Saturday, September 11, 2004

Aljazeera.Net - Iran confirms new nuclear offer

Aljazeera.Net - Iran confirms new nuclear offer: "Iran confirms new nuclear offer


Wednesday 08 September 2004, 17:47 Makka Time, 14:47 GMT

Iran has confirmed it has offered new concessions on its controversial nuclear programme in talks with the European Union.

However, the Islamic Republic also warned of a "response" if the Europeans and the UN's atomic watchdog again took a tough line against the Islamic republic.

"If the Europeans do not respect their commitments or present an illogical or harsh resolution, Iran has already decided its response," said top national security official Hassan Rowhani on Wednesday.

Rowhani confirmed Iran was in talks with the EU ahead of a 13 September meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with one concession on the table being a renewed suspension on the assembly of centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

Civilian purposes
Iran is likely to face an ultimatum at the upcoming talks in Vienna

In high-level talks with the current EU presidenct the Netherlands, Rowhani denied that Iran was seeking nuclear weapons, but said it would not abandon its programme to develop nuclear power for civilian purposes.

On Tuesday, diplomats at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna said Iran was ready again to suspend its efforts to assemble centrifuges in order to avoid being brought before the UN Security Council.

Britain, Germany and France have been negotiating with the aim of getting Iran to "fully suspend any uranium enrichment activities, including making any components for centrifuges", said a Western diplomat in Vienna.

Fuel

Enriched uranium can be used to provide fuel for reactors working to produce electric energy, as well as nuclear warheads.

"If the Europeans do not respect their commitments or present an illogical or harsh resolution, Iran has already decided its response"

Hassan Rowhani, Iran's top national security official

Iran recently resumed production of centrifuges, in reaction to a critical resolution adopted by the IAEA board of governors after its last review of the Iran dossier in

June.

At the beginning of September, Tehran also announced that it planned to convert 37 tonnes of "yellow cake" uranium into uranium hexafluoride gas, an element necessary for the enrichment of uranium.

Nuclear experts have said that such a large amount could in theory be used to make one or more nuclear warheads.

The United States accuses Iran of covertly trying to develop a nuclear bomb and has sought to have the IAEA refer Tehran to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

Tehran maintains that it is merely trying to meet increasing domestic energy demands and free up its vast oil and gas reserves for export.
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Former Director General of the Ministry of Economy in Iran: A Paradigm Shift In The Middle East

Former Director General of the Ministry of Economy in Iran: A Paradigm Shift In The Middle East: "Former Director General of the Ministry of Economy in Iran: A Paradigm Shift In The Middle East
San Diego World Affairs Council Presents Insights on the Middle East with KAM ZARRABI

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
Registration 6:00 PM
Program 6:45 PM

San Diego World Trade Center
1250 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA


Kam Zarrabi brings many years of Middle Eastern experience to his talk on Tuesday September 21st. Iranian by birth, he graduated from UC Los Angeles 1960, majoring in Geology. He did post graduate studies in Exploration Geophysics, Advanced Management and Economics. He worked for various subsidiaries of Standard Oil of Indiana, before returning to Iran in 1969, to become Chief of the Bureau of Mines and, later, Director General of the Ministry of Economy. He returned to private business in 1974 until the fall of the Shah caused him to return to the USA; he became a consultant for various mining interests for several years.

During the last 25 years, Kam Zarrabi has done research in philosophy, cultural anthropology, archeology, comparative religion, cross-cultural studies and foreign policy issues. He was President of the North county Chapter of the San Diego WAC, 1988-91. He has written and lectured on foreign affairs, with emphasis on the Middle East, and is a well known and respected instructor at the San Diego OASIS adult education organization.

Kam Zarrabi's talk comes from the point of view that the unique sense of confidence and optimism that has historically characterized the American people seems to be fading away behind a thickening fog of fear and suspicion. He asks whether fifty years of engagement and involvement in the Middle East have served America's best interests, strategically, economically and morally. If this were the case there would be no need to redress our foreign policy towards that region. However, he will argue that the blowback from our policies has been calamitous and is getting worse by the day and a major paradigm shift in our attitudes and modus operandi has become necessary.

For reservations please call (619) 325-8200 or register on-line at http://www.sdwac.com.

Cost is $15 for WAC Members, $20 for Guests and $5 for Students with valid ID."

Iranian Presidential Museum Reopens in Late September

Iranian Presidential Museum Reopens in Late September: "Iranian Presidential Museum Reopens in Late September
Housing a vast and priceless collection of state gifts, Iranian presidential museum is slated to be opened in late September after 3 years of renovation works, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

The museum is a member of a family of museums in the Sa’dabad Palace Complex, north of Tehran, and was due to reopen in early Sep. to mark the Government Week, locally commemorated to praise state efforts in political, economical and social fields.

“Despite our round-the-clock efforts, the museum was not ready to mark the occasion, but now it is certain it will be open to the public by late Sep.,” said Majid Soltan Mohammadi, head of presidential projects.

Iranian presidential museum, formerly known as the Palace of Shahnaz, was built 67 years ago to accommodate Iran’s former shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his first wife Fuzieh. They both lived there till he married his second wife, Sorraya, when Fuzieh and her daughter Shahnaz stayed there.

After the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the palace was turned into a museum to house gifts and awards given to Iranian presidents by domestic and foreign officials. Prior to the revolution, Iran just had a king and a prime minister."