AP: The United States will not negotiate directly with Iran on its nuclear program, President Bush's spokesman said Wednesday, although he left open the door for talks if Tehran proves it has permanently stopped all nuclear weapons activities.
Reuters: Norwegian oil company Statoil (STL.OL: Quote, Profile, Research), one of the few Western oil firms operating in Iran, said the OPEC member needs to offer more attractive terms if it wants to encourage investment from foreign companies.
Reuters: World powers said after a meeting on Wednesday they made progress but failed to reach a consensus on a package of incentives and threats to prevent Iran from being able to build a nuclear bomb.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 24 Irans hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic had mastered the full nuclear fuel cycle. He also warned the West that it would get a lasting and historic slap from Tehran if it used force to thwart Irans nuclear ambitions.
Reuters: The head of Russia's atomic energy agency said on Tuesday he hoped for a "major breakthrough" on the Iranian nuclear row when major powers meet in London this week but a U.S. official said that more talks may be needed to reach agreement.
Washington Post: Iran has followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent letter to President Bush with explicit requests for direct talks on its nuclear program, according to U.S. officials, Iranian analysts and foreign diplomats.
Reuters: Iran's dispute with the West over its nuclear program will probably not lead Tehran to cut off its oil exports, but if it did, the world could handle the lost supply, U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said on Tuesday.
Reuters: The United States is poised to seek U.N. Security Council action to heap pressure on Iran for refusing to negotiate in good faith over its nuclear ambitions, President George W. Bush said on Tuesday.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 23 Irans former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday that the West could not force Tehran to abandon its nuclear program, the government-run news agency Fars reported.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 23 Students demonstrated on Monday and Tuesday in Tehrans Amir Kabir University (Polytechnic University) against the governments repressive policies, a student who took part in the rally told Iran Focus.
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