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.
The Times: Iran has raised last-minute objections to the wording of an agreement to limit its controversial nuclear programme, raising fears of a confrontation tomorrow at a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Reuters: Iran "vigorously" pursued programs to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons during the latter part of 2003 and was working to improve delivery systems, a CIA report said on Tuesday.
Reuters: An Iranian exile group said on Wednesday Iran had taken steps to "sanitize" a military plant where it said Tehran had been making bomb-grade uranium for use in nuclear weapons. Iran denies it is trying to make an atomic bomb, saying its nuclear ambitions are purely peaceful to generate electricity.
New York Times: A new report from the Central Intelligence Agency says that the Pakistani arms trafficking network led by A. Q. Khan provided Iran's nuclear program with "significant assistance," including the designs for "advanced and efficient" weapons components. The unclassified version of report, posted today on the agency's Web site (www.cia.gov), does not explicitly say whether Mr. Khan's network had sold Iran ...
AFP: Iran has asked the UN atomic agency to exempt several dozen centrifuges from an agreement with the European Union which went into effect two days ago freezing its nuclear fuel cycle, diplomats told AFP Wednesday.
AFP: Iran has moved quickly to "sanitise" a site in northeast Tehran alleged to be at the heart of its feared pursuit of nuclear weapons, an Iranian opposition group claimed Wednesday. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also released the names of five top Iranian scientists whom it says must be quizzed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help determine Tehran's real nuclear intentions.
The Times Online: Iran today raised last minute objections to the wording of an agreement to limit its controversial nuclear programme, raising fears of a confrontation on Thursday at a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Kamal Kharrazi, the Iranian Foreign Minister, told Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, at a meeting in Egypt that Iran wanted two key paragraphs reworked, two weeks after the text of the agreement was finalised in Paris.
Reporters Without Borders: Six years after a wave of murders of intellectuals and journalists in Iran, the Kazemi, Forouhar, Charif, Mokhtari, Pouyandeh and Davani families, and other families like them, still wait to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones, while the instigators and perpetrators of these killings celebrate six long years of almost total impunity that shows no sign of stopping given the frequent displays of judicial complicity and hypocrisy in these cases, Reporters Without Borders said today.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 23 - At least 15,000 people have been killed in road accidents in the past six months, according to a senior official of Irans Ministry of Health. Ali Reza Moqisi, the head of the Accident Department of the Ministry stated yesterday that the death toll includes people from all age groups.
The Washington Times: President Bush yesterday called for independent verification of Iran's claim that it has stopped enriching uranium that could be used in the development of a nuclear weapon. "Well, let's say, I hope it's true," Mr. Bush said in a joint press conference with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. "And I think the definition of truth is the willingness for the Iranian regime to allow for verification.
Daily Telegraph: Iran suspended sensitive nuclear work yesterday in the hope of averting a referral to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions over fears that it is seeking to develop a nuclear bomb.
The Times: Iran formally suspended its controversial uranium-enrichment programme yesterday but doubts remain about its true intentions. The United States is convinced that Tehran is engaged in a clandestine nuclear weapons project.
Daily Telegraph: The more one looks at Iran's civil nuclear programme, the more it looks like a concerted project to build an atomic bomb. So Teheran's decision yesterday to suspend all aspects of uranium enrichment is, on the face of it, good news because it blocks the mullahs' most direct route to making weapons-grade fissile material.