Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged Monday to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the international community in their nuclear standoff, although he didn't come to Tehran as scheduled amid warnings of a possible assassination plot.
The United State alone cannot force Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday. Gates called Iran as "an ambitious and fanatical theocracy," and said he has yet to find "the elusive Iranian moderate," according to remarks prepared for delivery at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday all options for dealing with Iran must remain open and called for international pressure and tougher sanctions to curb Tehran's nuclear aspirations.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she would be prepared to offer Iran incentives to end its nuclear program and take other steps.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, brushing off the threat of a reported plot to assassinate him, said on Monday he would go ahead with a planned visit to Iran. Aides said he would go on Tuesday.
China pulled out of a meeting this week at which world powers were to discuss further action against Iran in protest against the U.S. Congress' plan to honor the Dalai Lama, the State Department said on Monday.
China is protesting U.S. honors for the Dalai Lama this week by pulling out of a planned international strategy session on Iran sought by the United States, a State Department official said Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Monday he would travel to Iran despite reports about a possible assassination attempt, arguing direct contact and "peaceful means" were the only way to deal with the country's nuclear program.
A Russian news agency reported a possible assassination plot against President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia during his planned trip to Iran tomorrow.
President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he would visit Iran to discuss its nuclear program despite a reported assassination plot against him.