Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 25 The Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Irans chief nuclear negotiator is due to travel to Beijing on Thursday to hold talks with senior Chinese officials in an effort to win backing in the international standoff over the Islamic Republics suspected nuclear weapons program.
AP: As the Bush administration pushes to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council, many members of Congress are advocating get-tough approaches and say military force should remain an option to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
New York Times: The foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet in London on Monday in an effort to resolve their differences on how best to punish Iran for its nuclear activities, three diplomats said Tuesday.
AP: British troops launched a crackdown Tuesday on Basra's troubled police, arresting several officers in a force long believed infiltrated by extremist Shiite militiamen with ties to neighboring Iran.
Reuters: Iran is unlikely to use oil as a weapon in the dispute over its nuclear activities, but the world community has measures to deal with a disruption if one occurred, the European Union's energy chief said on Tuesday.
AFP: An Iranian court has sentenced a French skipper and his German client who were arrested after straying into Iran's Gulf waters to 18 months behind bars, a lawyer for one of the accused told AFP Tuesday.
Reuters: China is "conscientiously studying" a draft EU proposal to threaten Iran with sanctions for its nuclear activities, but favors defusing the dispute through negotiations, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Washington Times: It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. "Well," worriers are reassured, "Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?"
New York Times: The American and European drive to rebuke Iran over its nuclear activities ran into new difficulties on Monday, raising doubts about whether the International Atomic Energy Agency would quickly refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for possible punitive action, European diplomats said.