Financial Times: European governments intend to call a crisis meeting of the United Nations nuclear watchdog's governing board next week if Iran carries out its threat to resume sensitive nuclear processes, western diplomats in Vienna said on Tuesday. The meeting at the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency would discuss the prospects of a referral of the Iran nuclear dispute to the UN Security Council, where the US would lobby for sanctions.
AFP: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he favors transferring the case of Iran's nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if talks break down between Iran and the EU, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Tuesday.
Reuters: Schoolgirls, factory workers and wizened clerics flowed into Iran's Interior Ministry on Tuesday to register to stand for president in an election next month, annoying officials who said they were time-wasters.
The Interior Ministry has flung open its doors for five days of registration for the June 17 poll.
AFP: An Iranian man convicted of murder has been hanged in prison in the Caspian Sea town of Noshahr, the Jomhuri Eslami newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Quoted by the paper, a judiciary official in the port city said 23-year-old Majid Alghosi was executed for killing Siavosh Abassian in a family feud some four years ago. No further details were given.
AFP: Iran will decide within the next few days on whether to resume some sensitive nuclear activities that were suspended as part of a deal with the European Union, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday. "It (the decision) will come at the end of the week (Friday), at the latest," said Ali Agha Mohammadi, a spokesman for the Islamic republic's Supreme National Security Council.
Financial Times: Senior British officials warned last night that talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions were on the point of collapse and that it risked referral to the United Nations Security Council.
AFP: The United States warned Iran on Monday that a resumption of its suspended nuclear fuel activities would have "consequences" for the Islamic Republic, suspected of working toward an atomic bomb. But acting State Department spokesman Tom Casey did not specify what steps the United States and its European allies might take if Iran broke an agreement struck last year during negotiations on its nuclear program.
Iran Focus: Berlin, May 09 Thousands of Iranians from across Germany held their first-ever major convention in Berlin this afternoon, in which they rejected the policy of appeasement and a foreign war in dealing with the Tehran regime. The participants, who represented various Iranian communities throughout the country, declared their support for the Third Option, introduced by Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Reuters: Iran said on Monday it would resume uranium enrichment-related activities within days, a move the United States and the European Union have warned would see its nuclear case escalated to the U.N. Security Council. "We will lift the first stage of our suspension, which is that of our UCF (Uranium Conversion Facility) project in Isfahan, in the next few days," Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, told a university conference, the official IRNA news agency reported.
AFP: Iran's Guardians Council, a hardline body that screens all legislation, has rejected a highly contentious law that allowed abortions in limited cases, the student news agency ISNA reported on Monday. "It is against sharia (Islamic law) to abort children who would inflict a financial burden on the parents after birth due to mental or physical handicap," ISNA said, quoting parliamentary sources.
Bloomberg: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, the world's largest shipbuilders, won Iranian contracts worth almost $1 billion to build 10 oil tankers, an Iranian official said. National Iranian Oil Tanker Co. will award the contracts to South Korea-based shipbuilders Daewoo and Hyundai, and Hyundai unit Samho Heavy Industries Co., "within the next three weeks," NITC ...
Press Association: Iran confirmed today it had converted 37 tons of raw uranium into gas needed to enrich uranium just before suspending all uranium enrichment related activities last year, a top nuclear official said. Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, said the work had been conducted at one of its nuclear facilities in central Iran, which the United States alleges is part of a programme to produce atomic weapons.
U.S. Newswire: The Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus in the House of Representatives, co-chaired by Reps. Thomas Tancredo (R-Colo.) and Bob Filner (D-Calif.), will hold a briefing on "Iraq's Future: The Iranian Impact" on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 in room 2255 in Rayburn House Office Building.
Reuters: Iran's legislative watchdog rejected a bill that would have permitted the abortion of a handicapped foetus as un-Islamic on Monday, parliament's Web site reported. Lawmakers had last month approved a bill to allow abortions when a mother's life was in danger or the baby would be handicapped.
RFE/RL: More than 40,000 Iranians have died from narcotics abuse between the start of the year and 20 March, with just over 26,000 dying in car crashes. Radio Farda cited a report issued by the Iranian state coroner that said car crashes were the premier cause of "unnatural" deaths, and a source of serious injury to some 250,000 Iranians.
AP: An Iranian asylum seeker faces death after being forcibly removed from a detention centre in preparation for deportation, refugee advocates said. The 27-year-old Ahwaz Iranian man had been in the Baxter detention centre in South Australia's north for the past five years. He was forcibly removed from the centre in readiness to be deported to Iran, advocates said.
AP: Iranian hard-liners on Sunday called for an end to nuclear negotiations with European powers and said they opposed any deal imposing limitations on Iran's nuclear program. But Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Iran will remain committed to talks with Europeans despite a lack of progress.