Washington Times: The Bush administration yesterday was at a loss to explain the rare presence in Washington of an Iranian government official who slipped into the United States under mysterious circumstances, apparently to attend a scholarly conference.
USA TODAY: Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran over the future of Iran's nuclear program, the Pentagon is planning a war game in July so officials can explore options for a crisis involving Iran.
AP: A U.S. diplomat said Tuesday that envoys from the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany discussed sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but failed to agree on how to proceed.
Iran Focus: London, Apr. 18 Against a backdrop of mounting international concern over Irans nuclear brinkmanship, Tehran has been abuzz in recent days with rumours about the rapidly deteriorating health of a senior ayatollah and the impact of his probable departure from the countrys political scene.
Reuters: Senior inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will arrive in Iran on Friday to visit nuclear sites, including the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.
Washington Post: The Iranian government has intensified efforts to illegally obtain weapons technology from the United States, contracting with dealers across the country for spare parts to maintain its aging American-made air force planes, its missile forces and its alleged nuclear weapons program, according to federal law enforcement authorities.
The Times: This is as crucial a test for Ehud Olmert as it is for the Hamas Government that took power in the Palestinian territories three weeks ago. The newly elected Israeli Prime Minister, still negotiating to form a coalition after the victory of Kadima last month, said that Israel would respond in the way and manner required to the bombing.
Reuters: The United States will press other major world powers on Tuesday to consider what it called targeted sanctions against Iran as an April 30 U.N. deadline loomed for Tehran over its nuclear programme.
Reuters: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during an armed forces parade on Tuesday that any aggressor would regret attacking the Islamic Republic, which is embroiled in a nuclear dispute with the West.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 17 Irans military has fully identified the weak points of the United States and Israel and has already determined how to deal with the U.S. if it attacked the oil-rich nation, a top military commander said on Monday.
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