Saturday, October 30, 2004

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Description of Selected News: "Iran will settle nuclear issue through wisdom: intelligence minister

TEHRAN (IRNA) – Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi said here on Friday that Iran will come out successful in resolving its nuclear energy issue through wisdom and farsightedness just as it overcame several crises in the past. Pointing to the mistakes made by the U.S. and Britain which are stuck in a quagmire since their Iraq invasion, he recalled, "We recommended to the occupiers that they should leave Iraq after the fall of Saddam and warned that if they prolong their occupation Iraq would turn into safe heaven for terrorists."

He underscored the importance of heeding Iran's views in regional decision-making, saying the Islamic Republic's security and status in the region justifies its role in every decision-making in the interest of the region.

The United States has finally learned the lesson that it may after all have to forego its ambition to repeat the aggression it committed on Iraq on any Islamic state within the next 40-50 years."

Iran terms Afghan election as significant development

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran terms Afghan election as significant development 2004-10-30 00:48:00

TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- A top Iranian official on Saturday praised the recent presidential elections in Afghanistan, terming it as a significant development for the country and the region, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Replacing the backward Afghan government by a democratic one is a great development and the entire region will benefit from it," Mohsen Aminzadeh, Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and the Pacific Affairs, was quoted as saying.

"Despite the shortcomings, the voting was a great victory for the people of the country," Aminzadeh said, referring to the disputes over the voting.

"Given that the presidential elections was the first of its type in the history of Afghanistan, it is considered as the most crucial event in the country's contemporary history toward political and social development," Aminzadeh added.

He also noted the participation of Afghan women in the election, saying that "this was the first time that Afghan women took part in an important social development and the voters turnout in some areas was unexpectedly high."

Aminzadeh commented that in a country with multi-ethnic structure which always led to civil war, the rivalry among candidates from all ethnic groups and faiths and even women in the elections was of great importance.

Afghan launched its presidential election in early November, in which 16 candidates competed for the post, including Hamid Karzai, the incumbent president of the interim government. But the oppositions of Karzai claimed the voting was unjustified."

Rafsanjani says Iran to continue talks with EU on nuclear plans

Rafsanjani says Iran to continue talks with EU on nuclear plans: "Rafsanjani says Iran to continue talks with EU on nuclear plans
Tehran, Oct 29, IRNA -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran on Friday that Iran will continue talks with Europe over its nuclear energy plans whenever necessary.
Rafsanjani, in a sermon at Tehran Friday prayers, stressed that Iran's talks with the Europeans should be carried out in "an atmosphere of logic and reasoning".

He expressed hope that the Europeans will take reasonable measures toward the issue of Iran's nuclear energy program and avoid being manipulated by the US.

Rafsanjani recalled the remarks by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Iran's talks with European states in a meeting with a number of state officials.

"[Ayatollah Khamenei] clearly stated that we agree with negotiations provided that they are based on reason and are carried out within the framework of international laws," he told worshipers at Tehran University campus.

Rafsanjani said the rights of Iranian people in this respect must not be violated and added that there will be no point to continue such talks if the Europeans resort to threatening Iran.

"If they want to use threats against Iran, there is no point for negotiations," he said.

"This is a clear policy of which all government officials, media and analysts are aware."

The EC chairman said the ongoing Iran-EU talks are not limited to the EU trio of France, Germany and Britain. He added that all 25 EU member states have presented Iran with their suggestions on the issue.

"The US is apparently opposing Iran's ongoing talks with the Europeans ... However, the Europeans are more serious in the talks and have become closer to realities," he said.

Rafsanjani reiterated that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons and expressed hope that Iran and the European states would arrive at a conclusion through cooperation and understanding to achieve "what is Iran's legitimate and natural right"."

Wind farms to produce electricity for Iran

IranMania News: "Wind farms to produce electricity for Iran

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LONDON, Oct 30 ( IranMania) - Primarily, it has been figured that some 6500 megawatts of the country’s power output is produced by wind turbines, Iran's Mehr News Agency said.

Head of Iran Renewable Energies Organization, Yusef Armoodeli said Friday that experts are preparing Iran’s wind atlas through compiling data that is obtained from 17 wind farms in Zanjan, Gilan, Qazvin, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan, and Ardebil. “Each wind farm is 40 meters in height”, he added.

“We will build 50 more wind farms in other parts of the country in order to have a fairly accurate calculation of the country’s power production capability”, Armoodeli stated. The first step of the work would be to figure out the wind speed in different areas, he uttered.

So far, he said, 26 points have been marked all over the country, which are estimated to bring the highest amount of power out of winds. “We expect a total of 6500 megawatts for the first stage”, Armoodeli stated, adding that some 120 megawatts have been already produced by the new wind farms.

Meanwhile, he added that the organization is to share the projects with private companies. “It is seen in the Fourth Development Plan that we collect power from private-owned wind farms”. Tavanir has recently accepted offers from several private companies, which tend to take part in wind power production projects, Armoodeli stated.

Presently, the government is building a 30-megawatt wind turbine in Binalud, Khorasan. The Iran Atomic Energy Organization has just started implementing two projects in Manjil and Rudbar, Gilan Province. “These include building wind farms to produce 90 megawatts of power”, Armoodeli uttered.

Each year, Iran obtains 50 mln kW/h of electricity from wind power, he said, adding it will increase as the new wind farms come into operation."