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Iranian scientist was CIA asset inside Iran for years: NYT

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 8:46 am

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010 (AFP) – The Iranian scientist who spent 14 months in the United States in mysterious circumstances had been a CIA informant inside Iran for years, The New York Times reported Friday.


“Shahram Amiri described to American intelligence officers details of how a university in Tehran became the covert headquarters for the country’s nuclear efforts,” the report said citing unnamed US officials.


“While still in Iran, he was also one of the sources for a much-disputed National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s suspected weapons program, published in 2007,” it further cited the officials as saying.


Indeed it was “for several years” that “Amiri provided what one official described as ‘significant, original’ information about secret aspects of his country’s nuclear program,” the US officials were quoted as saying.

Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri is welcomed by family members upon his arrival at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran on July 15. AFP

Amiri, repeating his claims he had been abducted by US spies, told reporters at Tehran airport that not only did he have nothing to do with Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, he had also resisted US pressure to tell the media that he was a well-informed atomic scientist.


He said his captors wanted him to tell the US media that he had “defected on his own and was carrying important documents and a laptop which contained classified secrets of Iran’s military nuclear programme.”


“But with God’s will, I resisted,” Amiri said, soon after being welcomed at Tehran airport by his tearful son and overjoyed wife.


Amiri, who vanished from Saudi Arabia in June 2009 while on a pilgrimage, surfaced in Iran’s Interests Section in Washington two days ago.


He jetted out of Washington on Wednesday after US officials insisted he had arrived in the United States on his own free will and that there was nothing stopping him from leaving.


He insisted on his arrival in Tehran that he was a “simple researcher” and not involved in Iran’s nuclear programme, which world powers believe masks an atomic weapons drive despite continued Iranian denials.


“I had nothing to do with the Natanz and Fordo sites,” Amiri said, referring to Iran’s two uranium enrichment plants.


“It was a tool the US government brought up for political pressure,” he said, referring to reports he was a nuclear scientist.


“I have done no research on nuclear. I am a simple researcher who works in a university which is open to all and there is no secret work happening there.”

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Source: SGGP

Friendship – a precious asset

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:04 am




Friendship – a precious asset


QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet paid an official visit to Belarus from May 12-15. In the current economic climate both countries have good reason to strengthen their economic ties and increase bilateral trade value.


The population of Begoml, a town in Vichev province, more than 100km from the capital Minsk, was eager to welcome the Vietnamese delegation. They invited their hounoured guests to bread and salt, a Belarusian custom. On receiving President Triet, Mr and Mrs Grishanov enthusiastically talked about memories of Vietnam’s victory 35 years ago, about Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay.


“I am moved to tears to receive the Vietnamese president, said Mrsgrishnov. “Vietnam is in my heart. I hope that the visit will bring both countries closer, together for the benefit of their people.”


Vietnam’s great victory was attributed to the former Soviet Union, which included Belarus. After the war, Vietnam faced a number of difficulties during its economic development process and received significant support from its traditional friend. Many Vietnamese people still remember MAZ trucks or Minsk motorbikes.


Mr Triet told President Alexander Lukashenko and other Belarusian leaders that their support is unwavering and the Vietnamese people will never forget. Both parties agreed that their friendship provides a firm foundation for steeping up co-operation in the future and turning their friendship into economic strength.


President Lukashenko and Prime Minister Sidorsky reaffirmed that they will work with Vietnam to expand co-operation in engineering, producing and assembling trucks, agricultural machinery and fertilizer. These are Belarus’ strengths.


Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Kobyakov emphasised that Belarus has closely followed Vietnam’s development in recent years. Belarus is a developed country in the Commonwealth of Independent States (SNG), and is keen to boost bilateral co-operation with Vietnam. Bilateral trade value has increased despite the impact of the global economic crisis. Belarus will help increase the volume of MAZ trucks assembled in Vietnam and will supply tyres and hydraulic equipment to Vietnam. Both countries will also step up co-operation in agriculture.


Mr Triet and Mr Lukashenko signed a joint statement on their policy of strengthening ties between the two countries, to mutually recognise each other’s market economy status and consider the possibility of liberalising trade between the two countries.


Vietnam supports Belarus desire to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). On this basis, both parties expressed their willingness to continue facilitating long-term cooperation for the sake of both the Vietnamese and Belarusian peoples.


Mr Triet said that Belarus is a close and trusted friend of Vietnam. “Vietnam is expanding its co-operative ties with all countries, especially its traditional friends or those facing difficulties. Now we are turning the revolutionary spirit into the strength necessary to boost economic co-operation. I hope that Belarus will share its development experiences with Vietnam.”


Source: VOV


Source: QDND