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There are 2 messages totalling 87 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Where mullahs make CD-Roms
2. Iran Weighs U.S. Offer To Post Official

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 22:13:38 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Where mullahs make CD-Roms

Where mullahs make CD-Roms
This article appeared in The Guardian, page 11, March 30, 1998 by David
Hirst. It is a long and interesting story.

Asghar

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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 23:59:00 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran Weighs U.S. Offer To Post Official

Iran Weighs U.S. Offer To Post Official 07:17 a.m. Mar 29, 1998 Eastern

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran is studying a U.S. proposal to base an
American government official in Tehran, an Iranian newspaper reported on
Sunday.

``A proposal has been sent to the Iranian government in writing
regarding the setting up of an American office at the Swiss embassy,
which is being examined now,'' Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance
Minister Ataollah Mohajerani was quoted as saying by the daily Khabar
newspaper.

The minister did not say what role the official would have, but a report
in the New York Times on Thursday said the United States had offered to
appoint an official from the U.S. Information Agency to be stationed at
the Swiss mission.

The embassy of Switzerland handles all U.S. diplomatic correspondence
with Iran. The United States and Iran cut diplomatic ties after Iranian
militants stormed the U.S. embassy in 1979 taking American diplomats
hostage for 444 days.

Mohajerani, speaking to reporters in Paris on Friday, praised the
administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton for refusing a request
from the U.S. Congress to create an opposition-led ``Radio Free
Tehran,'' the newspaper said.

``Decades of experience have shown that these kinds of things have no
effect on the Iranian government,'' the minister said.

He said Clinton's recent message to the Iranian people, congratulating
them on their new year which followed Iranian President Mohammad
Khatami's call for opening ``cracks in the wall of mistrust'' were
positive signs in the Iran-U.S. relationship, the newspaper said.

But the minister, who has been appointed government spokesman by
Khatami, said that ``the people and government of Iran still do not
trust the U.S. government.''

Iran and the United States have been at odds since Iran's Islamic
Revolution in 1979 but relations have warmed slightly since the election
in May of Khatami, seen as a moderate.

Iran accuses the United States of trying to dominate the Gulf region,
favoring Israeli interests in the Middle East and flooding the region
with arms.

The U.S. accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorism, violently opposing the
Middle East peace process and attempting to acquire weapons of mass
destruction.

Both deny the accusations.

Khatami, in an interview with Cable News Network (CNN) in January,
called for people-to-people contacts with Americans. The United States
welcomed the call, but has itself called for government-to-government
contacts.

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