The Guardian: Iranian hardliners escalated the war of nerves with the west over nuclear bomb materials yesterday, introducing a fast-track bill that would pledge the regime to push ahead with uranium enrichment.
On the eve of crucial talks in Vienna today between Iran and the EU on how to defuse the crisis, the bill also called on the ...
Reuters: Hardline lawmakers, who control a majority in Iran's parliament, on Tuesday introduced a bill which would force the government to resume uranium enrichment and halt snap U.N. inspections of nuclear facilities.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 26 The Iranian regimes Social Development Organisation announced that in the past six weeks prices have gone up from 40 to 300 percent for a large number of commonly required medicines.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 26 Agents of Irans State Security Forces (SSF) raided a house-party in the town of Imam Hossein in the northern province of Rasht and arrested 20 young boys and girls.
Those arrested were charged with attending a mixed-sex party.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 26 Thousands of young people began a spontaneous anti-government demonstration after a football match on Saturday, clashing with agents of the security forces, eye-witnesses reported. Clashes began at the end of match between Esteghlal and Persepolis teams in Tehrans Azadi Stadium.
AP: Iranian scientists have developed technology to produce zirconium, a key metal used in the heart of a nuclear reactor to produce nuclear fuel, a top nuclear official said Monday.
"Iranian scientists have achieved the technology to design and produce zirconium, the world's most sophisticated nuclear metal," Mansour Habashizadeh told state-run radio.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 25 - At least 150 people have been arrested over the past two days in the southern city of Shiraz in the latest crackdown by agents of the State Security Forces (SSF), local residents reported. Eyewitnesses said that dozens of people, mostly youth, were arrested on the streets for their un-Islamic attire.
Reuters: The nuclear technology the European Union has offered Iran could help it make an atomic bomb, not prevent it, a Washington-based think-tank warned.
The EU's "Big Three" -- France, Britain and Germany -- have offered Iran reactor fuel and help developing light-water reactor (LWR) technology if Tehran stops uranium enrichment, a process which can be used to make nuclear arms.
PA News: The international community will not accept Iran developing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Tony Blair warned today. At his monthly Downing Street press conference, Mr Blair stressed that dialogue with Tehran over its suspected weapons development efforts was not over.
Mr Blair insisted that he was not aware of any American plans to take military action against Iran.
Reuters: Iran's top security official on Monday warned the European Union not to cross Tehran's red lines in negotiations over its nuclear programme.The EU's "big three" powers, Britain, France and Germany, have offered Iran a deal whereby it would scrap activities related to producing nuclear fuel in return for help with civilian nuclear technology and a resumption of trade talks.
New York Times: Iran on Sunday rejected a proposal by Britain, Germany and France to suspend its uranium enrichment program and urged those countries to offer a "more balanced" proposal. During a meeting on Thursday in Vienna, the three European countries asked Iran to give up its uranium enrichment program in return for a guarantee to help Iran build a light-water power reactor and to provide a supply of reactor fuel.
The Guardian: Iran refused yesterday to agree to suspend indefinitely its uranium enrichment activities although it would continue talks with Britain, France and Germany on a package of incentives. The foreign ministry said in a statement: "Indefinite suspension of nuclear enrichment activities is not acceptable ... and it is not a subject of the talks."
AP: They are the shock troops of Iran's Islamic Revolution, the men who helped seize the U.S. embassy a generation ago and bore the brunt of their country's eight-year war with Iraq.
The vast and well-funded Revolutionary Guards are still the most potent force available to the regime.
AFP: A uranium conversion facility in the Iranian city of Isfahan, whose activities European states want to suspend, is now "70 percent" operational, an official from the country's nuclear agency said on Sunday.
AFP: Iranian women have been barred from standing in next year's presidential election after a powerful conservative body stood by its literal interpretation of a single but ambiguous word in the constitution.
Reuters: Iran on Sunday rejected a European Union proposal that it stop enriching uranium in return for nuclear technology, increasing the likelihood that it will be reported to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.