EU head diplomat Javier Solana presented Tehran with a new package on behalf of Western powers, offering benefits in nuclear energy, trade, finance, agriculture and high-tech if it halts its uranium enrichment program.
Some say the US might get its way as allies in Europe rally around the call to punish Iran's oil and natural gas interests as well as its banking industry. But will Iran take these sanctions seriously? And will they work?
Hours after the EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, offered Iran another nuclear deal, Tehran rejected suspending uranium enrichment, a crucial issue. Solana will wait for a final answer, but expectations for a breakthrough are low.
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, will offer a new deal for a "cooperative relationship with Iran in the nuclear field". Tehran is increasingly defiant in the face of international condemnation. (S. Sitbon)
On a farewell tour of Europe, US President George W. Bush said all options remain on the table as Washington weighs up how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program. With sanctions failing to shift Tehran's position, is it time for military action?
The IAEA raised serious concerns in its latest report that Iran is still witholding information about its alleged research into nuclear weapons. Iran has not allowed the UN agency access to its nuclear facilities. (Report: S.Silke)
The IAEA said that Iran has 3,500 uranium enrichment centrifuges spinning and that it is aiming to have 6,000 running within months. Iran has not allowed the UN agency access to its nuclear facilities. (Report: C.Norris-Trent)
The United States said it would send 500,000 tonnes of emergency food aid to North Korea, starting in June, following a deal with Pyongyang that allows broad monitoring of deliveries. (Story: G. Cragg)
Two senior US envoys arrive in Pyongyang on Thursday to push for North Korea's nuclear disarmament. Disputes about the country's long-promised nuclear declaration have been blocking progress in six-party disarmament talks.