Reuters: Russia, backed by China, blocked agreement on Monday on a U.N. Security Council statement aimed at quashing Iran's nuclear ambitions despite a ministerial meeting on Tehran's atomic programs, diplomats said.
AP: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday said the West should apologize to Iran for accusing it of trying to develop a nuclear weapons program and said his country would continue to resist international pressure to halt its nuclear energy program.
Iran Focus: Dubai, Mar. 20 Iraqi prayer leaders and tribal leaders in the Iraqi city of Fallujah issued a joint appeal to the people of Iraq calling on them to boycott Iranian goods in response to the murder of thousands of Iraqi Sunnis for which they hold Tehran accountable, a Kuwaiti daily reported on Sunday.
AP: Senior diplomats from six key nations that have been struggling to find a way to deal with Iran's suspect nuclear program will try to take a longer, strategic view of the standoff in discussions Monday, U.N. ambassadors said.
Reuters: Iran will stand by its right to obtain nuclear technology and anyone spreading propaganda against its atomic programme will come to regret it, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday.
New York Times: All day and all night, the main street of this city was packed over the weekend with shoppers jockeying to buy last-minute gifts and sweets as they hurried to get ready for the celebration of the Iranian New Year, called Nowruz. Behind his cluttered desk inside an antique shop, Sayed Ali Zargabashi watched with great satisfaction as the crowds spilled off the sidewalks.
Washington Post: Iran has embarked on a charm offensive in the Arab world aimed at expanding economic and political ties and circumventing efforts by the United States and its allies to isolate Iran over its nuclear program.
Washington Post: The Security Council's five permanent members and Germany will hold a high-level meeting Monday in New York to try to break an impasse over the international response to the Iranian nuclear crisis.
Washington Post - By Donald H. Rumsfeld: Some have described the situation in Iraq as a tightening noose, noting that "time is not on our side"and that "morale is down." Others have described a "very dangerous" turn of events and are "extremely concerned."