Tehran has stepped up its attacks on the United States, amid speculation that Washington may accelerate plans for missile strikes against Iran’s nuclear programme.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, said during a visit to Libya that the US should “think twice” before putting itself on a “collision course” with Tehran.
Iranian newspapers carry the Supreme Leader’s comments, accusing the US of being behind terrorist attacks.
Ayatollah Khamenei said he had ’100 undeniable documents’ proving the US had been responsible for terrorism in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Israel has staged a mass drill, simulating the impact of a missile attack by Iran. It follows a week of media reports that Israel may attack Iranian nuclear installations, but the military has dismissed any link.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog is due to report on Iran’s nuclear programme next week.
“There is going to be a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will highlight some of the progress that Iran has been able to make despite the various other issues and sanctions and other aspects that have slowed it down. But I don’t think that in any way it justifies that type of media headlines that we are having,” said Professor Gerald Steinberg from Bar Ilan University and also a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
Britain says it is keeping its options open in relation to possible military action against Iran over its nuclear programme. A newspaper report said the UK was stepping up contingency plans in anticipation of a request for military help from the US.