Monday, March 07, 2005

Larijani Campaigns on Corruption and Injustice

Iran Daily: "Corruption, Injustice Main Problems

TEHRAN, March 7--A presidential candidate, Ali Larijani, said discrimination, corruption and injustice are main problems facing the country, IRNA reported.
“Economic shortcomings are presently the people’s main concern,“ Larijani told a group of Sharif Industrial University students on Monday.
He said according to a recent opinion poll, a majority of Iranians do not believe state efforts to alleviate poverty will yield tangible results.
Larijani, also the former head of the state TV and radio, pointed out that 88 percent believe bribery is the most rampant financial crime in public organizations, especially those in direct and more intense interactions with the people.
“Also, 67 percent of those surveyed complained about low wages, 36 percent were worried about job insecurity and more than 93 percent said fixing the economy is the best way to reign in inancial corruption,“ he said.
Larijani also said obstructive laws and regulations and state monopoly on the economy are among factors behind a widening social gap in Iran.
“One way to promote social and economic justice is by getting rid of discriminatory laws that favor certain groups, while it is also important that corrupt officials be dismissed at once and without any consideration,“ he said."

Iran says it had no choice but to hide nuke program

Iran says it had no choice but to hide nuke program: "Iran says it had no choice but to hide nuke program

Associated Press
Mar. 7, 2005 12:00 AM

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Sunday blamed American sanctions and European restrictions for denying Tehran access to advanced civilian nuclear technology, forcing it to keep the program secret in its early days and driving the country to the black market for needed materials.

Despite the initial secrecy, Iran now openly admits that it has already achieved proficiency in the full range of activities involved in enriching uranium, a technology that can be used to produce fuel for nuclear reactors or atomic bombs.

Washington has accused Tehran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to build a nuclear bomb. Iran denies the charge, claiming its nuclear program is designed to generate electricity. advertisement

"True. There was secrecy," former President Hashemi Rafsanjani said. "But secrecy was necessary to buy equipment for a peaceful nuclear program."

Rafsanjani was speaking at the closing session of a two-day international conference on nuclear technology in Tehran, attended by more than 50 international nuclear scientists."