The Sunday Times: The drab compound that houses the Iranian embassy in Pyongyang is the focus of intense scrutiny by diplomats and intelligence services who believe that North Korea is negotiating to sell the Iranians plutonium from its newly enlarged stockpile a sale that would hand Tehran a rapid route to the atomic bomb.
Reuters: German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins her first official trip to Israel on Sunday, where she will voice concerns about Iran's nuclear programme and the victory of Islamist militant Hamas in the Palestinian election.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 28 Clashes erupted between Irans State Security Forces and bus drivers and union activists in the Iranian capital Tehran on Saturday after authorities arrested activists in an attempt to prevent a demonstration that had been planned for the day, local residents told Iran Focus.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 28 United States President George W. Bush said on Friday that the Free World cannot allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, adding that there existed a real possibility that Tehrans nuclear file would be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 28 British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw stated once again on Saturday that Iran may be referred to the Untied Nations Security Council for breaching its international obligations vis-à-vis its nuclear program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 28 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned European nations on Saturday that the referral of the Islamic Republics nuclear file to the United Nations Security Council would spell the end of all of Tehrans cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UNs nuclear watchdog.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 28 Iran accused the United States and Britain on Saturday of being responsible for two military plane crashes in December and January that left several senior commanders of the Islamic Republics elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps dead.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 28 A new round of talks will be held between Iranian officials and representatives from Britain, France, and Germany the European Union three seeking to diffuse the international standoff over the Islamic Republics sensitive nuclear work, the state-run IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.
AP: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton said Friday he expects Iran's disputed atomic program to ultimately go before the U.N. Security Council, but acknowledged that doing so wouldn't necessarily stop Iran from pursuing its nuclear ambitions.
AP: U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Friday called on the United States to provide Iran with nuclear reactors and urged Tehran to declare a moratorium on enriching uranium for at least eight years.
New York Times: Iran's chief nuclear negotiator on Friday cast doubts on a Russian proposal to end the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program, but he did not shut the door on it entirely, saying Iran was willing to continue discussing it.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 27 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Friday that the European Union was making a mistake in attempting to refer the Islamic Republics nuclear file to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 27 A senior Iranian Ayatollah told worshippers in Tehrans Friday prayers ceremony that French President Jacques Chirac was an idiot ruling over the worst dictatorship in the world.
AP: The United States on Friday ruled out any contact with Iranian delegates to an international aid conference that comes just before next week's showdown vote on whether to send Iran to the U.N. Security Council over its disputed nuclear program.