Thursday, May 27, 2004

Rafsanjani Found Innocent in Bribery Allegations

: "Iran MPs clear ex-president's son in Statoil bribery case

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - An Iranian parliamentary probe found no proof a son of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was linked to a bribery case involving Norway's oil giant Statoil, state news agency IRNA said Wednesday."

Iran May End IAEA Cooperation

RADIO FREE EUROPE/ RADIO LIBERTY: "Iran Threatens To Reduce IAEA Cooperation

27 May 2004 -- Iranian President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami said today that his country might resume uranium enrichment and end unscheduled inspections of its nuclear sites if the UN's nuclear agency fails to recognize its cooperation of the recent past.

The government in Tehran last week submitted a report of more than 1,000 pages on its nuclear programs to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It said it was acting in accordance with a protocol providing for an extra-tough inspection regime.

It asked the agency's board of governors to remove it from the IAEA agenda. "