AP: Sen. Joseph Biden and Iran's foreign minister clashed Friday over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, with Biden hinting at the possibility of armed conflict unless fears of an Iranian weapons program were put to rest. The rare and frank public exchange between a senior American politician and a ranking member of the Iranian government came at a dinner during the World Economic Forum held in this Alpine resort town.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 29 Sources within the Iranian Resistance told Iran Focus that they had obtained a secret report sent from an insurgent group operating in Iraq to a senior commander of Iran's Qods (Jerusalem) Force.
The latest revelation comes after another classified document was obtained by the Resistance from within Iran's intelligence and security apparatus earlier this month confirming insurgents' links to Iran.
AFP: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned European powers Saturday that they must take their nuclear negotiations with Iran seriously, otherwise Tehran will reconsider its cooperation. "The Europeans negotiating with Iran should know that they are dealing with a great, cultured nation... if Iranian officials feel that there is no seriousness in the European negotiations, the process will change," ...
New York Times: The chief executive of Halliburton said on Friday that the company would withdraw all employees from Iran and end its business activities there after its Iranian energy exploration contracts came under criticism this month. Halliburton, the nation's largest energy- and military-services company, plans to cease dealings in Iran when it completes its present commitments, David J. Lesar, Halliburton's chief executive, told investors on a conference call.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 29 An official from Iran's embassy in Baghdad was arrested by Iraq's security apparatus. Heydar Javaheri was gathering intelligence under the cover of an economic attaché in the Iranian embassy. He admitted to having illegally entered the country from Iran using fake travel documents after the fall of the previous regime.
AFP: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Friday urged Iran to completely renounce military use of nuclear power, but emphatically ruled out the use of force to ensure that Iran complies with international demands.
"We are most decisively in favour of the fact that Iran completely gives up military use of nuclear power, forever if at all possible," Schroeder told global political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum.
Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the hounding by the authorities of Taghi Rahmani, who since 1981 has spent a total of 5,000 days in prison, sentenced each time in connection with his journalistic work. Rahmani has been in jail this time for 19 months without charge and the worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Iranian authorities for his immediate and unconditional release.
AP: The oil services conglomerate Halliburton Co. will wind down its operations in Iran and seek to separate its engineering and construction subsidiary KBR from the parent, chairman and CEO Dave Lesar said Friday. Lesar made the disclosures Friday to analysts in a conference call after the ...
Reuters: The United States, determined to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons, is piling pressure on European firms to stop them doing business with Tehran, diplomats say.
In turn this is making it harder for Europe to offer Iran economic incentives to persuade it to abandon nuclear processes that could be used to build weapons.
Reuters: A United Nations human rights body called on Iran on Friday to abolish the death penalty as well as amputation, flogging and stoning for people who committed crimes as minors. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child "deplored" the fact that during its three-week session an Iranian was executed for a killing carried out when he was ...
European Voice: The West needs a radical new approach to confront the growing threat posed by the theocratic regime in Iran, as it relentlessly pursues its regional and global ambitions. Tehran remains the worlds most active state sponsor of terrorism, continues its destructive meddling in Iraq, and tops the list of states bent on nuclear proliferation. There are good reasons to mistrust the hardline ayatollahs ruling Iran. In Iraq, they have organized a Shiite list for the upcoming parliamentary elections, counting on terrorism and chaos to derail the democratic process, discredit ...
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 28 Iran is secretly transporting weaponry to Lebanese insurgents and its own agents carrying out operations throughout Iraq, according to a Kuwaiti daily. Al-Siasa (Politics) revealed, "The weapons, to be used by Iranian agents and terrorists in Iraq, are being transported by mercenaries via Syria".
The Guardian: When the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, met Condoleezza Rice in Washington this week, he did not ask whether the US had plans to use military force against Iran.
And the new secretary of state did not offer to tell him. "The issue was not raised once by either side," Mr Straw said afterwards. "It was not on the table."
Herald Tribune - Maryam Rajavi: How should the world deal with the challenges posed by the Iranian regime, with its continuing support for terrorism, increasing meddling in Iraq and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons? Approaches under debate range from engagement, with the hope of empowering the "moderates," to military invasion. But the best option is to initiate change through the Iranian people and the organized resistance movement. There is no need for war; no one would want to see an Iraq II played out in Iran.
Reuters: The United States believes its row over Iran's nuclear programme can be resolved by diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said in an interview. Iran says its nuclear work is peaceful, but Washington says Tehran has a covert atomic weapons programme and said last week it would not rule out military force to stop Tehran from getting the bomb.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jan. 27 An independent Shiite cleric accused Iran of spying on Iraq's most influential religious figure. In an interview with Al-Arabia television, senior cleric Ayad Jamaloddin said, "Iranian intelligence agents have bought a number of houses in the road of the residence of [Ayatollah Ali"> Sistani, and listen to his private conversations. There is no doubt that Iran is meddling in the affairs of Iraq".
New York Times - EDITORIAL: President Bush began his second term with speculation rising about future military moves against Iran. Last week, Vice President Dick Cheney placed Iran first on the list of world trouble spots and darkly hinted that unless tougher measures were taken to curtail its nuclear program, Israel might launch its own pre-emptive airstrikes. Earlier this month, Seymour Hersh reported in The New Yorker that secret reconnaissance operations have already gotten under way inside Iran, as the Pentagon prepares target lists of nuclear sites that could be attacked from the air or by ground-based commando units.