Thursday, November 04, 2004

Khatami not interested in post of UN Secretary General

IranMania News: "Other Iran current affairs news in brief

Thursday, November 04, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Nov 4 (IranMania)
- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announced that he is not interested in forwarding his name for the post of UN Secretary General. Iran’s House of Parties had earlier reported of the president’s probable candidacy for the post – Aftab Daily.

- The Iranian Parliament’s Legal and Judicial Commission expressed opposition to the any inquiry into the country’s Judiciary. A number of Iranian MPs have called for an inquiry into the body, following the ‘recent mishaps’ by the Judiciary - Shargh Newspaper

- US helicopters took images of Iranian soil on the Iraq-Iran border region, near the Khuzestan Province - Aftab Daily

- Iran’s Judiciary officially called for the lifting of the ban on the ‘Baztab’ Internet site which was filtered out two days ago. The site belongs to Mohsen Rezaie – Iran Daily"

Iran to export water to Kuwait

IranMania News: "Iran to export water to Kuwait

Thursday, November 04, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Nov 4 (IranMania) – If the Iranian Parliament’s Development Commission agrees to the export of Iran’s surplus water to Kuwait, 300 mln square meters of waters will be transferred to Kuwait from Iran per year, Iran’s Abrar Eqtesadi reported.

“The Development Commission has held many sessions to discuss the issue, yet the final decision has been postponed to the next session.” the commission’s Rapporteur, Vali Azarvash said.

“The export of Iran’s surplus water to Kuwait is quite lucrative and the revenues can be spent on the completion of the half-completed projects in Iran’s southern province of Khuzestan.” Azarvash added.

According to the Iranian Ministry of Energy currently Iran has 50 bln square meters of surplus water."

Bloomberg.com: U.K.

Bloomberg.com: U.K.: "U.K.'s Straw Says Military Action Against Iran `Inconceivable'
Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. or Israeli military action against Iran's nuclear program would be `inconceivable' and unjustified, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said.

``I don't see any circumstances in which military action would be justified against Iran, full stop,'' Straw said in London on British Broadcasting Corp.'s Today program.

Straw was seeking to allay concerns that the U.K. will follow U.S. President George W. Bush if he initiates military action against Iran following his re-election this week. Seventy-four percent of British voters disapprove of U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's support for Bush in the Iraq conflict, according to an opinion poll taken Oct. 27-28 of 635 adult Britons by the company Communicate Research. No margin of error was given.

The European Union and Bush have differed over policy toward Iran's uranium-enrichment program. While Germany, Britain and France have sought negotiations to ensure Iran's program is peaceful, the U.S. has threatened to call for United Nations sanctions.

Israel may decide to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, military analysts have said.

Straw said Germany, Britain and France are continuing to seek a ``constructive solution.'' He said, ``I can't give you the odds on that, but what I can say is that on each occasion the United States has supported the consensus.''

Iran plans to hold a third meeting with the three European countries in Paris tomorrow in a bid to reach a final agreement on the future of its nuclear program before the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency meets Nov. 25.

Iran agreed in 2003 to open its nuclear facilities to UN inspectors. The nation, which has the world's second-largest oil reserves, denies it is building a nuclear bomb and says nuclear technology is needed to generate power.


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Alexander Hanrath in London at ahanrath1@bloomberg.net.

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Catherine Hickley at chickley@bloomberg.net."