AP: A senior Iranian envoy suggested Wednesday that Tehran's partial yearlong freeze on uranium enrichment is about to end, shrugging off U.S. and European pressure to renounce the process and end fears that his country wants to make nuclear arms.
Financial Times: The US is drawing up proposals for United Nations sanctions against Iran aimed at stopping its suspected nuclear weapons programme, according to US and European officials.
At talks this week in Vienna, the US is pushing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to adopt a resolution that would give Iran a deadline of October 31 to satisfy the concerns of the UN nuclear watchdog or be referred to the UN Security Council.
Reuters: Iran could acquire a nuclear bomb in the next one to four years and would become more willing to aid terrorist groups once it has an atomic capability, according to a U.S. study released on Tuesday.
The study by the Non-proliferation Policy Education Center, which was partly funded by the Pentagon, said U.S. talks with Iran on the nuclear issue -- which the Bush administration opposes -- would be "self-defeating."
AFP: Iran's powerful former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, vowed the Islamic republic would resist international efforts to prevent it from mastering advanced nuclear technology.
"The Europeans and the Americans say with determination that Iran must not master nuclear technology and we respond with determination that we reply with determination that we will not renounce our legitimate right," he was quoted as saying by the student news agency ISNA.
AP: New allegations that Iran's nuclear activities are more widespread than it has made public come from a group that has been right before on this subject - and one that wants to topple the theocracy in Tehran.
Days before the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors opened a meeting on Monday expected to be dominated by the question of whether the Security Council should be asked to consider imposing sanctions on Iran to rein in its nuclear ambitions, the National Council of Resistance of Iran held a news conference in Paris claiming to have uncovered more about Tehran's nuclear activities.
Voice of America: Britain says Iranian threats to resume uranium enrichment undermine earlier assurances that Iran would curb its nuclear program.
The issue of Iran's nuclear program arose as European foreign ministers met in Brussels. Britain, France, and Germany have lead European Union diplomatic efforts on the Iranian nuclear dispute.
Iran Focus: Thousands of Iranians from as far away as Australia gathered outside the headquarters of the European Union today to demand the removal of the largest Iranian opposition group from the European Unions list of terrorist groups. They called on the EU to abandon its failed policy of engagement vis-à-vis the Iranian regime and adopt a firmer approach to Tehran.
New York Times: The United States lobbied Monday to toughen an International Atomic Energy Agency draft resolution on Iran's nuclear program, hoping to include a clear "trigger" that would send Iran's case to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions if the country fails to comply with I.A.E.A. demands by November.
AFP: Around 5,000 supporters of Iran's main armed opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen, demonstrated in Brussels Monday in front of the building where EU foreign ministers were meeting, police said.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran, which called the rally, claimed that 25,000 people took part.
Reuters: It is unclear if Iran's nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful, but there is still no firm evidence that Tehran is secretly developing atomic weapons as Washington asserts, the U.N. nuclear watchdog says.
USA TODAY: Seventeen months after U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein, instability in Iraq is creating opportunities for its mainly Shiite Muslim neighbor, Iran.
"The real long-term geopolitical winner of the 'War on Terror' could be Iran," concludes a new report by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Britain's most respected foreign-policy research organization.
AP: Buoyed by growing European support, the United States lobbied the U.N. atomic watchdog agency Monday to send Iran before the U.N. Security Council for refusing to freeze work that can produce nuclear weapons.
A European diplomat said Washington had revised a resolution originally drafted by France, Germany and Britain, adding an Oct. 31 deadline and toughening language meant to force Iran to dispel all suspicions it is trying to make nuclear arms in violation of treaty commitments.
Reuters: Iran on Sunday rejected European demands it halt its pursuit of nuclear technology but reiterated its readiness to provide assurances it would not use that technology to build atomic weapons.
Western diplomats have said Britain, France and Germany are demanding that Tehran halt all parts of the atomic fuel cycle -- particularly uranium enrichment -- that can be used to make a bomb.
Reuters: France, Britain and Germany have met a key U.S. demand by proposing a November deadline for Iran to dispel concern that it has a covert atom bomb programme, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters.
Washington Times: Nearly two years have passed since the world discovered Iran has been cheating under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Despite repeated denials by Tehran, an indisputable mass of evidence since uncovered makes it clear Iran seeks to build a nuclear bomb.
Sunday Telegraph: Iran's decision to begin processing 37 tons of uranium yellowcake this month will enable it to acquire enough weapons grade uranium to build up to five nuclear bombs, Western intelligence officials are warning.
The Iranians announced their intention to process the material last week in a submission to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency ...
Sunday Telegraph: Iran has announced its intention to start processing 37 tons of uranium yellowcake that Western intelligence officials estimate will provide Teheran with enough weapons grade material to build up to five nuclear bombs, the Telegraph can reveal.
The decision to begin work on the yellowcake this month was disclosed in a submission last week to officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the international nuclear watchdog.
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