United Press International: An Iranian military official said Thursday his country would launch its first homemade satellite into space during the next Persian year, which starts in March.
Deputy Defense Minister for Space Affairs Nasser Maliki was quoted by the Iranian News Agency as saying the satellite would orbit the earth at low altitudes varying between 100 and 400 kilometers (about 60 to 250 miles).
International Herald Tribune: Saddam Hussein hid behind ambiguities and evasions about whether Iraq possessed unconventional weapons - when in fact it had none - partly as a deterrent to Iran, according to a report by the chief American arms inspector in Iraq.
CNN: A missile Iran claimed to have tested earlier this week with the range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) is an improved version of its previously tested Shahab-3 missile, the deputy head of Iran's Aerospace Organization said, according to Iranian media.
"Shahab-3 now has a range of 2,000 kilometers and all its components are produced in Iran," said Nasser Maleki.
Asia Times: As a Persian proverb says, "Never two without three." After receiving two hard and insulting slaps in one week by the conservative-controlled majlis, or parliament, beleaguered Iranian President Mohammad Khatami suffered a personal blow when one of his closest allies and oldest friends decided to leave the cabinet.
AP: A senior Russian official says his country is going to continue its nuclear energy cooperation with Iran in spite of concern that Tehran could be trying to develop atomic weapons.
Interfax news agency reports that the deputy foreign minister says Russia will comply with commitments it made in Iran.
Associated Press: U.N. nuclear agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei on Thursday renewed his calls to Iran to fully suspend all uranium enrichment-related activities, after Tehran admitted it has converted a few tons of uranium into gas.
Associated Press: IRAN appointed a US-trained fighter pilot as its new air force chief, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported today.
General Karim Ghavami replaced General Reza Pardis. IRNA gave no reason for the switch, made by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
AFP: Iran will hang on to its sensitive nuclear technology "at any cost" despite pressure from the United States and the Europeans, powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday.
"The United States and Europe absolutely do not want us to possess nuclear technology but we are determined ... "
Middle East Online: Iranian traders were given a stern warning Wednesday to stop using only foreign languages in advertising, company logos or shop signs, an official in the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance said.
"There is a law dating back to 1996 that aims to preserve the Farsi language, " ...
BBC: French carmaker Renault has unveiled plans to build its new budget car, the Dacia Logan, in Iran. The car is designed to help Renault boost its sales in emerging markets.
The Logan will be built in Iran by Renault Pars, a joint venture with Iran's Industrial Development and Renovation Organisation (IDRO).
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Oct. 6 Nineteen armed agents of Irans Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) were detained by Iraqi security forces, Iraqi security officials said. The gunmen were arrested in the Iraqi province of Babil carrying large quantities of illegal drugs.
The 19 men were part of a group of 26 people who had illegally crossed the Iranian border into Iraq during the Shiite religious festivities marking the birthday of the twelfth Shiite imam ...
Los Angeles Times: Two of four Iranian brothers jailed three years ago because of their alleged ties to a terrorist group may be released on bail while they pursue appeals in their asylum cases, an appellate court has ordered.
The other two brothers, however, must remain locked up because they failed to appeal the government's refusal to grant them asylum, the court said.
Reuters: Iran said on Wednesday it would keep improving its missile capability after announcing that the latest version of its medium-range Shahab-3 could now hit targets up to 2,000 km (1,250 miles) away.
The Islamic Republic's growing missile range, which now stretches to parts of southeastern Europe, comes at a time ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 6 Three young men were flogged in public yesterday afternoon in Farah-Abad Square in the city of Isfahan.
No reason was given as to why the three men were flogged.
Security forces have recently launched a new clampdown on youth and women in Isfahan ...
AFP: Iran will not cede to international demands that it suspend all activities related to the enrichment of uranium and the country is prepared for both confrontation or negotiations, the Islamic republic's top national security official said. "We have said clearly that we will not apply the second part of the resolution concerning the total suspension of enrichment," ...
AP: Iran has converted a few tons of raw uranium into hexafluoride gas needed for enrichment, a necessary step toward producing nuclear fuel or nuclear weapons, a top nuclear official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Uranium hexafluoride gas is the material that, in the next stage, is fed into centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
Reuters: U.N. atomic inspectors returned to Iran Tuesday and will be free to visit a disputed military site in their investigation of U.S. allegations that Iran is seeking nuclear warheads, state television reported.
U.S. officials have accused Tehran of concealing parts of a clandestine atomic bomb program at Parchin military base southeast of Tehran ...
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