Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would never abandon its nuclear activities despite the looming threat of United Nations Security Council referral.
Reuters: France, Britain and Germany began circulating a draft resolution on Wednesday that asks the U.N. nuclear watchdog to report Iran's nuclear programme to the Security Council, opening the door to possible U.N. sanctions.
Iran Focus: Brussels, Jan. 17 Belgium and Denmark called on Tuesday for Irans nuclear file to be sent to the United Nations Security Council because of Tehrans decision to resume nuclear enrichment-related activities.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 17 United States Vice President Dick Cheney met and held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday regarding the crisis over Irans suspected nuclear weapons program as well as Syrian meddling in Lebanon among other issues.
Reuters: Iraq demanded on Tuesday the release of coastguards it said were seized by Iran during a clash involving suspected oil smugglers on their tidal frontier, but Iran's Baghdad embassy denied all knowledge of the incident.
UPI: India rebuked Iran's reference to the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, described the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal as a case of American double standards compared with Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 17 British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described Irans decision last week to resume previously-suspended uranium enrichment-related activities at its massive nuclear facility in Natanz as very unreasonable and a matter of serious concern.
New York Times: Russia and China affirmed Monday that Iran must resume its freeze on certain nuclear activities, but refused a call by the Americans and the Europeans for the issue to be put before the United Nations Security Council, according to the British Foreign Office and senior European officials.
Daily Telegraph: So let me see. On the one hand, we have a regime that is pressing full steam ahead with its nuclear programme and whose president has threatened to wipe another sovereign state off the map. And, on the other side of the negotiations, we have Her Britannic Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
The Washington Times - Editorial: With crude-oil output estimated at 4.1 million barrels per day, Iran is the world's fourth-largest oil-producing country. Only Saudi Arabia (9.6 million barrels), Russia (9 million) and the United States (5.3 million) produced more oil last year. Moreover, according to the authoritative journal World Oil, Iran has 105 billion barrels of crude-oil reserves -- nearly five times the size of U.S. reserves.
Reuters: Iran on Tuesday lifted its ban on CNN after the U.S. news network apologized for misquoting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Tehran wanted nuclear weapons, a top culture ministry official said.
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