Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Islamic Iran's Youth Coordinating Council backing Rafsanjani for Presidency

IranMania News: " Council backing Rafsanjani for presidency

Monday, November 08, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
LONDON, Nov 8 (IranMania) - Islamic Iran's Youth Coordinating Council said Saturday it favors the candidacy of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for the upcoming presidential election.

The fledgling party is a branch of the Islamic Labor Party's Youth Wing, Executives of Construction, the Association of Experts, Development and Moderation Party and Labor House.

"We, the signatories, invite Hashemi Rafsanjani to take this step in the election to again build Iran," the council said in its statement, a copy of which was made available to IRNA.

Iran's presidential election will be held in May 2005.

Though Rafsanjani has been reportedly requested to run in the upcoming presidential election, he is yet to give a decisive response.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi has turned down any suggestion to become a candidacy in the next presidential election.
The two consecutive tenures of President Mohammad Khatami end next year with the upcoming presidential election."

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Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Bestowing the steering wheel of the presidency to a cultural figure is acceptable once, said MP Musa Ghorbani of the Majlis Presiding Board on Monday.

Ghorbani told the Mehr News Agency that the dailies and news agencies have fabricated reports claiming that Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel would become a candidate in the presidential election, adding that Haddad Adel currently has an appropriate position and does not need to run for president. He said, “We gave the presidency to a cultural figure for a period and that was enough.”

On the recent rise in support for an Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani candidacy among former reformist groups, he said that everybody is seeking his own interests, adding that since Rafsanjani holds non-factional views, some people think that his participation in the election would allow some officials to remain in governmental departments and organizations.

Ghorbani added that, Rafsanjani adopted a non-factional attitude during his presidency, therefore some of his governors appeared in the Khatami cabinet.

He underlined that Rafsanjani has a glowing political record, adding that he acted as a father figure to the different parties and factions in the government, so it is quite obvious that Rafsanjani would hire people from all factions."

EUbusiness - Iran mulls critical nuclear decision

EUbusiness - Iran mulls critical nuclear decision: "Iran mulls critical nuclear decision 09/11/2004

Iran was Tuesday considering whether to approve a tentative agreement with Britain, France and Germany aimed at limiting its nuclear activities and easing international suspicions.
In the latest critical phase in the Islamic republic's stand-off with the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Aomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the clerical leadership has just days to avoid being referred to the Security Council for posssible sanctions.
An Iranian negotiator announced Sunday that Iran and the European Union's "big three" -- Britain, France and Germany -- managed to strike a "preliminary agreement" to avert a confrontation after two days of tough talks in Paris.
The accord is centered on demands that Iran maintain and widen a suspension of its sensitive uranium enrichment activities.
According to European diplomats, the tentative deal still contains several sticking points -- including the length and extent of any halt on fuel cycle work.
The Europeans had been hoping that Iran abandon its fuel cycle work altogether, but Iran appears only willing to implement a temporary halt pending completion of a nearly two-year-old IAEA probe of its atomic drive.
"If the Europeans are rational, we can make some assurances ... but if they put their foot down, then our attitude will change," powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted Tuesday as saying by Hamshahri newspaper.
"This technology has been achieved by our people by our own means, and others cannot put an end to it," said Rafsanjani.
The United States accuses Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons and wants the IAEA's board, which meets in Vienna on November 25, to refer the matter to New York. Iran says it only wants to generate electricity.
The IAEA is apparently holding up publication of a report on Iran until next week in order to have an eventual EU-Iranian agreement included in the text, a key document for the November 25 meeting, diplomats said.
The 25-nation EU, in talks led by Britain, France and Germany that started in October, has so far said that Iran must indefinitely and fully suspend uranium enrichment activities.
But Iran insists its right to enrichment can not be called into question.
Enriched uranium, depending on its purity, can be used as fuel for a civilian power reactor or as the core of a nuclear weapon. Enrichment for peaceful purposes is allowed under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Iran is a signatory.
"Iran is pushing for a time-specific duration, namely six months," a foreign diplomat said, but the European trio "refused and said the suspension must be maintained until a long-term agreement is reached" between Iran and the EU.
A second diplomat close to the talks said the European formula "is a clear-cut suspension, no doubt about it. It is tied to the (ongoing) talks and the talks are indefinite."
That question is now being discussed at the top of the Iranian regime.
"Nothing will be done without the approval of the supreme leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the spokesman for the Iranian parliament's foreign affairs and national security commission, Kazem Jalali, told AFP.
But both the so-called EU-3 and the Iranian side are under pressure from critics of the diplomacy.
US Assistant Secretary of State for arms control Stephen Rademaker said in Vienna on Tuesday that Washington was "very sceptical of Iran's good faith in these negotiations", even if it would "not stand in the way of their effort".
In Iran, the hardline Jomhuri Islami paper criticised the Paris talks as a "climbdown" by Iranian negotiators.
"We have to give up this doomed game right now. It is a big mistake for Iran to again accept a suspension even if it can decide the length," the paper wrote, calling IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei and the Europeans "charlatans"."

Iran mulls critical nuclear decision - Sify.com

Iran mulls critical nuclear decision - Sify.com: "Iran mulls critical nuclear decision

Tuesday, 09 November , 2004, 20:30

Tehran: Iran was on Tuesday considering whether to approve a tentative agreement with Britain, France and Germany aimed at limiting its nuclear activities and easing international suspicions.
In the latest critical phase in the Islamic republic's stand-off with the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the clerical leadership has just days to avoid being referred to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

An Iranian negotiator announced Sunday that Iran and the European Union's "big three" -- Britain, France and Germany -- managed to strike a "preliminary agreement" to avert a confrontation after two days of tough talks in Paris.

The accord is centered on demands that Iran maintain and widen a suspension of its sensitive uranium enrichment activities.

According to European diplomats, the tentative deal still contains several sticking points -- including the length and extent of any halt on fuel cycle work.

The Europeans had been hoping that Iran abandon its fuel cycle work altogether, but Iran appears only willing to implement a temporary halt pending completion of a nearly two-year-old IAEA probe of its atomic drive.

"If the Europeans are rational, we can make some assurances ... but if they put their foot down, then our attitude will change," powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted Tuesday as saying by Hamshahri newspaper.

"This technology has been achieved by our people by our own means, and others cannot put an end to it," said Rafsanjani.

The United States accuses Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons and wants the IAEA's board, which meets in Vienna on November 25, to refer the matter to New York. Iran says it only wants to generate electricity.

The IAEA is apparently holding up publication of a report on Iran until next week in order to have an eventual EU-Iranian agreement included in the text, a key document for the November 25 meeting, diplomats said.

The 25-nation European Union, in talks led by Britain, France and Germany that started in October, has so far said that Iran must indefinitely and fully suspend uranium enrichment activities.

But Iran insists its right to enrichment can not be called into question.

Enriched uranium, depending on its purity, can be used as fuel for a civilian power reactor or as the core of a nuclear weapon. Enrichment for peaceful purposes is allowed under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Iran is a signatory.

"Iran is pushing for a time-specific duration, namely six months," a foreign diplomat said, but the European trio "refused and said the suspension must be maintained until a long-term agreement is reached" between Iran and the EU.

A second diplomat close to the talks said the European formula "is a clear-cut suspension, no doubt about it. It is tied to the (ongoing) talks and the talks are indefinite."

That question is now being discussed at the top of the Iranian regime.

"Nothing will be done without the approval of the supreme leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the spokesman for the Iranian parliament's foreign affairs and national security commission, Kazem Jalali, told AFP.

But both the so-called EU-3 and the Iranian side are under pressure from critics of the diplomacy.

US Assistant Secretary of State for arms control Stephen Rademaker said in Vienna on Tuesday that Washington was "very sceptical of Iran's good faith in these negotiations", even if it would "not stand in the way of their effort."

In Iran, the hardline Jomhuri Islami paper criticised the Paris talks as a "climbdown" by Iranian negotiators.

"We have to give up this doomed game right now. It is a big mistake for Iran to again accept a suspension even if it can decide the length," the paper wrote, calling IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei and the Europeans "charlatans.""

Iran mullah Rafsanjani warns EU, calls for more flexibility

Iran mullah Rafsanjani warns EU, calls for more flexibility - Persian Journal Latest Iran news & Iranian Article News paper: "Iran mullah Rafsanjani warns EU, calls for more flexibility
Nov 9, 2004, 10:44

Mullah Rafsanjani has warned Europe that the mullahs' regime could harden its stance if the EU failed to show flexibility in the stalled nuclear negotiations.

"If the Europeans are rational, we can make some assurances... but if they put their foot down, then our attitude will change," former mullah president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted as saying by the Hamshahri newspaper.

Mullah has criticized the "preliminary agreement" reached Sunday between Iran and the European Union over Tehran's nuclear program as being unfair to the Islamic Republic.

The deal, which diplomats from Britain, France and Germany hammered out during two days of negotiations, calls for the suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment program for an unspecified period in exchange for peaceful atomic technology and economic incentives.

But many in mullahs' regime regard the deal as detrimental to mullahs of Iran. "This technology has been achieved by our people by our own means, and others cannot put an end to it," said mullah, who now heads Iran's top mullah political arbitration body known as "Expediency Council"."

Tehran will revise its approach if Europeans show intransigence: Rafsanjani

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Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) –- Expediency Council (EC) chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday night that intransigence from the Europeans would persuade Iran to change its approach in nuclear talks, the daily Hamshahri reported on Tuesday.

In a meeting with officials from the Moderation and Development Party (MDP), Rafsanjani stressed that Iran can give certain guarantees to the Europeans and instead get some concessions from them provided that they take a logical approach.

He added that the nuclear talks have created an opportunity for Iran to launch technological, trade and security talks with Europeans provided that Tehran acts very prudently.

Referring to Western countries’ pressure on Iran for its nuclear activities, Rafsanjani stressed that no power can “extinguish the light” of Iran’s completely indigenous nuclear technology.

The EC chairman pointed to Iran’s nuclear technology as an asset for the country through which it could resolve many of its problems including its effort to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Administering the country at this sensitive time requires national strength otherwise the enemy will take advantage of disparities, he added.

After 22 hours of intense negotiations in Paris on Friday and Saturday, Iranian and European representatives announced an initial agreement on the complete framework for further nuclear talks.

Both sides have stressed the necessity for flexibility in negotiations and it has been reported that European Union trio (Britain, Germany, and France) have accepted eight clauses of total of ten mentioned in Iran’s new proposals.

This agreement, if approved by Tehran, Paris, London, and Berlin, can be considered a breakthrough in efforts to peacefully resolve the international dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and to expand Iran-EU ties. - Demand to run for presidential election In response to the MDP members’ request to run in the country’s next presidential elections, Rafsanjani said “I will not take a hasty approach for elections but wait until the society and scholars become convinced that others are also capable of running for the post.”

He noted that Iran is currently in a sensitive but not critical situation, saying that important decisions should be made in the country.

Rafsanjani further called on the attendants to help hold good and healthy elections while expressing gratitude over the party’s good-will."