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Topics of the day:

1. Two Versions of One Product: Dynamic Islamic Version (the NCRI)and Secular
Capitalst One (The AFP).

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Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 09:20:07 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Two Versions of One Product: Dynamic Islamic Version (the NCRI)and
Secular Capitalst One (The AFP).

Two Versions of One Product: Dynamic Islamic Version (the NCRI) and Secular
Capitalst One (The AFP).

BRIEF ON IRAN; No. 890 ; Thursday, April 30, 1998

World Should Not Drop Guard On Iran Too Early, Reuter, April 29

LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said the world
should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the more moderate
tone coming out of Iran.
"It is important that we do not lower our guard too soon. There is
more than one center of power in Iran," he told foreign ministers from the
European Union and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
"And we have yet to see evidence that Iran has given up its plans
to develop weapons of mass destruction, its support for terrorist
organizations or the fatwa on the British author Salman Rushdie," he
said.
Last week, Cook said Britain's foreign intelligence agencies had
tracked Iran's nuclear program and disrupted Iranian attempts to acquire
British technology, although he gave no details.


Subject: British foreign secretary "applauds" changes in Iran


CAIRO, April 29 (AFP) - British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook
heaped praise on the "pragmatic approach" of Iranian foreign policy
under President Mohammad Khatami, in an interview published on
Wednesday.
"We applaud the Iranian government's efforts to develop a civil
society and institutionalise respect for the rule of law," Cook told
the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, which is also published in
Cairo and other Arab capitals.
"We also welcome the more pragmatic direction of Iran's foreign
policy," Cook said, according to the English text of the interview.
The foreign secretary praised Khatami, a moderate cleric elected
in May last year, for showing "interest in developing understanding
between civilisations."
He also described recent visits to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain by
former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as "signs that the
Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran are starting to develop a closer
understanding on security and other matters."
Cook said these "positive steps" convinced the European Union in
February to resume dialogue with Iran after a ten-month break
prompted by a German court verdict implicating Tehran's regime in
the assassination of Kurdish opposition leaders in Berlin in 1992.
Britain, which currently holds the EU rotating presidency, is
"liaising with the Iranian government over arrangements for a first
meeting. I hope this will take place soon," Cook said.
But he expressed concern over Iran's record of "support to
terrorism and its support for groups who use violence to subvert the
Middle East peace process" and arms proliferation.
The British foreign secretary angered the Iranian leadership
earlier this month with charges that it had attempted to buy British
nuclear technology.
In a break with the secrecy traditionally surrounding Britain's
security services, Cook said that the foreign intelligence service
MI6 and the GCHQ communications monitoring agency had "tracked
Iran's nuclear weapons programme and have enabled us to disrupt
Iranian attempts to procure British technology."
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mahmud Mohammadi described
the charges as "baseless" and said they were an attempt to cover up
a row in Britian over the delivery of a consignment of Georgian
nuclear waste.
Relations between Britain and Iran have been severely strained
since the Islamic Republic issued a death sentence against British
author Salman Rushdie in 1989 over his book "The Satanic Verses,"
saying it was an insult to Islam.
Britain is represented in Iran by a charge d'affaires and not an
ambassador, as is the case for all other members of the European
Union.
Cook spoke to Al-Hayat on the eve of a meeting between officials
from the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The meeting, expected to take place in Brussels on Wednesday, is
aimed at bolstering ties between the two regional bodies as well as
discussing Iran, Iraq and the Middle East peace process, Cook said.

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