AP: Britain has come up with a plan to bring the United States into talks with Iran over its nuclear program and may float the idea Monday at a high-level diplomatic meeting outside the U.N. Security Council, a U.N. diplomat said yesterday.
Washington Post: At an emotional meeting this month at the State Department, steps from the office of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a group of former American hostages released by Iran a quarter of a century ago, accompanied by lawyers and some relatives, confronted two of Rice's most senior aides.
Reuters: President Jalal Talabani supports a call by a Shi'ite leader for Iran and the United States to hold talks to resolve their differences over Iraq and ways of stabilizing it, his office said on Sunday.
Sunday Telegraph: Belarus moved closer to international isolation yesterday after the White House submitted a largely classified report to Congress accusing the country's president of illegally selling weapons to Iran.
DPA: Baghdad - Iran - and Iraqs other neighbours - should help Iraq to stand on its own feet rather than interfere in its internal affairs, British Defence Minister John Reid said Saturday at a press conference in Baghdad.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 18 Irans Interior Minister pointed the finger at Britain and the United States on Saturday for an armed attack in the south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan in the town of Zabol which left 22 Iranian officials dead in the early hours of Friday morning.
New York Times: Sunni Arab political leaders on Friday denounced an agreement between the United States and Iran to hold face-to-face talks about solutions to the unrest in Iraq, saying the conversations would amount to meddling by foreign nations in Iraq's domestic affairs.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 18 A prominent dissident journalist has been released from prison in Iran after serving a six-year term since 2000 for writing a book in which he exposed the role of a number of senior officials of the clerical regime in the murder of dissidents throughout the country.
AP: Russia's U.N. ambassador on Friday rejected proposals for the U.N. Security Council to demand a quick progress report on Iran's suspect nuclear program, saying - only half in jest - that fast action could lead to the bombing of Iran by June.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her counterparts from Australia and Japan urged Iran on Saturday to suspend all uranium enrichment activities and resume negotiations over its disputed nuclear program.
Washington Post - Editorial: It's easy to see the potential advantage to Iran of opening negotiations with the United States on Iraq. The sudden announcement by Iran's national security chief Thursday that Tehran would accept an offer of dialogue made months ago by the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad came as members of the U.N. Security Council were meeting to discuss a council statement about the Iranian nuclear program.
Reuters: White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley expressed skepticism on Friday about Iran's offer to talk to the United States about Iraq, saying it may be an attempt to divert pressure over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Reuters: China on Friday offered a compromise on a U.N. statement aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions while Russia opposed a big role for the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.