As inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency go to work in the Iranian capital Tehran to pave the way for the visit of the head of the UN Nuclear watchdog Mohammed Elbaradei.
Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh, in a an article in the New Yorker magazine, claims the US administration is stepping up plans for possible air strikes on Iran, despite publicly pushing for a diplomatic solution to a dispute over Tehran´s nuclear ambitions. Hersh quotes unidentified current and former officials who state George W Bush sees a “regime change” in Tehran as the ultimate goal. The White House, without denying the report, reiterated that it was looking for a peaceful solution. Iran insists it wants nuclear technology to generate power. Washington believes Iran has designs on an atomic bomb and refuses to rule out an attack to deal with what Bush claims is one of the biggest threats to regional stability: