Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 19 Irans former President and current chair of the State Expediency Council (SEC), Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said the presence of United States-led troops in Iraq was the cause of regional insecurity.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 19 Since the international community began to challenge Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program a few years ago, Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its affiliated Bassij force have been dwindling in ranks.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 19 Irans Chief State Prosecutor announced that special regional security forces would be organised in Irans restive provinces to deal with counter-revolutionary elements, the official news agency IRNA reported on Monday.
Iran Focus: Ashraf City, Iraq, Jun. 18 More than 5.2 million Iraqis have signed a statement warning of the dangers posed by the Iranian regime in Iraq and affirming their support for Irans principle opposition group, the Peoples Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI / MeK).
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 18 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that Iraqs various groupings and factions had to maintain unity in order to prevent foreign powers from infiltrating and ruling Iraq.
New York Times: The success or failure of the international initiative to curb Iran's nuclear program hinges largely on an ostensibly clear-cut request: before talks can begin, Tehran must freeze all activities related to the enrichment of uranium.
Reuters: Direct talks on Iraq between Iran and the United States were impossible, a Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday after an influential Iraqi politician encouraged Tehran to take part in discussions.
AFP: Foreign ministers of Islamic nations gather on Monday in Baku for a meeting expected to be dominated by the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme, as well as developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and in Iraq.
AFP: Iran said Sunday it would not accept any "preconditions" for fresh international talks over its disputed nuclear programme, implicitly rejecting demands that the Islamic republic suspend sensitive uranium enrichment work.
Sunday Telegraph: The American spy who persuaded Libya to renounce its weapons of mass destruction is to return to the Central Intelligence Agency, where he will direct an aggressive drive to recruit informants inside Iran to aid possible negotiations over Teheran's nuclear capability.
Washington Times: A largely overlooked article in the Sunday Telegraph (London), datelined Washington April 12, 2006, should have been a wake-up call for our top policymakers. This piece convincingly described Iran's alarming potential for seizing control of the Persian Gulf. The probable Iranian conviction they have this ability must no doubt be perceived by them as greatly strengthening their position on nuclear development.
AP: Iran's foreign minister said Saturday the government likely would suggest amendments to a Western package of incentives meant to persuade the Islamic republic to give up its uranium enrichment program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 17 Police in Tehran have issued a ban on the use of motorcycles on Saturday afternoon as Irans national football team squares off against favourites Portugal in the 2006 World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.