- TEHRAN (Agencies) -- Iran
said on Monday it plans to take legal action against the United States
government for funding the Islamic republic's opposition forces, AFP reported.
- "The American government has been allocating funds
for interference in Iran's domestic affairs for years," government
spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters.
- "Our country and the regime are stable enough not
to be disturbed by such measures. However, such acts are against international
norms and law. The foreign ministry will take necessary legal action"
against Washington, he said.
- For the first time in a quarter-century of estrangement
from Iran, the Bush administration is openly preparing to spend government
funds in that country to promote what it called democracy, USA Today said.
- Congress has appropriated dlrs 3 million, and the State
Department is inviting proposals from "educational institutions, humanitarian
groups, non-governmental organizations and individuals inside Iran to support
the advancement of democracy and human rights," according to an announcement
posted Friday on the Website of the State Department's Bureau of Democracy,
Human Rights and Labor.
- The U.S. government already spends nearly dlrs 15 million
a year on radio and TV broadcasts into Iran in the Persian language. But
the United States has not given money directly to Iranians or U.S. organizations
to work in Iran because of long-standing hostility and a U.S. prohibition
on spending money there. -U.S. plan a violation of Algiers Accords: Zarif
- According to IRNA, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations,
Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday called the U.S. plan "a clear violation
of the Algiers Accords," which freed 52 U.S. Embassy hostages in Iran
in 1918. Zarif said Iran "has the option" of complaining to a
special court in the Netherlands. Under the Algiers agreement, the United
States pledged "not to intervene directly or indirectly, politically
or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs."