The Wall Street Journal: Some of the world's largest finance and energy companies are severing ties with Iran, amid U.S. probes into their compliance with American sanctions and as the possibility of U.N. action grows closer.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 31 Irans nuclear point-man Ali Larijani said Tuesday evening that the Islamic Republic will end snap inspections of its nuclear facilities by international inspectors if the UN nuclear agencys board of governors went ahead as is expected to report Tehran to the Security Council.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 31 Iran threatened on Tuesday that it would end all voluntary cooperation with the United Nations nuclear watchdog if its nuclear file was reported to the Security Council.
Washington Post: Seven in 10 Americans would support international economic sanctions as a way to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but there is considerable wariness about taking military action against Tehran, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 31 Hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated on Monday the radical Palestinian group Hamas in their victory in the Palestinian elections, the state-run Fars news agency reported.
AP: The United States and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council reached surprising agreement Tuesday that Iran should be hauled before that powerful body over its disputed nuclear program.
Reuters: British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Tuesday world powers had sent a strong signal to Iran by agreeing to involve the U.N. Security Council in the simmering dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.
AFP: Iran's response to diplomatic efforts to reach a compromise over its nuclear program is not good enough, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday ahead of a crunch meeting of key powers here.
Reuters: President George W. Bush will offer words of support on Tuesday in his State of the Union address to Iranians who want greater freedom as U.S. diplomats push for sanctions over the Islamic republic's nuclear program.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 30 Iran is intent on obtaining nuclear weapons and is using negotiations as a tool to buy time while it secretly carries out banned activities, an Iranian opposition figure said on Monday.
Reuters: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy called on Monday for the U.N. Security Council to become involved in the dispute over Iran's nuclear ambitions, saying EU-Iran talks had hit a dead end.