Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - No longer their parents’ Iran - Student Briefing Page: "When Kayvon and Sassan Mesbah of Oyster Bay Cove visited their parents' birth country of Iran last summer, they were impressed.

'The culture is very lively and interesting,' said Kayvon, 13. '... The new generation was becoming more westernized. It's evolving from what it's been since the Islamic revolution.'

The largest U.S. communities of Iranian-Americans are in California and New York -- most around Los Angeles and New York City. Roughly 10,000 Iranians live on Long Island, many in the towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay."

Iran Should Develop Joint Oil, Gas Fields

Mehr News Agency English: "Iran Should Develop Joint Oil, Gas Fields: Expert
TEHRAN June 9 (MNA) -- Attracting domestic and foreign investment aimed at developing joint oil and gas resources is a necessity, said here Wednesday an economic expert.
�Iran has many oil and gas fields some of which are shared with other countries, prompt measures must be taken to develop them,� added Mohammad Hossein Mahdavi Adeli."

Iran: EC Chief calls for true image of Islam to promote human rights

Iran: EC Chief calls for true image of Islam to promote human rights: "Iran: EC Chief calls for true image of Islam to promote human rights
Tehran, June 9, IRNA -- Expediency Council (EC) Chief Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Judiciary Chief Abdullah al al-Sheikh in Tehran on Wednesday said that Iran could be the major promoter of human rights by eliminating the formalities and presenting a true image of pure Islam.
A report released by EC public relations department said that in the meeting Rafsanjani briefed the Saudi official on the regional developments and referred to Iraq as the practical defensive center of Islam and Muslims. "

Mehr News 5 Tons Of Gold Utilized Daily In Iran

Mehr News Agency English: "5 Tons Of Gold Utilized Daily In Iran
TEHRAN Jun 9 (MNA) -� Last Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2003-March 19, 2004), $30 million worth of gold was exported from Iran.
In an interview with the Mehr News Agency, a gold exporter said that each day 5,000 kilograms of gold is utilized inside the country, most of which is imported through informal gateways or by smugglers. "

Interfax > Politics Russia to continue nuclear cooperation with Iran

Interfax > Politics: "Russia to continue nuclear cooperation with Iran
SEA ISLAND. June 9 (Interfax) - Russia will continue peaceful nuclear cooperation with Iran.
A source with the Russian delegation at the G8 summit on Sea Island told Interfax on Wednesday that this statement was made at a meeting between Russian and U.S. Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush.
'We confirmed our underlying position: we have cooperated and will cooperate with Iran, but the scale of this cooperation will be determined by the way Iran interacts with the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency],' the source said.
The construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr 'will be continued once all questions have been dealt with,' he said. "