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.
Reuters: Europe has no right to freeze Iran's overseas assets and would spark a damaging capital flight from European banks if it did so, Iran said on Thursday, sending another ominous warning about the impact of possible sanctions.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 19 The United States and the European Union rejected on Wednesday an Iranian offer to conduct a fresh round of talks between the EU-3 Britain, France, and Germany and the Islamic Republic over the latters suspected nuclear weapons program.
Reuters: It may be too late to stop Iran's nuclear research programme even if the country's government and parliament wanted to, a top Iranian envoy said on Wednesday in an interview with a Russian radio station.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan.18 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki mocked on Wednesday European threats to refer the Islamic Republic to the United Nations Security Council over its suspected nuclear weapons program, claiming that there was only a weak risk factor of the case ending up at the top international security body.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18 The Commandant of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) warned the countrys press that there would be consequences if articles were written against the Islamic Republic or the elite military force.
Washington Times: Are the United States and Europe finally ready to face the crisis over Iran's nuclear program together? If that is indeed the case, two factors have conspired in favor of this auspicious development in trans-Atlantic relations.
Bloomberg: France today rejected an Iranian proposal to resume talks with the European Union on its nuclear program until the Islamic Republic suspends research which could lead to the production of nuclear weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would never abandon its nuclear activities despite the looming threat of United Nations Security Council referral.
Reuters: France, Britain and Germany began circulating a draft resolution on Wednesday that asks the U.N. nuclear watchdog to report Iran's nuclear programme to the Security Council, opening the door to possible U.N. sanctions.
Iran Focus: Brussels, Jan. 17 Belgium and Denmark called on Tuesday for Irans nuclear file to be sent to the United Nations Security Council because of Tehrans decision to resume nuclear enrichment-related activities.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 17 United States Vice President Dick Cheney met and held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday regarding the crisis over Irans suspected nuclear weapons program as well as Syrian meddling in Lebanon among other issues.
Reuters: Iraq demanded on Tuesday the release of coastguards it said were seized by Iran during a clash involving suspected oil smugglers on their tidal frontier, but Iran's Baghdad embassy denied all knowledge of the incident.
UPI: India rebuked Iran's reference to the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, described the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal as a case of American double standards compared with Tehran's nuclear program.