Wednesday, December 22, 2004

US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi

US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi: "US intelligence service unable to understand Iran's internal affairs: Younesi

Shahr-e Kord, Aug 8, IRNA -- Information (Intelligence) Minister Ali Younesi said here Thursday that the weakness of the US intelligence service (CIA) will be evident while considering its inability to understand Iran's internal affairs.

Younesi made the remarks in his talks with reporters during his ne-day visit to the southwestern province of Chaharmahal and

Pointing to news on the deployment of more US spies in the region, e said, they need no new spies regarding the presence of the
terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

Asked about US threats to attack Iran, he said, such measures were only possible in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq which did not have a popular government.

Several allegations raised by the United States against Iran on possession of weapons of mass destruction are meaningless because as senior Iranian officials have repeatedly announced this is religiously prohibited, the minister added.

They (the Americans) accused Iran of support for terrorist groups while the major world terrorist group, MKO, who had committed massacres of Iranian people are currently under the protection of the
United States, he said.

He also rejected news on exchange of al-Qaeda members who are detained in Iran with members of the MKO arrested in Europe and said, the arrested al-Qaeda members will be tried in Iran and their trial will have its natural course.

Iran's intelligence service is powerful and the country pays lower costs whenever the professional and experts proposals and ideas of the Ministry of Information are taken into consideration, he said.

Touching upon the case of Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian freelance photojournalist, he said, the Intelligence Ministry asks for free and transparent investigation of the case and is ready to have all-out cooperation to this effect.

He also congratulated the `Journalists Day' and paid tribute to IRNA correspondent, Mahmoud Saremi, who attained martyrdom along with eight Iranian diplomats on August 8, 1998 in Afghanistan."

Iran will join WTO next time: official

Iran will join WTO next time: official: "Iran will join WTO next time: official
TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) — Former director general of World Trade Organization (WTO) Mike Moore said Wednesday that Iran is on its way to joining WTO. It will reach the aim although it may take quite a while, he said.
Moore, talking to the Mehr News Agency asserted that ran would join the WTO next time although, materialization of the issue depends on the country’s preparedness and its flexibility, “Because, joining WTO does not take place overnight.”

He also noted that Iran is determined in its decision to join WTO therefore, it will reach its aim even if it takes it 10 to 15 more years. Countries such as New Zealand will facilitate Iran’s joining the organization, he assured.

In response to a question on whether the U.S. is entitled more power in WTO than other parties member to the organization he stressed that, all the members enjoy equal rights and all of them have the voting and veto rights.

Commenting on the Islamic Republic’s economic preparedness for its membership in the organization, Moore stated that as long as Iran’s economy is based on oil no success is in sight because, the youth in every country need employment and this will not be possible with an oil-oriented economy.

On the question of whether economic liberalization should precede joining the organization he said that, any country in line with its own interests embarks on economic reforms in its economic structure however, it does not have anything to do with Iran’s membership in WTO.

At present, the countries’ membership in WTO is not based on their economic indexes only rather, many other issues such as the nature of the governments and the laws and regulations governing the countries also count, he further explained."

Arrested spies on Israel, US payroll, says Iran :

Arrested spies on Israel, US payroll, says Iran : "Iran says 10 arrested nuclear spies on US, Israeli payroll

Agence France-Presse
Tehran, December 22, 2004|17:02 IST
Ten people arrested on suspicion of spying on Iran's nuclear programme were working for US and Israeli intelligence services, Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi said on Wednesday.

"More than 10 nuclear spies were arrested during the current (Iranian) year," which started on March 20, Yunessi said, quoted by the official news agency IRNA.

"Three of them were working for the (Iranian) Atomic Energy Organization, the rest of them were not public servants... They were working for the CIA and Mossad. They were arrested in Tehran and Hormuzgan," in southern Iran, he said.

"They are currently in the custody of the revolutionary court, and we will not announce their names before their trials... There is no prominent person among them," Yunessi added.

In August, Yunessi announced the arrest of a number of spies who sent information on Iran's nuclear programme to foreigners.

The People's Mujahedeen group's political wing, the National Council for Resistance in Iran, in 2002 revealed two nuclear sites Iran had been hiding, including a uranium-enrichment plant in Natanz.

Last month the group alleged Iran was hiding a uranium enrichment facility in Tehran and aimed at getting the atomic bomb next year.

The group also said the father of the Pakistani atomic bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan who has admitted to running an international nuclear smuggling network, delivered bomb designs and weapons-grade highly enriched uranium to Iran."