December 18, 2017

Official: U.S., Iran, Held Secret Talks

Associated Press12 May 03By BARRY SCHWEIDCAIRO, Egypt - The United States and Iran held several meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in an effort to ease friction between the two countries, a senior U.S. official said Monday.The meetings focused on a wide range of issues, including postwar Iraq, in which the Bush administration is attempting to deter Iran from trying to influence the formation of a new government in Baghdad.Secretary of State Colin Powell, during a news conference here after a meeting with Egyptian officials, said the administration opposes a fundamentalist regime as not being in the interest of the Iraqi people.Powell echoed a similar statement weeks ago by Defense Secretary … [Read more...]

U.S., Iran Stall On Road to Rapprochement

Bush Administration Divided on How to Resolve Renewed Tensions Over Iraq, Nuclear PlansThe Wall Street JournalMay 12, 2003By DAVID S. CLOUDWhen the Bush administration this month asked the Iranian government through intermediaries to turn over Iraqi officials or terrorists who crossed into their territory, a U.S. official says Tehran's reply was caustic: We had a deal to cooperate, and you haven't lived up to it.The Iranians were upset that Washington hadn't followed through on prewar assurances that coalition forces invading Iraq would eliminate the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an anti-Tehran militia group that for years has mounted cross-border attacks from Iraq.The back-channel messages, which the … [Read more...]

Iran, U.S. holding talks in Geneva

USA TODAYMay 12, 2003By Barbara SlavinIran's Islamic government is debating re-establishing diplomatic relations with the United States for the first time in 23 years and is holding secret talks with U.S. diplomats in Geneva on a range of issues, including the shape of a new government in Iraq, U.S. and Iranian diplomats say.The Geneva discussions, due to resume next week, are headed on the U.S. side by Zalmay Khalilzad, President Bush's special envoy to the Iraqi opposition, the diplomats say. A representative of the United Nations opens the talks but does not always stay, U.S. officials say. There have been three meetings this year, the most recent on May 3.The sessions, which grew out of … [Read more...]

Iranian Fighters Based in Iraq Begin to Disarm

Los Angeles TimesMay 12, 2003By Eric SlaterAL KHALIS, Iraq, May 12 — A heavily armed Iranian opposition group that the U.S. has listed as a terrorist organization began handing over its weapons to U.S. troops in eastern Iraq on Sunday in exchange for security guarantees.Under a deal reached Saturday, the several thousand members of Moujahedeen Khalq have seven days to relinquish all heavy weapons and equipment and turn themselves in. Members of the organization, which was backed by Saddam Hussein, also have agreed to be interviewed by intelligence officials."When finally accomplished, the peaceful resolution of this process will significantly contribute to a safe and secure environment for … [Read more...]

US says Iran opposition in Iraq agrees to disarm

Agence France PresseMay 10 2003NORTHEASTERN IRAQ (AFP) - US forces struck a disarmament deal with the Iraq-based Iranian armed opposition, a group listed as a terrorist organization in the United States, a US general told AFP.The People's Mujahedeen's thousands of guerrilla fighters and heavy weapons are to assemble in camps in Iraq under the control of the US-led coalition, said General Ray Odierno, commander of the US Army's 4th Infantry Division."It is not a surrender. It is an agreement to disarm and consolidate," Odierno said after winding up two days of talks with the group, which has been termed a terrorist organization by the US State Department, the European Union (news - web sites) … [Read more...]

U.S. Seeks Surrender Of Iranian Group

Policy Is Reversed on Exiles in IraqBy Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, May 9, 2003; Page A01The Bush administration, increasingly concerned about the activities of an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq, has decided to actively seek its surrender, just weeks after the U.S. Central Command arranged a cease-fire that allowed the group to keep many of its weapons and maintain its camps.The closely held decision was reached by President Bush's senior foreign policy advisers last week and is part of a larger struggle within the administration over its policy toward Iran. The country shares a long border with Iraq and has alarmed U.S. officials with its links with terrorism and … [Read more...]

U.S. cease-fire with Iranian exile group allows it to respond to Iranian-sponsored attacks

Associated PressApril 29, 2003By Nicole WinfieldCAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) The U.S. cease-fire with an Iranian exile group it considers a terrorist organization allows the Mujahedeen Khalq to defend itself from Iranian-sponsored attacks and keep its artillery and other weapons, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.The cease-fire signed April 15 appears to be a way for the United States to increase pressure on Iran, which Washington has accused of meddling in Iraq after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime.But it represents a conundrum of sorts for the United States, which has classified the Iraq-based group as a terrorist organization. The United States went to war against Iraq in part … [Read more...]

Iraq-based Iranian opposition welcomes “ceasefire” with US

Agence France PresseApril 22, 2003NICOSIA (AFP) - The leader of the Iraqi-based Iranian armed opposition, the People's Mujahedeen, welcomed a "ceasefire agreement" he said had been reached with US forces.In a statement received here by AFP, Massoud Rajavi said: "We welcome the signing of a ceasefire agreement with the US forces ... although, we have not been firing at anyone and were in fact not a party to this war."The statement gave no details of the accord, and a People's Mujahedeen spokesman in Paris was not immediately able to provide any.Separately, the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera reported that a deal had been reached and that talks were still underway on the future of the group in … [Read more...]

Iran military chief demands US extradite Mojahedin LeaderAgence France PresseAPRIL 21, 2003TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Monday demanded the US extradite the head of the Iraq-based People’s Mojahedin to show it is sincere in combating terrorism, IRNA reported."We know that the US has listed the MKO as a terrorist organization, so in order to prove it is sincere in the war against terrorism, the US has to hand over the Mojahedin’s leader to us," the official news agency quoted Yahya Rahim Safavi as saying."Since the US has trapped them and until the time the US hands them over to us, anything they (theMojahedin) do against Iran, the US bears … [Read more...]

Iran Welcomes US Bombing Of Opposition Bases In Iraq

Associated PressApril 18, 2003TEHRAN (AP)--Iranian legislators have welcomed the U.S. bombing of guerrilla camps of the Iranian opposition in Iraq, but there is uncertainty over what the attack means for relations with Washington."We are not unhappy that the United States has targeted terrorist bases inside Iraq, but it does not signal a reward for Iran," the deputy speaker of Iran's parliament, Mohammad Reza Khatami, said Friday.Khatami is a younger brother of President Mohammad Khatami, who has nudged Iran toward better relations with Washington, but stopped far short of restoring the diplomatic ties severed in 1979.The U.S.-led coalition forces bombed bases of the Mujahedeen Khalq in Iraq … [Read more...]