The Guardian: Four western countries set the scene yesterday for a showdown with Iran by demanding that it freeze its uranium enrichment activities immediately.
The US, Britain, France and Germany agreed on a form of words at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, which threatened tough action in November if Iran remained defiant.
New York Times: The United States once again failed to persuade the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday that it should refer Iran's suspect nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council, accepting instead a repetition of calls for the country to stop uranium enrichment activities and clear up remaining questions about its nuclear ambitions.
A resolution making those calls is expected to be approved by the agency's 35-member board on Saturday ...
New York Times: Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that Iran is "providing support" for the insurgency in Iraq but that the extent of its influence over insurgent forces is not clear.
Most of the insurgency, he said, was "self-generating" and drew support from indigenous sources in Iraq.
Washington Post: The Bush administration failed on Friday to persuade its closest allies and other members of the International Atomic Energy Agency to increase diplomatic pressure on Iran, settling instead on another request that Tehran voluntarily drop its nuclear program.
A draft resolution, likely to be approved by the IAEA's 35-member board on Saturday, calls on Iran to suspend suspect nuclear work before the board meets again in late November.
Reuters: Iran will take the U.N. nuclear watchdog to the international court of justice if it sets a deadline for the Islamic state to commit to a new freeze on uranium enrichment activities, a top Iranian cleric said on Friday.
Influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told worshippers at Friday prayers at Tehran University ...
Reuters: Iran said on Friday it might extend its partial freeze of uranium enrichment in order to ease Western fears about its nuclear ambitions but a U.S. official dismissed this as a ploy to fend off tough U.N. action.
"I don't reject the possibility ... of continuing the suspension for an additional one or two months, but this will be decided by the policymakers," Hossein Mousavian, Iran's chief delegate to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Reuters.
Iran Focus: The head of the public relations office of prisons in Hamedan province (western Iran) announced today that the local Department of Justice had amputed the fingers of a burglar.
The man had alledgedly stolen from 15 different stores.
Iran Focus: The lawyer representing the relatives of Atefeh Rajabi, the 16-year-old girl who was hanged last month (Aug. 15th) in the town of Neka, northern Iran, has filed a lawsuit on their behalf. Mr. Shadi Sadr, who was retained to help prove Atefehs innocence, stated that after examining Atefehs documentation he was convinced that she was in fact 16 years old at the time her execution and not 22 as Iranian Judiciary spokespersons had claimed. Judiciary officials have admitted that Atefeh was executed but said she was 22 to justify her hanging.
Washington Post: U.N. nuclear inspectors are negotiating with Iran for access to as many as four military sites that have programs or equipment that could be diverted to development of nuclear weapons, diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomats said the negotiations were sensitive because visits could compromise the secrecy of Iran's conventional military programs.
Reuters: The United States compromised with France, Britain and Germany on a toughly-worded U.N. nuclear resolution on Iran that calls for an immediate halt to Tehran's uranium enrichment programme, a Western diplomat said.
"It's a text that all six countries can live with," the diplomat close to the talks told Reuters late on Thursday ...
Daily Telegraph: America seized on satellite pictures of a possible Iranian nuclear weapons testing site yesterday to demand that Teheran be given an ultimatum to come clean or face United Nations sanctions.
"This clearly shows the intention to develop weapons," said a senior United States official ...
AP: Iran condemned the killing of one of its civil servants in Iraq and demanded that the Iraqi government punish those responsible, state television reported on Wednesday.
Unidentified assailants killed Labib Mohammadi of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization near the central Iraqi city of Karbala, state television said in a report carried on its Web site. It did not say when Mohammadi was killed or give further details.
Associated Press: A U.S. official expressed alarm Thursday about a possible nuclear-weapons-related test site in Iran and accused the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency of keeping silent on its own concerns about the issue.
The official a senior member of the U.S. delegation at the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors spoke as U.S and European negotiators moved closer to agreement to censure Iran ...
AP: U.S. and European negotiators tentatively agreed Thursday to censure Iran for reneging on a freeze on uranium enrichment and moved closer to setting a deadline on Tehran to dispel suspicions it is trying to make nuclear arms.
The latest version of a draft resolution being prepared for a board of governors meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency and made available to The Associated Press showed ...
AFP: A US think tank with ties to the diplomatic and intelligence communities released seven satellite photographs of an Iranian military complex suspected of doing illicit nuclear weapons work, arguing the new evidence warranted international inspections. The release comes as US diplomats are stepping up pressure on their European partners ...