The agreement between Iran and the EU for the suspension of uranium enrichment went into effect Monday, but the Islamic Republic is already requesting that it be allowed to operate dozens of centrifuges "for research purposes," an activity it had agreed to ban. Meanwhile, a new CIA report says that an arms trafficking network led by a Pakistani scientist helped Iran with its nuclear program.
A report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) described the new agreement signed between Iran and a number of European countries for the suspension of uranium enrichment as a positive step that could temporarily interrupt nuclear efforts, but warned that at best it is only a prelude to more critical negotiations over long-term arrangements that must include the U.S. Britain, Germany, and France have demanded full access to all of Iran's nuclear site.
Tehran requests EU allow it to conduct nuclear tests despite recently signed agreement to forgo them. (CS Monitor)
Iran: Where Next on the Nuclear Standoff?
With Iran's nuclear clock ticking, the U.S. must become engaged in seeking a comprehensive resolution to the crisis that includes addressing. (ICG)
Demand For Full Access To Iran's Nuclear Sites
Britain, Germany, and France are demanding that UN nuclear inspectors in Iran be allowed to go wherever they see fit in their efforts to investigate Tehran's nuclear program. (The Guardian)
C.I.A. Says Pakistanis Gave Iran Nuclear Aid
A new report from the Central Intelligence Agency says the arms trafficking network led by the Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan provided Iran's nuclear program with "significant assistance," including the designs for "advanced and efficient" weapons components. (NY Times)
The Jordanian Security Court has given 10 days for the Jordanian fundamentalist leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi and three other men to turn themselves in for plotting attacks in Jordan. (Zaman)
Authorities Deny Any Falluja Fighters Entered Jordan
Jordan has denies that any insurgents who were fighting U.S. and Iraqi forces in Falluja have entered the country. The Jordanian authorities assured that Iraqis' entrance into Jordan is done after coordination and approval by the Iraqi border security. (Asharq Al Awsat)
One of Germany's top policemen told the current Hamburg 9/11 trial on Tuesday that the Federal Crime Office BKA did not believe claims made under interrogation by two captured al-Qaeda operatives about the 2001 attacks. (Expatica)
The release of three U.N. workers who had been held hostage for more than three weeks took place early Tuesday in what appeared to be an orchestrated handover. But the Afghan interior minister denied that a deal had been made with the kidnappers. (NY Times)
Four people, including a brother of one of three French nationals still held as terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, have been detained in connection with a probe concerning the financing of Islamic terrorism, officials said Tuesday. (AFP)