AFP: Iran has moved quickly to "sanitise" a site in northeast Tehran alleged to be at the heart of its feared pursuit of nuclear weapons, an Iranian opposition group claimed Wednesday. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also released the names of five top Iranian scientists whom it says must be quizzed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help determine Tehran's real nuclear intentions.
The Times Online: Iran today raised last minute objections to the wording of an agreement to limit its controversial nuclear programme, raising fears of a confrontation on Thursday at a key meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Kamal Kharrazi, the Iranian Foreign Minister, told Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, at a meeting in Egypt that Iran wanted two key paragraphs reworked, two weeks after the text of the agreement was finalised in Paris.
Reporters Without Borders: Six years after a wave of murders of intellectuals and journalists in Iran, the Kazemi, Forouhar, Charif, Mokhtari, Pouyandeh and Davani families, and other families like them, still wait to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones, while the instigators and perpetrators of these killings celebrate six long years of almost total impunity that shows no sign of stopping given the frequent displays of judicial complicity and hypocrisy in these cases, Reporters Without Borders said today.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 23 - At least 15,000 people have been killed in road accidents in the past six months, according to a senior official of Irans Ministry of Health. Ali Reza Moqisi, the head of the Accident Department of the Ministry stated yesterday that the death toll includes people from all age groups.
The Washington Times: President Bush yesterday called for independent verification of Iran's claim that it has stopped enriching uranium that could be used in the development of a nuclear weapon. "Well, let's say, I hope it's true," Mr. Bush said in a joint press conference with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. "And I think the definition of truth is the willingness for the Iranian regime to allow for verification.
Daily Telegraph: Iran suspended sensitive nuclear work yesterday in the hope of averting a referral to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions over fears that it is seeking to develop a nuclear bomb.
The Times: Iran formally suspended its controversial uranium-enrichment programme yesterday but doubts remain about its true intentions. The United States is convinced that Tehran is engaged in a clandestine nuclear weapons project.
Daily Telegraph: The more one looks at Iran's civil nuclear programme, the more it looks like a concerted project to build an atomic bomb. So Teheran's decision yesterday to suspend all aspects of uranium enrichment is, on the face of it, good news because it blocks the mullahs' most direct route to making weapons-grade fissile material.
New York Times: Iran appears to have frozen major nuclear activities in an effort to persuade the world that it does not intend to build nuclear bombs, the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said Monday.
The Independent: A claim by Iran that it has suspended uranium enrichment appears to open a three-month window for a compromise over what it insists is its peaceful atomic energy programme. But the US remains convinced that Tehran remains determined to develop nuclear weapons.
Financial Times: Iran appears to have ceased all sensitive nuclear operations ahead of a crucial meeting later this week of the board of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, according to western diplomats. The apparent suspension of activities follows an agreement last week with Britain, France and Germany designed to stave off US efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council, a move that could result in UN sanctions.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Nov. 22 - A total of six people have been sentenced to execution in Iran over the past week including two children under the age of 18 as well as two young women and two political prisoners. The two minors who were sentenced to executions who were identified only by their first names, Wahid and Mehdi.
AP: President Bush said Monday that he hopes Iran's claim that it has suspended uranium enrichment and has no nuclear weapons ambitions is true, but "there must be verification." Iran must "earn the trust of those of us who are worried about them developing a nuclear weapon," Bush said at a seaside news conference during a four-hour visit with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
AFP: Russia said Monday that Iran's announcement that it was suspending uranium enrichment, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, was a step forward that showed greater cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog.
AFP: German border police said Monday that they had arrested a 53-year-old man suspected of trying to illegally export material used in nuclear power plants to Iran.
The man, who was picked up as he returned from Poland, will appear before a judge in Postdam, eastern Germany on Tuesday, a spokesperson said.
AFP: Britain, France and Germany have called for Iran to be reported to the UN atomic agency if it fails to honor its pledge to suspend uranium enrichment but their draft resolution makes no mention of an automatic referral to the UN Security Council, diplomats said here Monday.
Bloomberg: Iran must do more to win the confidence of weapons inspectors that it isn't seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, said Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the United Nation's nuclear watchdog. "We still have a lot of work to do before we can come to a conclusion that Iran is clean,'' ElBaradei, director general of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said ...