Latest News: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Iran and the West to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme through talks instead of military action.
“The secretary-general reiterates his belief that a negotiated rather than a military solution is the only way to resolve this issue,” UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky told the regular noon briefing.
Recent Israeli media reports say Israel has been considering a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites to stop what the West claims is Iranian plans build nuclear weapons.
Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it is enriching uranium to power reactors for electricity generation.
The Supreme Leader of Iran,Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Thursday Iran will respond to any military strike by Israel or the United States with “iron fists.”
U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says military action against Iran could have what he calls “unintended consequences.”
Panetta says striking at Iran would not deter its nuclear ambitions while having a serious impact on the region and on U.S. forces.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said this week it has “credible” evidence of Iranian efforts to design a nuclear weapon.
Iran rejects the allegation and insists its nuclear program is peaceful. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Wednesday Iran will not retreat “one iota” from its nuclear activities.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the relevant IAEA documents are “unfounded and baseless.”
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the latest IAEA report is a “politicized compilation of well-known facts.”