Iran

Khatami: Iran opposition must unite to replace Ahmadinejad

Khatami: Iran opposition must unite to replace Ahmadinejad Tehran - Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has called on all opposition groups to unite in order to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the upcoming elections, the ISNA news agency reported Thursday.

"The society has reached a juncture in which all [political groups] should try to change the political status quo," Khatami told a group of reformists in Tehran.

Tehran says Brown remarks "full of contradictions"

Tehran says Brown remarks "full of contradictions" Tehran - Tehran said the remarks by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Iran's nuclear work were "full of contradictions," local media reported Wednesday.

Brown on Tuesday described Iran as a "test case" of a country which had the "right to develop nuclear power" while being made fully aware that the development of atomic weapons was "unacceptable."

UN General Assembly leader asks West to stop demonizing Iran

UN General Assembly leader asks West to stop demonizing Iran New York  - UN General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann launched yet another campaign on Tuesday against Western governments, urging them to stop demonizing Iran and its leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for wiping Israel off the map.

Miguel d'Escoto, a former Sandinista foreign minister of Nicaragua in the 1980s and a Roman Catholic Maryknoll priest, has advocated reform and "democratization" of the United Nations since he assumed leadership of the 192-nation assembly last September.

Brown says Iran is "test case" for nuclear co-operation

Brown says Iran is "test case" for nuclear co-operation London - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Tuesday urged Iran to "make the right choice" in its current stand-off with the West over its nuclear programme and said Tehran could become a "test case" for co-operation between atomic nations and non-nuclear states.

Brown, in a speech in London, said Iran remained a "critical proliferation threat" while it continued to enrich weapons grade uranium and risked severe sanctions.

Moussavi pledges to continue reforms if elected in Iran

Moussavi pledges to continue reforms if elected in Iran Tehran - Presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi vowed to continue the reform course of former president Mohammad Khatami if elected, the labour agency ILNA reported Tuesday.

Khatami quit the presidential race on Monday night to support former prime minister Moussavi in the June 12 election.

In a letter to Khatami, Moussavi praised his decision to withdraw and promised to continue the reform course the moderate cleric had adopted during his eight-year presidential tenure (1997-2005).

Tehran "unaware" of Iranian drone shot down by US in Iraq

Tehran "unaware" of Iranian drone shot down by US in IraqTehran - Tehran said Tuesday it had no knowledge of an Iranian pilotless plane reportedly being shot down by the US military over Iraq.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi told reporters in Tehran that he was unaware of the "vague report" on the drone that the US claimed to have shot down last month.

A US military spokesman in Baghdad said Monday that US planes destroyed an Iranian drone that had wandered deep into Iraqi airspace.

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