Washington Times: Are the United States and Europe finally ready to face the crisis over Iran's nuclear program together? If that is indeed the case, two factors have conspired in favor of this auspicious development in trans-Atlantic relations.
Bloomberg: France today rejected an Iranian proposal to resume talks with the European Union on its nuclear program until the Islamic Republic suspends research which could lead to the production of nuclear weapons.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jan. 18 Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic would never abandon its nuclear activities despite the looming threat of United Nations Security Council referral.
Reuters: France, Britain and Germany began circulating a draft resolution on Wednesday that asks the U.N. nuclear watchdog to report Iran's nuclear programme to the Security Council, opening the door to possible U.N. sanctions.
Iran Focus: Brussels, Jan. 17 Belgium and Denmark called on Tuesday for Irans nuclear file to be sent to the United Nations Security Council because of Tehrans decision to resume nuclear enrichment-related activities.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 17 United States Vice President Dick Cheney met and held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday regarding the crisis over Irans suspected nuclear weapons program as well as Syrian meddling in Lebanon among other issues.
Reuters: Iraq demanded on Tuesday the release of coastguards it said were seized by Iran during a clash involving suspected oil smugglers on their tidal frontier, but Iran's Baghdad embassy denied all knowledge of the incident.
UPI: India rebuked Iran's reference to the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, described the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal as a case of American double standards compared with Tehran's nuclear program.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 17 British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described Irans decision last week to resume previously-suspended uranium enrichment-related activities at its massive nuclear facility in Natanz as very unreasonable and a matter of serious concern.
New York Times: Russia and China affirmed Monday that Iran must resume its freeze on certain nuclear activities, but refused a call by the Americans and the Europeans for the issue to be put before the United Nations Security Council, according to the British Foreign Office and senior European officials.
Daily Telegraph: So let me see. On the one hand, we have a regime that is pressing full steam ahead with its nuclear programme and whose president has threatened to wipe another sovereign state off the map. And, on the other side of the negotiations, we have Her Britannic Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.