Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28 The top commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the governor of Irans southern province of Khuzestan issued a stern warning to the United States and Britain on Thursday to stop meddling in Irans internal affairs and creating insecurity in the province, the heart of Irans oil industry.
New York Times: Iran vowed yesterday to defy any United Nations Security Council resolution on its nuclear activities on the eve of a major report by atomic inspectors on the status of its nuclear program.
Washington Times: Some observers ask, why not just let Iran go nuclear? The answer is that nuclear weapons in the hands of the mullahs would be the most dangerous combination since the dawn of the nuclear age -- a nuclear-armed state with ballistic missiles led by religious zealots. It would be a serious threat to world peace and to the very survival of the 6 million people, Jews and Arabs alike, who live in Israel.
Washington Post: Despite a formal request from the U.N. Security Council, Iran has not provided international inspectors with new information about the country's nuclear program and has accelerated, rather than curbed, uranium-enrichment activities, according to sources familiar with a report the inspectors plan to issue today.
Reuters: The United Nations Security Council must be ready to take action on Iran over any failure to comply with international demands to curb its nuclear ambitions, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.
Iran Focus: Paris, Apr. 27 Irans main opposition movement National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) charged on Thursday that Tehran was working to develop P-2 centrifuges in an effort to obtain nuclear weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 27 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran would make nations who oppose the Islamic Republics nuclear efforts regret their stances, a day before the deadline set by the United Nations Security Council for Tehran to suspend all uranium enrichment activities.
Reuters: The United States on Wednesday called on Iran to pursue diplomacy in the standoff over its nuclear ambitions and warned that a confrontational approach would affect U.N. Security Council deliberations.
Washington Times: The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that toughens sanctions against Iran until the country dismantles its nuclear programs, with supporters saying the move is a "key component of our war on terror."
Reuters: No apparent breakthrough was made at eleventh-hour talks between the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran on Wednesday, 48 hours before the U.N. Security Council receives a report on Tehran's atomic programme.
Washington Times - Editorial: With the International Atomic Energy Agency due to report tomorrow on the status of Iran's nuclear weapons program, Tehran's defiance grows and the likelihood of achieving a peaceful resolution of the crisis seems more distant than ever.
Reuters: Russia and China said on Thursday diplomacy was the best way to tackle the dispute over Iran's nuclear ambitions, a day before a U.N. watchdog delivers its verdict on whether Tehran has met Security Council demands.
AP: Iran's nuclear standoff with the West is expected to dominate talks Thursday between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her counterparts from NATO and European Union nations on the eve of a U.N. deadline for Tehran to halt uranium enrichment.
CNN: As the U.N. Security Council considers sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, U.N. ambassadors are also holding consultations about Iran's involvement in Lebanon, according to U.S. Ambassador John Bolton.