trade to fund the war against Infidels (non-Moslems.)
Iran suddenly and surprisingly signed an agreement with the UN to allow unannounced and unrestricted IAEA inspections of Iranian nuclear power and research facilities. The Iranian government is in favor of this, but many Islamic conservatives, who have veto power over government decisions, are not. It's quite possible that nuclear weapons research will be carried on it secret in labs funded, and protected by, Islamic radical groups. Actually, having nuclear weapons is something approved by most Iranians. But at the same time, most Iranians are not willing to ruin economic prospects by risking a trade embargo in order to create nuclear weapons. However, the Islamic radicals are determined to build nukes, and use them to spread Islam and punish infidels.
December 10, 2003: The government said it has arrested 130 suspected al Qaeda members and will expel them to their native countries. This implies that the arrested men are foreigners who entered Iran illegally after the Taliban government fell. Thousands of Afghans and Arabs living in Afghanistan did flee into Iran during late 2001. Some were al Qaeda, others were simply refugees, Taliban or members of drug or criminal gangs. While Iran has made many announcements condemning al Qaeda, and how it has arrested al Qaeda in Iran, it has never handed over any al Qaeda members. Other evidence points to Iranian terrorist training camps now being used by al Qaeda, and many al Qaeda taking refuge in Iran. Al Qaeda members are almost entirely Sunni Moslems, and many conservative Sunnis consider Shia Islam a defective form of Islam. Shias resent this, but the Shia Islamic conservatives of Iran have worked with al Qaeda in the past to fight their common enemy; non-Moslem foreigners (especially Israel, the Christian West and