AFP: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week signed off on legislation that could limit UN inspections into Iran's nuclear sites if its case is taken to the UN Security Council, the semi-official Fars agency reported Saturday.
Reuters: The Iranian president's remarks that the Holocaust was a myth risk isolating his country and will hinder talks to resolve a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Germany's foreign minister said.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 17 Irans President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed into law a bill that lays the foundations for a new military organisation to develop ballistic missiles, the government-owned Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
Iran Focus: London, Dec 17 A website with close ties to Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said the U.S. State Departments decision to keep the Iranian opposition group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK), on its list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations paved the way for the expulsion of the groups members from Iraq.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Dec 17 Irans First Vice-President has ordered all ministries and state organisations to restrict visits to foreign countries by their official, the government-owned Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
Iran Focus: London, Dec. 17 United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday that it was only a matter of time before Irans suspected nuclear weapons file was sent to the United Nations Security Council.
Iran Focus: Brussels, Dec. 17 The European Union leaders condemned unreservedly on Saturday the recent anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic remarks by hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and warned Tehran that the window of opportunity will not remain open indefinitely.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Dec. 17 One of the bodyguards of Irans President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was killed and another wounded when an attempt to ambush the presidential motorcade was thwarted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, according to a semi-official newspaper and local residents.
Reuters: Leaders of six pro-U.S. Gulf Arab states meet on Sunday to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions and a U.N.-Syria standoff, concerned that an escalation of these disputes could rock a region already suffering from instability in Iraq.
Iran Focus: Baghdad/Tehran, Dec. 16 Iranian agents in Iraq carried out a widespread campaign of poll manipulation to ensure victory by Shiite groups allied to Tehran in Thursdays parliamentary election in the Islamic Republics eastern neighbour, according to reports received by Iran Focus.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday there is no evidence that Iran intends to back down in a diplomatic standoff over its disputed nuclear program, but she hedged her bets on when the United States might seek punishment at the U.N.
Washington Post: Prince Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's new ambassador to the United States, took issue yesterday with the Iranian president's description of the Holocaust as a myth, saying the "horrific genocide" is a "historical fact" no longer in dispute.