October 20, 2001 |
Iran's foreign minister rejected a U.S. proposal to include members of the hard-line Taliban militia in any future Afghan government, saying Friday that the idea was "unacceptable." Russia and India, two allies of the United States in the fight against terrorism, also added their voices in opposition to letting Taliban "moderates" into a broad-based coalition being considered to rule Afghanistan if the Taliban regime collapses under U.S.-led bombardment. Secretary of State Colin L.
October 13, 2001 |
If Iranian state television had hoped to capture viewers with its half-hour broadcast of citizens chanting, "Death to America" in cities all over the Islamic Republic on Friday, it was out of luck. Instead, tens of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of the country to celebrate their national soccer team's 2-1 victory over Iraq. "Bringing national happiness, that's part of winning," said Hassan Ghaffari, director of international relations for the Iranian soccer federation.
October 12, 2001 |
The Islamic Republic's first demonstration against the West for its campaign in Afghanistan took place this week in this holy city where Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became a cleric. But even here, where hatred toward the U.S. government is as deeply rooted as the demand that women cover every strand of hair beneath the black drape of a chador, participants played down the significance of the rally. "It wasn't a protest.
July 28, 2001 |
Congress sent legislation to President Bush that would extend sanctions for five years against foreign firms that do business with Iran and Libya. By a voice vote and with no debate, the Senate approved a version of the legislation that the House adopted Thursday. Iran and Libya have been accused of involvement in international terrorism. Lawmakers of both parties say the sanctions make it harder for the two countries to finance terrorism with income from oil profits and other forms of
July 18, 2001 |
An Iranian court issued an arrest warrant for a dissident undergoing treatment for cancer in the U.S., the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Ibrahim Yazdi--leader of the outlawed Freedom Movement of Iran, a group calling for government reform--is accused of endangering national security and possessing firearms. Yazdi, 69, left Iran in November and is receiving chemotherapy for prostate cancer in Houston. More than 60 group members have been arrested since March.
June 8, 2001 |
As Congress moved Thursday to extend sanctions on Iran, a blue-ribbon panel of former top U.S. policymakers called for ending the economic embargoes that have characterized tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic for more than two decades. Lifting sanctions would almost certainly have the widest impact on Iran's rich energy industry--and the United States' growing appetite.