Chronology: Iran

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Chronology: Iran

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Apr. 20: The Presidents of Iran and China Mohammad Khatami and Jiang Zemin, signed six cooperation agreements. This event marked the first time a Chinese leader had visited Iran since the 1979 revolution. [BBC, 4/20]

Apr. 29: A prominent reformist journalist, Zeid-Abadi, was sentenced to 23 months in jail for allegedly spreading propaganda against the state and insulting officials.

[BBC, 4/29]

May 2: Almost 5,000 workers demonstrated in Tehran demanding higher pay and better job security. [NYT, 5/3]

May 4: Iran's conservative-controlled judiciary, temporarily banned two reformist newspapers for publishing articles that purportedly insulted the Prophet Mohammad. [BBC, 5/4]

May 16: The editor of Iran's leading proreform newspaper Mohsen Mirdamadi, received a six-month jail sentence for allegedly spreading anti-government propaganda. In addition to this sentence, Mirdamadi was banned from press activities for four years and his newspaper, would be shut for six months. [NYT, 5/16]

May 19: Mohamad Dadkhah, a lawyer for Iran's Freedom Movement, was sentenced to five months imprisonment for slandering the country's conservative judiciary. [BBC]

May 26: Iran's Defense Minister 'Ali Shamkhani, announced that another medium-range ballistic missile test had successfully been carried out in Iran. [BBC, 5/ 26]

Tehran's Justice Department put a ban on media reports promoting negotiations with the United States. This act had sparked great debate among the reformists concerning the legality of such a law. [BBC, 5/28]

May 27: Two European banks, Germany's Commerzbank and France's BNP Paribas, signed a contract with the central bank to sell bonds. This was the first time, since the 1979 revolution, that Iran would sell bonds on the international market. [BBC, 5/27; NYT, 6/2]

May 30: Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami, stated that he would not negotiate with the United States, and asked his supporters to abide by supreme religious leader Ayatollah `Ali Khamenei's policies.

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