AFP: Israel has no intention of launching a strike against Iranian nuclear installations, a top official said Tuesday, quoting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Sharon made the comments during talks with a visiting delegation from the US Congress, despite months of press reports to the contrary, the official told AFP.
Iran Focus: London, Mar. 22 Dozens of British parliamentarians and prominent international law experts called today on Whitehall to remove Iran's main opposition group, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), from the UK list of proscribed organisations.
AP: An Iranian opposition group on Tuesday called on the British government to remove the People's Mujahedeen militia from a list of terrorist organizations. The Mujahedeen regard themselves as legitimate opposition to the hardline clerical regime in Tehran and claim that Britain, along with the European Union and the United States, classify them as terrorists to appease the Iranian government. British officials deny the allegation.
AFP: The United States on Monday brushed off a call by the top UN nuclear inspector that it give Iran security assurances in return for Tehran renouncing suspected efforts to develop a nuclear bomb. The State Department reiterated Washington's support for efforts by its European allies to negotiate an end to Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions and said the ball was in Tehran's court.
AFP: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged officials on Monday to press on with nuclear work and take no heed of US allegations Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapon, two days before a new round of Iran-EU nuclear talks. "I advise the officials not to pay attention to the enemies' threats and to go their own way, doing their job," Khamenei said in the northeastern city of Mashhad, in an address broadcast on state television.
BBC: The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has urged the US to become more engaged in attempts to resolve a dispute about Iran's nuclear programme.
IAEA director general Mohamed ElBaradei said Washington would have to step in as Tehran needed security guarantees beyond those given by the EU.
The Guardian: At first the ear-splitting explosions, blazing bonfires and choking stench of teargas could have been mistaken for the prelude to a new Iranian revolution. In reality the occasion, Chahar Shanbeh Souri, was celebratory. Iranians young and old, male and female, were gathered in Mirdamad Street, in one of Tehran's most affluent neighbourhoods, to mark the opening of festivities for Norouz, the new year in the ancient Zoroastrian calendar.
Denver Post: This is a time to celebrate the acts of courage. This is a time to reflect on progress we've made. This is a time to call for change. This is a time to salute the women around the world who have strived for freedom and equality. Iranian women have faced the darkest period of their history in the last three decades and wish to prevent the same thing happening to the women of Iraq.
AFP: Iran is to establish a secret nuclear engineering faculty within a year to provide engineers for what the United States claims is a covert project to develop atomic weapons, a Western intelligence source told AFP. "This is a very significant step towards training an Iranian nuclear cadre," the source, who asked not to be named, said in a recent interview.
AFP: US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday said he had never authorized sending reconnaisance planes over Iran to spy on the country's alleged nuclear program, contrary to Tehran's assertions. "I checked and I know we had no US aircraft doing what ... Iran was saying," Rumsfeld told ABC television's "This Week" program.
Sunday Telegraph: The Iranian government has given approval for the establishment of a secret nuclear research centre to train its scientists in all aspects of atomic technology, The Telegraph can reveal. Recent reports received by Western intelligence show that Teheran has recently approved the establishment of a faculty of applied nuclear engineering that will be attached to the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).
Los Angeles Times: CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq Residents of this sprawling commune an hour north of Baghdad pride themselves on their self-sufficiency. They bake their own bread, purify their own water, even make their own carbonated cola. They spend their days tending to their gardens, sprucing up their living quarters and listening to performances of John Lennon's "Imagine." And they conduct military drills while they wait for their chance to overthrow the Iranian government.
Knight Ridder Newspapers: CAMP ASHRAF, Iraq - Iraq has an oasis where fountains gurgle over pebbles and flowers blossom in lush gardens. The hospital is spotless and fully stocked, schools offer violin lessons and drivers obey traffic laws. The electricity is always on, and the water is always clean in this serene, self-sufficient compound.
UPI: The U.S. State Department Friday called on Iran to assure the international community its uranium enrichment program would not be used to make weapons.
"They have to answer the concerns of the international community and to date, they have not done that," deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said.
UPI: The United States has asked Pakistan to provide a detailed list of nuclear equipment a renegade Pakistani scientist is believed to have provided to Iran, diplomatic sources told United Press International.
The sources said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also discussed this issue with Pakistani leaders when she visited Islamabad earlier this week.
Reuters: Ukraine says cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads have been "smuggled" out of the country to Iran, but denies a report they were exported with official sanction. The country's new liberal government, swept to power in January on pledges to stamp out high-level corruption and forge closer ties with the West, said it would tighten controls on the export of technology with military use.
Wall Street Journal: For two years, U.S. experts and international inspectors have pored over satellite photos, radioactive samples and tips from sometimes-unreliable sources trying to solve the Iran nuclear puzzle. Then, last year, U.S. officials received what they now consider the best evidence yet that Iran is pursuing an ambitious nuclear-weapons program. An intelligence source, solicited with German help, provided the U.S. tens of thousands of pages of Farsi-language computer files, diagrams and test data from Iran's missile program.