Iran Focus: The head of the public relations office of prisons in Hamedan province (western Iran) announced today that the local Department of Justice had amputed the fingers of a burglar.
The man had alledgedly stolen from 15 different stores.
Iran Focus: The lawyer representing the relatives of Atefeh Rajabi, the 16-year-old girl who was hanged last month (Aug. 15th) in the town of Neka, northern Iran, has filed a lawsuit on their behalf. Mr. Shadi Sadr, who was retained to help prove Atefehs innocence, stated that after examining Atefehs documentation he was convinced that she was in fact 16 years old at the time her execution and not 22 as Iranian Judiciary spokespersons had claimed. Judiciary officials have admitted that Atefeh was executed but said she was 22 to justify her hanging.
Washington Post: U.N. nuclear inspectors are negotiating with Iran for access to as many as four military sites that have programs or equipment that could be diverted to development of nuclear weapons, diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomats said the negotiations were sensitive because visits could compromise the secrecy of Iran's conventional military programs.
Reuters: The United States compromised with France, Britain and Germany on a toughly-worded U.N. nuclear resolution on Iran that calls for an immediate halt to Tehran's uranium enrichment programme, a Western diplomat said.
"It's a text that all six countries can live with," the diplomat close to the talks told Reuters late on Thursday ...
Daily Telegraph: America seized on satellite pictures of a possible Iranian nuclear weapons testing site yesterday to demand that Teheran be given an ultimatum to come clean or face United Nations sanctions.
"This clearly shows the intention to develop weapons," said a senior United States official ...
AP: Iran condemned the killing of one of its civil servants in Iraq and demanded that the Iraqi government punish those responsible, state television reported on Wednesday.
Unidentified assailants killed Labib Mohammadi of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization near the central Iraqi city of Karbala, state television said in a report carried on its Web site. It did not say when Mohammadi was killed or give further details.
Associated Press: A U.S. official expressed alarm Thursday about a possible nuclear-weapons-related test site in Iran and accused the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency of keeping silent on its own concerns about the issue.
The official a senior member of the U.S. delegation at the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors spoke as U.S and European negotiators moved closer to agreement to censure Iran ...
AP: U.S. and European negotiators tentatively agreed Thursday to censure Iran for reneging on a freeze on uranium enrichment and moved closer to setting a deadline on Tehran to dispel suspicions it is trying to make nuclear arms.
The latest version of a draft resolution being prepared for a board of governors meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency and made available to The Associated Press showed ...
AFP: A US think tank with ties to the diplomatic and intelligence communities released seven satellite photographs of an Iranian military complex suspected of doing illicit nuclear weapons work, arguing the new evidence warranted international inspections. The release comes as US diplomats are stepping up pressure on their European partners ...
Voice of America: Diplomats on the 35-nation board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency are working behind closed doors to find agreement on a tough resolution, in an attempt to solve the Iran nuclear issue.
Britain, France and Germany have circulated a draft resolution urging Iran to provide immediate access to all facilities for inspection and to reconsider construction work on a heavy water reactor that could produce bomb-grade plutonium.
Reuters: A senior Iranian official said on Thursday that the latest allegation that Tehran is hiding a nuclear site from U.N. inspectors was a lie and denied that the U.N. nuclear watchdog had even asked to visit it.
"This is a new lie, like the last 13 lies based on news reports that have been proved to be lies," Hossein Mousavian, Iran's chief delegate to this week's meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Reuters.
CNN: U.S. officials have told CNN there is "no evidence" any nuclear work has been done at an Iranian military complex near Tehran, although high explosives testing has been done there for many years.
The comments were made in response to report by ABC News in the U.S. Wednesday evening that said Iran "may be taking steps toward developing a nuclear device" at the site, known as Parchin.
Reuters: New satellite images show Iran's Parchin military complex, southeast of Tehran, may be a site for research, testing and production of nuclear weapons, a nuclear expert said on Wednesday.
David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, a think tank, released an analysis of the photos and told Reuters they show the site "has a potential that would warrant (U.N. inspectors) going there" to determine the exact nature of the operation.
AP: A senior Iranian envoy suggested Wednesday that Tehran's partial yearlong freeze on uranium enrichment is about to end, shrugging off U.S. and European pressure to renounce the process and end fears that his country wants to make nuclear arms.
Financial Times: The US is drawing up proposals for United Nations sanctions against Iran aimed at stopping its suspected nuclear weapons programme, according to US and European officials.
At talks this week in Vienna, the US is pushing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to adopt a resolution that would give Iran a deadline of October 31 to satisfy the concerns of the UN nuclear watchdog or be referred to the UN Security Council.