Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 19 - Clashes erupted between motorcyclists and Iranian security forces in Yazd (central Iran) following reports of harassment of cyclists by local police.
Police set up patrols in Karkard Square in Yazd yesterday morning and arrested a number of motorcyclists. Ensuing clashes between some 300 cyclists and security forces left a number of people wounded.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 19 - Students of Irans Azad University in the town of Meybod demonstrated against new measures to force female students to wear the Chador (an Islamic veil that covers women from head to toe). The students also released a statement condemning the new suppressive regulations.
AFP: A top Iranian nuclear official reiterated Tuesday his government's assertion that it wants to enrich uranium to provide fuel for its future nuclear power plants.
"We are not saying we are refusing Westerners offers to provide us with nuclear fuel, but we want also to produce our own nuclear fuel... as well as buying what we lack from the West," Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) chief ...
AFP: It makes no real difference to Iran whether US President George W. Bush or Democrat contender John Kerry wins the presidential elections, a senior Iranian official said Tuesday.
"It makes no difference for us which of the two parties wins the elections," Iran's top national security official Hassan Rowhani said in an interview on state television.
PA News: Britain and Germany today warned Iran to comply with international demands over its suspected nuclear weapons programme. Tehran has yet to honour a deal it agreed a year ago with the UK, France and Germany acting on behalf of the EU to suspend its uranium enrichment programme and comply with International Atomic Energy Agency inspections.
AFP: Iran must "act decisively" to cease its nuclear programme or else face referral to the United Nations Security Council, Britain warned on Tuesday. Tehran had to act swiftly to allay concerns raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about its alleged to acquire nuclear weapons, International Security Minister Denis MacShane said. "Confidence cannot be restored unless Iran agrees to suspend its fuel cycle activity, including all centrifuge work and uranium conversion," MacShane told a meeting in London.
AFP: The editor of a reformist Iranian newspaper has been arrested as part of the authorities' crackdown on "illegal" Internet sites, the local media reported on Tuesday.
Javad Qolam Tamimi, editor of the pro-reform daily Mardomsalari, was arrested Monday evening for his involvement in the dissident sites, the daily Iran quoted a local judiciary official as saying.
Reuters: Iran said it would reject any EU proposal if it limited its right to carry out a complete nuclear fuel cycle, state television reported on Tuesday. Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said Iran was determined to press ahead with its atomic programme. "We will review the European's proposal only if it respects Iran's right (of mastering the fuel cycle)," Aghazadeh told state television.
Reuters: Officials from France, Britain and Germany will meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator in Vienna on Thursday to offer Tehran a final chance to halt uranium enrichment plans or face possible U.N. sanctions, diplomats say."The political directors from the EU three are meeting (Hassan) Rohani on Thursday here to formally hand over the offer," said a Western diplomat familiar with the talks between the Europeans and Iran. "I think Iran may be disappointed."
Newsweek: The Bush administration has repeatedly fingered Abu Mussab al-Zarqawiself-confessed beheader of U.S. hostage Nicholas Berg and other Western captivesas a critical link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. In the vice presidential debate, Dick Cheney said that after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan seeking to roust Osama bin Laden, al-Zarqawi "migrated to Baghdad." But other U.S. officials say the Jordanian terrorist's contacts in neighboring Iran are probably more extensive than any dealings he had with Saddam.
Washington Times - Commentry: Well, the talks and meetings will go on and on to the next Ramadan and the Ramadan after that and Iran will go on working on its nuclear arms program until it has the Bomb. There will be no deal with Iran no matter how costly nuclear bomb manufacture might be. With oil prices going through the roof, money is not a problem now nor in the foreseeable future.
Xinhuanet: ABU DHABI - Iran needs to show the world itspeaceful intentions over its nuclear issue, a visiting US official said here on Monday, the official WAM news agency reported.
At a press conference, US Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Lincoln Bloomfield said "it isnecessary for Iran to demonstrate to the world its peaceful intentions. The only way to do that is to come clean."
AFP: The United States on Monday warned Iran against providing any type of support to Al-Qaeda-linked foreign militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi and his Tawhid wal Jihad (Unity and Holy War) group, saying such backing would be a "very, very serious matter." The State Department declined to comment on allegations of an Iran-Zarqawi link ...
Xinhuanet: Iran said on Monday that it was well-prepared for "any scenario" over nuclear issue, the official IRNA news agency reported. "I believes that Iran's case will not be referred to the UN Security Council. But, Iran is also well-prepared beforehand for any scenario in this respect," government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh was quoted as saying.
AFP: Spain's leading energy group Repsol YPF has signed a 27-million-dollar (21.6-million-euro) deal with Iran to obtain prospection rights in two fields over the next 30 months, the financial newspaper Expansion reported on Monday. A Repsol YPF statement confirmed the firm would prospect at Mehr and Foruz, near Kish Island off the port of Bushir in the southern Persian Gulf, with the total project covering 14,600 square kilometres (5,000 square miles).
AFP: Iran's hardline Basij militia has written to UN secretary general Kofi Annan to ask if the Islamic republic can send observers to the US presidential election in November, a government newspaper said on Monday.
"By this symbolic request, we want to ridicule the so-called democratic slogans of the American leaders," a Basij official ...