Iran Focus: London, Mar. 30 - The Following is the full text of the presidential statement (S/PRST/2006/15) adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday on Iran's nuclear activities:
AP: The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Wednesday demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, setting the stage for the first action by the powerful body over fears that Tehran wants a nuclear weapon.
AFP: The five key members of the Security Council reached agreement here Wednesday on a statement urging Iran to abandon uranium enrichment activities and hope to have it approved by the full council later in the day, Britain's UN envoy said.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 29 Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) will begin large-scale naval exercises in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman on Friday by firing a Shahab-2 missile to show Irans desire for peace and friendship with neighbouring countries, the IRGC naval chief said on Wednesday.
Reuters: Germany said on Wednesday Iran had to prove to the international community it does not have an atomic weapons programme and reiterated its demand that Tehran halt all sensitive nuclear activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 29 Radical Islamists in Irans western province of Lorestan were invited during a ceremony on Wednesday to enlist in garrisons to carry out suicide attacks against the United States.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 29 Three agents of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were killed in a gun-battle in the north-west town of Salmas, the state-run news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 29 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Iran on Tuesday to comply with the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
Washington Times: In 1995, former Iranian president Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani made a little-noticed trip to the neighboring country of Georgia. He spent several hours in Tbilisi, the capital, and then instead of returning to Iran, he made a secret side trip to the breakaway region of Adjara to visit President Aslan Abashidze.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday that Iran was a menace for reasons other than its alleged drive to build a nuclear bomb and that the U.S. and its allies have "a number of tools" if Tehran does not change its ways.
New York Times: European and American diplomats circulated a new draft statement to the Security Council on Tuesday evening that weakens language condemning Iran's nuclear program but still calls on Tehran to abandon uranium enrichment activities, which the West believes are intended to make weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 28 Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forces in western and south-western Iran close to the Iraqi border have been put on a heightened state of alert since the middle of this month, a source in the Iranian military told Iran Focus.
Reuters: Iran's ambassador to the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday the Islamic Republic's research on atomic enrichment was proceeding well and that the programme was on track to be expanded later this year.