AFP: The standoff between Iran and the international community over its nuclear programme is headed towards "normalisation", a top cleric said on Friday, despite a row over whether Tehran has fully suspend uranium enrichment. "It is excluded that the issue will come before the UN Security Council. The affair is heading towards normalisation," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in a Friday sermon in Tehran.
New York Times: Iran and its European partners struggled Friday to salvage their agreement committing Tehran to freeze an important part of its nuclear program, European and Iranian officials said. But the two sides were so far apart that their talks were put off until Monday.
Washington Post: Despite intense pressure from other nations, Iran failed to provide written assurances yesterday that it was fully suspending its nuclear program, though Tehran's negotiators promised a commitment would be forthcoming, U.S. and European diplomats said.
The Guardian: Iran agreed to freeze all its nuclear programme last night, dropping its insistence that some uranium enrichment activities be exempted from a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Associated Press: As President Bush sees it, "the only good deal is one that's verifiable."
He's applauding the efforts of some European countries to get Iran to honor its commitment to refrain from developing nuclear weapons.
Los Angeles Times: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Thursday that Iran had stopped short of meeting its pledge to halt all nuclear enrichment by insisting on a last-minute exemption for some activities. The European-brokered deal for Iran to halt all enrichment threatened to founder when the U.N. atomic watchdog agency's governing board met here to review Iran's nuclear program.
New York Times: Iran refused Thursday to abandon plans to operate uranium enrichment equipment that could be used either for energy purposes or in a nuclear bomb-making project, European and Iranian officials said. The refusal threatened to scuttle a nuclear agreement Iran reached 10 days ago with France, Britain and Germany to freeze all of Iran's uranium enrichment activities, the European officials added.
Washington Post: The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency was unable to confirm that Iran had completely suspended its nuclear programs yesterday, as it had committed to doing, because the Islamic republic said it wanted to continue working with some of its equipment.
The Times: The latest international attempt to persuade Iran to halt its controversial nuclear programme was badly jolted yesterday by Tehrans sudden announcement that it planned to press on with the most controversial strand of the work.
The Guardian: Iran yesterday sought to relax a recent agreement with the EU over its nuclear programme, jeopardising a potential breakthrough in the two-year dispute as the UN's chief nuclear inspector came close to saying Iran's nuclear promises could not be believed.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 25 - New information has come to light over the sudden death of a 14-year-old schoolboy in western Iran, who died after being flogged for eating in public during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Kaveh Habibi-Nejad died Nov. 12 and was buried in the cemetery of the Kurdish city of Sanadaj on Nov. 13, according to his death certificate.
Reuters: Iran is seeking exemptions from a deal to suspend sensitive nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons just three days after it came into force, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Thursday. Tehran's request threatened to torpedo the hard-won agreement with the European Union and further antagonize Washington, just as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began meeting to review Iran's atomic program.
AFP: Iran's promised suspension of uranium enrichment is not yet complete as it still wants to use 20 centrifuge devices for research, UN atomic agency chief Mohamed ElBardadei said, reporting a deadlock Thursday as his agency met on Tehran's nuclear program.
AFP: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday criticised an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution on its nuclear activities drawn up by Britain, France and Germany, state television reported.
New York Times: The recent nuclear accord European officials signed with Iran appears to have halted Tehran's uranium enrichment program at least temporarily, but it leaves Iran free to make plutonium, which can also be used as fuel for nuclear weapons, diplomats and arms experts say.
New York Times: Iran is demanding the right to operate uranium enrichment equipment for research purposes, despite its recent agreement with the Europeans to freeze crucial nuclear activities, European and Iranian officials said Wednesday. European officials swiftly rejected the demand, calling it a violation of the deal.
AFP: The European Union lodged a formal protest with Iranian authorities Wednesday over the arrest and harassment of journalists, staff of non-governmental organisations and members of religious minorities. "The European Union has protested in general the arrest and harassment of journalists, Internet technicians and NGO activists ... for expressing their views, and has urged the immediate release of those who are still detained, often in unknown locations," said a statement from the embassy of the Netherlands.