Iran Focus: London, Feb. 20 The United Nations Security Council must not be used as a political tool, Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters after a meeting with Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht in Brussels on Monday.
Reuters: Iran should be more sincere with the rest of the world about its disputed nuclear programme and accept Russia's proposal to enrich uranium for it, the German and South Korean foreign ministers said on Sunday.
AP: The head of an Iranian delegation in Moscow for talks on Tehran's nuclear program said Monday that a proposal to move Iran's uranium enrichment to Russia had no ties to demands for Iran to restore a moratorium on enrichment activities, a Russian news agency reported.
Reuters: The American ambassador to Iraq, taking an unusually blunt line with Iran, accused Iraq's eastern neighbour on Monday of giving training and weapons to militias operating in Iraq. "Iran has another policy as well: to work with militias, provide training and provide weapons to extremist groups, direct and indirectly," Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a news conference.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 Iranian police confiscated 28,000 bottles of liqueur, large quantities of banned CDs, and several thousand satellite dishes at a facility in Tehran as part of a crackdown on social vice in the Iranian capital.
Xinhua: Chief of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups six Gulf Arab countries, said on Saturday that the bloc did not oppose referring Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council, which might lead to sanctions.
Reuters: European officials will make a fresh appeal to Iran on Monday to halt sensitive nuclear activities, warning its foreign minister on a rare trip to Brussels that the West is fast running out of patience.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 19 A group affiliated to Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps launched a new recruitment drive for suicide bombers in Tehran to fight against Global Blasphemy, state-run news agencies reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 19 Former Iranian President and current chairman of the State Expediency Council Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has no say in the Islamic Republics nuclear policy, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 19 An attempt by Irans radical theocratic government to organise an international conference of Islamist parties in Tehran to adopt a unanimous position on the publication of cartoons depicting Islams Prophet Muhammad may have to be put off due to lack of interest from political parties across the Muslim world.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 19 Iran criticised its principal opposition movement on Saturday for charging that it was behind the recent violence over cartoons depicting negatively the Islamic prophet Muhammad published in European dailies.
Reuters: Two Iranian journalists are in jail awaiting trial, the judiciary said on Saturday, after local media reported their newspaper criticised Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 A senior delegation from the radical Palestinian group Hamas will travel to Tehran on Monday to meet and hold talks with senior Iranian officials including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the news agency Fars, run by the Office of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported Saturday evening.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 A judge at Tehrans Appellate Court announced on Saturday that the Islamic Republic would continue to issue death verdicts for juvenile delinquents without considering other available options.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 18 At least five people were killed and dozens injured or arrested in the course of clashes between Kurdish demonstrators and government forces in Irans Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces, according to a statement emailed to Iran Focus by Kurdish activists.
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