Washington Post: In 1967, after Israel trounced its Arab neighbors in the Six-Day War, five oil-producing Arab countries used what they called the "oil weapon" and cut off supplies to the United States and its European allies. But the weapon turned out to be a dud. The United States increased its production by a million barrels a day, and more modest boosts by three other oil-producing nations defused the crisis.
Reuters: Iran's neighbors -- including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates -- are talking to the United States about ways to bolster their defenses, the general in charge of U.S. arms sales said on Thursday.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is writing a letter to Pope Benedict, following an unprecedented letter to U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this month, a newspaper said on Thursday.
Reuters: Iranian chief atomic negotiator Ali Larijani on Thursday discussed ways to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme with the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, a senior Iranian diplomat said.
DPA: Representatives from France, Britain and Germany will meet next week to hammer out a new package of incentives aimed at persuading Iran to stop its suspected military nuclear weapons programme, European diplomats said Thursday.
Reuters: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday those involved in negotiations over Iran's nuclear crisis should tone down their rhetoric, a day after the Iranian president slammed an EU proposal as "candy for gold".
Reuters: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told EU lawmakers on Thursday Moscow remains unconvinced that international sanctions would persuade Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, a senior parliamentarian said.
Reuters: Gulf states will send an envoy to Iran shortly to try to persuade the Islamic republic to forgo nuclear weapons and encourage a peaceful resolution of its dispute with the international community, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Daily Telegraph: Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Conservative foreign secretary, said yesterday that western countries should be ready to consider military action against Iran if diplomacy and sanctions fail to curb Teheran's uranium enrichment programme.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 17 Iran rejected on Wednesday a joint statement issued by the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council over its sensitive nuclear activities, the official news agency reported.
Reuters: Jordan's King Abdullah on Wednesday told Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki of his concern about Tehran's hostility to Israel and support for Palestinian militant groups, officials said.
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