AP: A tentative deal committing Iran to suspend activities that Washington says are part of a nuclear arms program was in jeopardy Friday, with diplomats suggesting Tehran had reneged on an agreement reached just days ago with European negotiators.
AFP: EU officials were Friday evaluating Iran's response to an offer for Tehran to avoid possible UN sanctions over its nuclear program in a wrangle that has led the UN atomic watchdog to hold up a key report. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is standing by in order to give Iran more time to hand over a letter officials hope will announce a halt in uranium enrichment, a key process in the nuclear fuel cycle.
Reuters: President George W. Bush lent support on Friday to European leaders trying to break a deadlock in talks with Iran over its nuclear program. France, Britain and Germany are trying to get Iran to agree to suspend sensitive nuclear work to avoid a referral to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions.
Iran Focus: Paris, Nov. 11 - 500 international jurists, lawyers and politicians yesterday took part in a conference in the French capital to discuss the need to differentiate between terrorism and legitimate resistance to dictatorship.
The international conference was held at the invitation of nine legal and human rights institutions from several European countries.
AFP: Iran has given a response to EU pressure for it to suspend uranium enrichment, the French foreign ministry said Friday.
Iranian authorities delivered their reply late Thursday to Britain, France and Germany and to EU high representative Javier Solana late Thursday, the ministry said without divulging its contents.
AFP: The top advisor to Iran's supreme leader called on Friday for "resistance" to international pressure over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme, complaining that Tehran was subject to "idiotic and childish" demands. The Europeans "have told us to stop our nuclear programme and in return they will sell us commercial jets and trains", Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri said in a speech carried on state radio ahead of Friday's weekly prayers.
Reuters: The U.N. nuclear watchdog has held up a new report on inspections in Iran while Tehran and the EU's "big three" try to break a deadlock in talks aimed at freezing Iran's uranium enrichment programme, diplomats say.
Washington Post: After five days of intense internal deliberations, Iranian officials met with European envoys here Thursday to seek "clarifications" on a proposed deal that would require Tehran to indefinitely suspend a pivotal aspect of its nuclear energy program that could be converted to military use, Western diplomatic sources here said.
Reuters: Iran failed on Thursday to give a definitive answer to an EU demand it freeze sensitive nuclear activities or face referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, a diplomat familiar with the talks said.
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Reuters: Iran has told France, Britain and Germany it wants more than promises of future benefits if it suspends its controversial uranium enrichment programme, but the Europeans have refused, Western diplomats said on Thursday.
AFP: Iran will probably give its formal response Thursday to Britain, France and Germany on whether it will agree to a suspension of some of its nuclear activities in order to avoid possible UN sanctions, a top official told AFP. "We will very probably give our response by tonight," said senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Moussavian.
New York Times: Iran and European negotiators have become deadlocked in their effort to reach a final agreement for Iran to suspend its production of enriched uranium in exchange for possible economic and political incentives, European officials said Wednesday.
AFP: Iraqi health officials are worried about a surge of drug addicts in Iraq and accuse neighbouring countries such as Iran of supplying narcotics through the country's porous borders.
There are no accurate figures on the extent of the problem, but it is definitely serious, admitted Iraq's interim Health Minister Alaeddin Abdul Sahib Adwan.
Reuters: Iran will pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and develop its atomic program in secret if Western nations threaten or put pressure on Tehran, a senior Iran diplomat was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Iranian government officials have in the past repeatedly said Tehran had no intention of following North Korea's example of withdrawing from the NPT.