Daily Telegraph: Iranian scientists are expected to start work this week on the highly technical task of enriching tons of uranium to a level where it could be used in the production of atomic weapons, say the latest reports received by western intelligence agencies.
The Guardian: Iran stepped up its defiance of international pressure over its nuclear programme yesterday by warning of soaring oil prices if it is subjected to economic sanctions. As diplomats from the US, Europe, Russia, and China prepared to meet today in London to discuss referring Tehran to the UN security council, Iran's economy minister, Davoud Danesh-Jafari, said the country's position as the world's fourth-largest oil producer meant such action would have grave consequences.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 15 A top commander in Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic has more than 300 nuclear sites scattered across the country, Iran Focus has learnt.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 15 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be travelling to Syria next week to hold talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the state-owned Fars news agency reported on Sunday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 15 Iranian officials reacted sharply to an interview conducted by the United Nations nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, which will be published in this weeks edition of Newsweek magazine.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 15 Iraqi police have detained a drug ring in the southern city of Basra with large quantities of illegal drugs which had been brought from neighbouring Iran, a Baghdad daily reported on Saturday.
The Sunday Times: When President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations for the first time last September, he had a mystical, out of body experience. On his return to Iran he said: One of our group told me that when I started to say, In the name of the God, the almighty and merciful, he saw a light around me and I was placed inside this aura.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 15 A secret document obtained by Iran Focus shows that recent political developments in Syria and Lebanon have aroused deep anxiety among the top commanders of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who see the events as a direct threat to the national security of the Islamic Republic and who want to speed up the development of nuclear weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 15 Irans Foreign Ministry released a statement on Saturday on the international deadlock over Tehrans decision to resume previously-suspended uranium enrichment-related activities in direct contravention to the wishes of the International Atomic Energy Agency and in breach of its agreement with Britain, France, and Germany the three European Union states that had led nuclear negotiations with the Islamic Republic over the past two and a half years.