New York Times: Iran refused Thursday to abandon plans to operate uranium enrichment equipment that could be used either for energy purposes or in a nuclear bomb-making project, European and Iranian officials said. The refusal threatened to scuttle a nuclear agreement Iran reached 10 days ago with France, Britain and Germany to freeze all of Iran's uranium enrichment activities, the European officials added.
Washington Post: The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency was unable to confirm that Iran had completely suspended its nuclear programs yesterday, as it had committed to doing, because the Islamic republic said it wanted to continue working with some of its equipment.
The Times: The latest international attempt to persuade Iran to halt its controversial nuclear programme was badly jolted yesterday by Tehrans sudden announcement that it planned to press on with the most controversial strand of the work.
The Guardian: Iran yesterday sought to relax a recent agreement with the EU over its nuclear programme, jeopardising a potential breakthrough in the two-year dispute as the UN's chief nuclear inspector came close to saying Iran's nuclear promises could not be believed.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 25 - New information has come to light over the sudden death of a 14-year-old schoolboy in western Iran, who died after being flogged for eating in public during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Kaveh Habibi-Nejad died Nov. 12 and was buried in the cemetery of the Kurdish city of Sanadaj on Nov. 13, according to his death certificate.
Reuters: Iran is seeking exemptions from a deal to suspend sensitive nuclear activities that could be used to make weapons just three days after it came into force, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Thursday. Tehran's request threatened to torpedo the hard-won agreement with the European Union and further antagonize Washington, just as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began meeting to review Iran's atomic program.
AFP: Iran's promised suspension of uranium enrichment is not yet complete as it still wants to use 20 centrifuge devices for research, UN atomic agency chief Mohamed ElBardadei said, reporting a deadlock Thursday as his agency met on Tehran's nuclear program.
AFP: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday criticised an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution on its nuclear activities drawn up by Britain, France and Germany, state television reported.
New York Times: The recent nuclear accord European officials signed with Iran appears to have halted Tehran's uranium enrichment program at least temporarily, but it leaves Iran free to make plutonium, which can also be used as fuel for nuclear weapons, diplomats and arms experts say.
New York Times: Iran is demanding the right to operate uranium enrichment equipment for research purposes, despite its recent agreement with the Europeans to freeze crucial nuclear activities, European and Iranian officials said Wednesday. European officials swiftly rejected the demand, calling it a violation of the deal.
AFP: The European Union lodged a formal protest with Iranian authorities Wednesday over the arrest and harassment of journalists, staff of non-governmental organisations and members of religious minorities. "The European Union has protested in general the arrest and harassment of journalists, Internet technicians and NGO activists ... for expressing their views, and has urged the immediate release of those who are still detained, often in unknown locations," said a statement from the embassy of the Netherlands.
The Times: Iran has raised last-minute objections to the wording of an agreement to limit its controversial nuclear programme, raising fears of a confrontation tomorrow at a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Reuters: Iran "vigorously" pursued programs to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons during the latter part of 2003 and was working to improve delivery systems, a CIA report said on Tuesday.
Reuters: An Iranian exile group said on Wednesday Iran had taken steps to "sanitize" a military plant where it said Tehran had been making bomb-grade uranium for use in nuclear weapons. Iran denies it is trying to make an atomic bomb, saying its nuclear ambitions are purely peaceful to generate electricity.
New York Times: A new report from the Central Intelligence Agency says that the Pakistani arms trafficking network led by A. Q. Khan provided Iran's nuclear program with "significant assistance," including the designs for "advanced and efficient" weapons components. The unclassified version of report, posted today on the agency's Web site (www.cia.gov), does not explicitly say whether Mr. Khan's network had sold Iran ...
AFP: Iran has asked the UN atomic agency to exempt several dozen centrifuges from an agreement with the European Union which went into effect two days ago freezing its nuclear fuel cycle, diplomats told AFP Wednesday.