With the UN Security Council set to consider possible action against Iran over its nuclear programme tensions between the main the protagonists are mounting. There were more defiant words from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad at a rally yesterday. He said Iran his country would not be bullied. In Washington, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also been stepping up the rhetoric.
“This is a country that is determined, it seems, to develop a nuclear weapon in defiance of the international community that is determined that they should not get one. It is the country that is the central banker for terrorism,” she said.
All five permanent members of the Security Council have called on Tehran to cooperate with UN nuclear inspectors. Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, reiterated his country’s opposition to sanctions against Iran over the issue. He said it was a flawed approach which would solve no real problems. The Security Council will look at the Iran dossier early next week. Analysts believe the 15 nation body will issue a statement urging compliance from Iraq, rather than recommending sanctions.