Bloomberg: The U.S. will "wait a while" for Iran to respond to incentives to abandon any nuclear weapons development, said U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, declining to specify what repercussions might follow.
Reuters: Russia and China can opt out but will not block U.N. sanctions that may be imposed on Iran if it refuses to suspend its nuclear enrichment programme, a diplomat from the European Union told Reuters on Friday.
New York Times: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday defied pressure from foreign leaders to accept a package of incentives in return for ending all nuclear activities, saying Iran will pursue its legal right to develop a peaceful nuclear program.
AP: The United States warned Iran it will not have much time to respond once it is offered an international package of rewards to encourage it to suspend uranium enrichment, suggesting that the window could soon close and be replaced by penalties.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 02 Iran rejected on Friday conditions set out by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to pave the way for direct dialogue between Tehran and Washington, and hinted it may carry out uranium enrichment to close to 20 percent.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jun. 02 Iran rejected as repetitive an offer by the United States to take part in direct negotiations with Tehran to resolve the international deadlock over its suspected nuclear weapons program if it first suspended uranium enrichment.
Reuters: Major world powers prepared on Friday to deliver a pivotal proposal to Iran combining incentives to halt work that could produce nuclear weapons with a threat of U.N. Security Council action if it refuses.
Bloomberg: Iran may remove Japan's Inpex Corp. from the $2.5 billion Azadegan oil project within the next three months because of a lack of progress at the field, the nation's largest discovery in more than three decades.
Washington Times: To learn lessons from history, including recent history, it's essential to get the history right. That's why, to understand what to do about the mullahs' regime in Iran, it's worth revisiting the debate over the intelligence in Iraq. This is especially so in view of the recent announced decision to participate in talks with Iran, provided the mullahs call a halt to the country's enrichment of uranium.
The Times - Leading articles: The Bush Administrations offer to join nuclear talks with Iran is the right move at the right juncture. The conditions that Washington has set the verifiable suspension of Irans uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and full co-operation with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors are not Americas alone.
New York Times: The United States, Russia, China and three leading nations of Europe announced an agreement Thursday on a package of incentives intended to resolve the nuclear crisis with Iran, shelving any punitive action by the Security Council until Iran has time to respond to the proposals.
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