US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied the United States plans a military attack on Iran.
She insists Washington wants dialogue with the Islamic Republic over its controversial nuclear programme. She made the remarks during a visit to Qatar on her way to talks in Saudi Arabia.
“We still believe there is a different path for Iran to take but we want the world united in sending an unequivocal message to Iran that we will not stand idly by. The supreme leader, the president, the parliament is being supplanted and that Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship.”
Clinton’s remarks underscored American concern at what is seen as the growing influence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards,an elite force whose power has grown in recent years.
Meanwhile in Moscow, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to punish Iran by backing very tough sanctions against Teheran.
Medvedev said, “Israel for us is not some ordinary partner but also a country with which we are connected by many years of relations and a special character and composition of the population.”
Israel has repeatedly asked Russia to backtrack on a contract to sell an air defense system to Teheran. The system could thwart any possible strike by Israel on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Netanyahu said he has received assurance from Medvedev that Moscow understands the seriousness of the issues.