Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 25 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed a fellow conservative as the new spokesman of his government, according to the state-run Fars news agency.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 25 The following is the translation of the editorial in Wednesdays edition of the semi-official daily Kayhan, which reflects the views of the ruling ultra-Islamist faction led by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:
An opportunity to spoil opportunities!
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 24 Irans Foreign Ministry summoned on Thursday British ambassador to Tehran Sir Richard Dalton to protest what it called human rights abuses in the United Kingdom and the European Union, which is under the rotating presidency of London.
The Washington Times: U.S. intelligence agencies are convinced that Iran is working to build nuclear weapons in secret based on a confidential report produced last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and on information from a former Iranian opposition figure.
Reuters: Iran is pushing ahead with plans to enrich uranium in defiance of international pressure to give up sensitive nuclear technology to ease fears it is seeking a nuclear bomb, diplomats and intelligence sources say.
The Guardian: Britain claimed for the first time yesterday that documents recently found in Iran could only be used for nuclear weapons, and warned of "indications of weaponisation" in Tehran's nuclear programme.
Iran Focus: Vienna, Nov. 24 Several thousand Iranian exiles braved the winter snow and rallied on Thursday outside the headquarters of the United Nations nuclear watchdog in Vienna to call for the immediate referral of Tehrans suspected atomic weapons file to the Security Council to face economic sanctions and a comprehensive oil embargo.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 24 The European Union criticised on Wednesday violations of freedom of speech in Iran and called on Tehran to adhere to its international obligations and commitments to human rights.
Reuters: The U.N. nuclear watchdog's governing board has reached a "broad consensus" that Iran should not be allowed to pursue nuclear enrichment, which would enable it to develop atom bombs, an EU diplomat said on Thursday.
AP: A dissident group accused Iran on Wednesday of deceiving U.N. nuclear inspectors by purposely keeping them away from what it said was a secret underground uranium enrichment facility during a recent tour of a restricted military site.
AP: The European Union is accusing Iran of possessing documents used solely for the production of nuclear arms and is warning of possible referral to the U.N. Security Council, according to a statement made available to The Associated Press on Thursday.
AP: Washington and its European allies, in a diplomatic coup, are gradually enlisting Chinese support on how to deal with Iran and its suspicious nuclear activities, diplomats and officials said Wednesday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 23 In a significant move to bolster the control of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) over Irans civilian institutions, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the appointment of the IRGC deputy commandant as the Number 2 in the Interior Ministry, Iran Focus has learnt. The appointment is to be made public later this week.
Reuters: Iran expects its nuclear talks with the European Union, which broke down in August, to resume after this week's board meeting of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday.