Iran’s Supreme Leader has warned that fuel shipments from the Gulf region could be disrupted if the US makes a “wrong move” towards Tehran. In a nationally televised address to mark the 17th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said accusations that Iran intended to make a nuclear bomb amounted to a “sheer lie”. He also insisted Iran would not give up its right to produce nuclear fuel.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a softer note in his speech on Saturday night. He said his country would not prejudge Western proposals to end the standoff. However he cautioned that he would not accept conditions that deprived his country of what he called its legitimate rights – a reference to previous Western demands that Tehran stop uranium enrichment. Washington says it wants a diplomatic solution but has refused to rule out military action. The EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is expected to hand over the package of incentives agreed by six world powers to Iranian officials in the next few days.