Iran Focus: London, Apr. 18 Against a backdrop of mounting international concern over Irans nuclear brinkmanship, Tehran has been abuzz in recent days with rumours about the rapidly deteriorating health of a senior ayatollah and the impact of his probable departure from the countrys political scene.
Reuters: Senior inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will arrive in Iran on Friday to visit nuclear sites, including the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.
Washington Post: The Iranian government has intensified efforts to illegally obtain weapons technology from the United States, contracting with dealers across the country for spare parts to maintain its aging American-made air force planes, its missile forces and its alleged nuclear weapons program, according to federal law enforcement authorities.
The Times: This is as crucial a test for Ehud Olmert as it is for the Hamas Government that took power in the Palestinian territories three weeks ago. The newly elected Israeli Prime Minister, still negotiating to form a coalition after the victory of Kadima last month, said that Israel would respond in the way and manner required to the bombing.
Reuters: The United States will press other major world powers on Tuesday to consider what it called targeted sanctions against Iran as an April 30 U.N. deadline loomed for Tehran over its nuclear programme.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during an armed forces parade on Tuesday that any aggressor would regret attacking the Islamic Republic, which is embroiled in a nuclear dispute with the West.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 17 Irans military has fully identified the weak points of the United States and Israel and has already determined how to deal with the U.S. if it attacked the oil-rich nation, a top military commander said on Monday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 17 The Islamic Republic will push ahead with its nuclear enrichment activities despite a call by the United Nations Security Council for it to suspend the work, Irans chief nuclear negotiator said in Tehran. His remarks were reported by the official news agency on Monday.
Reuters: Iran will continue to enrich uranium, influential former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday, as concerns grow over possible U.S. military action against Tehran's nuclear program.