AP: As the Bush administration pushes to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, many members of Congress are advocating get-tough approaches and say military force should remain an option to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
New York Times: The foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet in London on Monday in an effort to resolve their differences on how best to punish Iran for its nuclear activities, three diplomats said Tuesday.
AP: British troops launched a crackdown Tuesday on Basra's troubled police, arresting several officers in a force long believed infiltrated by extremist Shiite militiamen with ties to neighboring Iran.
Reuters: Iran is unlikely to use oil as a weapon in the dispute over its nuclear activities, but the world community has measures to deal with a disruption if one occurred, the European Union's energy chief said on Tuesday.
AFP: An Iranian court has sentenced a French skipper and his German client who were arrested after straying into Iran's Gulf waters to 18 months behind bars, a lawyer for one of the accused told AFP Tuesday.
Reuters: China is "conscientiously studying" a draft EU proposal to threaten Iran with sanctions for its nuclear activities, but favors defusing the dispute through negotiations, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Washington Times: It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. "Well," worriers are reassured, "Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?"
New York Times: The American and European drive to rebuke Iran over its nuclear activities ran into new difficulties on Monday, raising doubts about whether the International Atomic Energy Agency would quickly refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for possible punitive action, European diplomats said.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 23 United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini called on Monday for Irans nuclear file to be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr on Monday that the goals of United States-led forces in Iraq were against the demands of the Iraqi people.