AFP: An Iraqi delegation is to deliver a written message from Iraq's leadership to Iranian President Mohammad Khatami during a visit here Tuesday, an Iraqi diplomat told AFP Monday, amid fresh complaints from Baghdad over alleged Iranian interference. Iraq's ambassador to Tehran, Mohammad Majid al-Sheikh, said the letter had been written by interim President Ghazi al-Yawar and interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, but ...
Reuters: The European Union's three big powers are "pretty close" to a deal with Iran that would freeze Tehran's nuclear fuel enrichment and reprocessing activities, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has said. Solana told Reuters in an interview that if an agreement was reached there would be no reason to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions over its disputed programme.
Washington Post: A European deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program, provide the Islamic republic with lucrative trade incentives and avoid sanctions by the U.N. Security Council could be signed by midweek if two critical issues can be quickly resolved, U.S., European and Iranian officials said in interviews Sunday. Iran has refused to accept a full suspension on all its nuclear-related work and wants a ...
AFP: Japan, whose business ties with Iran have caused US concern, will send a senior diplomat to Tehran to urge the country to follow IAEA demands it suspend uranium enrichment, officials said Monday.
Deputy foreign minister Hitoshi Tanaka will hold a one-day meeting with Iranian foreign ministry officials Tuesday.
New York Times: Iran has continued its crackdown on journalists, with two arrests in the past week, and has moved against pro-democracy Web sites, blocking hundreds of sites in recent months and making several arrests. Mahboubeh Abbas-Gholizadeh, the editor of the magazine Farzaneh and an advocate of expanded rights for women, was arrested Nov. 1 after she returned from London, where she had attended the European Social Forum.
Daily Telegraph: Iran appeared yesterday to have reached a tentative deal with Britain, France and Germany that would avert the threat of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear programme. The provisional agreement, hammered out during two days of talks in Paris, has still to be approved by Teheran's clerical leadership as well as by the European governments.
Miami Herald - Editorial: A round of talks that began Friday between Iranian diplomats and European officials represents the last chance to head off an escalating confrontation over that country's nuclear-weapons program. The heart of the problem lies in Iran's denial that it has such a program and Secretary of State Colin Powell's unequivocal affirmation to the contrary.
The Guardian: The European powers secured a pledge from Iran at the weekend that Tehran would halt its uranium enrichment programme within weeks, an agreement that may avert a showdown later this month between Iran and the west. But the agreement, reached after a marathon round of negotiations in Paris between Iran and the EU troika of Britain, France, and Germany, looks unlikely to satisfy Washington and may yet fall apart.
AP: Islamic extremists have been moving supplies and new recruits from Iran into Iraq, say Iraqi Kurdish and Western officials, though it's unclear whether Tehran is covertly backing them or whether militants are simply taking advantage of the porous border. Iranian involvement with extremist groups in the Iraqi insurgency would be potentially explosive, especially given the history of U.S.-Iranian animosity. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said recently Iran was engaged in "a lot of meddling" in Iraq but gave no details.
Bloomberg: Iran and Europe failed to reach an accord on Tehran's uranium enrichment program, the state-owned Iranian news agency said, increasing the chances the U.S. may call for United Nations sanctions against the Islamic nation. Representatives from France, Germany, and the U.K. couldn't agree to Iran's refusal of a European proposal for indefinite suspension of uranium enrichment, IRNA said ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 - Officials in the city of Masjid Soleiman (southwestern Iran) have admitted for the first time that harmful gases polluted the area, leaving behind numerous fatalities as well as permanent physical side effects on residents including brain damage, severe chest infections and respiratory problems.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 A 26-year-old female student committed suicide by jumping off a bridge over the Tajrish river, in the suburbs of the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday.
The young womans body was found in the river by local residents. She was identified only by her first name, Esmat, and is reported to have been a diplomatic studies student for a number of years.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 6 Hundreds of students at the Teachers Training College staged a protest Wednesday over poor quality of food and administrative mismanagement in the institution.
Students also complained of a lack of proper tutorials and insufficient academic facilities.
Associated Press: European countries have rejected an Iranian offer to suspend its nuclear activities for six months, state-run television reported as China's visiting foreign minister sought to resolve the dispute without formal UN security council involvement.