Iran has "nothing to hide" and is prepared to allow more thorough inspections of its nuclear activities, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said Monday in response to mounting international pressure to cooperate with international nuclear monitors.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog voted Friday to impose an Oct. 31 deadline for Iran to outline its nuclear program and future intentions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a confidential report Tuesday that IAEA inspectors have uncovered traces of enriched uranium in environmental samples taken from a nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran, according to Reuters news agency.
Iran's intelligence minister told reporters Wednesday that his government has members of al-Qaida in custody, including top members of the terrorist organization.
The U.S. government and corporate officials have accused Cuba of jamming U.S.-based satellite broadcasts of news and other information into Iran.
The U.S. government launched a new Persian-language television broadcast in Iran on Sunday, beaming 30-minute nightly newscasts to the millions of Iranians watching satellite television.
"These deliveries pose a direct threat to the lives of coalition forces. We consider such trafficking as hostile acts, and will hold the Syrian government accountable for such shipments," Rumsfeld said.
Iran accused coalition forces Saturday of firing three missiles that landed inside its territory, an event that could have serious implications as U.S. forces continue to attack Saddam Hussein's regime in neighboring Iraq.
President Bush Thursday warned Iran not to meddle with the new Afghan government or help al-Qaida operatives fleeing Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a group of U.S. soldiers arrived in the Philippines to train local forces in combating terrorism there.
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