Latest News/IRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that Iran would not move back from its nuclear program on Wednesday, he also rejecting that it inquires about atomic weapons.
In his first response to the report, Iran President strongly criticized the agency; a day after it maintained Tehran was on the edge of developing a nuclear weapon; saying the IAEA is dishonored itself by siding with “Absurd” U.S. allegation.
Source more said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the IAEA report confirmed long-standing claims by Israel and Western countries that Iran is developing nuclear bombs.
“The significance of the report is that the international community must bring about the cessation of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, which endanger the peace of the world and of the Middle East,” the statement said.
Until its statement late Wednesday, Israel had been largely silent over the report, wanting to portray the issue as a global concern, not a dispute between two enemies. Israel sees Iran as an existential threat, citing the nuclear program, Ahmadinejad’s calls for Israel’s destruction and Iran’s support for Arab militant groups.
Israeli officials are hopeful the international community will pass tough new sanctions that cripple Iran’s key energy sector or target its central bank, which would hinder its ability to conduct international trade.
In an interview with Israel Radio on Tuesday, ahead of the report’s release, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that without effective sanctions, Israel would not take any option “off the table,” a reference to possible military action.
In Paris, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France would support boosting sanctions against Tehran to an “unprecedented scale” if Iran stonewalls investigations, even as Israel and others say that military options are still possible.
But Russia, which has veto-wielding power on the UN Security Council, said new sanctions would be unacceptable.
“Any additional sanctions against Iran would be perceived by the international community as an instrument for regime change in Tehran,” deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency, adding that Russia “does not intend to consider such proposals.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s other chief ally, China, issued cautious statements calling for diplomacy and dialogue.
“This nation won’t retreat one iota from the path it is going,” Ahmadinejad told thousands of people in Shahr-e-Kord in central Iran. “Why are you ruining the prestige of the (UN nuclear) agency for absurd U.S. claims?”
A conservative Iranian lawmaker later threatened that the parliament could force the government to pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, as a response to the report by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano.