The United States and Britain are preparing drafts for a punishing new U.N. resolution against Iran that could impose sweeping travel bans on the country's top military and security officials, require inspections on its cargo flights and ships, forbid all import and export of arms shipments, and freeze the assets of major Iranian banks, according to U.S. and European officials.
Israel said it sent letters to the U.N. secretary-general and the president of the General Assembly urging the international community to speak out against human rights abuses in Iran.
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday he and Iran's chief negotiator had agreed to draw up a "plan of action" within two months on how to resolve questions about Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Mohamed ElBaradei, the director general of the IAEA, described a two-hour meeting with Ali Larijani, Iran?s negotiator, as ?quite satisfying.?
Key U.S. allies have begun debating whether to tolerate Iran's only partially freezing its uranium enrichment program — a stance that could put them at odds with Washington, officials said Friday.
Iran is ready to provide answers on past suspicious nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency within the next few months, the agency's head said Friday after meeting with the country's top nuclear negotiator.
A look at Iran's recent crackdown on perceived internal threats:
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator agreed Friday to define within two months a working plan with the UN atomic agency to resolve outstanding issues over Tehran's nuclear programme, the agency's head said.
Iran on Friday denied local media reports that the interior minister announced the Islamic republic had ramped up its nuclear capacity and built up a significant stockpile of enriched uranium.
Oil settled back above $69 a barrel and gasoline futures also rose Friday on concerns about Iran's nuclear capabilities and on news that talks to end a general strike in Nigeria had failed.