AFP: Iran on Sunday dismissed foreign warnings over the safety of Tehran's controversial new airport as "obsessive propaganda".
"Above all we see these issues as an obsession or unfriendly propaganda," said foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.
Reuters: Iran said on Sunday it was getting ready to resume some uranium enrichment-related work, despite warnings from Washington and the European Union that doing so would see its nuclear case sent to the U.N. Security Council.
AFP: Nine Saudi journalists who wanted to accompany a local football team to an Asian Champions League game in Isfahan were denied entry visas by the Iranian embassy in Riyadh, a team spokesman said Saturday. The Saudi Al-Shabab Club "forwarded the applications of the nine journalists, who were to accompany the football team to Isfahan for a match with ...
AFP: Iran has decided against making an offer for bankrupt British car manufacturer MG Rover, because Chinese firm Shanghai Auto already has the right to manufacture the Rover 75 and Rover 25, Industry Minister Eshagh Jahangiri said in comments published Saturday.
Reuters: Iran warned on Saturday it could pull out of nuclear negotiations with the European Union if progress is not made soon and said its threat to resume some enrichment-related work was not an empty one. "The Iranian nation will never give up its rights ... we cannot accept any more time killing," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told state television from New York.
AFP: Iran threatened Saturday the possibility that it might break off negotiations with the European Union over its sensitive nuclear activities if the talks do not bear fruit. "We told the Europeans that, if the negotiations did not bear the expected results, their continuation was useless," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi was quoted by state television as saying.
AFP: Pakistan will, under certain conditions, send centrifuge parts for tests by the UN's atomic agency to help establish whether Iran has been secretly developing nuclear weapons, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said Friday. The parts could allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna to determine whether highly enriched uranium contamination found in Iran had originated there, or if it had come from Pakistan.
The Globe and Mail: When it comes to global theatrics, Iran's leaders certainly know how to grab the spotlight. They chose the first week of a month-long United Nations review of the 35-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to drop the bombshell that they intend to resume most of their nuclear activities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 06 - One of the presidential candidates for the June 17 elections in Iran was forced to cut his speech short during a gathering in the Iranian holy city of Qom. Mehdi Karroubi, a presidential candidate and former Speaker of the Iranian regimes Majlis (parliament), was speaking to the gathering Wednesday evening when a crowd of some 30 ...
AFP: Iran is ready to accelerate its nuclear activities if agreement is not reached quickly with the European Union over the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear programme, a chief negotiator said Friday. "A long-term suspension or an end (to uranium enrichment) is stupid, bad and irrational," Syrus Nasseri was quoted as saying by student news agecy ISNA.
DPA: Irans conservative judiciary has for the first time admitted human rights violations in the country, local media reported on Friday. Head of the judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahrudi said late Thursday that rights of political dissidents had in some cases been violated by investigators in Irans detention centres.
Daily Telegraph: Shell and BASF yesterday gave in to pressure from the United States and decided not to sell the world's largest maker of polypropylene to Iran. Instead, Basell, which makes the plastic which is used from everything from DVD cases to yoghurt pots, was sold for 4.4billion (£3billion) to Haldia, an Indian chemicals company. Haldia is backed by Purnendu Chatterjee, an Indian entrepreneur, and Leonard Blavatnik, a Russian oil billionaire.
Washington Times: You may have missed it, but sometime this spring, the Bush administration decided to subcontract its Iran strategy to Europe. In late February, in a dramatic reversal of its long-standing assertion that the United States will not negotiate with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, the White House unexpectedly announced that it was siding with the "EU 3" France, Germany and Great Britain in their efforts to diplomatically stall Tehran's atomic advances.
Reuters: The United States is seeking the extradition of a former Russian atomic energy minister because he may have sensitive information on Moscow's nuclear ties with Iran, Russia's ex-security chief said on Thursday. The former minister, Yevgeny Adamov, was arrested in Switzerland this week at the request of the United States, which suspects him of stealing Washington funds sent to boost Russia's nuclear security.
AFP: Iran on Thursday accused "foreigners" of having supported last months unrest involving ethnic Arabs from the southwestern province of Khuzestan and has said it has identified or arrested all the suspected ringleaders. "All the ones involved in the Khuzestan unrest (and) who provoked people in the early days of the unrest have been identified and the arrests are continuing," Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, May 05 Some 30 individuals arrested in the Iraqi province of Diyala have admitted to acting on the orders of Irans notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to spur sectarian violence to destabilise the region, according to a senior Iraqi police official.
AP: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked oil companies, including Total SA and Norsk Hydro ASA, to disclose commissions they may have paid while doing business in Iran, a person familiar with the inquiry said.