AP: Russia's U.N. ambassador on Friday rejected proposals for the U.N. Security Council to demand a quick progress report on Iran's suspect nuclear program, saying - only half in jest - that fast action could lead to the bombing of Iran by June.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her counterparts from Australia and Japan urged Iran on Saturday to suspend all uranium enrichment activities and resume negotiations over its disputed nuclear program.
Washington Post - Editorial: It's easy to see the potential advantage to Iran of opening negotiations with the United States on Iraq. The sudden announcement by Iran's national security chief Thursday that Tehran would accept an offer of dialogue made months ago by the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad came as members of the U.N. Security Council were meeting to discuss a council statement about the Iranian nuclear program.
Reuters: White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley expressed skepticism on Friday about Iran's offer to talk to the United States about Iraq, saying it may be an attempt to divert pressure over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Reuters: China on Friday offered a compromise on a U.N. statement aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions while Russia opposed a big role for the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.
IPS: Despite suffering under some of the most draconian laws in the world, Iranian women remain at the forefront of the battle for equality and democracy, as shown by their courage on International Women's Day last week, Iranian women's rights advocates here say.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 A senior Iranian Ayatollah said on Friday that Iran would never back down from its nuclear pursuit and the nuclear capability was the dignity of Islam, state television reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 The secretary general of Irans Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, said on Friday that Tehran would not lose its resolve over its nuclear ambitions because of increased Western threats.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 17 Its been feted by some in the West as a major turnaround in Irans policy, but sources close to the Iranian government say Tehrans unexpected announcement on Thursday that it intended to hold direct talks with the United States on the subject of Iraq is primarily aimed at giving a push to the countrys nuclear diplomacy.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki demanded on Friday that a timeline be announced for the withdrawal of United States-led troops from Iraq as he confirmed that the Islamic Republic would be willing to directly meet and hold talks with U.S. officials over the issue of Iraq.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 17 Not since the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has the United States national security strategy focused on a country more than it is now doing on Iran. The proof comes in a 49-page report just released by the White House.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 Twenty-two Iranian government and provincial officials were killed in an ambush in the south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan in the early hours of Friday morning, the government-owned news agency Fars reported.