Iran Focus: London, Jul. 13 - The following is the full text of the press statement read out by French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Wednesday on behalf of the Foreign Ministers of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union following their meeting in Paris:
Bloomberg: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President George W. Bush said that Iran must suspend its attempts to develop nuclear weapons as a precondition for economic aid and warned that further economic sanctions are possible if Iran does not comply.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 13 Radical Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the European Union on Thursday that it would stand to suffer if it increased pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear program.
Reuters: Outside the gates of Tebed Spinning Company in this industrial town west of the Iranian capital, a group of laid-off workers grumble that the president's vow to slash unemployment did not save their jobs.
New York Times: Russia and China, crossing a diplomatic threshold in the effort to curb Tehrans nuclear ambitions, joined the United States and Europe on Wednesday by agreeing to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution ordering Iran to freeze some nuclear activities, or face sanctions.
Daily Telegraph: High in the mountains that delineate Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Israeli troops have spent the past year engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Iranian-backed fighters from the radical Islamic Hizbollah militia.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Iran would not abandon its right to nuclear technology after Tehran's case was referred back to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear dispute with the West.
Reuters: World powers put Iran on a collision course with the United Nations on Wednesday, asking the Security Council to intervene after Tehran failed to respond to incentives aimed at ending an impasse over its nuclear program.
Reuters: World powers said on Wednesday they would refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council after Tehran failed to respond quickly enough to a package of incentives aimed at defusing a nuclear standoff.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 12 Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that the world will soon witness the demise of Israel, the government-run news agency Fars reported.
Reuters: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iran's refusal to accept an international incentives offer to negotiate curbs on its nuclear program will force major powers to decide on Wednesday to deal with the Islamic Republic at the U.N. Security Council.
Washington Post - Editorial: Two months ago Russia and China blocked action at the United Nations against Iran's nuclear program. In deference to Russian and Chinese concerns, the United States and the European Union agreed to give diplomacy another chance, even though Iran had spurned an earlier attempt at negotiation.
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