Washington Times: At a Feb. 15 briefing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declared Iran is "in open defiance" of the world community for violations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran's persistent and flagrant development of a uranium enrichment program, despite enormous international pressure, is just one more disquieting incident in Iran's long history of troublemaking on the international stage.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 24 British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Iran on Monday of sponsoring terrorism and said that to deal with Tehrans nuclear ambitions the international community must send Tehran a signal of strength.
AP: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hinted Monday that Iran was considering withdrawing from the worldwide Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and said he did not think the U.N. Security Council would impose sanctions on Iran.
Reuters: Iran's defence minister said on Monday that any U.S. military attack over its nuclear programme would result in a humiliating defeat for the United States, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 24 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected on Monday a demand by the Untied Nations Security Council for the Islamic Republic to suspend its uranium enrichment activities by April 28.
Bloomberg: Iran needs to cooperate with the international community in seeking a diplomatic solution to the brewing crisis over the country's nuclear development program, said European Commission President Jose Barroso.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 24 Irans Foreign Minister said on Monday that the Islamic Republic would continue to push ahead with its sensitive nuclear work despite a request by the United Nations Security Council for it to suspend all its uranium enrichment activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 24 An agent of the State Security Forces, Irans paramilitary police, was killed and a second was injured during clashes with unknown assailants in the southern city of Shiraz, state-run media reported on Monday.
Wall Street Journal: The Bush administration is intensifying efforts to cut off funding to Hezbollah, the Shiite organization the U.S. believes is Iran's principal vehicle for conducting terrorist attacks globally.
Reuters: Iran will cancel the 960 million euro ($1.19 billion) "Olefins 11" contract signed last year with German industrial gases firm Linde and South Korea's Hyundai, Iran's Oil Ministry Web site reported on Monday.
AP: Israel's consul general in New York said Sunday that the world needs to take a tougher stance with Iran and warned that a "strong" and "determined" Israel will never allow another Jewish Holocaust.
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