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.
Los Angeles Times: Despite persistent disillusionment with the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans supports taking military action against Iran if that country continues to produce material that can be used to develop nuclear weapons, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
Reuters: Iran is "feeling the heat" of international pressure over its nuclear program and Washington will insist the issue be formally referred to the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.
Voice of America: Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. General Musharraf spoke in Davos, Switzerland, as the West and Iran continue to clash over Tehran's nuclear enrichment program.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 26 United States President George W. Bush said on Thursday that Iran, as a non-transparent regime that threatens the security the world, must not be allowed to have nuclear weapons know-how.
Boston Globe: ''It is not on the table. It is not on the agenda. I happen to think it is inconceivable." That was British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in September, telling the BBC what he thinks about the use of military force to prevent Iran's homicidal theocrats from acquiring nuclear weapons. Last week Straw went further, declaring that even economic sanctions would be an overreaction.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 26 Irans senior officials and state-run media kept up a barrage of propaganda against the British government ahead of the meeting in London on Monday of the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany to discuss joint action on the Iranian nuclear stand-off.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 26 Iran trumpeted on Thursday the victory of the Islamist group Hamas in the Palestinian elections as a vote by the people to resist the Zionist regime, the official state-run news agency reported on Thursday.
Reuters: China opposes sanctions against Iran's nuclear ambitions and urges countries to consider a Russian compromise, a Chinese spokesman said on Thursday, as Tehran's nuclear negotiator held talks in Beijing.