Iran has promised to deliver what it calls a “devastating” response to the United States’ new nuclear policy.
In an address on state television, President Mahmoud Ahhmadinejad warned Barack Obama not to follow the same steps as his predeccesor.
Washington new atomic policy permits the use of all its defensive options against countries which use chemical or biological weapons and do not respect the rules of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates said: ‘‘If there is a message for Iran and North Korea, it is that if you are going to play by the rules. If you are going to join the international community, then we will undertake certain obligations to you, and that’s covered in the NPR,” he said.
“But if you are not going to play by the rules, if you’re going to be a proliferator, then all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you,’‘ added Gates.
Obama’s new nuclear strategy has drawn fire from some conservatives in Washington who complain it could compromise security.
But he has also won plaudits from other quarters for a deal to improve diplomatic ties with Moscow.
The US President is due to sign a landmark nuclear treaty with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev in Prague on Thursday to reduce their atomic arsenals.