Financial Times: Iran appears to have ceased all sensitive nuclear operations ahead of a crucial meeting later this week of the board of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, according to western diplomats. The apparent suspension of activities follows an agreement last week with Britain, France and Germany designed to stave off US efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council, a move that could result in UN sanctions.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 22 - A total of six people have been sentenced to execution in Iran over the past week including two children under the age of 18 as well as two young women and two political prisoners. The two minors who were sentenced to executions who were identified only by their first names, Wahid and Mehdi.
AP: President Bush said Monday that he hopes Iran's claim that it has suspended uranium enrichment and has no nuclear weapons ambitions is true, but "there must be verification." Iran must "earn the trust of those of us who are worried about them developing a nuclear weapon," Bush said at a seaside news conference during a four-hour visit with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
AFP: Russia said Monday that Iran's announcement that it was suspending uranium enrichment, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, was a step forward that showed greater cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog.
AFP: German border police said Monday that they had arrested a 53-year-old man suspected of trying to illegally export material used in nuclear power plants to Iran.
The man, who was picked up as he returned from Poland, will appear before a judge in Postdam, eastern Germany on Tuesday, a spokesperson said.
AFP: Britain, France and Germany have called for Iran to be reported to the UN atomic agency if it fails to honor its pledge to suspend uranium enrichment but their draft resolution makes no mention of an automatic referral to the UN Security Council, diplomats said here Monday.
Bloomberg: Iran must do more to win the confidence of weapons inspectors that it isn't seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, said Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the United Nation's nuclear watchdog. "We still have a lot of work to do before we can come to a conclusion that Iran is clean,'' ElBaradei, director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said ...
Reuters: All three wives of a 67-year-old Iranian man took overdoses in an unsuccessful triple suicide attempt after the youngest wife bought an expensive pair of boots, a news agency reported on Sunday.
United Press International: The Iranian regime has no intention of honoring its pledge to end nuclear activities, an Iranian opposition spokesman said Monday. Farid Sulamani of the People's Mujahedin, or Mujahedin Khalq, told the BBC: "The Iran regime is intent on acquiring an atomic bomb and the world has a duty to stop that."
AFP: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw voiced hope Monday for an accord to end a nuclear standoff with Iran, but reiterated the row could still end up in the UN Security Council if Tehran fails to comply. Speaking ahead of a crunch meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog body this week, he said he hoped an accord reached between Iran and the European Union's so-called Euro three -- Britain, France and Germany -- would be formally approved.
AFP: A succession of six mild earthquakes measuring up to 4.9 on the Richter scale hit Iran's western province of Lorestan Monday, with rockslides along a busy road leaving several people lightly hurt, officials said.
AFP: Iran has produced up to two tons of uranium gas that can be used to make nuclear weapons, but this amount is not enough to make a bomb, UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei told journalists Monday. ElBaradei said the amount of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) produced by Iran prior to a ban of uranium enrichment activites that began Monday was "probably a maximum of two tons."
AP: Iran has suspended uranium enrichment and all related activities, state-run radio reported Monday, honoring an agreement with Europe designed to head off possible U.N. sanctions. "To build confidence and in line with implementing the Paris Agreement, Iran suspended uranium enrichment (and related activities) as of today," said the brief radio announcement.
Reuters: Iran says it will meet the European Union's deadline for suspending uranium enrichment and allay fears it is trying to make a nuclear bomb -- the freeze could spare it from U.N. sanctions. Tehran promised the EU last week it would freeze enrichment by November 22, in time for Thursday's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board meeting which is due decide whether to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
New York Times: Iran pledged Sunday to meet its deadline and suspend its uranium enrichment activities on Monday, in a sign of cooperation even as the United States has been stepping up pressure over the country's nuclear program. "The suspension will begin tomorrow," the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Assefi, told journalists.
AFP: US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday rejected criticism of his accusations that Iran is seeking to adapt its missiles to carry nuclear warheads. "The people who are raising the questions are people who have not seen the information," Powell told journalists accompanying him on a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
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