Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 15 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accused the West on Monday of launching a psychological war against the Islamic Republic, a reference to the effort by the European Union and United States to convince the United Nations Security Council to adopt a binding resolution against Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons activities.
Reuters: The European Union will make Iran a generous offer of technology, economic and other incentives for Iran to abandon sensitive nuclear activities, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.
Washington Times: The Pentagon is updating its options for attacking Iran to set back Tehran's nuclear program, but there is no immediacy to the planning as the Bush administration stays committed to a diplomatic track for now.
Daily Telegraph: Fears that Basra is slipping beyond control were fuelled at the weekend when the governor suspended the city's police chief, who is a strong supporter of British attempts to purge the force of militia elements.
Sunday Telegraph: The American secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, traded barbs during bad-tempered talks at a foreign ministers' summit in New York on Iran's nuclear programme.
Sunday Times: Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are asking Iranian officials for samples of machinery taken from a nuclear site bulldozed in 2004 to confirm whether it bears traces of bomb-grade uranium.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 13 A senior Iranian cleric described a letter sent by hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to United States President George W. Bush as a divine inspiration.