August 17, 2017

U.S. Designates 30 Groups as Terrorists

Justice: Label triggers law freezing assets, denying visas and punishing Americans for financial, arms support.The Los Angeles TimesThursday, October 9, 1997By NORMAN KEMPSTERWASHINGTON--Secretary of State Madeleine Albright designated 30 foreign organizations as terrorist groups Wednesday, triggering a law that freezes their financial assets in the United States, denies U.S. visas to their members and subjects Americans who give them money or weapons to 10 years in prison…Newly listed organizations include the People's Moujahedeen, an anti-Iranian guerrilla group based in Iraq that maintains an office in Washington and has parlayed its anti-Tehran activities into substantial support on … [Read more...]

Iran: U.S. Policy and Options

U.S.-Iran Relations Since Khatemi’s ElectionUpdated January 14, 2000 CRS Report for CongressOn October 8, 1997, the State Department officially designated the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) as a terrorist group, in accordance with the provisions of the Anti- Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-132). Two years later, the Administration designated the PMOI’s umbrella group, the National Council of Resistance (NCR), as an alias of the PMOI, thus applying the same restrictions on the NCR as apply to the PMOI (a ban on contributions by U.S. persons to the group, and a ban on entry into the United States by group members, and a freezing of … [Read more...]

End of The Con-Game?

The Washington TimesMay 28 2003Arnold Beichman...."The Great Con-Game" has been responsible for one of the most mysterious chapters in the making of American foreign policy over the past two decades. I am referring to the what-the-hell-is-going-on secret diplomacy between the State Department and Iran, a country that President Bush included as part of the "axis of evil."......PMO actions enlisted the enthusiastic support of a majority of members of Congress and many members of European parliaments. Despite all evidence to the contrary, the State Department put the PMO on a list of terrorist organizations. This designation was a Chamberlainesque act of appeasement, the successful triumph by … [Read more...]

U.S. renews appeal for dialogue with Iran

ReutersOctober 14, 1999WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The United States renewed its offer of unconditional dialogue with the Iranian government on Thursday but said it could not approve U.S. investments or international loans until Iran makes some policy changes.In what looked like a goodwill gesture, Washington also announced a crackdown on the activities in the United States of the main Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq.Martin Indyk, the State Department official responsible for the Near East, made the appeal for dialogue at the Asia Society, the same forum at which Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a landmark speech on Iran in June of last year."It is time for the … [Read more...]

Madeleine & Bill

New York TimesOctober 13, 1997By THOMAS L. FRIEDMANThe French oil company Total, the Russian oil company Gazprom and the Malaysian oil company Petronas just signed a $2 billion contract with Iran to jointly explore its South Pars offshore gas field. The deal was strongly endorsed by the French, Malaysian and Russian Governments and is a direct challenge to the U.S. law that orders sanctions on any companies that do big energy business with Iran. Here's my guess at what Secretaryof State Madeleine Albright and President Clinton are now saying to each other.Clinton: "What a mess. France, Russia and Malaysia all together in one deal to stick a finger in my eye. [French President] Jacques Chirac … [Read more...]

Clinton Makes Overture to Iran

Associated PressOctober 15, 1999By BARRY SCHWEIDWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration is renewing an overture to Iran for face-to-face talks "on the basis of equality and mutual respect."The goal in talking to Iran would be to encourage Iran to support Mideast peacemaking, stop supporting terrorism and halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk said Thursday in a speech to the Asia Society.Similar overtures have been made by President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. "Unfortunately," Indyk said, "the Iranian government's response to this overture has been, for the most part, hidebound and unimaginative."And yet, … [Read more...]