Reuters: The Bush administration urged Congress on Thursday not to tighten U.S. sanctions against foreign firms investing in Iran's oil and gas sectors, arguing it could damage the current major-power diplomatic initiative with Tehran at a delicate moment.
Reuters: Iran could stop enriching uranium at best only as a result of negotiations with big powers, but not as a precondition for such talks as they demand, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday.
Washington Post: Iran has stepped up its aid to armed Shiite Muslim groups in neighboring Iraq, providing training and weapons that have been used against Americans and Iraqis, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said today.
The Guardian: The US is determined to topple Iran's Islamic government whether or not the crisis over the country's nuclear activities is resolved, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said today.
AFP: The United States accused Iran Thursday of being a major destabilizing force in Iraq, accusing Tehran of training and arming insurgent groups and using "surrogates" to carry out terrorist strikes.
BBC News: Forty professors and lecturers from Tehran University in Iran are being retired on Thursday. The move is causing concern that the new government of President Ahmadinejad is purging professors.
Iran Focus: London, Jun. 22 The participation by Tehrans notorious chief prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi at the first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has drawn international outrage.
FOX News: As U.S. officials seek a diplomatic solution to the Iranian regime's suspected nuclear weapons program, a growing chorus of critics on the right say the Bush administration is being soft on Iran and other so-called "enemies of freedom."
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 22 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that the Islamic Republic was determined to obtain nuclear capabilities and would use all its capacity to make use of nuclear technology.
Reuters: India could jeopardize a landmark nuclear cooperation deal with the United States if it sides with nonaligned states in backing Iran's atomic ambitions, a leading lawmaker warned on Wednesday.
Reuters: Senior officials representing the major powers have reaffirmed in a conference call that Iran should respond to their nuclear proposal within weeks not months, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.
Reuters: The foreign ministers of Germany and Iran will meet in Berlin on Saturday, weeks before the expiry of a deadline for Iran to respond to an offer of incentives if it suspends nuclear enrichment, Germany said on Wednesday.
AP: President Bush on Wednesday won a robust endorsement from European leaders for his tough approach to nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea, despite trans-Atlantic differences on Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and trade.
Bloomberg: Iran will wait another two months before replying to a European Union offer of incentives aimed at encouraging the Islamic Republic to halt its uranium enrichment program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.