Chronology: Iran

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Chronology: Iran


See also, Central Asia and Transcaucasia, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia

1998

Apr. 16: On television, Ayatollah `Ali Khamene'i called for unity between supporters of President Muhammad Khatami's government and the judiciary, following the judiciary's arrest of the mayor of Tehran, Ghulanhusayn Karbashi, on charges of corruption. Khatami's cabinet had defended Karbashi's innocence while he was imprisoned. Authorities released Karbashi on bail on 15 April. [4/17 NYT, WP]

Apr. 19: The Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reported that, in a letter to President Khatami, 687 mayors had asked the president to investigate the imprisonment of Tehran's mayor Karbashi. [4/21 FBIS]

Apr. 30: The US Department of State released a report calling Iran "the most active state sponsor of terrorism." [5/1 NYT, WPI

May 9: Eight Italian members of parliament traveled to Tehran to promote bilateral relations between Iran and Italy. [5/12 FBIS]

May 18: Before the opening of the World Trade Organization conference in Geneva, US secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright announced that the Clinton administration would waive sanctions against France's Total SA, Russia's Gazprom, and Malaysia's Petronas petroleum companies. These firms had signed a $2 billion contract with Iran to develop jointly Iran's South Pars gas field. The US Iran-Libya Sanctions Act called for sanctions against companies that invested more than $40 million in Iran or Libya. [5/19 NYT, FT]

The Financial Times reported that Argentina's foreign minister Guido Di Tella had ordered the expulsion from the country of seven Iranians, including three diplomats, due to suspicion of Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish cultural center. [5118 FT]

May 23: Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tehran to celebrate the anniversary of President Khatami's first year in office.

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