Alexei Barrionuevo, The New York Times
When the Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, went to Tehran two weeks ago, he was hoping to defuse a seemingly intractable crisis over Iran's nuclear program and cement his reputation as an international statesman.
But after Brazil and Turkey forged a deal with Iran to exchange uranium, Mr. da Silva returned home to a cloud of criticism by opinion-makers and lawmakers who questioned whether the mission had been naďve, or worse, detrimental to the nation's standing.
George Jahn, Associated Press
The full text of Iran's letter to the IAEA regarding its nuclear fuel swap agreement with Brazil and Turkey is available here
(PDF). The letter does not acknowledge international concerns over Iran's ongoing enrichment to 20 percent or its non-compliance with its safeguards agreement.
To Iran's irrepressible president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the deal was a triumph for the powers of the future over "the tyrant powers [who] belong to the past".
Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire
A major panel charged with forging strategies for nuclear disarmament during this month's Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference yesterday concluded its work here without consensus on a number of points.
John Pomfret, The Washington Post
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Monday that his country is stopping all trade and most investment with North Korea and closing its sea lanes to North Korean ships after the nation's deadly attack on a South Korean warship.
Chris McGreal, The Guardian
Editor's Note: Some have argued
that nothing in the documents obtained by The Guardian
suggests that there was an actual offer by Israel to sell nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa. Israeli President Shimon Peres has also denied
that such negotiations took place.