Reuters: Talks between Iran and the EU's three biggest powers on the future of Tehran's nuclear program are near collapse as Iran threatens to resume sensitive atomic activities, European diplomats said on Wednesday. In a deal reached with Britain, Germany and France last November, Tehran agreed to suspend all nuclear fuel-related activities while both sides tried to negotiate a long-term solution regarding Iran's atomic ambitions.
Reuters: Intense U.S. pressure has scuppered the possible acquisition of a European plastics firm by an Iranian state-owned company, Iran said on Wednesday, a day after it vowed to press on with its nuclear activities.
Reuters: The United States said on Wednesday that a resumption in uranium enrichment by Iran would run contrary to a commitment Tehran made to let negotiations proceed over Iran's nuclear program. White House spokesman Scott McClellan took a dim view of Iran's vow on Tuesday, at a U.N. conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to press ahead with uranium enrichment.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 04 - In an interview with a government-run website, Ali-Akbar Velayati, Irans former Foreign Minister and a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is also a candidate in the forthcoming June 17 presidential elections, hinted at official responsibility for terrorist operations abroad against its opponents.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 04 One man was publicly hanged in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz, while four other prisoners were executed in the Iranian capital today, charged with armed robbery or murder. Reza H. was hanged in public in Ahwaz in the early hours of the day, accused of stabbing to death a man identified only as Hossein A.
New York Times: Iran declared Tuesday that it would soon resume some of the nuclear activities it had suspended during negotiations with Europe, and it used a conference here to accuse the United States and other nations of using the fear of nuclear weapons proliferation to deny peaceful nuclear technology to developing nations.
Washington Post: A defiant Iran said Tuesday that it is determined to hold on to all aspects of its nuclear program, including uranium enrichment, and lashed out at the United States and Europe for trying to limit its efforts. The comments, made by Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi at a conference on the future of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, came as officials in Tehran indicated that they are ready to end a suspension of some of their nuclear programs.
The Wall Street Journal: Iran may be preparing for a new showdown over its nuclear ambitions with European negotiators and their wary supporters in Washington. In recent days, Iranian officials have signaled repeatedly that they may resume the first stage of nuclear-fuel production, making uranium feedstock that can be enriched for reactor fuel or a nuclear bomb. Europe and the U.S. are pressing Tehran to abandon all efforts to produce nuclear fuel.
AFP: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that Iran should not seek to develop nuclear weapons under the pretenses of developing a civilian nuclear program. "There needs to be a very clear commitment from the Iranians to live up to their international obligations and not to seek nuclear weapons under cover of nuclear civilian power," Rice told ...
Los Angeles Times: European countries seeking to negotiate an end to Iran's nuclear enrichment program are asking the Bush administration for more help, saying the United States should offer Tehran new incentives to revive foundering talks, U.S. officials said. The request for a new U.S. overture, made last week, was viewed as another sign that the talks between Iran and European Union representatives had made little headway since the two sides renewed efforts last fall to reach an agreement.
Reporters Without Borders: Press freedom shrank daily during 2004 in Iran, one the world's 10 countries most repressive of the media. Countless threats hang over journalists and they are beaten when thrown in jail. The country has for years been the Middle East's biggest prison for journalists. Since the massive crackdown in 2000 which resulted in the justice ministry closing down nearly 100 reformist newspapers ...
Reuters: Iran is determined to develop all legal types of nuclear technology, including processes that could be used to develop fuel for weapons, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Tuesday. "Iran is determined to pursue all legal areas of nuclear technology including enrichment, exclusively for peaceful purposes," Kharrazi told a United Nations-sponsored conference on nuclear disarmament.
AFP: Iran's judiciary said Monday that a former navy officer and born-again Christian, Pastor Hamid Pourmand, was in jail for breaking the law and not because of his religion.
Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimi-Rad said Pastor Pourmand had been "involved in a political group" while still serving in the armed forces, something which is forbidden by Iranian law.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 03 The British Royal Navy gunboats which were seized last June by Irans Revolutionary Guards are to be put on display in the Iranian capital from May 20, authorities in the port city of Khorramshahr announced today. One informed source said that the three boats would go on display in the Imam Khomeini Prayer Hall in Tehran on May 20, marking the anniversary of the 1982 liberation of Khorramshahr from Iraqi forces.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 03 A young man was injured when Irans State Security Forces (SSF) opened fire on residents in the Kurdish city of Mahabad (Western Iran) late Saturday evening. The incident took place in the city centre and Ash-Mam Ahmad district, where officials of the SSF were seen to be pursuing unknown people. Rahmat Khakpour, a 23-year-old first year Electronics university student, was injured after being shot at as he was returning home.
Financial Times: Iran's threat to resume nuclear enrichment-related activities has led to more friction between the three European governments negotiating with Tehran and the Bush administration, which refuses to join the talks, diplomats said yesterday. Nevertheless, the so-called EU3 of France, Germany and the UK are in broad agreement with Washington that they would refer the crisis to the United Nations Security Council if Iran renewed production of uranium hexafluoride gas.
The Wall Street Journal: The U.S. and other nations warned Iran against resuming efforts to produce fuel usable for a nuclear reactor or potentially a bomb, as diplomats gathered in New York for the opening session of a major international arms control conference. While Washington called on Iran to completely and verifiably dismantle its fuel facilities, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said that if the Iranians ...