Iran’s Supreme Leader has warned Israel against attacking his country.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said they should not try to launch any military attacks on Iran after the UN’s nuclear watchdog said that Tehran appears to be working on an atomic bomb.
“The Iranian nation will fully respond to any aggression or threats in a way that will demolish them from the side,” Khamenei said.
An International Atomic Energy Agency report says Iran is developing a nuclear test facility.
Israel believes that could threaten its very existence and refuses to rule out the military option in tackling Tehran.
Senior British intelligence officials, quoted in UK newspapers, say Israel could attack by early next year.
Britain, the US and France have all said they want to impose fresh sanctions on Iran following the IAEA report’s publication.
That suggestion has been dismissed by Russia as “unacceptable”. Moscow says the latest report contains no new information on Iran’s nuclear plans.