Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday warned the United Nations' chief nuclear inspector not to complicate the international ultimatum to Iran to shutter disputed atomic work, saying diplomacy is best left to diplomats.
A reporter for the United States-financed Radio Farda, who had been prevented from leaving Iran for the past eight months on security-related charges, left the country on Monday.
Tense talks between the two countries were dominated by the West?s standoff with Iran, with Russia saying it would oppose tougher sanctions for the time being.
A Singapore-based cargo forwarding company has been fined S$22,000 ($14,500) for trying to export missile parts to Iran without permission, the Straits Times reported on Wednesday, quoting Singapore Customs.
A Dutch aviation services company, its owner and two other companies have been charged with exporting parachutes and aircraft parts to Iran in violation of U.S. embargoes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
France's foreign minister appeared Tuesday to soften his weekend warning of war with Iran if it develops nuclear weapons, emphasizing instead the need to "negotiate, negotiate, negotiate without respite."
Russia expressed apprehension Tuesday over the possibility of a war with Iran evoked by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who again urged tougher sanctions to halt Tehran's nuclear programme.
The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East is pressing Arab allies to form a more united front against Iran, seen by Washington as the region's long-term threat.
Federal prosecutors have charged a Dutch aviation services company with exporting parachutes, aircraft parts and equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. embargoes
The United States is drafting a new sanctions resolution against Tehran, the State Department said Tuesday, just days before a meeting of major powers regarding Iran's controversial atomic aims.