The Independent: Condoleezza Rice sought to keep the pressure on Iran yesterday as she raced around Europe and the Middle East on her inaugural tour as US Secretary of State, urging Russia to withhold fuel from Tehran to stop what Washington says is the country's drive to build a nuclear bomb. Ms Rice, who congratulated Poland on its "extraordinary" contribution in Iraq during a three-hour visit to Warsaw, flew on to Turkey and a meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
Los Angeles Times: Four Iranian brothers jailed for more than three years as threats to U.S. national security have rejected a government offer of freedom, choosing to remain locked up rather than accept some of the restrictions governing their release.
AP: A government investigation into lucrative illicit weapons sales by officials loyal to former President Leonid Kuchma has led to secret indictments or arrests of at least six arms dealers accused of selling nuclear-capable missiles to Iran and China, a high-ranking intelligence official said Friday. The deals, which violate international non-proliferation treaties, put pressure on Ukraine's new president to halt the country's ...
Iran Focus: Paris, Feb. 05 - Iran's main opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, issued a statement today condemning the French government's decision to ban a peaceful protest by Iranian exiles in Paris against the dictatorship ruling Iran, despite prior approval. The NCRI called France's decision to cancel the rally "kowtowing to the demands of the medieval regime seeking to expand its repression from Tehran to Paris", adding "French officials ...
AFP: Every ballot in Iraq's elections was a vote against the United States, but the United States did not understand the message and should be be kicked out, a top hardline Iranian cleric told Iraqis Friday. "Every vote counted as a big 'no' to the US, meaning that they should get out of Iraq," Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, head of the Guardians Council political watchdog, said in a Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University.
Iran Focus: London, Feb. 04 In a conference in Whitehall with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the newly-appointed United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticised Iran's human rights violations and accused the clerical state of running a nuclear weapons program under the guise of civilian nuclear activities.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Feb. 04 16 trucks carrying weapons and large sums of money from Iran were discovered over the past few days en route to Iraq, according to an Iraqi Defence Ministry source. Speaking to the Iraqi daily Al-Mashreq, the source said that the weapons included rifles, mortar rounds, and explosives.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Feb. 04 A Tehran court has sentenced a couple to death by stoning and hanging, according to the state-run daily Etemad. Iran's Supreme Court has reportedly upheld the verdicts and has confirmed that the woman only identified by her first name Massoumeh will be stoned to death and her husband identified by his first name Ismaeil will be hanged to death.
Washington Post: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that the United States would rebuff European efforts to bring it into negotiations with Iran aimed at preventing the Islamic state from developing nuclear weapons. Flying to Europe for her first trip abroad as secretary, she told reporters that the United States was confronting the theocratic ...
New York Times: Less than a day after President Bush declared he was "working with European allies" to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would continue to rebuff European requests to participate directly in offering incentives for Iran to drop what is suspected of being a nuclear arms program.
Bloomberg: Iran has made a nuclear detonator in defiance of international commitments not to develop atomic weapons, the exiled opposition National Council for Resistance in Iran said. Iranian scientists are now trying to set up serial production of detonators -- which are designed to set off a chain reaction of uranium fuel -- and have enough material to produce detonators for about 12 nuclear bombs, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the council's foreign affairs committee, said at a news conference in Paris today.
Fox News: Though the Bush administration denies it has any designs on changing Iran's theocracy, members of Congress are planning ways to assist in a possible "regime change." Movements are afoot in both the House and Senate to pass legislation that would enable the U.S. government to support foreign and domestic pro-democracy groups opposed to the current Islamic republic of Iran.
Reuters: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday there was no need for U.S. involvement in European attempts to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear program. Her comments were likely to disappoint Europeans who would like the United States to throw greater weight behind its efforts to persuade Iran to give up nuclear activities in return for political and economic incentives.
Iran Focus: Paris, Feb. 03 Iran is developing "neutron initiators to trigger a chain reaction for a nuclear bomb rendering false the mullahs claims that they are only seeking a peaceful use of nuclear technology", according to the main Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. At a conference in Paris on Thursday Mohammad Mohaddessin, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman of the NCRI, accused the Iranian regime of "producing Polonium-210, Beryllium and Neutron Generators".
AFP: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stepped up Washington's verbal assault on Iran on Thursday, saying the hardline Islamic regime's treatment of its people was "something to be loathed". "I don't think anybody thinks that the unelected mullahs who run that regime are a good thing for either the Iranian people or for the region," Rice told reporters accompanying her to Europe and the Middle East.
AFP: The United States has complained to the European Union about centrifuge-related work by Iran that could be used to make nuclear weapons and may violate a uranium enrichment freeze Tehran agreed with the EU, diplomats said Thursday.
Reuters: An Egyptian accused of spying for Iran said Iranians paid him for information about a road often used by President Hosni Mubarak and he planned an assassination there, according to a video shown in court on Thursday. Mahmoud Eid Mohamed Dabbous said in the video he was going to plant bombs on the road in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh ...