Reuters: The European Union's three biggest powers said on Thursday that talks with Iran had reached a dead end and agreed it should be hauled before the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear program.
AFP: Russia said Thursday that Iran's decision to resume sensitive atomic research fed suspicions that the Islamic republic may secretly be aiming to build nuclear weapons and strengthened arguments for referring the issue to the UN Security Council.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 12 The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan voiced concern on Wednesday over Irans decision to break the seals of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.
Reuters: The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany will call for Iran to be hauled before the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear programme when they meet in Berlin on Thursday, EU diplomats said.
New York Times: The director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte, has created new "mission managers" for Iran and North Korea, adding those two countries to a short list of top-priority challenges for American intelligence agencies.
Washington Post - Editorial: Iran's resumption of uranium enrichment dramatically narrows the options of Western governments that hope to prevent its Islamic regime from acquiring nuclear weapons. The breaking of seals at its Natanz plant Tuesday directly violated an agreement Tehran struck with Britain, France and Germany in 2004 to suspend its enrichment program; that should end European hopes that economic favors could be exchanged for a permanent freeze.
Washington Post: The Bush administration, working intensely to galvanize international pressure on Iran, has secured a guarantee from Russia that it will not block U.S. efforts to take Tehran's nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council, American and European officials said yesterday.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 11 British Prime Minister Tony Blair described on Wednesday Irans resumption of nuclear enrichment-related activities at Natanz as very serious and said that London was pushing for Tehrans nuclear file to be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Reuters: Italy said on Wednesday it was deeply concerned by Iran's decision to resumed nuclear fuel research, adding that relations between Tehran and the international community had entered a new stage.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 11 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani vowed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would never back down in its nuclear drive, even if it meant being faced with United Nations Security Council sanctions.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 11 An Iranian exile who in the past has revealed critical aspects of Tehrans suspected nuclear weapons program said on Tuesday that Iran had built 5,000 centrifuges to be installed at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 11 The South Korean government expressed deep concern on Wednesday over Irans decision to remove international inspectors seals at several of its nuclear sites which the U.N. nuclear watchdog considers a cover for secret weapons development.