The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) will establish Mother & Child health center (Health MCH) in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad to offer services to the people, Pakistani officials said Sunday.
Saqib Zafar, an official with Pakistan Red Crescent Society, has constituted a two-member committee to give recommendations on the proposal.
Representative of Iranian Red Crescent Society Alireza Aqazi met the Chairman District Red Crescent Society Saqib Zafar and voiced his organization’s readiness to provide all the funds for establishing the health center in the building of District Red Crescent Society in Rawalpindi.
He said that the center would be the most modern and well-equipped mother and child health center.
Pakistani officials hailed the good gesture of Iran’s Red Crescent Society for providing best health care facilities to citizens.
Western Spies Cannot Visit Parchin
A member of the Majlis lashed out at the insistence of International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano to visit Iran’s military site in Parchin, saying that ‘western spies’ will never be allowed to visit military sites.
Iran and IAEA held a new round of talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Friday, ahead of the forthcoming multifaceted negotiations between Tehran and the G5+1--the US, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany--in the Russian capital, Moscow.
The IAEA is pressing Iran for an agreement to give its inspectors immediate access to the Parchin military complex, where the agency claims explosive tests related to the development of nuclear weapons have taken place.
Tehran has forcefully rejected claims that it pursues military objectives in its nuclear energy program saying that as a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty it is entitled to peaceful applications of nuclear energy.
“Parchin industries are non-nuclear military industries and we will not allow western spies to inspect our military technology,” lawmaker, Evaz Heidarpour, said on Saturday, Press TV reported.
He added that Iran has high deterrence power in military terms and is the dominant power in the region in military industries.
“The US and the West are trying to access information related to our military industries. We, as the people’s representatives, will not allow our military industries, which are devoid of any kind of nuclear activity, to be visited by western spies,” he reiterated.
The lawmaker stated that Iran may even sue the IAEA for taking satellite photos of Parchin military site.
On May 26, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoun Abbasi, said the IAEA insistence on visiting Parchin is due to pressure from certain countries.
Abbasi added that Iran is not convinced and ‘no documents or reason has been presented to us’ to persuade us to arrange a visit to Parchin military site.
Iran Planning Cultural Center in Beijing
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Husseini underlined the need for establishing an Iranian cultural center in Beijing.
He told IRNA on Saturday that an agreement in principle has already been reached in this respect and Iran is waiting to sign an agreement with China.
Husseini, who was in China to take part in the 9th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Cultural Ministers meeting, said Iran wants to promote cultural activities of its embassy in Beijing by establishing an independent cultural center in the Chinese capital.
He hoped the agreement would pave the way for the establishment of the center and expressed Iran’s readiness to expand ties with China in all artistic and cultural fields.
Cyber Attack on Iran Traced to US
Head of Iran’s cyber police said the perpetrators of the recent cyber attack on the Iranian Oil Ministry have been traced to the US.
Kamal Hadianfar told reporters on Saturday that two suspicious American IP addresses were identified in the cyber attack.
He said that the issue has been pursued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry and Interpol, adding that the US needs to disclose the identity of the hackers to Iran, Press TV reported.
He said that the cyber attack on the Oil Ministry was successfully neutralized.
On April 23, the Iranian Oil Ministry spokesman said a cyber attack targeted the ministry and the National Iranian Oil Company, adding, however, that it had failed to damage any key data.
“The cyber attack has not damaged the main data of the Oil Ministry and the National Iranian Oil Company since public servers are separate from the main ones; they have different [network] wirings and are not connected to the Internet,” Ali-Reza Nikzad said. Deputy Oil Minister Hamdollah Mohammadnejad said later that the attack was ‘in the form of a virus that aimed to steal and damage data’, adding that those who designed the malware ‘pursued certain objectives’.
Last month, Police Chief Brigadier General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moqaddam also said clues had been found to bring perpetrators of cyber attacks to justice and the prosecutor is following up the case. He told reporters that the prosecutor is currently involved in identifying perpetrators of the cyber attacks in cooperation with Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the ministries attacked.
“In terms of theft, it is the responsibility of the Islamic Republic of Iran Police, but, the ministries themselves are also responsible for taking security measures to thwart cyber attacks.”
Two cyber attacks separately targeted the science as well as oil ministries in April. On April 29, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, in a statement said it has successfully thwarted a cyber attack on the ministry’s computer systems.
Iran’s Ambassador to Kabul Abolfazl Zohrehvand called the Leader of the Islamic Revolution a main defender of the Afghan people, saying Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has always underlined full support for the Afghans.
West Must Comply With Nuclear Demands
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The Only Way
‘The only path’ for world powers holding talks with Iran on its nuclear activities is to accept Tehran’s position, a top military representative for the Leader said.
“Unfortunately, the G5+1 logic, especially that of America, is of bullying, which is in no way acceptable to our people and officials,” said Ali Saeedi, a senior figure in the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps who acts as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative.
Saeedi accused the West of ‘pursuing its own aims that go beyond the (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or the NPT) regulations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and which do not fall within the IAEA’s remit’.
He portrayed Iran’s position in both tracks as ‘logical and rational’ and sternly told the United States and its western allies to adopt it.
“The only path in front of them is to accept Iran’s demands in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and to stop politicizing it (the nuclear issue),” Saeedi was quoted as saying.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has accepted the IAEA’s regulations and it is in the interest of the West to adhere to the agency’s regulations,” he said.
Other Iranian officials have underlined that Tehran is not budging from its view that the West should ease its punishing economic embargoes and accept Iran has a ‘right’ to uranium enrichment as first steps in the negotiations.
That insistence contrasts with the G5+1 group’s equally stubborn bid to coax Iran into giving up its higher-level uranium enrichment and stocks in exchange for more modest incentives, such as airplane spare parts and the lifting of an EU ban on insurance for oil tanker shipments to Asia.
Iran rejects western and IAEA suspicions that it is pursuing the development of a nuclear weapons capability.
The Islamic Republic accuses the United States and its allies of using the nuclear issue as a pretext for a broader political goal believed to be geared towards toppling Tehran’s theocratic regime. The IAEA, Iran says, is also being manipulated to that end.
Iran’s envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog, Ali Soltanieh, reiterated in an interview published on Sunday that ‘a couple of western governments’ are trying to turn the IAEA into an intelligence service rather than a technical verification body.
He noted that Iran observes the terms of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but that its adherence to an ‘additional protocol’ to that treaty permitting more invasive IAEA inspections ‘depends on the resolution of the (nuclear) issues with respect to the UN Security Council’.
The Security Council has since 2006 issued six resolutions demanding Iran comply with the additional protocol it dropped in 2005, and to suspend all of its uranium enrichment activities.
Talks to Fail
Meanwhile, a lawmaker said the upcoming talks between Tehran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Moscow will fail because the West’s approach is based on threats and bullying.
“These negotiations will certainly and undoubtedly fail to produce any result because they [global powers] want to use bullying and pressure in talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran and we will not bow to their pressure,” Esmail Kowsari stated.
Referring to the foot-dragging of some western negotiating parties in Moscow, the legislator stated that in view of the negative atmosphere created by the United States, UK, and even France, there is no doubt that the Moscow talks will go nowhere.
“Western countries are trying to achieve their goal by using force and [mounting] pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran and we are not a country that will give in to force. Therefore, these negotiations will be a formality and will bear no fruit,” he added.
Pointing to recent remarks by the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal who described Iran a threat to regional countries and called its nuclear activities dangerous, Kowsari said, “They [Saudis] are dependent on the United States and repeat Americans’ claims.”
He added, “Iranophobia is the joint project of the US and Zionists and the Saudi foreign minister’s remarks show that they are afraid of …their own people because over the past 30 years Iran has never committed the slightest act of aggression against even its smallest and weakest neighbor.”
Last week, the Foreign Ministry rejected Faisal’s comments as ‘unrealistic’ and ‘irrational’.
“These comments are not in line with the collective interests of the people of the region and are not a logical criterion for regional developments,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.
The diplomat added that Iran’s nuclear energy activities are ‘completely transparent and compliant with the international regulations and within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’.
G5+1 Urged to Accept NPT Rights
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, Zafar Ali Shah, said it is Iran’s legitimate right to attain and develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and urged world powers to recognize such a right.
“The Iranian nation must proceed with its peaceful nuclear energy program with no stop because it is the country’s legal right,” he told IRNA on Sunday.
The Pakistani senator urged the West to recognize Iran’s nuclear stance in an attempt to help promote global peace and to stop making threats against the country.
The Iranian government has a ‘very clear’ stance on peaceful nuclear energy program which has been proven to the world, he pointed out. The Pakistani politician expressed his country’s support for Iran’s sovereign right to develop peaceful nuclear energy technology.
The senator warned against plots by the US and its allies to sow discord among Muslims and called on Islamic countries to patch up differences and counter the West’s plots through unity.
He hoped Iran would achieve its goals in the upcoming talks with the six major world powers (G5+1) in Moscow on June 18-19.
Iran and the G5+1--Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany--held three sessions of plenary talks, focusing on Iran’s nuclear energy activities, in Baghdad on May 23 and 24 after an earlier round of negotiations in Istanbul in mid-April. The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has repeatedly rejected the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.