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 ...
AFP: Iran is defying the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) while engaging in an "unrelenting push toward nuclear weapons capability", the US said today.
"It should come as no surprise that Iran has defied the board (of the IAEA) once again and announced it is producing uranium hexafluoride, the material for centrifuge enrichment," said Kurtis Cooper, a State Department spokesman.
The Guardian: Iran announced yesterday that it had resumed producing a uranium gas for enrichment as a nuclear fuel, three days after the International Atomic Energy Agency told it to freeze all operations connected with uranium enrichment or face possible retaliation.
The announcement suggested a calculated effort to raise the stakes in the row about its nuclear programme ...
Reuters: Europe has warned that it will not tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons after the Islamic republic defied the United Nations by announcing it has begun converting a large amount of raw uranium to prepare it for enrichment, a process that can be used to develop atomic bombs.
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said ...
DPA: In the harshest reaction so far made on the latest resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear projects, a senior conservative Iranian official on Tuesday called on a revised approach towards the European Union's Big Three - Germany, France and Britain.
Reuters: Iran defied the United Nations on Tuesday by announcing it would go on converting a large amount of raw uranium to prepare it for enrichment, a process that can be used to develop atomic bombs.
AP: Defying a key demand set by 35 nations, Iran announced Tuesday that it has started converting raw uranium into the gas needed for enrichment, a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons.
"Tests are going on successfully" to make uranium hexafluoride gas, the feed stock for enrichment ...
AFP: Iran has become the latest country to edge towards ditching Windows in favour of Linux, even if its refusal to abide by copyright laws means that the country does not pay a penny to Bill Gates.
According to Mohammad Sephery-Rad, the man in charge of the government's computer systems, long-term political and security considerations have sparked a major initiative to make the switch.
Reuters: Iran will use a modified version of its Shahab-3 missile, which defence experts say can reach Israel or U.S. bases in the Gulf, to launch a test satellite before March 2005, a defence industry source says.
New York Times: At a time when the violent insurgency in Iraq is vexing the Bush administration and stirring worries among Americans, events may be propelling the United States into yet another confrontation, this time with Iran. The issues have an almost eerie familiarity, evoking the warnings and threats that led to the war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, and stirring an equally passionate debate.
Washington Times: Iran's Assembly of Experts, the body of powerful Muslim clerics that chooses the country's supreme leader, opened its 12th session Sunday calling for an Islamic republic in Iraq.
In his opening speech, the assembly's speaker, Ayatollah Ali Meshkini, urged Iraqi leaders to unite to expel foreign troops in Iraq and establish a government based on the principles of Islam similar to the one in Iran ...
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