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posted May 22, 2001 10:06
The People's Daily
May 21, 2001
Iran on Sunday reiterated condemnation of the United States for its
Iran and the U.S. severed relations in 1980 after the seizure, by some
By accusing Iran of sponsoring terrorism, seeking to sabotage Arab-Israeli
Asefi dismissed the renewal of sanctions as one-sided, saying that the
Experiences over the past years are proof of the failure of the U.S.
12) Iranian Conservative Candidate Opposes U.S. Ties
Tavakoli, a former revolutionary prosecutor and labor minister, is seen as the most serious conservative challenger for President Mohammad Khatami (news - web sites) on the June 8 elections.
The United States broke diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 after radical students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took dozens of U.S. citizens hostage. Washington still maintains harsh trade sanctions against Iran and penalizes foreign firms which invest in its oil sector.
Iran has said it is prepared to restore ties with the United States only if Washington drops the embargo.
Khatami, who remains popular despite major political setbacks over the past two years including the closure of some 40 newspapers and the jailing of dozens of intellectuals, is widely expected to beat his nine rivals easily.
Tavakoli, a British-educated economist, said he supported the conservative crackdown on the press and intellectuals.
``I seriously oppose the breaking of norms by some of the newspapers, I believe the judiciary should carry out its legal duties,'' he said.
The judiciary is run by hard-liners close to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who are bitterly opposed to Khatami's attempts to reform the 22-year-old Islamic Republic.
But candidates have not campaigned seriously, which some analysts say is a sign that the conservative opposition is resigned a Khatami victory in the election.
``Khatami knows he will win, and has no need to advertise,'' said an analyst. ``The conservatives know they will lose, they see no benefit in advertising a lost cause.''
Reformists are pushing for the elections to be seen as a referendum on change.
``June 8 will be an informal referendum,'' said Abbas Abdi, a leading pro-reform editor. ``It's best for Khatami to speak out clearly about his aims and the obstacles he faces.''
Although the conservatives have failed to field a strong candidate, fearing humiliation at the polls, several rightists are running, including former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian and university chancellor Abdollah Jasbi.
Together they could well dent Khatami's vote and undermine the mandate he needs to back his reform program.
posted May 22, 2001 10:08
Defense minister says only leader Khamene'i decides US ties
BBC Monitoring Service
May 21, 2001
Text of report by Iranian TV on 21 May
Mr Ali Shamkhani, one of the presidential candidates [also the defense minister in President Khatami's cabinet], has met with the grand ayatollahs Fazel-Lankarani, Tabrizi, Nuri-Hamedani and Sane'i as well as the representative of Ayatollah Sistani, in order to seek their views on the elections.
Speaking to the inhabitants of Mahdiyeh township, near Qom, he said: My objectives in taking part at the elections are to maintain resistance and defence capability, to preserve the Imam's [Khomeyni's] line and to revive and expand the religious government.
While criticizing factionalism in the management of the state, Mr Shamkhani added: The talent, financial resources, scientific capabilities and managerial experience of the Iranians home and abroad - if utilized - could meet the country's economic, social and technical requirements.
On the relations with America, he said: The esteemed leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i] decides the general policies. And the president, must just follow the policies of the esteemed leader as well as the guidance of the ulema and the sources of emulation to become a good executor
All times are PT (US)
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