Iran Focus: London, Jan. 17 British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described Irans decision last week to resume previously-suspended uranium enrichment-related activities at its massive nuclear facility in Natanz as very unreasonable and a matter of serious concern.
New York Times: Russia and China affirmed Monday that Iran must resume its freeze on certain nuclear activities, but refused a call by the Americans and the Europeans for the issue to be put before the United Nations Security Council, according to the British Foreign Office and senior European officials.
Daily Telegraph: So let me see. On the one hand, we have a regime that is pressing full steam ahead with its nuclear programme and whose president has threatened to wipe another sovereign state off the map. And, on the other side of the negotiations, we have Her Britannic Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
The Washington Times - Editorial: With crude-oil output estimated at 4.1 million barrels per day, Iran is the world's fourth-largest oil-producing country. Only Saudi Arabia (9.6 million barrels), Russia (9 million) and the United States (5.3 million) produced more oil last year. Moreover, according to the authoritative journal World Oil, Iran has 105 billion barrels of crude-oil reserves -- nearly five times the size of U.S. reserves.
Reuters: Iran on Tuesday lifted its ban on CNN after the U.S. news network apologized for misquoting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Tehran wanted nuclear weapons, a top culture ministry official said.
Iran Focus: London, Jan. 16 A top human rights group called Monday on Iran to end the execution of child offenders after death sentences were handed down to two teenage girls for crime they allegedly committed when they minors.
AP: Moscow and Beijing joined the U.S. and its European allies in demanding Monday that Iran fully suspend its nuclear program, while Vladimir Putin held out hope for a compromise, saying Tehran might agree to move its uranium enrichment program to Russia.
AFP: The US-based news channel CNN has been banned from working in Iran for having quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying his country is seeking nuclear weapons, a government official told AFP Monday.
Bloomberg: U.K. Foreign Minister Jack Straw said Iran is failing to meet responsibilities to the world over its nuclear program as diplomats met in London to work out a timetable to refer the issue to the United Nations.
Reuters: German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Moscow on Monday where she hopes to persuade President Vladimir Putin to join the EU and United States in ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on Iran, German officials said.
Daily Telegraph: Iranian scientists are expected to start work this week on the highly technical task of enriching tons of uranium to a level where it could be used in the production of atomic weapons, say the latest reports received by western intelligence agencies.
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