuge equipment is Russia, not Pakistan, writes German daily <i>Die Welt</i> The uranium is not of the kind Russia could have provided for the nuclear power plant it is building in Bushehr.
• Iran hopes to postpone review of its nuclear program by the IAEA board to a time when the US would be distracted by presidential election, Paris daily <i>Liberation</i> writes.
<b>Security Council Resolution \ Could Save US from Iraq Hell, Rafsanjani Says</b>
• The UN Security Council resolution on returning sovereignty to an Iraqi government “is a step forward toward saving the Iraqi people and the US from the hell it created,” former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani said on Friday in Tehran during a sermon at the official Friday prayer ceremony. “The US is beginning to accept the fact that it got itself into a mire and is looking for a solution for an honorable way out,” Rasanjani, who chairs the powerful Expediency Council, added.
<b>Clerics Court to Release Montazeri Aid, Son Says</b>
• The special court for the clergy will soon release Ayatollah Montazeri's press aid, the dissident cleric's son <b>Ahmad Montazeri</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. Mojtaba Lotfi, a mid-ranking Shiite cleric, was arrested last week for publishing a booklet about Montazeri's five-year house arrest, which ended last year. “The case was not very important,” Ahmad Montazeri says. “They (the court) wanted to interrogate Lotfi about the booklet he had prepared in defense of Ayatollah Montazeri, and confiscated all of its copies,” he adds. Lotfi had resisted arrest and got in to a scuffle with the agents who had gone to arrest him, he says. The confiscated booklet was a detailed history of the attacks on Montazeri's home and seminary school, and all the charges and accusations against him, he adds. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
<b>Relatives of Political Prisoners Comment on Iran-EU Human Rights Talk</b>
• As representatives of the European Union arrive in Tehran to start the fourth round of human rights talks with the Islamic Republic officials, <b>Narges Mohammadi</b>, wife of jailed religious-nationalist activist Taqi Rahmani, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that relatives of political prisoners and journalists will have no access to the EU delegation, since the closed-door talks are being handled by the foreign ministry. <b>Gohar Shemirani</b>, wife of jailed writer and Tolstoy translator Alireza Jabbari says if she could, she would tell delegation members that her husband had been thrown in jail only for expressing his opinions about domestic issues. “I would only meet with them if I was accompanied by an Islamic Republic official,” <b>Mohammad Mohammadi</b>, father of jailed students Manouchehr and Akbar Mohammadi says. “Otherwise, they would further torture my already sick sons,” he adds. “Whatever I have done so far on behalf of my sons has had a reverse effect; they have even begun prosecuting my daughter and I,” he adds. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
<b>Moderate Newspaper Shuts Down after 5 Years</b>
• Moderate conservative newspaper <i>Entekhab</i> seized operations after five years and two months. The newspaper's closure was a result of the recent shuffle of the board of trustees of the Islamic propaganda organization (Sazeman Tabliqat-e Eslami), which owned the newspaper, <i>Entekhab</i>'s economic editor <b>Hamid Eslami</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. “To blame financial problems for the paper's closing is just an excuse,” <i>Entekhab</i>'s founder <b>Taha Hashemi</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. <i>Entekhab</i> was a non-factional publication, and instead of political squabbles, it focused on issues of national interests, he adds. (Farin Asemi)
<b> Chief Defends Judiciary's New Role in Issuing Law Licenses</b>
• The new law which for the first time in Iran's modern history authorized the judiciary to issue law licenses would not hamper lawyers' independence, according to judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi, who responded to the law's critics yesterday in Tehran at a conference of lawyers. The judiciary's issuing of law licenses duplicates the bar association's role and creates a new class of lawyers who depend on the judiciary's approval for yearly renewal of their licenses, lawyer and human rights activist <b>Mohammad Seifzadeh</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. The bar association law, an initiative of early 1950s nationalist prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq, protected trial lawyers' independence by ensuring that only the bar association, which is independent from the judiciary, could issue law licenses, he adds. When one entity is in charge of selecting judges as well as lawyers, the lawyers' independence would not be respected, he adds. (Leyli Sadr)
قرارداد سعدآباد ميان جمهوري اسلامي و اتحاديه اروپا در باره تعليق غني سازي اورانيوم اين هفته با تشكيل اجلاس شوراي حكام آژانس بين المللي انرژي اتمي، به خاطر سرپيچي هاي ايران و اتهامات آمريكا دربرابر آزموني بزرگ قرار مي گيرد. اما كارشناسان بعيد مي دانند كه آژانس در قطعنامه اي ايران را به نقض پيمان منع گسترش سلاح هاي هسته اي محكوم كند. يك ديپلمات اروپايي گفت بعد از وعده هايي كه سال گذشته داده شد، بازرسان پرده از روي اقدامات جمهوري اسلامي براي ساختن سانتريفيوژ هاي P2 برداشتند. يك ديپلمات ديگر گفت به نظر مي رسد ايران از مشكلات عراق براي بهره گيري از وقت استفاده مي كند. كمال خرازي، وزير امور خارجه جمهوري اسلامي امروز گفت فشارهاي موجود بر ايران غيرقابل پذيرش است. وي گفت ما تعهد تازه اي را نخواهيم پذيرفت.