AFP: Iran may have received three shipments of sophisticated P-2 centrifuges capable of enriching uranium, diplomats said Friday, which could support Western claims that Tehran is hiding sensitive nuclear work.
The Independent: President Jacques Chirac has dropped a political bombshell by threatening to retaliate with nuclear strikes against any state found to be responsible for a large-scale terrorist attack on France.
Washington Post: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) accused the Bush administration of playing down the threat of a nuclear Iran and called for swift action at the United Nations to impose sanctions on the Iranian government.
Iran Focus: Washington, D.C., Jan. 20 A vocal demonstration was held outside the White House on Thursday by Iranian Americans opposed to the current theocratic regime ruling Iran and seeking support for democratic regime change.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on a visit to regional ally Syria, pledged support to militant Palestinian factions at a meeting with their leaders in Damascus on Friday, a Palestinian group said.
Reuters: Embroiled in a nuclear standoff with the West, Iran said on Friday it was moving its foreign assets to shield them from possible U.N. sanctions and flexed its oil muscles with a proposal to cut OPEC output.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 20 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Iran on Thursday to suspend nuclear activities carried out at its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and hinted at Security Council action on the Islamic Republics nuclear file if Tehran did not heed the call.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 19 United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday that it was high time to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for breaching its international obligations regarding its suspected nuclear weapons program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 19 Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on a two-day visit to Syria, said that strengthening ties between the Islamic Republic and its regional ally had thwarted the ploys of enemy states.
Washington Times - Editorial: In technical terms, the U.S. military has the ability to inflict major damage to Iran's nuclear weapons program, potentially setting it back for years. That's the general view of military strategists in the United States and Israel.
New York Times: The United States and Europe, seeking Russia's help in bringing Iran's nuclear activities before the United Nations Security Council for review, have assured Russian officials that they are not pressing for sanctions against Iran right now, American and European diplomats said Wednesday.
Washington Times: The mullahs' desire to be the world's newest atomic power is only the most visible manifestation of its decades-old plan to isolate Saudi Arabia and to pressure the United States to reduce its presence in Southwest Asia. In fact, Iran has been implementing a long-term operation to secure choke points in the strategic waterways in the Central Region; developing nuclear weapons is simply the icing on the cake.