The Washington Times: The Iranian opposition group that exposed the nation's covert nuclear weapons program two years ago said yesterday that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the effort to continue in secret.
The opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), also disclosed the existence of what it said is a new uranium enrichment facility in central Iran that is nearing completion.
Christian Science Monitor: I asked a visiting editor from Azerbaijan a few days ago what his countrymen's principal concerns were. One of the most significant, he said, was that the US might use Azerbaijan as a base for the US to invade neighboring Iran.
While that might seem fanciful, given that the US military is already overextended in Iraq, Iran certainly seems likely to be high on the foreign policy agenda of whoever is the next US president.
Associated Press: European negotiators resume talks with Iran on Wednesday on a last-chance offer of incentives aimed at getting Tehran to stop enriching uranium and avoid the threat of possible UN sanctions.
The new round of talks comes as Iran hints it may voluntarily suspend some unspecified nuclear activities in an attempt to reach a compromise with the Europeans.
AFP: Iran could take months to agree to a European request not to resume uranium enrichment, a nuclear negotiation spokesman said Tuesday, saying the offer was riddled with ambiguities and must be more balanced. "There are many ambiguities in the European proposal ... We are waiting for an answer from the Europeans on our questions before we can decide (to accept it)," Hossein Moussavian told AFP by telephone from Vienna.
Washington Times - Editorial: Today, negotiators from France, Germany and the United Kingdom are set to resume talks with Iran over that country's nuclear ambitions. If top Iranian officials' remarks over the weekend indicate anything, it is that these talks, like the ones that preceded it, are likely to fail. The good news is that the Europeans are starting to notice.
The Guardian: Iranian hardliners escalated the war of nerves with the west over nuclear bomb materials yesterday, introducing a fast-track bill that would pledge the regime to push ahead with uranium enrichment.
On the eve of crucial talks in Vienna today between Iran and the EU on how to defuse the crisis, the bill also called on the ...
Reuters: Hardline lawmakers, who control a majority in Iran's parliament, on Tuesday introduced a bill which would force the government to resume uranium enrichment and halt snap U.N. inspections of nuclear facilities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 26 The Iranian regimes Social Development Organisation announced that in the past six weeks prices have gone up from 40 to 300 percent for a large number of commonly required medicines.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 26 Agents of Irans State Security Forces (SSF) raided a house-party in the town of Imam Hossein in the northern province of Rasht and arrested 20 young boys and girls.
Those arrested were charged with attending a mixed-sex party.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 26 Thousands of young people began a spontaneous anti-government demonstration after a football match on Saturday, clashing with agents of the security forces, eye-witnesses reported. Clashes began at the end of match between Esteghlal and Persepolis teams in Tehrans Azadi Stadium.
AP: Iranian scientists have developed technology to produce zirconium, a key metal used in the heart of a nuclear reactor to produce nuclear fuel, a top nuclear official said Monday.
"Iranian scientists have achieved the technology to design and produce zirconium, the world's most sophisticated nuclear metal," Mansour Habashizadeh told state-run radio.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 25 - At least 150 people have been arrested over the past two days in the southern city of Shiraz in the latest crackdown by agents of the State Security Forces (SSF), local residents reported. Eyewitnesses said that dozens of people, mostly youth, were arrested on the streets for their un-Islamic attire.
Reuters: The nuclear technology the European Union has offered Iran could help it make an atomic bomb, not prevent it, a Washington-based think-tank warned.
The EU's "Big Three" -- France, Britain and Germany -- have offered Iran reactor fuel and help developing light-water reactor (LWR) technology if Tehran stops uranium enrichment, a process which can be used to make nuclear arms.
PA News: The international community will not accept Iran developing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Tony Blair warned today. At his monthly Downing Street press conference, Mr Blair stressed that dialogue with Tehran over its suspected weapons development efforts was not over.
Mr Blair insisted that he was not aware of any American plans to take military action against Iran.
Reuters: Iran's top security official on Monday warned the European Union not to cross Tehran's red lines in negotiations over its nuclear programme.The EU's "big three" powers, Britain, France and Germany, have offered Iran a deal whereby it would scrap activities related to producing nuclear fuel in return for help with civilian nuclear technology and a resumption of trade talks.
New York Times: Iran on Sunday rejected a proposal by Britain, Germany and France to suspend its uranium enrichment program and urged those countries to offer a "more balanced" proposal. During a meeting on Thursday in Vienna, the three European countries asked Iran to give up its uranium enrichment program in return for a guarantee to help Iran build a light-water power reactor and to provide a supply of reactor fuel.
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