Talks with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program should be stopped because they give an aura of legitimacy to a regime divided internally and under pressure, an article posted on Washington Post’s website said on Sunday.

Unless the Iranian regime addresses international concerns about its nuclear program it will face more punitive measures, the French Foreign Minister warned on Monday.

According to Radio France’s website, Michèle Alliot-Marie said France is aware of the threats emanating from the Iranian regime and will take a tough stance against the regime.

At a university tied to the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a group of IRGC members are smuggling airplane security equipment, according to the Iran Khabar news agency.

The news agency cited credible sources at the university and said a number of high-ranking IRGC members have set up a smuggling ring to profit from the funds poured into the university by the mullahs’ President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The equipment being smuggled relates to the airline industry and specifically security devices.

A former regime ambassador to Switzerland, who was also a senior member of the regime’s negotiating team for nuclear talks, has not returned to Iran and taken loads of information with him, a state-run media has reported.

A former Iranian regime diplomat in Norway has said that a fourth diplomat has defected, according to al-Arabiya TV.

The news channel said Mohammad Reza Heydari has revealed that the latest defector was involved in helping with the smuggling of weapons for the Lebanese Hezbollah. The weapons were destined to Red Crescent storage houses.

Officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) say they have seized a shipment of drugs from Iran, according to the country’s media.

On Wednesday, al-Arabiya TV reported that UAE officials have discovered about 120 kg of the drug crystal meth at Dubai’s airport.

The Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program is the most significant and serious threat to Gulf states, the Arab-language daily Assharq al-Awsat said on Tuesday.

Dennis RossA senior US diplomat has said that the Iranian regime can either gain concessions or pay a heavy price as the time approaches for serious negotiations and respect for the Iranian people, VOA Farsi service reported on Thursday.

Dennis Ross, Special Assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama, spoke on Wednesday at a joint session of US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center. He was quoted as saying that the Iranian regime has for a long time believed that it could escape making a choice by following its current path, but the US objective for diplomacy has been to change the realities on Iran.

Assassinations that took place in recent days can be traced back to death squads backed by the Iranian regime’s terrorist Qods Force, credible sources in Baghdad told al-Sharqiya TV.

The sources added that assassinations usually target government employees and at times use explosive packages with adhesives.

BundestagMembers of Parliament in Berlin have raised serious concerns about the deteriorating and abysmal human rights violations committed by the clerical regime, according Deutsche Welle on Thursday. The Bundestag also expressed particular worry regarding two German journalists detained in the Iranian city of Tabriz.

During a parliamentary debate on Thursday, members also pointed to Sakineh Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to stoning by the mullahs, saying that she lives under persistent pressure and fear.