The Washington Post - Outlook: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran knows what he wants: nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them; suppression of freedom at home and the spread of terrorism abroad; and the "shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems."
New York Times: For a long time, the top-selling poster in Hassan al-Sheikh's gift shop here showed President Bashar al-Assad of Syria seated beside the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon. A few weeks ago a slightly different poster overtook it, this one with the Syrian president, the Hezbollah leader and Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 24 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki rejected as illogical a deadline set by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany on Tehran to announce its decision regarding a package of incentives it had been offered in return for it to suspend uranium enrichment.
New York Times: For years North Korea has supplied Iran with missile technology, and late last year the White House told American intelligence agencies to evaluate the danger that the North Koreans might be tempted to sell their nuclear expertise or a bomb's worth of plutonium to the Iranians.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jun. 23 Irans state broadcasting corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Iraqs radio-television network to cooperate on media broadcasts, Iranian state television reported on Thursday.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jun. 23 A prominent Iraqi Shiite ayatollah has called for Irans embassy in Baghdad to be closed down, a week after his followers torched the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Basra.
Wall Street Journal: Ten years ago this Sunday, acting under direct orders from senior Iranian government leaders, the Saudi Hezbollah detonated a 25,000-pound TNT bomb that killed 19 U.S. airmen in their dormitory at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Reuters: The Bush administration urged Congress on Thursday not to tighten U.S. sanctions against foreign firms investing in Iran's oil and gas sectors, arguing it could damage the current major-power diplomatic initiative with Tehran at a delicate moment.