AFP: The Spanish oil group Repsol YPF and British-Dutch group Shell have signed a project framework agreement involving the Iranian oil company NIOC regarding liquefied natural gas in Iran, Repsol said on Thursday.
Spain's El Pais newspaper reported earlier that Repsol and Shell had signed an agreement worth $3.96 billion dollars with Iran to exploit natural gas reserves.
AFP: A prominent Democratic senator urged the Bush administration to directly engage Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program and that preemptive military force should not be ruled out.
"I don't want to saber rattle, but I wouldn't take anything off the table," said Senator Joe Lieberman ...
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 23 As millions of school children headed back to school at the beginning of the new academic year, government officials in Iran announced new measures aimed at further segregation of boys and girls.
School transport authorities across the country have been instructed to allocate separate buses for boys and girls.
Iran Focus: Baku, Sep. 23 Azerbaijans media reported Thursday that Iran violated Azeri airspace by sending surveillance aircraft for aerial reconnaissance. There was no immediate reaction from Tehran, but the top commander of Azerbaijan's Air Force, General Rahil Rzayev, denied any incursion of his countrys airspace.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 23 In a country where doctors have one of the highest social status, 30,000 physicians live below the poverty line, according to the head of Irans General Practitioners Association.
Contrary to what is perceived, there are at present 30,000 general practitioners around the country who are living under the poverty line, ...
Christian Science Monitor: Two years from now, during either a Kerry or Bush presidency, Iran will probably be much more of a security issue for the United States than Iraq.
Yet the campaigns of the two presidential candidates remain focused on Iraq, even though their approaches for stabilizing Iraq are far less different from their solutions for preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Washington Post: A ten-year-old had awakened his parents in horror, telling them he had been having an "illegal dream." He had been dreaming that he was at the seaside with some men and women who were kissing, and he did not know what to do. -- Azar Nafisi, "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
Washington Times: The U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese company will plead guilty to illegally shipping high-technology pumps with military applications to Iran through two French companies, The Washington Times has learned.
Ebara International Corp., based in Sparks, Nev., has agreed to a plea bargain related to seven criminal violations from the sale of cryogenic transfer pumps to Iran, according to Bush administration law-enforcement officials.
New York Times: Iran reiterated its right on Wednesday to produce uranium fuel for nuclear energy, seizing on a rift between nuclear-weapon nations that want to slow the spread of such technology and developing countries that see the technology as the entitlement of every signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Kyodo News: Japan urged Iran on Wednesday to stop all uranium enrichment-related activities to dispel international concerns that Iran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons, a Japanese official said.
International Confederation Of Free Trade Unions - Press Release: The ICFTU today expressed its deep regret and concern over the failure of the Iranian authorities to allow international observers to attend the trial of seven labour activists, which starts on 23 September.
Financial Times: Hardly a day has gone by in the past two years without the Iranian government, pressed to explain its troubling pursuit of nuclear technology, reasserting its "inalienable right" to peaceful nuclear energy. Invoking that "right" - enshrined in the nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - has had substantial diplomatic effect, helping put pressure on states to let Iran do as it pleases.
Boston Globe: For two years, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have been engaged in a delicate and dangerous balancing act. With last Saturday's unanimous resolution decrying Iran's covert nuclear activities and instructing Iran to suspend all its efforts to enrich uranium, the 35-member IAEA board of governors took a necessary step.
Los Angeles Times: Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that there are no plans to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, despite the Pentagon's recent agreement to sell Israel 500 bunker-buster bombs capable of disabling underground weapons plants.
But speaking to reporters, Powell pointedly added, "Every nation has all options available to it" to stop Iran from ...
The Times: We have made our choice, Mohammad Khatami, the President of Iran, asserted at a military parade yesterday, yes to peaceful nuclear technology, no to atomic weapons. His venue for that statement reinforces the concern that the intentions of the regime in Tehran are far less benign.
By announcing that it has embarked on a process that will lead to uranium enrichment, and thus the material for an atomic arsenal, Iran has, in effect, said no to further co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
AFP: Iran's conservative-held parliament has approved the first reading of a bill that will place tough controls on foreign investment.
Embattled reformist President Muhammad Khatami has said the move will deal a major blow to the economy.
"This law is without precedent in the history of the Islamic republic," a visibly angry Khatami told reporters after a cabinet meeting. "It will paralyse the work of the government."
Reuters: The world must recognise Iran's right to enrich uranium for fuelling power stations, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has said, responding to a U.N. call for Iran to suspend enrichment-related activities.
But he declined to say on Wednesday when Iran would resume enrichment ...