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Summary of Iran Stories in Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiSaturday, October 04, 2003 <b>Secret US-Iran Talks May Resume</b> • The United States is close to restarting sensitive talks with Iran, The <i>Washington Post</i> reported on Saturday. “We have received a number of indications from Iran, and we are responding to those indications,” US Secretary of State Colin Powell told the <i>Post</i>. (Alireza Taheri) <b>Montazeri Calls for Referendum on the Islamic Consituttion</b> • Highest ranking clerical critic of the regime Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri said more than 75 percent of Iran's population did not vote for the Islamic regime's constitution. He quoted Ayatollah Khomeini's words that every generation has the right to choose the form of its government. He said so long as the regime's constitution has not been ratified by the new generation in a public referendum, the people are not religiously obliged to respect it. He also said the special courts for the clergy were illegal and should be disbanded. Six months after he was released from five years under house arrest, Montazeri began teaching in an ad-hoc class held in a Qum mosque. (Ali Sajjadi) <b>Salehi Says Iran Reached “Total Agreement” with the IAEA</b> • The IAEA delegation reached “total agreement” with Iran on measures to prove the country's nuclear program is peaceful, representative to the IAEA Ali Salehi said on Saturday. Intelligence minister Ali Yunesi said Iran would sign the additional protocol to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, conditionally. Iran will sign the additional document if it receives assurances that it could continue its uranium enrichment program to produce fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant, foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said. (Leyli Sadr) • IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei called on Iran to stop the Natanz uranium enrichment program, without delay. (Leyli Arman) • The conditions for the UN inspections, which were laid out on Friday by former president Hashemi during his speech at the Tehran Friday prayer ceremony, contrasted Iran's official position that it would cooperate with the IAEA, writes the German daily <i>Frankfurter Allgemeine</i>. (Parviz Farhang, Cologne) • The final decision on signing the additional protocol should not be taken at the worst time, in the worst form and with the worst means, writes Tehran reformist daily <i>Etemad</i>. What the IAEA deadline implies is the need for Iran's clear and transparent response, and there were no mention of any pre-conditions for signing the additional protocol, it adds. The Iranian people would never yield to the IAEA's demand for signing the additional protocol, writes the conservative daily <i>Jumhuri-ye Eslami</i>, which is published by the Supreme Leader. The uranium enrichment technology has been achieved through the hard work of the committed Iranian scientists, and is unstoppable, especially since Iran has repeatedly declared that the weapons of mass destruction have no place in the country's defense strategy, it adds. Major powers, and the US, have decided that Iran should not have access to nuclear technology, writes reformist daily <i>Aftab-e Yazd</i>. And we are best advised not to consider resorting to military confrontation in order to change America's mind, it adds. The best solution for the Iranian government would be to show the world that the votes of the Iranian people can have an impact on the country's policies, so that the US faces international opposition to any confrontation with Iran. However, the paper adds, such an obvious point is not only ignored, but we see no effort to include the public in the decision making process. On the contrary, in the matter of the upcoming elections, and in the name of preserving the Islamic values, certain positions are being forwarded which insult the people's intelligence by insisting that they err in selecting their representatives, <i>Aftab-e Yazd</i> writes in today's editorial. (Behnam Nateghi, New York) • Iran's nuclear program is more advanced than previously expected, but not as far advanced as that of North Korea, <b>Miriam Rajkumar</b>, a project associate on non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author of <i>Deadly Arsenals,</i> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. It is not in Iran's interest to have atomic weapons, considering the US presence in the area, however, most governments hope to resolve Iran's nuclear problem politically, she adds. (Amir Armin) • Saddam Hussein's nuclear weapons program inspired the Islamic regime to begin developing its own nuclear weapons, writes the German magazine <i>Bond</i>. While the reformists oppose the program, the conservatives defend it as a defensive strategy, it writes. (Parviz Farhang, Cologne) <b>Iran Arrests Attackers of British Embassy</b> • The British foreign office welcomed the arrest of those responsible for last month's drive-by shooting at the British embassy's compound in Tehran. Intelligence minister Ali Yunesi said the suspects were “thrill seekers.” The two shooting incidents at the embassy were followed within a week with another drive-by shooting, this time at a British embassy residential building. A week before the first shooting incident, the British police arrested Iran's former ambassador to Argentina for his alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing attack on a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires. The British government pulled all nonessential personnel out of Iran. (Bahman Bastani) <b>Volunteer Doctors Present Their Model for AIDS and Addiction Centers at the Asia Society</b> • In a presentation organized at New York's Asia Society with the help of the Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Drs. Arash Alai, 34, and Kamiyar Alai, 29, presented the model AIDS and Addiction prevention and treatment centers they have developed, serving 5000 AIDS and HIV patients across Iran. The Behavioral Diseases Counseling Centers set a pattern for a comprehensive AIDS treatment and prevention system for Iran and the Middle East, <b>Dr. Arash Alai</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. We started four years ago with an experimental center in Kermanshah, and within 18 months we had replicated it in 17 cities, with an additional 22 offices inside prisons, to bring services directly to the most at-risk population. The services are targeted at addicts, AIDS and HIV patients and their families, <b>Dr. Kamiyar Alai</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. The Alai brothers, along with a few others, lifted the stigma and opened the door for the government and medical schools to step in, Yale University's epidemiologist and public health professor <b>Dr. Kaveh Khoshnood</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. With their pioneering volunteer work, they showed the government that there was a need for such centers, he adds. (Behnam Nateghi, New York) <b>Kish Woman Faces Death Sentence in Death of Police Official</b> • The amnesty international and other human rights organizations condemned the supreme court's approval of the death sentence against Afsaneh Norouzi, who killed the head of the Kish Island's police intelligence unit in self-defense, when he tried to rape her. (Shireen Famili) <b>Judiciary to Begin Trial of Intelligence Agent in Kazemi's Death</b> • The trial of an intelligence officer, who was charged in the death in custody of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, will begin next week, Tehran judiciary chief Abass-Ali Alizadeh announced. So long as Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi, who is a suspect in Kazemi's death, has not been removed from office, and so long as Kazemi's body has not been exhumed for transfer to Canada for autopsy, the conditions would not be ready for prosecution of this case, <b>Abdolkarim Lahiji</b>, Paris-based human rights advocate and a legal advisor to Kazemi's Montreal-based son, tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. (Shireen Famili) <b>MP Calls for Impeachment of Communications Minister</b> • MP Ali-Akbar Mousavi-Khoeini, a member of the Majles' industries committee, called for the impeachment of communications minister Ahmad Motamedi. The Majles has for numerous times, summoned the minister to answer criticism on the poor quality of the country's mobile phone service, the censorship of the Internet content, and the jamming of the foreign radio and satellite TV signals. However, Tehran-based IP journalist <b>Nima Rasulzadeh</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that his impeachment appears unlikely. The MPs voice public complaints and discontent by calls to impeach various government ministers, of which we shall hear more often during the next few months, as the Majles elections nears, he adds. (Keyvan Hosseini) <b>Islamic Human Rights Commission Expresses Concern for Jailed Dissidents' Health</b> • The Islamic human rights commission said it was concerned about the health of jailed dissidents Mohsen Sazegara and Akbar Ganji. Sazegara, who went on hunger strike several times since his arrest last June, reportedly suffers from poor health. If the judiciary does not pay attention to the conditions of the political prisoners, the only solution would be appealing to the international organizations to intervene, dissident writer Emadedin Baqi, who was recently released after spending three years in prison, said in an interview in Tehran. There is no rational, religious or legal reason to detain people because of their beliefs, he added. Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi said rumors about Mohsen Sazegara's death in custody were baseless. (Leyli Sadr) . علي اكبر صالحي، نماينده جمهوري اسلامي در سازمان بين المللي انرژي اتمي روز شنبه در مصاحبه اي از تفاهم با هيات اعزامي اين سازمان خبر داد. وي گفت سفر هيات به رياست «پي ير گلداشميت» معاون محمد البرادعي به تهران را مثبت ارزيابي كرد و گفت در بازرسان فني هيات اعزامي حضور نداشته اند و تركيب آن حقوقي بوده است. حجت الاسلام علي يونسي، وزير اطلاعات جمهوري اسلامي گفت ايران سند الحاقي به پيمان منع گسترش را به طور مشروط ميپذيرد. كمال خرازي، وزير امور خارجه جمهوري اسلامي نيز گفت اگر ايران اطمينان يابد كه با امضاي سند الحاقي ميتواند برنامه غني كردن اورانيوم به منظور استفاده در نيروگاه اتمي را دنبال كند، سند را امضا خواهد كرد.