Iran Focus: London, Sep. 08 United States President George W. Bush discussed on September 5 Americas Global War on Terror during a speech at the Military Officers Association of America in Washington, DC. His speech came days before the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The following are excerpts of his remarks relating to Iran:
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Sep. 08 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to Havana later this month to take part in a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement states, Persian-language websites reported on Friday.
TIME: Iran has defied the U.N. Security Council demand that it suspend uranium enrichment by August 31; now it must feel the consequences. That's the demand of the Bush Administration, as the Security Council powers met on Thursday to discuss the next steps in the showdown.
The Independent: The White House has ruled out a "steel-cage grudge match" between President George Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the Iranian President challenged him to a debate at the UN General Assembly.
AP: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator will take place on Saturday. "I have said it will be in two days," Solana said at a news conference in Denmark. "Today is Thursday so it will be Saturday. I prefer not to say the place."
Reuters:The United States faced growing opposition on Thursday to its bid to persuade other powers to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, with China urging dialogue and France signaling flexibility.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Sep. 07 The secretary general of Irans Supreme National Security Council and Tehrans chief nuclear negotiator will travel to Paris as part of his previously-unannounced tour of European countries in an effort to make headway in the international standoff over the Islamic Republics suspected nuclear weapons program.
AFP: Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Thursday he plans to meet EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana within days over Tehran's nuclear dispute with the international community, state-television reported.
Bloomberg: Iran will test a precision-guided, 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) bomb "within the coming days" as part of military exercises, the defense minister was cited as saying by the state-run Fars news agency.
Boston Globe: Having warned repeatedly that Iran would face serious consequences if it defied international demands to shut down its nuclear weapons program, the Bush administration wasted no time when Tehran blew off the Security Council's Aug. 31 deadline to stop enriching uranium. It issued a visa authorizing one of Iran's leading theocrats, former president Mohammad Khatami, to embark on a propaganda tour of the United States.
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