New York Times: The United States and Europe are divided over the latest phase of their negotiating strategy on Iran, with the Bush administration resisting a new European offer that includes a proposal for a Middle East security "framework" for Iran if it gives up its nuclear activities, diplomats from each side said Friday.
Reuters: Britain, France and Germany are expected to meet on Wednesday in London with American, Russian and Chinese officials to discuss a package of incentives for Iran if Tehran curbs its nuclear ambitions, European diplomats said.
Iran Focus: London, May 19 A senior U.S. State Department official accused Iran on Thursday of failing to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, over its suspected atomic weapons program.
Reuters: OPEC will not change its crude production ceiling and oil prices are not expected to hit $100 a barrel, Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh told the students' news agency ISNA on Friday.
Reuters: Iran initially enriched uranium from China but is now using domestically processed uranium in its nuclear programme, an Iranian diplomat said on Friday after some doubts were cast on his country's recent enrichment claims.
Reuters: Iranian claims last month of a major nuclear breakthrough were undermined on Thursday when several diplomats said the uranium Tehran had enriched was high-quality processed uranium it acquired from China.
Reuters: German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a delicate balancing act when she visits China next week to forge unity on Iran and bolster bilateral economic ties, while delivering unwelcome messages on human rights and piracy.
Washington Post: In 1967, after Israel trounced its Arab neighbors in the Six-Day War, five oil-producing Arab countries used what they called the "oil weapon" and cut off supplies to the United States and its European allies. But the weapon turned out to be a dud. The United States increased its production by a million barrels a day, and more modest boosts by three other oil-producing nations defused the crisis.
Reuters: Iran's neighbors -- including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates -- are talking to the United States about ways to bolster their defenses, the general in charge of U.S. arms sales said on Thursday.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is writing a letter to Pope Benedict, following an unprecedented letter to U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this month, a newspaper said on Thursday.
Reuters: Iranian chief atomic negotiator Ali Larijani on Thursday discussed ways to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme with the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, a senior Iranian diplomat said.
DPA: Representatives from France, Britain and Germany will meet next week to hammer out a new package of incentives aimed at persuading Iran to stop its suspected military nuclear weapons programme, European diplomats said Thursday.
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