AFP: The top US official for arms control, John Bolton, sharply criticized Germany for trading with Iran, which Washington suspects of covertly developing nuclear weapons, in remarks published this weekend.
"I can only speak from the American perspective. We do not trade with countries that seek to breach international nuclear agreements ..."
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 2 - Violent clashes erupted between local residents and the security forces in the city of Isfahan, central Iran. Among the casualties is a 14 year-old schoolboy who reportedly was shot and seriously wounded.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 2 A man was hanged in front of a crowd in one of the main squares in the southwestern city of Ahwaz on Wednesday, the daily Jomhuri Islami reported. The paper identified the executed prisoner as Hamid K.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 1 - The head of State Security Forces (SSF) in the southwestern Iranian province of Ilam announced that the Iranian regimes agents have confiscated more than 900 satellite dishes in the past 6 months.
Amir Darabi said his agents had been waging a vigorous crackdown on homes that had installed satellite dishes.
Reuters: Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog will soon visit the Parchin military complex in Iran, where the United States suspects Tehran has been conducting secret atomic weapons work, Western diplomats said Friday.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said last month there were no indications that Parchin was a nuclear weapons site, but U.S. officials said ElBaradei was not qualified to make such a statement without having inspected the site.
Reuters: Iran is determined to press ahead with its atomic programme even if its nuclear dossier is sent to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions, a leading cleric said on Friday.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran that possible U.N. sanctions on Iran would make the Islamic republic stronger than ever.
Daily Mirror: The one thing that should give Ken Bigley hope is that he is worth more alive than dead. This thought gave me a straw to clutch at in prison in Iran.
The governor of Evin jail, a decent man, told me the court had sentenced me to death - plus 10 years.
Associated Press: An arsenal of rockets and three launchers were discovered in a shipment of imported scrap metal at an Indian steel factory, a news report said Friday, one day after a mysterious blast at the plant left 10 workers dead.
Initial reports said the explosion was caused by a burst boiler, but the Press Trust of India on Friday quoted police as saying it was triggered by rockets buried in the scrap.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 1 - State Security Forces (SSF) in the town of Bukan, western Iran, raided several wedding ceremonies and arrested a number of young guests. The detained men have been charged with wearing ties.
Ties are considered by the Iranian regime to be un-Islamic and a symbol of corrupt Western influence.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Oct. 1 Plain-clothed agents of the State Security Forces (SSF) in Shahre Kord (central Iran) arrested over 100 motorcyclists on Sep. 28, eye-witnesses said. All the motorcycles were confiscated and taken to the local SSF headquarters parking lot.
Iran Focus: Tehran, Sep. 30 Irans Revolutionary Guards and other state agencies have been sending more gunmen and weapons into Iraq in recent weeks in preparation for a hot October, according to sources in the Iranian government with a good knowledge of security issues.
Boston Globe: Iran's foreign minister said yesterday his country's relations with the United States are about the worst ever, but he believes the upcoming US presidential election could open avenues for renewed dialogue, even if President Bush is reelected.
Xinhuanet: Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani on Wednesday dismissed the US claim that nuclear tests have been conducted in the Parchin region in Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"The claim is baseless. Such claims are not unprecedented on the part of the United States," Shamkhani was quoted as saying.
Reuters: Four people were killed and a dozen were injured in northwestern Iran when police attacked the hideout of an extremist Shia Muslim religious group, an interior ministry official said on Wednesday.
UPI: Russia offered Wednesday to resume construction of a nuclear power plant in Iran if Iran will return the spent fuel, the Interfax news agency reported.
At a Moscow news conference, Russian Security Council secretary Igor Ivanov made the offer of returning to the Bushehr facility.
Voice of America: The United States Wednesday imposed sanctions against 14 foreign firms and individuals, seven of them Chinese, for selling missile or weapons of mass destruction technology and equipment to Iran.
The decision carried in the U.S. government's official journal, the Federal Register, and confirmed by the State Department ...
Iran Focus: Bam, Sep. 30 Nine months after a devastating earthquake that left behind over 50,000 people dead and more than 90,000 homeless, a new specter is haunting the wretched survivors of that natural disaster. Human trafficking has become a booming business, as orphaned girls and the children of impoverished families are being picked up by organized crime gangs.