Iran Focus: London, Apr. 28 The following is the full text of a report released on Friday by the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei on Irans nuclear program.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won broad support from NATO allies for a tough diplomatic line on Iran if, as expected, Tehran fails to meet Friday's U.N. deadline to stop enriching uranium for its nuclear program.
Reuters: The world's nuclear watchdog said in a report circulated on Friday that Iran has ignored a U.N. Security Council call to suspend all nuclear fuel enrichment and has accelerated the programme, diplomats said.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in Tehran that the Islamic Republic would not abandon its nuclear projects, hours before the end of a 30-day deadline set by the United Nations Security Council for Tehran to cease all its uranium enrichment activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28 Irans radical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Friday that the Islamic Republic would ignore resolutions by the United Nations Security Council calling on it to suspend its uranium enrichment. His remarks, which were aired on state television and carried by the official news agency, came on the final day of a 30-day deadline Tehran had been given by the Security Council to suspend all its uranium enrichment activities.
Reuters: Washington is trying to arrange a meeting of foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany in New York on May 9 to discuss Iran's nuclear program, Chinese and U.S. diplomats said on Thursday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 28 The top commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the governor of Irans southern province of Khuzestan issued a stern warning to the United States and Britain on Thursday to stop meddling in Irans internal affairs and creating insecurity in the province, the heart of Irans oil industry.
New York Times: Iran vowed yesterday to defy any United Nations Security Council resolution on its nuclear activities on the eve of a major report by atomic inspectors on the status of its nuclear program.
Washington Times: Some observers ask, why not just let Iran go nuclear? The answer is that nuclear weapons in the hands of the mullahs would be the most dangerous combination since the dawn of the nuclear age -- a nuclear-armed state with ballistic missiles led by religious zealots. It would be a serious threat to world peace and to the very survival of the 6 million people, Jews and Arabs alike, who live in Israel.
Washington Post: Despite a formal request from the U.N. Security Council, Iran has not provided international inspectors with new information about the country's nuclear program and has accelerated, rather than curbed, uranium-enrichment activities, according to sources familiar with a report the inspectors plan to issue today.