Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiThursday, April 01, 2004
<b>Iran “Managed” IAEA Inspectors' Visit</b>
• The visit of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's inspectors “was ‘managed' by the Iranians in the sense that the inspectors were not permitted to take pictures with IAEA cameras or use their own electronic equipments, according to an internal IAEA document obtained by news agencies. The document contradicts the official assurances that Iran had allowed IAEA inspectors “full and unrestricted access” to the sites during inspections in January.
• The foreign ministries of Germany, France and Britain criticized the Islamic government's decision, announced last week, to start up a uranium conversion plant in Isfahan. “This announcement sends the wrong signal regarding Iran's readiness to implement a suspension of its activities relating to uranium enrichment,” the three countries' foreign ministries said on Wednesday in identical statements. “It will make it more difficult for Iran to restore international confidence in its activities. Iran must explain its announcement and its intentions.” After a visit to Tehran by the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain last October, Iran promised to suspend its uranium enrichment activities and to allow more intrusive inspections.
• As it has for the past nine months, the radical Islamic regime in Iran continues to cheat the IAEA and the world when confronted about its nuclear weapons programs, the <i>Washington Times</i> writes.
• The British government made a tacit admission for the first time yesterday that its much-trumpeted diplomatic initiative to try to prevent Iran securing a nuclear weapon may be in trouble, the London daily <i>Guardian</i> writes.
<b>Japan to Deport Iranian Family After 14 Years of Residence Without Visa</b>
• The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that nullified a deportation order for an Iranian family who had lived in Japan without a valid visa for 14 years. The ruling put the family back on the deportation track. In a landmark decision in September, the Tokyo District Court had suspended a deportation order imposed by the Justice Ministry on Amin Khalil, 40, his 37-year-old wife and their two school-age daughters.
<b>Canada's Parliamentary Committee Calls for Pressing Iran on Photographer's Death</b>
• Canada should continue to press Iran for answers in cases involving the murder and mistreatment of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, Canadian parliament's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade recommended yesterday. Kazemi, 54, died while under interrogation in Tehran's Evin prison last July.
<b>Crack in Conservatives' Ranks</b>
• In interviews with hard-line conservatives and the so-called “rational” conservatives, German daily <i>Frankfurter Rundschau</i> concludes that differences in policies and goals will split the next Majles' conservative majority.
<b>Iranian Envoy Meets with WTO Chief</b>
• Iran continues its efforts to join World Trade Organization. As the organization prepares to take up Iran's request for the 17th time, Iran's envoy to the UN in Geneva met with WTO chief Supachai Panitchpakdi to review the steps Iran needs to take to further its application.
بريتانيا، فرانسه و آلمان اقدام تازه جمهوري اسلامي را در زمينه راه اندازي كارخانه تبديل سنگ اورانيوم به گاز در نزديكي اصفهان را به شدت مورد انتقاد قرار دادند و در سه بيانيه يكسان كه همزمان انتشار دادند، تاكيد كردند حكومت ايران با اين اقدام به دشواري مي تواند اعتماد جامعه بين المللي را جلب كند. جمهوري اسلامي اكتبر گذشته در پي ديدار وزراي امورخارجه سه قدرت اروپائي از تهران، اعلام كرد برنامه غني سازي اورانيوم را معلق مي سازد. پيروز حسيني، نماينده جمهوري اسلامي در آژانس بين المللي انرژي اتمي گفت ايران به تعهدات خود در زمينه همكاري با كشورهاي اروپايي و آژانس بين المللي انرژي اتمي پايبند است.