Reuters: White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley expressed skepticism on Friday about Iran's offer to talk to the United States about Iraq, saying it may be an attempt to divert pressure over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Reuters: China on Friday offered a compromise on a U.N. statement aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions while Russia opposed a big role for the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.
IPS: Despite suffering under some of the most draconian laws in the world, Iranian women remain at the forefront of the battle for equality and democracy, as shown by their courage on International Women's Day last week, Iranian women's rights advocates here say.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 A senior Iranian Ayatollah said on Friday that Iran would never back down from its nuclear pursuit and the nuclear capability was the dignity of Islam, state television reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 The secretary general of Irans Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, said on Friday that Tehran would not lose its resolve over its nuclear ambitions because of increased Western threats.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 17 Its been feted by some in the West as a major turnaround in Irans policy, but sources close to the Iranian government say Tehrans unexpected announcement on Thursday that it intended to hold direct talks with the United States on the subject of Iraq is primarily aimed at giving a push to the countrys nuclear diplomacy.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 Irans Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki demanded on Friday that a timeline be announced for the withdrawal of United States-led troops from Iraq as he confirmed that the Islamic Republic would be willing to directly meet and hold talks with U.S. officials over the issue of Iraq.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 17 Not since the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has the United States national security strategy focused on a country more than it is now doing on Iran. The proof comes in a 49-page report just released by the White House.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Mar. 17 Twenty-two Iranian government and provincial officials were killed in an ambush in the south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan in the early hours of Friday morning, the government-owned news agency Fars reported.
New York Times: Iran and the United States agreed today to hold direct talks on how to halt sectarian violence and restore calm in Iraq, offering the first face-to-face conversation between the two sides after months of confrontation over Iran's nuclear program.
AFP: High-level foreign ministry officials of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will meet in New York on Monday to finalize their stance on the nuclear standoff with Iran, a US State Department official said Thursday.
AFP: Japan's top oil company is slashing crude imports from Iran as a precaution given the risk to supply from the Islamic republic in the deepening crisis over its nuclear programme, analysts said Thursday.
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