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    Iran…The Islamic 'Revolutionary' Republic

    Printing Date: 2/12/2008

    al manar tv news


    The Iranian Revolution, also known as the Islamic Revolution, began in January 1978 with the first major demonstrations against the Shah. After strikes and demonstrations paralyzed the country and its economy, the Shah fled the country in January 1979 and Ayatollah Khomeini soon returned from exile to Tehran, enthusiastically greeted by millions of Iranians. The Pahlavi Dynasty collapsed ten days later. The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran on February 11, 1979 altered many regional and international political equations.

    The Iranian nation's revolt against the dictatorial Shah system which had begun in 1963 gained so much momentum in 1978 that the West, as the main backer of the Shah regime, could not withstand the anger of the nation, and eventually the Revolution triumphed. Sayyed Ali Khamenei became the Supreme leader of Iran continuing Imam Khomeini's path after his death in 1989.

    The victory of the Revolution caused a political and military earthquake, and the Islamic Republic adopted new approaches in its relations with the outside world. Immediately, Iran’s new leaders declared Israel as an occupier and brutal system. Since then, Iran, leaving behind many problems and barriers, has achieved much.

    As nuclear energy and Iranian cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's Nuclear Watchdog, is one of the most important issues raised in televisions and newspapers these days, it is necessary to explain more in this regard.

    Although it is true that Iran is rich in oil and gas, these resources are finite and, given the pace of Iran's economic development, they will be depleted within two to five decades. With a territory of 1,648,000 sq. km and a population of about 70 million, projected to be more than 105 million in 2050, Iran has no choice but to seek access to more diversified and secure sources of energy. To satisfy such demands, Iran can't rely exclusively on fossil energy.

    Iran firmly believes that peaceful use of nuclear energy is the right of all countries in the world and this technology should not be the monopoly of some ambitious countries. So, it offered help for other regional, Arab and Gulf countries in nuclear technology. Iran then became a member in the nuclear non-proliferation treaty which gives Tehran the right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

    Therefore, Iran's nuclear program is neither ambitious nor economically unjustifiable. Producing fuel for its nuclear power plants is an integral part of Iran's nuclear energy policy.

    In conformity to this, the Islamic Republic has worked closely with the IAEA, during the course of the last two years, to deal with the issues and questions raised about its nuclear program especially that the Western powers vehemently accuses Tehran of pursuing nuclear weapons. The agency's thorough inspections of Iran have repeatedly confirmed Iran's assertion that no amount of inspection and scrutiny will ever show the slightest diversion into military activity.

    The last NIE report made by US intelligence along with the UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei's reports assured Tehran's peaceful nuclear program. Nevertheless, now after almost 30 years that Iran has turned into a great regional power, it has come under extreme pressure from the U.S. and other Western colonialists. However, despite the intense economic sanctions through all these times, the Islamic Republic has succeeded to become self-sufficient in the areas of nuclear technology, defense industries, medicine, space, and agriculture, and the country has turned into a model for other Islamic states.

    As time goes by, the Islamic Republic realizes more of its domestic potentials, and no economic sanctions can prevent the country from walking the path it has chosen for utilizing nuclear energy for civilian purposes because it will play a very significant role in its economic development in the future. Surely the Revolution will continue its path and every year the Iranian experts will discover new ways for using modern sciences, and according to the country’s 20-Year Outlook Plan the Islamic Republic will become a center for scientific and industrial studies in the region and the world.

    Thank God everything is turning to the best interests of the Islamic Republic and the true face of hypocrisy is being put to shame. Yet, is it sufficient guarantee that the Bush administration and allies will stop mounting economic pressure on the Islamic Republic for its peaceful nuclear program and avoid leveling ill-founded accusations in the vain hopes that they may convince the international community that Iran is after nuclear weapons, thereby legitimizing its possible attack as it did in Afghanistan and Iraq!

    In the final analysis, the only people to be left in the arena to beat the drums of war continue to level accusations and pile pressure on Iran will be Bush and his minions in the West and Israel.




    Iran Sends Defiant Message to West on Revolution Day
    Mon Feb 11, 2008

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran aims to send a satellite into space within
    months and will not retreat in a nuclear row with the West, its
    president said on Monday, in a defiant speech on the anniversary of
    the country's 1979 Islamic revolution.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed a major rally in Tehran a
    week after Iran sparked international concern by test-launching a
    rocket designed to carry its first domestically made research
    satellite into orbit.

    "God willing, next summer the first 100 percent Iranian-made
    satellite will be positioned in orbit," he said.

    The West fears Tehran is covertly trying to obtain nuclear bombs.
    Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, says it needs nuclear
    energy to meet booming electricity demand.

    The technology used to put satellites into space could also be used
    for launching weapons, analysts say, and both the United States and
    Russia have expressed concern about the rocket test.

    Russia, which has long argued there is no evidence Tehran is seeking
    atomic weapons, and which is supplying fuel for its Bushehr nuclear
    power station, said the test raised suspicions about the real nature
    of Iran's atomic program.

    A top U.S. official said Iran's rocket launch and reports it is
    testing an advanced centrifuge for uranium enrichment, which can have
    both civilian and military uses, were "troubling."

    "It's hard to find a country in the world that's more isolated than
    Iran right now," U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told
    reporters in London on Monday.

    But Ahmadinejad made clear Iran would press ahead with its satellite
    work, signaling it would carry out two more rocket tests to prepare
    for the real launch.

    State media last week said the research satellite, called Omid
    (Hope), would be sent into orbit by March 2009.


    Ahmadinejad also said Iran would not back down in the nuclear dispute
    with the West, despite the threat of a third round of _U.N. Security
    Council sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its refusal to halt
    sensitive atomic work.

    "They should know that the Iranian nation will not retreat one iota
    from its nuclear rights," he told the crowd which had gathered in the
    capital for the 29th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the
    U.S.-backed shah.

    Iranian officials had called on people to turn out in large numbers
    to show their unity in the face of Western pressure. State television
    broadcast footage of rallies held across Iran.

    The official IRNA news agency said Ahmadinejad was addressing a
    "million-strong gathering" but it was not immediately possible to
    confirm this figure.

    "America should understand ... that the Iranian nation will not back
    down from its rights," demonstrator Leila Jafari said.

    Others at the rally burnt effigies representing Uncle Sam.

    U.S. officials have accused Iran of aiming to equip its missiles with
    nuclear warheads. Iran says its nuclear program is designed only to
    generate electricity and preserve its oil and gas for export.

    Burns said Washington hoped the 27-nation _European Union_
    nline=nyt-org) would adopt its own sanctions resolution "which would
    be obviously much tougher than what the Security Council would do."

    (Additional reporting by Zahra Hosseinian in Tehran and Katherine
    Baldwin in London; Writing by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Charles Dick)

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