DNI-NEWS Digest - 9 Jun 1998 to 10 Jun 1998

There are 21 messages totalling 1059 lines in this issue. Topics of the day:
1. Claims tribunal says U.S. firm must pay Iran 2. Full story Soccer-World Cup-Iran coach approaches Cup with mixed feelings 3. UN court extends filing limits in Iran/US dispute 4. Iran needs ``Islamic bomb,'' says paper 5. U.S. House approves Iran sanctions, veto expected 6. PRESS DIGEST - Iran - June 10 7. Iran takes veiled swipe at U.S. over drugs 8. Iranian press condemns Germany for silence over Tehran blasts 9. Two killed, four injured in hospital blast in Iran 10. Moderate Iranian paper stops publication after controversial article 11. Iranian MPs want interior minister impeached 12. Iranian businessmen begin first visit to Egypt since 1979 13. Court warns Iranian newspaper director over "defamatory" articles 14. Kuwaiti interior minister in Iran to sign security accord 15. Iran, Iraq exchange more soldiers' remains 16. Jameah: Eroticism, Pluralism, Romanticism, Phallus worshipping, music, painting and other forbidden topics 17. Irna: license of daily 'jame'e' revoked 18. Iranian court orders moderate daily shut 19. Iran to cut oil output by 100,000 bpd from July 1 20. Irna: mStyazKak ayran brrfyetryn qlh jhan bh yadgar gZaSth Sd 21. Irna: bahnr,astyxaH vzyr kSvr bray bazgSt cbat v aramS bh jameh ast

Claims tribunal says U.S. firm must pay Iran

Claims tribunal says U.S. firm must pay Iran 01:55 p.m Jun 08, 1998 Eastern

THE HAGUE, June 8 (Reuters) - The Iran-U.S. claims tribunal has ruled that the United States should pay over $6 million to Iran for refusing to enforce a previous tribunal judgement, a spokesman said on Monday.

The ruling relates to the tribunal's decision in July 1988 that U.S. defence company Avco should pay two Iranian companies -- Iran Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Co. -- for non-delivery and for the return of down payments for engines and servicing.

Avco had a contract with the two companies from 1976, but disputes arose following the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79.

The Iranian claims followed an Avco complaint to the tribunal that it had not received payment for its sales and services.

The tribunal's ruling in favour of the Iranian firms was quashed by the U.S. Court of Appeal in 1992. The court said Avco was misled into believing it did not have to present certain evidence at a hearing.

This led Iran to appeal to the Hague-based tribunal in 1993 which this month reinforced its earlier judgement.

``The refusal by the U.S. Court of Appeal represented a violation of U.S. obligations under the Algiers declaration regarding enforcement of tribunal awards,'' the spokesman said.

He said the award was for $5 million plus interest from November 1992. If the U.S. settled today, it would have to pay around $6.5 million.

The Iran-US claims tribunal was set up after both countries signed the Algiers Declaration in January 1981. The Declaration brought the release of 52 Americans held hostage by Iranian student militants at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

The tribunal has the power to adjudicate on financial claims between the U.S. and Iran and their citizens which followed the severing of diplomatic ties in the aftermath of Iran's Islamic Revolution.

The tribunal, an independent body of legal experts who work behind closed doors, has awarded over $2 billion to the U.S. and over $1 billion to Iran, compensating U.S. oil companies whose assets were nationalised and Iranian funds frozen in U.S. bank accounts.

Also on Monday, the International Court of Justice, separate from the special tribunal, but also based in the Hague, was considering another U.S.-Iranian legal battle.

This concerned damages to Iranian oil platforms during the 1980s.

The Court decided to push back to December 10 Iran's deadline for a reply to a counter-claim filed by the United States, while the American deadline for a rejoinder was pushed back to May 23, 2000.


Soccer-World Cup-Iran coach approaches Cup with mixed feelings

Full story Soccer-World Cup-Iran coach approaches Cup with mixed feelings 09:46 a.m. Jun 07, 1998 Eastern

By Firouz Sedarat

DUBAI, June 7 (Reuters) - Iran's new coach Jalal Talebi brings his squad to France on Sunday with mixed feelings about the job ahead.

Talebi was asked to take over the squad just three weeks before the World Cup finals start on Wednesday and he hesitated.

``It was really a hard decision to make. I was really split between saying yes and saying no,'' Talebi said. ``But then I thought of the honour it would be to go to the World Cup with my country's team.''

Talebi, the team's former technical adviser, took over after Croatian coach Tomislav Ivic was sacked following a 7-1 defeat by Italian club side AS Roma, which Iran's media billed as the worst defeat in the country's soccer history.

As the team's fourth coach in six months, he faces a daunting task in guiding Iran to their first World Cup finals since the 1979 Islamic revolution, where they will face Group F opponents Yugoslavia, three-times world champions Germany, and the United States, the Islamic republic's political arch-foe.

All this without selecting or preparing the squad.

``The two important duties of the coach are picking the players and leading their preparations and, as you know, both of these tasks had been completed before I took over,'' Talebi said.

His first friendly in charge produced a comforting 4-1 win over Inter Milan, but the Italians played several second string players. After that his side were beaten 2-0 by fellow-qualifiers Croatia.

``I believe in team discipline but I think it also important not to shackle the players and to allow them to show the kind of play which made the team a success,'' Talebi said.

Ivic had drawn criticism from the Iranian sports press for trying to turn the largely attack-minded team into a defensive one.

Iran's soccer-mad fans never warmed to the Croatian, who in January replaced the popular Brazilian coach Valdeir Vieira -- the man who got them to France.

``Ivic was trying to change the whole system in a short period of time and the players got confused,'' Tehran-based sports journalist Nader Davoudi said.

``I think he (Talebi) will do what Vieira did. He will let the team play as they see fit. He will not draw up elaborate plans. He will just tell the team to go out and play hard,'' Davoudi said.

Talebi has more modest credentials than Ivic, who has coached top European club sides in his long career. Talebi was a member of Iran's national soccer team in the early 1960s, and then coached club sides in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore as well as Indonesia's Olympic team in 1996.

Iran's frequent changes of coach reflect tensions and in-fighting in the country's soccer federation.

The changes started in November when Iranian Mohammad Mayeli Kohan, who had powerful political backing because of his impeccable Islamic credentials, was sacked following a slump during the qualifiers. Press reports spoke of serious differences between Mayeli Kohan and key players.

Vieira received a hero's welcome in Tehran after Iran narrowly qualified for the World Cup, slipping in as the 32nd and last qualifier after a play-off win over Australia. It was the first time they had reached the finals since the 1978 tournament in Argentina.

But Vieira was replaced by Ivic shortly after his triumphant return, apparently because the federation preferred a big name coach with a high profile for the tournament.


UN court extends filing limits in Iran/US dispute

UN court extends filing limits in Iran/US dispute 05:42 a.m. Jun 08, 1998 Eastern

THE HAGUE, June 8 (Reuters) - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague extended the time-limits for filing written pleas in the U.S.-Iranian legal battle surrounding damages to Iranian oil platforms during the 1980s.

The Court order pushed back to December 10 Iran's filing deadline for a reply to a counter-claim filed by the U.S., while the U.S.'s deadline for a rejoinder filing was pushed back to May 23, 2000. The court is the United Nations judicial arm.

The legal tussle centers on Iranian claims that U.S. warships caused damage to three oil platforms owned by the National Iranian Oil Company in October 1987 and April 1988 in violation of international law.

In March the Court ruled admissable a U.S. counter-claim against Iran for damages to U.S. warships and U.S.-flagged vessels during the Iran-Iraq war.

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Iran needs ``Islamic bomb,'' says paper

Iran needs ``Islamic bomb,'' says paper 05:29 a.m. Jun 08, 1998 Eastern

TEHRAN, June 8 (Reuters) - Iran needs a nuclear capability of its own to protect its national security, an Iranian newspaper said on Monday.

``As one of the pioneering Islamist states in the world, Iran's need for an 'Islamic bomb' is quite clear...,'' the Persian daily Kar-va-Kargar said in a commentary.

It described the need for nuclear arms as ``a vital necessity ...particularly because of the Zionist regime's proven hostility towards Iran.''

``Considering the nuclear capability of India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and the Zionist regime (Israel), Iran's geopolitical situation demands a revision in this regard,'' Kar-va-Kargar said.

Iran frequently criticises the United States and other nuclear powers for what it sees as their failure to deal with Israel's undeclared nuclear programme.

The Jewish state has never admitted to possessing a nuclear arsenal but foreign experts believe it has up to 200 nuclear weapons.

Iran denies U.S. and Israeli charges that it seeks weapons of mass destruction, saying its own nuclear programme is peaceful and open to inspection.

The Iranian government last week expressed alarm at nuclear tests first by India and then by neighbouring Pakistan and called on both countries to cease all tests, stop their arms race and join the Non-Proliferation Treaty.


U.S. House approves Iran sanctions, veto expected

U.S. House approves Iran sanctions, veto expected 08:09 p.m Jun 09, 1998 Eastern

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly gave final approval on Tuesday to a bill providing tough sanctions on firms that sell missile technology to Iran.

The House, reacting to Russian cooperation with Iran's missile programme, voted 392-22 in favour of the sanctions bill. It now goes to President Bill Clinton, but White House foreign policy advisers have recommended he veto it.

The administration told Congress recently that Russia's new government had made progress in controlling exports of missile technology and needed more time to put a tough nuclear nonproliferation policy in place.

In addition, it said the legislation cast such a wide net that some companies or countries would be unfairly sanctioned, possibly backfiring on U.S. goals of halting missile technology transfers.

But supporters said it was necessary and would send an important signal.

``This is not about tweaking the Russian government,'' said Representative Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican. ``What is wrong with our country saying to Russia, if you have an entity that's proliferating technology, that entity must pay.''

The bill would require Clinton to submit a report to Congress identifying the companies, research institutes or other entities where there was ``credible evidence'' that technology was transferred to Iran to aid it developing ballistic missiles.

Three types of sanctions would be required -- denial of munitions licenses, prohibitions of dual-use licenses or denial of U.S. foreign aid. Clinton could waive sanctions if necessary to protect U.S. national security.

The House already had approved the bill last fall, but a second vote was needed to accept a change made by the Senate last month.

The Senate, which approved the bill on a 90-4 vote, had determined the sanctions would be applied only on cases of aid to Iran's missile programme after January 22, 1998, when Russia imposed new rules to control its exports of technology.

Congressional concern was fuelled by reports that Russia had transferred missile delivery technology to Iran. Officials have said Iran was within a couple of years of having a missile capable of reaching Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. A longer range missile capable was within three years of development.


PRESS DIGEST - Iran - June 10

PRESS DIGEST - Iran - June 10 01:44 a.m. Jun 10, 1998 Eastern

TEHRAN, June 10 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

IRAN NEWS

- Saudi Oil Minister Ali Ibrahim al-Naimi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the current situation in the world oil markets with his Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh.

- Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi at the 20th special session of the United Nations general assembly on drugs stressed the need for strengthening regional cooperation in targeting major drug traffickers.

TEHRAN TIMES

- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman rejected as baseless a claim by Israeli circles saying that Iran has asked Pakistan for its nuclear technology.

- Kuwaiti interior minister, leading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for a three-day visit at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.

IRAN DAILY

- ``America has been forced to retreat against Iran because it failed to understand the truth,'' a deputy foreign minister said.

IRAN

- The bodies of 53 Iranians killed during the 1980-88 Iran- Iraq war were handed over on Tuesday to Iranian officials at a border crossing in the southern Khuzestan region. The bodies of 134 Iraqis were also repatriated.

JOMHURI ESLAMI

- The recurrent press violations of Gozaresh-e Rouz daily newspaper will be investigated by the press supervisory board and referred to the court, a deputy culture minister said. He said the daily had published false news claiming some Iranian officials transferred money to overseas bank accounts.

HAMSHAHRI

- Iran won the Asia-Pacific Greko-Roman wrestling tournament in Manila with nine gold medals.

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Iran takes veiled swipe at U.S. over drugs

Full story Iran takes veiled swipe at U.S. over drugs 12:31 p.m. Jun 09, 1998 Eastern

UNITED NATIONS, June 9 (Reuters) - Iran took a veiled swipe at the United States on Tuesday at a U.N. special session on drugs by criticising ``unilateral mechanisms'' for measuring individual countries' progress in the fight against narcotics.

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi did not mention the United States by name but Washington reports annually on anti-drug efforts worldwide, including by Iran, with which it has no diplomatic relations.

``I would like to assert here that the unilateral mechanisms for evaluation of progress made by individual countries in the fight against illicit drugs are not only inappropriate and undesirable, but also counter-productive and harmful to the efforts against drug-trafficking,'' Kharrazi said.

``My delegation believes that such qualifications and certifications are inconsistent with the principles of sovereign equality of states and non-intervention in the internal affairs of others, and undermine multilateral instruments and mechanisms established for this purpose.

``Therefore, such policies must be rejected by the entire international community,'' he said.

Outlining his own country's experience in combating drugs, Kharrazi said Iran, ``due to its geographical position, between the drug producers in its eastern borders and drug consumers in the West, mostly in Europe, is seriously suffering from the spill-over of transit traffic.''

He said traffickers used Iranian territory as the shortest and major land route for the transit of drugs from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe.

Iran spent $400 million a year to control drug trafficking into and through Iran and another $400 million on demand reduction programmes, including treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration of addicts.

He said the campaign against drug problems and measures to block the transit of narcotics had turned into ``a full-scale war,'' with military operations to ``annihilate caravans and smuggling bandits on the eastern border who are equipped with the latest military equipment like anti-air missiles.''

In the past 19 years more than 1,260 tons of drugs had been confiscated, including heroin, morphine, opium and hashish.

In these ``daily battles'' 2,356 law enforcement personnel had been killed over the past 18 years, Kharrazi said.


Iranian press condemns Germany for silence over Tehran blasts

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - The Iranian press criticized Germany on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries at the United Nations, for not condemning recent bomb attacks in Tehran. The daily Iran News demanded to know if the meeting between Iran's Kamal Kharazi and Germany's Klaus Kinkel "is really necessary" after the attacks claimed by Iran's main armed opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen, were condemned by the United States and Britain but not by Germany. "Why have certain European countries, which have better relations with Iran than the United States and Britain, not denounced the terrorist actions of the Mujahedeen," the English-language daily asked in a clear reference to Germany. The conservative daily Tehran Times said it expects Kharazi "to raise the issue with the German foreign minister" and expects Germany to "condemn (the Mujahedeen) for its terrorist operations." The two foreign ministers are due to meet on the sidelines of a UN conference on drugs. An Islamic court building in Tehran was severely damaged in a bomb attack last week which left three people dead and was claimed by the People's Mujahedeen. The People's Mujahedeen also claimed responsibility for another bombing in the capital and an attack on the headquarters of the elite Revolutionary Guards. Relations between Germany and Iran were seriously strained by a Berlin court verdict in 1997 accusing the Iranian leadership of having ordered the assassination of opposition Kurds in a Berlin restaurant. Relations remain tense over an Iranian court's sentencing to death a German businessman, Helmut Hofer, for a liason with an Iranian woman. Hofer's lawyer has said that an appeals court had rejected the verdict delivered by the lower court and sent the case back for a retrial.


Two killed, four injured in hospital blast in Iran

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Two people were killed and four injured on Tuesday in an explosion in a hospital in the northern city of Rasht, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but the news agency said it may have been caused by a gas leak in the heating system of the building. IRNA said the explosion caused severe damage to buildings located near the Tutunkaran hospital in Rasht, the main city in Gilan province. IRNA said that one of those killed was a hospital worker and that no patients were among the injured. A hospital official told IRNA that the heating system of the hospital had been "totally destroyed" in the explosion, which occurred in the basement. An Islamic court building in Tehran was severely damaged in a bomb attack last week which left three people dead and was claimed by the People's Mujahedeen, the main armed opposition group to the Islamic regime. The People's Mujahedeen also claimed responsibility for another bombing in the capital and an attack on the headquarters of the elite Revolutionary Guards.


Moderate Iranian paper stops publication after controversial article

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - A moderate newspaper put out by several journalists of the official Iranian news agency IRNA has stopped publication after reprinting an article on Iranian leaders sending capital abroad. Gozarech-eh Rouz (News of the Day) decided to stop publishing while it waits to appear before a court to respond to charges from the ministry of culture. The paper is accused of having reprinted on the front page of its last edition an article from an Arab newspaper reporting that certain Iranian leaders have begun sending capital out of the country. Iran's deputy culture minister, Ahmad Bourghani, was quoted Wednesday by Iranian media as saying reprinting of the article was "irresponsible," and suggesting the paper could be forbidden from publishing. In May, the ministry of culture warned the same paper after it published a picture of young people exchanging knowing looks in public. The ministry called publishing the picture an attack on decency and Islamic values. Iran's moderate press has been under growing attack by conservatives who accuse it of carrying out a pro-Western "cultural campaign." Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani, who favors an open press, criticized another paper, Jameeh (Society) last Tuesday for publishing a photo in which a drawing of ousted former president Abolhasssan Bani Sadr appeared.


Iranian MPs want interior minister impeached

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - A group of conservative Iranian MPs called on Wednesday for the impeachment of Interior Minister Abdollah Nuri, a key supporter of moderate President Mohammad Khatami. In a letter to the speaker of parliament, Ali-Akbar Nateq-Nuri, the 31 MPs said that "continuation of Nuri's service in the post of interior minister is detrimental to tranquility and stability in the country." Among the charges levelled against the minister by the MPs were "creation of tension in the society, making provocative interviews and speeches in different provinces and appointing inexperienced people to managerial posts." Nuri was also accused of "creating tension" following the arrest in April of Tehran mayor Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, another key ally of Khatami, who handily defeated conservative speaker Nateq-Nuri in last year's presidential election. Khatami quickly threw his support behind his 49-year-old interior minister. "Mr. Nuri activities in government have been crowned with success," state television quoted Khatami as saying Wednesday during a meeting with a visiting Kuwaiti official. The official IRNA news agency said a proposed motion for impeachment must be submitted during an open session of parliament. Nuri would then have 10 days to appear before parliament and win a new vote of confidence from the conservative-dominated assembly. Nuri has been the target of criticism by conservative leaders for months, specifically because of his open support of Karbaschi, currently on trial here on corruption charges. Nuri set up a defense committee for Karbaschi following the mayor's arrest in April and is considered his chief defender within the Khatami government. After the mayor was arrested, an exhibition was hastily arranged at the interior ministry building to publicize the mayor's accomplishments during his nine years at the helm of the capital. Several people were injured during clashes between Islamic hardliners and supporters of the mayor in the capital and Nuri issued a warning at the time to fundamentalist militants. Nuri has also been criticized for allowing demonstrations in Tehran and other cities which led to clashes between hardline Islamists and supporters of a dissident cleric, Hossein-Ali Montazeri. The interior minister has also come under fire for authorizing a memorial ceremony for former prime minister Mehdi Bazargan in a Tehran mosque during which slogans hostile to conservative leaders were chanted.

Iranian businessmen begin first visit to Egypt since 1979

CAIRO, June 9 (AFP) - A delegation of Iranian businessmen arrive here Wednesday for the first visit of its kind since diplomatic relations were severed between the two countries in 1979, Iranian diplomats said Tuesday. "This is the first visit of its kind since 1979 and it is aimed at reinforcing bilateral ties between the two countries in the fields of trade and investments," a spokesman for the Iranian interests section in Cairo said. Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Iran after the 1979 revolution which toppled the late Shah but relations began to improve in recent month amid efforts by Tehran to break its political and economic isolation in the region. Shah Mohamad Reza Pahlavi is buried in Cairo, which hosted him after the revolution. The delegation will group 27 businessmen and will be led by the president of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines, Ali Naghi Khamoushi. "The businessmen are on a five-day visit and represent the sectors of petrochemicals, textiles and industry," the spokesman said. In March a delegation of the Egyptian federation of industries visited Iran in a similar bid to improve economic links. The volume of trade between the two countries stood at just 75 million dollars in 1997. The Egyptian news agency MENA said Egypt last year sold Iran 40 million dollars worth of sugar, medicine and food products and bought from Iran 35 million dollars worth of carpets, pistachios and spare parts for busses. Iran meanwhile has invested 220 million pounds (68 million dollars) in Egypt in the production of rugs, in the ready-to-wear industry and in banking activities, MENA said.


Court warns Iranian newspaper director over "defamatory" articles

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - The director of the moderate Iranian newspaper Jameeh, or Society, received a warning over publication of "defamatory and untruthful articles" aimed at several regime leaders, newspapers said Tuesday. Hamid-Reza Jalai-Pur was found guilty Monday by a court responsible for trying press violations but was not punished since it was his first appearence for an infraction, they said. The newspaper director was accused of allowing publication of articles judged "defamatory" and "contrary to public moral order" following complaints from the chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Rahim Safavi, the judiciary and the prisons administration. Jalai-Pur was particularly charged with attributing quotes hostile to the regime to Safavi, who said his statements were altered. "Considering that this is the first time that Mr. Jalai-Pur has committed this kind of infraction, and even while recognizing he is guilty, the jury has decided to do him a favor" by not punishing him, a press report said. Jameeh begun to publish in February and supports moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. It has been targetted for weeks by conservatives who accuse it of publishing tendentious and sometimes anti-Islamic articles. The head of the judiciary, Mohammad Yazdi, issued a stern warning on Friday to moderate papers in which he accused them of seeking to sow divisions within society. Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani, who favors an open press, criticized Jameeh last Tuesday for publishing a photo in which a drawing of ousted former president Abolhasssan Bani Sadr appeared. Jameeh still could be called to court over the photo, whose publication also was widely criticized by other newspapers and regime figures.

Kuwaiti interior minister in Iran to sign security accord

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Kuwait's Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled arrived Tuesday on a two-day visit to Iran "to strengthen relations" between the two Gulf states, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. The Kuwaiti minister was welcomed by his Iranian counterpart Abdollah Nuri and is due to go directly into talks later in the day, IRNA said. "The battle against drugs and the question of security between the two countries will dominate the discussions between the Kuwaiti minister and officials in Tehran," the agency quoted Nuri as saying. The Kuwaiti official said on arrival that relations between the two countries are "very cordial" and that his visit in Iran would "strengthen mutual cooperation." The Kuwaiti minister is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding on security cooperation during the visit, Kuwait's official KUNA news agency quoted Iran's ambassador to Kuwait, Gholamali Sanaati, as saying. The ambassador said Sheikh Mohammad would also review cooperation in coast guard patrols and the fight against drug trafficking. Kuwait has repeatedly said in recent years that it has seized boats smuggling drugs in the Gulf. At the end of May, Kuwait and Iran examined ways to increase their trade, estimated at 100 million dollars according to Kuwaiti figures. Tehran's relations with Kuwait were strained during the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq, when the emirate backed Baghdad. But Iran condemned the 1990-1991 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, in power since last year, has called for closer ties with Iran's Arab neighbours across the Gulf.

Iran, Iraq exchange more soldiers' remains

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Iran and Iraq held a new exchange of soldiers' remains in the region of Shalamcheh in southwest Iran on Tuesday, the official Iranian news agency reported. The bodies of 53 Iranian soldiers were exchanged for the remains of 134 Iraqi soldiers, IRNA quoted the Iranian general in charge of searching for the bodies, Mir-Feisal Bagherzadeh, as saying. Iran and Iraq began a series of search operations along their common border in May to find the remains of soldiers killed during their 1980-1988 war. An Iranian team, equipped with earth-digging equipment, has been permitted to work on the Iraqi side of the border in southwest Iran during the searches. An Iraqi team is due to carry out similar searches on Iranian soil. The fate of missing soldiers and prisoners-of-war (POWs) is one of the main stumbling blocks remaining to normalizing relations between Iran and Iraq ten years after the end of their conflict. Since the end of fighting in 1988, the remains of 39,283 Iranian soldiers have been found. According to Tehran's official count, 300,000 Iranian soldiers were killed during the war and 500,000 wounded. The two countries renewed exchanging POWs in May with the aim of closing the file. The International Red Cross oversaw an April 2-7 operation in which 5,584 Iraqi POWs were returned, as well as three Iranian POWs and 316 other Iranian "detainees."


Jameah: Eroticism, Pluralism, Romanticism, Phallus worshipping, music,

painting and other forbidden topics

Jameah: Eroticism, Pluralism, Romanticism, Phallus worshipping, music, painting and other forbidden topics

According to IRNA on 98/06/10, 19:07, the licence of Jameah to be published was withdrawn by an order issued today by the Judiciary System of the IRI. The charge brought against Mr Jalayi Pour is based on the erotic and non-Islamic content of the newspaper, both articles and pictures. I got excited as soon as I read the news on IRNA homepage and stopped watching the Brazil-Scotland football match on my large-screen TV. I rushed to my study room and looked through the Jameah issues- the 1st to the 79th. In Issue 79, the back view of a semi-naked man is drawn on page one which has incited erotic feelings in the prosecuter. On page 2 of the same issue, an advertisement has portrayed four powerful arms which have been interpreted as well endowed fists up the asses of the ruling Mullas. On page 3, a turbanned "Page three" boy is drawn who is pointing his finger toward the rear of another turbanned boy. On page 4, seven happy announcements are published in the holy month of Muharram, the month of tears and forgiveness. On page 5, one of Dr Ali Shariati's famous words (Tazvir=hypocracy) is hidden inside the cross-word answer. The newspaper aimed at accusing the ruling clerics of Tazvir. On page 6, the pictures of two Indonesian towers are published to please "phallus worshippers" in the oriental hareems of mullas. On page 7, The Foundation of Oppressed is criticised, which is considered as a direct insult to Ayatullah Khamneyi the commander of the oppressors. On Page 8, the page of classified Ads, the durties of genders are deliberately mis-represented. Men are wanted for hairdressing and make-up (Arayesh), and women are wanted as salespersons. On page 9, Parisa states that she does not like crows and the judge has interpreted the statement as an insult to women in "chador". On Page 10, two forbidden words are used on the same page, i.e. Puper (the father of pluralism in Iran) and romanticism. Page 11 is dedicated to criticising the proposal of the Islamic Parliament of the IRI regarding the sexually segregated medical services. Page 12 is dedicated to discussing the forbidden subject of music. On page 13, the pornographic and dirty word of testicle is repeated under the cover of a scientific topic (varicocele). On page 14, a woman, Zhaleh Safayi, has stated that religious texts do not define the status of women in society. On page 15, the newspaper has encouraged the female readers to collect the photographs of the male footballers from the office of "Football Iran Tamashagaran" Monthly. On page 16, the readers who are interested in paintings are bombarded by the wonderful works of Picasso.


Irna: license of daily 'jame'e' revoked

thr 028 daily-jame'e license of daily 'jame'e' revoked tehran, june 10,irna -- the branch 1410 of tehran public court here today revoked the publication license of the daily 'jame'e'. based on the courts ruling, the license holder, also the managing director of the daily, jalaie-pour, was banned from holding similar responsibilities with other publications for a period of one year. he was further assessed rls 16 million in fines. informed sources at tehran justice department on wednesday confirmed the report. mr/rr end ::irna 10/06/98 17:06

Iranian court orders moderate daily shut

Iranian court orders moderate daily shut - agency

TEHRAN, June 10 (Reuters) - An Iranian court on Wednesday revoked the publishing licence of a leading moderate newspaper, which had rocketed to popularity in its first year with daring reports.

Iran's official news agency IRNA said the Tehran court took its decision against the daily Jameah after a six-member jury of government officials charged with monitoring the press heard arguments on the case, made by conservative opponents.

The newspaper can still appeal the ruling.

The daily, which supports moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, has angered conservatives, who say it regularly attacks their supporters.

They particularly objected to a report in which the newspaper published remarks alleged to have been made by Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander to ``cut the necks and tongues of opponents.''

The Revolutionary Guards said the newspaper ``distorted'' Brigadier-General Yahya Rahim Safavi's words.

This was one of several complaints made against the newspaper, including one lodged by a conservative official objecting to a satirical title given to him by the paper.

The newspaper has also given a satirical title to Khatami, who has pushed for more freedom of the press since his election. Iranian newspapers have been breaking new ground in reporting.

IRNA said the paper's publisher, Hamid Reza Jalaipour, was also fined 16 million rials ($5,333) and banned from holding a similar position for one year.

The paper has put its circulation at 150,000 but said in its Wednesday edition that it planned to start printing 250,000 copies a day to meet rising demand.

The newspaper has gained wide popularity among Iran's politically active moderate students.

Conservatives -- who still control key levers of power -- have clashed with moderates on a wide range of issues since the election of Khatami last year.

Most Iranian newspapers are affiliated with one of the country's various political factions.

The editors of the daily Jameah describe themselves as Islamist intellectuals, hoping to create ``a third force'' that is neither left nor right politically.

13:45 06-10-98

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Iran to cut oil output by 100,000 bpd from July 1

TEHRAN, June 10 (AFP) - Iran will cut oil production by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) from July 1 in a bid to boost flagging prices, the official news agency IRNA said on Wednesday. "In line with Iranian efforts to boost oil prices and stabilize the market, the oil ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed in Tehran on Wednesday to further cut crude production," IRNA said. "Iran undertakes to trim output by 100,000 bpd as of July 1, in addition to the 140,000 bpd cut previously agreed upon," the oil ministry said. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi has been in Tehran since Tuesday for talks with Iranian counterpart Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. "Both sides called on the rest of the OPEC members and non-OPEC major producers to take practical measures to achieve a fair price for oil," IRNA reported. Last week, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, both OPEC members, agreed to reduce output by 225,000 and 125,000 bpd respectively, while Mexico, which is outside the group, would cut its output by 100,000 bpd. Nuaimi has been on a lightning tour of the region to rally Iran and other Gulf states behind output reduction measures. Iran said Saturday that it was ready "to support any joint action" by members of the OPEC oil cartel to stabilize oil prices and was also keen to encourage output reduction agreements with non-OPEC members. Iran currently produces close to its OPEC quota of 3.6 million bpd and exports 2.5 million bpd. With oil revenues making up around 85 percent of its hard currency receipts, the collapse in world prices has had a severe impact on Iran's economy. The government has been forced to shave 4.5 billion dollars off its budget for the current financial year as Iranian oil fetches just 11.5 to 12.5 dollars a barrel against the 16 dollars it budgeted for.


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