AP: Venezuela is considering selling its fleet of U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to another country, perhaps Iran, in response to a U.S. ban on arms sales to President Hugo Chavez's government, a military official said Tuesday.
Reuters: The EU's three biggest powers plan to offer Iran a light-water nuclear reactor as part of a package of incentives if Tehran agrees to freeze its uranium enrichment programme, EU diplomats said on Tuesday.
Christian Science Monitor: When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced facts last week about international sentiment on Iran - shelving US demands for quick, tough action and signing on to another round of European incentives to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions - it was a move right out of the Bush playbook.
Reuters: China said on Tuesday it backed a European plan to resolve the Iranian nuclear stand-off and urged Iran to respond positively while Russia insisted the threat of force on Tehran was not an option.
Reuters: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said negotiation was the key to solving the Iran nuclear stand-off with the West and said neither Moscow nor Beijing would support a U.N. resolution that is an "excuse" for force.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 16 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told the ambassadors of Russia and China in Tehran that the Islamic Republic would not forgo its nuclear rights, the government-owned news agency Mehr reported on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times: Iran should halt its uranium enrichment activities and all related research and development, a senior Chinese official said Monday, even as he advised the United States to drop its push for sanctions in order to ease the nuclear dispute.
Iran Focus: London, May 16 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Iran on Monday to cooperate with European countries that were seeking to find a diplomatic solution to the international standoff over Tehrans suspected nuclear weapons activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 15 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki announced on Monday that Tehran would reject any proposal by the European Union aimed at breaking the international deadlock over its nuclear program which called on the Islamic Republic to suspend uranium enrichment activities.
Iran Focus: London, May 15 The European Union called on Iran on Monday to suspend all uranium enrichment activities, warning that Tehran would become isolated by the international community if it failed to heed the call.
AFP: Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is to meet with the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany as well as Russia and China on Monday amid the ongoing crisis over Tehran's nuclear programme.