Iran’s army “will cut off the hands of any aggressor” – the Iranian President’s warning to Western countries considering military action over the growing nuclear crisis. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments came during an armed forces parade in which he repeated Tehran’s claim to have successfully enriched uranium to the level used in power stations.
Much of Iran’s military equipment is outdated but Iran could still disrupt key oil shipping routes in the Gulf if pushed, the message, analysts said Tehran intended to send out to the world. The United States will press other major powers on Tuesday to consider what it calls targeted sanctions as an April 30th UN deadline looms for Tehran over its nuclear programme. Western nations suspect the world’s fourth largest oil producer of secretly wanting to develop atomic weapons. But Iran insists its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful energy purposes.