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Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiWednesday, October 01, 2003 <b>Intelligence Minister Declares Iran Victor in the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan</b> • The US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq helped Iran achieve its goals in both countries, and thus, due to the wisdom of the clergy, Iran was the true victor of both these wars, intelligence minister Ali Yunesi said today. In Afghanistan, Iran's objectives were to remove the Taliban regime, install a friendly Islamic government and prevent the return of the monarchy, he added. In Iraq, although Iran could not side with either the Saddam regime or the US, it achieved such a victory that is the envy of many regional powers, he added. (Ali Sajjadi) <b>Iran Tries to Prevent Nuclear Program from Going before Security Council</b> • Iran wants to prevent its nuclear program from facing scrutiny before the UN Security Council, foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday upon returning home from New York. He said signing the additional protocol to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which is not contrary to Iran's constitution, would not trigger more inspections by the UN agency. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last month gave Iran until the end of October to prove that is not developing nuclear weapons. Failure to satisfy the IAEA could result in Iran's being referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions. (Fariba Mavedat) • Majles speaker Mehdi Karrubi said he will follow the decisions of the country's “leaders” on the signing of the addition protocol to the NPT. (Fereydoun Zarnegar) • There are no plans to exit the NPT, cabinet spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said today. (Ardavan Niknam) <b>Canadian Ambassador Returns to Iran</b> • Canada said on Monday it would send its ambassador back to Iran to help the international community maintain pressure on Tehran to come clean about its program to enrich uranium. Envoy Philip MacKinnon was withdrawn in late July to protest Iran's handling of the case of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who died from a broken skull after being arrested in Tehran. (Masoud Malek) <b>Supreme Administrative Court Rejects Banking Privatization</b> • Head of the supreme administrative court of justice <b>Ayatollah Qorbanali Dori Najafabdi</b> said the government cannot allow private banks to operate, and to privatize banking, legislation by the Majles and approval by the Guardians Council are two main requirements. His statement shelved for good President Khatami government's plan to privatize all or some of Iran's banks, which were nationalized after the 1979 Islamic revolution, but the Khatami government said the only way to exit the present banking dead end was privatization. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>Urumieh Friday Prayer Leader Boycotts His Daughter's Funeral</b> • The conservative Urumieh Friday prayer leader Hojatoleslam Hasani said he would not take part in his daughter's funeral. Hamideh Hasani committed suicide by setting herself on fire at her family's orchard. No report has been filed on the reason for her suicide, but Hasani said due the religious ban on suicide, he will not participate in any of the ceremonies related to her daughter's death. (Mahmonir Rahimi) • Her husband did not allow her to leave the house, and treated her like a prisoner, independent Tabriz-based journalist <b>Ensafali Hedayat</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. Her parents had forced her husband to give them divorce rights, but refused to obtain her divorce. She was worried that, like her sister, she had to return home to her parents after her divorce, and probably that drove her to commit suicide, he adds. (Farin Asemi) <b>Political Activists Protest against Treatment of Nationalist-Religious Detainees</b> • In an open letter, a number of political activists protested against the judiciary's treatment of four detained nationalist-religious activists, particularly their secret trials. In the statement, they rejected the charges against three of the four – Taqi Rahmani, Hoda Saber, Reza Alijani. The three have been accused of inciting last June's pro-democracy demonstrations. Hoda Saber's wife expressed concern for her husband's health in a separate letter to the head of the three branches of government. She said since June, when her husband was jailed, she has had only two phone contacts with him. (Mahmonir Rahimi) • Three major religious leaders express support for the jailed nationalist-religious actvists. (Maryam Ahmadi) <b>Islamic Student Activist Calls for Establishing Civil Society</b> • Islamic student activist Said Razavi-Faqih, the last member of the central council of the association of Islamic student councils (Daftar-e Tahkim Vahdat) to be released from prison, said the Islamic students could champion civil society in Iran. He said he was held in solitary confinement for 78 days of his nearly three months in jail. He was arrested last June, during the 10-day pro-democracy demonstrations, [which he said his organization was trying to prevent from escalating. The Islamic students' councils and their association, the Daftar, were set up by the Islamic regime soon after the revolution to fight against the leftist and nationalist student movements. Its founding members included the Islamic student activists who occupied the US Embassy and held 52 US diplomats for 444 days in 1979]. (Kian Manavi) • The Islamic students' council of Tehran's Amir-Kabir University called for the formation of a united pro-democracy front. If all the forces that believe in the people's vote as the source of legitimacy for the government could unite, we would not have faced the problems we are facing today, deputy secretary of the Amir-Kabir University's Islamic students council <b>Matin Meshkin</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian) <b>Jordan's Foreign Minster Says Both Factions in Iran Strive for Dialogue with the US</b> • Both ruling factions in Iran strive for dialogue with the US, Jordan's foreign minister Marwan Muasher said in a speech at New York's Foreign Relations Council. He said Jordan did not have any message from Iran for the US. (Siavash Ardalan) <b>Security Forces Attack Demonstrators in Ferdowsi Universtiy</b> • On the second day of the sit-in protest at Mashhad's Ferdowsi University, security forces attacked the students, tore their posters and dispersed them. The sit-in, organized by the Islamic student activists aimed at reversing the suspension verdicts handed down by the university's disciplinary committee against the students accused of taking part in last June's 10-day pro-democracy demonstrations. The Mashhad Islamic revolutionary courts summoned four organizers of the sit-in. (Fereydoun Zarnegar) <b>Majles Says Five Political Leaders Smuggle Tea into Iran</b> • A committee set up by the Majles to investigate the illegal importation of 50,000 tons of tea said five major political figures are involved in the operation. Head of the customs bureau said the majority of the smuggled tea comes through major ports outside customs' control. (Fereydoun Zarnegar) <b>Women Smuggling Rings Step Up Activity</b> • The crime rings involved in the smuggling of young girls to Pakistan and the Persian Gulf Arab countries stepped up their activity, as more young women flee their homes due to poverty and pressures from traditional parents. The crime rings use legal channels to obtain passports for their victims. Tehran-based lawyer <b>Ahmad Bashiri</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that the smugglers convince the girls or their families that they will take them abroad to use them as moles for smuggling goods back to the country, but when they arrive in foreign countries, the victims find themselves helpless in the hands of organized prostitution networks. There is no punishment for human smuggling in Iranian laws, he adds. (Shireen Famili) <b>Amnesty International Protests Death Sentence against Rape Victim</b> • An Iranian woman is about to be executed for the killing six years ago of a police chief who allegedly tried to rape her, the Amnesty International said yesterday. Afsaneh Nouroozi, 32, was reportedly arrested six years ago after killing the head of police intelligence in Kish, southern Iran, writes the London daily <i>The Guardian</i>. Violence against women is common in Iran and the Islamic Republic courts usually deal harshly with women who seek protection from or punishment of their perpetrators. Many of these women have been executed, London-based human rights activist, and advocate of the abolition of capital punishment tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. (Farin Asemi) <b> Tehran International Airport to Open after 27 Years in Construction</b> • The first phase of the greater Tehran international airport will begin operations by March 2004, according to transportation minister Ahmad Khorram. The construction of the airport began in 1975, but slowed down after the 1979 revolution. Tehran-based transportation expert <b>Ali-Asghar Ardakanian</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that the planning for the airport was a response to the increased foreign travel and tourism in the years before the revolution, but the revolution ended the flow of tourists to Iran, and the project lost its justification. The transfer of the Iran Air operations to the new airport, which is 20 miles south of Tehran, will be very costly, and the highway and rail links to the city, which were planned for the project, have not been built, leaving the new facility without means of transpiration. (Fereydoun Zarnegar) <b>Government Punishes Street Children for Poverty</b> • The police crackdown on the increasing number of street children punishes the victims of poverty, according to Tehran-based lawyer and children's rights advocate Shirin Ebadi. Instead of providing for the poor children's education through education grants to their parents, the government is in effect prosecuting poverty as a crime, she adds in her speech today at the Tehran conference on child welfare. (Ali Sajjadi) <b>Azerbaijan Offers Bilateral Caspian Negotiations</b> • Azerbaijan's deputy foreign minister offered Iran two-way negotiations on division of the Caspian Sea resources. The bilateral negotiations between littoral countries began after the failure of the five countries to come to terms on a new legal regime for the Caspian Sea, Virginia-based Caspian expert <b>Bahman Aghai-Diba</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. So far, Russia has signed separate agreements with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are in separate negations. (Ebrahim Biparva) <b>Khatami Names Deputy Higher Education Minister to Replace Resigning Minister</b> • President Khatami named deputy higher education minister Jafar Toufiqi-Dariyan to replace Mostafa Moin to replace Mostafa Moin as the higher education minister. Moin resigned last month in protest against the conservative Guardians Council's rejection of his reorganization plan for the country's higher education system. Toufiqi, 48, a Bucharest-educated chemical engineer, is being named for the job after the Majles rejected Khatami's first candidate, Tehran University president Jafar Mili-Monfared. Tehran University political science professor <b>Sadeq Zibakalam</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that Toufiqi will not be able to push for implementation of the former minister's plan, because he lacks the influence and resilience required for the job. (Maryam Ahmadi) . حجت الاسلام علي يونسي، وزير اطلاعات جمهوري اسلامي در همايش فرمانداران سراسر كشور كه عصر چهارشنبه در وزارت كشور برگذار شد، ايران را برنده نهائي جنگ آمريكا در عراق و افغانستان دانست. وي گفت در افغانستان حداقل اهداف ما به قدرت رسيدن طرفداران ايران و شكست طالبان و عدم احياي نظام سلطنتي بود. وي افزود آمريكائي ها بايد هزينه بيشتري براي حضور خود در افغانستان بپردازند يا آنجا را ترك كنند. وي گفت آنچه در عراق اتفاق افتاد نيز پيروزي دومي براي نظام جمهوري اسلامي بود و گفت با اينكه ما نمي توانستيم با آمريكا يا عراق همراه شويم، نظام جمهوري اسلامي در اين بازي به پيروزي بي حد حصري دست يافت به طوري كه بعضي از كشورها با حسرت به آن نگاه مي كنند. وي از جمله، از سرنوشت سازمان مجاهدين خلق در عراق به عنوان يك پيروزي براي نظام ايران ياد كرد.