The American military is capable of attacking Iran but has no plans to do so, a U.S. general said Friday in the latest U.S. rejection of military action.
Prime Minister Tony Blair will not fire government officials who allowed British service members held captive in Iran to sell their stories to the media, Blair's office said Friday, saying he will not engage "in a witch hunt."
The U.S. suspects Iran is providing weapons and other military support to both sides of the sectarian conflict in Iraq — not just to the Shiites who have historic ties to the Iranians, the No. 2 American commander in Iraq said Friday.
Better relations between Washington and Tehran would help Iraq and lessen the tendency of Iran to meddle in the affairs of its neighbor, the Iraqi government spokesman said on Friday.
A top MP said on Friday the Tehran parliament would favour talks with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after her controversial visit to Iran's ally Syria, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
A French academic held against his will in Iran returned home on Friday, saying he had not been mistreated during his 10-week ordeal.
Former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, who clashed with US authorities over the Iraq war, said Friday he doubted Washington would attack Iran over its nuclear development.
Diplomacy must be given time to work in the West's stand-off with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, the US undersecretary of state for political affairs said on Thursday, adding that conflict with Iran was not "desirable" or "inevitable."
Two leading Russian officials say military action against Iran should be ruled out.
Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno says Iran Revolutionary Guard is providing military support, weapons to both Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq.