Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 25 - At least 150 people have been arrested over the past two days in the southern city of Shiraz in the latest crackdown by agents of the State Security Forces (SSF), local residents reported. Eyewitnesses said that dozens of people, mostly youth, were arrested on the streets for their un-Islamic attire.
Reuters: The nuclear technology the European Union has offered Iran could help it make an atomic bomb, not prevent it, a Washington-based think-tank warned.
The EU's "Big Three" -- France, Britain and Germany -- have offered Iran reactor fuel and help developing light-water reactor (LWR) technology if Tehran stops uranium enrichment, a process which can be used to make nuclear arms.
PA News: The international community will not accept Iran developing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Tony Blair warned today. At his monthly Downing Street press conference, Mr Blair stressed that dialogue with Tehran over its suspected weapons development efforts was not over.
Mr Blair insisted that he was not aware of any American plans to take military action against Iran.
Reuters: Iran's top security official on Monday warned the European Union not to cross Tehran's red lines in negotiations over its nuclear programme.The EU's "big three" powers, Britain, France and Germany, have offered Iran a deal whereby it would scrap activities related to producing nuclear fuel in return for help with civilian nuclear technology and a resumption of trade talks.
New York Times: Iran on Sunday rejected a proposal by Britain, Germany and France to suspend its uranium enrichment program and urged those countries to offer a "more balanced" proposal. During a meeting on Thursday in Vienna, the three European countries asked Iran to give up its uranium enrichment program in return for a guarantee to help Iran build a light-water power reactor and to provide a supply of reactor fuel.
The Guardian: Iran refused yesterday to agree to suspend indefinitely its uranium enrichment activities although it would continue talks with Britain, France and Germany on a package of incentives. The foreign ministry said in a statement: "Indefinite suspension of nuclear enrichment activities is not acceptable ... and it is not a subject of the talks."
AP: They are the shock troops of Iran's Islamic Revolution, the men who helped seize the U.S. embassy a generation ago and bore the brunt of their country's eight-year war with Iraq.
The vast and well-funded Revolutionary Guards are still the most potent force available to the regime.
AFP: A uranium conversion facility in the Iranian city of Isfahan, whose activities European states want to suspend, is now "70 percent" operational, an official from the country's nuclear agency said on Sunday.
AFP: Iranian women have been barred from standing in next year's presidential election after a powerful conservative body stood by its literal interpretation of a single but ambiguous word in the constitution.
Reuters: Iran on Sunday rejected a European Union proposal that it stop enriching uranium in return for nuclear technology, increasing the likelihood that it will be reported to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
The Sunday Times: IRAN is to resist international demands to abandon a nuclear programme that has alarmed the West and worsened the risk of instability in the Middle East.
Secret intelligence seen by Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, reveals that Iran will not give up production of nuclear material that could be used in weapons.
AFP: Iran on Sunday described a European proposal aimed at ending a nuclear standoff as "unbalanced" and rejected demands that the Islamic republic halt all uranium enrichment activities.
"The European proposal is their preliminary proposition and is not definitive but it is unbalanced," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 23 - Students from the University of Hormozgan (southern Iran) are continuing their demonstration in the university campus which started Thursday afternoon in protest against lack of food hygiene and service.
The students have complained of a poor food and below minimum standards of hygiene as well as insufficient accommodation in their dormitories.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 23 - A member of the welfare society of the department of education in the Iranian province of Khorrasan (northeastern Iran) has reportedly disappeared after being summoned to court.
The director of the Khorrasans welfare society announced that Saeid Hashem Khastar was summoned to court without any explanation as to what he was accused of.
AFP: The United States has seen no sign Iran will comply with international demands on its suspect nuclear program and will push next month for the matter to be sent to the UN Security Council unless Tehran reverses its course, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saturday. Powell said Washington believed it could get support from the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer Iran to the Security Council ...
AFP: Conservative MPs in Iran on Saturday denounced Europe's call for Iran to halt all uranium enrichment activities if it wants to avoid the threat of UN sanctions over its nuclear activities. "The European proposal is an excessive demand that is contrary to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and unacceptable," Alaeddin Brujerdi, the influential head ...