Iran Focus: Paris, Jun. 08 French lawmakers called on the European Union and the government of Jacque Chirac to develop a new firm and decisive policy towards Iran in the international standoff over its nuclear program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 08 Irans radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Tehran was not willing to hold talks over its national rights, a reference to its uranium enrichment activities. His speech was aired on state television.
Reuters: The United States does not consider comments on Thursday by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be Iran's formal response to a major power offer of talks and incentives on the nuclear issue, a U.S. official said.
Reuters: Iran began a fresh phase of uranium enrichment this week just as world powers presented it with incentives to halt nuclear fuel work, according to a U.N. nuclear watchdog agency report obtained by Reuters on Thursday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 08 The Supreme Commander of Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic sought to become the top power in the region within the next two decades, the state-run news agency ISNA reported.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday threats would not work in solving a dispute over the country's nuclear programme but Iran was ready to clear up misunderstandings with the world.
Reuters: Al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blamed for the beheading of foreign captives and the death of hundreds in suicide bombings, has been killed in a raid north of Baghdad, Iraq's prime minister said on Thursday.
New York Times: Bush administration officials said on Wednesday that the package of incentives offered to Iran could theoretically allow it to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes someday, but expressed severe doubts that Iran could satisfy the conditions that would allow it to do so.
AP: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, carried out some of the bloodiest suicide attacks in Iraq and led a campaign of kidnappings and hostage beheadings until he was killed in a U.S. bombing Thursday.
New York Times: The single most influential man in Iraq today, the Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, provides cash, free housing and medical care to tens of thousands of religious students and operates hundreds of religious Web sites across the globe.
Reuters: The United States said on Wednesday Iran would have to suspend nuclear enrichment throughout any negotiations as a condition for proposed talks with the Islamic republic over curbing its atomic programs.
Reuters: Iran must halt enrichment work under an incentive package to end its nuclear dispute with the West, Germany said on Wednesday, and would then find the door open to negotiations on other terms of the offer.
Iran Focus: London, Jun. 07 - On Tuesday, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana formally presented a "carrots and sticks" package to Iran over its nuclear program which had been endorsed by the Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States.