Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Pakistan treats Armitage with respect

Pakistan Link Headlines: "Pakistan, US to discuss bilateral relations, regional and international

ISLAMABAD : Pakistan and the United States would discuss bilateral relations, regional and international issues of interest including Iraq during the this week visit of American Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Foreign Office spokesman said on Sunday.

Reports said that Mr. Richard Armitage is scheduled to arrive here on July 14th.

The spokesman dismissed a US weekly report as based on assumptions about presence of Osama bin Laden and the deadline to Pakistan for his capture.

To yet another question he said Pakistan would send troops to Iraq only if it deemed it appropriate.

About recent judgment of the International Court of Justice declaring Israeli separation wall as illegal, the spokesman said it is a moral and legal victory for the international community. He urged that Israel should respect and uphold the ruling and dismantle the wall.

Replying a question about the visit of Foreign Minister to Russian Federation, he said the issue of tank acquisition was not discussed. �Pakistan is self-sufficient in tank production�. He, however, said �as we go along, there can be cooperation in the fields of defence and metallurgy�. He hoped that as a result of the successful visit of the Minister, the commercial and trade ties between Pakistan and Russian will further increase.

The spokesman confirmed that Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States is being considered to head the UN Mission in Iraq."

The Lanny Budd Project: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Scarborough

The Lanny Budd Project: "MSNBC TV
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
Updated: 2:10 p.m. ET June 30, 2004 Legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 others was transferred to the Iraqis on Wednesday. In an interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage talked about why this is significant, as well as his optimism on Iraq's sovereignty. "

India News: India Snubs Richard Armitage

India News: India Snubs Richard Armitage: "India Snubs Richard Armitage
Richard Armitage runs into protocol barrier - The Times of India: 'Richard Armitage runs into protocol barrier
SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

NEW DELHI: In a break with the tradition followed by the erstwhile Vajpayee government, the visiting US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage will no longer be interacting here with the external affairs minister but with a minister of state (MoS), in keeping with his own junior position in the American hierarchy.

Armitage, who arrives here Tuesday for two days of consultations, will be hosted by National Security Adviser J N Dixit, who holds MoS rank, rather than by Natwar Singh. Singh's US counterpart in protocol terms is secretary of state Colin Powell. "

India News: Richard Armitage in India for talks with new government

India News: Richard Armitage in India for talks with new government: "Richard Armitage in India for talks with new government::

NEW DELHI, July 13 (Xinhuanet) -- US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived here Tuesday on a two day-visit during which he will call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and hold discussions with other Indian leaders.
This is the first visit by a senior member of President George W. Bush's administration after the new government took over in New Delhi following the general elections, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported.
Armitage will also call on External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh, besides the prime minister, and hold talks with National Security Adviser J.N. Dixit and Foreign Secretary Shashank."

English Radio: Armitage Visits Islamabad

English Radio: "Armitage on South Asian Visit
US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage will arrive in Islamabad on July 14 on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues. Armitage will first arrive in India on Tuesday and is likely to visit Afghanistan later. Armitage will hold talks with the leadership of both Pakistan and India on the ongoing dialogue process. Confirming Armitage�s visit, Pakistan�s Foreign Office Spokesman, Masood Khan said that an agenda for talks and a schedule for meetings with the Pakistani leadership had already been prepared. The two sides will discuss the outcome of the controversial Wana operation, in Waziristan that infuriated Pakistani citizens, the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and their cooperation in the so-called global war on terrorism. "

English Radio: FBI Failed to Pass Australia Vital Information before Bali Bombing

English Radio: "FBI Failed to Pass Australia Vital Information before Bali
Australia is facing new charges about communication failures involving its spy services after a report that the US FBI did not alert them to a terrorist threat in Indonesia prior to the Bali bombings. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had been told by an al-Qaeda suspect about imminent attacks on Westerners in the region a month before the Bali bombings claimed 202 lives in October 2002. ABC television reported late Monday that in a written statement to its Lateline program, the FBI had admitted the information was given only to countries deemed to be at risk of attack and that there was no indication of a specific threat to Australia. Dennis Richardson, the Head of the Domestic Spy Service ASIO, recently told a Senate committee that Canberra was not informed of the comments made by a Bali-linked terrorist, until after Bali blast. This is while Australian National University academic and terrorism expert Clive Williams said the information could have been useful for the Australian government. The Labor opposition's foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd said Tuesday it was incomprehensible that such information was not passed to Australia. Rudd said 'If four or five months before the Bali bombings the American intelligence agencies decide not to hand the Australian government a report of this level of sensitivity, then what on earth is going on.' "

English Radio: Richard Armitage Visits Jordan

English Radio: "US Assistant Secretary of State Visits Jordan
US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, arrived in Jordan on Monday July 12, as part of his trip to several countries in the Middle East and South Asia. Armitage�s talks with Jordanian King, Abodallah, pivoted around the situation in the occupied Palestine as well as the issue of Iraq. Meanwhile, finding a way to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides, based on the so-called Road Map Peace Plan, makes up another part of US-Jordan efforts in this regard. The Zionist regime is currently under a lot of international pressure for its insistence on building the separation barrier between the Palestinian lands it occupied in 1948 and 1967. "

English Radio: Open Letter by US Students to Bush

English Radio: "The Open Letter by US Students to Bush
As Americans get closer to the upcoming US presidential elections, scheduled for November, the wave of public opposition to US President George W. Bush is escalating. In a new wave of protests to Bush�s foreign policy, nearly 200 US students in an open letter to Bush voiced their protests to the US president. A group calling itself �Win Back Respect� signed the letter published in London on July 12. Part of the letter reads that Bush�s unpopular foreign policy has caused the security of US citizens to be jeopardized overseas."

English Radio: Bush Says WMDs will Never be Found

English Radio: "Bush Says WMDs will Never be Found
US President, George W. Bush conceded in his speech that there was no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq on Monday, but he again tried to defend his invasion of Iraq. Bush in Swallowing his often repeated groundless statements said we should not wait to see any WMD stockpiles in the occupied country. He confirmed that the case for War against Iraq hinged on allegations that Saddam Hussein had vast arsenals of chemical and biological weapons, and could easily hand such devastating power to terrorists like Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. This is while many US politicians have dismissed the relations between Saddam and former business partner of George. W. Bush, Osama Bin Laden. Bush's central public case for war hinged on Such weapons have not been found, and recent polls show Americans feel the war in Iraq has left them less safe from terrorists -- not a good sign for the incumbent just four months before the November 2 presidential elections"

John Lehman out to get the CIA

9/11 panel rejects Iraq-Qaida tie: "The report, which is expected to be made public several days before the panel's mandated deadline of July 26, will also probably be unwelcome at the White House because it will document management failures at senior levels of the Bush administration that kept the government from acting aggressively on intelligence warnings in spring and summer 2001 of an imminent, catastrophic terrorist attack, the officials said.

Commission members said the final report would not single out particular government officials by name for intelligence or law-enforcement blunders before Sept. 11. But they said the report would offer criticism of several agencies for their performance during both the Bush and Clinton administrations, especially the FBI and CIA, and call for an overhaul of the nation's counterterrorism efforts.

The officials declined to detail the report's recommendations but said it would call for a shakeup of the FBI's domestic counterintelligence program and for equally broad changes at the CIA and other intelligence agencies, possibly by adding to the authority of the director of central intelligence to oversee the work of agencies beyond the CIA.

The panel's expected call for change at the CIA would be bolstered by the findings of a Senate Intelligence Committee report made public Friday, which blamed the agency for systematically exaggerating the evidence that Iraq had stockpiled chemical and biological weapons and was pursuing nuclear arms, the central justification for last year's invasion.

'We don't need to point fingers in our report, because people will be able to judge the facts for themselves,' said John Lehman, a Republican commissioner who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration.

Lehman has said he expects the commission's work to result in 'revo"

KRT Wire | 07/13/2004 | Sept. 11 panel may recommend overhaul of intel agencies

KRT Wire | 07/13/2004 | Sept. 11 panel may recommend overhaul of intel agencies: "The panel's final report also is expected to add further detail on its finding June 16 that there had been no collaborative relationship between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. Republican Commissioner John Lehman said he expected the final report would provide details on contacts between al-Qaida and Iraqi officials that did not appear in earlier commission statements. He said he expected the report to stand by the earlier finding.
That finding has proved politically embarrassing for the Bush administration, which argued for going to war against Iraq based in part on its alleged cooperation with al-Qaida.
'There will be a fulsome discussion of the nature of the contacts and what we know,' Lehman said.
Lehman, a former Navy secretary and longtime critic of the CIA, is viewed by the White House as a potential replacement for George Tenet as CIA director. Tenet, who left his job this week, announced his departure ahead of last week's Senate intelligence committee report that the CIA had overestimated Saddam's threat before the war.
Other candidates under consideration to replace Tenet are Rep. Porter J. Goss, R., Fla., chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
In an April 15 preliminary report, the Sept. 11 panel found that U.S. intelligence-gathering agencies suffered from institutional fatigue. Sharp budget-cutting during the 1990s depleted the CIA of analysts and other staff who might have remained on top of the al-Qaida threat, it said.
The balkanized nature of U.S. intelligence-gathering, spread as it was across several federal departments, made coordination difficult, the panel said.
It also found that intelligence agencies seemed not to take direction from the top.
Although Tenet "

Yemen News: Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel meets with Yemeni Ambassador

Yemen News:: Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel meets with Yemeni Ambassador: "Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel meets with Yemeni Ambassador
Description of Selected News: 'Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel here Sunday declared the Majlis' readiness to broaden parliamentary relations with Islamic countries, Yemen in particular.
In a meeting with Yemeni Ambassador to Iran Abdulqawi al-Eryani, Haddad Adel pointed to the critical situation of the world of Islam and expressed hope that the Muslim nations would stand united against the critical situation threatening the Muslim world."

Yemen News: al-Houthi clashes with the army

Yemen News:: "Yemeni military sources in Sanaa announced yesterday renewed clashes between the army forces and the supporters of the Islamic Zeidi scholar Hussein Bader Eddin al-Houthi in the mountainous Marran area in Saddah province.

The sources refused to explain the losses registered in the two sides in the continued fighting since several days in the surrounding of several sites in Marran mountains. According to the recent results resulted two days ago, the confrontations resulted in 195 killing including 46 government forces members since the eruption of the clashes in June."

Middle America: Iran To File Complaint Against MKO

Middle America
Touching on this subject MP Ahmad Pishbin told MNA that the MKO is one of the world’s worst terrorist groups supported by Saddam’s former regime. Pishbin pointed out that this court is an opportunity for the investigation of the group’s crimes.

The Iraqi court is focusing on crimes against humanity committed by Saddam so it should not be forgotten that during Saddam’s regime Iraq was a base for the MKO, Pishbin stressed.

Majlis deputy from Neyshabur Hussein Sobhaninia also said that one of the Saddam’s biggest crimes was harboring MKO members and using them to massacre defenseless Iranian civilians.

Sobhaninia believes this heinous crime must be a priority for the Judiciary among the charges in its indictment against the former dictator.

Iran is not hopeful about being heard at the court being held in Iraq, therefore the judiciary is attempting to establish a legal court solely regarding Iranian issues, he explained.

Description of Selected News

Description of Selected News: "Iran Seizes Two Qatar Boats In Persian Gulf


TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran's navy has seized two Qatari launches that strayed into its waters, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
The launches were intercepted within Iranian waters and escorted to shore, a ministry official told Reuters. He gave no further details.
The action was the latest in a string of similar incidents involving Iran and its Persian Gulf neighbors, the most controversial of which was Iran's capture last month of three British naval vessels operating out of Iraq and their eight crew.
The eight British naval personnel were held for three days after their craft were seized in the narrow Arvand-Rud waterway that separates southwestern Iran from Iraq.
British officials later accused Iran of forcing the British boats -- which have yet to be returned -- into Iranian waters, a charge Tehran denied.
Iranian officials have said an Iranian was killed in June when the Qatar navy opened fired on his fishing boat."

Rafsanjani on terrorism

Description of Selected News: "Rafsanjani said that the Islamic Revolution and the system have suffered tremendously from terrorism.
He stressed that the terrorist group Mujahedeen is currently sheltered by the United States and has given sufficient reason for nations to accuse the U.S. of dishonesty in its fight against terrorism and not trust its slogans.
Pointing to the differences between terrorism and resistance, the EC chairman reiterated that ignoring the absolute right of five million Palestinian refugees cannot be ignored.
Pointing to the trend of democracy in Iran, he said all senior officials in the country are elected by direct or indirect vote of the people.
For his part, Goh outlined the political and economic developments in Singapore and said the region has concerns over the issue of terrorism which should be eradicated through collaboration of regional states and forging of appropriate strategies.
He pointed to the many oil, gas, electricity and transit fields in Iran and expressed his country's determination to further cooperate with Iran in these fields. -Majlis Welcomes Cooperation With East Asian States
In a separate meeting with the top Singaporean official the speaker of the Islamic Consultative Council (Majlis) Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel also said Tuesday that Iran's new parliament welcomes any form of political and economic cooperation with world countries, East Asian states in particular.
He pointed out that Tehran and Singapore, through greater interaction between their parliaments in the future, could open new horizons for bilateral relations.
Rejecting the moves by big powers to impose democracy on weaker states, Haddad Adel said that if democracy implies respect for the wishes of the majority, then it must be anchored on their values, beliefs and traditions.
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Richard Armitage arrives in India for talks

India News: :: Xinhuanet - English ::: "NEW DELHI, July 13 (Xinhuanet) -- US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrived here Tuesday on a two day-visit during which he will call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and hold discussions with other Indian leaders.
This is the first visit by a senior member of President George W. Bush's administration after the new government took over in New Delhi following the general elections, the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported.
Armitage will also call on External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh, besides the prime minister, and hold talks with National Security Adviser J.N. Dixit and Foreign Secretary Shashank.
Besides bilateral issues, the two sides will discuss the ongoing India-Pakistan peace process, Iraq and regional and international issues, IANS quoted Indian officials as saying.
Soon after his arrival, Armitage visited the US embassy and held consultations with Ambassador David Mulford and his senior officials.
All meetings will be held Wednesday, after which the US official will leave for Islamabad. '"

Just one man with what it takes to run the CIA: Richard Armitage

Middle America: CIA as political football: "major candidate for the job, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, would be the most easily confirmed, according to most observers, but his close friendship with his boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as his reputation as a realist, makes him unacceptable to the neo-cons and other hawks around Cheney and Rumsfeld, who vetoed his appointment as deputy defense secretary early in the administration precisely because they thought he was too close to Powell.

Armitage, one of the original 'Vulcans' who advised Bush during his 2000 presidential campaign and served in a senior Pentagon position under Reagan, has generally been to the right of Powell - he has signed a number of PNAC statements, for example - but has also shown, quite openly, contempt for armchair hawks, particularly many of the neo-conservatives who have not served in the military. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Armitage is a combat veteran who participated in covert operations in Vietnam. "

Fox News is Partisan for Bush

Yahoo! News - Documentary Aims to Show Bias on Fox News: "When former White House terrorism coordinator Richard Clarke testified before the 9-11 commission, he apologized to the American people for the government's failure to protect them.
The film displays a flurry of Fox pundits blasting Clarke, often in similar terms. 'It was almost like Fox News was working off of the playbook coming out of the White House, that he had to be torn down,' FAIR co-founder Jeff Cohen says in the film.
Fox host Bill O'Reilly is seen on his show insisting he has told a guest to shut up 'only once in six years,' after which he is seen in clips telling one person after another with whom he disagrees to 'shut up.'
The documentary also includes a rapid-fire succession of clips of more than a dozen Fox hosts using the phrase 'some people say' ? which the filmmakers say is a way to insinuate opinion disguised as reporting into on-air discussions.

'There's no smoking gun,' Greenwald admitted in explaining what his film set out to reveal ? 'just a pattern.' "

US tariffs on shrimp imports provides good opportunity for Iran

US tariffs on shrimp imports provides good opportunity for Iran: "US tariffs on shrimp imports provides good opportunity for Iran
Tehran, July 13, IRNA -- A fisheries official said here Monday that US laws to levy tariffs on shrimp imports provides a suitable opportunity for Iranian exporters.
Managing Director of Union of Cooperatives for Shrimp Production and Exports Arsalan Qassemi told IRNA the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has been assigned the task of levying 115 percent tariffs on shrimp imports from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The US has taken measures following 'dumping' activities by the said countries, notably, China and Vietnam with the aim of supporting domestic shrimp producers.
He said the US was the largest market for Iranian shrimps exports before the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979. Although the exports of shrimp was banned after the revolution for several years, but, after the US lifted the sanctions on food items and medicine in the past three ears, the exports of Iranian shrimps to the US have resumed, Qassemi underlined. "

EU Business - Iran says fresh nuclear talks ahead with Europeans

EU Business - Iran says fresh nuclear talks ahead with Europeans: "Iran says fresh nuclear talks ahead with Europeans

13 July 2004

Iran's top national security body said Tuesday that talks with Britain, France and Germany on the Islamic republic's nuclear programme would resume later this month, the state news agency IRNA reported.
The Supreme National Security Council, which is headed by nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani, made no reference to where the talks would be held or, more importantly, at what level.
European diplomats here would only say that officials from the two sides had been in 'regular contact' on the nuclear issue anyway, and went on to rule out ministerial-level negotiations unless Iran was open to making more concessions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "

:: Xinhuanet - English ::

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran capable of nuke power generation: minister

TEHRAN, July 13 (Xinhuanet) -- An Iranian minister said on Tuesday that Iran has possessed the capability of generating electricity using nuclear power, the official IRNA news agency reported.

'Iran is now capable of nuclear power generation, which marks a colossal progress in its industry sector,' Es'haq Jahangiri, Minister of Industries and Mines, was quoted as saying.
'At present, technical capacity in the field of electricity generation from nuclear energy has been built and we hope that it will be used in a favorable way,' Jahangiri added.
Jahangiri also reiterated Iran's legitimate right to nuclear power generation and dismissed the US allegation that Iran is secretly developing atomic weapons.
The Islamic Republic insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, saying it is in accordance with the country's bid to produce 7,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 20 years.

Iran has been working on building a full nuclear fuel cycle and has already announced that it can produce nuclear fuel by its own."

International News Article | Reuters.com - Saudi Militant Surrenders on Iran-Afghan Border

International News Article | Reuters.com: "Saudi Militant Surrenders on Iran-Afghan Border -TV
Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:52 AM ET

RIYADH (Reuters) - A suspected Saudi al Qaeda militant has flown back to Saudi Arabia from the Iranian-Afghan border region to surrender under a government amnesty, state television said on Tuesday.
It said Khaled al-Harbi, also known as Abu Suleiman al-Makki, gave himself up at the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Television showed a wheelchair-bound Harbi being carried off a plane on arrival in the kingdom. "

Turkey And Iran To Sign Memorandum Of Understanding During Turkish Prime Minister's Visit To Iran - Turkish Daily News from Turkey

Turkey And Iran To Sign Memorandum Of Understanding During Turkish Prime Minister's Visit To Iran - Turkish Daily News from Turkey: "Turkey And Iran To Sign Memorandum Of Understanding During Turkish Prime Minister's Visit To Iran
Anadolu Agency: 7/13/2004
ANKARA - Turkey and Iran would sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Iran, sources said on Tuesday.
Sources told A.A correspondent that Turkish-Iranian High Security Commission convened in Turkish capital of Ankara the same day.
The sources said that the commission reached an agreement on issues discussed during the meeting, and noted that a MOU would be signed on the agreed issues during Erdogan's visit to Tehran at the end of this month.
The commission also agreed to sign an agreement on cooperation in security, the sources added. "

Middle America: Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani

Middle America: "Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani
Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani: 'Iran will fight terrorism in its own way: Rafsanjani
Tehran, July 13, IRNA -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here Tuesday that Iran will fight terrorism independently and cautiously.
In a meeting with the visiting Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Rafsanjani further said that the Islamic Revolution and the system have suffered tremendously from terrorism.

'The double-faced and biased approach of the United States towards this ominious phenomenon is not only defeating efforts to fight it but also escalating the problem,' he said.

He stressed that the terrorist group Mujahedeen is currently sheltered by the United States and has given sufficient reason for nations to accuse the US of dishonesty in its fight against terrorism and not trust its slogans. "

Iran, Yemen Underline Need To Expand Parliamentary Relations

Description of Selected News: "Iran, Yemen Underline Need To Expand Parliamentary Relations


TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel here Sunday declared the Majlis' readiness to broaden parliamentary relations with Islamic countries, Yemen in particular.
In a meeting with Yemeni Ambassador to Iran Abdulqawi al-Eryani, Haddad Adel pointed to the critical situation of the world of Islam and expressed hope that the Muslim nations would stand united against the critical situation threatening the Muslim world.
He also called vigilance, wisdom and logic as the preconditions for thwarting conspiracies.
He also voiced Majlis readiness to establish Iran-Yemen parliamentary friendship group.
Al-Eryani pointed to Tehran-San'a similar views on regional and international issues specially those of Iraq and Palestine.
The Yemeni diplomat further said that the shuttle-visits of senior officials of the two countries demonstrate that they are close to each other.
He invited Haddad Adel to visit Yemen."

deepikaglobal.com - India, Iran discussing gas supply project

deepikaglobal.com - Latest News Detail: "India, Iran discussing gas supply project

New Delhi, July 13 (UNI) India and Iran are studying the entire aspects of supply of Iranian gas to the former through a deep-water offshore gas pipeline, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar today said.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Aiyar said New Delhi and Teheran are looking into various aspects of the proposal, including different modes of transportation, route options and related political, security, economic and technical issues for supplying Iranian gas to India.

The deep water offshore gas pipeline will involve laying of pipelines in sea water at a depth of about 3600 meters for a larger part of the route and will be outside Pakistan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), he said.

Regarding the onland gas pipeline option from Iran to India through Pakistan, Mr Aiyar told the Upper House that there were security concerns which had to be addressed to New Delhi's satisfaction.

To a query whether Iran had agreed to bear 50 per cent cost of the project, he said funding aspects had not been discussed.

The minister said Pakistan had, from time to time, expressed its support to the project involving the three countries and its willingness to address India's concerns regarding security of supply.

Pakistan had also indicated its willingness to hold talks in this regard, he disclosed.

Mr Aiyar said no date had been fixed so far for taking a final decision on the project."

:: Xinhuanet - Iran outlaws selling of tobacco to youths under 18

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran outlaws selling of tobacco to youths under 18
TEHRAN, July 13 (Xinhuanet) -- A newly approved bill of the Iranian cabinet has outlawed selling of tobacco products to youths under 18 years old or involving them into the selling procedure, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.
The bill was announced by cabinet spokesman Abdullah Ramezan-Zadeh who also said that another article will ban smoking in all roofed public places, public transportation vehicles and working places, said the report.
Ramezan-Zadeh said a headquarters will be set up to control the use of tobacco products under the supervision of the Health Ministry.
The headquarters is to help planning a campaign against smoking throughout the country, the spokesman concluded. "