AP: The Bush administration renewed its claim Wednesday that the United States and European allies have enough support from other countries to take Iran before the U.N. Security Council but also indicated some key nations have not committed to that course.
Los Angeles Times: Tensions continued to simmer Wednesday between local Iraqi officials and British troops in the Shiite-dominated southern city of Basra, where the British this week arrested 14 law enforcement officials, including two senior police intelligence officers, allegedly linked to political corruption and assassinations.
Bloomberg: Prime Minister Tony Blair rejected Iranian claims that British soldiers were involved in two bombings that killed at least nine people in the city of Ahvaz, describing the accusation as "ludicrous."
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 25 Irans top Islamic judge said on Wednesday that the European Union was losing ground in its push to refer the Islamic Republics nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council after French President Jacques Chirac threatened that France might use its nuclear might to respond to a major terror attack on its soil.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 25 A senior Iranian official warned Europe on Wednesday that it risked losing its voice on the international stage if Irans nuclear case were to be sent to the United Nations Security Council.
Reuters: U.N. chief Kofi Annan said on Wednesday he doubted that a U.N. nuclear watchdog would be able to come to a decision by early February on referring Iran to the Security Council over its nuclear programme.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 25 Irans Defence Minister vowed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would send arch-nemesis Israel into an eternal coma if it attacked any of the countrys suspected nuclear weapons sites.
Reuters: German exports to Iran will fall sharply this year as a sweeping purge of officials at Iranian ministries and state companies is causing contracts with German firms to dry up, a leading industry group said on Wednesday.
Reuters: Iran again threatened on Wednesday to start full-scale uranium enrichment if reported to the U.N. Security Council, while signalling interest in a Russian proposal aimed at calming its nuclear row with the West.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 25 The Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Irans chief nuclear negotiator is due to travel to Beijing on Thursday to hold talks with senior Chinese officials in an effort to win backing in the international standoff over the Islamic Republics suspected nuclear weapons program.
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.