Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 19 The Assembly of Experts, an exclusive body of Muslim clerics who appoint the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, opened its twelfth session today amid heightened regional and international tensions over Irans nuclear project and its meddling in Iraq.
Sunday Times: British intelligence has identified a group of Iranian warlords as the main source of funding and training for the Shiite insurgency in southern Iraq.
A joint operation in Iraq between army intelligence field agents and MI6 has revealed that a cell within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is intent on bringing bloodshed to Iraq.
New York Times: Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have raised sharp complaints in recent days that Iran is providing support for the insurgency in Iraq, expressing concerns over what they say are Iran's attempt to shape Iraq's future.
Washington Post: High on the list of issues so far absent from this year's presidential campaign debate is Iran, home to a militant Islamic regime that openly sponsors terrorism, foments anti-American resistance in Iraq and has confessed to a secret campaign to acquire the technology needed to produce nuclear weapons.
United Press International: CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency war-games have predicted unfavorable consequences of a U.S. pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Newsweek quoted an Air Force source as saying, "The war-games were unsuccessful at preventing the conflict from escalating."
The Guardian: Iran rejected UN demands that it freeze all aspects of its uranium enrichment programme yesterday, threatening to cancel access for nuclear inspectors and abandon its international nuclear commitments if the issue is taken to the security council.
New York Times: Iran rejected today an order by the United Nations nuclear watchdog to freeze all its nuclear enrichment programs and warned that it would drop out of the nonproliferation treaty if its case is sent to the Security Council.
The International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a resolution on Saturday calling on Iran to suspend all its activities related to uranium enrichment before its next meeting in November.
Reuters: A bus, a lorry and a car collided in southern Iran on Sunday, killing 18 people, police said.
At least 22 people were injured in the accident between the cities of Shiraz and Fasa in southern central Iran, state television quoted a police officer as saying.
New York Times: The hard-liners who won Iran's parliamentary elections last February have focused on women's rights in their efforts to reverse some of the reforms carried out under the moderate president, Mohammad Khatami.
AFP: Iran's conservative-controlled parliament said it would not ratify a treaty allowing tougher UN nuclear inspections after the International Atomic Energy Agency passed a tough resolution against the Islamic republic.
"The continued defiance of principles by the IAEA's board of governors leaves no room for us to ratify the additional protocol, and will lead us to question what is the point for the nation to leave its doors open for IAEA inspectors," said the statement read out in parliament.
Reuters: Iran rejected on Sunday a resolution from the U.N. nuclear watchdog that it should freeze uranium enrichment, and threatened to end snap checks of atomic facilities if its case were sent to the U.N. Security Council.
Iran Focus: The Iranian regime hanged a young man in the city of Dezful (southwest Iran) yesterday. At the same time, two other prisoners were sentenced to death.
The regime has stepped up executions in recent days as schools and universities commenced. On Sep. 8, seven prisoners were hanged in Tehran and Karaj.
New York Times: The International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors passed a resolution on Saturday criticizing Iran for a lack of candor over its nuclear program and calling for the country to suspend all uranium enrichment activities that could contribute to producing fuel for a nuclear bomb.
Reuters: The U.N. nuclear watchdog called on Iran on Saturday to immediately halt activities related to uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to make atomic weapons.
The resolution called on Iran to suspend all "enrichment-related activities" and said the agency's governing board regretted Iran's suspension of enrichment as promised last year had fallen far short of what had been expected.
Reuters: The United States said on Saturday that Iran was "completely isolated" in what Washington says is Tehran's pursuit of an atom bomb, while talks at the U.N. atomic agency stalled over what to demand of Tehran.
France, Britain and Germany formally submitted a toughly-worded draft resolution to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Friday ...
The Guardian: Four western countries set the scene yesterday for a showdown with Iran by demanding that it freeze its uranium enrichment activities immediately.
The US, Britain, France and Germany agreed on a form of words at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, which threatened tough action in November if Iran remained defiant.
New York Times: The United States once again failed to persuade the International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday that it should refer Iran's suspect nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council, accepting instead a repetition of calls for the country to stop uranium enrichment activities and clear up remaining questions about its nuclear ambitions.
A resolution making those calls is expected to be approved by the agency's 35-member board on Saturday ...
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