Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 14 A top Iranian cleric in Tehran publicly acknowledged on Friday that disciples of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, took American diplomats working in the United States embassy in Tehran hostage in November 1979.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 13 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reaffirmed on Thursday that Iran would never back down from carrying out uranium enrichment even as the United Nations nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei had arrived in Tehran to urge officials to do just that.
Washington Times: Just days after strong rumors of a possible pre-emptive U.S. and/or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities circulated like wildfire around the Washington Beltway, Iran announced it has taken its nuclear program forward.
New York Times: A one-day trip to Iran by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, ended Thursday night with no agreement by the Iranians to halt their production of enriched uranium. And European diplomats said Iran had shown inspectors evidence that they were preparing to double the size of their small-scale production facilities within weeks.
Daily Telegraph: America last night called for the United Nations to force Iran to comply with its demand that it give up its uranium enrichment programme, bringing Teheran one step closer to sanctions or even military action.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Apr. 13 A group of people gathered outside the offices of the water organisation in the south-western town of Masjid Soleiman in protest to four days of continuous cut-off of water supplies, the state-run daily Hamshahri reported on Thursday.
AP: Spy planes that Iran claims to have shot down over its territory were not operated by the U.S. Air Force, a top American general said Thursday. Maj. Gen. Allen G. Peck also played down Pentagon planning for air strikes on Iran, calling it routine.
AP: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that the United States would look at the full range of options available to the U.N. Security Council to respond to Iran's defiance of council resolutions concerning its nuclear program.
AFP: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday the United Nations should consider adopting a resolution against Iran's nuclear programme under chapter seven of the UN charter, which could allow military action.
AFP: Iran's announcement that it has successfully enriched uranium shows that Tehran has chosen to confront the West and is a cruel rebuff to Moscow, which has tried to accommodate the Islamic republic, Russian newspapers commented Thursday.
The Times - Leading articles: Irans provocative boast that it has successfully enriched uranium has been received with almost universal condemnation. In language that is strikingly, and deliberately, similar, America, Britain, France and Russia yesterday spoke of a step in the wrong direction, and called on Iran to respect its obligations and stop its nuclear activities.