Chronology: Iran

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Chronology: Iran


Iran

See also, petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Afgahanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait. Saudi Arabia, Sudan

1997

Apr. 21: The Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reported that thousands of students protested outside the German embassy in Tehran against the 10 April German court decision implicating the Iranian leadership in acts of terrorism. [4/22 FBIS] Apr. 29: The member nations of the European Union agreed to send their envoys back to Tehran while adopting certain measures to curtail their relations with Iran. Some of these measures include: stopping bilateral visits with Iran, barring Iranian intelligence officials from Europe, and banning weapons sales to Iran. [4/30 NYT] Apr. 30: Iran refused to accept the return of the ambassadors from Germany and Denmark. [5/1 WPl

May 4: China and Iran signed cooperation agreements in trade, oil and technical fields. Iran agreed to increase oil exports to China from 70,000 b/d to 200,000 b/d by 1999. [5/6 FBIS] May 7: The Guardian Council declared four candidates out of 238 fit to run for the presidency. Those candidates were `Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, Muhammad Khatami, Muhammad Muhammad Rayshahri, and Sayyid Riza Zavareie. [5/8 WP] May 10: An earthquake in the northeast killed some 2,400 people and injured 6,000 others. [5/11, 5/12 NYT]

May 18: Italian ambassador to Tehran, Ludovico Ortona, the most senior European diplomat in Iran, left the country in connection with Iran's refusal to accept Germany's ambassador. [5/19 FT]

May 21: Authorities closed the campaign headquarters of presidential candidate Muhammad Khatami. [5/22 NYT]

May 22: In presidential elections, former minister of culture, Muhammad Khatami, won 69 percent of the 29.1 million votes cast. Majlis speaker Nateq-Nuri received 25 percent of the vote. …

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