Associated Press: Its a nightmare scenario for the West - a hostile Muslim state develops nuclear weapons, throwing the Middle East and the world into turmoil. American officials warn that fear could soon turn into reality with Iran.
In Teheran, government authorities deride such concerns and threats as US propaganda.
AFP: The United States now realizes that it does not have the majority it needs at the UN nuclear watchdog to bring Iran before the UN Security Council over Tehran's alleged atomic weapons program, a US official told AFP.
"We recognize we are not going to get majority support for a non-compliance finding (to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) in September" at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 35-nation board of governors meeting in Vienna that begins Monday, a US state department official told AFP by phone from Washington.
BosNewsLife News Center: Iranian police invaded the annual conference of Irans Assemblies of God and arrested at least 80 church leaders at the churchs denominational center near Tehran as part of the worst crack down on evangelical believers in a decade, a Christian news agency reported Friday, September 10.
Compass news agency said security forces raided the meeting "without warning" in Karaj, 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the capital, after they surrounded the churchs garden property Thursday, September 9.
AFP: The UN atomic agency has asked to visit one of Iran's main military sites, Parchin near Tehran, but the Iranians have not agreed to the visit, diplomats said Friday, as an Iranian resistance group said Tehran planned to build a nuclear bomb by next year.
Associated Press: The United States narrowed differences with European allies Friday on how to pressure Iran to renounce the development of nuclear weapons, but it hasn't yet won agreement to haul the country before the U.N. Security Council, a U.S. official said.
Voice of America: Human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi, says Iran has signed international treaties protecting young people from execution, but constantly ignores the agreements. Ms. Ebadi spke at a news conference in Vienna.
Ms. Ebadi told reporters that Iran is violating international obligations on human rights especially those concerning women and children.
She said Iran's legal system is not in tune with the country's international obligations.
Reuters: PARIS, Sept 10 - Iran is using numerous front companies to buy materials for its secret nuclear weapons programme, a group of Iranian exiles that has reported accurately about Tehran's atomic programme said on Friday.
Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged at the latest escalation in a crackdown against news on the Internet as three journalists contributing or having contributed to a reformist site were arrested on 7-8 August.
They were Babak Ghafori Azar, Shahram Rafihzadeh and Hanif Mazroi - the latest victims of a wave of arrests and closures launched by Iranian judicial authorities against news sites with reformist leanings.
Reuters: France, Britain and Germany have toughened their stance on Iran's nuclear programme, demanding that Tehran halt all parts of the atomic fuel cycle that can be used to make a bomb, Western diplomats said on Friday.
AFP: A leading Iranian hardliner warned the international community Friday not delude itself into thinking the Islamic regime could be persuaded to abandon its nuclear programme, as it had been approved at the highest level of the leadership.
"They should know that the Iranian nation has taken its decision and that the supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) is firmly behind the notion of acquiring nuclear technology," said Ayatollah Ahmad Janati.
The Associated Press: With pressure building to curb Iran's nuclear program, disarmament officials from major nations began meetings Thursday that the United States says will focus on Tehran in the campaign to stop the spread of atomic weapons.
Associated Press: With pressure building to curb Iran's nuclear program, top disarmament officials from major countries gathered Thursday for two days of meetings that the United States says will focus on Tehran in the campaign to stop the spread of atomic weapons.
AFP: Iran is continuing to buy parts for centrifuges abroad, often skirting sanctions and export controls, as it seeks to supply a program which the United States charges is secretly developing nuclear weapons, Western intelligence officials said.
Their comments this week came as the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency was set to meet Monday to assess its ongoing investigation into the Iranian program ...
Reuters: Iran is using negotiations with the European Union's "big three" on suspending sensitive nuclear activities to buy the time it needs to get ready to make atomic weapons, an Iranian exile and intelligence officials said.
Reuters: A senior Russian nuclear official said yesterday that an atomic reactor Moscow is building for Iran, long a stumbling block in Russian-US relations, faced further delays.
Diplomatic sources and specialists in Moscow have said President Vladimir Putin's growing recognition of Washington's concerns over Iran's nuclear program have pressured the Kremlin into delaying until the International Atomic Energy Agency determines that Iran's nuclear program is in compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Los Angeles Times: Hyped reports about an Israeli "mole" in the Pentagon are falling apart faster than the Kerry campaign. It now seems likely that the analyst in question was, at worst, guilty of mishandling a classified document, not espionage. According to news accounts, the memo he's accused of passing to pro-Israel lobbyists called for U.S. support of Iranian dissidents trying to overthrow their dictatorial government. This may not be spy-novel stuff, but it does raise an important question: Why hasn't President Bush implemented the recommendations reportedly contained in the Pentagon paper?
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