Saturday, May 08, 2004

A magnitude-4.8 earthquake jolts southern Iran

AP Wire | 05/08/2004 | Quake Flattens 4 Empty Schools in Iran: "Posted on Sat, May. 08, 2004

TEHRAN, Iran - A magnitude-4.8 earthquake jolted southern Iran early Saturday, destroying four empty schools and damaging several others, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. No deaths were reported.

The quake struck at 9:09 a.m. local time near Kazeroun, a town 500 miles south of the capital, Tehran.

Iran has proof of WMD in Iraq Iranian Society of WMD Victims looks for US compensation: "Society of Victims of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on Tuesday lodged complaint with Swiss embassy in Tehran against US administration for supplying former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein with unconventional arms to be used against Iranian troop in the course of the Iraqi-Iranian war (1980-1988).

In a letter to Swiss Ambassador to Iran, the society said that the US government and US firms should bear responsibility for supplying unconventional weapons to Saddam Hussein and the political support they provided to encourage his invasion of Iran."

More on Iran's backing of Pro-US Oil Move

Business News Article | "Iran's backing is needed for a supply increase that appears likely to be proposed by Gulf OPEC member the United Arab Emirates when the producer group meets in Beirut on June 3.
UAE Oil Minister Obaid bin Saif al-Nasseri said on Saturday oil prices that hit $40 a barrel on Friday were too high for comfort.
'A reading of the events and the prices says that OPEC must do something,' Nasseri told reporters. "

Iran backs Pro-US OPEC Oil Move

: "if OPEC decides to increase its production, Iran will not oppose the move.' Ardebili said Iran did not believe there was any shortfall in the supply of oil to world markets even though it expected prices to remain high for several months.
'The market is not facing a supply problem now -- the increase in the reserves of oil-consuming countries indicates that.'"