AP: Iran bought blueprints of a nuclear bomb from the same black-market network that gave Libya such diagrams and continues to enrich uranium despite a commitment to suspend the technology that can be used for atomic weapons, an Iranian opposition group said Wednesday.
Radio Farda: United Kingdoms Foreign and Commonwealth Office published it annual report on human rights on November 10. Jack Straw the British Foreign Secretary presented the report, on the same day, at a press conference at the Foreign office and answered questions from the media. The first chapter of the nine-part report lists twenty countries with critical human rights records.
Reuters: Iran's government is conducting nuclear activities linked to a covert atomic weapons programme at a military site unknown to U.N. inspectors, says an exiled opposition group that has given accurate information before. "We know of a military site where Iran has been carrying out nuclear work," Shahin Gobadi, a spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), told Reuters.
CNN: An Iranian opposition group says it has disclosed the location of what it says is a newly discovered nuclear weapons research facility in Tehran. The allegation was made three days after Iran agreed with European nations to suspend its uranium enrichment program, a move that could improve the Islamic republic's relations with the West.
New York Times: An Iranian opposition group says it has new evidence that Iran is producing enriched uranium at a covert Defense Ministry facility in Tehran that has not been disclosed to United Nations inspectors. The group, the National Council for Resistance in Iran, is planning to announce its finding in Paris on Wednesday.
Reuters: Plans by Iran to manufacture uranium metal suggest Tehran could have had ambitions to develop capacity for atomic arms production, Western diplomats and a prominent nuclear analyst said on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Times - EDITORIAL: Sunday's announcement by Iran that it would suspend its program to enrich uranium might generate more enthusiasm if such promises hadn't come to seem like a meaningless annual ritual. Iran made the same announcement in October 2003, but evidence shows that it continued other efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
Los Angeles Times: The U.N. nuclear watchdog said Monday that inspectors had uncovered no new evidence of concealed nuclear activities or an atomic weapons program in Iran, though it cautioned that the agency could not rule out covert activities. The findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency were contained in a confidential report revealed the day after Iran's new pledge to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
AFP: Iran's hardline judiciary has sentenced a 16-year-old boy to death for murder, the reformist Shargh daily reported Tuesday.
According to the report, the boy -- only identified as Vahid from near Tehran -- confessed to stabbing his friend Mehdi to death but insisted he did it in self-defence, saying the victim wanted to sexually abuse him.
AFP: The EU deal that got Iran to freeze key nuclear activities puts the United States on the spot since Washington must now decide whether to continue confronting Iran as an enemy or join Europe in trying to engage it, analysts and diplomats told AFP. The UN watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency reported Monday that Iran has pledged to suspend all uranium enrichment activities as of November 22, in time for an IAEA meeting in Vienna November 25 that will decide whether to take the Islamic Republic to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
AFP: European Union foreign affairs chief Javier Solana said Monday a hard-fought agreement clinched by the EU to get Iran to suspend its nuclear uranium drive was "only the start" before a long-term accord. "This is a welcome agreement.
AFP: Iran tried to acquire equipment that could have been used in uranium enrichment at the Lavizan site in Tehran which the United States says was used for developing weapons of mass destruction, the UN atomic agency said in a report Monday. Iran gave this new information only last month about Lavizan, a plot of land from which buildings and topsoil were removed over the past year.
AFP: Some may see it as a climbdown but, by finally agreeing to international demands it suspend its sensitive nuclear work, Iran is likely to again escape the threat of sanctions and extract some concessions in the process. In an 11th-hour deal with Britain, France and Germany struck late Sunday, the clerical regime agreed to freeze uranium enrichment-related activities to ease fears its fuel cycle work could be diverted to make an atomic bomb.
AFP: The European Union will not "cut across" US policy on Iran fresh from securing a deal to suspend the Islamic republic's nuclear uranium drive, a senior EU diplomat said Monday. The agreement between Iran and the EU's three biggest powers -- Britain, France and Germany -- is also only a first step towards a long-term accord on the nuclear issue, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
Reuters: Iran still wants a full nuclear fuel cycle and says Europeans have assented to this goal in an agreement struck to dispel fears Tehran is pursuing nuclear arms, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said on Monday. "It is no problem if Iran wants to start uranium enrichment," Hassan Rohani told a news conference broadcast on state television.
AFP: Iran will "suspend" uranium enrichment but will never agree to a total halt, Iran's foreign ministry said Monday after a crucial deal on easing nuclear concerns was struck with Britain, France and Germany. "We stayed within our red lines, and this red line meant we could suspend enrichment but not stop it," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.
Reuters: Iran has stressed that its decision to freeze sensitive nuclear work is a voluntary move to dispel concerns it is secretly building atomic arms and that it will last only for a short time. Iran told the United Nations atomic watchdog on Sunday it would suspend uranium enrichment and processing activities as part of a deal with the European Union to avert any U.N. Security Council sanctions.
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