Reuters: Iran will use a modified version of its Shahab-3 missile, which defence experts say can reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf, to launch a test satellite before March 2005, a defence industry source says.
New York Times: At a time when the violent insurgency in Iraq is vexing the Bush administration and stirring worries among Americans, events may be propelling the United States into yet another confrontation, this time with Iran. The issues have an almost eerie familiarity, evoking the warnings and threats that led to the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, and stirring an equally passionate debate.
Washington Times: Iran's Assembly of Experts, the body of powerful Muslim clerics that chooses the country's supreme leader, opened its 12th session Sunday calling for an Islamic republic in Iraq.
In his opening speech, the assembly's speaker, Ayatollah Ali Meshkini, urged Iraqi leaders to unite to expel foreign troops in Iraq and establish a government based on the principles of Islam similar to the one in Iran ...
AP: President Mohammad Khatami said Tuesday Iran will continue its nuclear program even if that means ending inspections by the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency.
"We've made our choice: yes to peaceful nuclear technology, no to atomic weapons,'' Khatami told a military parade in Tehran.
Reuters: Libya, which last year renounced its nuclear weapons programme, on Monday urged Iran to follow suit and comply with the demands of the U.N. nuclear watchdog to stop enriching uranium which can be used to make atomic bombs.
United Press International: Iranian President Mohammed Khatami Monday insisted his country has a right to possess nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The official Iranian News Agency, IRNA, quoted him as asking, "Why would the Iranian people be deprived of the right to be capable and strong?"
AFP: UN atomic agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei opened a general conference of his agency by reiterating its call on Iran to fully suspend uranium enrichment, despite Tehran's apparent defiance.
His comments came the day after Iran rejected the International Atomic Energy Agency's resolution calling for a halt to sensitive nuclear work.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 20 A series of government-released statistics and interviews with a number of Iranian officials indicate that despair and frustration are on the rise within Irans huge under-30 population.
The head of the government-run National Youth Organization told local journalists last week that according to our studies, forty percent of young people across the country suffer from depression.
Reuters: The United States, the EU and Russia urged Iran on Monday to comply with the U.N. nuclear watchdog's demand that it halt all activities linked to uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to build an atom bomb.
AP: Iran may resume uranium enrichment "any moment," Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said on state television Monday. "We suspended (enrichment) voluntarily and we may continue it voluntarily," Yunesi said. "And we may resume (enrichment) any moment."
The International Atomic Energy Agency demanded on Saturday that Iran halt all uranium enrichment activity ...
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.