Friday, July 16, 2004

President Khatam i:Americans are a great nation

President Khatam i:Americans are a great nation

Tehran, July 14, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday that for the American people Washington is the capital of the United States, but, unfortunately the actual capital is Tel Aviv. "I have already stated in my message to the American people that Americans are a great nation. The American Constitution is still a reference to freedom and democracy. The Americans are more religious than the Europeans and the founders of the United States advocated freedom and religion," President Khatami told a press conference. "It is inappropriate for the American people that their potentials are not being used for their own national interests." "Israel has been established with wrath and is pursuing its oppressive goal with wrath too. It is making every endeavor to influence the largest economic, political and military power of the world in addition to relying on it," President Khatami said in reference to the US. Asked to comment on ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague condemning Israel for its violation of international law and the rights of Palestinians for the wall it has erected around Palestinian territory, President Khatami said, "Israel has never respected resolutions of the UN Security Council and will not heed the ICJ ruling either." He said that the Zionist lobby is very strong in the United Stateswhich has exercised dominance over national interest of the American people for their own racist goals. "It is humiliating for the great American nation to be run by the Zionist lobby. They should stand up to such a situation," President Khatami said.

Tehran’s Friday Prayer Sermons: Ayatollah Jannati on Nukes, Iraq, and Saddam - Sensible and Moderate

Jannati Steers Moderate Course

Tehran’s Friday Prayer Sermons
Tehran’s Interim Friday Prayer Leader, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati says the Iranian nation would never give up its right to gain access to peaceful nuclear technology. Addressing worshippers in Tehran Ayatollah Jannati noted; ”Iran is on the verge of reaching self-sufficiency in the field of peaceful nuclear technology and will continue this path up to the end at any cost.” He further described the United States as responsible for the ongoing insecurity in Iraq and stated: ”The US must evacuate Iraq and transfer the administration of the affairs to the Iraqis.” Stressing unity among different Iraqi ethnics, the Guardian Council chief called on the Iraqi people to be careful about the plots of the enemies aimed at creating discord.” Tehran’s Friday prayer leader called deposed Iraqi Dictator, Saddam an internationally recognized criminal and warned the judges of the court against any leniency in his trial.

English Radio: Iran FM Spokesman Says Saudi National Extradited Upon His Own Request

English Radio: "FM Spokesman Says Saudi National Extradited Upon His Own Request
Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid Reza Asefi said that a Saudi national Khaled al-Harbi was extradited to his native country upon his own request. Speaking to IRNA Tuesday night, he said the extradition was carried out within the framework of a security accord signed by Iran and Saudi Arabia. He further explained that following an amnesty by the Saudi government, al-Harbi crossed into Iranian borders illegally from a neighboring country just to request the Iranian officials to send him back to his native country. Given the friendly ties between the two countries and also the signed agreement, the spokesman added, despite the fact that he possessed no identification documents, arrangements were made in coordination with Saudi embassy in Tehran to send him back to his country. Meanwhile, the disabled militant who was billed as a close confidant to Osama bin Laden surrendered under a Saudi amnesty offer, the most important figure to turn himself in so far. Khaled al-Harby could provide clues about the fugitive al-Qaeda leader, though a U.S. counter-terrorism official. Al-Harby had been seen on a videotape with the al-Qaeda chief in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks. He surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to the kingdom Tuesday. Al-Harby was shown on Saudi TV being pushed in a wheelchair through the Riyadh airport. Mansour an-Noqaidan, a Riyadh journalist and former militant, said al-Harby was disabled in both legs while fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. He used to preach in a mosque in Mecca, but left Saudi Arabia for Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the US. "

English Radio: Kharrazi Arrives in Tunisia

English Radio: "Kharrazi Arrives in Tunisia
Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday morning and was welcomed by his Tunisian Counterpart Habib Ben Yahia at the airport. Upon his arrival, Kharrazi held short talks with the Tunisian Foreign Minister. The Iranian Foreign Minister during his two-day stay in Tunisia is also due to take part in the 8th Iran-Tunisia joint economic cooperation commission. He is also to meet and confer with senior Tunisian officials including President Bin Ali Zine el-Abedin and Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannoushi. "

Israel's plans for Iran strikes

Israel's plans for Iran strikes

Amid growing concern over Iran's alleged duplicity in declaring all its nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Israel - the country that regards itself as most at risk from a nuclear-capable Iran - may be poised to revive contingency plans to destroy Iran's nuclear installations. It is hardly surprising that Israel's national security establishment has concluded that Israel would be at risk from a nuclear-capable Iran. However, if a pre-emptive attack is to be launched Israel may have to go it alone. Any joint US-Israeli precision-guided missile strike against Iran's nuclear facilities - Bushehr, Natanz or Arak - is unlikely to prove an attractive option for the US administration while it remains mired in Iraq - which shares a 1,458km-long border with Iran. If the USA was to participate in such an operation, Washington's allies would undoubtedly denounce what would be seen as yet another example of dangerous US unilateralism. However, the real concern is that a chain reaction of unintended consequences would further destabilise the world's most volatile region. The USA's involvement in a pre-emptive strike against Iran would also undermine the Bush administration's last vestiges of credibility as an 'honest broker' in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. An Israeli strike could effectively end hopes of reaching any kind of peace deal. The US administration also faces the dilemma of insisting that Iran has no right to develop nuclear weapons while Israel is believed to have several hundred in its arsenal. The controversial role of intelligence is likely to prove significant. The US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) would have to produce incontrovertible evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons which, given the recent damning report by the US Senate on the CIA's collection and analysis of intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD), is unlikely. This crisis of credibility would make a US decision to launch a pre-emptive strike difficult, if not impossible, to sell to US legislators or to the wider world.