Iran’s presidential vote has been described as a “mock election” by US Defence Minister Donald Rumsfeld, and his criticisms of the new man in Tehran have been echoed by Israel’s foreign minister, Silvan Shalom.
“Faced with the Iranian nuclear threat the international community must, more than before, formulate a unified and stern policy towards Iran. We must ensure that more than ever Western countries will not become hostages of Iranian radicalism. We call upon the UN Security Council to take the matter into its own hands”, he said. Israel has repeatedly warned Iran over its nuclear activity in the past – relations between the two countries are far from warm. Analysts fear they may get even chillier now Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is Iran’s president. In his first policy speech he said Israel was the source of instability in the Middle East and made clear Iran will continue its nuclear programme.