Reuters: Iran has pledged to suspend its uranium enrichment programme to ease concerns that its nuclear programme is aimed at developing weapons, but has warned that the freeze is only temporary. Hassan Rohani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said on Sunday the suspension would remain in place as long as talks with the EU continued on a final resolution of the issue.
Xinhuanet: Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino said Sunday that he hopes Iran's nuclear program dispute would be resolved by diplomatic means, Italian News Agency ANSA reported. Iran and the European Union (EU) heavyweights, Britain, Franceand Germany, on Thursday initiated discussions in Tehran on Iran's nuclear program.
New York Times: Iran's six million Kurds are avidly following events across the border in Iraq, hoping that the Kurds there will blaze a trail to greater freedoms that can be duplicated in Iran.
But lately, the Iranian Kurds are discouraged.
Reuters: Iran will announce its final decision later on Sunday on an EU proposal that it freeze sensitive nuclear work in return for avoiding referral to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions, local news agencies reported.
AP: Iran Interior ministers from Iraq's neighbors and Egypt will meet later this month in Iran to discuss the security threat posed by militants. Iran's official news agency says the ministers and security officials will share intelligence on militants and other people suspected of being linked to the insurgency in Iraq.
AFP: A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have arrived in Iran to carry out routine inspections, a spokesman of the United Nations atomic agency said. The IAEA has been conducting routine inspections in Iran since February last year. But a diplomat in Vienna did not rule out the possibility that the team would also check on the suspension of uranium enrichment ...
AFP: The United States has no intention to change Iran's regime and it has no plans to invade the nation neighboring Iraq, where 140,000 US troops are stationed, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said in an interview to be broadcast Sunday. "We are not getting ready to invade Iran," Powell told CNBC television's "The Wall Street Journal Report" when asked if having 140,000 troops in Iraq makes it easier to deal with Iran.
Iran Focus: Baghdad, Nov. 13 - Ten Iranian agents were arrested during a raid on a local mosque in Falluja following attacks by coalition forces. News of the arrests came at a press conference by the heads of the multinational and Iraqi forces in Falluja. The mosque had been housing at least 300 militants with 110 of them confirmed to be foreign nationals.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 13 - Iranian officials in the town of Babol (northern Iran) paraded a young man around the towns main streets on Wednesday. One eyewitness reported that in a bid to mock and disgrace the young man as well as to humiliate his dignity the regimes agents shaved his hair like a cross, put a long stick through his sleeves, and paraded him around the streets.
AFP: Iran insisted Saturday it has gone as far as it could to meet the demands of Europe and the rest of the international community over its nuclear activities, and said the ball was now in their court. "We did our utmost to cooperate with the agency and build the needed confidence. Iran can take no further measures," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said ...
AP: A tentative deal committing Iran to suspend activities that Washington says are part of a nuclear arms program was in jeopardy Friday, with diplomats suggesting Tehran had reneged on an agreement reached just days ago with European negotiators.
AFP: EU officials were Friday evaluating Iran's response to an offer for Tehran to avoid possible UN sanctions over its nuclear program in a wrangle that has led the UN atomic watchdog to hold up a key report. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is standing by in order to give Iran more time to hand over a letter officials hope will announce a halt in uranium enrichment, a key process in the nuclear fuel cycle.
Reuters: President George W. Bush lent support on Friday to European leaders trying to break a deadlock in talks with Iran over its nuclear program. France, Britain and Germany are trying to get Iran to agree to suspend sensitive nuclear work to avoid a referral to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions.
Iran Focus: Paris, Nov. 11 - 500 international jurists, lawyers and politicians yesterday took part in a conference in the French capital to discuss the need to differentiate between terrorism and legitimate resistance to dictatorship.
The international conference was held at the invitation of nine legal and human rights institutions from several European countries.
AFP: Iran has given a response to EU pressure for it to suspend uranium enrichment, the French foreign ministry said Friday.
Iranian authorities delivered their reply late Thursday to Britain, France and Germany and to EU high representative Javier Solana late Thursday, the ministry said without divulging its contents.
AFP: The top advisor to Iran's supreme leader called on Friday for "resistance" to international pressure over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, complaining that Tehran was subject to "idiotic and childish" demands. The Europeans "have told us to stop our nuclear programme and in return they will sell us commercial jets and trains", Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri said in a speech carried on state radio ahead of Friday's weekly prayers.