The Iranian president has responded with typical defiance to the threat of new international sanctions against his country. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a news conference in Tehran that any country acting against Iran would regret it.
The United States and Israel say Iran’s uranium enrichment programme is destined for nuclear weapons and they are leading calls for fresh sanctions.
Another top Iranian official echoed his president in insisting such a move would be ineffective. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, head of Iran’s judiciary Human Rights Council, told euronews:
“If they want to prevent Iran from developing its own possibilities in all areas, including nuclear technologies, the sanctions are a great failure.”
As for his country’s intentions, Larijani added that his country wants to provide nuclear energy to neighbouring countries in the region.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a trip to Moscow on Tuesday that Iran should face “paralysing” sanctions.
Russia says fresh economic pressure on Tehran cannot be ruled out.
Turkey is attempting to act as a go-between and stock enriched uranium for Iran’s use as part of an international deal.
Iran says talks on that possibility are still open.