Boston Globe: The diplomatic showdown over Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions could escalate into a confrontation that changes the political dynamic of the Middle East and further destabilizes the region, Western diplomats, officials, and analysts say.
AP: Iran added a "strategic missile" to its military arsenal after a successful test, and the defense minister said Saturday his country was ready to confront any external threat.
The report by state-run radio did not say whether the test involved the previously announced new version of the Shahab-3 rocket, capable of reaching Israel and U.S. forces stationed in the Middle East, or a different missile.
UPI: Iran's Foreign Minister at the United Nations Friday described the United States as extremist and said its use of unbridled militarism causes terrorism.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Kamal Kharrazi said, "The prevailing world realities illustrate that unbridled militarism and blind terrorism are mutually reinforcing," giving the attack against Iraq as an example.
Washington Post: The Bush administration is exploring several steps aimed at containing Tehran's growing influence in Iraq, according to U.S. officials, who say a split between the Pentagon and the State Department has paralyzed the administration's ability to craft a long-term policy on Iran for three years.
As one measure, the United States has earmarked $40 million to help Iraq's political parties mobilize -- and, subtly, to ...
Washington Times: Federal prosecutors completed a plea agreement this week that imposed more than $6.3 million in fines on a U.S. company that illegally sent embargoed high-technology pumps to Iran.
"We view this case as very significant," said Julie Myers, assistant commerce secretary for export enforcement ...
Daily Telegraph: France's foreign minister, Michel Barnier, insisted yesterday that Iran must assure the world that it does not plan to acquire atomic weapons as European nations lost patience with Teheran over its nuclear programme.
AFP: Germany came away from a meeting with Iran on even more concerned about Tehran's nuclear ambitions than before the talks, diplomatic sources said.
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer met his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York for what the sources said were "very blunt" talks.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 24 At least 120 persons have been hanged in public in Iran since March, according to the state-owned press. A man was hanged in public today in the city of Ahwaz (southwestern Iran). Mohsen Sh. was accused of armed robbery.
His two alleged accomplices, Peyman B. and Shahin R., were sentenced to having their right hands and left feet amputated.
AFP: A top Iranian conservative cleric warned the United States on Friday against working to thwart Tehran's efforts to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
"If you want to do something that would deprive the Iranian nation ..., thus hurting the nation, you would be faced with the Iranian nation's fists," Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said, addressing US President George W. Bush.
Reuters: European countries are losing patience with Iran over its nuclear program, diplomats said on Friday, as France's foreign minister insisted Tehran must assure the world it does not plan to acquire nuclear weapons.
Western diplomats close to negotiations between Britain, France and Germany and Iran said the European trio might soon be ready to support U.S. demands to refer Tehran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council in November.
Reuters: Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran on Friday to heed the demands of the U.N. nuclear watchdog after Tehran defied the United Nations by going ahead with its uranium enrichment programme.
Russia is helping the Islamic republic build a nuclear reactor at the port of Bushehr despite strong criticism from the United States which says Tehran is seeking atomic weapons.
The Economist:"WE HAVE made our choice: yes to peaceful nuclear technology and no to nuclear weapons," said Iran's president, Muhammad Khatami, this week. But few are convinced. Among the doubters are Britain, France and Germany, the European trio that last October thought they had the makings of a face-saving deal to head off Iran's nuclear ambitions. Since then, inspectors have turned up more evidence of past wrongdoing, and Iran has turned more belligerent.
Financial Times: Iran's parliament has asserted its claim to control contracts signed by the government with international companies, highlighting a constitutional right that had fallen into disuse.
The move reflects the desire of a conservative majority elected in February to rein in the reformist government of President Mohammad Khatami in its last year of office.
AFP: The Spanish oil group Repsol YPF and British-Dutch group Shell have signed a project framework agreement involving the Iranian oil company NIOC regarding liquefied natural gas in Iran, Repsol said on Thursday.
Spain's El Pais newspaper reported earlier that Repsol and Shell had signed an agreement worth $3.96 billion dollars with Iran to exploit natural gas reserves.
AFP: A prominent Democratic senator urged the Bush administration to directly engage Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program and that preemptive military force should not be ruled out.
"I don't want to saber rattle, but I wouldn't take anything off the table," said Senator Joe Lieberman ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 23 As millions of school children headed back to school at the beginning of the new academic year, government officials in Iran announced new measures aimed at further segregation of boys and girls.
School transport authorities across the country have been instructed to allocate separate buses for boys and girls.
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