Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 02 Iran rejected as repetitive an offer by the United States to take part in direct negotiations with Tehran to resolve the international deadlock over its suspected nuclear weapons program if it first suspended uranium enrichment.
Reuters: Major world powers prepared on Friday to deliver a pivotal proposal to Iran combining incentives to halt work that could produce nuclear weapons with a threat of U.N. Security Council action if it refuses.
Bloomberg: Iran may remove Japan's Inpex Corp. from the $2.5 billion Azadegan oil project within the next three months because of a lack of progress at the field, the nation's largest discovery in more than three decades.
Washington Times: To learn lessons from history, including recent history, it's essential to get the history right. That's why, to understand what to do about the mullahs' regime in Iran, it's worth revisiting the debate over the intelligence in Iraq. This is especially so in view of the recent announced decision to participate in talks with Iran, provided the mullahs call a halt to the country's enrichment of uranium.
The Times - Leading articles: The Bush Administrations offer to join nuclear talks with Iran is the right move at the right juncture. The conditions that Washington has set the verifiable suspension of Irans uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and full co-operation with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors are not Americas alone.
New York Times: The United States, Russia, China and three leading nations of Europe announced an agreement Thursday on a package of incentives intended to resolve the nuclear crisis with Iran, shelving any punitive action by the Security Council until Iran has time to respond to the proposals.
New York Times: Iranian officials on Thursday uniformly dismissed Washington's offer to engage in direct talks on the condition that they first suspend all uranium enrichment, yet they could not hide their satisfaction that the offer had been made at all.
Reuters: Major world powers struck what a senior U.S. official called a "substantial agreement" on Thursday on a package of incentives for Iran to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work as well as penalties if it did not.
Reuters: Canada has asked Iran to either charge or release prominent philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo, a dual Canadian-Iranian citizen who was arrested last month on suspicion of espionage, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said on Thursday.
Reuters: The White House urged Iran on Thursday to take several days to carefully consider a U.S. offer of talks on its nuclear program, despite Tehran's rejection of a U.S. condition it stop enriching uranium first.