Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiWednesday, June 16, 2004
<b>Iran Rejects IAEA's Draft Resolution</b>
• The resolution drafted by Europe's big three and fine tuned after consultation with the US “would undermine relations between Iran and IAEA,” head of Iran's delegation to IAEA Hossein Mousavian said in Vienna, following the release of the full text of the resolution on the second day of the meeting of UN International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors. Representatives from Iran spent the day scrambling to delete a provision calling for the cancellation of Tehran's plans to build a heavy-water research reactor and to start operations at a uranium conversion plant, news agencies reported.
• “With the ongoing trend, we have no moral commitment any more to suspend uranium enrichment,” President, Mohammad Khatami said today in Tehran. His tough words deepened the rift between Iran and IAEA, as the agency's governing board was preparing a resolution that “deplores” Tehran's less-than-full cooperation. If the draft resolution is adopted by the IAEA board of governors, Iran will not allow any more inspections of its nuclear sites, Khatami added.
• “Iran is engaging in a “full court press of intimidation,” US envoy to IAEA Kenneth Brill said today, speaking of Iran's efforts to get the members of the IAEA board of governors to soften the language in the draft resolution published yesterday. Washington still believes Iran is trying to hide a weapons program, Brill said.
• European Union leaders are set Friday to demand “full transparency” from Iran over its nuclear program while also pledging efforts to deepen ties with the Islamic Republic. In draft summit conclusions, the EU was to call on Iran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “in a spirit of full transparency in relation to its nuclear program.”
<b>Iran Continues to Interrogate al-Qaeda Detainees</b>
• Interrogation of al-Qaeda detainees continues as their trial for terrorist acts within Iran nears, foreign policy secretary of the supreme national security council Hossein Mousavian said in Vienna.
<b>Trade Minister Criticizes Liberalization of World Trade</b>
• In a speech at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, trade minister Mohammad Shariatmadari criticized the liberalization trend in world trade. Deputy trade minister for economic planning Farhad Dezhpasand said Iran's share of world trade has fallen from 0.5 percent in 1978 to 0.34 percent in 2002. The marginalization of Iran in world trade is rooted in the domestic political deadlock, <b>Radio Farda</b>'s Paris-based economic commentator <b>Fereydoun Khavand</b> says.
<b>Judiciary Arrests 20 in Fatal Moonshine Distribution</b>
• So far, 20 persons have been arrested for their involvement in the production and distribution of home-made vodka that has killed at least 22 people, Shiraz judiciary chief Hosseinali Amiri said, adding that 90 people suffered serious illnesses from the drink, five of whom were blinded. Five of the victims had AIDS and many of them had criminal records, he added.
<b>Sanandaj Judiciary Arrests Kurdish Weekly Editor</b>
• The judiciary in Sanandaj closed Persian-Kurdish bilingual weekly <i>Payam-e Mardom</i> and arrested its managing editor Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand for publishing secessionist material. Publication of news does mean promoting secession, Kurdish journalist <b>Masoud Kurdpour</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
<b>EU-Iran Human Rights Talks</b>
• We have received no information about the Iran-EU human rights roundtable held in Tehran earlier this week, vice chair of the international federation of human rights societies <bAbdolkarim Lahiji</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. Lahiji who heads the Paris-based society for defense of human rights in Iran, adds that Iran and EU rejected requests by this organization and several other independent human rights groups for attending the meetings. The only human rights organization invited to the talks was the Amnesty International. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)
• The Islamic Republic rejects secular and liberal concept of human rights, deputy judiciary chief Mohammad-Javad Larijani said at the end of EU-Iran human rights talks in Tehran.
• Human rights conditions in Iran are better than that of neighboring countries, President Khatami said. He added that, for improving human rights conditions, “we have to compare ourselves not with the west but with neighboring countries.
<b>Iran-UAE Fishing Dispute</b>
• Tensions between Iran and United Arab Emirates over the three Persian Gulf islands deepened last week as the two countries arrested fishermen and seized fishing boats for trespassing. UAE is generally silent about them, but Iran is using these incidents for domestic reasons, former UN envoy <b>Saeed Rajai Khorasani</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. The US silence about the matter does not mean that US is not pleased with the growing tentions, because anything that ruins Iran's relations with its neighbors delights the US, he says. But this discussion will not go on for long, since Iran and UAE are both interested in broadening their good relations, he adds. (Fereydoun Zarnegar)
<b>Check Bouncing Cases Increase Despite New Law</b>
• In spite of the passage of a bill which streamlined rules and punishments for giving bad checks, the judiciary continues to struggle with a huge number of bad check cases. Most of the new bad check cases involve post-dated checks issued prior to passage of the new law six months ago, Tehran-based lawyer <b>Ahmad Bashiri</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>.
<b>Legal Obstacles of Free Elections</b>
• In today's legal commentary, activist and author <b>Mehrangiz Kar</b> reviews legal obstacles to free elections in Iran. These include the constitutional role of the Guardians Council in vetting candidacy applicants.
پس از جلسه کوتاه رسمي صبح آژانس، حسين موسويان، دبير کميته سياست خارجي شوراي عالي امنيت ملي جمهوري اسلامي، در وين گفت که پيشنويس دوم ارائه شده توسط سه کشور آلمان و بريتانيا و فرانسه به هيات مديره آژانس، قابل قبول نيست. در جلسه بعد از ظهر آژانس، پرونده کره شمالي، ليبي و مسائل داخلي آژانس در دستور کار قرار گرفت. به احتمال زياد پرونده ايران فردا مورد بحث قرار خواهد گرفت. نمايندگان ايران در آژانس سرگرم مذاکره با نمايندگان ژاپن و کانادا براي ملايم کردن لحن پيشنويس قطعنامه هستند. اين نمايندگان همچنين با روسيه و کشورهاي عضو جنبش عدم تعهد سرگرم رايزني هستند. در عين حال امروز رئيس جمهوري اسلامي تاکيد کرد که در صورت تصويب قعطنامه با متن فعلي، تهران هيچگونه تعهد اخلاقي براي تعليق غني سازي اورانيم نخواهد داشت، و آمريکا اظهارات وي را عاملي براي تحت فشار گذاشتن هيات خود در مذاکرات توصيف کرد. ممکن است در صورت شديداللحن بودن متن نهايي قطعنامه، مجلس هفتم از تصويب قرارداد صدور اجازه بازرسي سرزده از تاسيسات اتمي ايران و معلق ساختن غني سازي اورانيم خودداري کند.