President George W. Bush will seek Russian President Vladimir Putin's support for wider sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, during weekend talks in Maine where Bush hopes to rekindle a friendship with the Russian leader.
Iran's president Saturday defended a rationing scheme to cut back on petrol guzzling in the world's fourth largest oil producer, saying even tighter controls are on the way.
Iran on Saturday dismissed the threat of fresh UN sanctions and announced an impending visit by a senior atomic watchdog official for talks over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Me., June 30 President Bush, seeking to change the tone of an increasingly caustic fraught relationship with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, will press him on Sunday to support a major escalation of economic pressure against Iran, senior administration officials said.
Iran's supreme leader on Saturday threw his weight behind a gasoline rationing scheme which sparked angry protests and left more than a dozen petrol stations burnt out in the world's fourth largest oil exporter.
A team from the U.N. nuclear watchdog will visit Iran on July 11-13 to discuss how to resolve questions about Tehran's disputed nuclear activities, an Iranian official was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Iran said on Saturday that the deputy director general of the UN atomic watchdog will visit Tehran on July 11 to try to resolve outstanding issues over its nuclear programme, the ISNA news agency reported.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's top leaders defended a new fuel rationing plan Saturday that sparked violence earlier this week, saying it will free up funding for development projects and make the country "invincible," state-run television reported.
President Bush plans to seek Russia's assistance in putting pressure on Iran's nuclear program when Vladimir Putin comes calling this weekend.
KABUL - In public, Afghanistan has played down US and British allegations that Iran is feeding weapons to Taleban insurgents, but in private, officials here say the charges are true — and worrying.