AFP: An Iranian court has sentenced a French skipper and his German client who were arrested after straying into Iran's Gulf waters to 18 months behind bars, a lawyer for one of the accused told AFP Tuesday.
Reuters: China is "conscientiously studying" a draft EU proposal to threaten Iran with sanctions for its nuclear activities, but favors defusing the dispute through negotiations, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Washington Times: It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. "Well," worriers are reassured, "Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?"
New York Times: The American and European drive to rebuke Iran over its nuclear activities ran into new difficulties on Monday, raising doubts about whether the International Atomic Energy Agency would quickly refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for possible punitive action, European diplomats said.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 23 United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini called on Monday for Irans nuclear file to be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr on Monday that the goals of United States-led forces in Iraq were against the demands of the Iraqi people.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday that it was in the interest of the European Union to accept the Islamic Republics nuclear right.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 23 Irans top nuclear negotiator warned the West on Sunday that the Islamic Republic would resume uranium enrichment on an industrial scale if the international dispute over its suspected nuclear weapons work was referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 22 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday that the European Union had attempted to negatively influence the case of the Islamic Republics nuclear activities.
International Herald Tribune: As the Bush administration and its European allies pursue a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff, some top legislators of both parties pressed Sunday for a more vigorous approach, including a possible military option.
New York Times: Senator John Kerry was here recently, inquiring about nuclear bargains being struck between India and the United States. Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, was here, too, calling on India to open its retail sector to American business.