Reuters: North Korea's test-firing of a long-range missile in defiance of world pressure may have been aimed at stealing the nuclear spotlight away from Iran, U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said on Tuesday.
AFP: British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday he wants Iran to decide whether it will accept an offer to end a nuclear stand-off "as soon as possible", noting that a crunch meeting on Wednesday would be an ideal moment to speak out.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 04 The Secretary General of Irans Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani told reporters on Tuesday that a Russian envoy would attend a meeting on Wednesday between him and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana over Tehrans nuclear activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 04 Irans top nuclear negotiator once again rejected a demand by the United Nations Security Council for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, state television reported on Tuesday.
AFP: Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran on Tuesday to accept an international plan for resolving the standoff over Tehran's nuclear project and to start negotiations as soon as possible, preferably before the G8 summit next week.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 04 The European Unions foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Irans chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani will likely meet in Brussels on Wednesday, the government-run news agency Fars reported on Tuesday.
Reuters: China urged Iran on Tuesday to respond to a package of incentives to stop enriching uranium and called on G8 powers to show patience, saying the standoff over Iran's nuclear plans had entered a crucial phase.
Reuters: A senior Iranian nuclear official said on Monday that suspending uranium enrichment, as demanded by six world powers in return for incentives, was not on Iran's agenda, Iran's student news agency ISNA reported.
AP: Western powers will reactivate efforts to punish Iran through possible U.N. Security Council sanctions unless it suspends uranium enrichment and agrees to talks on its nuclear program by July 12, diplomats said Monday.
Bloomberg: Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Iran should abandon its nuclear program in the interests of Middle East peace, while urging the world to remember that Israel already possesses weapons of mass destruction.
Washington Times: After September 11, 2001, President Bush had a message for countries that support terrorism. "America has a message for the nations of the world. If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist. If you train or arm a terrorist, you are a terrorist.
The New Yorker: On May 31st, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced what appeared to be a major change in U.S. foreign policy. The Bush Administration, she said, would be willing to join Russia, China, and its European allies in direct talks with Iran about its nuclear program.