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Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsMonday, August 04, 2003 <b>US Calls for IAEA Inspections of Iran's Nuclear Sites</b> • The US wants the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out intensive inspections of Iran's nuclear installations to ensure they are not used for military purposes, the White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Monday. The statement came a day after the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> reported that Iran is striving to become the world's next nuclear power and appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. US State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said US awaits IAEA chief Mohammed Elbaradei's report on Iran's nuclear program on September 8. Meanwhile, IAEA experts began crucial talks on Monday in Tehran on whether or not Tehran would accept more intrusive inspections of its nuclear sites, as the Islamic regime's conservative faction stepped up calls for Iran to resist US-led pressure in signing the additional protocol. (Bijan Farhoodi) • Reformists favor signing the additional protocol, while conservatives resist it. (Golnaz Esfandiari) <b>Names of Al-Qaeda Detainees to Remain Secret</b> • For security reason, government would keep the names of senior and non-senior al-Qaeda detainees secret, cabinet spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Monday. He denied the US reports that Iran had proposed a swap of al-Qaeda members with Mojahedin Khalq Organization members detained by the US in Iraq. (Abbas Malekzadeh) <b>Iranian Asylum Seekers Stage a Sit-in in Ankara</b> • A group of Iranian refugees whose asylum petitions had been denied by the UN High Commission on Human Rights, stages a sit-in in front of the UN offices in Ankara, Turkey. Their spokesman <b>Heshmatollah Qarai</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that if they return to Iran they would all be executed for having criticized the Supreme Leader. (Parviz Mardani, Berlin) <b>Special Report: 1904 Constitution</b> • On the 97th anniversary of the ratification of Iran's monarchical constitution, Paris-based commentator <b>Ahmad Salamatian</b> and Oxford University scholar Mohammd-Ali Homyoun Katouzian discuss the movement's goals and accomplishments. (Mehdi Khalaji) <b>Khomeini's Grandson Calls for the Separation of Religion and State</b> • In an interview from his home in exile in Najaf, Iraq, Ayatollah Hossein Khomeini, grandson of the founder of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, calls for separation of religion and government in Iran and says the US forces liberated the Iraqi people from a dictatorship and should not be called occupiers, reports the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. (Behnam Nateghi, New York) <b>Congressmen Calls for US Support for Pro-Democracy Movement</b> • US Congressman Robert Ney, who supports negotiations with the Islamic government, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that he submitted a bill to the Congress that recognizes the struggle of the majority of Iranians for democracy. (Siavash Ardalan) <b>Conservatives Pin Hopes on Paramilitary Bisij to Defeat Reformists</b> • Iran's conservatives feel they need a force capable of handling tough tasks, including containing demonstrations and other expressions of discontent. That's where the volunteer paramilitary unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Basij militia comes in, Eurasia View said. (Nazi Azima) <b>IAEA Delegation to Persuade Iran to Accept Tighter Nuclear Checks</b> • The Supreme Leader will have the final say on whether Tehran agrees to tougher U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities, cabinet spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Monday. International pressure has been mounting on Iran to sign the additional protocol of the nuclear-non proliferation treaty, which would allow more intrusive, short-notice inspections of nuclear sites in the country. “The matter will be discussed in the government. The decision will be made in the supreme national security council, and after the Supreme Leader's approval it would be implemented,” he added. (Siavash Ardalan) • Iran is striving to become the world's next nuclear power and appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb, The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. (Golnaz Esfandiari) <b>Khatami Expresses Worry about Future of Iran</b> • Criticizing conservatives as well as opponents of the Islamic regime, President Mohammad Khatami in a joint session of his cabinet and Majles said that he was worried about the future of Iran. (Siavash Ardalan) <b> Conservatives' Power Challenged by Women's Rights</b> • Hard-line conservatives have lashed out against Majles legislation to ratify Iran's joining the UN treaty to end all forms of discrimination against women, claiming that the treaty was contrary to Islamic principles. However, moderate clerics and experts do not agree. California-based sociology professor <b>Nayyereh Tohidi</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>that the power base of the opponents of the treaty is a backward, fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, in which women are regarded as second-class citizens. (Nazi Azima) <b>Prisoners under Pressure to Sign Repentance Letters</b> • In a letter to President Khatami, a number of religious-nationalist activists said that the judiciary is torturing political prisoners to make them sign letters of repentance. (Ardavan Niknam) <b> Iran Cancels Russian Satellite Order</b> • Iran cancelled a $125 million contract to buy a communications satellite from Russia, a move described by Russia's <i>Vedomosti</i> newspaper as “Divorce in Space”. (Mani Kasravi, Moscow) <b>Government to Restrict Stocks Prices</b> • In a bid to curb the soaring stock prices in the Tehran stock exchange market, the government will introduce limiting measures for at least two weeks. While Iran's economy is facing enormous problems, the Tehran stock exchange has turned into a casino for racketeers and insider traders. (Fereydoon Khavand) <b>Looting Ancient Sites in Southern Iran Continues</b> • Illegal excavations for antiques in the around the city of Jiroft continued as the police and the state Cultural Heritage Organization kept blaming each other. (Nazi Azima) <b>US-Iran Relations Advocates Sees Change in the Horizon</b> • Change is inevitable in Iran, and the country is headed for democracy in a path riddled with potholes, Houshang Amirahmadi, head of the US-Iran relations advocacy group American-Iranian Council said in a speech to Iranian students at the Toronto University. (Maryam Aqvami, Toronto) . كاخ سفيد بارديگر نگراني خود را نسبت به آنچه تلاش هاي جمهوري اسلامي براي دستيابي به سلاح هاي اتمي مي داند، ابراز داشت. اسكات مككلن Scott McClellan، سخنگوي كاخ سفيد گفت ما به همكاري با آژانس بين المللي انرژي اتمي IAEA و جامعه بين المللي براي تضمين بازرسي هاي سفت و سخت تر از ايران و برنامه سلاح هاي هسته اي آن، ادامه داده ايم. روزنامه لس آنجلس تايمز بعد از يك تحقيق سه ماهه نوشت جمهوري اسلامي در آخرين مراحل توليد يك بمب هسته اي است و از دانشمندان روسيه، چين، كره شمالي و پاكستان در اين راه كمك گرفته است. حكومت اسلامي ايران برنامه هسته اي خود را صلح آميز توصيف كرد. فيليپ ريكر سخنگوي وزارت امورخارجه آمريكا گفت به عقيده واشنگتن، تهران از ديرباز برنامه مخفيانه اي را براي توليد سلاح هاي هسته اي تحت پوشش برنامه هاي صلح آميز غيرنظامي پيگيري كرده است. وي گفت به استفاده از تمام ابزار موجود براي متوقف ساختن برنامه هسته اي ايران متعهد مانده ايم.