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There are 22 messages totalling 1253 lines in this issue.

Topics in this special issue:

1. US Upset Over French, Canadian Oil Deal with Iran
2. FOCUS-US Upset over France, Canada, Iran Oil Deal
3. ELF Puts France in Firing Line of U.S. Sanctions A
4. FOCUS-Premier Oil Out Of Iran Oilfield Deal-Source
5. U.S. Government Plans Unique Caspian Investment...
6. Guidance Ministry Does Not Claim to Explain Religi
7. Supreme Court Rejects Karbaschi's Appeal
8. Iran Supreme Court Rejects Former Mayor's Appeal
9. Strong Possibility over Commutation of Karbaschi's
10. PLO Official to Visit Iran
11. Iran's Current Account Balance Deficit Stands a 1.
12. Iran's Crude Oil Exports to Be Reduced
13. Daily Urges Gov't to Launch Plan to Arrest Prices
14. 3 Quakes Hit Bojnourd, Northeast Iran
15. Tuesday Newspaper Headlines
16. PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 6
17. Developing Ties with Iran, A Priority in Kyrgyz Fo
18. embassy denies reports on iran's mediation
19. FOCUS-Iran Blames NATO for Kosovo Misery, Sends Ai
20. IRAN CLERICS ACCUSES THE WEST OF GENOCIDE OF MUSLI
21. Israel Opposes Freedom for Kosovars
22. West, U.S. Not in Favor of An Islamic State in Eur

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:46:38 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: US Upset Over French, Canadian Oil Deal with Iran

US Upset Over French, Canadian Oil Deal with Iran
=================================================


04:34 p.m Apr 05, 1999 Eastern
By Tom Doggett

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday
said it was disappointed over a $300 million oil development
deal Iran signed with French and Canadian companies, and
indicated it may punish the firms for violating a U.S. law
limiting energy investments in Iran.

``We are deeply disappointed and greatly concerned about this
development,'' U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin said
in reference to a $300 million deal signed over the weekend by
French oil firm Elf Aquitaine and Canada's Bow Valley Energy Ltd
to develop an offshore Iranian oil field.

``The United States remains strongly opposed (to) investment in
Iran's petroleum sector,'' Rubin told reporters. ``We have
repeatedly urged the governments of France and Canada at the
most senior levels to discourage this investment.''

Rubin said the oil deal will be assessed under a U.S. law that
seeks to punish foreign companies that invest more than $20
million a year in Iran's oil and natural gas sectors.

If ``sanctionable'' activity is found to have occurred, Rubin
said the U.S. government ``will decide upon and take appropriate
action.''

Under the law, the United States can impose sanctions
immediately, waive sanctions for reasons of national security,
or enter into consultations with the relevant foreign government
to resolve the issue.

If the sanctions route is chosen, at least two of six possible
sanctions would be imposed that affect the U.S. operations of
the company in question. They include barring U.S. banks from
dealing in a significant way with the sanctioned company, and
withholding some licenses and other business.

U.S. President Bill Clinton waived sanctions last May for
France's Total SA, Russia's Gazprom and Malaysia's Petronas
after those companies entered into a $2 billion deal to develop
Iran's South Pars natural gas field.

``We have said that similar cases will probably be treated
similarly, but we didn't say that each case was going to receive
the same treatment,'' a State Department official said. ``So
we're examining each one on its merits.''

A French foreign ministry spokesman said France does not
recognise the legality of the extra-territorial reach of the
U.S. law. ``Elf is free to sign contracts in Iran if it wants.
It's a commercial decision,'' the spokesman said.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:47:06 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: FOCUS-US Upset over France, Canada, Iran Oil Deal

FOCUS-US Upset over France, Canada, Iran Oil Deal
=================================================


10:10 p.m. Apr 05, 1999 Eastern
By Tom Doggett

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday
said it was disappointed over a $300 million oil development
deal Iran signed with French and Canadian companies, and
indicated it may punish the firms for violating a U.S. la
w
limiting energy investments in Iran.

``We are deeply disappointed and greatly concerned about this
development,'' U.S. State Department spokesman James Rubin said
in reference to a $300 million deal signed over the weekend by
French oil firm Elf Aquitaine and Canada's Bow Valley Energy
Ltd. to develop an offshore Iranian oil field.

``The United States remains strongly opposed (to) investment in
Iran's petroleum sector,'' Rubin told reporters. ``We have
repeatedly urged the governments of France and Canada at the
most senior levels to discourage this investment.''

Rubin said the oil deal will be assessed under a U.S. law that
seeks to punish foreign companies that invest more than $20
million a year in Iran's oil and natural gas sectors.

If ``sanctionable'' activity is found to have occurred, Rubin
said the U.S. government ``will decide upon and take appropriate
action.''

Under the law, the United States can impose sanctions
immediately, waive sanctions for reasons of national security,
or enter into consultations with the relevant foreign government
to resolve the issue.

If the sanctions route is chosen, at least two of six possible
sanctions would be imposed that affect the U.S. operations of
the company in question. They include barring U.S. banks from
dealing in a significant way with the sanctioned company, and
withholding some licenses and other business.

Canadian and French government officials and an executive with
Calgary-based Bow Valley on Monday dismissed U.S. opposition to
the agreement to develop Iran's Balal oil field, saying the
companies were not breaking any laws in regions where they were
operating.
``We think the Americans are acting extra-territorially and
unilaterally,'' said Canadian Foreign Affairs Department
spokesman Sean Rowan. ``We've made it clear to the U.S. our
opposition to the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act and the imposition of
sanctions on Canadian companies under that act.''
A French foreign ministry spokesman said France does not
recognise the legality of the extra-territorial reach of the
U.S. law either. ``Elf is free to sign contracts in Iran if it
wants. It's a commercial decision,'' the spokesman said.

Bow Valley, a small oil concern that has become a thorn in
Washington's side over its Iranian plans, had attempted earlier
to develop the 40,000-barrel-a-day oil field with Britain's
Premier Oil Plc, but that company dropped out last month,
opening the door to Elf.

``We comply with the laws of Canada and in the countries in
which we operate,'' said Dinesh Dittani, Bow Valley's chief
financial officer. ``We have no operations or assets in the
United States.''

U.S. President Bill Clinthe
United States.''

U.S. President Bill Clinton waived sanctions last May for
France's Total SA, Russia's Gazprom and Malaysia's Petronas
after those companies entered into a $2 billion deal to develop
Iran's South Pars natural gas field.
``We have said that similar cases will probably be treated
similarly, but we didn't say that each case was going to receive
the same treatment,'' a State Department official said. ``So
we're examining each one on its merits.''


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:47:16 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: ELF Puts France in Firing Line of U.S. Sanctions A

ELF Puts France in Firing Line of U.S. Sanctions Anger
======================================================


thr 031
balal-u.s. threats
elf puts france in firing line of u.s. sanctions anger
london, apr. 6, irna - elf aquitaine has joined fellow french oil
company, total, at the forefront of defying u.s. sanctions threats
by signing a second oil development deal with iran.
in a resolute announcement at the weekend, elf replaced premier
oil of the uk in a dlrs 300 million contract with canada's bow valley
energy to develop balal offshore oil field.
the deal followed the french firm joining agip of italy in a
dlrs 1 billion agreement last month to develop iran's doroud oil
field.
london's guardian newspaper monday reported a clash looming
between france and canada after the u.s. said it would again be
investigating the latest energy contract that flies in the face of
its extraterritorial sanctions legislation against iran.
it suggested that the deal ironically saved britain the
embarrassment of a public fall-out with the u.s. due to premier
pulling out of the project because of its financial difficulties.
total of france has been at the forefront of u.s. anger since
replacing conoco to develop sirri a and e fields and signing a dlrs 2
billion agreement two years ago on the second and third phases of
iran's giant south pars gas fields.
the u.s. admitted defeat last may when it announced that it was
granting waivers for south pars. it acknowledged that sanctions
would not prevent the project from going ahead and suggested
similar waivers may be granted for future deals. hc/ks
end
::irna 06/04/99 14:09

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:47:24 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: FOCUS-Premier Oil Out Of Iran Oilfield Deal-Source

FOCUS-Premier Oil Out Of Iran Oilfield Deal-Source
==================================================


04:38 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
DUBAI, April 6 (Reuters) - Britain's Premier Oil has pulled out
of a multi-million dollar deal to develop Iran's offshore Balal
oilfield because of financing problems, an industry source said
on Tuesday.

``They could not finance it,'' the source, who requested
anonymity, told Reuters.

``Some of the terms of the deal were changed,'' said the
industry source, adding that Premier had notified Iran that it
was pulling out of the Balal deal.
Iran's top Economic Council in February approved Premier's deal
to develop the field. But the company in March said there was a
last-minute hitch over contract terms.

French oil major Elf Aquitaine and Canada's Bow Valley signed a
$300 million accord over the weekend to develop the Balal field.

The U.S. government said it was disappointed with the deal and
indicated it may punish the firms for violating a U.S. law
limiting energy investments in Iran.

With the world's second-largest natural gas reserves and
fifth-largest pool of oil reserves, Iran is a tantalising target
for foreign companies.

The Balal accord marks Elf's second deal clinched in Iran in
just over a month.

Iran is banking on such accords to undermine a United States
economic and political campaign to isolate it.

Washington has frowned on European oil investments in Iran in
the past, and France's Total nearly sparked a diplomatic row in
1997 when it announced a $2 billion gas deal with Iran.

Foreign firms are eager to capitalise on Iran's biggest energy
opening in 20 years, which was launched last year under
so-called buy-back investment mechanisms which pay companies in
the form of crude oil from the field.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:47:48 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: U.S. Government Plans Unique Caspian Investment...

U.S. Government Plans Unique Caspian Investment ``Roadshow''
============================================================


02:07 p.m Apr 05, 1999 Eastern
NEW YORK, April 5 (Reuters) - The United States will send seven
of its ambassadors on a unique three-city ``roadshow'' later
this month to promote American business interest in the
countries sorrounding the Caspian Sea, part of a long-running
campaign by the Clinton Administration to pursue its foreign
policy goals in the region.

U.S envoys to Turkey, as well as the Soviet republics
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and
Armenia, plan to meet U.S. businessmen on a tour of New Orleans,
New York and Washington D.C. in late April and early May.

Richard Morningstar, President Bill Clinton's special adviser on
Caspian energy diplomacy, will join the discussions on the New
York leg of the tour, the organizers said.

``This first-of-its-kind tour will offer U.S. companies a unique
opportunity to meet American ambassadors to the region and their
senior commercial officers,'' the U.S. Trade and Development
Association (TDA), an independent government agency planning t
he
events, said in a statement.

TDA, based in Washington D.C., said American businessmen will be
briefed on the latest project developments in the Caspian and
can discuss specific interests in one-on-one meetings with the
senior officials.

The diplomats' tour will take place after a visit to Washington
by Azeri President Haydar Aliyev on April 20. Aliyev is expected
to sign two Caspian exploration deals with U.S. oil companies
Exxon Corp. (XON.N) and Mobil Corp. (MOB.N), worth about $4.5
billion. Azerbaijan already has penned similar deals worth
between $40 and $50 billion.

U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that the Caspian has
proven oil reserves of up to 32 billion barrels, with probable
reserves of 163 billion barrels, while natural gas reserves are
up to 337 trillion cubic feet.

However, oil experts have said Washington has overhyped the
region's energy importance. They say although the basin has
sizable oil and gas resources, they are nowhere near those of
the Middle East and are more difficult and more expensive to get
at. With the recent collapse in oil prices, many oil companies
have pulled out of the region.

The U.S. government has taken an unusually high profile in
promoting oil development in the region, especially its backing
for a major export pipeline which would run from the Azerbaijan
capital of Baku through to the Turkish Meditarranean port of
Ceyhan despite the high cost of this route compared with export
routes via Russia and Iran, which the U.S. opposes on political
grounds.

On their tour, the seven diplomats will discuss plans for
regional infrastructure development ``as it relates to the (oil
and gas) pipelines and ancillary projects,'' TDA said.

d ancillary projects,'' TDA said.

Listing some projects it helped plan, TDA cited Armenia water
projects, hotels in Georgia, Kazakhstan oil and gas
infrastructure, Turkmenistan gas pipeline and Uzbekistan
agribusiness.

The agency said it will continue to give feasibility study
funding and technical assistance to the governments of the
Caspian basin as they plan the development of their energy
reserves.

The tour's two other organizers, the Overseas Private Investment
Corporation (OPIC) and the Export-Import Bank, will offer
insurance coverage or financing to eligible U.S. investors and
firms.

((Haitham Haddadin, New York Energy Desk, Tel 212-859 1895, fax
212-859 1629))


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:48:38 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Guidance Ministry Does Not Claim to Explain Religi

Guidance Ministry Does Not Claim to Explain Religious Bases
===========================================================


thr 017
mohajerani-eidul ghadir
guidance ministry does not claim to explain religious bases
tehran, april 5, irna -- the minister of gulture and islamic guidance
ataollah mohajerani here monday referred to the recent address of the
judiciary chief ayatollah mohammad yazdi at the friday congregational
prayer and said the the ministry of islamic guidance has no claim over
explanation of religious bases.
addressing over a thousand ministry staff on the auspicious
occasion of eid ul-ghadir, mohajerani said ''the duty of a director is
to defend the rights of all members of the organization or ministry
and for me to defend my colleagues, i should say that the criticism of
ayatollah yazdi is the result of a misunderstanding.''
''ayatollah yazdi said something regarding the incompetency of the
ministry of guidance but we never claim to explain the religious
bases,'' he stated.
mohajerani went on to say that based on article 24 of the
constitution of the islamic republic of iran the right of expression
is preserved for the press unless they harm islamic bases or public
rights which are specified in relevant laws.
''it was better for ayatollah yazdi instead of addressing the
friday prayer congretational worshippers to discuss the issue with me
to explain to him the differences between the ministry of culture and
islamic guidance and the council of public culture," he concluded.
pm/ah
end
::irna 05/04/99 20:12

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:48:10 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Supreme Court Rejects Karbaschi's Appeal

Supreme Court Rejects Karbaschi's Appeal
========================================


thr 043
karbaschi-appeals-rejection
supreme court rejects karbaschi's appeal
tehran, april 6, irna -- iran's supreme court rejecting an appeal by
tehran's former mayor gholamhussein karbaschi, returned the case to
the justice department of tehran, it was announced here tuesday.
director general of the public relations office of the judiciary,
fotovat nasiri savadkouhi, told irna that karbaschi's last appeal was
made per the article 31 of the public and revolutionary courts.
however, the appeal was turned down according to clause 2 of article
18 of the said law, he noted.
asked to comment on the time for execution of the court ruling
savadkouhi said the case is at the disposal of head of the justice
department and he is responsible to determine when the ruling should
be executed.
karbaschi had been convicted of five years in jail and a ban of 20
years from government posts, issued by the court investigating his
case last year. an appeal court in december reduced the ruling to two
years in jail, banned him from executive office for 10 years and
ordered him to pay 1.6 billion rials in fines.
sd/rr
end
::irna 06/04/99 16:05

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:48:02 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Supreme Court Rejects Former Mayor's Appeal

Iran Supreme Court Rejects Former Mayor's Appeal
================================================


06:19 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme court has thrown out
an appeal by Tehran's suspended mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi,
paving the way for his possible imprisonment on graft charges
this week, a government newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Karbaschi, a reformer close to President Mohammad Khatami, has
been sentenced to two years in jail, banned from executive
office for 10 years and ordered to pay 1.6 billion rials
($533,000) in fines and restitution.

The daily Iran said the attorney general's office would shortly
send the case to the initial court for it to issue an order to
execute the sentence.

``The supreme court has not accepted Karbaschi's last appeal and
deemed the sentence flawless. His case will be sent to the
investigating court within 48 hours so the judge would issue an
order to execute the sentence,'' it said, citing an unnamed
judicial source.

Several other newspapers said Karbaschi's arrest was imminent.

But his attorney Bahman Keshavarz told newspapers that he was
exploring other channels to keep the former mayor from going to
jail.

``It is evident that we will try to make use of other methods
and existing mechanisms for another investigation,'' he said.

Karbaschi's possible arrest will be a blow to Khatami's
embattled reformist government which had strongly backed
Karbaschi against the charges raised by the conservative-led
judiciary.

Moderates say the case was an attempt to undermine Khatami's
liberal political and social reforms. The judiciary has
repeatedly denied the charge.

The latest ruling against Karbaschi is already a reduced version
of five years in jail and a ban of 20 ye
ars issued by a court
last year. An appeals court in December also converted a
sentence of 60 lashes to a cash fine.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:48:28 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Strong Possibility over Commutation of Karbaschi's

Strong Possibility over Commutation of Karbaschi's Sentence
===========================================================


thr 006
karbaschi-sentence
strong possibility over commutation of karbaschi's sentence
tehran, april 6, irna -- an informed source said monday night that
"strong possibility" exists over commutation of the sentence of
tehran's suspended mayor gholamhussein karbaschi.
the source who spoke on condition of anonymity, told irna that
the possibility also exists over karbaschi's demand to refer the case
to the supreme court for renewed investigation and further
commutation.
karbaschi's lawyers have recently appealed for re-investigation of
the case by the supreme court.
karbaschi who was publicly tried on charges of graft in july
last year, received five years in prison, a 20-year suspension from
holding government posts, 60 lashes of the whip and a fine of one
billion rials. he rejected the charges and appealed.
the appeals court reduced karbaschi's prison sentence to two
years while a statement by the judiciary later said his suspension
from public service was also reduced to 10 years and his lashing
sentence was replaced with a cash fine of 10 million rials.
karbaschi's lawyer bahman keshavarz told irna on sunday, ''it is
said that the prosecutor general has turned down the demand for the
application of article 21 of the law on formation of public courts to
investigate over karbaschi's case.''
''however'', keshavarz stressed, ''we will apply other available
means and mechanisms, especially para 2 of article 18 of the same law,
for renewed investigation of the case.''
he added that the supreme court as the highest judicial body
monitoring full enforcement of the law, should accept the demand
according to para 2 of article 18 of the law for formation of public
courts.
keshavarz said that out of the charges leveled against karbaschi,
only 15 percent have remained in connection with the 20 percent
discount in ceding the plot of land where the previous premises of
tehran zoo were located, to five municipality directors.
he said that the permission by the then interior minister in
this connection has been acquired and attached to the case.
''it is also said that on tuesday the prosecutor general's office
will return the case to the original court which issued the verdict,''
keshavarz further added.
according to article 31 of the law on formation of public and
revolutionary courts, the defendant can demand reinvestigation of
the case from the general prosecutor within one month since the
issuance of the verdict provided that it can be appealed.
if the verdict is proved to be contrary to the religion or law
based on the discernment of the prosecutor general, he will then ask
the supreme court for cancellation of the sk
the supreme court for cancellation of the ruling. the supreme court
will subsequently refer the case to another court within the same
category.
ns/ks
end
::irna 06/04/99 11:01

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:49:08 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: PLO Official to Visit Iran

PLO Official to Visit Iran
==========================

thr 060
palestine-visit
plo official to visit iran
tehran, april 6, irna -- head of palestine liberation organization's
(plo) political bureau farouk kaddoumi will visit iran april 9,
announced the foreign ministry's information and media department here
tuesday.
he will brief the iranian officials on situation in the occupied
lands, the palestinian people's struggle against the zionist regime
and latest developments in the middle east peace process.
nb/rr
end
::irna 06/04/99 18:38

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:48:48 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran's Current Account Balance Deficit Stands a 1.

Iran's Current Account Balance Deficit Stands a 1.8 bn
======================================================


thr 044
economy-cbi
iran's current account balance deficit stands a 1.8 bn
tehran, april 6, irna -- following reduction in oil exports last year,
iran's current account balance suffered a dlrs 1.884 billion deficit
by the end of the month of 'azar' (november 22-december 21) compared
to the dlrs 945 million surplus in the same period last year.
the 'economic indices' supplement, published by the central bank
of iran (cbi), wrote that iran's current account balance surplus in
the year 1376 (march 21, 1997-march 20, 1998) reduced to dlrs 2.213
billion from dlrs 5.232 billion in the preceding year.
iran's foreign trade balance showed a dlrs 545 million deficit
in the first three quarters of the year (started march 21, 1998)
compared to a dlrs 2.623 billion surplus in the same period in the
preceding year.
iran's oil and gas export from march 21 to december 21, 1999,
surmounted to dlrs 7.899 billion, showing a considerable decrease
compared to dlrs 12.282 billion worth of gas and oil exports in
the corresponding period in the preceding year.
iran's non-oil exports value decreased to dlrs 2.107 billion
from dlrs 2.375 billion. the figure for the country's total exports
stood at dlrs 10.006 in the first nine-month period last year from
dlrs 14.657 billion in the same period the previous year.
the worth of iran's imports dropped to dlrs 10.551 billion
in the said period from the previous year's third quarterly
figure of dlrs 12.034 billion.
a dlrs 1.651 billion decrease was registered in iran's
international reserves in the first nine months of last year, showing
an improvement compared to the dlrs 2.967 billion decrease registered
in the same period the preceding year.
iran's international reserves indicated a dlrs 3.705 billion
decrease in the year 1376. the reserves had showed a dlrs 2.346
billion rise in 1375.
iran's total foreign debts reached dlrs 11.815 billion by end of
the month of azar last year.
iran's overdue foreign debts stands at dlrs 5.673 billion this
year, showing a considerable increase compared to the dlrs 3.359
billion figure the year before.
bg/rr
end
::irna 06/04/99 17:05

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:49:12 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran's Crude Oil Exports to Be Reduced

Iran's Crude Oil Exports to Be Reduced
======================================


thr 064
exports-oil
iran's crude oil exports to be reduced
tehran, april 6, irna -- following the recent opec agreement to
reduce oil production ceiling to boost prices, the national iranian
oil company (nioc) will also cut down on its oil output, announced
the nioc's public relations department here tuesday.
the announcement also said that the reduction in exports in april
and may will be at at least 10 and 12 percent, respectively, of the
february's daily export volume.
the nioc has expressed the hope that with coordination between the
company and its clients, prices will undergo further stability in the
future.
nb/rr
end
::irna 06/04/99 19:14

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:48:56 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Daily Urges Gov't to Launch Plan to Arrest Prices

Daily Urges Gov't to Launch Plan to Arrest Prices of Consumer Goods
===================================================================


thr 025
commodities-prices-press
daily urges gov't to launch plan to arrest prices of consumer goods
tehran, april 6, irna -- the english daily 'tehran times' tuesday
commenting on the skyrocketing prices of consumers goods in iran in
addition to increase in rate of unemployment, urged the government to
launch an all-out plan to arrest prices of consumer goods.
blaming the government for this current situation, the daily
pointed out that prices of commodities of daily use at municipal and
government owned department stores have also increased alarmingly
at an average of 25 to 50 percent.
''the rising prices of consumers goods is a great source of
concern particularly at a time when unemployment rate is also
increasing. according to confirmed reports, unemployment,
particularly among the educated is a major cause of concern,''
pointed out the article in the opinion column of the daily.
fh/ks
end
::irna 06/04/99 12:26

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:49:02 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: 3 Quakes Hit Bojnourd, Northeast Iran

3 Quakes Hit Bojnourd, Northeast Iran
=====================================


thr 007
earthquake-bojnourd
3 quakes hit bojnourd, northeast iran
bojnourd, khorasan prov., april 6, irna -- three quakes measuring 4,
4.7 and 5.5 degrees on the richter scale jolted bojnourd in northeast
iran at 20:51, 20:52 and 21:34 hours local time (16:21, 16:22 and
17:04 gmt) on monday night.
the mashhad seismological base affiliated to geophysics institute
of tehran university registered the epicenter of the tremors 250 km
northwest of the provincial capital, mashhad.
no reports were available on probable casualties or damage on
property.
two earthquakes measuring 5.4 and 6.1 degrees on the richter
scale hit bojnourd and its vicinity in february 1998 which claimed
more than 80 lives.
ys/ks
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::irna 06/04/99 09:55

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:49:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Tuesday Newspaper Headlines

Tuesday Newspaper Headlines
===========================


thr 001
headlines-press
tuesday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 6, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this morning:
iran news:
-kharrazi discusses kosovo crisis with annan over phone
-'western democracy' responsible for kosovo crisis, leader
-france's elf, canada's bow valley sign iranian oil deal
-europe prepares for kosovar influx
-iraq says western planes bombed oil pipeline
-europe prepares for kosovar influx
-french parliamentary delegation arrives in tehran
kayhan international:
-leader slams 'western democracy' for muslim misery in kosovo
-annan on lockerbie: 'it's been a long wait'
-kharrazi, annan, alatas discuss kosovo crisis
-nato hits yugoslav air force, army facilities
-bomber kills self, girl in attack on turk governor
-colombia prison riots kill 12
-iraq says: western planes bombed oil facility
tehran times:
-'western democracy' responsible for kosovo crisis, leader
-elf, bow valley consortium sign contract for development of oil
field
-mps: impeachment of mohajerani not in pipeline for time being
-lockerbie bombing suspects arrive in the netherlands
-french parliamentary delegation in tehran
iran:
-leader in a meeting with officials: late imam khomeini, the
closest to imam ali's manners and principles in contemporary history
-balkan war has left behind one million homeless
-kadivar's trial to be held in open court next week
-supreme court confirms ruling on karbaschi
-mohajerani: critical remarks of judiciary chief rooted in
misinterpretations
jomhuri eslami:
-leader: justice and utter submission to divine will, basic
foundation of islamic rulership
-president: government attempts to serve deprived people
-serb crimes in kosovo leaves one million muslims homeless
-contract signed with two foreign companies to develop balal oil
field
salam:
-leader: refraining from self-centered activities and
dictatorship, most important characteristic of government ruling
according divine laws
-president: government programs aim at serving people
particularly the low-income ones
-emergency sessions of eu foreign ministers and oic contact
group to be held tomorrow
-karbaschi's lawyer: prosecutor general to return karbaschi's
case back to the court which issued the initial verdict
abrar:
-leader: a life devoid of any discrimination will be
materialized for all through islamic ruling system
-president: tehran far from right standards for city life yet
-prosecutor general refuses to reconsider karbaschi's case
-minister of culture and islamic guidance: the ministry received
enough criticism last year
hamshahri:
-leader: no signs of dictatorial ruling, royalty and hegemony
in an islamic ruling system
-president: tehran municipality played key role in changing
urban social life patterns
-kharrazi discusses kosovo crisis with kofi annan
-representative of iran-france friendship group: no tension
exists between iran and france
kar va karegar:
-leader: no signs of dictatorial ruling, royalty and hegemony in
an islamic ruling system
-khatami to visit paris, french mp
-mohajerani: ayatollah yazdi's critical remarks reflects
misinterpretations
-nateq nouri: attending to living conditions of low income
people should be given top priority
abrar-e eqtesadi:
-iran's wheat production doubled in past decade
-rls. 200 million of loans to be paid to retired people
-majlis speaker: 1378, year of financial order and hard work
-cabinet to discuss this year's budget
neshat:
-leader: no dictatorial decisions and hegemony in islamic ruling
system
-conservatives new plan to eliminate kargozaran party
-prosecutor general refuses to reconsider karbaschi's case
-kadivar to be tried next wednesday in an open court
afarinesh:
-leader: there is no room for dictatorial decisions and hegemony
in an islamic system
-mohajerani: ministry of culture and islamic guidance never
claimed it expound principles of islam
-ex-mayor's lawyer: karbaschi's appeal rejected
-russians enter yugoslavia war
jahan-e eslam:
-leader: what is befalling on kosovo muslims is a result of
western interpretations of democracy
-khatami: government suffers from people's problems
-head of french parliamentary friendship delegation: khatami to
visit paris
-mohajerani: yazdi suffering from misunderstanding
arya:
-leader: refraining from self-centered attitudes and dictatorial
decisions, most important characteristic of an islamic ruling system
-khatami: government suffering for people's problems
-mohajerani: yazdi's critical remarks about ministry of culture
and islamic guidance resulting from misinterpretation
-mousavi tabrizi: kadivar's trial to be held next week


tuesday afternoon's newspapers headlines
tehran, april 6, irna -- the following headlines appeared in tehran's
newspapers this afternoon:
kayhan:
- supreme leader of revolution: in an islamic government
administration of justice is main pivot
- iran inks dlrs 300 m deal with two canadian, french oil
companies
- president: government's plans targets needy class of society
- kharrazi, kofi annan talks on kosovo crisis over phone
- plan to materialize thoughts of late imam khomeini to be placed
on top of majlis agenda
ettela'at:
- supreme leader of revolution: avoiding any type of despotism,
most significant characteristic of divine governments
- french parliamentary delegation arrive in iran
- majlis speaker calls on oic, nam, un security council to oppose
nato strike against yugoslavia
- contract to expand balal oil field signed
- interior minister underlines need for expansion of public
transportation
resalat:
- supreme leader of revolution: there is no sign of selfishness,
monarchy, despotism in velayat, divine governments
- majlis speaker: year of imam khomeini is year for preserving
values, principles of islamic revolution
mm/rr
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::irna 06/04/99 18:24

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:49:50 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 6

PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 6
=============================


07:05 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN TIMES - A delegation of French parliament members arrive
in Tehran for talks with Iranian MPs, the speaker of parliament
and a deputy foreign minister. The group is also due to meet
students and academics.

IRAN NEWS - The Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry warns
three newspapers, including the liberal daily Zan run by a
daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, not to
create political tensions. Zan prompted conservative anger
recently when it quoted a new year's message from Iran's former
empress.

- Seven people are killed when a minibus crashes into a truck in
southern Iran.

SALAM

- Moderate Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ataollah
Mohajerani rejects accusations by conservative judiciary head
Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi that the ministry's liberal press
policies threaten Iran's Islamic values.

HAMSHAHRI

- State-run aluminium company Iralco says its production of
aluminium sheets rose by 20 percent year-on-year to 109,000
tonnes in the Iranian year that ended on March 20.

ABRAR-E EQTESADI

- Environmental authorities in southwestern Lorestan province
ban hunting and fishing until June 22.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:50:26 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Developing Ties with Iran, A Priority in Kyrgyz Fo

Developing Ties with Iran, A Priority in Kyrgyz Foreign Policy
==============================================================


thr 019
akayev-interview
developing ties with iran a priority in kyrgyz foreign policy
bishkek, april 5, irna -- kyrgyz president asker akayev said here
that the expansion of amicable and brotherly ties with iran is among
the priorities of the kyrghyzstan's foreign policy and bishkek will
make every effort for the improvement of these ties.
in an interview with irna, he referred to the importance of the
friendly ties between iran and kyrgyzstan
ofand said, ''the expansion
of irano-kyrgyz ties forms the cornerstone of bishkek's foreign policy
in view of the geographical, historical and ethnical commonalities
between the two countries as well as their cultural and religious
status.''
citing the regular high level political and cultural contacts
between tehran and bishkek as evidence of this, he noted that the two
countries have so far signed 40 agreements and friendship accords.
in the past four years, the exchange of goods between the two
countries increased many folds and reached dlrs 13 million in 1998, he
stated.
according to akayev, there are 127 irano-kyrghyz companies active
in kyrgyzstan and the contacts between the ulemas and cultural figures
of the two countries is on the rise.
kyrgyz athletes have visited iran more than any other country and
the ties between the province of osh in kyrgyzstan and khorasan in
iran, which are linked by fraternity treaty, are growing with each
passing day, he pointed out.
an evaluation of irano-kyrgyz ties, he further noted, bears
evidence to the fact that cooperation in the fields of commerce,
economy and culture between the two brotherly nations is meeting
increasing success. the relations based on the principle of
non-interference in internal affairs paving the way for lasting
political negotiations, said akayev.
''therefore kyrgyzstan will move forwa
''therefore kyrgyzstan will move forward confidently to strengthen
all-out ties with iran and consider what has so far been achieved as
'ideal','' he noted.
the peoples of iran and kyrgyzstan are the followers of the divine
religion of islam, he said adding, ''the constructive ideas and values
of this religion can serve as an impetus for development and cordial
ties.''
ah/ah
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::irna 05/04/99 20:31

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:49:58 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: embassy denies reports on iran's mediation

embassy denies reports on iran's mediation between ethiopia,
eritrea
============================================================


thr 024
ethiopia-iran-denial
embassy denies reports on iran's mediation between ethiopia,
eritrea
tehran, april 6, irna -- iran's embassy in addis ababa monday denied
news reports that the speaker of the ethiopian council of people's
representatives dawit yohanes had called for iran's mediation between
ethiopia and eritrea.
in a statement, the embassy said that in the meeting with iran's
ambassador to addis ababa hussein rajabi last week, the speaker of
ethiopian parliament made no mention about iran's mediation
between ethiopia and eritrea.
the ehtiopian parliament speaker in his meeting with rajabi had
only called for iran's efforts at international organizations to help
settle the crisis betweem hs country and eritrea.
ys/ks
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::irna 06/04/99 12:22

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:50:38 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: FOCUS-Iran Blames NATO for Kosovo Misery, Sends Ai

FOCUS-Iran Blames NATO for Kosovo Misery, Sends Aid
===================================================


02:00 p.m Apr 05, 1999 Eastern
(Adds first Iran aid plane sent to Albania, para 6)
TEHRAN, April 5 (Reuters) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei attacked NATO on Monday for its air strikes on
Yugoslavia, saying they had only exacerbated the plight of
ethnic Albanian Moslems in Kosovo.

``Yugoslavia is at war with NATO and what is the result? Is any
Moslem feeling any safer? Since the attacks began, Moslems have
been dealt with more severely,'' Khamenei told state officials
gathered to celebrate a Shi'ite Moslem feast.

``The aim is to destroy Moslems in Europe because their
existence is contrary to the selfish and despotic aims of
Western rulers. In the name of democracy, they feel entitled to
use the strongest measures against those who disagree with
them,'' Khamenei said in the speech broadcast on state radio.

President Mohammad Khatami, in his own speech, blasted both
Serbs and NATO for the misery of Moslems in Kosovo.

``They are paying the price of being Moslem and seeking
independence and their rights. NATO's illegal intervention has
complicated the situation,'' Khatami said.

Iran's state television said the fi

Iran's state television said the first planeload of Iranian
humanitarian aid for Kosovo refugees, including food, medicine,
blankets and tents, arrived in Tirana on Monday.

Iran, the current head of the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference, has repeatedly called for an end to military action
which it has said would not resolve the crisis. Tehran has also
protested to Yugoslavia about reported killings of Moslems.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:50:56 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: IRAN CLERICS ACCUSES THE WEST OF GENOCIDE OF MUSLI

IRAN CLERICS ACCUSES THE WEST OF GENOCIDE OF MUSLIMS IN EUROPE
==============================================================


By Safa Haeri
TEHRAN 5TH APR. (IPS) Senior clerical leaders of the Islamic
Republic lashed out Monday at Western democracies and strongly
condemned the "illegal" and "unauthorised" North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation's military operations against Serbia, accusing them
of "ethnic cleansing" and "annihilating" of Muslims in Europe.

"What is happening to the Muslims in Kosovo is the same that
befallen on them in Bosnia, in Palestine. Those are the result
of Western democracies where anyone, anywhere opposed to them
will be crushed with maximum of brutality with the mightiest of
weapons", Tehran Radio quoted the ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, the
leader of the Islamic Republic.

Talking on the occasion of "Eyd Qadir", the day that, according
to the Shi'a Muslims, the prophet Mohammad named his son-in-law
Ali to replace him as the leader of the Muslims (a theory that
is rejected by the overwhelming Sunni Muslims who consider the
Shi'a as heretics), Mr. Khameneh'i said the goal of the NATO's
"unauthorised" war in Kosovo is the "annihilation" of the
Muslims in Europe.

"The fact is that the presence of Muslims in Europe is against
the objectives the selfish, so-called democratic leaders of
Europe, and contrary to Western propaganda, not only NATO's
attacks has not brought peace for the Muslims, but worsened
their situation", the hawkish ayatollah known for his hating of
the West told the well-wishers, that included the President and
other leading responsible of the regime.

Observers expressed noted the Iranian clerical rulers denounced
NATO at a time that the Organisation is mounting a huge,
large-scale operation to assist and shelter the hundreds of
thousands of ethnic Albanians, a great majority of them Muslims,
who have been booted out of their ancestral land by the Serbs in
the most brutal, inhuman and humiliating way not seen since the
end of World War II in the one hand and on the other, to protect
those who have stayed behind, fearing manslaughter by Serbian
forces.

Expressing "astonishment" of twisting the situation by the
Iranian ruling clerics, including the President ayatollah
Mohammad Khatami whom the Western governments are portraying as
"moderate" by presenting the West and NATO as responsible of the
"genocide" of the Musilms in Kosovo instead of the Serbs,
Iranian analysts said the Islamic Republic has joined some other
Arab nations like Iraq and Libya in condemning NATO's military
operations while Muslim countries, including Iran are doing
absolutely nothing for their Muslim brothers.

In his address, the ayatollah Khameneh'i presented his Islamic
regime as the "only one" based on "justice, immersed in God's
will and Islamic laws and values" as opposed to other "unjust,
because non divine" systems, like the Western superficial
democracies that in fact are nothing but authoritarian regimes
"exterminating" the Muslims.

For his part, Mr. Khatami said NATO's "illegal interference" in
Kosovo has "further complicated" the situation of the Muslims in
Kosovo, but he did not offered any solution, nor announced any
humanitarian assistance from his government, nor any other
Muslim nation, for the Kosovars refugees in neighbouring Albania
and Macedonia, excepting for Saudi Arabia and Unitred Arab
Emirates, among the richest countries of the world, that have
contributed with some financial contributions in Macedonia.

By lashing out at the NATO, Tehran, like most Arab and Muslim
nations, is expressing both its wrath and regrets of the absence
of the United Nations in the present crisis, explaining their
describing of the NATO,s strikes over Yugoslavia as "illegal" or
"unauthorised".

As some NATO members, among them the United States, Germany and
Sweden have offered to take in some 100.000 of the refugees from
Kosovo, of all Muslim nations, only secular Turkey has so far
announced its readiness to accept 20.000 of them, while
countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Jordan or Libya have
more than enough money and space to offer the needy, homeless,
displaced people.

(But one informed source told IPS that the real aim of Ankara in
offering to take the ethnic Albanians it considers as the
"cousins" of the Turks is in fact to install them in the
"Turkish Republic of Cyprus", the part of the Island that Turkey
occupied in 1975).

In his capacity as the present president of the OIC, Mr. Khatami
has convened for Wednesday 7th April a meeting in Geneva of the
organisation's eight members "contact group" for Kosovo, but
some Arab diplomats interviewed by IPS doubted any concrete
would come out, citing reluctance of leading Arab and Muslim
nations to get involved in the Kosovo quagmire, seeing it as a
"mere US action to impose its unilateral, unopposed leadership
in the world". ENDS KOSOVO 549918

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:51:42 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Israel Opposes Freedom for Kosovars

Israel Opposes Freedom for Kosovars
===================================


thr 026
israel-kosovo
israel opposes freedom for kosovars
athens, april 6, irna --- while voicing a reluctant denunciation of
the serbian rampage of ethnic cleansing against albanians in kosovo,
israel has expressed opposition to the kosovars' bid for independence.
this position was voiced last night by zionist foreign minister
ariel sharon during a meeting with the heads of major jewish
organizations in the united states in new york, said a despatch from
al-qods.
sharon was quoted as saying that the west shouldn't allow kosovo
gain independence because this would lead, in his opinion, to the
establishment of greater albanian and a prelude to the formulation of
a ''fundamentalist islamic state'' in the heart of europe.
sharon expressed his opposition to nato aerial bombing of serbia
from the very inception, arguing that israel could one day find itself
in similar circumstances.
but uri avneri, a holocaust survivor and human rights activist,
castigated sharon's ''immoral stance,'' saying ''it was shocking
to see some jews behave in a disgusting manner toward the plight
of a people which reminds us of our own plight six decades ago.''
sharon is a former war criminal very much like serbian president
slobadan milosevic.
during the israeli invasion of lebanon in august 1982, he
instructed his christian phalangists allies to murder several
thousand palestinian refugees at the sabra and shatilla refugee
camps on the southern outskirts of beirut.
following the genocide, he was forced to step down as defense
minister, but a few years latter he re-emerged a strong man in
the likud coalition under the premiership of yitzhak shamir
and benjamin netanyahu. ka/nk/ks
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::irna 06/04/99 12:31

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Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:51:30 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: West, U.S. Not in Favor of An Islamic State in Eur

West, U.S. Not in Favor of An Islamic State in Europe- Speaker
==============================================================


thr 034
speaker-kosovo
west, u.s. not in favor of an islamic state in europe: speaker
tehran, april 6, irna -- speaker of the islamic consultative assembly
(majlis) hojatoleslam ali akbar nateq nouri here tuesday said that the
islamic republic of iran cannot remain indifferent towards the crisis
in kosovo as it threatens the fate of over two million kosovar
muslims.
he said the west and the u.s. by no means favor formation of a
muslim state in europe, adding that in his opinion the serbs and
nato have reached a consensus for annihilation of muslims and for
helping the u.s. to realize its new world order scheme.
''iran, as the chairman of the organization of the islamic
conference condemns the massacre of muslims,'' said the speaker while
addressing the first session of the majlis in the new iranian year
(started march 21).
drawing a parallel between the murder and aggressions committed
n kosovo with those practiced in bosnia, he regretted that the islamic
world has adopted a passive stance towards the crisis.
arguing whether nato member states had taken the initiative to
attack belgrade merely due to their sympathy with the kosovar muslims,
nateq nouri said that more pressures by nato will further embolden
the serbs to aggravate their crimes, adding that muslims will be the
only victims.
the majlis speaker pointed to the ''inefficiency'' of the u.n.,
security council and international bodies in this connection and
said the crimes committed by the serbs should be condemned ''but not
in this way.''
he said the u.s. takes advantage of similar occasions, adding that
one day it invades iraq against all international norms and today it
is in yugoslavia under the pretext of kosovo crisis.
such an oppressive and bullying attitude which is symptomatic of
the rule of jungle, should be confronted not only by the islamic
countries but by members of the non-aligned movement as well, said
the majlis speaker.
expressing the hope for a serious follow up of the muslims
issues in the balkans and in kosovo, nateq nouri said that iranian
muslims, the president and the foreign ministry have taken
praiseworthy steps in this connection. teps in
this connection. teps in this connection.
teps in this connection.

elsewhere in his speech the majlis speaker pointed to the recent
oil price hike and hailed opec members, especially saudi arabia, for
its cooperation with iran in this connection.
referring to iran's reduced oil production with an aim to
increase prices, the speaker expressed the hope that the revenues
stipulated in this year's budget will be realized through oil
exports.
he also termed the current iranian year as the year for the
return to imam khomeini's principles and values and hoped that
majlis would take precedence over other organizations in this
connection.
pointing to the various plots hatched by enemies against the
islamic revolution and republic over the past 20 years, hojatoleslam
nateq nouri said all the conspiracies were foiled in the light of the
leadership of the imam, the leader and vigilant iranian people.
ns/rr
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