AP: Iran has converted a few tons of raw uranium into hexafluoride gas needed for enrichment, a necessary step toward producing nuclear fuel or nuclear weapons, a top nuclear official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Uranium hexafluoride gas is the material that, in the next stage, is fed into centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
Reuters: U.N. atomic inspectors returned to Iran Tuesday and will be free to visit a disputed military site in their investigation of U.S. allegations that Iran is seeking nuclear warheads, state television reported.
U.S. officials have accused Tehran of concealing parts of a clandestine atomic bomb program at Parchin military base southeast of Tehran ...
Reuters: The United States sees no reason to offer Iran incentives to ensure its nuclear programme remains peaceful, a U.S. government official said on Tuesday.
European states want the United States to make such proposals to Tehran after the November 2 U.S. presidential election ...
Washington Post: Iran has increased the range of its missiles to 1,250 miles, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, putting parts of Europe within reach for the first time.
Military analysts had estimated Iran's missile range at 810 miles, which would allow it to strike anywhere in Israel. But Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the country's influential former president and the head of a government oversight body, as saying: ...
AFP: A committee of Iran's hardline-dominated parliament gave preliminary approval to a bill that would force the reformist government to resume uranium enrichment in defiance of the UN nuclear watchdog.
State news agency IRNA said the bill was was approved by the foreign affairs and national security committee.
AP: Iran said Tuesday its missiles now have a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), a substantial extension of their previously declared range.
"Today we have the power to fire missiles to a range of 2,000 kilometers," former President Hashemi Rafsanjani said, according to a report by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 5 A young man was publicly hanged yesterday afternoon in the Robat square of Isfahan (central Iran) as his wife and child were forced to watch.
Mehrzad Vajebal-Hoghough, a 33 year old resident in Isfahan was accused of armed robbery and possession of 7 Kilograms of marijuana.
Reuters :A one-man private plane has crashed in the northeast of Iran killing the pilot, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
An interior ministry spokesman said the plane had crashed near the the town of Kalaleh ...
BBC: A number of jazz and classical music concerts in Iran have been cancelled by the authorities because of their "corrupting" influence, diplomats say. The concerts had been arranged by foreign embassies in Tehran.
Two jazz performances organised by the Italian mission were called off last week only hours before they were due to start.
Voice of America: In the latest U.S. State Department report on religious freedom, Iran is again listed as one of the most serious violators. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the report singles out eight countries of particular concern: "We are re-designating five countries that, in our judgment, continue to violate their citizens' religious liberty: Burma, China, Iran, North Korea, and Sudan. We are also adding three additional countries to this list: Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam."
MENL: Iran might have opened an insurgency front in Yemen in an effort to weaken U.S. influence in the region.
A new report by the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation said Yemen regarded the recent insurgency by former parliamentarian and Shi'ite cleric Al Houthi as backed and financed by Iran.
AP: Iran is using Islamic religious organizations in Israel as a cover to run Israeli Arab agents in the country, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday. He did not elaborate.
Sharon's accusation came amid Israel's increasingly vocal concern over Iran's nuclear development program, which, Jerusalem says, is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the charge, saying it is intended for electricity generation.
AP: Iran Iran's conservative-dominated parliament is drafting a bill that would force the reformist government to resume uranium enrichment - a necessary step toward producing nuclear fuel or nuclear weapons - over the objections of the international community.
Reuters: Iranian authorities have cancelled several musical concerts organised by European embassies after religious hardliners warned the Islamic state against the "corrupting" influence of Western culture.
Analysts said the concert cancellations reflected a new political climate in Iran where religious hardliners now firmly have the upper hand over the pro-reform allies of moderate President Mohammad Khatami.
AFP: Iran is sending money and arms into neighboring Iraq to try to influence the outcome of elections there in January, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Monday.
Iran, as a predominantly Shiite country that fought a war with Iraq in the 1980s, has a big interest in what happens in Iraq, he said.
AFP: One of Iran's most outspoken reformists, Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, announced he had submitted his resignation from the increasingly isolated pro-reform government.
"It is up to the president to approve this decision," Abtahi told the student news agency ISNA on Monday ...