Los Angeles Times: At a key U.N. disarmament conference Monday, the U.S. lashed out at Iran and North Korea for their purported pursuit of atomic weapons and demanded that Iran dismantle its uranium enrichment facilities. But Iran said that it had an "inalienable right" to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and that it might restart its once-secret nuclear energy program. The entrenched conflicts may set the conference up for failure, diplomats said.
Reuters: Iran reiterated on Tuesday it would shortly resume sensitive nuclear work that could be used to make atomic arms, despite the risk of being sent to the U.N. Security Council.
In a deal 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.
AP: At a time of growing nuclear tensions in the world, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday urged non-weapons states like Iran to step back from the nuclear temptation, and America and Russia to cut back more sharply on their arsenals.
Reuters: The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog urged Iran on Monday not to follow through on its threats to resume sensitive nuclear activities that could be used to produce atomic weapons. "I would hope that the Iranians would not take a unilateral decision to initiate any activities that now are currently suspended," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters after a meeting with ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 02 A young man was hanged in public in the northeastern Iranian town of Bojnourd for acting against the state, according to the state-run daily Iran.
Hadi Safdari was accused of creating public disorder and acting against the state.
AFP: A resumption of Iran's uranium enrichment activities would lead to an end of its nuclear talks with the European Union, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Monday. "This would lead to a collapse of the talks," Fischer told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on non-proliferation at the United Nations in New York.
AFP: Four Iranian webloggers arrested during a crackdown last year have written to the judiciary head to complain of having been subjected to "physical and moral pressure" that forced them to confess, the official news agency IRNA said Monday. "During our detention, (we were) subjected to physical and moral pressure and all of our confessions were false and have no legal value," wrote Mahbubeh Abbas-Golizadeh, Fereshteh Ghazi, Massud Ghoreyshi and Hanif Mazruwi.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 02 - A man accused of murdering a taxi driver was hanged in Karoon Prison in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz on Monday morning, according to the state-run news agency. The man, only identified as Yaqoub R., was executed in the city which has been the scene of mass social unrest and clashes between anti-government protesters and State Security Forces.
The Wall Street Journal: With world attention focused on Iran's steady progress toward a nuclear bomb, it has been easy to miss the Islamic Republic's initiatives on another front -- South Asia, where Tehran has been busy cultivating India as an ally. Iran's relationship with India is not new. Strong cultural and political ties date back many centuries and include periods of both tension and friendship. Now that relationship is entering a new stage that should be of particular concern to the U.S.
Washington Post: Iran is planning to mount a staunch defense of its nuclear energy program at an international conference beginning today and will insist on rights to the same technology afforded to all members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a senior Iranian official said in an interview yesterday.
Financial Times: European officials have warned of a managed crisis in Europe's dialogue with Iran over the country's nuclear ambitions, after Iranian negotiators said they would consider resuming part of the uranium enrichment process suspended since 2003.
Iran Focus: Tehran, May 01 A packed Azadi Stadium in Tehran was today the scene of angry anti-government protests, forcing Irans powerful ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to call off his scheduled speech at the May Day gathering. Eye witnesses said that some 20,000 workers gathered in and around the 12,000-seat stadium to mark ...
AFP: They may now be wearing suits, but the line-up of candidates standing in Iran's presidential election next month includes a roll-call of the Islamic republic's Revolutionary Guards. While members of Iran's military are barred by the constitution from direct involvement in politics, the issue is again being debated between those advocating the need for a strong leader and detractors fearing a militarisation of the regime.
AFP: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday in comments apparently directed at the United States that the Islamic republic's nuclear programme was "none of your business".
In a speech carried on state television, the all-powerful Khamenei also said that the June presidential election would not bring any change to Iran's determination to press on with its controversial atomic actvities.
The Observer: Across a landscape scattered with snow, we drove along silent roads, past pitted fields, until the first gun tower came into view. A whole line of them followed the contours of the mountainside. What they're defending lies beneath, a warren of rooms and tunnels the size of eight football pitches. It's home to Iran's most sensitive nuclear facility, Natanz.
Reuters: Hardline Iranian politicians called on the government on Sunday to sever all diplomatic ties with Britain in a rapidly escalating row over the opening of a new airport serving Tehran. Britain and Canada issued warnings on Friday to travellers to avoid using the Imam Khomeini International Airport, which opened on Saturday, due to concerns the runway may be unsafe.