Iran’s hardline president has shrugged off the international outcry over his country’s nuclear activities. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to press ahead with work he maintains is for civilian ends. He said Iran has “no fear at all of the fuss created by the big powers.” The threat of sanctions however looks to be drawing nearer. Tehran’s decision this week to remove UN seals at uranium enrichment research facilities has prompted Britain to call for the UN Security Council to consider action.“The decision by Iran is very serious indeed,” Prime Minister Tony Blair told the House of Commons in London. “I don’t think there is any point in people or us hiding our deep dismay at what Iran has decided to do. “A reference to the Security Council is entirely in line with what the Atomic Energy Authority itself decided some time ago when the only reason it suspended a reference to the Security Council was because Iran had suspended its enrichment facilities and this is why it is extremely important therefore that we take a fresh look at this now.”
Amid Western fears that Iran is intent on developing nuclear bombs, the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain will discuss the crisis on Thursday. As for the White House, while stressing that Iran is not Iraq, it has not yet ruled out a military option.